This was the best that I have seen from this team

Anybody that was in the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Sunday saw history being made again. This crop of players started their history last year and I have a funny feeling that they are going to continue to make history.

The display that I saw on Sunday has to go down as the best that I have seen from this crop. From Nickie Quaid up to Peter Casey, every one of them took responsibility in their own position.

Every one of them in and around their job description for the day. It was just an awesome performance. If it went on longer the scoreline would have been doubled.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, LIT Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 30/6/2019 Tipperary vs Limerick Limerick’s Declan Hannon raises the cup Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

It’s rare that you see such a team performance as good as we saw and it makes it that bit extra special.

It happened in the Gaelic Grounds number one, winning the Munster Final number two, and beating Tipperary made it that bit sweeter.

Limerick’s work rate, yet again, was massive. Especially in the forwards. When you are putting the defenders under that extra pressure, they are hitting it and getting the ball out of the way.

That then gives your defence half a chance to get ready and be prepared. I was absolutely thrilled for the defenders. The six of them were outstanding.

Most of the Tipperary mistakes came from the squeeze that we were putting on them. We dominated so many areas of the field. You can look at the stats, turnovers and all of that, but from one to 15, Limerick were on it.

The attitude was bang on and every one of them, and the subs that came on, were all ready to rock and roll.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, LIT Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 30/6/2019 Tipperary vs Limerick Limerick’s Peter Casey scores his sides opening goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Tipperary merited their place in the final, but just met a different type of animal on Sunday. Liam Sheedy has an awful lot of headaches now. Similar to the ones that he might have had at the start of the year.

They will go back to the drawing board, but it isn’t going to get any easier for Tipperary. When they hit Croke Park it is going to test their legs, fitness levels and how good they really are.

All those questions were asked and answered by Limerick. I’m looking at Dublin, who I’ve fancied all year, waiting in the wings. They might not be ready to win an All-Ireland yet, but they are ready to take a scalp or two fairly soon.

Going back to Limerick, they couldn’t be in better hands then they are with Paul Kinnerk, Joe O’Connor and John Kiely. I can’t see the month long break until the All-Ireland semi final being an issue.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, LIT Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 30/6/2019 Tipperary vs Limerick Limerick manager John Kiely celebrates the final whistle with selector Paul Kinnerk Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

They have the ability to manage that side of things at their ease. The knock on effect of winning the Munster title is that you are catapulted into the All-Ireland semi final.

Limerick now have a waiting game to sit back and watch the rest of the hurling going on.

At this early stage, looking at all the other contenders, there is only one other team that is capable of troubling Limerick and upsetting their rhythm and that is Cork.

They will feel that they are good enough and even better than Limerick. I see them as the danger.

That’s provided that they can beat Kilkenny and that is not a foregone conclusion either. If Limerick continue business as usual, they are going to take some stopping.

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