Tuesday 21 November 2017

McCarthy facing backlash

Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

A SURPRISE challenge game defeat by Carlow in recent weeks could reignite the Limerick hurling debate at tonight's monthly meeting of the County Board.

Justin McCarthy's new-look squad beat Kerry's hurlers in a friendly match last weekend but their three-point loss to relative hurling minnows Carlow a week earlier caused some ripples in the county and could see the issue raised tonight.

Limerick open their NHL campaign against Galway, in the Gaelic Grounds, on February 21 amid fears that McCarthy's inexperienced squad will struggle badly.

Clubs from Limerick's West Board could yet raise the issue of the 24 inter-county players who will not play for the current management at tonight's full board meeting.

Officials from the West Board met recently with five of the exiled players from clubs in their division to get their side of the story personally.

They reported their findings to their last divisional meeting a week ago when there was, noticeably, no subsequent discussion on the matter.

But the West Board had another meeting last night and could yet raise the issue at tonight's full county board meeting.

In the midst of all the controversy, there was some good news for Limerick hurling last weekend when city school Ard Scoil Ris reached the blue riband of Munster schools hurling, the Harty Cup final, for the first time.

Ard Scoil Ris has long been a rugby stronghold, and is the alma mater of Paul O'Connell, but they won the Munster schools U-16 hurling trophy, the Dean Ryan, last season.

Now they've beaten St Caimin's Shannon to face defending All-Ireland schools champions Thurles CBS in the Harty final in three weeks.

The last Limerick school to win the Harty was Limerick CBS in 1993 and they last contested the final in 1998.

Irish Independent

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