Limerick’s Gillane has goals on his mind

Limerick’s Hurler of the Year elect, Aaron Gillane. Photo: Ramsey Cardy.

UNQUESTIONABLY Aaron Gillane has a keen eye for a goal.

The Hurler of the Year elect has bagged a hat-trick this season, with two of those coming at crucial stages in the All-Ireland semi-final defeat of a sometimes stubborn outfit in Galway at Croke Park.

The Patrickswell giant now has a stunning 3-42 to his credit in Championship 2023.

Gillane is a short-priced favourite to score the opening goal of today’s final. That’s not a surprise for a three-time All-Star who has grabbed an astonishing 25 goals and not far off 500 points since his introduction to the senior scene in Summer 2017 (against Clare).

He is comfortably Limerick’s all-time highest scorer.

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Last month, Gillane struck a match-winning 1-11 in the Munster Final defeat of Clare at a heaving Gaelic Grounds. He said modestly: “Sure a lot of them were frees. For the other ones, the guys put the ball on a plate for me. I just had to do the easy bit.”

He first came to prominence with the Ardscoil Rís Harty Cup winning team of 2014.