FINUGE are a number of weeks away from deciding on whether they will remain an intermediate club for 2013 or whether they will try their hand at senior following their thrilling victory over Spa in Stack Park on Sunday.
The North Kerry club's chairman, Denis McElligott, confirmed to TheKerryman this week that the club had taken no decision as of yet on what decision they're likely to take. The deadline for their decision is the December 3 meeting of the County Board, which begins the process of formulating a fixtures calendar for the new season. The immediate priority for the chairman and the club, however, is this weekend's Munster semi-final clash with Pallasgreen in Bruff (throw-in 2pm).
The loss of Finuge fullforward and Kerry senior football manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice to injury will be keenly felt even if they remain favourites for the tie. Fitzmaurice suffered a fractured jaw towards the end of that game and is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks. Ruling him out of the semi-final and a potential Munster final appearance. Should Finuge progress to the All Ireland series Fitzmaurice would be in a position to return to the fold, however.
Finuge's neighbours Ballyduff, meanwhile, are set to face Limerick kingpins Ballybrown in their first Munster intermediate hurling championship match since their heartbreaking defeat to Effin in last year's final. Their semi-final clash takes place this Saturday afternoon in Kilmallock (throw-in 2pm).