Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Jamie Barron and Dan McCormack 10/7/2016Waterford’s Jamie Barron and Tipperary’s Dan McCormack in action in this year’s Munster SHC Final in Limerick. If All-Ireland champions, Tipp, overcome Cork in round one, then it will be a semi-final meeting for these two counties in 2017 after the draws were made this week. Photo: Inpho.

It might be only October but already the inter-county hurlers and footballers of Ireland have a focus for 2017. Since last Thursday night they know who their team will be facing or at least who they won’t be meeting in the opening round of the provincial championships.

After facing Clare at the semi-final stage of this year’s championship, the Deise hurlers have once again received a bye in the last four of the 2017 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. This time however they will face the winners of the quarter-final meeting between Munster and All-Ireland champions, Tipperary.

On the other side of the draw, near neighbours Clare and Limerick will meet in the other semi-final, both under new management teams with Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor in Clare and Limerick under John Kiely.

Speaking on RTE at the draw, Waterford star, Austin Gleeson, ‘they (Tipperary) blew us out of the water up in Limerick in the Munster final…hopefully we can get our stall right if they can overcome Cork.”

In football, Waterford, once again under manager Tom McGlinchey, will open their Munster campaign against Cork in the quarter-finals. The winners will take on All-Ireland semi-finalists Tipperary in the Munster SHC semi-finals. In the other quarter-final Limerick will take on Clare, with the winners facing Munster champions, Kerry in the other semi-final.

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