Limerick IHC final preview

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Dromin-Athlacca's Paul Neenan
THE rescheduled Limerick IHC final goes ahead this Tuesday evening, with Dromin-Athlacca playing Knockaderry in the Gaelic Grounds at 8.00.

THE rescheduled Limerick IHC final goes ahead this Tuesday evening, with Dromin-Athlacca playing Knockaderry in the Gaelic Grounds at 8.00.

The intermediate hurling final was to be played last Saturday but was postponed due to a bereavement.

With promotion already assured, the Limerick IHC finalists are playing for silverware and a place in the Munster club championship.

The duo already know that they will play in the newly created Premier Intermediate grade in 2014 but that won’t be to the forefront of their mind once Trevor Mann starts proceedings.

Dromin-Athlacca return to the final they lost to Ballybrown 12-months ago. Indeed the south Limerick men have only been knocked out of the championship by the eventual winners in each of the last four competitions.

If the men in blue are annually involved in the knockout stages, the final is very new to surprise packet Knockaderry.

A week after leading his native Patrickswell to County Cup honours, Natal O’Grady guided the Knockaderry ship. He is joined in the management team by Tom McGrath, Sean Condon and player-selector Mike Downes.

“There is a great buzz with flags and bunting and its a big day for the village and the club,” explained O’Grady.

“This is my third year and we were in a relegation semi-final the first year and then last year we got out of the group and this year I just think they have settled as a team and are playing to a pattern,” explained the coach. He pointed to minor and U-21 progression with Deel Rangers.

They will have inter-county man Tom Condon at wing back and Don Hanley inter-changing between centre and full forward.

The four O’Sullivan brothers; Donal, Diarmuid, Donagh and Liam are other key figures for the men in green and white.

“We work hard and have a good intensity and that’s important,” said O’Grady.

Dromin-Athlacca have Peter Finn at the helm, along with selectors Mike Meade and John Buckley.

“The bulk of last year’s team are still there with maybe Oisin Liston and Des Kenny,” said Finn, who guided Effin to the 2011 IHC.

“At the start of the year the challenge was to get back to the final and that’s what they have done and sure on county final day anything can happen,” said Finn.

Dromin-Athlacca are captain by Mike Reidy and will include his brother David at No11. Other key men are Eoin Benson, Peter Ryan, Eoin and Gearoid O’Leary.

The winners will be at home to Tipperary champions Ballina on October 27.