TJ Ryan has vowed that no stone has been left unturned to ensure Limerick are ready to go “hammer and tongs” in Sunday’s Munster SHC final.
The manager sits confidently before the assembled media at the Limerick press briefing and outlines that attention to detail is key to travelling to Pairc Ui Chaoimh with victory the only target.
“Us as a backroom team we’d be hard on ourselves, maybe looking for little edges all the time so big pressure, it will probably be back to the sleepless nights again, basically looking and counting and seeing every player and every movement and trying to make sure you are ahead of the game. It’s not easy. It’s difficult. We feel we are well prepared, training has gone well. I’m sure when you guys talk to Jimmy Barry-Murphy he’ll probably feel the same thing so you’ll have two good sides, two well prepared sides, two good hurling teams going at it hammer and tongs. It will come down to small things on the day. That’s basically the way things have gone,” outlined Ryan.
Sleepless nights ahead, explained the Limerick boss.
“When you are involved in something - I don’t know how to work this, basically entangled deep into something, you do have these, it doesn’t matter whether it’s work or sport or whatever you are involved in, when you go down and put the head on the pillow at night and you are picking teams. I am driving through villages and I don’t remember it because you are trying to move fellas from corner forward to wing forward and that might sound funny, but I think anybody who has done that and got involved in that, that does happen,” said the Garryspillane man.
“Winning takes talent, repeating it takes character. We probably knew from last year that the mentality is there but it is difficult. We are definitely drawing on the fact that we are a good side and we need to make sure that the heads are right, that we prepare right, that your training is right and that’s really what we’ve been about the last number of weeks,” he explained.
“I think we are in a good place. Obviously when you be preparing for a Munster Final you have to be happy with the group of players that you have. You don’t get to a Munster Final without having a great squad of players. We are constantly striving on and off the pitch to do whatever we can do to get over the line. It will be difficult. It will be a hell of a battle. It’s a great position to be in, Munster final day is unique as I know having played in a few myself as a player. It’s a great day out, a great occasion but as we know occasions are for the fans...hopefully I’ll get to enjoy it on the way home!”