The University of Limerick begin their Sigerson Cup campaign this Tuesday afternoon with a home first round game against IT Tralee.
The game throws in at 2pm on the 4G pitch on the North Campus in UL - with a quarter-final meeting against Queen’s University of Belfast the prize for the winners.
UL, who were denied a semi-final place by IT Carlow last season, are likely to be without Kerry’s Denis Daly, the talented St Mary’s Cahersiveen man, who will play in the All Ireland intermediate club final next week.
But they can call on a handful of players with senior intercounty experience. Limerick’s Gearoid Hegarty and Danny Neville are both part of the squad and both played a full game for the Limerick seniors on Sunday against Tipperary.
Cork’s Ruairi Deane, who came on in their Division 1 over Mayo on Sunday, is also included as are Offaly’s Conor McNamee and Eoin Carroll, Clare’s Cian O’Dea and Longford’s Aidan Rowan.
Newcastle West duo Cian Sheehan and Sean McAuliffe, Rathkeale’s Paul White and Kildimo-Pallaskenry’s Tony McCarthy are also on the UL squad.
IT Tralee won the league game between the sides before Christmas but will be without their St Mary’s and Templenoe players who are in the All Ireland intermediate and junior club finals respectively next week.
Brian Carson is the UL manager and is joined in the backroom team by Diarmuid Mullins, Fergal O’Brien and Dave Mahedy.
UL are ⅖ favourites with Tralee at 9/4 and the draw at 15/2. Today’s other games see St Mary’s play DIT, University of Ulster Jordanstown play the Garda College (both at 2pm) and UCC host GMIT (7pm). Tomorrow (Wednesday) UCD take on NUI Galway.