Murphy in line for Galway job

VICTORIOUS All-Ireland minor boss Mattie Murphy could be in line to take charge of the Galway seniors for the third time.

Murphy is one of three candidates named for the position with current boss Conor Hayes also coming under pressure from another former Galway manager Noel Lane.

Galway Hurling Board have chosen a seven man committee to select their manager for next season. Conor Hayes, manager for the past two seasons, wants to stay on but is now under pressure after clubs in the county also nominated Lane and Murphy.

Galway Hurling Secretary, Phelim Murphy said that the three candidates will be interviewed by the selection committee in the coming weeks and will make a recommendation.

The committee selected to chose the next manager is Hurling Board Chairman Mike Ryan, Secretary Phelim Murphy, Treasurer Tony Dervan, delegates Malachy Hanley (Carnmore), Tom Fox (Sarsfields), Frank Canning (Portumna) and John Moylan (Beagh).

The Ulster junior and intermediate club football champions are to receive new trophies.

The Ulster intermediate club championship developed out of the tournament first organised by the Clontibret club in 2000 and for which the Packie McCully Cup was presented. McCully was a founder member of Clontibret who played senior for the club before becoming an able administrator, serving as (until his untimely death in 1964) county registrar. When the Ulster intermediate club tournament was launched it was felt that this was a fitting memorial to one of Clontibret’s all-time greats.

The Ulster junior club championship has developed out of a tournament held by the Cremartin club for the last two seasons. The trophy was presented by the Kerr family in memory of Paul Kerr, who was tragically killed in a road accident while still a minor with Cremartin. The two cups will be presented by officials of the two clubs to officers of the Ulster Council on Nov 7th.

Meanwhile Armagh, reigning U-21 football champions, open their title defence at home to Donegal on March 19th next year following this week’s draw for the 2005 series. Tyrone, losers in the Ulster final, start at home game to Antrim on March 12th and the winners meet Down in the quarter final.

2005 Ulster U-21 Football Championship: preliminary round: Tyrone v Antrim winners v Down, March 12th 2005; quarter-finals, March 19th 2005.

Monaghan v Cavan Armagh v Donegal Fermanagh v Derry; semi-finals, Monaghan or Cavan v Armagh or Donegal, Fermanagh or Derry v Tyrone, Antrim or Down.

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