J J Delaney, Conor Phelan, Hugh Moloney, Ken Dowling and Brian Dowling, all Kilkenny men, will backbone a team that also includes Wexford’s Rory Jacob and Michael Walsh (Waterford).
Despite a lot of newcomers to Fitzgibbon hurling, WIT should get their campaign off to a winning start.
NUI Galway open their Fitzgibbon Cup campaign with a difficult game against GMIT in Pearse Stadium today. Throw-in at 2pm.
Galway seniors Tony Og Regan and Richie Murray will spearhead the university challenge and they will also include Offaly’s Rory Hannify and Tony Scroope (Tipperary).
GMIT will include David Collins (Galway), Barry Loughnane (Clare), Dylan Hayden (Offaly) and Michael O’Donnell (Limerick) but don’t have the class of their university rivals.
NUIG should be good enough to see off the challenge of their close rivals but local derbies often throw up the unexpected.
It’s a busy couple of days for the Galway university. Tomorrow they entertain Sligo IT in the Sigerson Cup quarter-final in Dangean (2pm) and with so much inter-county talent on view, this could well be the game of the round.
Michael Meehan has been released by Galway because of his club’s (Caltra) All-Ireland semi-final against The Loop on Sunday and he will be a huge loss. However, they will still field a very strong side that will include Galway seniors Mathew Clancy, Richie Murray, Clive Monaghan, and Dara Blake (Clare).
Sligo IT beat a highly rated UCC team in round one and will look to build on that impressive four point victory. Nicky Joyce, Kevin Cassidy, Michael Moyles, Christy Toye and Brendan Boyle are all inter-county players and will provide the home team with a stern test.
Having failed to LIT in the Fitzgibbon last Saturday, Cork IT turn their attention to the Sigerson Cup tomorrow when they entertain DCU in Bishopstown at 2 pm in a quarter-final tie.
The Cork college, who ousted Tralee IT in the previous round, have serious injury problems. Shane Walsh tore his hamstring playing with Waterford seniors, Murt Kelleher damaged an ankle in a club game while Robbie McMagean has a hand injury.
CIT were impressive winners over Tralee in round one and provided John Gardiner and Vincent Hurley have recovered from that bruising hurling encounter at the weekend, they should book their place for the semi-finals in Belfast in three weeks time.
It could be a bleak 24 hours for GMIT as they face up to the challenge of UCD in the Sigerson Cup at Woodmount tomorrow (2.30pm).
They have lost the services of Ronan McNamara who twisted his ankle playing with Mayo against Cork at the weekend, and Darren Mullahy, the Galway centre back who injured his knee in the league game against Armagh.
St. Mary’s have home advantage against Queens tomorrow and as the Sigerson hosts, will make a determined bid to be involved over the final weekend.
However, they face a highly talented DUQ side that includes Billy Joe Padden (Mayo), Dan McCartan (Down), Sean Kelly (Antrim) and Niall Bogue (Fermanagh), and may find the going a little too tough for them.