LIMERICK hurling manager John Kiely and his Na Piarsaigh counterpart Shane O’Neill are to devise a plan of activity with 10 players for the next 3 months.
Newly crowned Munster club hurling champions Na Piarsaigh now wait 12-weeks to their All Ireland club SHC semi final with Ulster winners Slaughtneil on Saturday February 10.
If Na Piarsaigh overcome the Derry winners, then they will be Croke Park bound on March 17 to play Cuala (Dublin), Kilcormac-Killoughey (Offaly) or even Galway duo Gort or even Liam Mellows.
For the next 3 months, as the Caherdavin guys prepare for their semi final, the Limerick hurlers may also swing back into action with the Munster League most likely during also the Allianz League and January.
Limerick are currently functioning with a 38-man panel at present — 10 from Na Piarsaigh.
10 are first time call-ups for both Tommy Grimes and U-21 players Conor Boylan.
A recurrence is following a cruciate ligament injury for Kevin Downes. The towering complete forward is just one of 12 Na Piarsaigh players who won a Munster club SHC medal .
While the Caherdavin guys are agreeing to add another All Ireland title next March, Downes isn’t looking past the semi final.
”It’s definitely not the thing to say but we consider it one match at a time – we all have caught earlier, at 2011 and ‘13. We are going to need to take this yet another game at one time. It’ll be in February and states may be anything and no matter who you’re currently playing at this stage it will be a severe evaluation,&rdquo.
We are no fools automatic and & rdquo; It & rsquo; s an All Ireland semi and we all won’t even look past that,” he worried.
”We shall appreciate this for so long as we’re permitted but then we will chomp at the bit for February,” said Downes.
He revealed that his private journey back from trauma made rsquo, Sunday &;s titles all the “sweeter”.
“It’s really sweet and it makes it sweeter following the year I’d had. Doing a cruciate can be a lonely road, doing lots of work in your – you’re in the gym in your doing what seemed at that time like idiotic exercises and looking out at guys training.
“I was back in May-June plus it was mid-Summer and that I needed games and it could be annoying with a few excellent days and a few bad times – it’s pretty good now to own matches under my belt and looking forward to more,” mentioned Downes.