Hartley ‘immensely honoured’ to take charge of Waterford U21 team

FORMER Waterford senior hurling star Fergal Hartley is set to assume the managerial reins of the county U21 side for the coming season.

The Ballygunner man’s appointment will be formally ratified at next Monday night’s meeting of the County Board. Hartley will be joined on the management team by former county colleague Tom Feeney of Ballyduff Upper as one of his selectors along with De La Salle’s Derek McGrath who managed De La Salle College to Harty Cup and All-Ireland glory in recent years.

“I really will be giving the new job my very best shot,” said Hartley. “It is an immense honour to have been asked to take it on, and in Tom Feeney and Derek McGrath I have colleagues who know all that there is to know about the game.”

Meanwhile, Ronan Steede, who captained the Galway minor footballers two years ago, is heading to Australia next Monday on an AFL contract for the season with second division side Grove Dale who are situated just south of Melbourne.

Steede who won a senior Connacht club championship medal with Corofin in 2009 will spend his first three weeks with Richmond, before joining up with the Grove Dale players on the first of February. Steede who is a past pupil and captain of St Jarlath’s College, Tuam has deferred his course in Sligo IT for the year and is excited about the trip.

“It is a once in a lifetime opportunity and having a contract until next September means that I can give it my all and see how it works out. I am going with an open mind and a very positive attitude. I will give it my all and see what happens.”

Meanwhile Swanlinbar have been crowned the 2010 Ulster club junior football champions after winning their appeal to the Ulster Council. The Cavan club, who were defeated by Monaghan junior champions Corduff in last month’s provincial decider at Kingspan Breffni Park, were awarded the title after being successful in their appeal against the legality of one of the opposition’s players.

The hearing found that a Corduff substitute, who scored a decisive goal in the game, was U16 last season and under GAA rules adult teams are not permitted to field U16 players. As a result, the game was forfeited to Swanlibar and they will now go on to represent Ulster in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland club JFC on January 30th against the winner of this weekend’s Leinster final between St Andrews (Carlow) and Ballinabrackey (Meath).

LIMERICK (McGrath Cup v Cork): C Wallace; J McCarthy, B Fitzpatrick, M Sheehan; M McCormack, S Gallagher, P Ranahan; E Joy, J Galvin; J Mullane, S Buckley, D McCarthy; L Costelloe, J Cooke, I Ryan. Subs: G Ryan, J Riordan, E Fitzgibbon, J Kelly, S Lucey, S Kelly, J Bourke, P Ahern, P Kinnerk.

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