Limerick hurlers begin preparations for 2014

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

The Limerick managment team of Donal O'Grady and TJ Ryan
LIMERICK’S new senior hurling management kicked off their reign in charge this Wednesday night.

LIMERICK’S new senior hurling management kicked off their reign in charge this Wednesday night.

Joint-managers TJ Ryan and Donal O’Grady met the 2013 panel of players for the first time as they began to put structures in place for next season.

TJ Ryan has confirmed that all 28 of John Allen’s 2013 panel have indicated their willingness to continue on the inter-county panel.

Indeed physical trainer Mark Lyons has already supplied all players with their individualised gym programmes.

Under GAA rules, collective training can’t commence until the first week of December for Limerick.

The management of Ryan, O’Grady and selectors Paul Beary and Mark Lyons are to sit down in the coming week to decide how to bolster the panel for 2014.

“I don’t know if there will be trials or trial games but we will be adding new players,” explained Ryan.

“We are certainly going to need players for the Waterford Crystal Cup when we will have a lot of players tied up with colleges.”

The new management will make their competitive debut on January 12 when they entertain IT Tralee in round one of the Waterford Crystal Cup. Victory in that game would book a quarter-final clash away to All-Ireland champions Clare.

Limerick’s opening league game will be in Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday February 15 against Cork.

With only the top team in Division 1B securing promotion, the rematch of the Munster final will be crucial.

Limerick will enter into the league without both Seamus Hickey and Paudie Ahern - both out with cruciate ligament injuries.

Indeed, Ryan reports that the duo will probably miss most of the league.

Limerick will also be without the Na Piarsaigh players for the Waterford Crystal Cup with their All-Ireland club semi-final on the weekend of February 8/9.

Meanwhile, Limerick’s Munster SHC clash with Tipperary has been confirmed for Sunday June 1 in Thurles.

The previous evening, Limerick will play Tipperary in the Munster SFC in the Gaelic Grounds.

The dates were confirmed at last week’s Munster Council meeting. That meeting also made the Munster MHC draw. Limerick will begin their title defence with a quarter final tie against Tipperary in the Gaelic Grounds.