Mulcahy keen to hold on to Limerick jersey

Graeme Mulcahy seems to be improving all the time. He spoke to Jerome O’Connell ahead of the start of this year’s Allianz Hurling League.

Graeme Mulcahy seems to be improving all the time. He spoke to Jerome O’Connell ahead of the start of this year’s Allianz Hurling League.

ALL Limerick hurling followers will rejoice with the news that Graeme Mulcahy has resumed where he left off last season.

Last weekend, the Kilmallock man hit 2-2 for Munster to make him the top scorer from play in the inter-provincial semi-final win over Ulster.

More of the same will certainly improve Limerick’s prospects in 2013.

In 2012, the 22 year old hit 3-13 from play in Limerick’s five championship games. Then he followed that up with 6-10 from play as his club were crowned Limerick SHC winners.

Mixing it at inter-provincial level didn’t put a halt to the corner forward.

“It was a good experience,” said Mulcahy of his first Munster start.

“I was delighted to get the start because we were at training last week and I could see the calibre of players that were involved,” explained Mulcahy.

“Everyone really wants to win a Railway Cup medals and wouldn’t that be a nice start to the year. It was very tough and the next day against Connacht will be another step up,” explained the Limerick attacker.

Mixing with the best of inter-county talent, Mulcahy felt very much at home.

“There was great talent but when you look around the Limerick team and look at the talent that is there with the likes of Declan Hannon and Shane Dowling and others,” he outlined.

Before the March 3 inter-provincial final against Connnacht, is Limerick’s league opener.

While most will emphasise the importance of promotion, Mulcahy has a bigger target for 2013.

“The league is important of course but it’s really a stepping stone to the championship in June. It’s like a medium target while the main target is June 9 against Tipperary,” said Mulcahy, who is entering his fifth season on the inter-county panel.

“I want to be in a Munster final against Cork, Waterford or Clare,” emphasised Mulcahy, who added that he is yet to win a Munster SHC game with Limerick.

“The league is something to play for and to get you in shape for the championship. It’s important preparation for the championship as well.”

He continued: “We want to win all our games. We do want to be promoted because down the line it would be important for next year to be playing in the top division for the development of Limerick.”

According to the Charleville-based engineer, competition for places is the key ingredient in the Limerick set-up.

“Every single person on the panel could make an impact on the team. Just look at the corner forwards we have and it definitely keeps you looking over your shoulder and makes you work on your game. You get the jersey and you need to make sure you hold onto it,” said Mulcahy.

“I was tired at the end of last season but now I’m refreshed and ready for the season ahead.”