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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Limerick change rule on choosing captain

LIMERICK have become the latest county to dispense with the honour of allowing its senior champions in hurling and football to choose the county team captain.

The practice is slowly being eroded across the country, but significantly Kilkenny and Kerry, the market leaders in hurling and football, still retain it.

Limerick County Board voted last night to give hurling manager John Allen and his football counterpart Maurice Horan the freedom to choose their own captains.

At the same meeting it was decided not to allow entry of divisional teams into the Limerick senior hurling championship.

Meanwhile, Liam Dunne is confident that a clash of interest for the county's two dual players will be avoided this weekend.

The Wexford manager named his team to play Kilkenny in Sunday's Walsh Cup semi-final on Monday night and included Andrew Shore and Lee Chin in the belief that the footballers will not be calling on them for their home Division 2 league match with Longford.

Dunne said he understood that the players would not be required for the football game, so he had gone ahead and picked them on his hurling team.

The Wexford football team has yet to be named for their game in Wexford Park, which is timed for a 2.30 throw-in.

The GAA will not be altering the decision to restrict to five the numbers of official personnel who will be allowed on pitch side for league games.

The decision was taken to restrict the numbers at the December Central Council meeting and while it was discussed at last Saturday's meeting, no vote to change was taken. The proposals have angered the Gaelic Games Doctors Association, whose chairman Danny Mulvihill is adamant that he won't be adhering to the new protocols.

Under the new terms only one medical person will have access to the sideline.

Irish Independent

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