Tipperary clash for Limerick U-21 hurlers

The Limerick U-21 hurlers will have to beat both Tipperary and Cork away if they are to reach the 2013 Munster final.

The Limerick U-21 hurlers will have to beat both Tipperary and Cork away if they are to reach the 2013 Munster final.

Limerick were handed an extremely tough draw at the Munster Council offices on Thursday night and face a repeat of this season’s semi-final when they surrendered their title in disappointing fashion against Tipp in the Gaelic Grounds. Next year Limerick will have to travel to Thurles for a quarter-final fixture and if they win that they will be away to Cork in the semi-final. All Ireland champions Clare meet Waterford in the other semi-final.

Limerick, who were beaten by two points by Clare at minor level in 2010, will be able to call on the likes of senior stars Declan Hannon and Shane Dowling.

Meanwhile, the Limerick senior hurlers were drawn to play local college side Mary I in the opening round of next year’s Waterford Crystal Cup. That game will take place on January 20 at a Limerick venue. Should Limerick win then they will play Tipperary in the quarter-final.

UL will play Waterford in the opening round while LIT await the winners of Kerry and IT Tralee.

The other hurling draw made on Thursday sees the Limerick minor hurlers given a bye into the Munster semi-final where they will play the winners of Waterford and Tipperary. If it’s Tipperary then the game will be in Thurles; if it’s Waterford it will be in Limerick.

The football draws were also made with the Limerick seniors set to meet the winners of Clare and LIT in the quarter-finals. UL will play Waterford.

The Limerick U-21 footballers were also handed a tough championship draw - they’ll play the winners of Cork and Kerry. If it’s Cork then Limerick will enjoy home advantage but if it’s Kerry, Limerick will have to travel.

The Limerick minor footballers are away to Waterford in the opening round.