HURLER-OF-THE-YEAR elect Aaron Gillane has been described as an “an incredible” performer by his club manager Eamon Kelly.
Gillane is unbackable to be named the best player of 2023, but ahead of any such announcement will captain Patrickswell in Saturday’s Limerick Senior Final against holders Na Piarsaigh at the Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 5.15pm.
“He’s incredible,” Kelly told gaa.ie. “Inter-county hurling is obviously tough, but the Limerick club championship is seriously challenging too and Aaron is probably double-marked in every game he plays.
“He’s as good as I’ve seen. When he’s on form, he’s just very, very difficult to stop. He trains so hard to get himself into the shape that he’s in. He’s put in an awful lot of work this year. He’s the captain of the club and he’s an absolute role-model for all the other players.
“He’s obviously a score-getter, but the work he puts in off the ball is also second to none.”
Patrickswell are chasing a 21st title at the weekend, but have been installed as slight outsiders against a side looking for their eight outright success.
“We beat Na Piarsaigh in the group phase but you can be sure they’ll believe they can reverse that result in the county final now. That’s just the sort of championship it is.
Kelly concluded “It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster of a championship, up and down, and now it’s just about getting the best performance we can on Saturday,” he said.