WEXFORD forward Jack Guiney will not be part of Liam Dunne's squad this year according to the Slaneysiders' manager, in a further blow to their chances of upsetting Dublin in the Leinster SHC opener in Wexford Park on June 8.
The talented Rathnure man has not played with Wexford at all in this year's Walsh Cup or league competitions, though there had been hopes of a recall prior to the start of the championship and he did take some part in a challenge match against a combined Kilkenny Intermediate and U21 hurling team last month.
Guiney sustained a head injury in a non-hurling related accident earlier this year and though he is expected to play with Rathnure this weekend in the Wexford SHC, Dunne has intimated that he will not be in the mix for the Dublin match.
Already, Dunne has publically ruled out former talisman Diarmuid 'Gizzy' Lyng, although there remains an outside chance that he will be involved.
Lyng missed all of this year's action with a virus, although it is not yet known whether he will be fully recovered in time for the visit of Dublin.
Brogan announces Red Bull 5-a-side
DUBLIN footballer Bernard Brogan yesterday announced an interesting new five-a-side Gaelic football competition in association with energy drink producers, Red Bull.
The competition, named Red Bull Cúl 5 – and which will be open only to players eligible for minors grade (U18) – will take place on Saturday, May 25 at the yet-to-be-built arena in Dublin's Port area. The matches will feature squads of seven players and only goals are permitted to be scored. The matches will be two halves long, lasting five minutes per half.
They will be played on 50m x 30m pitch, enclosed by storage containers, ensuring the ball is in play continuously.
An explanation of the playing rules notes "a number of key rule changes" from Gaelic football.
pThe ball can be picked clearly off the ground.
pThe person in possession can only be tackled/shadowed by one opponent.
pSubstitutes are unlimited and interchangeable from a maximum squad of seven.
pGoalkeepers can restart game with kick from the hand.
pThe ball is always in play – except when a goal is scored and goalkeeper restarts.
"We've worked hard to create a challenging format," said Brogan. "The ball will always be in play and players will need to be at their sharpest. I'm looking forward to seeing top young players compete."
A total of 32 teams will be permitted, with entry forms available from www.redbull.ie