All systems go as Limerick SFC gets underway

Jerome O'Connell

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All systems go as Limerick SFC gets underway

THE race, or most accurately the marathon, to the 2016 Limerick senior football championship title commences this weekend.

The 12-team championship commences this April 22 with the final scheduled for October 16, with the winner playing a minimum of seven games over the six months before lifting the Fr Casey Cup.

Newcastle West set on out defence of a competition, that is once again sponsored by Irish Wire Products Ltds.

It’s a championship that could be missing some familliar faces like Killian Phair, Mike Sheehan, Robert Browne, James O’Meara, Pakie Moran, Robert O’Donnell, Ian Bourke and Evan Egan for varying reasons.

But back into their respective folds will be Aidan Shanahan, Dermot Phelan, Liam Martin and Paudie Browne.

The newcomers are Oola. Fresh from their intermediate title, the east Limerick side end 13 years outside of the top flight.

Other new faces will be in the colours of Dromcollogher-Broadford, with isolated players from Feenagh-Kilmeedy and two from Killeedy getting permission to line out with the seven times champions, who have former manager Moss McCarthy back in their management.

Elsewhere, Mike Quilligan has departed as manager of the champions Newcastle West with Antoin McFadden and Aidan McMahon making the step-up to lead their backroom team.

2014 champions Ballylanders required change when Ephie Fitzgerald became Cork Ladies Football manager. The south Limerick side have Barry Donnelly as manager/coach. The Tyrone born Ennis man is involved with the Limerick Underage Football Academy. Fellow Eire Og clubman James Hanrahn is the new Na Piarsaigh coach.

BALLYLANDERS

MANAGEMENT: Barry Donnelly (manager/coach), Joe Daly, Mike Fox.

CAPTAIN: Jimmy Barry Murphy.

KEY PLAYERS: Tom Lee, Danny Frewen, Brian O’Connell, Donal Kelly.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Eoin O’Mahony, Ciaran Kelly.

BETTING: 6/1.

ROUND 1: Ballylanders v Dromcollogher-Broadford on Saturday April 23 in Kilmallock at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Ballylanders v St Patricks on Sunday May 1 in Bruff at 7.00pm.

BALLYSTEEN

MANAGEMENT: Joey O'Hanlon, John Neville and David Naughton.

CAPTAIN: Anthony Ryan.

KEY PLAYERS: Pa Ranahan, Danny Neville, Padraig Vaughan.

YOUNG PLAYERS: John O’Shaughnessy, Darragh Ranahan, Evan O’Donaghue, Jamie O’Sullivan and Paul Doyle.

BETTING: 9/1.

ROUND 1: Ballysteen v Fr Caseys on Saturday April 23 in Newcastle West at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Ballysteen v Newcastle West on Friday April 29 in The Bog Garden at 7.00pm.

DROM-BROADFORD

MANAGEMENT: Micheal Reidy and Niall Conway (joint-managers), Moss McCarthy and Padraig Dillon (coaches).

CAPTAIN: Garrett Noonan.

KEY PLAYERS: Seanie Buckley, Cillian Fahy, Michael Brosnan, Derry McCarthy.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Sean O’Sullivan, Paul Madigan.

BETTING: 10/3.

ROUND 1: Dromcollogher-Broadford v Ballylanders on Saturday April 23 in Kilmallock at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Dromcollogher-Broadford v Na Piarsaigh on Sunday May 1 in Askeaton at 7.00pm.

FR CASEYS

MANAGEMENT: John Colbert (manager/coach), Thomas Cahill, John Lenihan, Andrew Scannell.

CAPTAIN: John Riordan.

KEY PLAYERS: Paudie Browne, Davd Ward, Adrian Enright, Cormac Roche.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Daniel Daly, Chris Smith.

BETTING: 6/1.

ROUND 1: Fr Caseys v Ballysteen on Saturday April 23 in Newcastle West at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Fr Caseysv Rathkeale on Friday April 29 in Newcastle West at 7.00pm.

MONALEEN

MANAGEMENT: Muiris Gavin (manager), Alan Kitson, John O’Halloran, Fergus Melody, Shane Moynihan (all selectors), Ricky Ronayne (coach)

CAPTAIN: TBC.

KEY PLAYERS: Ger Collins, Donal O’Sullivan, Com Moran, Jack Hoare.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Brian O’Donovan, Daniel Enright, Eoghan Carew, James Kelly, Niall Loughran.

BETTING: 6/1

ROUND 1: Newcastle West v Monaleen on Friday April 22 in Bruff at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Monaleen v Pallasgreen on Friday April 29 in Caherconlish at 7.00pm.

NA PIARSAIGH

MANAGEMENT: Pat McHugh (manager), James Hanrahan (coach), Mike Roberts.

CAPTAIN: Kevin Nolan.

KEY PLAYERS: Will O’Donoghue, Cian Coady, Eoin Hogan.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Gordon Browne, Kieran Daly, Peter Casey.

BETTING: 22/1.

ROUND 1: Na Piarsaigh v Oola on Saturday April 23 in Caherconlish at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Na Piarsaigh v Dromcollogher-Broadford on Sunday May 1 in Askeaton at 7.00pm.

NEWCASTLE WEST

MANAGEMENT: Antoin McFadden and Aidan McMahon (joint-managers), Pat Meehan, John Donovan and Joe McMahon.

CAPTAIN: Stephen Nix.

KEY PLAYERS: Stephen Kelly, Iain Corbett, Paul Hannan, Cian Sheehan.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Sean Murphy, Gavin Reidy, Shane Stack.

BETTING: 10/3.

ROUND 1: Newcastle West v Monaleen on Friday April 22 in Bruff at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Newcastle West v Ballysteen on Friday April 29 in The Bog Garden at 7.00pm.

OOLA

MANAGEMENT: Alan O’Mahony (manager), Derek Ryan (coach), Willie O’Mahony and Liam Ryan (selectors).

CAPTAIN: TBC

KEY PLAYERS: Eoin Fitzgibbon, Pakie Bourke, Darragh O'Donovan, Denis Moloney.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Josh Ryan, Richie English.

BETTING: 25/1.

ROUND 1: Oola v Na Piarsaigh on Saturday April 23 in Caherconlish at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Oola v St Kierans on Saturday April 30 in Mungret at 7.00pm.

PALLASGREEN

MANAGEMENT: Tony McMahon, Tom Ryan, Ned Gammell.

CAPTAIN: Aidan Shanahan

KEY PLAYERS: Seamus Mulcahy, Tony McMahon, Brian Fanning, Lorcan O’Dwyer.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Colin Ryan, Darragh Fanning, Brian McCarthy.

BETTING: 50/1

ROUND 1: Pallasgreen v Rathkeale on Saturday April 23 in Clarina at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Pallasgreen v Monaleen on Friday April 29 in Caherconlish at 7.00pm.

RATHKEALE

MANAGEMENT: Brian Nolan (manager), Graham Shine (coach), Joe Roe (selector).

CAPTAIN: TBC

KEY PLAYERS: Eoghan O’Connor, Paul White, Keith Hartnett, Sean Sheehan.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Mikey Morrissey, Andrew White.

BETTING: 40/1.

ROUND 1: Rathkeale v Pallasgreen on Saturday April 23 in Clarina at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: Rathkeale v Fr Caseys on Friday April 29 in Newcastle West at 7.00pm.

ST KIERANS

MANAGEMENT: Mikey Greaney, Noel Broderick, Pat Dalton, John Dillon (coach).

CAPTAIN: Johnny McCarthy.

KEY PLAYERS: Darragh Treacy, Sean McSweeney, Donal Nolan, Paudie McCarthy.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Seamus Mangan, Killian Enright.

BETTING: 14/1.

ROUND 1: St Kierans v St Patricks on Friday April 22 in Askeaton at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: St Kierans v Oola on Saturday April 30 in Mungret at 7.00pm.

ST PATRICKS

MANAGEMENT: Tom Downes (manager), Myles Halpin, Darren Hanrahan, Kieran Dore, Colm O’Brien (coach).

CAPTAIN: Mark Phelan.

KEY PLAYERS: Gearoid Hegarty, Eoin Hanrahan, John Mullane, Wayne Cronin.

YOUNG PLAYERS: Keelan Stephenson, Ryan Meagher

BETTING: 5/1

ROUND 1: St Patricks v St Kierans on Friday April 22 in Askeaton at 7.00pm.

ROUND 2: St Patricks v Ballylanders on Sunday May 1 in Bruff at 7.00pm