WINNING Kerry junior football manager Jimmy Keane has questioned the non-participation of the likes of Limerick in this year’s championship.
“Two years ago, we played Limerick in Killarney and had to get a last minute goal to beat them in the Munster semi-final. They were that close to beating us,” remarked Keane. “In terms of development, it is a big step back for Limerick, Tipperary, Clare and Waterford (only Kerry and Cork participated).
“You have to question the mentality of their county boards. I think a lot of it has to do with finance and they just don’t have the funding to put in a team. They probably don’t see a future for either the competition or their own team.”
It was way back in 1950 that Limerick claimed the last of its four wins in the junior championship. Meanwhile, a new-look Limerick Junior ‘A’ Football Championship starts at the weekend. Twenty teams have been divided in five groups of four, with three from each to qualify for the knock-out phase. All-Ireland Junior ‘B’ kingpins Ballybrown, Hospital/Herbertstown, Croom and Cappamore appear early title-contenders.
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by Mal Keaveney