Kilcock Gaa Club players Jason Gibbons and Daniel Courntey have been named on a 31 man panel for Maynooth University’s upcoming Sigerson Cup campaign.
Gibbons comes into the panel on the back of three substitute appearances for the Kildare senior footballers in the O’Byrne Cup, not to mention helping the Kildare u20s to All-Ireland glory last year with victory over Mayo in the final.
Courtney on the other hand has had the winter free from any inter county action and will no doubt be itching to see action in what is one of the highest levels of Gaa around.
Both men are sure to feature prominitely for the North Kildare college, who start with a very tricky tie away to Queens University college this coming Sunday, January 20th. They are joined on the panel by a whole host of fellow Kildare players including Jimmy Hyland, Mark Hyland, Niall O’Sullivan, Kevin O’Callaghan, Podge Fogarty, Paddy Brophy, Jack Cully, Robbie Hyland, David Malone, Joey Higgins, Stephen Comerford and Ruadhan O’Giollain.
Meath’s sole representative is the talented Ethan Devine from Na Fianna.
Despite been named on the panel, Johnstownbridge man Daniel Flynn is unlikely to feature at any stage as he is currently in America.
Check out the full panel below.
Kildare Intermediate football finalists Kilcock have had four players named on the ‘Kildare Nationalist Intermediate team of the year 2017′.
Declan Gibbons’ team are represented by defender Jason Gibbons at wing back, Daniel Courtney at midfield, David Duke at wing forward and Ciaran Murray at full forward.
The team was compiled by the Sport’s Editor of The Kildare Nationalist Ger McNally and also includes eight players from champions Raheens, two from Clogherinkoe and one from Monasterevan.
Gibbons enjoyed a fine full first season at adult level, having gained some experience in 2016 after helping the Kildare minors to Leinster championship glory in the summer. Courtney was pivotal in Kilcock’s run to the final from both half back and midfield, with his powerful runs through the middle a regular sight in every round. He has since been called up to train with Cian O’Neill’s Kildare.
David Duke had an excellent season after converting to wing forward and chipped in with some fine points, especially against Raheens in round 2. Murray really came to prominence when the competition reached the knock out stages and was the vocal point for every Kilcock attack, netting his 4th goal of the championship in the final. Had the referee rewarded his hard work with some frees in the showpiece, Kilcock may well have taken the cup home!!
McNally’s side is a fair reflection on what was another very enjoyable Kildare IFC and if I was to make any additions from the men in green and gold I would have to go for Fearghal O’Brien and Conor Caulfield.
White smoke bellowed from the chimneys of Kilcock Gaa club tonight as Declan Gibbons was confirmed as the new manager of the mens Intermediate footballers.
Gibbons, who is a former senior footballer with the club and father of current county u21 player Jason, takes over from Willie Hughes and will have to work quick to prepare his charges for their opening game of 2017 on February 18th.
The Laragh native was heavily involved with the underage setup over the past few years so will be no stranger to the talent at his disposal, including the members of the 2016 minor league winning side, a team he was involved with.