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.
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
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
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
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
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
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