Limerick hurlers to play Clare

Jerome O’Connell

Reporter:

Jerome O’Connell

THE Limerick senior hurlers will play Clare in next weekend’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship qualifier.

THE Limerick senior hurlers will play Clare in next weekend’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship qualifier.

The round three game will take place next Saturday but the venue will not be confirmed until Monday afternoon.

Indeed there is much debate about the venue, with a toss for the Gaelic Grounds or Cusack Park in Ennis, seemingly ruled out due to a lack of required capacity in Ennis.

After a home or away venue, Semple Stadium in Thurles would be the next venue but this too holds uncertainties.

Already Thurles is due to host Tipperary v Wexford in the All-Ireland football qualifiers at 5.00 on Saturday. Logic would suggest that the hurling qualifier between Cork and Wexford will be fixed for Thurles to make a double-header.

Only time will tell if GAA officials are prepared to make a triple header in Thurles.

If Thurles is not the choice, then an almost unthinkable trip to Killarney could await supporters of the Shannonside neighbours.

A switch to Sunday is ruled out due to the involvement of the Clare minors in the Munster final next Sunday in Cork.

The draws for round three of the All-Ireland qualifiers were made this Monday morning, live on TV3’s Ireland AM programme. The draw was made by GAA President Liam O’Neill and former Dublin dual player; Shane Ryan.

Limerick and Clare have already met on four occasions this season and John Allen’s Limerick are yet to taste victory.

Twice in the Waterford Crystal and twice in the league, Davy Fitzgerald’s Clare proved too difficult to beat.

While Clare advanced to this stage with a dramatic win over Dublin in Ennis on Saturday evening, Limerick prepared for the clash with a weekend stay in the Fota Island resort in Cork.

Limerick will prepare for the clash with The Banner without the services of injured pair; Paul Browne and Conor Allis.