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G.A.A. In The Newspapers - Wednesday 13th June

posted 13 Jun 2012, 03:44 by Unknown user   [ updated 13 Jun 2012, 03:44 by Colm Beirne ]

Catch up on all the latest news, views and GAA-related rumours in's midweek feature, GAA In the Papers.

Kerry were certainly flat on Sunday. There is no panache, there is no champagne football at the minute.
Seamus Moynihan, Kerry

Kerry's defeat to Cork on Sunday is still garnering the headlines in some of this morning's papers, but most of the media attention has now turned to the All-Ireland Qualifiers as well as some of this weekend's big championship games.

In an interview with the Irish Examiner, Kerry legend Seamus Moynihan has admitted his disappointment at the manner of the Kingdom’s alarming defeat to Cork in the Munster semi-final on Sunday.

Moynihan, a four-time All-Ireland winner, said Kerry looked tired in the five-point loss to their great rivals in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

"Kerry were certainly flat on Sunday. There is no panache, there is no champagne football at the minute,” he said. 

"The Kerry team look like a side that are not enjoying their football. We still have some of the most talented footballers in the country and we could only kick 12 points on Sunday.

"If you were picking a team in the morning, you would still be picking Darran O’Sullivan, Colm Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, Paul Galvin and Kieran Donaghy, they would make any team in the country.

“But now we are not getting the best out of them and it seems to be very flat at the minute and it’s hard to put your finger on it. They look like a team that is jaded or tired or there appears to something seriously wrong with things.”

The Irish Independent reports that Westmeath’s footballers have been dealt a major blow with confirmation that captain Gary Connaughton is going to spend the summer in Boston.

Connaughton expects to travel to the US next week and will miss the Lake County’s All-Ireland Qualifiers campaign as a result.

"There's not a lot for me here,” the Tubberclair clubman said. “Pat Flanagan and my club manager Martin McCabe have been trying to sort something for me and so have the county board and the GPA, but there is nothing out there at the minute -- it looks like I'll be going very shortly."

Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner reports that Galway defender Finian Hanley will have a scan on his injured shoulder today which could determine his availability for the Tribesmen’s All-Ireland Qualifiers campaign.

Hanley was forced off in the second half of Galway’s Connacht semi-final defeat to Sligo on Saturday, and manager Alan Mulholland is keeping his fingers crossed that the damage is not too severe.

"He’s in a sling and it is a matter of assessing just how bad it is," said the Galway boss. "It may be a dislocation or an issue with the A/C joint but the picture should be a lot clearer once he has the scan. Hopefully, it will not be as serious as we feared and that he will be back in time for the qualifiers next month.”

The Irish Independent reports that Aaron Kernan is anxiously awaiting news on the severity of a hamstring injury which forced him off in Armagh’s defeat to Tyrone on Sunday ahead of the Orchard County’s All-Ireland Qualifiers campaign.

In an interview with the Irish Sun, Donegal defender Karl Lacey says his side can take inspiration from Champions League winners Chelsea in their bid to win a first All-Ireland title since 1992.

“Chelsea are definitely not the best team in Europe but it was pure hard work and togetherness that pulled them boys through,” says Lacey.

“They dealt with criticism for a long time too. It’s similar to Dublin, they were criticised too, and they stuck together and got the All-Ireland last year. That’s what we are going to try and do as well."

Clare hurler John Conlon is interviewed in the Irish Times ahead of the Munster Championship clash with Waterford and says that having former Déise boss Davy Fitzgerald in charge of the Banner County is an advantage going into Sunday’s game.

“He’d know Waterford inside out,” says Conlon, “but Davy being Davy, he’s so professional, I’m sure he has an insight into every team we go out against. There are different things about different teams. But it comes down to the day of the game, what team is better, more in tune to the game.

“And it has been excellent to have Davy working with us. He loves the game of hurling. Everything is built around hurling. He’s really instilled a professional set-up for us. That’s what you want. You want a set-up you can look forward to and you

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