THE Limerick minor hurlers won’t be getting caught up in any ‘Hawk-Eye’ revenge theories this Sunday.
That’s according to manager Brian Ryan ahead of the All Ireland minor hurling championship semi-final against Galway in Croke Park on Sunday (1.30).
“We are concentrating on a game. We have a new team and this is a new year. Of course we have seven guys from last year but this is about a semi-final and the chance to get to an All Ireland final,” said Ryan this Wednesday afternoon.
Last Sunday his panel travelled to Croke Park in a “dry-run” of this Sunday.
They will travel to Dublin on Sunday morning, unlike the overnight option taken last year.
“It was the preferred choice of the players,” reported Ryan.
“We went through everything last Sunday so just to tweak a few things and we will be ready.”
In Croke Park, Limerick availed of a unique opportunity to get players onto the playing surface.
“We had arranged with TJ (Ryan) for our free-takers to be part of the senior warm-up and get some valuable practise,” revealed the minor manager of the presence of Ronan Lynch and Colin Ryan on the field ahead of the senior clash.
“Hopefully that will stand to them on Sunday.”
While the minor semi-final has been overshadowed by the seniors, Ryan is happy with the build-up.
“From our point of view that is fine. We have our own job to do and that is to get to an All Ireland final,” he said.
Limerick play their fourth game of the championship on Sunday, but Galway arrive in Croke Park somewhat of an unknown quantity.
“Galway are in a nice position to be able to watch teams develop throughout the season and then maybe select their team accordingly. We have done our best to do our homework on them but they are somewhat of an unknown quantity as they haven’t been in the public view,” outlined Ryan.
With the backbone of the Limerick side remaining from last season, Ryan is confident that experience will be on Limerick’s side on Sunday.
“You would be hopeful that the more experienced guys will be comfortable in the arena. Croke Park can be different to other venues with the wind and everything like that so hopefully last year will stand to us,” said the Limerick manager, who is joined in his back room team by selectors Jerry Wallace, Eamonn Cregan and Steve McDonogh.
Limerick are chasing a first All Ireland minor final appearance since 2005 and a first success since 1984.
Kilkenny await in the September 7 final after beating Waterford last Sunday after extra time in their semi-final in Croke Park.