Michael Ryan and Joe Quaid help preview the Munster championship clash between Waterford and Limerick.
And so it begins – the race for the Liam MacCarthy Cup. The ‘round robin’ stages
in both the GAA hurling Leinster and Munster championships get underway next
Leinster features three games on Saturday while Munster launch their
campaign with two big clashes on Sunday.
Saturday: Antrim v Dublin, Corrigan Park, 2.00PM; Galway v Wexford, Pearse Stadium, 4.30PM; Kilkenny v Westmeath, UPMC Nowlan Park, 6.00PM
Sunday: Waterford v Limerick, FBD Semple Stadium, 2.00PM; Clare v Tipperary,
WATERFORD v LIMERICK
Their most recent championship meetings came in last year’s Munster round
robin which Limerick won by three points in the Gaelic Grounds.
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2022: Limerick 0-30 Waterford 2-21 (Munster round robin)
2021: Limerick 1-25 Waterford 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2020: Limerick 0-30 Waterford 0-19 (All-Ireland final)
2020: Limerick 0-25 Waterford 0-21 (Munster final)
2019: Limerick 2-24 Waterford 0-10 (Munster round robin)
*Waterford are seeking their first championship win over Waterford since 2011 when they won a Munster semi-final by a point. Limerick have won all six clashes since then.
*This rivalry goes back to 1912 when they first met in the championship. In all,
they have met 43 times with Limerick having won 26 to Waterford’s 14 while
there were the three draws.
*Limerick are reigning All-Ireland and Allianz League champions, having added
the latter title earlier in the month, beating Kilkenny in the final. They won six of
*Waterford won two, drew one and lost two of their five League games.
*John Kiely is in his seventh season as Limerick manager. His championship record reads: Their championship record over the last six seasons reads: Played 31, Won 24, Drew 2, Lost 5.
*Davy Fitzgerald is back with Waterford, having previously managed them in
*Goals have been scarce in recent Limerick-Waterford championship games –
their last five championships games have produced only five goals.