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KERRY'S EYE THIS WEEK - Published Thursday 18th December, 2014


Jim O Gorman

Sports Editor


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Hurling managers take new posts






Tralee-based teacher and former Kerry senior hurling trainer Eddie Murphy is the new coach of the famed Blackrock senior hurlers in Cork.

Murphy has been one of Cork’s leading club coaches over the past decade. He led Bishopstown to the Cork County Premier intermediate title a couple of years ago and also coached the club’s U21 team to two county titles. Murphy also guided Ballymartle to an All-Ireland Intermediate club title back in 2011.

In other news, Lixnaw’s County Championship winning trainer Ciarán Carey has returned to his native Patrickswell. Carey won 9 senior county medals with Patrickswell and he proved to be a very popular figure with the Lixnaw players in his time in the county.

Two other hurling trainers with links to Kerry in the news this week are Anthony Daly and Jerry Wallace. Former Ballyduff trainer Wallace has left his post as Director of Limerick’s Underage Hurling Academy to return to coach his native Midleton. Former Kilmoyley and Dublin trainer Anthony Daly has taken over the position with the Limerick GAA that was held by Wallace up to last week.

Burns impresses in Aussie Rules trial








All-Ireland minor football final man-of-the-match and Dr Crokes star Micheál Burns made a huge impression at the latest Aussie Rules trial for emerging players in DCU last Saturday.

The AFL website reported that ‘Kerryman Micheál Burns showcased his agility, aggression and huge aerobic capacity’.

The camp was overseen by Tadhg Kennelly who continues to trawl the country for talent in his role as international recruitment co-ordinator for the AFL. Kennelly’s camp was already responsible for the recruitment Legion’s Padraig Lucey to the AFL and his fellow Killarney man Burns could be the next in line to follow.

Speaking at the camp, Kennelly outlined his happiness at the initiative.

“The camp has been a huge success. It’s well resourced, we’re getting great results, and I’m sure we’ll get one, maybe two players recruited next year.

“The players picked the skills up so quickly you would think it was an under 18 team from Australia, so it was pretty impressive what they achieved in two days.

“It shows Irish players can make the transition to the AFL, but you’ve also got to work out who can handle it mentally, who can adapt moving to the other side of the world.”

Walsh ready for McGrath Cup

Tommy Walsh returned to Ireland last week and is all set to resume his career with Kerry. Walsh is expected to be part of Kerry’s McGrath Cup squad that play their first game of the competition against IT Tralee on January 11th.

The Strand Road man has already been involved in discussions with the Kerry management team and the former Aussie Rules star is expected to resume his career with Kerry on December 29th.

The Kerry team are heading to South Africa on that date and under the rules governing the return to organised training, Kerry are not permitted by the GAA to return to team training until that date.

The Kerry panel and mentors will miss the opening rounds of the McGrath Cup due to their trip to South Africa but Walsh is fit and ready to make an immediate impact with his county.

The former inter-county star is set to be eased back into action in the McGrath Cup. Walsh played 16 senior championship games for his county with his last coming in the All-Ireland final win over Cork in 2009. The 26-year-old also won an All-Ireland U21 medal with Kerry in 2008 and won the Young Player of the Year award the same year before pursuing a career in the AFL for a 5-year period.

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An Riocht duo star in European Championship

Sheer determination and grit gave An Riocht’s Laura Crowe a bronze medal in the European Cross Country Championships in Bulgaria at the weekend and placed the Irish team in third position.

Despite being ill, Laura ran a terrific race coming in 53rd place to give the Irish team 87 points and a third place position.

It marked a fantastic weekend for An Riocht whose newest runner, Shona Heaslip, was the second Irish runner home in the European Championships.

The 20-year-old gained a place on the Irish U23 team following her performance at trials in Dundalk last month, just three months after she ran her first ever race.

She made her debut on the running scene back in August when she ran the Rose of Tralee International 10k race for fun with her mother Liz. Since then her running career has taken over under the tutelage of her coach, Niamh O’Sullivan. Having competed in a number of provincial cross country races since August she was chosen as one of the six member Irish U23 cross country running team last month.

She was placed 42nd overall in the championships and her team came in 9th place. Shona’s running career now looks set to take off and her decision will be on whether to stick to cross country or do track, indoor or road races. Shona is a former Irish dancing champion for which she holds a world medal, along with a host of national titles.

She finished her dancing career earlier this year, having competed for 16 years, and decided to take up running. She joined An Riocht shortly after her debut in August and she has gone from strength to strength since then.

“It’s been a bit of a whirlwind. It hasn’t hit me yet,” said Shona this week.

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