Tracy and Hall sign for Limerick FC again, Corbett new gaelic football captain and Munster ‘A’ team for B&I Cup named are the top stories in Thursday’s Limerick sports update.
Soccer - Boost for Limerick FC as Tracy and Hall sign for two more years
Limerick FC have been boosted by the re-signing of both full-back Shane Tracy and goalkeeper Freddy Hall on new two year contracts. Hall and Tracy join Shaun Kelly, Paudie O’Connor, Seán McSweeney and Killian Brouder who were already under contract with Limerick FC for the 2016 season. The news is a major boost for Martin Russell’s side as they contemplate life in the First Division following their relegation from their recent top flight.
GAA - Corbett named captain as two familiar football faces return
Newcastle West have been rewarded for their Limerick SFC success with a host of their players called into the county football panel and Iain Corbett confirmed as the new captain. Twenty three year old Corbett will replace Seanie Buckley as captain for John Brudair’s Limerick side in 2016. Corbett is entering his fifth season on the county senior panel - he made his debut in 2012 as a teenager.Ian Ryan and Gearoid Hegarty have been named as vice captains while Padraig Browne of Fr Casey’s and Newcastle West’s Stephen Kelly have also returned to Brudair’s setup.
Rugby - Munster new boys in XV that play London Scottish
Uruguayan prop Martin Sagario and former Ulster flanker Sean Doyle have been named in Mick O’Driscoll’s Munster ‘A’ team that play London Scottish in the British and Irish Cup on Friday night. O’Driscoll has named a relatively inexperienced side with Duncan Williams and Billy Holland being the most experienced players named. Team in full is as follows: David Johnston; Stephen Fitzgerald, Matt D’Arcy, Cian Bohane, Ronan O’Mahony; Bill Johnston, Duncan Williams; Liam O’Connor, Niall Scannell (Capt), Mario Sagario; Sean McCarthy, Billy Holland; Jordan Coghlan, Sean Doyle, Shane Buckley. Replacements from: Kevin O’Byrne, Rory Burke, Brendan Quinlan, Sean O’Connor, Conor Oliver, Ben Kilkenny, Cathal Sheridan, Darren Sweetnam, Dan Goggin.
GAA - Limerick GAA fixtures for the week
With most county finals decided at this stage, the GAA focus switches to Munster Club Championship action over the weekend. For a full rundown of the local GAA fixtures click here.
GAA - Decision on Cunningham’s future due in the coming days
Galway county board will meet on Monday to make their final decision on the future of senior hurling manager Anthony Cunningham. Mediation talks between the board, management and the players over the last few weeks but it now seems that this has not worked. Cunningham has been in charge of the team since 2012 and was given another year in the job shortly after this year’s All Ireland Final loss to Kilkenny. However, members of the panel contacted the county board last month to inform them that Cunningham had lost the confidence of the panel.
SPORT ON TV TODAY
6pm: Golf - OHL Classic, Sky Sports 4
7pm: Rugby - European Challenge Cup, Harlequins v Montpelier, Sky Sports 2
7pm: Darts - Grand Slam, Sky Sports 1
7.45pm: Soccer - Euro 2016 Playoff, Norway v Hungary, Sky Sports 3
1.25am: NFL - Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets, Sky Sports 1
2.30am: Cricket - 2nd Test, Australia v New Zealand, Sky Sports 2
3am: Golf - Shanghai BMW Masters, Sky Sports 4