'Limerick grabbed their chance with both hands'

November 02, 2018

Kilkenny's Cillian Buckley and Galway's Padraic Mannion at the launch of the Wild Geese Trophy. ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry.

Pádraic Mannion accepts that Galway were beaten by a better team in August's All-Ireland SHC final.

The Tribesmen's bid for back-to-back titles was dashed by underdogs Limerick, but Mannion could have the consolation of being named Hurler of the Year at tonight's All-Stars banquet.

“It was disappointing, but we’ve had a good few weeks now to put things in perspective and try and start to move on,” he told the Irish Times ahead of Galway's trip to Australia next week where they will renew their rivalry with Kilkenny in the Wild Geese tournament.

“It’s disappointing when you lose any game by a point – you think what if I had done this and what would I had done that – but that’s sport you just have no choice but to move on. 

“Limerick, for a young team they grabbed the chance with both hands, and a big thing for a young team is can they get a good start and they hit the ground running straight away and it was left up to us to see if we could get to their level. We probably did eventually but it was too late.”

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