Shefflin all set to continue on comeback trail

KILKENNY star, Henry Shefflin is expected to continue on the comeback trail when his club play a third round match against St Martin’s (Muckalee) in the senior hurling league this weekend, writes John Knox.

KILKENNY star, Henry Shefflin is expected to continue on the comeback trail when his club play a third round match against St Martin’s (Muckalee) in the senior hurling league this weekend, writes John Knox.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks attacker sampled his first piece of the competitive hurling in eight months on Saturday evening when he featured against Dunnamaggin in the league. The 33-year-old did well, and shipped a couple of heavy knocks that would suggest the shoulder injury that sidelined him throughout the winter has healed fully.

The eight times All-Ireland medal winner had been sidelined since the Kilkenny county final replay against James Stephens last October. His return was marked by a big Shamrocks win as they walloped Dunnamaggin by 5-18 to 2-8.

“He did well and was very involved,” said Jim Freeman, secretary of the Kilkenny GAA Supporters Club. “Obviously he has a long way to go, but as starts go this was a good one.”

Shefflin scored two points and also created a goal for Cathal Fennelly during his near 20 minute involvement. Shamrocks play St Martin’s (Muckalee) in Nowlan Park on Friday (7pm).

The Cats are playing Offaly in Clara, County Offaly in a challenge match on Sunday evening, and Shefflin may feature there. If so, he would be following a somewhat similar route on the return journey from injury as was taken last season when a cruciate ligament injury wiped out his winter programme.

Last year he made his return against Dunnamaggin after a six months absence, and then he played in a challenge against Waterford within a week.

There was additional good news for Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody, when J.J. Delaney turned out with Fenians (Johnstown). Delaney retired with a dead leg at half-time during the National League final against Cork.

However, All-Stars Richie Power and Michael Rice sat out Carrickshock’s match against Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) on Saturday.

Both are a couple of weeks away from a return to action.

Kilkenny open in the Leinster championship semi-final on June 23 against Dublin/Laois or Carlow.