Limerick club championship swings back into action

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

THERE is little time to rest for the Limerick senior hurlers as they return to club championship action this weekend.

THERE is little time to rest for the Limerick senior hurlers as they return to club championship action this weekend.

Inter-county attacking trio David Breen, Kevin Downes and Shane Dowling will be hoping to kick-start Na Piarsaigh’s defence of their historic first Limerick SHC title.

The Caherdavin club could only manage a draw with South Liberties in round one.

This Saturday night they travel to the GAA grounds of Ballybricken-Bohermore in Caherelly to play Hospital-Herbertstown.

Again, Na Piarsaigh will be short some key players with Brian Hartnett (foot injury) and Cathal King (work abroad) both ruled out.

Centre back James O’Brien missed round one and could be absent again with a knee injury - which would result in Limerick captain David Breen switching from attack to defence.

But his brother Kieran will be back in action to assume his full back role, while veteran Shane O’Neill has put any talk of retirement on the long finger and returned to training recently.

There are two games scheduled for Friday night with South Liberties playing Croom in Clarina and Effin playing Garryspillane in Kilfinane.

Along with the Na Piarsiagh game on Saturday evening, two other recent champions will bid to get back on track after opening round defeats.

Adare, will have inter-county star Declan Hannon back in their starting team for the first time this year, when they play Bruree in Ballingarry.

In Caherconlish, Ahane play Knockainey.

On Sunday, Bruff hosts a double-header. Patrickswell play Doon at 2.00, while at 3.30 Kilmallock play Murroe-Boher, who will be without Seamus Hickey. That game will bring Limerick attacking heroes Graeme Mulcahy and Sean Tobin into opposition.

The round two fixtures will be completed on Sunday evening when Granagh-Ballingarry play south Limerick divisional side, Emmets in Ballyagran at 7.30.

There could be four of the quarter-finalists known after the weekend with a winner in the Murroe-Boher v Kilmallock and Granagh-Ballingarry v Emmets guaranteed a place in the knockout stages.