GAA – Wanted : Two managers and a champion

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Screen shot 2016-08-25 at 13.49.39LIMERICK GAA are on the look out for a senior hurling manager, a senior football manager and a new senior hurling champion following a busy few weeks.
A replacement for TJ Ryan is expected to be named in the coming month, while the news was announced this week that John Brudair would not be putting himself forward for the 2016/2017 campaign. All the while, on the pitch, the All Ireland, Munster and Limerick Senior hurling champions Na Piarsaigh were being dethroned.
A committee is already in place to find a new senior hurling manager, while a similar system is expected to be ratified to fill Brudair’s vacancy.
A statement from the Limerick County Board this week stated:
“John Brudair has informed CLG Coiste Contae Luimní today that he will not be going forward for another term as Limerick Senior Football Manager. John has given sterling service to Limerick Football over the past three seasons. CLG Coiste Contae Lumní and Coiste Peil Lumní would like to thank John and his Management team for their dedication to Limerick Football. We would like to wish John, his Management team and their families to very best in the future.”
Brudair had been in situ for three seasons, while also playing a heavy part in the county’s under 21 team. At the time of going to print, no outstanding candidate for the job had entered the race, but time will tell.
On the field, this weekend sees the return of the Senior and Intermediate football club championships. There is a top of the table clash in Group 1 this weekend as Na Piarsaigh take on St Kieran’s. Both sides are on four points from their opening three rounds. With St Patrick’s also on four points, their clash with Drom/ Broadford (three points) will also have a telling effect on who claims a play off spot in a tight group.
In group 2, another top of the table clash takes place as Monaleen face off with Fr Casey’s. Both sides are unbeaten in the championship, so whoever wins this weekend will have a firm grip on the automatic semi final spot.
On the hurling front, Ballybrown, Doon and Kilmallock will all fight for playoff places in Group 1 of the Senior hurling championship. With Na Piarsaigh out of the picture, the county champions could come from this group.
However, Adare, Patrickswell, Ahane and Bruff will have something to say about that, as Group 2 is far from settled either.

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County Senior Football Championship Group 1

Fri-26-Aug Ballylanders v Oola 6.30pm @ Bruff
Fri-26-Aug St Patrick’s v Dromcollogher Broadford 6.30pm @ Kilmallock
Sat-27-Aug St Kieran’s v Na Piarsaigh 6.30pm @ Ballingarry

County Senior Football Championship Group 2

Thurs-25-Aug Pallasgreen v Newcastle West 6.30pm @ Kilmallock
Thurs-25-Aug Rathkeale v Ballysteen 6.30pm @ Newcastlewest
Fri-26-Aug Monaleen v Fr Casey’s 6.30pm @ Askeaton

County Intermediate Football Championship Group 1

Thurs-25-Aug Glin v Bruff 6.30pm @ Mick Neville Park
Fri-26-Aug Claughaun v Cappamore 6.30pm @ Caherclonlish

County Intermediate Football Championship Group 2

Thurs-25-Aug Athea v Mountcollins 6.30pm @ Abbeyfeale
Sat-27-Aug Cappagh v St Senan’s 6.30pm @ Askeaton
Sat-27-Aug Adare v Castlemahon 6.30pm @ The Bog Garden