Tough semi-final whets Munster’s appetite for decider

MUNSTER hurling coach Joe O’Leary says the southerners are determined to win the M Donnelly Interprovincial championship after their tough semi-final against Ulster last Sunday.

“The game was tight enough, we had a long journey and we trained Saturday. The preparations weren’t great but once the lads settled into the game, though, they were grand.”

Munster continue preparations for the final against Leinster with a challenge game against Newtownshandrum under lights at 8pm Thursday, and O’Leary and his selectors hope to have a full panel to pick from.

“All the 26 players we had yesterday are available as of now, but obviously there’ll be discussions with the lads from Newtown, for example, later this week.

“Obviously Leinster are going to be stronger in the final. The Kilkenny county final was on last Sunday and I couldn’t imagine the Leinster selectors leaving out the likes of Eoin Larkin and Henry Shefflin out. They’ll be very formidable.

“Our players are taking this very seriously, they value the medals. Last weekend Stephen Lucey and Diarmuid Fitzgerald played for UCD in the Dublin county semi-final on Saturday, and they were both in Belfast to play the following day. They’re playing in the Dublin county final on Friday night, but they’ll both be at training in Thurles on Saturday morning.”

The final will be played in Boston on November 6th.

In camogie, All-Ireland champions Cork have received ten All-Star nominations. Beaten finalists Tipperary have seven, Wexford six, Galway and Dublin four, Kilkenny and Clare two and Limerick and Laois one.

The All-Stars team will be announced live on Saturday November 12th and the awards will be presented by guest of honour Ossie Kilkenny, chairperson of the Irish Sports Council, and Miriam O’Callaghan, President of Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael.

Liam Mulvihill, Director-General of the GAA, yesterday paid tribute to Cormac McGill, who died over the weekend after a lengthy illness.

He had served on the Leitrim County Board for several decades and through his work and influence the county won unprecedented success at Scór. Cormac was a former primary school principal and a well-known contributor to the Donegal Democrat, Longford Leader and Leitrim Observer. His son Fergal, the GAA’s National Publications Officer, was in Australia handling press affairs for the International Rules Tour when he died.

Mr Mulvihill extended his sympathy to Cormac’s wife Mary and Fergal and to his daughters.

Camogie All-Star nominations: Manager of the Year: John Cronin (Cork), Sharon Glynn (Galway); Peter Lucey (Dublin); Goalkeepers: A Murray (Cork), J Delaney (Tipperary), C Ryan (Kilkenny); Backs: T Maher, S Cahalan, R Glynn (Galway); C O’Loughlin, Á Codd, D Codd (Wexford); M O’Connor, B Corkery, A Geary, R Buckley (Cork); S Kelly, T Brophy, J Kirwan (Tipperary), C Power (Dublin); Midfield: G O’Connor (Cork), K Kelly (Wexford), C Lucey (Dublin), P Fogarty (Tipperary), D Murphy (Clare), I Kennedy (Kilkenny); Forwards: E McDonnell, C Grogan (Tipperary); J O’Leary, E Dillon, S Dunlea, R Maloney (Cork); U Jacob, M Leacy (Wexford); L O’Mahony (Laois); L Kavanagh (Galway); A Sheehan (Limerick); C O’Loughlin (Clare); C Durkan, L O’Hara (Dublin); Young Player of the Year: C McSorley (Armagh); A McLoughney (Tipperary); K Power (Kilkenny); S Flannery (Offaly).

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