UL-BOHEMIAN head coach, Colm Tucker admitted his side is yet to find a high level of consistency in their performances this season.
The Annacotty club has already claimed the Limerick Charity Cup this season and will aim to land their second piece of silverware when facing Cork Constitution in the ODM Munster Senior Cup final at the Mardyke this Friday evening.
It is now 50 years since UL-Bohs’ last claimed the prestigious Cup. Tucker’s charges will be looking to bounce back from a heavy defeat to Lansdowne in Division 1A of the AIL at the weekend when they head to Leeside. That result saw UL-Bohs’ slip to second-from-bottom in the table.
UL-Bohs will learn later today which contracted players may be available to them for selection for the final. JJ Hanraahan, Cathal Sheridan and Sean Henry may be involved in the Lierick side’s final line-up.
Colm Tucker is acutely aware how much a win in the province’s premier rugby Cup final would mean, given his family’s long association with the competition through his late father, Colm, who won it on five occasions with Shannon.
Colm Tucker Jnr said: “It would mean a lot to the club, the players and myself to win the Munster Senior Cup on Friday night.
“It’s 50 years since Bohemians last lifted the title.
“The Munster Senior Cup has always held a special place at home growing up. My late father was fortunate enough to win five Munster Senior Cup medals while he was playing and they were among his most treasured possessions.
“It was the elite trophy for so long for the clubs in Munster. All of themfought tooth and nail to win the Cup.
“We came out on top when we played Con’ in the AIL earlier this season. It was tight and we all know they are a quality outfit. Like ourselves, they won’t know until later in the week what contracted players they have available to them.
“Saturday’s game was disappointing. In fairness to Lansdowne they played well and we missed too many first up tackles.
We were taught a serious lesson about how much you get punished when you miss so many first up tackles like that.”
Tucker predicts plenty of twists and turns to come in 1A of the AIL.
“It’s still very early days yet in the League. There is only a third of the games played,” he pointed out.
“Things can change quickly. Old Belvedere got a few wins under their belt and are now up near the top having been down in the bottom a few weeks ago. Our three away games so far have been in Dublin, so you have to take that into account too. There is a lot of rugby to be played yet in Division 1A.”