Kilmallock’s rising stars turn attentions to Limerick MHC

Limerick minor team-mates Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock), left, and Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh) will be in opposition this Sunday
JUST days after lifting the Munster senior club hurling championship, two of Kilmallock’s young stars will turn their attentions to the county minor championship.

JUST days after lifting the Munster senior club hurling championship, two of Kilmallock’s young stars will turn their attentions to the county minor championship.

On Sunday teenagers Robbie Hanley and Paddy O’Loughlin were both impressive when introduced as subs as Kilmallock shocked favourites Cratloe in the Gaelic Grounds.

This Saturday (2.00) its back to the Gaelic Grounds for the duo and their Kilmallock U-18 colleagues as the Limerick Premier MHC finally resumes after almost six weeks.

Ahane have already qualified for the Sunday December 7 final and await the winners of this Saturday’s semi-final between Kilmallock and Na Piarsaigh.

Rivals Na Piarsiagh and Kilmallock have won three of the last five titles, although Doon have won the last two.

Three time champions Na Piarsaigh were last successful in 2011, while 14-time winners Kilmallock were champions in 2010.

Kilmallock’s two senior players Hanley and O’Loughlin will be their leading lights.

Na Piarsaigh will be backboned by their three representatives on the Limerick team that contested September’s All Ireland minor final - Ronan Lynch, Peter Casey and Thomas Grimes, Conor Houlihan and Conor Boylan will also be key to the Caherdavin men, who have already suffered county senior and junior final heartbreak this season.