Crescent won the Junior Cup in 2010 and in 2011 and with a lot of those players on board, they’re one of Limerick’s strongest teams in this year’s competition.
FIRST UP: v Rockwell College at 3pm in Clanwilliam on Wednesday, January 30.
COACHING TEAM: Tony Trehy, Conan Doyle, Ian Sherwin, Niall O’Shea, Amy Judge.
LAST CUP SUCCESS: 1994
LAST SEASON: Exited at the hands of CBC at the quarter-final stage having lost opening fixture to PBC.
Squad: Andrew Harrison, Cian Guerin, Cillian Rea*, Conor Beatty, Cormac Blake*, David Culhane, Diarmuid Dee*, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Ed Barry*, Eoin Casserly*, Eoin Parkes, Gary Fitzgerald, Gary O’Sullivan, Gearoid Lyons*, Ger Mullins, Greg O’Shea*, Jack Dinneen*, Jack Harrington, Jack Hogan, Jack Leonard, Jack O’Connell, Jack Sheahan, James Beary, James Frawley*, James Green*, Jason O’Sullivan, Jay Kavanagh*, JJ O’Neill*, Joey Purcell, Jonny Keane, Liam McMahon, Mark Hanrahan, Mark Rickard, Mike McGann, Mike O’Donnell, Robbie Scott, Rory Noone, Sean Fitzgerald, Tim Fitzgibbon, Tim Moloney, Will Leonard.
STAR MAN: Diarmuid Dee is a powerful ball carrier and impressive scrummager.
REPRESENTATIVE PLAYERS: Gearoid Lyons and international sprint athlete Greg O’Shea played for Ireland Schools last year. The pair, along with Cormac Blake, Mike O’Donnell, Ed Barry, Liam McMahon and JJ O’Neill also played with Munster Schools U-18s. Diarmuid Dee and Jack Dinneen played Munster Schools U-19s this season
ANY OTHER PLAYER: Sporting all-rounder Diarmuid Dee has also played minor hurling for Limerick
PROSPECTS: They won the junior cup in 2010 and 2011 so given that background they should be set for a right good tilt at outright honours. Were handed a brute of a draw last season when they had to travel to Cork twice and it hasn’t been much kinder this time around as they have to go to Tipperary first time out to play a Rockwell side searching for three-in-a-row. They’ve struggled with injury this season which could hamper their chances and if they lose to Rockwell then they’d have to play the winners of PBC and St Munchin’s. They key is to win that game against Rockwell though as it would likely pit them against Castletroy College in the quarter-final and open up a route to a semi-final place