GAA – Limerick open NFL versus Tipperary

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31 May 2014; Peter Acheson, Tipperary, in action against Sean O'Dea, Limerick. Munster GAA Football Senior Championship, Quarter-Final, Limerick v Tipperary, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
 Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

LIMERICK begin their National Football league campaign in Kilmallock this Sunday against Tipperary.

The game, (2pm throw in) which was moved from the Gaelic Grounds, will see John Brudair prepare his charges to meet a familiar face, as Tipperary’s new manager Liam Kearns takes charge of the Premier county.

Limerick’s main aim for 2016 is to maintain their status in Division 3 of the league. A division which is getting harder and harder to contest with every passing season.

With a large amount of retirements in recent times, John Brudair knows that the squad he has at his disposal will be tested to the full once more this season. Something the manager is looking forward to.

“It is a tough division. There is no doubting that. Tipperary are up first and it is going to be a tough side. Much like ourselves they have a few new faces, but also, like ourselves, they have some lads who are 2-3 years on the county panel.

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“This year will see those lads grow even more into the inter county game”

Indeed, Brudair’s decision is to have synergy between the under 21 and senior management teams.

“Players such as Stephen Cahill, Seán O’Dea, Gearóid Hegarty, and Darragh Treacy will have benefited both physically and mentally from playing with the squad for the last number of years. This can only help them in 2016.”

With four home games and three away, Limerick will be looking to hit the ground running with their home advantage this weekend.

However “the four home games are only an advantage if we win the game,”  warned a wary Brudair.

Fixtures:

Divison 3

Sun-31-Jan v Tipperary (H)

Sun-7-Feb v Longford (A)

Sun-28-Feb v Clare (H)

Sun-6-Mar v Kildare (A)

Sat-12-Mar v Westmeath (H)

Sun-27-Mar v Sligo (A)

Sun-3-Apr v Offaly (H)

Limerick Panel:

Paudie Browne            (Fr. Casey’s),

Seanie Buckley (Dromcollogher/Broadford),

Stephen Cahill (Mountcollins)

Tommy Childs (Galtee Gaels),

Iain Corbett (Captain)(Newcastlewest),

Michael Donovan (Galbally)

Cillian Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford),

Brian Fanning            (Pallasgreen),

Sean Flanagan (Feohanagh Castlemahon),

Paul Hannon (Newcastlewest),

Gearoid Hegarty (Vice-Captain) (St. Patricks),

Stephen Kelly (Newcastlewest),

Johnny McCarthy (St.Kieran’s),

Sean McSweeney (St.Kieran’s),

Colm Moran (Monaleen),

Peter Nash (Kildimo-Pallaskenry),

James Naughton (St Senans),

Danny Neville (Ballysteen),

Garrett Noonan (Dromcollogher/Broadford),

Sean O’Dea (Kilteely/Dromkeen),

Donal O’Sullivan (Monaleen),

Pa Ranahan (Ballysteen),

Ian Ryan (Vice-Captain) (St Senans),

Brian Scanlon (Gerald Griffins),

Cian Sheehan (Newcastlewest),

Darragh Treacy (St.Kieran’s),

Paul White (Rathkeale)

 

Extended Panel

Míchael Brosnan (Dromcollogher/Broadford),

Brian Donovan (Monaleen),

Adrian Enright (Fr. Casey’s),

James Kelly (Newcastlewest),

Jamie Lee (Newcastlewest),

Jason Mullins (St Patricks),

Killian Ryan (Mungret)

Padraig Scanlon (Glin),

Tom Lee (Ballylanders)

Management Team

  • Manager             John Brudair (Dromcollogher/Broadford)
  • Coach                 Jerome Stack (Adare)
  • Selectors             Declan Brouder (Newcastlewest) – Mike Fahy (Dromcollogher/Broadford)
  • S&C                   Antoin McFadden (Newcastlewest)
  • Medical             Stephen Lucey (Croom), – Dr Mick Lucey (Croom)
  • Physio                Kathryn Fahy (Murroe-Boher)
  • Masseur             Keith Brouder (Monagea)
  • Stats                   Pat Donnelly (Dromcollogher/Broadford)
  • Logistics             Mike Downey (Feohanagh Castlemahon)