Corbett accentuating the positives ahead of Tipperary

MAY 20, 2012. This was the last time Limerick won a Munster Senior Football Championship game with Cork overcoming the Treaty men in 2013, Tipperary in 2014 and Clare victorious in each year since.

However, under Billy Lee, the Limerick team has made some strides over the past 18 months and come into the Munster Championship this year with plenty of positives to take from the League campaign.

Speaking at the launch of the 2019 Munster Football Championship, Limerick joint captain Iain Corbett said that the squad are focusing on the positives ahead of their game with Tipperary at Semple Stadium this Saturday night.

McGrath Cup Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 22/1/2017 Limerick vs Kerry Limerick’s Iain Corbett and Brendan O’Sullivan of Kerry Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

“You have to take the positives out of the league and look at where we came up short as well.

“I think performance wise it was a decent enough league. We were fairly close and competitive in most games.

“Just haven’t been taking our chances in a lot of games and that’s leaving us a bit short.”

This Limerick team has been building for a couple of years now with plenty of integration of underage talent by Lee.

Yet, results are needed by Limerick with Saturday’s fixture with Tipperary providing the perfect opportunity for players to step up.

“That’s maybe the issue. We’ve been saying that for maybe the last three years now so it’s time for lads to step up.

“There’s a lot of lads coming of age. Most of them are confident and are more than capable so it’s just about getting used to it.

“It probably does take a year or two, or even a bit more to really settle into inter-county championship.”

Limerick’s last victory in the Munster Football Championship was Corbett’s inter-county debut.

The Newcastlewest man came off the bench in the 2-12 to 0-7 and scored a point in that straightforward win.  

Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Cusack Park, County Co. Clare 28/5/2017 Clare vs Limerick Clare’s Jamie Malone with Iain Corbett of Limerick Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

He says that it’s not good enough that the county have not tasted success in the provincial competition since.

“It’s very disappointing. Last year we came up a good bit short but we haven’t been too far away in a lot of games (this year).

“Competing at Division Four level and coming up against guys that are used to a higher level and a higher intensity is where we need to aspire to be and become more competitive in Munster.

“We will have to be very close to our A game and if we can get that from everyone on the day, hopefully, we will be there or thereabouts.”

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