JOHN Allen has finalised his 2013 Limerick senior hurling panel, dropping five players from last season.
The Limerick senior hurling manager and his selectors have confirmed a 30-man panel for the forthcoming Allianz League.
They have cut nine players from their extended panel for pre-season challenge games and the Waterford Crystal Cup competition.
There are six new players on the panel - Na Piarsaigh trio Alan Dempsey, Cathal King and Adrian Breen, Dromin-Athlacca’s David Reidy, Mungret’s Patrick Begley and Kilteely-Dromkeen’s Paudie Ahern.
Back in November, 10-players were adding to the Limerick panel, but four of this group have now been cut - Kilmallock’s Robbie Egan, Jack Aherne (Killeedy), Mark O’Connell (Glenroe) and Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry).
The five players from the 2012 panel that are no longer involved are Patrickswell brothers Thomas and Seanie O’Brien, Dave Moloney (Blackrock), Niall Maher (Doon) and Mikey Ryan (Murroe-Boher).
The new 30-man panel includes players from 19 different clubs - 12 senior, six intermediate and one junior (Kilteely-Dromkeen).
Just four senior clubs have no inter-county senior representation - Doon, Bruree, Ballybrown and Knockainey.
The panel includes two sets of brothers; the Quaid’s of Effin and the Breen’s of Na Piarsaigh.
Na Piarsaigh lead the representation on the panel with six players, while county champions Kilmallock have three players.
Effin, Murroe-Boher, South Liberties and Adare all have two players each.
The Limerick hurlers open their league campaign on February 24 against Antrim in the Gaelic Grounds.
LIMERICK PANEL - Alan Dempsey, Cathal King, Shane Dowling, David Breen, Kevin Downes, Adrian Breen (all Na Piarsaigh), Paudie O’Brien (vice-vaptain), Gavin O’Mahony, Graeme Mulcahy (all Kilmallock), Nicky Quaid, Tommy Quaid (both Effin), Seamus Hickey, Seanie Tobin (both Murroe-Boher), Shane O’Neill, Tom Ryan (both South Liberties), Wayne McNamara, Declan Hannon (both Adare), Aaron Murphy (Hospital-Herbertstown), Tom Condon (Knockaderry), Richie McCarthy (Blackrock), Stephen Walsh (Glenroe), Patrick Begley (Mungret), Donal O’Grady, captain (Granagh-Ballingarry), Paudie Ahern (Kilteely-Dromkeen), Paul Browne (Bruff), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Conor Allis (Croom), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Niall Moran (Ahane), Mark Carmody (Patrickswell).