The Limerick hurling team will be hoping for few distractions over the next two weeks as they prepare to end 45 years of hurt when they take on Galway or Clare in the All Ireland final on August 19th.
Understandably, there is significant excitement in the county and one man who needed to be in Croke Park on Sunday to witness the Treaty County reach their first All Ireland final since 2007 was Limerick’s own Conor Murray.
Murray, who played hurling and football with Patrickswell, the same club as man-of-the-match Aaron Gillane, was asked what advice he would give to the Limerick hurlers as they prepare for a final.
“I would be asking them how to get past a semi-final first,” Murray joked.
Of course, Munster have struggled in recent years at getting past the semi-final stage of both the PRO14 and Champions Cup but one Munster player has been in with the Limerick team recently to offer his advice.
“Earlsy [Keith Earls] was out chatting to them actually. They have linked into that a little bit.
“They look like a team that are completely comfortable. They look like a team that didn’t get bogged down by the occasion last week and that was the fear with Limerick going to Croke Park for years.
“They seem to have a grasp on that. Earlsy is doing a good job with that.”
Earls is someone who has put increased focus on his mental preparation in recent years, something which he credits to his excellent form and that saw him voted Rugby Players Ireland Players’ Players Of The Year last season.
It seems to be a shrewd move as Limerick showed incredible mental strength to come back from six points down in the latter stages of normal time in Sunday’s match to emerge winners after extra-time.
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