A Munster club JAHC final place on December 9 in Mallow is the prize on offer in Killarney this Saturday (2.00) when Limerick’s St Kierans play Kenmare Shamrocks in Fitzgerald Stadium.
Standing between St Kierans and a provincial decider is Kerry IHC winners Kenmare Shamrocks.
The Kenmare club are enjoying great success this season and the following weekend will play in the Munster club JAFC.
St Kierans and Kenmare are bidding to face Butlerstown (Waterford) or Kildorrery (Cork) in the final.
The west Limerick men will be without Timmy Carroll.
The former inter-county footballer sustained a broken ankle in the county final win over Monagea and missed last week’s provincial quarter-final win over Kilsheelan-Kilcash.
That game was switched to the Gaelic Grounds and that experience should stand to St Kierans ahead of the vast open spaces of Fitzgerald Stadium.
Blackrock and Cappamore ensured Limerick have had representatives in two of the last three JAHC finals, while in the same period the Kerry representatives have failed to win a game in Munster.
Nonetheless, the success of Ballyduff over Ballybrown last weekend will have St Kierans on high alert and aware that early scores will be key.