PREVIEW: A Chance To Experiment For Kerry Hurling Management

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Mike O’Halloran looks at how Kerry will line out in their Munster Senior Hurling League tie tomorrow against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds…

Kerry’s Colm Harty in action against Limerick in an Allianz National League Division 1b match back in 2016. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

There are a number of changes from the side that challenged Clare last week, both personnel and positional.

Kerry were defeated in that game but the scoreline certainly did not reflect the efforts of the players.

This Sunday sees Martin Stackpoole give up his place to young Stephen Murphy, though Martin couldn’t be blamed for any of the goals conceded against Clare.

Brian Murphy replaces his club mate Jason Diggins at full back, Dougie Fitzell switches with Niall O’Mahony, Daniel Collins joins his Ardfert football team mate Daithi Griffin at midfield.

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Brandon Barrett moves from fourteen to ten, Darren Dineen is named at number six — I’ll be interested to see if he starts.

Shane Nolan moves from midfield to centre forward, Shane Conway is at twelve, he was busy last week and was unlucky not to bulge the net in the first half.

Padraig Boyle continues at full forward and Jordan Conway who played at the back last week is handed the number fifteen shirt.

Expect to see James O’Connor to make an appearance early, also Daniel O’Carroll will surely get more game time than he did the last day.

Johnny Buckley should also expect more minutes inside the white lines, Colum Harty will find the number fourteen shirt hanging over his head in the changing room.

It’s a big day for Crotta O’Neills with five men on the panel, there are three goalkeepers on the panel with Adam O’Sullivan who was drafted in last week.

Limerick are favourites to come out on top in this game, especially as Limerick defeated Cork last week.

These games are great preparation for the game against London in Ruislip on January 28th and gives Fintan O’Connor a chance to experiment with players and develop his game plan.

I spoke to Paudie Dineen the Kerry Hurling Officer after the Clare game and he is very impressed with the set up and the commitment of the panel.

• Mike O’Halloran will be covering the game on Radio Kerry on Sunday (2pm). Radio Kerry will also bring you the home game against Cork and the game in the NHL from London. 

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