Your Wednesday morning Limerick sports update

Limerick intermediate hurling manager Don Flynn
A Munster final, a captain’s call and a Bermuda soccer goalkeeper are among the big talking points in Limerick sport today.

A Munster final, a captain’s call and a Bermuda soccer goalkeeper are among the big talking points in Limerick sport today.

Hurling - Intermediates chase Munster title

Don Flynn’s intermediate hurlers go to Pairc Ui Rinn tonight in search of what will be only their fourth ever Munster title at this grade. Whoever wins tonight’s game will automatically advance to the All Ireland final in August against the winners of the Leinster final between Wexford and Galway. Limerick have named an unchanged side for the game and Flynn says his side are ready. “The lads are well up for it. Any chance that you get to win a Munster medal has to be grabbed and we know that it is a big honour to be playing in a Munster final.” Throw in for the game is at 7.30pm.

Hurling - ‘Make or break’, says Paudie O’Brien

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash with Dublin Limerick hurling captain Paudie O’Brien has highlighted just how important this game is. “It’s a massive match for us. Two big teams are going out of the championship and we just got to make sure it isn’t us.” Due to triple header in Thurles on Saturday, Limerick GAA officials are urging supporters to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Stand and terrace tickets are on sale at www.tickets.ie or through Centra and SuperValu. The cost of stand and terrace tickets is €20, while reduced pricing available for juveniles, OAP’s and students. The game is live on RTE with a 5pm throw in.

Championship Matter Column - Limerick need to find form

Steven Miller’s Championship Matters column appears in the Wednesday edition of the Limerick Leader. This week he writes about Limerick’s urgent need to find their 2014 form and why we want more football games between the top counties

Soccer - Bermuda keeper for Limerick FC

Limerick FC could add to their goalkeeping options by adding Bermuda international Freddy Hall. He has been training with the squad this week ahead of this weekend’s crucial SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against Galway United. Hall was released by AFC Telford at the end of last season and also spent time with Oxford City last year. Limerick FC manager Martin Russell said: “Freddy has just come in. He seems a good character and a good goalkeeper. We will see how it goes.”

FURTHER AFIELD....

Rugby - BBC and ITV alliance to keep Six Nations free to air

An unlikely union has emerged between BBC and ITV in a bid to keep the Six Nations free to air. An announcement on the new broadcasting contract is imminent with Sky, who had been favourite to secure the rights, likely to miss out. BBC’s current contract, which is worth £40m a year, runs out in 2017. BBC and ITV’s offer eclipsed that of Sky and they will now lose out unless they table an improved offer at the eleventh hour.

Cricket - Ashes kicks off in Cardiff

Today sees the start of a five test series between England and Australia that dates back to the 1800’s. England host the series this year and will be looking to avenge their five nil loss to Australia when they last met in 2013/2014. The opening test begins in Cardiff at 11am. Sky Sports have dedicated one of their channels solely to the coverage of the Ashes until its completion in late August.

ON TV TODAY ...

10am: Cricket - Ashes 1st Test, Sky Sports Ashes

1pm: Tennis - Wimbledon, BBC1/BBC2/Setanta/TG4

1.15pm: Cycling - Tour de France, TG4/Eurosport

7.15pm: GAA - Leinster U-21 Hurling Final (Wexford v Kilkenny), TG4

9pm: Cycling - Tour de France Highlights, TG4