Your Thursday morning Limerick sports update

John Keogh

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John Keogh

Tomas Lawrence, Cork, in action against Darragh O' Donovan, Limerick, during the Munster IHC final in Pairc ui Rinn on Wednesday night
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Munster final heartbreak, Russell up for the fight and Raheen girl’s Olympic dream are among the big talking points in Limerick sport today

Hurling - Intermediate’s lose Munster Final

Limerick’s intermediate’s {{http://www.limerickleader.ie/sport/limerick-sport/limerick-defeated-in-munster-ihc-final-by-cork-1-6840709|lost out to Cork by two points in last night’s Munster final|} at Pairc ui Rinn. Don Flynn’s side were three points down at half time but had the wind at their backs in the second half so hopes would have been high for a comeback. However, Limerick were unable to use the wind to their advantage and it’s Cork that progress to the All Ireland Intermediate Hurling Final.

Soccer - Russell: ‘I’m up to the task of avoiding relegation.’

Martin Russell has insisted that he is the man to lead Limerick out of relegation trouble. His side are eight points adrift of second from bottom Sligo Rovers and have lost their last seven games in a row and are still without a win this season. Limerick FC face Galway United in a crucial game this Saturday at the Markets Field. Kick off for the game is at 6.30pm.

Swimming - Doyle caps off dream year with Rio qualification

Colm Kinsella tells the story of Limerick swimmer Fiona Doyle from Raheen, who this week booked her place for the Olympics in Rio 2016. Doyle, who studies at the University of Calgary in Canada, qualified after winning bronze at the World University Games in South Korea this week. Doyle was named High Performance Athlete of the Year for the second year running in May.

GAA - All this weekend’s local fixtures

The main focus of this weekend is on the Limerick senior and minor hurling teams but there’s also plenty of club action around the county too. Here’s your guide to all the games down for decision.

FURTHER AFIELD.....

Soccer - Pat’s and Rovers fight for Duffer

There seems to be a battle between St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers for former Irish soccer international Damien Duff. It had been expected that Duff would sign for Rovers this week but St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley has said that he has also spoken to the former Chelsea winger about moving to Richmond Park. Duff announced in March that he was leaving Australian club Melbourne City and was hoping to return and finish his career in Ireland.

Golf - McIlroy rules himself out of Open

Rory McIlroy has ruled himself out next week’s Open Championship at St Andrews. McIlroy ruptured a ligament in his left ankle playing soccer with friends last Saturday. Earlier this week he confirmed that he would miss this week’s Scottish Open but has now had to pull out of this year’s third major. He becomes the first person unable to defend the Open Championship since the great Ben Hogan in 1954.

SPORT ON TV TODAY......

10am: Golf - Scottish Open, Sky Sports 4

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

12.30pm: Tennis - Wimbledon, BBC1/BBC2/Setanta

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

2pm: Horse Racing - Newmarket, Channel 4

5pm: Soccer - Uefa U-21 Championship, (Ukraine v France, 5pm; Greece v Austra, 8pm), Eurosport

10.20pm: Cycling - Tour de France Highlights, TG4

7pm: Golf - US Women’s Open, Sky Sports 4