IT may be the fifth successive year that Limerick meet Tipperary in the Munster SHC but Gavin O’Mahony insists over-thinking the opposition could be dangerous.
“I tend not to focus on the opposition too much - there are certain players that you need to be ready for but for me it comes down to getting myself right,” insists the Kilmallock man.
“From a month out I know that I have to get my striking right and catching right and the fitness ramps up. Even the last couple of weeks with the good weather there is a real feel of championship time and that brings a buzz. It’s very hard not to let the mind wander and your mouth would nearly water when you get this close but at the same time the next three days I will do more work mentally and little things in training.” outlined O’Mahony, who made his debut back in 2007.
“It’s brilliant because you don’t dream about playing a league match in whatever venue in February or March, you dream about playing in Thurles in May, June or July / When you get close it’s hard not to get excited but I can’t win the match today but I can lose it!”.
But he does accept a certain revenge motivation on Sunday.
“Against any opposition when you go down like that the next time you meet them it’s firmly planted to the front of your mind and your thinking that you have to put up a better show,” O’Mahony told media this Tuesday evening in the Woodlands House Hotel in Adare.
“In the Gaelic Grounds last year we learned an awful lot - we just didn’t perform well enough to win that game and made mistakes at crucial times that just kept giving Tipp the advantage. When you are playing the likes of Tipp and Kilkenny you just can’t cough up scores like that - that’s the golden rule.”
After some league game in attack O’Mahony looks set to return to centre back and inisists talk of systems and formations can gloss over the basics.
“It’s a hot topic but what teams are starting to realise is that you just can’t say we are going to play a sweeper - if you don’t have someone that is suited to playing a sweeper there is no point. You should look at the group you have an play a system that suits them most. It’s very hard to execute a gameplan if you are not doing the basics right and hurling properly and winning ball and that’s what some teams, including ourselves, have been caught up on in recent years. We had to go back to basics like winning ball and it is very easy for management to make a slight change if needed.”