Limerick’s Dromin-Athlacca face Ballina

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Dromin-Athlacca captain Michael Reidy
LIMERICK intermediate hurling champions Dromin-Athlacca play in the Munster club championship this Sunday.

LIMERICK intermediate hurling champions Dromin-Athlacca play in the Munster club championship this Sunday.

They play Tipperary’s Ballina in Bruff at 2.00

Dromin-Athlacca are in the unique position, in that Sunday will be their third time in the Munster intermediate club championship.

In 2004 and 2007, the south Limerick men reached provincial finals but defeat was their lot on both occasions.

On Sunday, they bid to embark on what they hope will be third time lucky.

And, guiding their ship is Peter Finn, who has won this title with Effin.

Victory on Sunday will see Dromin-Athlacca on their travels to Kerry for the semi-final with either St Brendan’s or Lixnaw providing the opposition on November 3.

“It’s a short turn around - we won the county final on the Tuesday but were back training on the Friday,” explained Peter Finn.

“The club have been here on two occasions before and they are anxious to have another crack of it,” revealed the manager.

“It is important for any club to remember that not only are they representing themselves but also the county and therefore it’s own right we give it a crack,” explained Finn.

Opponents Ballina are the Tipperary champions.

“They are a young side and will be fast,” outlined the Dromin-Athlacca manager.

“We played a number of challenge games against Tipp intermediate sides during the year and as a result we know what we will be up against and there are no bad Tipperary champions.”

Including in the Ballina team will be Michael Breen. He played Harty Cup with Castletroy College and was part of the Tipp U-21 side this season that beat Limerick in the Munster championship.

Dromin-Athlacca have a slight injury concern over centre back Eoin Benson, but he should be ready to take his place in defence.

Dromin-Athlacca were slow starters in the county final win over Knockaderry and are well aware that they need a good start on Sunday.

Since they were beaten in their two finals, Dromin-Athlacca have seen South Liberties and Effin win Munster club intermediate championship titles.

Sunday could be the start of a victorious campaign for what is an experienced, talented Dromin-Athlacca side.