TOMMY WALSH has failed to make the St Kilda panel for tomorrow’s second round NAB Cup game against Sydney Swans.
There had been some anticipation about a potential clash of the Kerry All-Ireland-winning team-mates, with Tadhg Kennelly lining out for the Swans. But Walsh has struggled with the pace and skills of Aussie Rules, so coach Ross Lyon has decided not to expose him to first team football just yet.
Walsh was actually named in the extended panel for last week’s first round, and Lyon indicated that his rookie would get some game time from the bench.
That didn’t happen though with Lyon concluding that Walsh is not ready for that level, and is more of a long-term project.
There is better news for Pearce Hanley, who has been named in the Brisbane squad for the clash with Setanta O hAilpín’s Carlton.
The Ballaghaderreen native is now in his third season with the Lions and is looking to establish a regular first-team place under coach, Michael Voss, who was captain of the Australian international rules squad that toured Ireland in 2006. Michael Quinn, who made his AFL debut last season within weeks of playing his first game of Aussie Rules, is not in the Essendon squad.
The Longford prospect missed some pre-season training when he returned to Ireland due to a family bereavement and is not yet ready for the fray.
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