Limerick hurling champs Kilmallock look to Munster

Jerome O’Connell


Jerome O’Connell

Kilmallock will have home advantage for their Munster club championship quarter-final on October 28.

Kilmallock will have home advantage for their Munster club championship quarter-final on October 28.

Club secretary John O’Donnell confirmed that it will be their intention to play the game in Fitzgerald Park, just as they did in 2010 when they lost narrowly to Thurles Sarsfields.

And, Thurles it could be again as they play Drom & Inch in the Tipperary final next Sunday.

If Kilmallock were to progress to the semi-final they would have to travel to Cork to play Sarsfields in the provincial semi-final on November 11.

In the other side of the draw, the Clare champions (Inagh-Kilnamona, Newmarket-on Fergus, Clonlara or Cratloe will have home advantage against either Dungarvan or De La Salle (Waterford).

“Hopefully we can go on and represent Limerick well in the Munster championship,” said Kilmallock centre forward Paudie O’Dwyer.

He hopes that home advantage can play a part against the Tipperary winners.

“At least we can relax now and then regroup and I can’t see why we can’t give it a go. In 2010 we had a great turnout for the Thurles Sarsfields game with great support and hopefully it can be like that again in three week,” said O’Dwyer.

Team captain Paudie O’Brien revealed that some harsh words were needed at half time to kick-start their victory over Adare last Sunday in the Limerick decider.

“We weren’t up to scratch in the first half - me more so than anyone. We all had to have a look at ourselves at half time and there were a few harsh words said,” he explained.

Adare were 0-8 to 0-6 clear at the break.

“When we won the toss we always play against the wind because if you come in at half time and are a point or two down, I always feel we can pull through,” he outlined.

“There wasn’t much need to panic apart from the fact that some of our bigger players hadn’t got going, me included but at the end of the day we are very very happy.”

He agrees that the goal was vital.

“I felt when we got the goal that they wouldn’t be able to eat into the three points,” he said.

He paid tribute to their defence to hold out the Adare attack.

“When the ground comes softer you know that if you are giving away goals it will cost you and Adare conceded a goal and it won it for us. We have come great lads in our full back line, even though we lost Philip O’Loughlin five minutes before the throw-in. But we had lads to come in and that’s what you train for all year.”