Judge axed by Louth

COLM JUDGE has been dropped from the Louth panel ahead of tomorrow’s Leinster SFC quarter-final against Carlow.

The Newtown Blues man is alleged to have been involved in an off-the-field incident following a recent league game between his club against Mattock Rangers.

Louth manager Peter Fitzpatrick last night confirmed Judge was omitted from the panel last Monday.

However, he would made no comment when asked if the forward’s axing was in relation to the incident.

“He has (been dropped off the panel),” said Fitzpatrick. “It happened last Monday. I’ve picked my panel and that’s the panel I am going with.”

Judge, who started in last year’s Leinster final and subsequent All-Ireland qualifier round four game, had featured in a challenge game against Cavan in Louth village last month.

Meanwhile, the draw for the first round of the All-Ireland football qualifiers will be televised live from Carrick-on-Shannon tomorrow evening.

The process will be shown on RTÉ Two at approximately 6pm following Leitrim and Roscommon’s Connacht SFC semi-final.

All counties who have not qualified for the provincial semi-finals will be included in the draw.

As things stand, they are Down, Antrim, Fermanagh, Monaghan, Wicklow, Longford, Meath, Offaly, Laois, Clare, Tipperary, Sligo and London.

The losers from this weekend’s provincial quarter-finals — Cavan v Donegal, Carlow v Louth and Wexford v Westmeath — will also join the drum.

The draw is an open one with the first county drawn in each pairing enjoying home advantage.

However, if a team is drawn away for the second year running, that team receives home advantage.

If both teams drawn together played away in 2010 there will be a toss for home venue by the Central Competitions Control Committee on Monday.

The counties that were drawn to play away from home in the 2010 qualifiers were Antrim, Clare, Donegal, Wicklow, Wexford and Laois.

The venues and times for the eight games will be available on Monday afternoon.

Picture: Colm Judge celebrates scoring Louth’s goal with team-mate Derek Maguire, 22, as a disconsolate Kevin Maguire, Westmeath, looks on in last year’s Leinster SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Picture: Brendan Moran



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