FIVE months later than scheduled the eagerly awaited Limerick U-21 Hurling Final takes place this Saturday between Na Piarsaigh and Doon.
Bruff stages the final with a 3.00 start in a final that is a repeat of the 2013 minor final, which Doon won 2-17 to 1-18.
These sides also met in the county final back at U-16 level and on that occasion it was the Caherdavin men that prevailed as champions.
This Saturday Na Piarsaigh bid to complete a five-in-a-row of Limerick Premier U-21 hurling titles.
The final is a whos-who of Limerick underage hurling talent.
But both have big injury concerns – Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh) and Richie English (Doon) both missing their club’s senior games due to injury last weekend.
Among the Na Piarsaigh line-up will be brothers Mike and Peter Casey, Thomas Grimes, David Dempsey, Conor Boylan, Gordan Brown and Conor Houlihan.
Doon will look to Darragh O’Donovan, Pat Ryan, Dean Coleman, Eoghan McNamara and Barry Murphy.
This championship started back on February and both were favoured to reach this final from the outset and duly arrive in the decider unbeaten. Na Piarsaigh beat Adare, Monaleen, Mungret and Ahane, while Doon beat Patrickswell, Ahane, Kilmallock and Adare.
While Na Piarsaigh have bowed out of the Limerick SHC, their flagship team does now have a County Cup semi final against Knockainey in the near future. They are also still in the hunt for junior hurling honours and play St Patricks in the City JAHC final. Elsewhere the club’s senior footballers await Newcastle West or Drom-Broadford in the Limerick SFC semi final.
For their part Doon are still in the hunt for a first ever senior hurling championship title. They play Patrickswell in the Limerick SHC quarter final on Sunday September 25 in the Gaelic Grounds. The winner will face Kilmallock in the semi final.