Hanley is in AFL's top 50
PEARCE HANLEY'S star rating continues to rise Down Under as the Mayo native was voted among the top 50 current Aussie Rules players as voted by his fellow professionals.
For the second year running, in conjunction with the AFL Players' Association, afl.com.au surveyed players to find out who they think make up the game's top 50 and the Ballaghderreen man finished in an impressive 37th position.
According to the AFL website: "Hanley enjoyed an incredible end to 2014, but will not be seen until the mid-point of this year after undergoing pre-season hip surgery.
"He is close to the (Brisbane) Lions' most damaging player with his ability to run-and-carry the ball, elude defenders with a step or swerve, and then have the composure to finish off with a pinpoint pass or shot at goal.
"The 26-year-old averaged 30 disposals a game over the final nine rounds last season, yet it's the impact of those possessions that makes him so valuable.
"Often the first Lion tagged these days, he is capable of single-handedly winning games and is heading towards the peak of his powers."
DUBLIN, Meath, Kildare and Carlow get in some valuable competitive action this weekend as they hone their preparations for the upcoming Electric Ireland Leinster MFC.
The Dubs host Meath in their Leinster MFL semi-final in Parnell Park this Saturday (12.30) while Kildare play surprise packets Carlow.
Meath came their their group undefeated with three victories against Louth, Tipperary and Longford.
Following their three games in the round-robin section the Áth Cliath selection (Dublin entered two selections in two different groups) completed their programme with three victories following their defeats of Limerick, Offaly and Westmeath.
The first round in the Leinster MFC takes place on April 18 when the Dubs host Offaly, Meath play Laois, Kildare tavel to Louth and Carlow take on Kilkenny.