THE Limerick senior hurlers kicked off their preparations for 2013 with a challenge game against Clare this Monday night to mark the official opening of the new all-weather pitch in UL.
The game ended, Limerick 1-19, Clare 2-16.
Both managements used the end of year game to give a run-out to a number of fringe players.
John Allen’s Limerick side had just two championship regulars from this Summer.
Interestingly Declan Hannon was selected at centre back.
The starting team has six players new to the inter-county level.
Na Piarsaigh’s Alan Dempsey and Adrian Breen were rewarded for impressive club campaigns with a run-out.
Another rewarded for impressive form with his club was David Reidy, who was lining out just under 48-hours after playing in Dromin-Athlacca’s defeat to Ballybrown in the county intermediate final.
Mungret’s Pat Begley filled the full back role, while the other newcomers were midfielder Paudie Aherne from junior club Kilteely-Dromkeen and Glenroe forward Mark O’Connell.
Six substitutions were used; including this season’s minor defender Barry O’Connell.
Also of note was that 2012 All-Star goalkeeper nominee Nickie Quaid was introduced as an outfield player.
LIMERICK - Aaron Murphy (Hospital-Herbertstown), Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh), Patrick Begley (Mungret), Shane O’Neill (South Liberties); Tomas Ryan (South Liberties), Declan Hannon (Adare), David Moloney (Blackrock), Paul Browne (Bruff), Paudie Aherne (Kilteely-Dromkeen); David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Niall Maher (Doon), Mark O’Connell (Glenroe); Mark Carmody (Patrickswell), Kevin Downes (Na Piarsaigh), Adrian Breen (Na Piarsaigh). Subs used: Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Jack Aherne (Killeedy), Nickie Quaid (Effin), Seanie Tobin (Murroe-Boher, Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Kieran Hickey (Garryspillane).