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Madden poised to fly even higher with Glenullin side

By John Campbell

Former Antrim ace Kevin Madden is set to move up in the world.

Madden, who gave over a decade of outstanding service to the Saffrons and was regularly their highest annual scorer before having to bring down the curtain on his playing career prematurely for health reasons, is the new manager of Glenullin.

He takes over from Paddy Bradley who is now the new boss at near neighbours Banagher.

Madden will be assisted by Colm Rafferty, a Glenullin player who has been in action for them "for maybe more years than I care to remember" as he puts it himself.

Like Madden, Rafferty enjoys huge respect from the Glenullin players - he has played for Derry with considerable success in the past. Glenullin soared to the Derry championship title this year for the first time in twenty-two years and Madden is already setting his sights on back-to-back triumphs.

While Glenullin were undoubtedly ecstatic to win the Derry crown, they were disappointed not to progress further in the AIB Ulster Club Championship.

Meanwhile, new Kildare manager Kieran McGeeney will make his match debut as county boss next week-end. That's when a Kildare XV will meet the White Stars in what is an annual domestic showpiece fixture.

McGeeney has already raised eyebrows with some of his initial selection decisions but the former Armagh All Ireland winning captain is unperturbed.

Long-serving half back Anthony Rainbow has been named on the White Stars team for the first time as he gears up for what will be his 18th season of inter-county football.

Former Under 17 International Rules panellist John Browne and Michael Hartnett are also included. Derek McCormack, who was recently axed from the county senior panel by McGeeney, is also included.

Unsurprisingly, senior kingpins Moorefield have six players making the Kildare line-up.

They are goalkeeper Tomas Corley, defenders Ian Lonergan, Kevin O'Neill and Ger Naughton, midfielder Ronan Sweeney and forward Patrick Murray.

Kildare Whites Stars: T Corley (Moorefield); I Lonergan (do), K O'Neill (do), N Clynch (St. Laurence's); J Browne (Suncroft), G Naughton (Moorefield), A Rainbow (Suncroft); J Kavanagh (Ballymore), R Sweeney (Moorefield); M Hartnett (Suncroft), B Mackey (St. Laurence's), D McCormack (Ballykelly); S Fahey (St. Laurence's), J O'Donoghue (Kilcock), P Murray (Moorefield).

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