Thirsty work for hurling Kingpins

ON A PROPER Summer’s Day at a packed Gaelic Grounds on Sunday, players bemoaned the absence of a water-break during the thrilling Munster senior hurling final involving Limerick and Clare.

The 39 players involved served up a compelling contest, which ultimately ended with the slenderest of wins for Limerick.

Speaking after the match, Limerick midfielder Darragh O’Donovan questioned why there was no water-break during the game.

“Why wasn’t there one today?” questioned tireless O’Donovan. “We’re amateur players going back to work tomorrow morning. Someone gets dehydrated there, someone collapses … who’s going to be held accountable then?”

“I would say there might be a need to look at a water-break there. It doesn’t have to be a situation where you have people talking about doing tactics.”

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“But professional athletes can have them in an FA Cup final. Why can’t we have the same as amateurs?”

Continued the five-time Munster Championship winner: “It doesn’t have to be a situation where you have people talking about tactics. Backs go to one side, forwards go to another side maybe, a water break for one minute in each half, that would be sensible in my mind.”

Manager John Kiely has afforded his five-in-a-row winning troops a few down days to enable the players enjoy some social outings in the quaint public houses they have adopted since the memorable 2018 breakthrough. It’s not a secret the bunch prefer to mix low-key in many a rural location dotted around the county.  Richly deserved!

Limerick will regroup at the weekend, three weeks out from an All-Ireland semi-final against yet unknown opposition at Croke Park (Saturday, July 8).

Clare (1/8 odds) – who Limerick can’t meet next day – Tipperary (8/13) and Galway (11/10) are the front runners to join Kiely’s side and Leinster winners Kilkenny in the last four of the All-Ireland Championship in July.