ST Kierans hurling captain Paudie McCarthy has a simple philosophy ahead of Sunday’s Munster club JAHC final.
“I know that’s it’s a cliché but we just want to play as well as we can and then have no regrets,” McCarthy told LeaderSport this week.
“We simply hope to do as good as we can,” said the full back.
“We really enjoyed our county final win but then we had two weeks and that was a big help. We went back training after the county final and fair play to management they sat us down on the Wednesday night and talked about it - fellas were enthusiastic and wanted to see how far we could go,” outlined McCarthy.
St Kierans had previous Munster club experience in the SFC in 1981, 1985 and 1990, but the parish has come alight in recent weeks.
“It’s a fabulous competition and every team that plays in it are thrilled,” said McCarthy of the 10-year old championship.
“It’s going to be a great day for the clubs and for ourselves the players. We have won two games in Munster and it really helps to build up support and excitement.”
He added: “Especially for smaller clubs, I think this is great”.
“There is a great buzz - everyone has the flags out and it should be a good day. We are getting a lot of support from around our neighbouring clubs as well.”
St Kierans bring an 11-game unbeaten run into Sunday’s game but are the underdogs.
“It is nearly always Cork teams that win it,” points out McCarthy.
“Limerick teams have done well, even Cappamore last year were fairly close in the final against Charleville,” he recalled.
“This is something new - its not the same old teams as always like the West Championship. Playing new teams seems to have the games more open and maybe better games,” outlined McCarthy, the oldest of the three brothers in the line-up.
While winning the Limerick JAHC was the primary target, St Kierans have grown in stature in Munster.
“We just hope to do our best,” he said.
The captain said that the win over Tipperary’s Kilsheelan-Kilcash “was the best that we performed”.
On Sunday they need a repeat performance.
“The next day is going to be the biggest challenge but we will just go down and hopefully enjoy the day and play as well as we can and let what happens, happen.”