Kerry are in but now Tipp skip interpros

Munster Council chairman Sean Walsh last night moved to clear up a misunderstanding surrounding the availability of Kerry players for the province’s M Donnelly Interprovincial semi-final against Leinster in Parnell Park next Sunday and described as “unfortunate and disappointing” theunavailability of Tipperary players in the squad due to county trainingcommitments.

Munster manager Ger O’Sullivan expressed his disappointment on Wednesday at the lack of Kerry footballers available for selection but Walsh insists only three members of Jack O’Connor’s squad were in fact unavailable. Goalkeeper Brendan Kealy, defensive duo Aidan O’Mahony and Tomás Ó Sé and midfielder Seamus Scanlon were the four Kerryrepresentatives included in the 24-man squad announced yesterday.

“I think there was just a misunderstanding about this situation,” outlined Walsh.

“There were only three Kerry players who were not available to Munster and that was for various individual reasons. All the rest of the Kerry panel were available for Munster and that was fully conveyed.”

Tipperary boss John Evans has cited prior commitments as the reason why there are no Premier representatives on the Munster panel but Walsh insisted it was counties, rather than the provincial body, who sought the reintroduction of the Interprovincial Championships and as a result every county should have made acommitment.

“It’s very unfortunate Tipp haven’t supplied players to the panel. Having done so the last time Munster wereinvolved, we expected to have at least three players from the county on this panel. We were informed by John Evans on Monday that due to trainingcommitments already made, there wouldn’t be any Tipperary players available.

“From our point of view, that is disappointing. It’s also important to remember it was the counties who wanted the Railway Cup brought back, not the provincial council. If they wanted it to be played, they should have made a commitment to it to provide players. We are very happy with the Munster hurling panel and the commitment that has been shown by all counties towards Liam Sheedy and his management team.”

Munster boss O’Sullivan named the O’Gorman twins, Thomas and Maurice, in his football squad for the Parnell Park clash which coincides with Maurice’s return to the Waterford senior football set-up.

The highly-rated defensive pair have not lined out for John Owens’ side this season as they instead linked up with the Waterford hurling panel under Michael Ryan.

However, Maurice has now rejoined the football panel and is in line tofeature in their next Division 4 tie against Wicklow on March 4.

There is also speculation Owens may soon have Thomas in his ranks for the remainder of Waterford’s campaign.

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