TWO Limerick GAA clubs booked Munster club championship final places and more Limerick county titles were decided amid another hectic sporting weekend.
Jerome O’Connell reviews the action.
1. Balbec battle
Kilmallock are back in the Munster club SHC final for the first time in 20 years after their heroic extra time 3-22 to 3-20 win over Sarsfields on Sunday. After failing to get over the first round in 2010 and 2012 Kilmallock now plan for a November 23 final against Cratloe. With Na Piarsaigh winning this provincial crown 12-months ago Kilmallock bid to win back-to-back tiles for Limerick for the first time since Ballybrown and Patrickswell in 1989-’90.
2. Kirby wins clash of Limerick legends
The Patrickswell bragging rights rest with Gary Kirby after his Bruff team beat Lixnaw in the Munster club IHC semi-final. The north Kerry side not only had Kirby’s former Patrickswell and Limerick team-mate Ciaran Carey in their management but also Mark Foley. But Bruff emerged 2-13 to 2-10 winners in Tralee to advance to play Waterford’s Cappoquin in the provincial final. This is a title that South Liberties won in 2009 and Effin won in 2011.
3. Feohanagh and Flanagans flourish
Two weeks after thinking their county final dreams were shattered in a dramatic clash with Na Piarsaigh, Feohanagh were crowned Limerick JAHC winners on Sunday. At half time they were 0-7 to 0-6 clear but stormed to a 0-10 to 0-9 victory in Bruff. County minor Seamus Flanagan hit six points from play, days after hitting 0-11 in a Harty Cup contest. Indeed the Flanagan success didn’t end there - 24-hours earlier sister Maire played with Milford as they won a third successive Munster senior club camogie title with a 0-14 to 0-6 win over Granagh-Ballingarry.
Feohanagh now resume their Munster club hurling quest. The previous weekend they beat Shekeenarinky of Tipperary and next Sunday they welcome Waterford’s Modeligo to Coolyroe in the provincial semi-final. It could see successive Munster finals for the club - last year Castlemahon reached the JAFC final.
4. Glin and tonic
Just a week after finally winning the Limerick JAFC title, the west Limerick men put celebrations to one side and advanced to the Munster semi-final with a 1-12 to 2-8 win over Inane Rovers of Tipperary in Newcastle West. Limerick clubs have reached and lost five of the last six Munster junior A football finals and standing between Glin and a final spot will be Waterford’s An Sean Phobal or Kill. That semi-final will be played in Glin or Newcastle West.
5. November 23 double
South Limerick neighbours Kilmallock and Bruff are currently scheduled to play Munster club finals on November 23.
As Kilmallock were winning their thrilling senior semi-final, Bruff were also involved in a titanic struggle in the Munster club IHC semi-final.
They now play Waterford’s Cappoquin in the Munster final, which is on the Master Fixture list for November 23.
It is understood that Bruff or Kilmallock or indeed Limerick GAA could request to the Munster Council that the Kilmallock and Bruff finals not directly clash.
Kilmallock play Clare champions Cratloe in the Munster club SHC final. It is understood the club’s have an option to toss for the Gaelic Grounds or Cusack Park in Ennis and barring this agreement it would appear Thurles will be the final venue.
Also on November 23, Glin will be in Munster club football action.