Monday 23 October 2017

Hogan the Cats only absentee

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

BRIAN Hogan is now the only definite absentee from the Kilkenny squad for Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final. Henry Shefflin and John Tennyson, both of whom have made remarkable recoveries from serious knee injuries, have had no negative reaction to training, leaving both in contention for starting places.

It remains to be seen if they are named in the starting 15 or used as subs, news of which will emerge when the team is announced tomorrow night. It's expected that Shefflin will start while Tennyson is also in serious contention for the centre-back jersey vacated by the unfortunate Hogan, who is ruled out with a broken finger.

James Ryall replaced Hogan when he retired injured during the semi-final clash with Cork but if Tennyson, who has specialist experience at No 6, is fit he could make a dramatic return.

It's a much healthier situation for Kilkenny who looked at one stage as if they would be without Shefflin, Hogan and Tennyson while there were also doubts over Tommy Walsh.

Meanwhile, Galway will reappoint John McIntyre for a second two-year term. He told Tuesday night's board meeting that management were keen to continue and their ratification for a further two years appears a formality.

McIntyre's reappointment will be formalised at the next hurling board meeting on Monday week.

The Galway Football Board have given clubs until next Monday to lodge nominations for the managerial vacancy which arose after Joe Kernan quit a few weeks ago.

In Mayo, the county executive will be talking to nominees for the football manager's job before reporting back to a board meeting on Monday. Mick O'Dwyer, John Maughan, Denis Kearney and Anthony McGarry are among those nominated to replace John O'Mahony.

Irish Independent

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