Mulcahy: Limerick and Clare rivalry adds to club final

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Kilmallock captain Graeme Mulcahy
THE presence of the Limerick champions in the Munster club SHC final for the third time in four years bodes well for the inter-county side according to Kilmallock captain Graeme Mulcahy.

THE presence of the Limerick champions in the Munster club SHC final for the third time in four years bodes well for the inter-county side according to Kilmallock captain Graeme Mulcahy.

This Sunday’s Mulcahy’s Kilmallock side play Clare’s Cratloe in the provincial final in the Gaelic Grounds.

For the first time since 1989 and 1990 Limerick are bidding to have back-to-back Munster club champions.

“It would be a big achievement for us to follow in the footsteps of Na Piarsaigh,” said Mulcahy this Tuesday.

“Na Piarsaigh beat Sixmilebridge last year and again this year it’s Limerick and Clare so that rivalry does add a little bit extra to it.”

He added: “We would know a lot of the Cratloe players - some would have gone to LIT together while others like Barry (Hennessy) would have been in Ardscoil Ris with some Cratloe lads”.

The bookies make the south Limerick men the 5/4 outsiders against a star-studded Cratloe side.

“There is no point in us targeting one or two of their players because they are strong all over the field. We will focus on ourselves more than them and focus on getting our own game right - it’s a happy medium,” said the corner forward ahead of the final that will be televised on TG4 on Sunday.

Kilmallock are managed by former Clare hurling manager Ger ‘Sparrow’ O’Loughlin.

“Ger has been in a final with Adare (2008) and was there as a player (Clarecastle) and he knows what needs to be done. But ultimately its about the players that take the field,” stressed the Kilmallock captain.

“We won’t be looking to one or two players - we want leaders all over the field. We need three leaders in each line. We have the inter-county lads but if you look throughout our team most have played with Limerick at some level. We would be an experienced team except maybe the two minors (Robbie Hanley and Paddy O’Loughlin) but even they played in Croke Park this year,” outlined Mulcahy.

The weekend will also see Bruff chase Munster hurling honours.

On Saturday (2.00) the south Limerick club play Waterford’s Cappoquin in the Munster club IHC final in Mallow.

Limerick junior football champions Glin are also in Munster championship action. They play Waterford’s Kill in the semi-final in Newcastle West on Sunday (2.00).