LIMERICK GAA’s fixtures have been confirmed for the the 2017 Allianz Hurling and Football Leagues.
The fixtures were released this Monday evening by Croke Park and there are a number of changes from the provisional fixtures released in September.
For the seventh successive season the Limerick senior hurlers will play in the second tier. They face opposition from Galway, Wexford, Offaly, Laois and Kerry.
In the promotion race, the two big ties are in the opening (Wexford) and final round (Galway).
The league opens for the Limerick hurlers on Sunday February with a trip to Wexford for what will be the first big game for Davy Fitzgerald as manager of the men from the south-east. That is one of only two away days for Limerick, with a trip to Portlaoise in round four to play Laois on Saturday March 11.
A potentially promotion deciding contest with Galway takes place in the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday March 26 – there are also home ties against Offaly and Ciaran Carey’s Kerry prior to this.
The hurlers have five group games, while the footballers have seven group games.
There is one double-header – Saturday March 4 in the Gaelic Grounds the hurlers play Offaly at 5.00 with the footballers v London at 7.00.
There is a hurling-football clash on Sunday February 12 – the hurlers are away to Wexford and the footballers home to Westmeath.
There is a weekend double on March 25-26 – the footballers are away to Waterford on Saturday evening with the hurlers home to Galway on Sunday.
The footballers begin with two of their toughest ties.
First up is a February 5 trip to Wexford, while one week later Westmeath come to the Gaelic Grounds.
The footballers have four home games – Westmeath, London, Leitrim and Wicklow and three away games – Wexford, Carlow and Waterford. The home games with Leitrim and Wicklow are both in Newcastle West.
The footballers have three games under floodlights – Saturday February 25 away to Carlow, Saturday March 4 home to London and Saturday March 25 away to Waterford in Dungarvan.
HURLING – DIVISION 1B
Sunday February 12 – Wexford v Limerick in Wexford at 2.00
Sunday February 19 – Limerick v Kerry in the Gaelic Grounds at 2.00
Saturday March 4 – Limerick v Offaly in the Gaelic Grounds at 5.00
Saturday March 11 – Laois v Limerick in Portlaoise at 7.00
Sunday March 26 – Limerick v Galway in the Gaelic Grounds at 3.00
April 1/2 – Hurling quarter finals
FOOTBALL – DIVISION 4
Sunday February 5 – Wexford v Limerick in Wexford at 2.00
Sunday February 12 – Limerick v Westmeath in the Gaelic Grounds at 2.00
Saturday February 25 – Carlow v Limerick in Carlow at 7.00
Saturday March 4 – Limerick v London in the Gaelic Grounds at 7.00
Sunday March 19 – Limerick v Leitrim in Newcastle West at 2.00
Saturday March 25 – Waterford v Limerick in Dungarvan at 7.00
Sunday April 2 – Limerick v Wicklow in Newcastle West at 1.00