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Muldoon has Ulster title in sight for Ballinderry

By John Campbell

Ballinderry have thrust themselves into the frame for the AIB Ulster Club title - but they are certainly taking nothing for granted.

It was on one of the foulest of winter days two years ago that the Shamrocks lost by 0-5 to 0-3 in the Ulster Club final at Casement Park - a defeat that still rankles within the club.

But now skipper Enda Muldoon is ready to lead a charge to the Ulster crown.

Club chairman Camillus Quinn, happy to have hurdled Latton in last Sunday’s quarter-final, believes that Ballinderry’s experience can bolsters heir prospects of success but he - and everyone else in the club - is taking nothing for granted.

“There are some very good sides int here and we are going to be up against it,” says Quinn.

Meanwhile, outgoing Meath selector Dudley Farrell has admitted that he attracted by the prospect of becoming Sligo’s next senior football boss.

Farrell, who has been nominated as one of the candidates to take over as Meath manager, has revealed that he would "love to talk" to Sligo about succeeding Tommy Jordan.

Sligo county board chairman John Murphy indicated two weeks ago that he hoped the Yeats’ County’s next manager could be in place by the start of November, and Farrell’s late bid could be taken into consideration.

On the hurling front, there are nine Kilkenny players on this year’s Opel Gaelic ’Team of the Year’ for Hurling for 2008 after Brian Cody’s side’s All-Ireland SHC three-in-a-row triumph this past year.

The Cats dominate the annual selection, with Munster Champions Tipperary (three), All-Ireland finalists Waterford (two) and Cork making up the rest of the team.

There are five members of the Kilkenny defenders that make up the six positions in the back line, with Tipperary’s Conor O’Mahony the only man to break the Cats’ trend throughout the backs.

Cork’s only All Star this year, Ben O’Connor, receives the number 10 position again here, while John Mullane, who was infamously denied an All Star this year, this time makes the cut at left corner-forward position, while young Galway sensation Joe Canning is left out.

Canning’s team Portumna won the Galway hurling championship title on Sunday when they beat Gort by 1-18 to 2-7 with Canning, who made the Allstars side, scoring 0-10, six of the points coming from frees.

OPEL HURLING TEAM OF THE YEAR: B Cummins (Tipperary); M Kavanagh (Kilkenny), N Hickey (Kilkenny), J Tyrell (Kilkenny); T Walsh (Kilkenny), C O’Mahony (Tipperary), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny); S McGrath (Tipperary), J Fitzpatrick (Kilkenny); B O’Connor (Cork), H Shefflin (Kilkenny), E Larkin (Kilkenny); E Brennan (Kilkenny), E Kelly (Waterford), J Mullane (Waterford).

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