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Limerick Hurling Development squads finish in top three in Munster tournament
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The Limerick City/West and South/East squads acquitted themselves more than admirably at the recent Munster Under 16 development squad hurling tournament. Both squads qualified for the last four of the tournament which featured 16 teams from all counties of Munster.
The Limerick City/West accounted for Mid Clare, Avondhu and Mid Tipperary to reach the semis in Mallow while Limerick South/East had wins over West Waterford and Seandun but lost narrowly to Imokelly in their group stages to qualify for the last four.
Both sides headed for Mallow GAA hoping to set up an all Limerick final for the first time ever, but alas it wasn’t to be, as City/West accounted for Imokelly in one semi but the South/East fell at the hands of eventual winners North Tipperary in the other.
Some silverware was collected by a Limerick team in Mallow on the day when Dylan Dawson (Blackrock) lead the South/East to the shield title after a thrilling victory over Imokelly, dedicating the win to county teams late fellow panel member Darragh O'Donovan (Monagea) who died suddenly last year. Meanwhile in the main final, a string of first half goals by North Tipp, who were aided by a gale force breeze in the first half made the margin too wide for the City/West to regain in the second period despite the valiant efforts on the Limerick sides behalf.
This tournament has always been a great benchmark for where hurling in Limerick is at presently. The last Limerick side to win were the South in 2003 and that team went on to backbone the All Ireland final minor hurling team of 2005. Having both squads in the last four of such an ultra competitive tournament shows the quality and quantity of players that the county is now producing year on year and huge credit goes to the players and to the management teams of both squads comprising of - Ray Ryan (Murroe/Boher), Sean Herbert (Ahane), James Ryan (Garrispillane) and Declan Murphy (Hospital/Herbertstown) with the South/East and the City/West management of Don Flynn (Killedy), Ger Downes (Knockaderry), Ger Sheehy (NCW), Ollie Coffey (Glenroe).
Both squads will now come together to form the Limerick U16 panels for 2012 and compete in the Nenagh Co-op tournament under the managerial ship of current Limerick GAA Coaching officer - Joe Quaid.
The City/West hurling team who were defeated in the Munster u16 Hurling squad tournament in Mallow recently
; Cian Hedderman Ballybrown, Eoghan Costelloe Adare, Ross Griffin Ballybrown, Kieran Herlihy Monagea, Cian O Brien Monaleen, Ronan Murphy Monaleen, Lorcan Lyons Monaleen, Cian O'Brien Mungret, Kieran Daly Na Piarsaigh, David O Mahony Adare, Cormac Flanagan Crecora, Conor Burke Crecora, Stephen Casey Croagh/Kilfinny, Conor Moroney Tournafulla, John Nicholas Monaleen, Edward Doyle Monaleen, Jamie Porter Monaleen, Niall Mulcahy Mungret, Aaron Gillane Patrickswell, Leo Morrisson Monaleen, AJ O'Connor Newcastlewest, Conor Linehan Mungret, Kieran Bennett Old Christians.
The South/East U16 Hurling team who won the Munster hurling development squad shield in Mallow recently
South East panel
; Colin Ryan Pallasgreen, Mark Reidy Croom, James O Riordan Bruff, Colin Ryan Garryspillane, Sean Finn Bruff, Dylan Dawson Blackrock, Paddy Morrissey Ahane, Brian Fanning Pallasgreen,Barry Nash South Liberties, Paul O Halloran Ahane, Shane O Connell Doon, Chris Walsh Kilmallock, Chris Browne Bruff, Tom Morrissey Ahane, Robbie Hanly Kilmallock, Adam Costello Kilmallock, Eoin Quilty South Liberties, Ciarán Bourke Garryspillane, Evan Enright Ahane, Ryan O Shea Croom, Dean Brazil Staker Wallace, Shane Lyons Staker Wallace, Brian McCarthy Pallasgreen, Donnacha Leahy Staker Wallace.
Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen) who won the Limerick u16 long puck competition at Limerick Racecourse being presented with his trophy by County Board Chairperson Liam Lenihan, Colin will now go on to represent Limerick in the Munster finals held in Thurles Racecourse in July.
John Chawke (Kildimo/Pallaskenry) who defended his Senior Long Puck title at the Limerick Racecourse recently with County Board Chairperson Liam Lenihan, John will now go on to represent Limerick in the Munster finals held in Thurles Racecourse in July.
Limerick - for the first year ever - entered a combined u16 third squad featuring players from all across the City and County and this squad was managed by Joe Roche (Ballybrown), Mike Cunnigham (Murroe/Boher) and Liam Lyons (Mayo) acted as coach. This squad played in the Munster “B” development squad tournament under the name of Limerick Sarsfields. The squad trained and prepared admirably and represented Limerick with great pride on the day in Knocklong when they came up against stiff opposition in the shape of South Tipperary, Seandun ‘B’ and Carberry. Limerick Sarsfields were defeated by South Tipp and Carberry and had a great victory over Seandun. However, this win did not suffice for the squad to progress to the next phase despite a valiant effort on the day. Great credit must go to all involved in organizing and making sure this squad was prepared to the highest level and we look forward to seeing these lads in the green of Limerick in the years to come.
Limerick Sarsfields panel;
Shane Doyle Monaleen, Declan Browne Mungret, Kevin Mulcahy Granagh/Ballingarry, Charles Butler Kileedy, Levi Ryan Tournafulla, Dale Barry Fedamore, Evan Considine Kildimo/Pallaskenry, Mossie Murphy Tournafulla, Dean Smith Tournafulla, Andreas O Brien Adare, Darragh Cottor Castletown Ballyagran, Evan O'Brien Na Piarsaigh, Darragh Nolan Murroe Boher, Michael FoxAhane, Cian Larkin Templeglantine, Conor Barry Newcastlewest, Dylan Sheehan Murroe Boher, Paudie Smith Tournafulla, Tom O'Shea Kildimo/Pallaskenry, Karl Cusack Murroe Boher, Jack Cagney Granagh/Ballingarry, Killian Gavin Ballybrown, Declan O'Connor Newcastlewest ,Dylan O'Dwyer Doon, Ciaran O'Meara Ahane, James Davoren South Liberties.
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