Limerick’s football league fixtures announced

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Limerick take on Kilkenny in the All Ireland semi-final at 3.30pm today
LIMERICK’S fixtures for the 2014 Allianz Football League have been announced.

LIMERICK’S fixtures for the 2014 Allianz Football League have been announced.

Indeed there was good news on the double for Limerick GAA this week, regarding the 2014 National Leagues.

This Tuesday it was revealed that the footballers will have four home games and three trips away in Division Three next season.

The home games will be against Cavan, Fermanagh, Wexford and Longford - ruling out a requirement for some long journeys.

The away ties are against Sligo, Roscommon and Offaly.

The league starts on February 2 away to Sligo and ends on April 6 with a home game against Cavan.

The home games would be Longford (February 9), Wexford (March 9), Fermanagh (March 16) and Cavan (April 6).

Meanwhile, it still remains possible that the Limerick senior hurlers will return to the top flight of league hurling next season.

Last Saturday, the GAA’s Central Council were to vote on a restructuring of the Allianz Hurling League, which would have seen Limerick and Cork move from Division 1B to a newly created eight team Division One.

But on Saturday a new proposal was put before the high powered meeting and this ‘innovative proposal’ was ‘considered to be more appropriate to the needs of hurling’, according to a GAA statement.

As a result any vote was deferred until all counties could return to discuss the new proposals with their respective clubs.

The next vote is likely to take place in mid-November.

The new proposal will still see Limerick return among the elite of league hurling.

In total, 12 teams would play in the new top tier with two groups of six teams.

Within each group would be a new grading system of A, B and C teams.

As well as playing the five teams in the group, counties would also play the two teams within their grading from the opposite group.

Therefore all teams would be guaranteed seven games and at least three games against opposition perceived to be of similar standing.

It’s unclear if Limerick GAA will need to discuss the new proposals with the clubs.

A special County Board meeting will be needed to ratify the new inter-county managers and could provide an avenue for the clubs to voice their opinions on the new structures.