Patrickswell's Declan O'Grady pictured during their 2003 season
“THE quality has been there and we knew that – it was just about getting them to blend,” said Patrickswell selector Declan O’Grady.
The ‘Well’ are under new management this season – Ciaran Carey (manager), Natal O’Grady (coach) and selectors Damien Gillane, Pa Earls and Declan O’Grady,
“We have a good bunch of players with good quality.”
Leading their charge is inter-county trio Diarmaid Byrnes, Cian Lynch and Aaron Gillane.
“These guys are top class hurlers and top class guys – they come back to us and we know we will get everything they have. They are real leaders in their lines – Diarmaid in the backs, Cian in midfield and Aaron in attack. We have leaders too outside of the boys which means a lot because we are a lot of the year without them,” outlined o’Grady.
Across their six game run to the final, Patrickswell have used 21 players but youth getting a chance.
“A bit of that was looking to the forward but we were also going on form – in training and challenge games they were the boys in form so we put them in. We have played a lot of challenge games when we were without the Limerick guys, be it seniors or U20s, so we know we have a panel of 35+ and we have no issue bringing any of them in,” explained the selector, who was previously involved with his home club under Brian Lohan.
What of Sunday’s opponents?
“They are a phenomenal side and a great club and we were a long time trying to do something they have done, which is win and All-Ireland club. We are not really going to look at them – it’s about getting ourselves right because our performance is the most important thing,” said Declan O'Grady. '