THE draws for the varying Munster GAA championships has paired Limerick with Tipperary in a repeat of the All Ireland MHC final.
In an attempt to reach a fifth successive provincial final, Limerick will have to travel to Thurles to play Tipperary in the quarter final of the 2017 Munster minor hurling championship.
Victory for a side managed by John Mulqueen and coached by Anthony Daly, will book a semi final. Defeat would see Limerick enter the backdoor series with a game against Cork, Waterford or Clare.
In minor football, Limerick have been drawn to play Waterford in the quarter final – at a Limerick venue.
Victory would advance Limerick to a semi final, while defeat would set-up a tie against the loser of Clare v Kerry.
In U-21 hurling Limerick will be among the favourites in 2017 – as Munster minor champions of 2014.
The Pat Donnelly managed Limerick will play Tipperary in the quarter final, most likely in the Gaelic Grounds.
If Limerick can reverse the result of the 2016 clash of the two, a semi final with Clare (again in the Gaelic Grounds) awaits.
In U-21 football, Limerick will be at home to Tipperary in the first round with the winner away to Cork in the provincial semi final.
The draws took place in the Munster Council offices in Castletroy last Thursday and for the first time also included a new Munster U-17 Championship, which is to be run in preparation for the change to the age limit at minor level in 2018.
In the draw for the U-17 hurling championship, Limerick were handed home advantage against Cork in round one. The prize for winning would be another home venue in the semi final against Tipperary.
In the new U-17 football championship, Limerick received a bye into the semi final, where they will be away to Cork or Waterford.
The dates and venues for all six championships will be confirmed in the coming weeks.