It’s that time of the year again folks, the summer (if you could call it that) is gasping it’s last breath as the days are getting shorter, and we’re back in full swing at Kilballyowen with training under lights having commenced for yet another year.
At this stage all age groups from Under 8’s to under 38’s J are all back training and we’re kicking off this weekend with all adult teams out.
Saturday we have the first round of the Munster Senior cup where we have had great success for the last two years with a win against Garryowen in the final two years ago leading on to that fabulous success at Bateman Cup All Ireland level. Last year we fell at the final hurdle to the same Garryowen and they repeated the feat bringing the cup back to Limerick for the second successive year.
First round this year takes us against a Cashel side that has become one of the success stories of the last few seasons. Like ourselves four years ago, they ran for the last season unbeaten and gained promotion on the back of a fantastic run in the UBL gaining division 2A status after only 12 months at 2B level. Another club that has reaped the rewards of a good underage system they have travelled up the Junior ranks over the last few years knocking at the door of the Senior ranks for a year or two prior to making that final leap.
From our point of view, our run in the league finished very strongly as we came out on top of games against three of the top four teams in our division in the second half of the season after a rough starting half, to finish up maintaining our status in Division 1B. It’s going to be a tight game with no quarter asked or given, it’ll be very interesting to see which side comes out on top, of course I’m rooting for Bruff. Kick off at 2:30pm on Saturday in Kilballyowen Park.
First round of the Munster Senior Seconds league takes place either Sunday or Monday night (Not fixed at the time of publication) and we have the J2 squad lining out in the McInerny cup against St. Senans on Saturday, again time TBC.
Just another note, we are accepting players at all levels from total beginners to experienced, from anyone who wants to play socially or who wants to get a little more serious, all squads from U20, J2 & J1 level are starting out afresh with anew season so if you fancy getting involved then why not just show up on a Tuesday or Thursday night from 7:00pm onwards.
Ladies are still taking in beginners and/or more experienced players, they are training on Monday and Friday evenings at 8:00pm after the fitness classes.
Friday evening there are two U14 squads with game against Glenstal, check the website for details.
As usual, underage training etc. at the usual times, contact the coaches at the various grades.