Tipperary and Thurles Sarsfields star Ronan Maher.
Tipperary host John Kiely's high-flying Limerick team in the semi-finals of the Allianz National Hurling League on Saturday, March 31st at Semple Stadium, Thurles (throw-in 7pm).
And, the Premier County team to face Limerick reads as follows:
Daragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill)
Alan Flynn (Kiladangan)
James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg)
Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, captain)
Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy)
Séamus Kennedy (St Mary's Clonmel)
Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
Seán Curran (Mullinahone)
Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields)
John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
Michael Breen (Ballina)
Jason Forde (Silvermines)
Willie Connors (Kiladangan)
Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha)
Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams)
Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonagh’s)
Paudie Feehan (Killenaule)
Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
Donagh Maher (Burgess)
Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
Seán O'Brien (Newport)
John O'Dwyer (Killenaule)
Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen)
Please be mindful of the fact that the Croke Cup final (All-Ireland under-18.5A colleges hurling championship) between Presentation College, Athenry and St Kieran's, Kilkenny will also take place at the venue on Saturday (throw-in 5pm).
Limerick are sure to present Michael Ryan's men with a stern test on Saturday - if required extra-time will be played and the winner will be determined on the day.
Limerick have been promoted from division 1B this season thanks to five consecutive victories over Laois (1-25 to 0-18), Offaly (1-24 to 0-10), Dublin (1-26 to 0-17), Antrim (3-21 to 0-13) and Galway (2-18 to 1-19).
Then on Monday, March 19th at Páirc na nGael in Limerick the Shannonsiders drew with Clare (4-21 to 0-33) after extra-time before John Kiely’s impressive side beat Clare on a sudden death free-taking shoot-out following one hundred minutes of ferocious action. Please also note that Limerick were eight points down against Galway before recovering to beat the All-Ireland champions by two in Salthill. Indeed, under the careful coaching of Paul Kinnerk the Shannonsiders are in terrific form.
Although the Na Piarsaigh contingent are not yet available to manager John Kiely the Limerick half-back line of Diarmuid Byrnes, Declan Hannon and Dan Morrissey have been key to their performances thus far. Cian Lynch is an outstanding playmaker in the middle third of the field, Gearóid Hegarty is the key ball winner at half-forward and Aaron Gillane is shooting the lights out.
Tipperary and Limerick will, of course, also meet in the opening round of the revamped Munster Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday, May 20th (2pm) at Páirc na nGael in Limerick.
The respective league semi-final between Wexford and Kilkenny will take place on Sunday, April 1st at Innovate Wexford Park (2pm). It is understood that the Allianz National Hurling League final is scheduled for April 8th.
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