ON its 25th anniversary, Limerick finally captured the Tipperary Supporters Club sponsored All-Ireland U-16 hurling tournament last weekend.
Limerick beat Galway 3-20 to 0-8 in the final in Semple Stadium in Thurles last Sunday.
The previous day, the Joe Quaid managed side booked their final spot with three fine victories.
Quaid is joined in the management team by Don Flynn of Killeedy and Ray Ryan of Murroe-Boher.
The trio have been involved with this group of players for three seasons.
On Saturday they started in Nenagh with a well merited 4-10 to 1-9 victory over Antrim.
Tipperary followed next and after playing against a stiff breeze, Limerick went into the break only two points adrift on the scoreline of 1-4 to 1-2.
After 10-minutes of the second half, Limerick had levelled 1-4 apiece and then progressed for a 1-9 to 1-7 win.
With two victories, Limerick qualified to meet Cork in the semi-final.
Limerick played with a very strong wind but and only led by a couple of points at the break.
However the retreating of attackers Ronan Lynch and Andrew Le Touche Cosgrave (both county minor players this season) into defence worked a treat.
Still the sides finished level, but Limerick edged through 0-12 to 0-11 after extra time.
This proved to be the key game of the weekend.
In the final against Galway, Limerick were much more comfortable and raced into 0-9 to 0-1 lead after 20-minutes.
A Ronan Lynch goal sent Limerick in 1-10 to 0-4 up at the break.
A second goal by Na Piarsaigh’s Lynch had Limerick in an unassailable lead of 2-15 to 0-5 midway through the second half and they eventually ran out 3-20 to 0-8 winners.
U16 panel - Eoghan Costelloe, David O Mahony (both Adare), Cian O’Brien (Mungret), Ronan Murphy, Lorchan Lyons, Edward Doyle, Jamie Porter, Cian O’Brien (all Monaleen), Kieran Daly, Ronan Lynch (both Na Piarsaigh), Stephen Casey (Croagh-Kilfinny), Dylan Dawson (Blackrock), Colin Ryan, Brian Fanning (both Pallasgreen), Paddy Morrissey, Tom Morrissey, Paul O’Halloran (all Ahane), Shane O’Connell (Doon), Barry Nash (South Liberties), Robbie Hanly (Kilmallock), Sean Finn, James Riordan (both Bruff), Cian Lynch (Patrickswell), Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown).
There was also silverware for the Limerick U-17s led by Brian Ryan, Eamonn Cregan and Aonghus O’Brien.
They beat Dublin in Shield final of the Eugene Carey Tournament in Mallow.
Limerick won this competition last season when beating Cork in the Cup final.
The U-16 ‘B’ side had three games.
They beat Galway 2-14 to 1-8 but lost to Dublin 0-10 to 1-5 and lost to Waterford 1-9 to 1-8.
Limerick also had two teams in action last weekend at U-15 hurling level.
The premier competition was for the U-15 A side in Cork - the Carrigdhoun Tournament
Limerick lost to Clare 3-8 to 0-6, Cork 1-10 to 0-8 and Tipperary 1-10 to 1-8.
The Paddy Kelly led side did beat Waterford 0-7 to 0-6.
The U-15 ‘B’ side were in action in Clarecastle.
They lost to Kerry 3-8 to 2-4 and Tipperary 4-11 to 0-3.
At U-14 level, Limerick again had two teams.
In the Tony Forristal competition, Limerick, led by Leo O’Connor and management team, were defeated by Kilkenny, 0-10 to 1-6.
Limerick then beat Tipperary, 5-9 to 2-5 in their second group game.
However, it was Kilkenny that advanced from the group.
They went on to win the competition, which was some small consolation for Limerick after their one point defeat to The Cats.
Elsewhere, the U14’B team reached the semi-finals of the Sonny Walsh tournament before being edged out by Wexford in extra time.
Limerick started with a draw against Wexford, 2-8 to 3-5.
They then beat Clare 3-9 to 2-5 to reach the knockout stages.
But then they lost to Wexford, 2-9 to 2-6 after extra-time in the semi-final.