Limerick captain Cotbett excited by influx of youth
Now in his second year of captaincy, Iain Corbett will be charged with making the new members of the Limerick senior football squad comfortable ahead of the Munster Championship opener tomorrow.
Corbett is one of only 6 members of the current set up to taste a Munster Championship victory, which came against Waterford back in 2012.
Incidentally it was Clare who beat Limerick in the 2012 championship and repeated the feat in the past two years.
Yet, Corbett is hoping that the newest members of the team can provide the spark to earn Limerick their first championship win in 5 years.
“The young lads have no real fear and going in on Sunday none of them will be afraid of the battle that is ahead of us.”
“From the outside anyone looking in will expect Clare to win – it’s a Division Two team against a Division Four team but we will have pressure from within that we expect a performance from ourselves that we can go and have a crack off it and see where it takes us,”
“They are Division Two and we are Division Four but with the rivalry between the two teams and both sides knowing each other so well, I think you can rule out the league standings – both teams will fancy their chances,” continued the Newcastlewest man.
When these sides met last year, Limerick had gone 14 months without a competitive win in league and championship. However this year they will enter the Munster Championship on the back of 4 consecutive wins.
“The league was a bit yo-yoing in our performances – the way that the fixtures came out we probably had the two toughest games first (Wexford and Westmeath). Performance wise was up and down overall. We had a bit of a break and looked at ourselves and to win the four games was encouraging and helped build up momentum towards the back end of the league. I know it’s Division Four but winning games is a habit and it is something that builds confidence especially with a lot of young lads around. The more games you win the better, whether it is league, challenge or championship – it’s always good to win games,” said Corbett.