THERE is to be no rest for the Limerick senior hurlers as they regroup this Thursday night to turn their attentions to the defence of the Munster championship.
After the disappointment of the National Hurling League, all focus now is the June 1 championship clash with Tipperary in Thurles.
“We have to go away and learn from that - we have to improve there is no doubt about that,” accepted joint-Limerick manager TJ Ryan.
Despite missing out on promotion and playing second fiddle to Galway in Sunday’s quarter-final, Ryan stressed that all was well within the camp.
“From a training point of view it has all gone very well - the lads have all trained hard and we tried to give as much game time to people as we could,” he said in reference to the 26 different players that were given starts during the six game league campaign.
“The reality is that championship is a different ball game - we got to go away and train as hard as we can and try and prepare in the best possible fashion,” said the manager.
“It’s a long way to June - we had hoped to win today and we could have done with a semi final in three weeks time. It’s back to the training ground and we will have some club activity before we prepare as best we can for June,” said Ryan after the loss to Galway.
“After today we would be worried that we are a good bit off the pace - to meet a Division 1A team and to get well beaten is definitely a worry - we have a lot of work to do,” said TJ Ryan.
Limerick’s Munster championship title defence will be bolstered by the return of a key injured trio.
That was the welcome news from joint manager TJ Ryan.
Ryan confirmed that Declan Hannon, Seamus Hickey and David Breen would all be back for the June 1 Munster championship clash with Tipperary in Thurles.
None of the three were among the 26 players to start in Limerick’s six game league schedule which ended with the double disappointment of failing to win promotion or to progress beyond the quarter-final stage.
“Declan Hannon pulled his groin in training during the week and will be out for a few weeks - he is looking at being back for the end of April - maybe the club championship,” said TJ Ryan.
“He is not a worry for the summer.”
“David Breen and Seamus Hickey are both targeting to be back sometime during April.”