Limerick clubs look to Munster

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

WITH the Limerick GAA fixture list nearing an end, attention turns towards the Munster club championship.

WITH the Limerick GAA fixture list nearing an end, attention turns towards the Munster club championship.

Five of the adults county championships are now completed with just the Junior B hurling and football championships and the junior A football yet to be completed.

All newly crowned Limerick champions will be looking to maintain a record that has seen provincial championships return to the county for the last four years.

This coming weekend three champions will be in action and all three have previously played in the provincial championship competition.

However, senior hurling champions Kilmallock have already fallen.

In their attempt to defend the title won by Na Piarsaigh last year, they lost to Tipperary champions Thurles Sarsfields last Sunday.

Even though Kilmallock had home advantage they lost out to the Lar Corbett led Thurles side, 2-12 to 0-15.

Limerick intermediate champions Ballybrown were also in action over the Bank Holiday weekend and fared better.

They travelled to Pairc Ui Rinn and secured a draw with Cork champions Ballinhassig after extra-time.

That game replays this Saturday with Ballybrown opting to play the game in Kilmallock.

The Munster quarter-final game will have a 2.00 start.

The winners will advance to a Munster semi-final clash with Kerry senior champions Ballyduff.

Ballybrown have a rich tradition in the Munster championship and are one of just four Limerick club to win the Munster senior club titl, when they lifted provincial honours and reached the All-Ireland final back in 1990.

Also in action this Saturday are Pallasgreen.

Last Saturday, they were crowned Limerick intermediate football champions when defeating Claughaun in their replay.

Back in 2005, Pallasgreen reached the Munster IFC final.

This time round they have to travel to Cappoquin in Waterford to play Deise champions Ballinameela.

That game has a 1.00 start.

This Sunday, Dromcollogher-Broadford will return to Munster club championship action just nine days after beating Newcastle West in their epic county final.

A replay and extra time was needed to separate the western rivals, before Drom emegered 0-12 to 0-10 winners.

They face a daunting task of travelling to Clonakilty to play west Cork side Castlehaven.

They beat Duhallow in the Cork SFC final on Sunday to win their first title in nine years.

The newly crowned Limerick champions could be without inspirational inter-county player, Seanie Buckley.

The midfielder played through the pain barrier to line out in last Friday night’s replay but was substituted before half time with a leg injury.

He did re-emerge late in the game but looks in a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s visit to west Cork.

On the local front, the Limerick JAFC final takes place this Sunday in Bruff at 2.00 with Cappamore playing Kilteely-Dromkeen in a repeat of the east final.