GAVIN O’Mahony is drawing on the experience of golfer Padraig Harrington as inspiration for Limerick’s Munster title defence.
The Kilmallock man is adamant that Limerick are bidding to prove they are no ‘one hit wonders’ in Sunday’s Munster SHC clash in Thurles.
“I remember an analogy about Padraig Harrington and I read something that when he won his first major he didn’t really feel that he had achieved anything until he won a second one - it wasn’t until he won the second one that he felt good enough to be in that league,” explained O’Mahony at the Limerick hurling press briefing.
Despite ending a 17 year wait for a Munster title last Summer, Limerick are 3/1 outsiders this Sunday and for O’Mahony, proving the doubters wrong is a key motivation.
“We want to put two good years in a row and that’s the ultimate task,” explained O’Mahony.
“Of course if we lose to Tipp it will take a bit of the good out of winning last year, so for us there is a point to prove for the players that we are capable of winning - it takes a good team to win something but it takes real character to repeat it and that’s the question mark that is over us at the minute.”
The experienced Kilmallock man added: “we showed last year that we have the team to be competitive - now it’s about hunger and drive to succeed and to win as many games as possible”.
“Last year we had a huge focus because we knew how big a task it was and that seems to be repeating itself this year because we are huge underdogs and written off,” he said.
“We have to prove that we are good enough to be competitive every year and not just the odd match every five or six years.”