Limerick hurlers will get first taste of competitive action on December 30th against Cork as fixtures announced for Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League.
John Kiely’s charges will be hanging up the boxing gloves after a hugely enjoyable and successful fundraising event and turning their attention towards the preseason competition which will provide some valuable game time ahead of the league.
The opening fixture against the rebels in Mallow is a repeat of next year’s final which Cork won and will be John Meyler’s first game in charge of the side.
The opening game will be followed up by home games at the Gaelic Grounds against Kerry (January 7th) and Clare (January 14th) with the top two sides qualifying for the final on January 21st.
Commenting at the launch of the competition, which took place at Dairygold’s Nutritionals Campus in Mallow, Munster Council Chairman Jerry O Sullivan said:
“I am pleased that the Munster Council is in a position to facilitate these 4 counties in organising a competition that will provide them with a great opportunity to prepare for the very competitive Allianz Leagues. I am delighted to welcome Co-Op Superstores as the competition sponsor once again. I thank them for their continued support and look forward to working with them in the months ahead.”
Co-Op Superstores is the retail division of Dairygold Co-Operative. Jim Woulfe, Dairygold CEO stated:
“As an organisation deeply embedded in Munster, we’re pleased to be on board as sponsors again this year. Dairygold through our network of retail stores and our online store www.coopsuperstores.ie is hugely connected with the GAA community and we’re looking forward to being part of another exciting League to kick off the hurling season in Munster.”
The launch was attended by Cork Senior Team Manager, John Meyler, Kerry Senior Team Manager, Fintan O’ Connor, Limerick Senior Team Manager John Kiely and Clare selector Jimmy Browne. They were joined by players Seamus Harnedy (Cork), Dan Morrissey (Limerick) and Shane O’Donnell (Clare) and from Munster Council GAA Jerry O’Sullivan, (Chairman), Simon Moroney (Secretary) and Kieran Leddy (Operations Manager).
Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2018 – Draw & Venues
FOUR TEAM ROUND-ROBIN GROUP STAGE
Saturday, 30/12/2017 (Round 1):
- An Clár v Ciarraí (Páirc Chiosóg, Inis)
- Corcaigh v Luimneach (Mála, Contae Chorcaí)
Sunday, 07/01/2018 (Round 2):
- Luimneach v Ciarraí (Páirc na nGaeil, Luimneach)
- An Clár v Corcaigh (Páirc Chiosóg, Inis)
Sunday, 14/01/2018 (Round 3):
- Luimneach v An Clár (Páirc na nGaeil, Luimneach)
- Ciarraí v Corcaigh a (Páirc Aibhistín de Staic, Trá Lí)
- Sunday, 21st January 2018
Top Two Teams as determined by the Tie-Breaker formula