TG4 are proud to announce that the Underdogs will be taking on the best Gaelic footballers in the Country, four time All-Ireland Champions Dublin. In this ultimate challenge game, the Underdogs of Gaelic football will be taking on the Top Dogs.
GAA Beo will provide live coverage for the series finale from Parnell Park in Dublin on Friday 19th October 2018. The broadcast will start at 19.20, with match throw-in at 19.45.
The Underdogs team is managed by a team of footballing legends; former Galway Captain Ray Silke, former Cork Ladies Footballer Valerie Mulcahy and former Kerry footballer Paul Galvin.
The Underdogs is a unique group of players, from different GAA clubs all across the country. These footballers have never played at a senior intercounty championship level before.
Over the last few weeks we have seen the players’ trials and training and listened to them tell their own stories on the Underdogs series on TG4. Now, after months of preparation and intense training they are ready to take on the Dubs.
TG4’s legendary GAA series ‘Underdogs’ is back on our screens for the first time in 10 years.. The original series launched the careers of a number of All-Ireland champions, not least Kerry powerhouse Kieran Donaghy and Cork’s Pearse O’Neill.
Rónán Ó Coisdealbha TG4’s Head of Sport says:
“TG4 are very proud of our association with the Underdogs series which featured on our station for the first time in 2003. We would like to thank all the Underdogs players and management, Dublin GAA and the GAA in Croke Park for all their support.
This is a unique opportunity for the selected Underdogs players and hopefully we will see some footballers who might get the opportunity to play for their county in the near future. We are delighted to be involved in this unique experience and look forward to seeing how the Underdogs progress in the coming weeks and in the Final against Dublin.”
Jim Gavin Dublin Manager says: “I think the concept of Underdogs is a great one and we're looking forward to playing this unique game under lights in Parnell Park, against this team of aspiring inter-county footballers”
The Underdogs panel are as follows*
Adam Wilson (Scoil Uí Chonaill, Co. Dublin),
Anthony Durney (Moorefield GAA, Co. Kildare)
Blake Forkan (St. Eunan’s, Co. Donegal originally from Killtimagh, Co. Mayo)
Calum Gallagher (Naomh Bríd, Co. Donegal)
Ciarán Mac Fhearghusa (Na Gaeil Óga, Co. Dublin)
Colm Flynn (Ballymahon GAA, Co. Longford)
Conor McKenna (Éire Óg Doire Achaidh, Co. Antrim)
Cormac Doohan (Ballaghaderreen GAA, Co. Mayo)
Daragh Murrin (Naomh Ultan, Co. Donegal)
Darragh O’Shea (Ballydonoghue GAA, Co. Kerry)
DJ Murphy (Gneeveguilla GAA, Co. Kerry)
Eamon O’Donoghue (Padraig Pearses, Co. Roscommon)
Enda Fleming (Corofin, Co. Galway)
Fintan Ó Cuanaigh (St. James, Co. Galway)
Gary O’Daly (St. Mary’s, Co. Leitrim)
Graham Heavey (Ballyboden St. Enda’s, Co. Dublin)
Michael Molloy (John Mitchel’s Liverpool originally from Co.Donegal)
Micheál McCarville (Scotstown GAA, Co. Monaghan)
Niall Canning (Drumcliff Rosses Point, Co. Sligo)
Nigel Rabbitt (Abbeylara, Co. Longford)
Richie Greene (Athlone GAA, Co. Westmeath)
Ronan O’Neill (Derrytresk GFC, Co. Tyrone)
Ruairi Cunningham (Clonmore Robert Emmets, Co. Armagh)
Ryan Treanor (Thomas Clarke’s, Co. Tyrone)
Sam McCurdy (O’Dwyers GAA, Co. Dublin)
Seán Brady (St. Treas Ballymaguigan, Co. Derry)
Stephen Harford (Round Towers Lusk, Co. Dublin)
Steven Scallan (O’Loughlin Gaels, Co. Kilkenny)
Trevor Murtagh (St. Barry’s, Co. Roscommon)
**The match will be broadcast live from Parnell Park on TG4 on Friday 19th October 2018. Broadcast will begin at 19.20 with match throw-in at 19.45**
***The Underdogs series continues to air on Thursday nights at 21.30, and repeated on Saturday at 19.45 and is available on the TG4 Player***
****Tickets for the game will go on sale next week****
*****This series of Underdogs is sponsored by Supermacs*****
******The Underdogs team gear is provided by O’Neills******