Captain Quaid stresses Limerick hurling focus in league final bid

Jerome O'Connell

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Jerome O'Connell

Captain Quaid stresses Limerick hurling focus in league final bid

NICKIE Quaid insists no one in the Limerick hurling camp will get carried away with an Allianz Hurling League quarter final win.

The Limerick captain said that the panel would “knuckle down” for the next two weeks in an effort to reach a first league final since 2006.

“It’s good to get the win - we came up to get a win and now we move on to two weeks time because we aren’t going to get carried away or anything. We know that we still have a lot to work on,” insisted the Limerick goalkeeper, who is in his first season as captain.

”We will knuckle down for the next two weeks – there is a league final place at stake and that’s a nice prize for the next game. The next game is a league semi final and the goal will be to get to the final and that’s a nice prize,” he said.

Standing between Limerick’s efforts to bridge a 10-year between league final appearances are current champions, Waterford.

The semi final clash will take place on Sunday April 17 in a double-header with the Clare-Kilkenny semi final in Thurles. The Limerick game will start at 2.00 with a 4.00 start for the second game. Both games will be live on TG4.

”Limerick haven’t been to a league final for a while so it would be nice. We won’t look too far ahead and just get the heads down again for two weeks and hopefully have enough done to get over the line the next day,” said the captain.

”If we were beaten tonight there was a long wait till championship. It was very disappointing two weeks ago and there was no one more disappointed than the players - our main goal at the start of the year was to get promoted from Division 1B and we didn’t achieve that,” he said referencing the loss to Clare in the promotion decider two weeks ago.

Quaid added: “This is another competition and we are still involved and in the last four now and we want to push-on and get to the final, which is great preparation for the championship, if nothing else and then we can worry about Division 1B next year”.

“If we were beaten tonight we had 12-weeks till championship but now we have two weeks time to focus on and for that reason it is important. After the disappointment of two weeks ago against Clare it is nice – that was disappointing and the heads were down for two weeks but this is great and ideal preparation for the championship,” emphasised the captain.

Ahead of the league semi final, Limerick manager TJ Ryan has injury worries to Seamus Hickey (knee), Declan Hannon (ankle) and Tom Condon (leg), who all missed the weekend’s win over Dublin.