John Tuohy will savour Munster title but focus quickly shifts to Offaly.
The Limerick Camogie team won their first ever Munster title on Saturday beating Cork by 1-13 to 14 points in a historic game.
Limerick went into the game as underdogs as Cork have been a team who have thrived in the past few years winning the All Ireland in both 2014 and 2015 and narrowly losing to Kilkenny last year.
Speaking to Sporting Limerick after the win, Tuohy said his team’s good start was important in what was a seesaw battle.
‘We were really fortuitous to get the early goal but delighted to get such a good start, always important to get a good start against Cork’.
‘We kinda fell away a small bit in the first half, Cork got four points in a row and were leading, and then we finished very strongly in the first half, being five points up at half time which was brilliant’.
‘We had a little bit of a breeze in the first half with our backs, I think that kinda helped. We were delighted to be up 5 points going into the dressing room’.
During the week when asked about his team going in the Munster final he said that he told them to make sure that they went out on the day and had a cut and didn’t come of the field at the end with any regrets. His players certainly took his message on board.
But this didn’t happen over night, Tuohy was quick to reference that this was the culmination of two years of hard graft,
‘I’m just delighted for the girls because they’ve worked so hard for the last two years, their a fantastic bunch to work with’.
‘Their fierce dedicated, they’ve done everything both on the field and off the field we asked them to do, we asked them to stick to the plan today, they stuck to it’
‘Limerick I suppose, we’re famous in Limerick for our passion and our pride in our hurling, I think we have to hurl with your heart on your sleeve and today we did that, and we kinda sucked the life out of Cork’.
‘We cut out their short puck outs and we put pressure on them in every opportunity and that worked very very well for us.
‘Our older players stuck firm our young players gave it the legs that we needed’.
Beating Cork on Saturday for Limerick was a huge confidence boost for the girls going into the All Ireland series. Tuohy says that his team now need to build on this, but he knows this won’t be an easy challenge.
‘We’re in a good group, starting with Offaly at home and we’ve got Tipperary away, we have Cork away and Wexford away so we have no easy match in that group, every game is going to be do or die, and there won’t be much in any of the games’.
‘We only beat Offaly by three points in the League, we only beat Tipp by a goal in the Munster Championship two weeks ago so their will be nothing between the teams. Hopefully we’ll be on the right side of the win as opposed to the other side.’
Limerick’s Munster title win is a testament to the hard work and graft that this panel have put in over the past years and the team have every reason to be confident heading into the All-Ireland championship that starts on Saturday June 10th at home to Offaly.