Opinion - Divisional trials an option for Limerick football - Jerome O'Connell

Jerome O'Connell

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Opinion - Divisional trials an option for Limerick football - Jerome O'Connell

Current Limerick manager Billy Lee

IT’S finals time across the top tiers of Limerick club football in the coming weeks.

The month of November will have U-21 football fixtures but nonetheless I think there is an opportunity to borrow a blueprint from Laois football manager John Sugrue who is to hold divisional trial matches to help assemble his 2019 inter-county panel.

Billy Lee is confirmed to return as manager for 2019 and has no doubt made initial enquires with some players.

Admittedly, divisional trials could work a treat or be met with a less than lukewarm reception from players.

But I think it’s worth a try – after all what Limerick needs is players that are firstly interested.

I documented the stark figures earlier this year and compiled a list of 82 players who were involved to some degree with a Limerick senior football panel over the last four years. 

Of course some have retired or emigrated but plenty other remain of the age and ability to play ‘county’.

The John Sugrue Laois model is straight forward... 

Beginning the week after the county final, the Trial Tournament will be played on a round robin basis, with three games on successive weekends, top two divisional teams qualify for the cup final and bottom two divisional teams qualify for shield final.