The team that Dalo built – the team Ger tore down? Some will view it as just that; others will argue it was evolutionary but everyone can be agreed four years is a long time in hurling.
Of the Dublin team that beat Galway in the 2013 Leinster final, only Liam Rushe, Ryan O’Dwyer, and David Treacy are expected to start against the Tribesmen on Sunday.
The veteran goalkeeper serves the second of a two-match ban this Sunday for a foul on Kilkenny’s Liam Blanchfield in the final Division 1A round game, for which he was sent off. His Ballyboden St Enda’s team-mate Conor Dooley is set to take his place.
Aged 34, the Galway native retired from inter-county hurling last November, having made his debut for his adopted county in 2008. However, he made the announcement after it was confirmed he wouldn’t be part of Ger Cunningham’s plans this year.
Like his brother Mark although for slightly different reasons (rehabbing injuries, apparently), Schutte, 28, has not made himself available to Cunningham this summer having claimed an All-Ireland Club SHC title with Cuala in March.
The 33-year-old stepped away from Dublin at the end of 2014 before winning an All-Ireland Club SFC medal with Ballyboden last year. Hiney’s career was one of defiance in the face of cruciate injuries, diabetes and an eye difficulty.
The Palmerstown man’s third year as captain, his second as sole skipper. Publicly, he has presented a diplomatic front in the wake of several team-mates leaving the panel. Turning 27 next month, this is his ninth senior season.
The most outspoken against Cunningham, Carton departed the panel just prior to Dublin beating Limerick in their 2015 All-Ireland second round qualifier. Last November, he described the environment in Cunningham’s reign as “toxic”.
A captain under Anthony Daly for four seasons, the Lucan Sarsfields stalwart was not included in Cunningham’s 38-man panel for 2017. He has kept silent since.
It was reported last June the Na Fianna man made himself unavailable to Cunningham due to a lack of game-time.
Although he announced his inter-county retirement shortly after the high of Ballyboden’s club success last year, Keaney has questioned why Cunningham has lost or chosen to lose so many experienced players.
A strong advocate of Cunningham who said those no longer part of the set-up should leave their “personal grievances aside” for the betterment of Dublin hurling.
An All-Star in 2013, the 25-year-old lined out for New York’s footballers earlier this month. The St Jude’s player removed himself from the Dublin set-up in late 2015. Keaney has reasoned there was a personality clash between him and Cunningham.
A hamstring injury is expected to rule the 33-year-old out of the O’Connor Park clash.
Part of the slimmer Cuala contingent available to Cunningham and should be handed free-taking duties ahead of impressive up-and-comer Donal Burke.
It’s understood Ryan wasn’t interested in being part of the squad this season although it’s been mooted management hadn’t figured him in their plans.
Never played a competitive game under Cunningham.
Expected to form part of the Dublin back six in Tullamore.
Has opted out for 2017.
The Cuala forward is now part of Jim Gavin’s panel having recently decided not to return to the hurlers following his club’s March triumph.
Hit out at Cunningham for the manner in which he was dropped in December 2015 - “I came back from a career-threatening injury in 2013, missed all of 2014 and worked myself back into contention, starting both of the Galway games (in 2015 SHC). The reasons given to me were, in my opinion, disrespectful from where I’ve come from.”
Others no longer part of the panel:
Claims to have left the set-up of his own accord but it is believed management had culled him. Accused Cunningham of “eroding down the foundation of a successful squad”.
Expressed frustration and disappointment having been cut from the panel in December 2015. In a statement, he articulated: “I’m more annoyed than anything else. I understand that panels change, that’s part of hurling. I’m not the first person to be dropped and I won’t be the last. But having given 10 years of service to the Dublin team, it all to be undone like this is frustrating.”
Dropped for 2017.
Dropped for 2017.
Left panel last year.
Left the panel after Daly stepped down.
Quit after 2015 league campaign.
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