Sean Stack: Na Piarsaigh “a great club team”

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Na Piarsaigh players celebrate with the cup after beating Sixmilebridge
NA Piarsaigh have joined Patrickswell and Kilmallock as Limerick’s two time winners of the Munster club SHC title.

NA Piarsaigh have joined Patrickswell and Kilmallock as Limerick’s two time winners of the Munster club SHC title.

Na Piarsaigh manager Sean Stack has previously won the title as a player and a mentor and feels that the 2013 champions are as good as any.

“This is a great club team - as good as I have seen in a long time,” beamed Stack after the final whistle.

“They have blended into each other and are aware of each other and are running off shoulders and that takes time and practise and all credit to the players for the work they have done.”

“This team is capable of anything and we have a bench built - we could bring in any five lads and they would add to more work rate or intensity.”

We have different players stand out every day. What a performance Kieran Breen gave today. What about Cathal King - If he can’t walk on an inter-county team it beats me, I don’t know anything about hurling.”

King was Man of the Match but the heroes were widespread.

“The elder members of the team are coming to the fore - the likes of Kieran Breen was phenomenal, David Breen has found his home at centre back and then we have kids like Michael Casey at 17,” said Stack of his side that are now unbeaten in six Munster club championship games.

The 18-point winning margin was just one point off the record winning margin in a Munster club final.

“It was very satisfying for all the work we have done. All the things that we have worked extremely hard on came to fruition - even as basic as catching balls or being aware of movement up front or trying to pop ball in front of forwards.”

He joked: “we are not bad and with no pitch to train on!” he said in reference to continuing drain work in Na Piarsaigh.

The manager said that losing the toss to travel to Ennis had given his players an extra motivation.

“This was an intense place to come to and we were actually delighted that it was in Cusack Park because it raised the lads mentally and made them far more intense to face into the battle and take whatever adversity came their way,” explained the manager, who is in his fifth season with the club.