Tuesday 21 November 2017

Seamus Hickey to fill unusual role at corner-back for Limerick

19 January 2013; Seamus Hickey, Limerick. Waterford Crystal Cup, Senior Hurling Preliminary Round, Limerick v Mary Immaculate College, John Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
19 January 2013; Seamus Hickey, Limerick. Waterford Crystal Cup, Senior Hurling Preliminary Round, Limerick v Mary Immaculate College, John Fitzgerald Park, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Seamus Hickey and Declan Hannon have been included in the Limerick team to play Tipperary in the Munster SHC on Sunday, with Hickey selected in the unusual position of corner-back.

TJ Ryan has named a particularly strong team that includes 13 of the side who started last year's Munster final.

David Breen and Stephen Walsh are the players to miss out, with Shane Dowling and Kevin Downes coming in to give them additional firepower.

Corner-back Liam Ryan (Raparrees) is the only debutant on the Wexford team to play Antrim in the Leinster SHC quarter-finals.

In football, Limerick veteran John Galvin has to be content with a place on the bench as Limerick manager John Brudair goes with a new-look team for their clash with Tipperary tomorrow.

U-21s Sean O'Dea and Darragh Tracey are among five players set to make their Munster championship debuts.

The McCann brothers, Michael and Tomas, and former AFL player Niall McKeever are included in the Fermanagh for Sunday's match against Antrim.

Meanwhile, fit-again Dean Rock is in contention for a place in the Dublin team for their opening Leinster SFC match against Laois on Sunday week.

"Dean has put in a lot of work behind the scenes and that is a credit to himself and the medical staff and athletic team, but he had to put the hard work in and he is in great physical and mental shape," said Dublin manager Jim Gavin.

Dublin are going in search of a staggering ninth Leinster title in 10 years – a run that has seen them win 26 out of 27 games by an average margin of eight points – but Gavin insisted: "We have a game on June 8 against Laois and we are not looking beyond that."

Laois have been boosted by the news that full-back Mark Timmons has declared himself fit after a seven-week hamstring injury absence.

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