Kerrymen take charge of Munster footballers

THREE Kerry men will manage the Munster senior football side for the Martin Donnelly-sponsored interprovincial series at the end of the month.

Kerry selector Ger O'Keeffe is the official representative of the All-Ireland champions and he will be joined by Limerick manager Liam Kearns - a former Austin Stacks team-mate - and Clare manager John Kennedy.

All three won All-Ireland medals with the Kingdom, with O'Keeffe the most decorated.

Munster will play Leinster in Mullingar on Sunday, October 31, possibly as part of a double-header with the Westmeath football final, with Ulster meeting Connacht in Castlebar. The winners will meet in the final in Paris on the second weekend in November.

Munster will play Leinster in hurling on October 24 and the game will be the curtain-raiser to the second test in the International Rules series in Croke Park.

The team will be managed by Donie Nealon, Waterford selector Nicky Cashin and ex-Cork selector Donal Collins.

Following their record 34th title win last Sunday, Mount Sion will again provide the captaincy of the Waterford senior hurling team in 2005.

As champions they are entitled under bye-law to nominate the captain, but this may not be done until the club AGM later in the year.

The choice is likely to be between Eoin Kelly and Eoin McGrath, with 2003 All Star Kelly the favourite for the honour.

McGrath will have to sit out Saturday week's first round Munster club championship game against Limerick champions Ahane at Walsh Park.

He has a one-match suspension since his dismissal in last year's first round game against Patrickswell.

"Eoin will be an undoubted loss, but at least everyone else came through last Sunday's county final physically unscathed," said club member Phil Fanning.

Mount Sion and Ahane last met in the Munster championship in 1998 at Walsh Park when the Waterford champions got a hard-earned victory.

Meanwhile, the Waterford SFC final between Stradbally and the Nire at Dungarvan, which was originally fixed for Sunday week, has been put back by 24 hours to the Bank Holiday Monday.

County board chairman Paddy Joe Ryan said they opted to change because the FAI Cup final, in which Waterford play Longford Town, and the second game in the Ireland/Australia compromise rules series are both being televised live on the Sunday.

All-Ireland hurling champions Cork have been presented with a new Toyota Corolla for their win over Kilkenny in Croke Park in September.

This is the second year that Toyota has presented cars to the League and All-Ireland champions. Since the beginning of the initiative the following teams have received cars: Kilkenny (2), Tyrone (2), Galway, Kerry, Cork (2), Armagh, Newtownshandrum (Cork) and Caltra (Galway).

Other elements of the sponsorship include All Star players receiving a special discount on new Toyotas.

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