Limerick begin the defence of their Munster MHC title at the Gaelic Grounds tonight (7pm) against Tipperary, the county they beat in last year’s semi-final (1-17 to 0-17) en-route to claiming a first minor provincial crown since 1984.
Tipperary have named an unchanged starting side for Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash with Kilkenny, but the major talking point is the inclusion of Toomevara’s John O’Brien at full-forward. O’Brien’s brother Thomas passed away earlier this week.
The clash of the champions in the Mid Tipperary senior hurling championship semi-final ended in stalemate at Templetuohy yesterday as county champions Drom-Inch, courtesy of a pointed free by Johnny Ryan with the last puck of extra-time, forced a 2-21 each draw with Loughmore-Castleiney, the divisional champions, in a thrilling contest.
TIPPERARY U21 boss Ken Hogan feels greater consideration should be given to the scheduling of the Munster hurling championships, as his charges prepare to face Waterford in tonight’s provincial quarter-final — just three days after the county senior side defeated Cork.
TIPPERARY GAA chiefs last night postponed six local club fixtures which had been scheduled for next weekend due to the county’s forthcoming All-Ireland senior final battle with Kilkenny and their participation in next Saturday’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21HC semi-final.
LIAM SHEEDY has made four changes to his Tipperary starting line-up as they attempt to revive their All-Ireland SHC challenge in tomorrow’s qualifier tie against Wexford in Semple Stadium after the defeat against Cork in the Munster quarter-final in May.
NORTH TIPPERARY club Lorrha/Dorrha are refusing to fulfil Sunday’s Seamus O’Riain Cup semi-final due to the unavailability of key players and the inability of opponents Kildangan to accommodate their request to change the timing of the game.