Thursday 18 January 2018

Kinnerk relishing unusual 'dual' role for Treaty

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

LIMERICK footballer Paul Kinnerk faces a hectic 24 hours today.

He is part of the Limerick football team who travel to Longford for an All-Ireland SFC qualifier (2.0) this afternoon.

And immediately after the football match ends, he will be dashing back to Thurles as he is part of the Clare hurling backroom team who, coincidentally, take on his native county in today's big hurling qualifier (7.0).

Kinnerk, from Monaleen, is a Physical Education teacher in St Caimin's school in Shannon who coached the Clare minor hurlers for two seasons.

When Davy Fitzgerald took over the Banner County this year, he asked Kinnerk to be involved as a 'forwards coach' with their seniors and he has managed to combine his unusual 'dual' role all season.

Shares

In an additional twist, Kinnerk also shares a house with Limerick hurling captain David Breen.

Kinnerk has started at midfield in both of Limerick's championship games to date, but is replaced by Jim Donovan today in one of four changes in total that Maurice Horan has made since the Clare game.

The draws for the All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals and for the last two rounds of the football qualifiers will be made on Morning Ireland (RTE Radio 1) on Monday at 7.30 (hurling) and 8.30 (football).

The hurling draw will pit Kilkenny and the Munster final losers against the winners of today's qualifiers, but the draw is subject to avoiding repeat pairings so technically Waterford cannot meet Clare again and Tipperary cannot meet Limerick or Cork.

But the GAA has clarified that repeat pairings can occur within the football draw.

Round three of the football will involve all of this weekend's qualifier winners, who will then play each other next Saturday.

The draw will also be made for the fourth round of the qualifiers (to be played on the weekend of July 28) which will pit the round three winners against the beaten provincial finalists.

Irish Independent

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