THERE is little time for the Limerick senior hurlers to rest after last Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final with Limerick GAA officials confirming that a full round of vital club championship fixtures will take place this weekend.
The third and final round games in both the senior and intermediate championship will determine the quarter-final pairings.
Just one of the eight senior quarter-finals places is 100% confirmed and that’s for divisional side, Emmets from south Limerick.
They play former champions Adare this Sunday in Ballyagran with the Ger O’Loughlin managed Adare needing to win to stay in the championship.
In the other game in this group, Granagh-Ballingarry know that victory over Bruree will progress them to the last eight. The play in Kilmallock. Both games are at 3.45.
Only a bizarre sequence of results will stop Kilmallock from progressing. They have won both games to-date and play Ahane in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening.
Murroe-Boher play Knockainey in Caherelly in the same group. Both games are at 7.15 and.
Patrickswell and Garryspillane meet in Kilmallock on Sunday at 2.00 in what is pretty much a winner-takes-all-contest. At the same time in Bruff, Doon meet Effin in the other game in this group with both also having opportunities to advance.
The final group contains county champions Na Piarsiagh.
They play Croom in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday at 5.30. In Claughaun, South Liberties play Hospital-Herbertstown at the same time.
Na Piarsiagh need to win to top their group, but even a defeat could see them advance.
The Sean Stack managed side will welcome back James O’Brien and Cathal King, who missed the two previous rounds of action.
They will look to inter-county trio David Breen, Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes as key men.