The Limerick hurlers will play Cork at 7pm on Saturday night in Mallow in the final of the Waterford Crystal Cup.
Limerick have the opportunity to get their hands on the first available silverware of the season when they renew rivalries with Cork.
Limerick booked their final place thanks to a 0-22 to 1-17 win over UCC in Kilmallock last Saturday and that followed on from a win over Waterford the previous weekend. Cork have arrived at this stage of the competition thanks to wins over UL, CIT and Clare.
Both sides will be without their college players, something that has ensured Limerick have been operating off a very bare panel thus far. It means they’ve had to do without the likes of Declan Hannon, Kevin Downes and Aaron Murphy who have been tied up with their college sides while David Breen and Seanie Tobin are injured and the Kilmallock players are concentrating on their upcoming All Ireland club semi-final.
Indeed it’s a busy week of hurling in the county as the Waterford Crystal Cup final comes on top of the start of the Fitzgibbon Cup on Thursday where LIT play University of Ulster Jordanstown, Mary I play NUI Maynooth and UL take on NUI Galway.
Then on Saturday, there are two Limerick schools in action in the semi-finals of the Harty Cup. Castletroy College, in their first ever semi-final appearance, take on Thurles CBS at 12noon in Toomevara while at 2.45pm in Charleville, champions Ardscoil Ris meet St Francis College of Rochestown.
It’s also a big weekend for the Limerick footballers as they begin their Allianz Football League Division 3 campaign with a home game against Sligo in Newcastle West on Sunday.