Munster hampered by Cork absentees

CORK are restricted to just two representatives - Ronan Curran and Joe Deane - on the Munster team to face Leinster in the M. Donnelly Interprovincial hurling semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday (12.15pm).

This is as a result of a combination of club commitments and injuries.

Six Kilkenny players feature on the Leinster side, the most interesting being the choice of Tommy Walsh at left half-forward.

Donie Nealon, the Munster manager, admitted yesterday that apart from a few players (from different counties) who had shown no interest, the selectors were happy with the response.

In the case of Cork, he indicated they had originally operated from a list of about 10 possibles but that this was trimmed because of players being unavailable for one reason or another.

The council had fixed the Mount Sion/Ahane club championship game for tomorrow to facilitate the selection of players from the two teams.

However, only Tony Browne, who will captain the team and the Ahane pair - brothers Ollie and Niall Moran - were available.

The Morans are the only Limerick players in the starting line-up and were also the county’s only Vodafone Allstar nominees.

Tipperary supply six players, among them goalkeeper Brendan Cummins, full-back Philip Maher and full-forward Eoin Kelly. The team was chosen by Donie Nealon, Nicky Cashin and Donal Collins, with Ken Hogan the trainer/coach.

Former Offaly star Aidan Fogarty, joint coach to O’Loughlin Gaels in Kilkenny, is the Leinster manager, working with selectors George Leahy and Mick Jacob.

According to Donie Nealon, the big stumbling block the Munster selectors encountered was that a number of county championships have yet to be completed.

“You couldn’t describe it as a second-string side, but a lot of very good players just were not available.

“But we were very happy with the response from the players we have. They are all very committed and they have had two sessions in preparation for the game.’’

While the early starting time will mean that very few people will be in the stadium by the time the ball is thrown in, Nealon said he welcomed the fact that the game was fixed for Croke Park.

“It gives it a status. It’s better than playing it at a country venue in front of two or three hundred people,’’ he said.

“And there is bound to be a bit of a crowd present by the time the second-half is under way.

“The players are delighted that the game is there, in association with the International Rules series.’’

MUNSTER: B. Cummins (Tipperary); P. Curran (do), P. Maher (do), J. Murray (Waterford); E. Corcoran (Tipperary), R. Curran (Cork), D. Fitzgerald (Tipperary); T. Browne (Waterford, capt), O. Moran (Limerick); D. Shanahan (Waterford), N. Gilligan (Clare), N. Moran (Limerick); J. Mullane (Waterford), E. Kelly (Tipperary), J. Deane (Cork).

Subs: D. Fitzgerald (Clare), J. Browne (Cork), B. Dunne (Tipperary), D. Bennett (Waterford), S. Prendergast (Waterford), P. Flynn (Waterford), P. O'Brien (Tipperary), K. Murphy (Cork), S. Brick (Kerry).

LEINSTER: D. Fitzhenry (Wexford); M. Kavanagh (Kilkenny), D. Ryan (Wexford, capt.), D. O’Connor (do); B. Whelahan (Offaly), D. Ruth (Wexford), J.J. Delaney (Kilkenny); M. Cordial (Offaly), D. Lyng (Kilkenny); B. Murphy (Offaly), H. Shefflin (Kilkenny), T. Walsh (do); M. Jacob (Wexford), G. Hanniffy (Offaly), E. Brennan (Kilkenny).

Subs: J. McGarry (Kilkenny), N. Hickey (do), M. Travers (Wexford), R. McCarthy (do), C. Cassidy (Offaly), J. Young (Laois), J. Hoyne (Kilkenny), C. Keaney (Dublin), D. O’Callaghan (do), M. Jordan (Wexford).

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CourtsGaaHurlingPlace: Croke ParkPlace: TipperaryPlace: KilkennyPerson: Ronan CurranPerson: Joe DeanePerson: Tommy WalshPerson: Donie NealonPerson: Tony BrownePerson: OlliePerson: Niall MoranPerson: Brendan CumminsPerson: Philip MaherPerson: Eoin KellyPerson: Nicky CashinPerson: Donal CollinsPerson: Ken HoganPerson: Aidan FogartyPerson: George LeahyPerson: Mick JacobPerson: NealonPerson: B. CumminsPerson: P. CurranPerson: P. MaherPerson: J. MurrayPerson: E. CorcoranPerson: R. CurranPerson: D. FitzgeraldPerson: T. BrownePerson: O. MoranPerson: D. ShanahanPerson: N. GilliganPerson: N. MoranPerson: J. MullanePerson: E. KellyPerson: J. DeanePerson: J. BrownePerson: B. DunnePerson: D. BennettPerson: S. PrendergastPerson: P. FlynnPerson: P. O'BrienPerson: K. MurphyPerson: S. BrickPerson: D. FitzhenryPerson: M. KavanaghPerson: D. RyanPerson: D. O’ConnorPerson: B. WhelahanPerson: RuthPerson: J.J. DelaneyPerson: M. CordialPerson: D. LyngPerson: B. MurphyPerson: H. ShefflinPerson: T. WalshPerson: M. JacobPerson: G. HanniffyPerson: E. BrennanPerson: J. McGarryPerson: N. HickeyPerson: M. TraversPerson: R. McCarthyPerson: C. CassidyPerson: J. YoungPerson: J. HoynePerson: C. KeaneyPerson: D. O’CallaghanPerson: M. JordanOrganisation: MunsterOrganisation: CorkOrganisation: LeinsterOrganisation: M. DonnellyOrganisation: Mount SionOrganisation: AhaneOrganisation: MoransOrganisation: LimerickOrganisation: OffalyOrganisation: O’Loughlin GaelsOrganisation: WaterfordOrganisation: ClareOrganisation: KerryOrganisation: WexfordOrganisation: KilkennyOrganisation: LaoisOrganisation: Dublin
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