Uncertain future for All Stars tours
Over 30 hurlers are jetting out to San Francisco this morning for what could be the last of the All Stars tours on the current cycle.
No commitment to future tours has been given by the GAA and GPA, which will be officially represented on an All Stars tour for the first time when the 2010/2011 teams head for the USA's west coast.
Liam Sheedy (2010) and Davy Fitzgerald (2011) will manage the teams on tour, which is the first since Opel came on board as sponsorship partners.
The game takes place at Treasure Island, HQ of San Francisco GAA, on Sunday afternoon (local time) and will be preceded by a special breakfast event held in conjunction with 'Ireland Reaching Out', which aims to connect the Irish diaspora with the GAA's growing international club network.
Players from eight counties are travelling. With six players selected on both the 2010 and 2011 All Stars teams and some players unable to travel, 12 players have been added as replacements.
Touring party -- Double All Stars - (2010 & 2011): Paul Curran (Tipperary), Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny), Richie Power (Kilkenny), John Mullane (Waterford), Lar Corbett (Tipperary).
2010 Travelling All Stars: Brendan Cummins (Tipperary), Jackie Tyrell (Kilkenny), Michael Walsh (Waterford), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Brendan Maher (Tipperary), Damien Hayes (Galway), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary).
2011 Travelling All Stars: Gary Maguire (Dublin), Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Pádraic Maher (Tipperary), Michael Rice (Kilkenny), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny).
Replacements: Ryan O' Dwyer (Dublin), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Pauric Mahony (Waterford), Shane Walsh (Waterford), Liam Watson (Antrim), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), Donal O'Grady (Limerick), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), Shane Dooley (Offaly), David Collins (Galway), John Dalton (Kilkenny) and Peter Kelly (Dublin).