Limerick hurlers return to competitive action this weekend

The Limerick hurlers begin their Waterford Crystal Cup campaign this weekend
LIMERICK’S new hurling management make their debut this Sunday in the opening round of the Waterford Crystal Cup against IT Tralee.

LIMERICK’S new hurling management make their debut this Sunday in the opening round of the Waterford Crystal Cup against IT Tralee.

The game is fixed for Newcastle West with a throw-in time of 2pm.

Limerick haven’t won this early season provincial competition since current manager TJ Ryan captained the county to success in 2006.

Victory on Sunday against the Kerry students will book a quarter-final tie away to All-Ireland champions Clare, in what would be their first outing since lifting the Liam McCarthy Cup.

While the Limerick squad are back in training since October they haven’t played any challenge matches.

The National League doesn’t start until the February 15 clash away to Cork.

Limerick will be without a number of players for Sunday’s tie with all Na Piarsaigh players unavailable.

Seamus Hickey and Paudie Ahern are out injured.

Twenty five players from 2013 remain part of the inter-county panel, while a number of newcomers have been added.

A number of Limerick hurlers will also be tied up with their respective college sides this Sunday.

Tralee will include a quartet of local club players in their plans - Donal Nolan, Ian O’Brien, Peter Nash and Mark O’Connor.

UL travel to Nenagh to play Tipperary, while LIT are away to Waterford.

The Brian Lohan managed-UL include locals Mark Carmody, Tom Ryan, John Fitzgibbon, Dan Morrissey, Mikey Ryan and O’Brien brothers Thomas and Kevin in their panel.

Limerick IT also have a big local contingent with Seanie O’Brien, Aaron Murphy, Barry O’Connell, Pat Begley, Cathal Ryan and Alan Dempsey.