Full steam ahead for Limerick hurlers

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

THE Limerick senior hurlers have returned to training as it’s all systems go for the Munster championship semi-final against Waterford on June 12.

THE Limerick senior hurlers have returned to training as it’s all systems go for the Munster championship semi-final against Waterford on June 12.

RTE have confirmed this week that the provincial semi-final in Semple Stadium in Thurles will be televised live and have a 4.00 start.

After capturing Division Two league honours with the Cusack Park win over Clare, O’Grady’s panel was released back to the clubs for two weeks for club championship action.

The run-in to the clash with Davy Fitzgerald’s Deise commenced with a challenge game against Offaly last Sunday.

However due to injuries, club commitments and exams, Limerick only togged out 18 players.

Of interest is that Shane O’Neill (South Liberties) was back in the fold at corner back, while under-21 players Seanie O’Brien and Aaron Murphy were used as subs.

“It was a good opportunity and we were glad of it,” explained Donal O’Grady to LeaderSport this Wednesday.

“Some players were playing on Sunday and anyone with a niggling injury was left at home. But it was a good opportunity and players need a run out and they acquitted themselves well. Players got a chance to play and we couldn’t fault their application or effort,” said O’Grady.

Limerick were trying to organise a game for this weekend, but failed.

“It is difficult to get challenge games at this stage of the season because teams are involved in the Leinster and Munster championships.”

So, championship preparations will be completed on the training field and with one final game - on Saturday May 28 Limerick play Galway in Kenny Park in Athenry.

“After the league there was two weeks when the players went back to their clubs for football and hurling games and we knew that window was there from the start of the year. We started back against on Tuesday night. We have a good few of the squad who are involved in Third Level exams, so it will really be the middle of next week before everyone will be back ok,” he explained.

Shane O’Neill was among those at training on Tuesday and O’Grady explained that along with selectors TJ Ryan, Ciaran Carey, Pat Heffernan and Jerry Wallace, they are “constantly reviewing the panel”.

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