Sinnott to lead Wexford hurlers

Oulart-the Ballagh's Garrett Sinnott

Oulart-the Ballagh’s Garrett Sinnott has been chosen as captain of the Wexford senior hurling team for 2013.

Sinnott, who made his Championship bow against Kilkenny in June 2011, has quickly become a regular starter for the Model men.

The 25-year-old forward scored a point as Oulart beat Faythe Harriers to win the Wexford SHC title for the fourth year running.

His goal helped Oulart shock Ballyhale Shamrocks in last month’s Leinster semi-final, but they lost out to Offaly’s Kilcormac/Killoughey in the Championship decider.

Sinnott showed his goal-scoring ability in last year’s All-Ireland Championship, firing home goals against Westmeath and Cork in the qualifiers.

He takes over the captaincy from his Oulart club-mate Keith Rossiter, the experienced defender who is entering his tenth season with the senior panel. Their first competitive game of the new campaign is against DIT in the Walsh Cup on Sunday week.

However, Liam Dunne’s second year in charge of the Wexford hurlers is already proving to be a testing one.

With dual players Liam Og McGovern and Ciaran Lyng reportedly out of consideration due to long-term injuries, Dunne has now also lost the services of Matthew O’Hanlon and Diarmuid O’Keeffe.

Wear and tear is forcing 2012 Championship debutant McGovern to undergo surgery on both hips, with the versatile Lyng requiring intensive treatment and rest to correct a tendon problem in his hip.

The latest setback for Dunne is the news that O’Hanlon and O’Keeffe, two players who stepped up impressively from the Under-21 grade, have both decided to venture abroad this year.

The pair are set to embark on their travels in May after completing the college year, but have informed the county management that they will not be available for the league or Championship.

O’Hanlon from the St. James’s club was Wexford’s first choice full-back during last year’s Championship, while midfielder/half forward O’Keeffe from St. Anne’s scored 1-2 during his debut outing against Westmeath.

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