“It should make for a great final” | Bruff’s Sean Finn relishing PIHC final with Monaleen

The side are playing in their first PIHC final since 2018’s defeat to Garryspillane in the same venue.

Bruff are one game away from booking a place in the Senior Hurling Championship as they face Monaleen in the PIHC final on Saturday.

It’s been a successful term for the side thus far with five wins from their eight games including a semi-final win against Newcastle West that has put the side in touching distance of the title.

However, one of their two losses came at the hands of Saturday’s opponents who edged the South side out by a solitary point in September and team captain Sean Finn expects the same level from the side on final day.

“Monaleen are a good hurling club, they’re a big club and they’re a team that a lot of us would know their players on and off the field.

“We’ve the height of respect for them and we’ll treat the game with respect and again, we expect a huge battle from them and we’ll be ready for it and they’ll obviously be expecting a huge battle from us and it should make for a great final.”

22 August 2021; Seán Finn of Limerick celebrates during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Cork and Limerick in Croke Park, Dublin. Photo by Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

The four time All-Star has the experience required to play in a game of this calibre, with his Limerick tenure landing him in four All-Ireland titles within the last five years.

And with a relatively young club side, Finn acknowledges the role he will play as the leader and aims to help the players with managing the occasion.

“In terms of influence, obviously you’d be expected to stand up with the experience that I do have and I suppose just the experience you have leading up to big games, maybe just a couple of nuggets of information that you could give to the group, to those young lads, how to treat the game and how to prepare for the game properly.”

“Just as a captain and as a team leader just to try and influence them in the way you behave and how you perform as well, that’s the most important thing.”

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Bruff take on Monaleen in the Limerick Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship final this Saturday, October 29 at 3pm in Kilmallock.

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