What Limerick have to beat to win promotion

Limerick hurling manager John Allen
The Limerick hurlers begin their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B campaign this weekend and Jerome O’Connell looks at the teams they’ll be facing in the next couple of weeks.

The Limerick hurlers begin their Allianz Hurling League Division 1B campaign this weekend and Jerome O’Connell looks at the teams they’ll be facing in the next couple of weeks.

ANTRIM

Manager: Kevin Ryan (1st year)

Can’t live without: Liam Watson

Central to the cause: Neil McManus, Shane McNaughton, Neil McGarry

One for the future: James Black

Twitter king: Liam Watson - @liamwatson5

2012 Championship: Lost to Westmeath in Leinster SHC and to Limerick in Qualifiers.

2012 league: Beat Wexford and Laois to finish in fourth place in Division 1B

Last meeting: In late June 2012 Limerick were 8-26 to 1-15 All-Ireland Qualifier winners.

2013 Championship: First into action on May 5 when they play Westmeath in Mullingar in the preliminary round of Leinster SHC.

Prospects: Lost to Carlow in Walsh Cup but beat Laois and DIT in Shield but results suggest struggle to avoid relegation.

2013 league odds: 80/1

CARLOW

Manager: John Meyler (1st year)

Can’t live without: Richard Coady

Central to the cause: Marty Kavanagh, MJ Nolan, Shane Kavanagh

One for the future: David English

Twitter king: Marty Kavanagh - @KavanaghMartin

2012 Championship: Lost to Laois in the Leinster SHC and Wexford in the Qualifiers.

2012 league: Won promotion from Division 2A

Last meeting: Limerick won 3-18 to 1-5 in March 2011 in Division Two of the league

2013 Championship: Host London in Dr Cullen Park on May 19 bin 1st round of Leinster SHC.

Prospects: Beat Antrim but then lost to Galway in the Walsh Cup. Will look to consolidate place in division but promotion not likely.

2013 league odds: 200/1

DUBLIN

Manager: Anthony Daly (5th year)

Can’t live without: Paul Ryan

Central to the cause: Liam Rushe, Conal Keaney, Peter Kelly

One for the future: Chris Crummey

Twitter king: Conal Keaney- @ConalKeaney

2012 Championship: Beat Laois but then lost to Kilkenny in Leinster SHC before losing Qualifier to Clare

2012 league: Relegated from Division 1A

Last meeting: In the All-Ireland quarter-final of 2011, Dublin were 3-13 to 0-18 winners over Limerick

2013 Championship: Travel to Wexford Park to play the home side in the Leinster SHC quarter-final on June 8.

Prospects: Beat Galway and Wexford to win Walsh Cup and will be biggest danger to Limerick for promotion

2013 league odds: 10/11

LIMERICK

Manager: John Allen (2nd year)

Can’t live without: Declan Hannon

Central to the cause: Donal O’Grady, Tom Condon, Niall Moran

One for the future: David Reidy

Twitter king: Seanie Tobin - @Tellytobin

2012 Championship: Lost narrowly to Tipperary in Munster SHC but regrouped to beat Laois, Antrim and Clare in Qualifiers before losing to Kilkenny in All-Ireland quarter-final

2012 league: Lost Division 1B league final to Clare

2013 Championship: Host Tippeary in the semi-final of Munster SHC on June 9.

Prospects: Third season outside of league’s top flight and promotion is vital. Will be in the hunt and hopefully the final.

2013 league odds: 6/5

OFFALY

Manager: Ollie Baker (2nd year)

Can’t live without: Shane Dooley

Central to the cause: Rory Hanniffy, Joe Bergin, David Kenny

One for the future: Michael Cleary

Twitter king: Brian Carroll - @BrianCarroll13

2012 Championship: Beat Wexford but lost to Galway in Leinster SHC and then lost to Cork in Qualifiers

2012 league: Finished third behind Limerick and Clare in Division 1B

Last meeting: Drew in the final round of the 2012 league

2013 Championship: Play All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on June 9 in Leinster SHC quarter-final in O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

Prospects: Lost to Wexford in the Walsh Cup but are without the Kilcormac-Killoughey for the opening rounds.

2013 league odds: 9/1

WEXFORD

Manager: Liam Dunne (2nd season)

Can’t live without: Diarmuid Lyng

Central to the cause: Andrew Shore, Richie Kehoe, Garrett Sinnott

One for the future: Andrew Kenny

Twitter king: Lee Chin - @LeeChin8

2012 Championship: Lost to Offaly but beat Westmeath and Carlow in Qualifiers before losing to Cork.

2012 league: Finished in fourth place in Division 1B

Last meeting: Limerick won down in Wexford on March 18 of the 2012 league, 2-20 to 0-18

2013 Championship: Host Dublin in the quarter-final of the Leinster SHC on June 8.

Prospects: Beat Dublin IT, Offlay and Kilenny to reach Walsh Cup final, where they lost to Dublin. Could be in promotion hunt and will be a big game for Limerick.

2013 league odds: 9/1