Limerick clubs seek Munster double

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

TWO Limerick GAA clubs go in search of Munster glory this Sunday.

TWO Limerick GAA clubs go in search of Munster glory this Sunday.

Mallow hosts a double-header of provincial junior championship finals and Limerick will be represented in both deciders.

Now in the 10th season of the Munster club junior and intermediate championships, no county has ever won both grades in the same year.

On Sunday, west Limerick side St Kierans and east Limerick’s Cappamore fly the Limerick flag.

Hurling champions St Kierans will be first into action when they play north Cork side, Kildorrey in the Munster club JAHC final at 2.00.

St Kierans are bidding to win the crown that came to Limerick in 2009 when Blackrock were victorious.

“It’s a massive occasion for the club,” said St Kieran’s manager David Woulfe.

“It’s unbelievable really - we won three senior football titles and were then beaten in the first round in Munster on three occasions. But to get the first win in the hurling was massive,” he explained.

His side will bring an 11-game unbeaten run into the provincial final.

The second game on Sunday’s double-bill will be the Munster club JAFC final at 3.30.

Cappamore bid to stop the Kerry dominance of the championship.

Kenmare Shamrocks are their opponents and will be attempting to win a five successive crown for Kerry.

While Limerick are yet to taste success in this championship, Cappamore will be the fourth local side to appear in the final in the last five years – Bruff (2008), Mountcollins (2009), Bruree (2010).

The advantage that Cappamore will hold over those that have gone before them will be the experience of last year’s hurling final loss to Charleville.

Sunday will be their 10th game of the championship and they remain undefeated - albeit with two draws in the east championship.

Both Limerick sides will be underdogs on Sunday.

Another Limerick side that will carry the underdogs tag will be Castletroy College.

This Wednesday (1.30) in Cashel they play Waterford’s De La Salle in their final group game in the Dr Harty Cup.

Only a win will book a quarter-final spot for the secondary school, who defeated St Colmans last week.

That would see a record three locals in the last eight of the Munster senior A colleges hurling championship, with Ardscoil Ris and Doon CBS already assured of their places in January’s quarter-final draw.