SIX members of the Limerick U-21 hurling panel are named in the intermediate team for Sunday’s curtain-raiser in the Gaelic Grounds.
Adare’s Vincent Foley manages Limerick with Mike Fitzgerald (Mungret) and Clem Smith (Ahane).
Doon’s Cathal McNamara captains the team from centre back for a game that has a 1.45 start against Tipperary in the Munster IHC.
Three (Barry O’Connell, Dan Morrissey, David Reidy) members of the starting team that lost so disappointingly to Tipperary in the Munster U-21 championship last Friday are named in the Limerick team.
And, another three (Shane Irwin, Jack Ahern, Kevin O’Brien) that were subs on the U-21 side are also named in the Limerick intermediate side.
David Reidy is a member of John Allen’s 29-man Limerick senior panel but as he is not in Sunday’s senior 26-man match squad, he has dropped down to play with the intermediates.
Another notable inclusion is Mungret’s Pat Begley. The 2011 Munster U-21 winning full back has been named at full forward.
Begley was part of the Limerick senior panel earlier in the year but is only getting back to full fitness after a lengthy injury.
The Tipperary team includes former Doon player Tom Treacy at corner back.
LIMERICK - Shane O’Donoghue (Adare); Shane Irwin (Bruff), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Mike Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca); Jason Hayes (Bruff) Cathal McNamara, captain (Doon), David O’Neill (South Liberties); Paudie Leahy (Blackrock), Conor Kearney (Effin); Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Dan Morrissey (Ahane); Willie Griffin (Adare), Pat Begley (Mungret), Jack Aherne (Killeedy). Subs: Darragh Stapleton (Doon), Jeff Lohan (Adare), Barry Lynch (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Wayne Cronin (St Patricks), Richie Burke (Mungret), Micheal Ryan (Doon), John Fitzgibbon (Adare), Mikey Ryan (Murroe-Boher), Brendan Giltenane (Mungret).
TIPPERARY - Darragh Egan (Kildangan); Sean O’Brien (Newport), Micheal Butler (Drom and Inch), Tom Treacy (Cappawhite); Willie Ryan (Clonakenny), David Young (Toomevara), Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore); Joey McLoughney (Toomevara), Seán McCormack (Borris-Ileigh); Orrie Quirke (Silvermines), Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore), Pat Molloy (Moycarkey Borris); Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan), Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Paudie Greene (Upperchurch Drombane).