Limerick GAA’s fixtures have been confirmed for the 2017 Allianz Leagues and they have thrown up some interesting clashes.
John Kiely’s hurlers will play their seventh successive season in the second tier. Ties against Davy Fitz’s new side Wexford on the opening day and Galway in the final round will be crucial in the promotion race. They will also face opposition from Offaly, Laois and Kerry.
They have four home games against Westmeath, London, Leitrim and Wicklow and three away games where they will travel to Wexford, Carlow and Waterford.
Meanwhile, the footballers begin the campaign against two of their biggest tests: a trip to Wexford on February 5 before a showdown with Westmeath in the Gaelic Grounds. The home games with Leitrim and Wicklow will both be played in Newcastle West.
Limerick county PRO Eamonn Phelan said he is looking forward to a new beginning for Limerick GAA thanks to the new management staff.
“With Billy Lee (football) and John Kiely coming in, it’s a brand new start for Limerick football and hurling and it’ll be great to see where it takes us,” Phelan said.
The league opener sees Limerick’s hurlers pitted against Wexford, travelling to the South East to face Davy Fitz and his men.
This is one of only two away days for Limerick, with a trip to Portlaoise in round four to play Laois on Saturday March 11.
Limerick hurlers have five group games, while the footballers will line out seven times in the group phase. The Gaelic Grounds will play host to a double header on Sunday, March 4 when Limerick’s hurlers face Offaly at 5pm and the football team go up against London at 7pm.
“The double header will be a great day for GAA in Limerick,” said Phelan. “Hopefully we can get a good crowd and good support out for the lads.”
There will be a fixtures clash on Sunday, February 12 with the hurlers away to Wexford while the football team host Westmeath.
“It’s unfortunate for the supporters who like to see both teams play and it’s something that shouldn’t really happen in a fixtures list,” Phelan added. “Unfortunately, that’s the way it is and we’ll just have to deal with it.
“We’ve no dual players so it won’t affect us in terms of on the pitch but it’s disappointing for supporters.”
The full list of Limerick’s Allianz Leagues fixtures can be seen below.
HURLING: DIVISION 1B
Sunday February 12: Wexford v Limerick in Wexford (2pm)
Sunday February 19: Limerick v Kerry in the Gaelic Grounds (2pm)
Saturday March 4: Limerick v Offaly in the Gaelic Grounds (5pm)
Saturday March 11: Laois v Limerick in Portlaoise (7pm)
Sunday March 26: Limerick v Galway in the Gaelic Grounds (3pm)
FOOTBALL: DIVISION 4
Sunday February 5: Wexford v Limerick in Wexford (2pm)
Sunday February 12: Limerick v Westmeath in the Gaelic Grounds (2pm)
Saturday February 25: Carlow v Limerick in Carlow (7pm)
Saturday March 4: Limerick v London in the Gaelic Grounds (7pm)
Sunday March 19: Limerick v Leitrim in Newcastle West (2pm)
Saturday March 25: Waterford v Limerick in Dungarvan (7pm)
Sunday April 2: Limerick v Wicklow in Newcastle West (1pm)