CHRISTMAS is just two weeks away but there is still plenty activity on the Limerick GAA scene.
Jerome O’Connell reviews the action.
1. Gallant Glin
They were the sixth Limerick side to contest the Munster club JAFC final in seven years and they went closer than most. But ultimately Glin were beaten 0-15 to 2-6 in the decider in Mallow on Sunday. The west Limerick men were 2-5 to 0-8 ahead in the early stages of the second half but couldn’t get to grips with Brosna key man Adam Barry, who finished with six points from play.
2. Another Munster final
Glin fell short but now Kildimo-Pallaskenry face into a Munster club JBFC final. On Sunday they won a remarkable semi-final, 2-18 to 5-5 against Tipperary’s Gortnahoe-Glengoole. They now await the winners of next Sunday’s second semi-final between Valentia Young Islanders (Kerry) or Cratloe (Clare).
3. Minor replay
Ahane waited 22 years to get back into a Limerick top grade minor hurling final. Then after beating Doon in the semi-final they had to wait two months for the final. Now they are to have a second final in quick succession after drawing with Na Piarsaigh on Sunday, 0-15 each. Next Saturday appears to be ruled out for the replay and with Annual Convention on Sunday there could be an early morning start for Ahane and Na Piarsaigh. The fixture will be confirmed this Monday night.
4. U-21 football
Ballybrown stand alone as the only side outside of west Limerick in the six sides still standing in the Premier U-21 football championship. Ballybrown and the Newcastle West and Monagea combination have advanced directly to the semi-finals.
The first of the quarter-finals was played over the weekend and Rathkeale-Cappagh and Athea-Mountcollins ended level. After the weekend’s play-offs the way is set for the other quarter-final between Fr Caseys and St Kierans.
5. Election time
For the first time in almost 20 years a siting Limerick GAA chairman is to be challenged at Annual Convention. Vice-chairman Pat Heffernan is standing against chairman Oliver Mann at Sunday’s Convention in Ballylanders. There will also be one more election with three candidates nominated for the two roles of Munster Council delegates - Mickey O’Sullivan (St Kierans), Liam Lenihan (Tournafulla) and Frank Reidy (Feohanagh-Castlemahon).