Captain King insists Limerick champions have belief to win Munster title

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Na Piarsaigh captain Cathal King leads his team out for their 10th championship game of the season on Sunday
NA Piarsaigh captain Cathal King insists that his side have the belief necessary to win Sunday’s Munster club SHC final against Ballygunner.

NA Piarsaigh captain Cathal King insists that his side have the belief necessary to win Sunday’s Munster club SHC final against Ballygunner.

King bids to captain Na Piarsaigh to ninth Munster club SHC title for Limerick.

More importantly he wants to join Kieran Bermingham and James O’Brien as victorious Na Piarsaigh captains.

“We believe in ourselves,” stressed King.

“If it’s coming to the end of a game and it’s close we believe that we can in find the extra push and we know it’s in us because we have so many players that can beat a player and put the ball over the bar. It only takes one at any critical moment and we believe we have those players,” he explained.

Nine members of the Na Piarsaigh team remain from the 2001 meeting with Ballygunner, but King insists that the six newcomers are just as much the driving forces.

“With those younger lads, there are so many leaders - the older lads bring the experience but there are so many leaders in this team and it makes my job easier. A lot of people speak up and it keeps us going,” said the captain.

“Where is great belief instilled in us - that whatever we set our sets on we have the capabilities to go that far if we really want it - the club is in a great place and hopefully that continues.”

The determination for more success is clear.

“We have nothing won today except a few pats on the back after the game,” he said after the Thurles win.

“That is a massive win against a really good hurling side. That was a big motivation for us - we wanted to prove to ourselves that we could win these games, which are played at a very high level. That’s where we see ourselves - at the top.”

King added: “While we are happy and delighted we came through it won’t make any difference unless we come out victorious the next day”.

“We said it for the last few weeks, isn’t it great to be down training every Tuesday night in November rather than sitting at home watching tv - you get great enjoyment out of it at this time of the year.”

King played a captain’s part when edging his side 1-15 to 0-17 ahead with seven minutes to play last Sunday.

“You know things are going your way when I put the ball over the bar! Once that went over the bar I knew it would be our day.”