4 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

This Sunday newly appointed Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke has his first competitive outing when his charges take on St Mary’s University College, Belfast, in the opening round of matches in this year’s Dr McKenna Cup competition.
Malachy O’Rourke has a detailed knowledge of the GAA scene in Monaghan and would have taken in the final stages of all three championships as well as the latter stages of all the leagues where he expressed himself as being very impressed with the level of competition right across the leagues and championships and the high standard of play that he saw in what he described as very exciting finals.
O’Rourke also held a number of trail games and eventually drew up a 26-man panel for this year’s McKenna Cup competition.
There are a number of new faces but there are a number of established players who are not included for a variety of reasons one of which is that some of them, like Colin Walshe, are involved with their respective colleges in the various pre-season tournaments. The McKenna Cup panel does not include Darren Hughes, Colin Walshe, Vincent Corey, Paul Finlay, Stephen Gollogly, James Turley or Dessie Mone.
St Mary’s College, on the other hand, are coming with quite an experienced panel and a group of players who have already reached the final of the Ryan Cup where they lost out to the Dublin Institute and the level of experience they have can be gauged from the fact that all but eight of last year’s panel are there again this year. The players who are no longer involved with …

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