Joe Canning on the Limerick team_ Profiles of the 15 males bidding for one more All-Eire win

Limerick line up for the All-Eire semi-final. Their final defeat in knock-out hurling was to Kilkenny within the 2019 sem-final. {Photograph}: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

1 Nickie Quaid

Limerick goalkeeper Nickie Quaid in motion towards Galway through the All-Eire semi-final. One of many excellent goalkeepers within the recreation for greater than a decade. {Photograph}: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Age: 34. Membership: Effin. Top: 6′1″. Occupation: Instructor

Makes tough saves look routine, whereas additionally enjoying behind a defence that give him plenty of safety. His contribution is usually overshadowed by Limerick’s big-name gamers out the sphere, however he’s the one Limerick participant that’s indispensable.

2 Mike Casey

Limerick’s Michael Casey celebrates the victory over Galway within the All-Eire semi-final at Croke Park. A rock in Limerick’s defence. {Photograph}: Evan Treacy/Inpho

Age: 27. Membership: Na Piarsaigh. Top: 5′10″ Occupation: Instructor

Has executed plenty of his hurling at quantity three however is comfy wherever within the full-back line. Reads the sport very effectively and will find yourself on Eoin Cody, regardless that Limerick don’t are likely to do man-marking jobs. You’ll get nothing tender from him.


3 Dan Morrissey

Limerick’s Dan Morrissey is tackled by Peter Duggan of Clare. Morrissey has proved a reliable and versatile rock within the Limerick defence. {Photograph}: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Age: 30. Membership: Ahane. Top: 6′3″ Occupation: Accountant

A participant that does his job so successfully that he goes beneath the radar. Limerick know what they’re going to get from him, whether or not he performs within the half-back line or the full-back line. A participant with that form of versatility and perspective is priceless.

4 Barry Nash

Barry Nash: at all times able to raiding ahead from his defensive berth and registering on the scoreboard. {Photograph}: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Age: 26. Membership: South Liberties. Top: 6′2″ Occupation: Aviation Insurance coverage

The most effective ball-players on the workforce. At all times liable to drive ahead and choose up a few scores, though groups usually are not giving him as a lot freedom as final yr. A critical participant however most likely not as influential as final season.

5 Diarmaid Byrnes

Diarmaid Byrnes: his long-range taking pictures is a potent weapon for Limerick. {Photograph}: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Age: 29. Membership: Patrickswell. Top: 6′4″ Occupation: Financial institution worker

In all probability hasn’t hit the heights of 2022, when he was Hurler of the Yr, however it’s not truthful to check him towards these requirements. Usually play he’s nonetheless going rather well. Not as prolific as final yr, his long-range taking pictures remains to be a weapon.

6 William O’Donoghue

William O’Donoghue: his formidable bodily presence is a big asset to Limerick round midfield. {Photograph}: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Age: 28. Membership: Na Piarsaigh. Top: 6′2″ Occupation: Well being meals distribution

Within the absence of Declan Hannon, he has to fit in at centre again once more. His tackling and abrasiveness within the center third was missed towards Galway, however he’s their best choice at six. Vastly invaluable and constant.

7 Kyle Hayes

Kyle Hayes: a formidable presence on Limerick’s half-back line. He is equally as comfy in assault. Contender for Hurler of the Yr. {Photograph}: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Age: 25. Membership: Kildimo-Pallaskenry. Top: 6′5″ Occupation: Human Assets

Considered one of three gamers on the Limerick workforce who has robust claims to be Hurler of the Yr. Terrific within the air and excellent going ahead, not simply scoring factors however creating purpose possibilities. Severe athlete. Good specimen of a contemporary hurler.

8 Darragh O’Donovan

Darragh O’Donovan: teak-tough midfielder has an incredible hurling mind, he gives glorious ball for Limerick’s deadly ahead line. {Photograph}: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Age: 28. Membership: Doon. Top: 5′11″ Occupation: Retail Supervisor

Good within the semi-final, he persistently delivers nice ball to Limerick’s inside line. He’s such an excellent ball-striker and has the imaginative and prescient to play the form of deliveries that Aaron Gillane and Seamus Flanagan thrive on. Nice hurling mind.

9 Cian Lynch

Cian Lynch: former Hurler of the Yr stays one among Limerick’s most interesting ever abilities. {Photograph}: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Age: 27. Membership: Patrickswell. Top: 5′11″ Occupation: Recruitment

Has struggled with accidents and type over the past 12 months, however I assumed he had an excellent semi-final, getting his hand on plenty of soiled ball. His cross within the build-up to the second Limerick purpose was a contact of genius. May have an enormous remaining.

10 Gearóid Hegarty

Gearóid Hegarty: gifted hurler is the person for the massive event. Has an impressive file in All-Eire finals and has been high scorer from play within the final three. {Photograph}: Evan Treacy/Inpho

Age: 28. Membership: St Patrick’s. Top: 6′5″ Occupation: Instructor

Quiet in comparison with different years, and actually misplaced his type early within the championship, however has an incredible file in All-Eire finals. Does an enormous quantity of selfless operating, particularly on Limerick puck-outs, over and again, dragging defenders with him.11 David Reidy

David Reidy has established himself as a starter in latest matches. {Photograph}: Evan Treacy/Inpho

Age: 30. Membership: Dromin-Athlacca. Top: 6′1″ Occupation: Instructor

Gained a Munster medal beneath John Allen ten years in the past, and has lastly established himself as a starter in latest matches. Had an enormous second half within the Munster remaining. A great deal of motion. Is aware of his job. Very dependable.

12 Tom Morrissey

Tom Morrissey: a contender for Hurler of the Yr, he has proved to be one among Limerick’s most dependable performers and scorers this season. {Photograph}: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Age: 27. Membership: Ahane. Top: 6′1″ Occupation: Tax and finance advisor

One other candidate for Hurler of the Yr. His ranges have dipped just a little within the final two matches, however he confirmed actual management when Limerick have been struggling within the early rounds and he was one of many few gamers going effectively. Has an all-round recreation.

13 Aaron Gillane

Aaron Gillane: gives an actual leading edge for Limerick, given the appropriate low ball he is virtually unmarkable. Equally as potent within the air. Main contender for Hurler of the Yr up to now. {Photograph}: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Age: 26. Membership: Patrickswell. Top: 6′1″ Occupation: AG Sports activities

The third Limerick participant with Hurler of the Yr credentials. Practically unimaginable to deal with within the air or on the bottom if the appropriate ball goes in, however will most likely face his greatest check of the yr up to now in Huw Lawlor.

14 Seamus Flanagan

Seamus Flanagan: gives a constant risk in Limerick’s highly effective assault and at all times able to creating and taking scores. {Photograph}: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Age: 26. Membership: Feohanagh-Castlemahon. Top: 6′2″ Occupation: Radiologist

Not excellent within the semi-final, however having an excellent yr. Makes plenty of diagonal runs in entrance of Gillane, and whether or not he expects the ball to come back to him or not, he’s making house for his companion inside. At all times good for a few scores.

15 Peter Casey

Peter Casey: industrious and brings his personal strengths to Limerick’s potent combine in attaack. {Photograph}: Evan Treacy/Inpho

Age: 25. Membership: Na Piarsaigh. Top: 5′11″ Occupation: Gross sales Government

Out and in of the workforce this yr – whether or not that was via harm or type – however the function he performs is a big a part of Limerick’s system. His beginning place is exterior the D however he will get up and down the sphere, linking the play and preventing for turnovers.


Cathal O’Neill has executed effectively as an impression sub and Graeme Mulcahy is used to that function now too. The harm to Richie English, although, leaves them gentle on defensive cowl. I believe there’s extra expertise and extra impression among the many Kilkenny subs.

D McCarthy, C Boylan, R Connolly, A Costelloe, C Coughlan, A English, G Mulcahy, B Murphy, A O’Connor, C O’Neill, O O’Reilly.

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