All-Ireland Final Preview
Post date: Sep 12, 2014 11:12:23 AM
Limerick return to Croke Park this September looking to make amends for last year's narrow defeat to Galway at the same stage. After that final defeat the team got into a huddle on the pitch and vowed to get back to Croke Park in 2014. This they have done and only the final hurdle remains.
Like the minor and senior hurlers before them Limerick face Kilkenny opposition in Croke Park and the team led by captain Fiona Hickey are hoping to go one better than their male counterparts give Limerick fans some reward for their great support. Their opposition Kilkenny like Galway in 2013 are fighting on two fronts as they play in both the Senior and Intermediate finals. Limerick played the Kilkenny Senior team earlier this year in Division 1 of the league with Joe Quaid's side losing out in Nowlan Park by 2-13 to 1-6. Last year the two counties met in the Intermediate championship with Limerick edging a tight encounter by 1-12 to 1-8. Both sides topped their group winning all their games and Kilkenny were very impressive in over-coming Kildare in the semi-final. Limerick by contrast had a tough semi-final and struggled to overcome a strong Waterford side.
Limerick's team is a mix of youth and experience with players such as Aoife Sheehan, Michelle Casey and Deirdre Fitzpatrick who were part of the team that won the Intermediate Championship in 2007 along with a number of players like Caoimhe Costelloe, Karen O'Leary and Rebecca Delee who have made the transition from minor ranks. Also involved are Limerick's player of the Decade Sile Moynihan and last year's Intermediate Soaring Star award winner Niamh Mulcahy.
Limerick have seen great success already this year and with Minor, Junior A and Division 4 League titles already secured the team are looking to secure the prize on the biggest stage of all. More than half of Limerick’s match day squad have tasted All-Ireland glory already this year. Noreen Barry, Sarah Collins, Muireann Creamer and Marguerite McCarthy have won Junior A medals; Caoimhe Costelloe, Rebecca Delee, Sinead McNamara, Deborah Murphy, Karen O'Leary, Jane Wilson and Leanne Browne have won Minor medals and Tara Fitzgibbon, Katie Hennessey, Donna Mulcahy and Laura O'Neill have won both. If winning is a habit at moment Limerick seem to have it in spades.
Squad: Caoimhe Costelloe (Adare), Sile Moynihan, Judith Mulcahy, Claire Mulcahy, Niamh Mulcahy, Marguerite McCarthy (Ahane), Sarah Collins, Katie Hennessey, Tara Fitzgibbon (Ballyagran), Mary O'Callaghan, Lorraine McCarthy, Niamh Ryan (Bruff), Muireann Creamer (Cappamore), Fiona Hickey - Captain, Sarah Carey, Aoife Sheehan, Mairead Fitzgerald (Granagh/Ballingarry), Michelle Casey, Deirdre Fitzpatrick, Dymphna O'Brien, Donna Mulcahy, Noreen Barry (Killeedy), Deborah Murphy (Knockaderry), Laura O'Neill, Katie Campbell, Sinead McNamara, Jane Wilson (Na Piarsaigh), Karen O'Leary, Rebecca Delee, Leanne Browne (Newcastle West)
Manager: Joe Quaid
Selectors/Coaches: Ger Sheehy, Patsy Hall, Willie Banks, Ann Herbert, Adrian O'Sullivan
Backroom Team: Ger Curtin, Theresa Noonan
First Aid/Physical Therapist: Sara Fitzgerald
Doctor: Marcella O'Callaghan
Liason Officer : Fiona Godfrey
Admission Prices: €30 for adults; €15/€20 for Students/OAPS; €5 for Juveniles (U16s).
€25 for pre-booked adult ticket by logging onto gaa.tickets.ie
Students/OAPS must purchase an adult ticket and avail of a refund on the day at selected stiles.
Tickets also available to purchase in Centra and SuperValu stores nationwide.