THERE is little time for members of the Limerick senior football team to rest on their laurels after the league final victory with the opening round of the Limerick SFC and IFC scheduled for this May Bank Holiday weekend.
Dromcollogher-Broadford set out on the defence of their title but 11 different clubs are lined up ready to dethrone the west Limerick side.
Among the chasing pack are former champions Monaleen.
The Castletroy based GAA club have turned to former manager Ger Lawlor to guide their fortunes this season.
The Laois native was at the helm of all four of their championship winning sides over the past decade.
“A few years ago I didn’t think I would see too many GAA fields so to be back is great although I won’t be getting as excited as before,” said Lawlor, in reference to illness that forced him to take a break from sport a number of years back.
His Monaleen side will be on the short-list of many to claim ultimate honours, along with Newcastle West, Fr Caseys, Ballysteen and the reigning champions.
“Some of our players have four medals and some have none.
The young players of 10/11 years ago are old now and we have younger players like Padraig Quinn, Darragh Bonfil and Colm Moran coming through.
“The likes of Finbarr Nash, Darren Bourke, Brian Geary and Jason O’Brien are still there and are all very committed,” outlined Lawlor.
But they will be without injured duo Brian Geary and Seamus Hickey this weekend and inter-county footballer Ger Collins is a doubt as he missed Limerick league final win last weekend.
“It is important that we win the first games to set us up. If we get everyone we could be there or there abouts but getting everyone right is the thing.
“I am not saying that we are going to win it but if we get everyone right we could have a chance and could be hard to beat,” said Lawlor.
His side play Adare in round one on Friday in Clarina.
Fellow city side, St Patricks are also in action on Friday. They travel to Bruff to play St Kierans.
The third game on Friday is in Feenagh, where Galbally play Mountcollins.
On Saturday, Pallasgreen play Newcastle West in Kilmallock and Ballylanders play Ballysteen in Ballingarry. On Sunday evening, champions Drom-Broadford play Fr Caseys in Tournafulla.
All Limerick SFC games this weekend have 7.00 starts.