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GAA Digest: Shefflin back for Cats

Updated: Saturday, 15 Feb 2014 14:47 | Comments

Henry Shefflin starts for Kilkenny Aidan Walsh is named at full-forward Cathal Barrett makes his league debut against Waterford Munster manager Ger O'Sullivan GAA Digest: Shefflin back for Cats
Henry Shefflin starts for Kilkenny Aidan Walsh is named at full-forward Cathal Barrett makes his league debut against Waterford Munster manager Ger O'Sullivan

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Henry Shefflin returns to the Kilkenny starting line-up for Sunday's Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash against All-Ireland champions Clare at Cusack Park.

Lester Ryan will captain the Kilkenny team from the centre half-back position as Tommy Walsh's younger brother Padraic, Michael Walsh, Brian Kennedy and Joey Holden all make their debuts.

The Clare team contains 12 of the players who started last September's All-Ireland final replay win over Cork.

Goalkeeper Patrick Kelly, Domhnall O'Donovan and Podge Collins are named among the substitutes.

Kilkenny: D Herity; C Fogarty, M Walsh, B Kennedy; J Holden, L Ryan, P Murphy; C Buckley, P Walsh; H Shefflin, C Fennelly, E Larkin; JJ Farrell, M Kelly, W Walsh.

Clare: D Tuohy; S Morey, C Dillon, D McInerney; B Bugler, P Donnellan, P O'Connor; Conor Ryan, C Galvin; J Conlon, T Kelly, S Golden; S O'Donnell, C McGrath, Colin Ryan.

There have been two venue changes for this weekend's Allianz Hurling League programme. 

In Division 2A, Kerry's visit to Derry has moved to Ballinascreen at 1.30 on Sunday.

There will be a pitch inspection at Rusilip at 5pm today ahead of tomorrow's Allianz HL Div 2A clash between London and Westmeath.

In 2B, Mayo v Fingal now takes place at the Connacht GAA centre in Ballyhaunis at 1.00pm on Sunday.

Aidan Walsh will make his debut for the Cork hurlers in their Allianz League Division 1B opener against Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn tonight (7.00pm).

Walsh is named at full-forward in a team which includes ten of the team which started last September's All-Ireland hurling final replay against Clare.

Shane Dowling is a surprise inclusion at full-forward on the Limerick team to play Cork on Saturday evening.

It was indicated that none of the Na Piarsaigh players would be chosen because of their heavy schedule in advance of last Saturday's All-Ireland club championship game against Portumna.

Cork: A Nash; S O’Neill, S Mc Donnell, K Murphy; S White, C Joyce, M Ellis; D Kearney, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, C McCarthy, R O’Shea; P Horgan, A Walsh, S Moylan. 

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O'Brien, W McNamara, G O'Mahony; D O'Grady, P Brown; T Ryan, J Ryan, C Alliss; G Mulcahy, S Dowling, S Tobin.

Tipperary will hand a league debut to Cathal Barrett for their Allianz Hurling League clash with Waterford on Saturday at 7pm in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Right corner-back Barrett from the Holycross-Ballycahill club will be the sole League debutant in a team captained by midfielder Brendan Maher.

In total, there are 7 changes to the Tipperary team which captured Waterford Crystal Cup honours last weekend.

Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, C O'Mahony, M Cahill; S McGrath, P Maher, C O'Brien; B Maher (capt), J Woodlock; S Callanan, N McGrath, K Bergin; J Forde, P Murphy, J O'Dwyer

Offaly manager Brian Whelahan and his management team have named five debutants, four in defence, on the team to play Laois in Allianz Hurling League Division 1B in O’Connor Pk, Tullamore on Sunday.

Niall Wynne (St Rynagh’s), Dan Kelleher (Brosna Gaels), Conor Doughan (Shinrone) and Brian Watkins (Birr) all make their debuts in defence while Peter Geraghty (Kilcormac/Killoughey) makes his first senior league start at right-half forward.  In addition Kevin Connolly (Coolderry) will be making his first full start having appeared twice as a substitute in the past. 

Offaly: J Dempsey; N Wynne, D Kelliher, J Rigney; C Doughan, B Watkins, D Mooney; K Brady, C Parlon; P Geraghty, J Bergin, C Egan; K Connolly, S Gardner, B Carroll.

Ronan Burke, Cathal Mannion and Jason Flynn all make their league debuts for Galway against Dublin.

Galway: C Callanan; F Moore, R Burke, J Coen; D Collins, I Tannian, A Harte; D Burke, P Brehony; C Mannion; J Glynn, D Glennon; N Healy, C Cooney, J Flynn.

Meanwhile, the semi-final line-up for this year's Irish Daily Mail Sigerson Cup has been decided.

UUJ will play UCD, while UCC take on NUI Maynooth in the semi-finals which will take place at Queens University in Belfast over the weekend of 22 February. 

Dublin's Kevin O'Brien suffered a serious knee injury while playing for DIT against UUJ and faces a period of time on the sidelines.

Kerry: T Flynn; D Fitzell, B Murphy, J Leahy; S Weir, D Dineen, K Carmody; J Egan, (capt), D O’Connell; M Boyle, D Collins, C Harty; S Nolan, A Boyle, D Butler.       

The Munster side to face Connacht in Sunday's M Donnelly Inter-provincial semi-final in Tuam will be comprised solely of players from Cork and Kerry.

Following the decision by the Munster Council to remove the open draw for this year's provincial championship Clare, Tipperary, Waterford and Limerick players opted not to make themselves available for the squad. 

Ger O'Sullivan's 24-man squad is made of 11 players from Cork and 13 from Kerry.

Munster squad to play Connacht: 
M Collins, R Deane, D Goulding, B Hurley, P Kerrigan, J Loughrey, J McLoughlin, D O'Connor, B O'Driscoll, K O'Halloran, J O'Rourke, (Cork) P Crowley, S Enright, M Geaney, M Griffin, B Kealy, BJ Keane, J Lyne, A Maher, B McGuire, D Moran, A O'Mahony, M Ó Sé, D Walsh (Kerry)

Ulster's squad to play Leinster in the other semi-final sees no representatives from either Antrim or Armagh.

Manager Joe Kernan has picked seven players from Donegal, with five coming from Tyrone.

Ulster squad to play Leinster: 
David Givney, Eugene Keating, Rory Dunne, Cian Mackey (Cavan),  Chrissy McKaigue, James Kielt, Sean Leo McGoldrick (Derry), Neil McGee, Eamonn McGee, Karl Lacey, Mark McHugh, Michael Murphy (Donegal), Mark Poland, Kevin McKernan (Down), Ryan McCluskey, Eoin Donnelly, Ryan Jones (Fermanagh), Rory Beggan, Colin Walshe, Conor McManus, Kieran Hughes (Monaghan), Peter Harte, Sean Cavanagh, Niall Morgan, Conor Clarke, Colm Cavanagh, Matthew Donnelly, Darren McCurry (Tyrone) 

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