The Limerick U-21 hurlers have been drawn against All Ireland champions Clare in the opening round of the 2014 Munster championship.
The draw was made at a Munster Council meeting on Thursday night and sees Limerick face a Clare outfit going for a third title in a row - and their fourth in six years. That game that is likely to be in the Gaelic Grounds as the sides last met in Ennis in 2010. The winners of the that game will play Tipperary in the semi-final, where Limerick would again have home advantage, if they were to advance.
The corresponding Limerick minor team of three years ago were beaten by Waterford after extra-time, after previously recording an impressive win over Cork in the opening round. Clare won that Munster minor championship though before losing the All Ireland semi-final.
The draw for the minor championship was supposed to be made but Limerick will have to wait to see who they will begin the defence of their title against as it was postponed pending a decision on Kerry’s involvement.
The Limerick U-21 footballers will play the winners of Cork and Kerry in the semi-final while the minor footballers will be up against Cork in the opening round but will have a second chance if they lose, where they’d meet the losers of Clare and Kerry.
The draws for the McGrath and Waterford Crystal Cups were also made. The Limerick hurlers will begin against Tralee IT and will then play Clare, presuming they win. The three Limerick colleges will also take part in the Waterford Crystal Cup with UL playing Waterford, LIT playing Tipperary and Mary I meeting fellow students UCC.
The Limerick footballers aren’t taking part in the McGrath Cup but the college teams are with Mary I facing CIT, UL facing UCC and LIT playing Cork.