Lyng calls time on days in black and amber after illustrious career
LEGENDARY Kilkenny midfielder, Derek Lyng, has announced his retirement from senior inter-county hurling after a decade-long career in which he won six All-Ireland medals.
The 32-year-old Emeralds midfielder was asked aboard the senior squad in 2001 and won half a dozen Celtic Crosses, four leagues medals, four Railway Cups, nine Leinster championships and two All-Star awards.
"There is never an ideal time to do something like this, but the time is right for me now," said Lyng.
"I had a great innings. I played with and against some of the greatest hurlers who ever lived and I picked up a few honours along the way.
"Playing with Kilkenny always meant a huge amount to me. I always had massive pride in it and I never took anything for granted.
"If you relaxed, someone would have overtaken you and you would be gone.
"I loved everything about it, the training, the camaraderie, the atmosphere of the big match. I found playing for your county in a full Croke Park to be inspiring." Lyng started in midfield in each final of Kilkenny's four All-Irelands in-a-row but lost his spot this season as Michael Fennelly and Michael Rice forged an impressive partnership in the Cats engine room.
GALWAY hurling is set to move a step closer to decamping to Leinster completely with clubs in the county to be asked tonight to back a motion to switch both their minor and under-21 teams to the Eastern province.
The motion comes from Sarsfields and if passed, would see Galway apply to enter both the minor and U21 championships starting in 2012.
The county was split on the vote on whether the senior team should move but it is expected that that the Sarsfields motion will garner enough support to be pushed through.
It's an attempted move which is likely to be met with some opposition in Leinster.
ANTRIM manager Liam Bradley will have to plan for the new season without experienced defender Seán Kelly who has decided to retire from inter-county action. The 28-year-old half back, who was one of the stars of St Gall's All-Ireland club championship success this year, has cited a lack of hunger and unhappiness with his performances for the county as his reasons for calling time on his inter-county playing days