Speculation that dual player Stephen Lucey might be recalled proved to be unfounded. Lucey has fully recovered after breaking his small finger and was warmed up on a few occasions during the course of Sunday’s final against Westmeath.
However, manager Liam Kearns decided to keep him in reserve and again has opted not to start Lucey on this occasion.
It is not surprising, however, that Kearns has given a vote of confidence to the side that has done him proud this season with Limerick’s qualification to the first division for the first time in their history.
Meanwhile, Laois dual player Darren Rooney could face a testing weekend of sport.
Rooney has been selected on the Laois team to play Carlow in the second round of the Leinster SHC at Portlaoise on Saturday and is expected to be named in the football team for Sunday’s football championship game against Wexford at Croke Park when Mick O’Dwyer’s starting side is announced tonight.
Rooney, who missed last weeks 18-points triumph over Wicklow because of his involvement with the Midlanders footballers, takes over from Robert Jones at midfield. Jones is now moved to left full forward with Tommy Fitzgerald dropping out in what are the only changes on the Laois team.
The selection of Rooney on the Laois hurling team will once again raise the question of the involvement of dual players.
Last season Eamonn Cregan ran into trouble when he refused to involve dual players in the Limerick senior hurling team but had to withdraw under pressure subsequently.
In the intensively competitive atmosphere of sport at the highest level today it is generally felt that a player should opt to play one code or the other.
It will be most interesting to see if Mick O’Dwyer will include Rooney in his team tonight after his selection on the hurling team.
Following last weekends defeat by Tyrone in the National League final Laois face a very stiff first round game in the Leinster championship against a Wexford side, that like Limerick, gained promotion to the first division of the of the league for the very first time.
Westmeath will be without right corner back Martin Williams, half backs Darren McCormack and Shane McDonnell as well as midfield player John Brennan for their meeting with Dublin in the Leinster SHC at Parnell Park on Saturday.
Injuries have ruled Kevin O’Donoghue, Ronan Fallon, Keith Horgan and Donal Sweeney out of the Dublin equation, while Tomas McGrane misses out because of a family illness.
Kerry are due to reveal their side to play Waterford in the first round of the Munster senior hurling championship tonight.
However, County Board PRO said last night that all the Kerry players have recovered well from Monday’s defeat by Antrim in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 2 final and have no injury problems.
Wexford have delayed announcing their team to play Laois in the Leinster senior football championshi p at Croke Park on Sunday.
Wicklow, who play Louth in the first game on the triple-decker Croke Park bill will not announce their team until tomorrow night but PRO Sean Napier said last night that a number of players will make their championship debuts.
Teams: LIMERICK (SF v Cork): S. O'Donnell; M. O'Riordan, D. Sheehy, T. Stack; C. Mullane, E. Stokes, D. Reidy; J. Quane, J. Galvin; S. Lavin, M. Gavin, S. Kelly; C. Fitzgerald, B. Begley, M. Reidy.
WESTMEATH (SH v Dublin): B. Conaly; O. Carley, B. Murtagh, B. Williams; V. Bateman, C. Murtagh, N. Gavin; P. Dowdall, C. Fanning; B. Kennedy, J. Shaw, J. Forbes; D. Carty, A, Mitchell, F. Shaw.
DUBLIN (SH v Westmeath): B. McLoughlin; P. Brennan, S. Perkins, C. Meehan; S. Hiney, P. Wilson, K. Ryan; C. Kealy, P. Elliott; S. McDonnell, D. Russell, S. Martin; G. Ennis, D. Ryan, K. Flynn.
LAOIS (Sh v Carlow): J. Lyons; L. Mahon, Pat Cuddy, R. Delaney; Paul Cuddy, C. Cuddy, M. McEvoy; J. Young, D. Rooney; J. Phelan, P. Mahon, E. Maher; B. McCormack, L. Tynan, R. Jones.
MONAGHAN (SF v Armagh): G Murphy, V Corey, D Mc Kenna, P Mc Kenna, D Duffy (Capt), J Coyle, JP Mone, E Lennon, J Hughes, N Corrigan, T Freeman, P Finlay, M Slowey, R Ronaghan, D Freeman.