July 18: Laments for Limerick hurling

Kevin Downes looks on dejected as  Ryan O'Dwyer, 9, and Paul Schutte, Dublin, celebrate after the final whistle last Saturday  Picture credit: E�in Noonan / SPORTSFILE
i WON’T say I was disgusted but I was certainly bitterly disappointed with the performance of our senior hurlers on Saturday. It was a hopeless display of hurling - hit and hope, with no sign at all of a team that had a plan. Surely it’s time for new thinking. How many more Limerick hurling men and women will go to their graves without seeing an All-Ireland won?

i WON’T say I was disgusted but I was certainly bitterly disappointed with the performance of our senior hurlers on Saturday. It was a hopeless display of hurling - hit and hope, with no sign at all of a team that had a plan. Surely it’s time for new thinking. How many more Limerick hurling men and women will go to their graves without seeing an All-Ireland won?

MICHAEL DONOVAN

MAYORSTONE, LIMERICK CITY

Following Limerick’s defeat to Dublin on Saturday evening, the thought entered my head that Clare went from 1914 to 1995 without an All Ireland win.

Limerick will now be heading into 43 years without ever lifting the MacCarthy Cup. The year flew by and still no light at the end of the tunnel.

The main problem I see for Limerick the whole time is that we don’t have one marquee forward.

Galway have Canning, Tipperary have Callinan, Cork, Clare and Waterford all have a few aspiring forwards and in Kilkenny it’s a case of whoever.

In any case, major surgery is now required if Limerick are to compete for the All-Ireland Earlier in the season Limerick’s failure to beat Offaly for promotion to Division 1A of the hurling league at the Gaelic Grounds was nothing short of pathetic.

It must bee seen as a priority now to get back hurling in the top tier of the competition. As a former Limerick hurling manager once said to me: “We have the hurlers in Limerick but we must cast the net wide.”

That might sound like a logical thing to say, but when was the last time you saw a player from a junior hurling club on the inter county panel?

paul clifford

wolfe tone terrace, LIMERICK

Championship 2016?

Once more I’ve put the shirt away

Till warm days come around again;

Till when we hear the pundits say

We can do well, we’ve got the men

To test all comers on the day.

But as I see them buckle and give way,

I think of those who train so hard,

Who practice all the ancient skills,

Who try their best, subdue their fears

Before expectant thousands

Eager to relive the glories of the past –

The Mackey Years.

But as Time goes by

So Hope, like people,

Can also die.

Yet still I know that, come next year,

I’ll forage for that shirt again

And no less than the Kilkennys, Corks and Tipps,

We’ll once more hope to shout in joy,

To raise a winning Cup to parched Limerick lips.

mike roycroft

nenagh, co tipperary