LIMERICK’S Paul Kinnerk will attempt to plot the downfall of his native county this Saturday.
The Monaleen man finds himself in a most unusual position - firstly, he will pull on the green and white of Limerick in Pearse Park in Longford and then swap into the saffron and blue of Clare and attempt to send the Limerick hurlers crashing out of the hurling championship in Thurles.
Kinnerk has played midfield in both championship games to-date this season for Maurice Horan’s Limerick senior footballers and will again be involved in their All-Ireland qualifier game against Longford - which has a 2pm start in the midlands on Saturday.
But Kinnerk has combined his footballing duties with hurling commitments with Clare this season.
The Shannon based secondary school teacher had a successful two year spell as Clare minor hurling coach in 2010-11 and when Davy Fiztgerald took over as Clare senior hurling manager last Autumn he asked Kinnerk to assume a coach role in his back room team. So when the final whistle sounds in Longford, Kinnerk will make a dash south towards Thurles to join up with the Banner hurlers for their warm-up ahead of the 7.00 clash with Limerick in the hurling qualifiers in Thurles.
Adding to the mixed emotions for Kinnerk, he actually lives in the same house as Limerick senior hurling captain David Breen.
Kinnerk isn’t the only Limerick man involved with the Clare hurlers. Bruff’s Saoirse Bulfin is goalkeeping coach with The Banner. The Sports Officer in Limerick Institute of Technology was previously part of Fitzgerald’s back room team in Waterford and was involved when they defeated Limerick in the Munster championship last season.
Ahead of a hectic Saturday for Limerick GAA fans, both inter-county managements have confirmed that they will wait until after training on Thursday to finalise their teams.
John Allen’s hurlers will be without Paul Browne (knee) and Conor Allis (shoulder) but David Breen, Kevin Downes, Seamus Hickey and Declan Hannon will all be available for selection after recent injuries.
The Limerick footballers, meanwhile, are sweating on the fitness of captain Ger Collins.
The Monaleen man didn’t play in a challenge game defeat to Galway last Saturday.
Limerick are already without John Galvin (cruciate ligament) and both Stephen Lavin and Thomas Lee, who are abroad for the remainder of the summer.
While Collins is the main injury doubt, Ian Ryan, Eoghan O’Connor, James O’Meara and Andrew Lane are also carrying knocks.