The Munster Senior League is starting tomorrow, as the hurling community look forward to the intercounty season for 2016.
Of course, as is the usual with pre-season tournaments, it is quickly forgotten who triumphs, but nonetheless they offer a good indication as to where a team’s preparation is at.
Cork and Clare face off tomorrow afternoon at Sixmilebridge, with Davy Fitzgerald and new Cork manager Kieran Kingston naming some interesting sides.
Tony Kelly captains Clare from centre-forward, and there are senior intercounty debuts for Eoin O’Brien and David Fitzgerald.
The Banner will be aiming to hit the ground running this season, with promotion from Division 1B of the league the immediate priority.
Clare team to face Cork:
1. Donal Tuohy (Crusheen)
2. Eoin O’Brien (Newmarket-on-Fergus)
3. Pat O’Connor (Tubber)
4. Paul Flanagan (Ballyea)
5. Jack Browne (Ballyea)
6. Conor Ryan (Cratloe)
7. Gearóid O’Connell (Ballyea)
8. Colm Galvin (Clonlara)
9. Shane Golden (Sixmilebridge)
10. David Reidy (Éire Óg)
11. Tony Kelly (Ballyea) – captain
12. Peter Duggan (Clooney Quin)
13. John Conlon (Clonlara)
14. Darach Honan (Clonlara)
15. David Fitzgerald (Inagh Kilnamona)
Meanwhile, Kingston’s side is a new look one. William Egan returns for the Rebels after missing the 2015 season, and it is a team that is giving fringe players a chance to prove themselves on the intercounty stage.
Many in the squad have featured for the Rebels before, but have not been able to hold down their starting berth until the summer. They will be looking to prove a point, and to impress the new manager.
Cork team to face Clare:
1. Patrick Collins (Ballinhassig)
2. Conor Twomey (Newtownshandrum)
3. Patrick O’Mahony (Midleton)
4. Colm Spillane (Castlelyons)
5. Brian Moylan (Glen Rovers)
6. Damian Cahalane (St Finbarrs)
7. William Egan (Kilbrin)
8. Paul Haughney (Midleton)
9. Mark Ellis (Millstreet)
10. William Leahy (Aghada)
11. Paidi O’Sullivan (Cloyne)
12. Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers)
13. Stephen Moylan (Douglas)
14. Bill Cooper (Youghal)
15.Trevor Horgan (Newcestown)
16. Declan Dalton (Fr O’Neills)
17. Niall Cashman (Blackrock)
18. Darren Browne (Kanturk)
19. Patrick O’Rourke (Na Pairsaigh)
20. Cathal Cormack (Blackrock)
21. Luke Meade (Newcestown)
22. Tim O’Mahony (Newcestownshandrum)
23. Shane O’Neill (Bishopstown)
24. Cormac Murphy (Mallow)
25. Pat Horgan (Glen Rovers)
26. Alan Cadogan (Douglas)
Hat-tip to The Clare Herald.