Friday 19 January 2018

Clare must make move to nab Davy

Helpful sorts that we are, Sam and Liam like to see counties getting organised for next year as early as possible.

There's a lot of uncertainty around hurling managements, in particular, at present so can we suggest the following?

Clare: Davy Fitz is the man -- bring home your own. Waterford: you've been managed by outsiders for 13 years so shop local and go for Fergal Hartley.

Galway: no vacancy (officially) yet but when there is, call in on Eamonn O'Shea, who played such a key role with Liam Sheedy in Tipperary. Cork: get Tomas Mulcahy out of the RTE studio and into the 'Bainisteoir' bib.

Offaly: move Francis Forde from coach to manager. Wexford: Buffer's Ally meets Oulart-The Ballagh -- go for Tom Dempsey and Liam Dunne as a joint ticket.

Laois: visit Ken Hogan and don't leave until he takes the job.

Westmeath: tie in Brian Hanley for the next two years.

There, all sorted now.

Young players need to be pitch perfect

Waterford and Tipperary this week lashed the GAA's policy of not allowing inexperienced players to have a run-out at Croke Park ahead of their All-Ireland semi-finals.

Waterford minor hurling boss Liam O'Connor urged the authorities to revisit the decision. "We asked to have a puck-around but that was denied. We were given 10 minutes to look around but we were going to be playing hurling, not walking around," he said. Cue Tipp minor football boss David Power, who has a similar gripe ahead of Sunday's clash with Roscommon.

"Some people up there (Croke Park) could do with a reality check," he said. Both managers have a point. There are mini-matches and musical groups on the pitch at half-time these Sundays so would it really be such a problem to allow teams with no experience of the surface to have a short practice run beforehand?

Moorefield cursed by our seal of approval

IT'S unlikely that this column is very popular down Moorefield way as the reigning Kildare senior football champions set about trying to get the defence of their county title back on track after getting a nasty shock last weekend.

We highlighted last week how Moorefield, managed by former Dublin star Jack Sheedy, hadn't lost a single senior football league game in two hugely successful seasons and how they looked well on course to retain the championship too.

And what happened?

A few later, Moorefield lost by a point to Eoghan and Morgan O'Flaherty and their eager Carbury colleagues in the championship. Moorefield are still in the race but have no room for error now. Sorry if we put the bad eye on them!

Irish Independent

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