For John Kiely, Saturday will see his Limerick side compete in a second consecutive All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.
After a 45-year wait for an All-Ireland title was ended last summer, many wondered how this group would respond to that victory with many in the media writing off the team as a result.
However, with League and Munster titles secured in the meantime, Limerick are now favourites to regain their national title.
Complacency, after an incredible 2018 was never an option for the team, outlines their manager who spoke about the competitive nature that runs through his squad.
“They’re a really enjoyable bunch to be around. There’s great and camaraderie there but at the end of the day we’re a very competitive group of people and driven about what we want to achieve.”
Yet, shortly after the All-Ireland win last year, Kiely was insistent that he did not want to hear the term, ‘defending All-Ireland champions’, with his reasoning simple.
“We don’t feel like All-Ireland champions because that was last year, and this is this year.”
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