The Limerick senior hurlers and footballers will both be in championship action next Saturday, after the GAA today confirmed the times and venues for their All Ireland qualifier games.
The hurlers will play Antrim in Parnell Park in Dublin at 7pm while the footballers will play Offaly at 2pm in the Gaelic Grounds, a game that will form part of a double header with the Cork V Galway hurling qualifier game which throws in at 4pm.
The double header in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday should ensure a big crowd at the Ennis Road venue, especially as neither game is being televised, and officials will be keen to avoid the chaos that ensued at last weekend’s hurling game between Limerick and Wexford. The game was delayed by 10 minutes as there large queues outside the ground and not enough stiles open.
It had been thought that the Limerick football match would be moved to Sunday to accommodate dual players Mark O’Riordan and Stephen Lucey but that isn’t the case and it looks now as if the Croom duo will have to decide what team to play with on Saturday.
O’Riordan played most of the second half in the win over Wexford last weekend while he also played the full game for the footballers against Kerry last month. Injury prevented Lucey from playing against Kerry but he has been back to fitness since and was an unused sub for the hurlers in their two games.
Hurlers Tom Condon, Brian Geary and goal scorer Graeme Mulcahy all picked up injuries in the win over Wexford but are expected to be fit for next weekend.
Football manager Maurice Horan, meanwhile, has recalled former full-back Tommy Stack to the panel for the game with Offaly. Stack hasn’t played championship football for Limerick since 2005 but has been impressive for Dromcollogher-Broadford and played in a challenge match against Waterford last week.