SLAUGHTNEIL have proved they can mix it with the very best around, but captain Chrissy McKaigue insists the Derry and Ulster champions “need to get better” after Sunday’s defeat to defending All-Ireland champions Ballyhale.
FORMER hurler of the year Michael Fennelly doesn’t believe it is “a runner” to stage crucial All-Ireland club clashes around the Christmas period, after helping his Ballyhale side overcome Slaughtneil on Sunday.
FERMANAGH boss Ryan McMenamin believes there was no need to introduce the 'advanced mark' and criticised the time-keeping of his sin-binned player Aidan Breen after watching his side slip to a late Dr McKenna Cup defeat to Antrim on Sunday.
JAMEL Herring looked like a giant next to Carl Frampton when the super-featherweight rivals came face-to-face last November but WBO champion Herring now has to boil himself down to 9 stone 4lb for their fight in May and that will be far from easy.
DEE Walsh has plenty of special memories of Eoin Hamill from their short time spent together - young fighter, young coach, a bond forged through hours of listening and learning behind closed doors at the Gleann club.
ULSTER GAA secretary Brian McAvoy was in Croke Park cheering on his native Burren back in 1988 and he’ll be doing the same on January 21 when Kilcoo bridge a 32-year gap by retracing the St Mary’s outfit’s steps to the All-Ireland Club final.
RYAN McEvoy wore the number three jersey for Kilcoo on Saturday but the Down underage star was also used in midfield, scored two frees and got forward to register the last point in a pulsating game against Ballyboden on Saturday.
FORMER Australian Rules ace Marty Clarke has rejected Mickey Harte’s criticism that people like the ex-Down player are recruiting agents for the big clubs Down Under - and described the Tyrone manager’s assessment of the scouting procedures as “comical”.
AIB All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship semi-final Tullaroan (Kilkenny) 3-20 St Enda’s (Antrim) 0-14 AS a remarkable campaign came to a disappointing end for the hurlers of St Enda’s, so too did Terence McNaughton’s short but incredibly successful tenure at Hightown.
All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship semi-final: Kilcoo (Ulster) 2-8 Ballyboden St Enda’s (Leinster) 0-11 From Andy Watters at Kingspan Breffni THERE were some nervous moments at the death but it would have been a travesty if Kilcoo had been denied their place in the All-Ireland final by a late Ballyboden rally.
BACK IN THE DAY The Irish News: January 6 2010: As much through necessity as design, Mickey Harte will use the Barrett Sports Lighting Dr McKenna Cup as a vehicle for assessing potential new recruits to his Tyrone squad.