Thursday 14 December 2017

Sheedy rolls out big guns for Tipperary

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

TIPPERARY have rolled out a strong team for tomorrow's mouthwatering All-Ireland final re-match with Kilkenny in the first round of the National Hurling League.

Manager Liam Sheedy has not handed out any league debuts, opting instead to open in Semple with a very experienced line-up that includes nine of the team that started against the Cats last September.

With James Woodlock out of league action (leg fracture), Benny Dunne flanks Shane McGrath in midfield, but All Star Lar Corbett is not included in a forward line that includes Eoin Kelly, Noel McGrath and Seamus Callanan.

Waterford, who have given most of their veterans an extended break, name three debutants for their tough Division 1 opener against Dublin, two of them in the full-back line.

Jerome Maher (Geraldines) and Liam Lawlor (Fourmilewater) are the two newcomers in the Decies' full-back line.

Tomas Connors, whose brother Noel starts at corner-back, starts at centre-forward, while Stephen Molumphy, recently returned from army duty in Chad, has been confirmed as team captain for 2010.

In contrast Cork's hurlers feature many of their veterans for their opener against Offaly, but give David Cunningam (Glen Rovers) the full-back spot in the absence of Eoin Cadogan, who has picked up a suspension with the county footballers.

Kanturk's Lorcan McLoughlin is a new name in the half-forward line, but Aisake O hAilpin has held onto the full-forward spot.

As expected Limerick have named a team of mostly inter-county rookies to face Galway. Their starting 15 includes just four players -- Brian O'Sullivan, Graeme Mulcahy, Paul Browne and Paudie McNamara -- who were in last year's panel.

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