Reeling in the Years: Limerick GAA’s 2008

Our Reeling in the Years of Limerick GAA continues today as we go back to 2008!

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2008

Hurling

National Hurling League

Limerick’s national league form was inconsistent to say the least as they ended thier five group games with a record of three wins and two defeats.

Wins would come against Laois, Clare and Offaly while they fell to Tipp and Galway, who would go on to contest the league final.

In the league quarter-final, Limerick fell to Cork in the Gaelic Grounds.

Munster Hurling Championship

Limerick were given a bye to the semi-finals in Munster where they met Clare.

Clare had defeated Waterford in the quarter-finals and this victory gave them the emphasis to avenge the league defeat and run out winners against Limerick.

Goals would prove crucial for the Banner as they won out 4-12 to 1-16 with Limerick entering the qualifiers.

All-Ireland Series

Offaly were Limerick’s opponents in Round 1 with Limerick having home advantage.

Despite losing to the the Treaty by 14-points in the League, Offaly tore up the form book to destroy the All-Ireland finalists from 2007.

First half goals had Offaly sailing, 2-11 to 0-6 at half time before they ran out comprehensive 3-19 to 0-18 victors.

12 July 2008; Limerick’s Ollie Moran receives attention to a facial wound near the end of the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier, Round 3, Limerick v Offaly, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

Football

National Football League

Despite plying their trade in Division 1 just a year earlier, Limerick’s league struggles continued as they just avoided relegation to the bottom tier.

From their seven Division 3 games, they picked up just a brace of wins with their draw against Wexford proving crucial as they avoided the bottom two spots buy a single point.

Munster Football Championship

Limerick kicked off their championship campaign as they faced Tipperary in Fermoy in the Munster quarter-final.

In a low-scoring encounter, Seanie Buckley’s goal would prove the difference as Limerick secured a 1-8 to 1-8 win.

This set up a semi-final clash with Cork, who had defeated Limerick in each of the previous two championships.

The Rebels made it three-from-three but were made to work for it against a dogged Limerick side.

Cork’s goals, courtesy of Daniel Goulding and Graham Canty would prve crucial as they came out on top, 2-9 to 0-12, sending Limerick to the back door.

All Ireland Series

Limerick were paired with Meath in the Gaelic Grounds in the first round of the qualifiers.

Ian Ryan’s incredible tally of 3-7 would have accounted for the Leinster side alone as Limerick ran out 4-12 to 4-3 victors.

19 July 2008; Ian Ryan, left, Limerick, celebrates with his team-mate James Crowley after scoring his side’s third goal. GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Qualifier – Round 1, Limerick v Meath, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Up next were Kildare in the second round, again in the Gaelic Grounds.

Limerick’s shyness in front of goal would once again be their downfall as Johnny Doyle’s three-pointer was the only thing to separate the teams, 1-11 to 0-11 at full-time.


Club Championships

Hurling

In the Limerick SHC, Adare completed their second back-to-back of the decade as they defeated Ahane 0-13 to 0-8 in the decider.

In a repeat of the 2012 final, they were deadlocked at 0-5 apiece at the half with Adare having played against the breeze.

They made the most of this advantage in the second period as they overpowered their opponents for a fourth crown in eight years.

Bruff were victorious in the Intermediate Hurling Championship, defeating Caherline 3-14 to 0-15 in the final.

Monagea and Bruree were crowned Junior A & B Champions respectively.


Football

Drom Broadford atoned for their heavy defeat to Ballylanders 12 months previously to win their 4th Limerick SFC, overcoming the same opponents in the final.

After losing by 13 points the previous year, Drom were much the better side this time around winning 2-15 to 1-8.

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They weren’t finished there as they hosted Nemo Rangers in the Munster Club semi-finals in the Gaelic Grounds.

Despite coming into the game as rank outsiders, Drom stunned the Cork side to record a famous 0-7 to 0-6 win and advance to the Munster final.

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Here they played Kilmurry Ibrickane in wintery conditions in early December.

In an absorbing contest, there would be just 11 scores with the conditions playing a huge part in the contest.

Nonetheless, it would be the men from West Limerick who would prevail, 0-6 to 0-5 to win Limerick’s first Senior Club Football title since 1977.

Just 0-2 of Drom’s scores would come from play but that would count for little as they were crowned the best football team in Munster.

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In the 2008 Intermediate Football Championship, Ballysteen earned promotion to the senior ranks as they defeated St Patricks 0-13 to 0-11 in the final.

Bruff completed a football and hurling double as they were crowned Junior A champions while Banogue ran out winners in the JBFC.

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