Laois may have played against Limerick last weekend, but one Laois senior hurler is now representing a Limerick university as UL take on LIT in the freshers’ hurling final tomorrow.
The Harps man Ciaran Comerford has started every game of the competition so far in midfield, and will be hoping to record a substantial victory in the LIT Sportsground in Moylish tomorrow.
Although Comerford is only 19 years old, he is certainly used to big final days. He appeared in last year’s senior ‘A’ club championhip final for The Harps and excelled in playing both minor football and hurling for his county.
He also earned the title of Electric Ireland GAA Minor Hurler of the Week in the first round of the minor hurling championship in 2017.
This all-Limerick affair is also the first time either of these teams have met in the first year final.
UL will be hoping that three’s the charm – after having appeared and lost in the last two finals – losing both to DCU. They also bowed out in the freshers league final against UCC earlier this year.
2015 champions UL saw off IT Carlow and UCD in the group stages to get to the semi-final against another Limerick side.
Here, they were 2-12 to 1-13 winners over Mary Immaculate College.
On LIT’s route to the final, they defeated Dublin IT and UCC in their group games. They followed this up with a 1-22 to 1-13 semi final win over Cork IT.
Managing UL is Cratloe’s Joe McGrath, with Ger Downes, Patsy Coffey and Liam O’Reilly in his backroom team.
Sixmilebridge man Brian Culbert is over LIT, and is also a part of the Kerry senior hurling backroom team. Joining him Kevin Mulryan and Aaron Considine as selectors.
This freshers final takes place in the LIT sportsground, Moylish, on Wednesday, March 13 at 4.30pm.
UL: Rory Duff, Darragh Aherne, Conor Flahive, Conor Nicholas, Kieran O’Dowd, Brian Garry (all Limerick); Donnchadh Quirke, Bryan O’Mara, Stephen Kirwan, Graham Fahy, Mark O’Farrell, Joseph Fogarty (all Tipperary); Fionnan Hickey, Darragh O’Keefe, Billy Power, Kieran Connolly, Mark Twomey (all Waterford); Eoin Davis, Tommy O’Connell, Conor O’Callaghan, Mark McCarthy (all Cork); Cathal Ruane, Killian McDermott, Tom O’Rourke, Ross Hayes (all Clare); Niall Brennan, Mark Nolan, Oisin Knox (all Kilkenny); Oisin Flannery, Eoin Caulfield (both Galway); Jack Reck (Wexford); Ciaran Comerford (Laois).
LIT PANEL: Louis Dee, Adam Butler, Shane Normoyle, Michael Burke, Dylan Walsh, Ian O’Sullivan, James Daly, Jordon Soundy, William Carroll, Eoin Grimes (all Limerick); Michael Grace, Paul O’Heney, Eoghan Connolly, Billy Seymour, Conor McCarthy, Daniel Ryan, Ross Bonner, Eoin Collins, Adam Healy, Aaron Ryan, Colm O’Dwyer, George Kealy, Josh McCarthy, Mark Fanning, Alex Jones, Matthew Moroney, Anthony Burke, Nicky Cooney, Dan Brooks (Tipperary); Ciaran Kennan, Cathal Lynch, Steve Donnellan, Fergus Madden, Mark Russell, Conor Shanagher, Darragh McNamara, Jack Manley, Liam Crowe, Matthew Davenport (all Clare); Colm O’Flaherty, Conor Dolan, Liam Murtagh (all Galway); Brian Stauton, Michael Power (both Kilkenny); Barry Mahony, Brendan Walsh (both Kerry), Ian Cooney (Cork), Ciaran Whelan (Carlow); Darragh Nolan (Wexford); Conor Donoghue (Dublin); Jonathan O’Neill (Wicklow); Owen Cleary (Westmeath).