Sheff in Big Apple, but he will be back for big game

KILKENNY star, Henry Shefflin will be flying over and back across the Atlantic this week in order to fulfil his commitments in sport.

KILKENNY star, Henry Shefflin will be flying over and back across the Atlantic this week in order to fulfil his commitments in sport.

The Ballyhale Shamrocks scoring ace was caught in something of a bind when his club played a thrilled draw with neighbours and arch rivals, Carrickshock in the senior hurling championship quarter-final at Nowlan Park on Sunday.

Less than 24 hours later Shefflin was booked on a flight to New York for an engagement that had been confirmed some weeks ago.

Quick about turn

The Big Apple appointment had been slotted in around the Kilkenny fixtures programme of club games, which couldn’t take into account all eventualities like Sunday’s draw.

The 32-year-old flew out on Monday, but it will be a quick about turn in New York, and he will be back in time for Sunday’s eagerly awaited replay at Nowlan Park.

Meanwhile, Shamrocks official and former Kilkenny goalkeeping great, James McGarry, is being pursued by a number of counties who are interesting in having him involved in their management teams.

High ranking officers from Waterford and Offaly County Boards have made contact with the Bennettsbridge clubman to sound him out about the possibility of going into inter-county management.

Currently Waterford and Offaly are looking for new managers following the departure of Davy Fitzgerald and Joe Dooley from their respective posts.

“I am concentrating on my work with the Shamrocks,” McGarry told the ’People when he confirmed that the approaches had been made.

He didn’t follow up the contacts. Instead he maintained his concentration on the Shamrocks quarter-final clash with Carrickshock.

Committed to Shamrocks

He insisted he was committed to the Shamrocks, and he didn’t see that situation changing any time soon. The six times senior All-Ireland medal winner joined the Shamrocks backroom team of Michael Fennelly (manager) and Brendan Mason (selector) when he retired from the inter-county game three years ago.

He enjoyed instant success with the club. After the Shamrocks won the following championship in Kilkenny they drove on and enjoyed success in Leinster and then the All-Ireland club final in March 2010.

The draws for the semi-finals of the senior, intermediate and junior hurling championships were made on Monday night and they threw up some very interesting clashes.

Senior champions, O’Loughlin Gaels face Dicksboro in the delayed quarter-final tie on Saturday. The winners will meet the victors from the Shamrocks/Carrickshock reply. The second semi will be between James Stephens and St Martin’s. Sunday week is the date.

IHC semi-final draw - St Lachtain’s (Freshford) v Rower-Inistioge; Danesfort v Conahy Shamrocks or Glenmore.

JHC semi-finals - Lisdowney v Piltown; O’Loughlin Gaels v St Patrick’s.