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A brilliant display by Limerick especially in the 2nd half when they just blew Kilkenny away… They are without doubt the greatest team ever to play the game…. I have the feeling that Kiely might be about to call it a day though….!

ForeverBlue2 (Cavan) - Posts: 2323 - 24/07/2023 10:13:24    2496471

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "They're a wonderful side to watch. Built like brick shithouses but with the deft touch of a sculptor. A very hard hitting, skillful, fit, superbly coached team. Possibly the best there's ever been. Congratulations and well done....again."
I agree entirely and you can add in a rock solid mindset...they don't do panic. Five in a row is very much on the cards. There is only one way they will be caught and that is by taking the early stages of the championship too casually. But on the home straight they will be virtually impossible to stop. Like for example this year they were beaten, narrowly I will admit by Clare...then beat Clare again narrowly in the Munster final. Then Clare almost beat Kilkenny....so on paper Clare Kilkenny and Limerick were within a point or two of each other, as were Galway. But now we were playing knock out hurling and the real Limerick emerged. They absorbed the first half intensity from Galway and Kilkenny BUT then literally switched on the after- burners both games over in 15 minutes.

MillerX (Meath) - Posts: 1068 - 24/07/2023 10:58:31    2496476

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Congratulations to Limerick on yesterday's historic 4 in a row achievement. But for a debatable wide ball in 2019, Limerick might be celebrating 6 in a row. Superb second half display, can you make it 5 in a row?.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1830 - 24/07/2023 11:54:35    2496493

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He probably won't even get an all star but an almost fit Cian Lynch is still the best hurler in the country based on what he showed in his last two games. When he plays Limerick operate at a different level. I thought he was a the clear motm over the course of the game yesterday but Casey was also a deserving winner and delighted for him. Massive congrats to all involved from Limerick

Fitzy01 (Limerick) - Posts: 404 - 24/07/2023 12:54:43    2496513

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Beyond proud. Delighted for Peter Casey. Byrnes yesterday gave a masterclass as did Hayes. But cian lynch is the difference between a 1-3 point win and a 7-10 point win. He's a phenomenal hurler the likes we've never seen. A genius. A magician and a leader.

daveboy (Limerick) - Posts: 1197 - 24/07/2023 13:36:31    2496531

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Replying To Fitzy01:  "He probably won't even get an all star but an almost fit Cian Lynch is still the best hurler in the country based on what he showed in his last two games. When he plays Limerick operate at a different level. I thought he was a the clear motm over the course of the game yesterday but Casey was also a deserving winner and delighted for him. Massive congrats to all involved from Limerick"
I actually though Kyle Hayes was the best player for ye yesterday.

LohansRedHelmet (Clare) - Posts: 2621 - 24/07/2023 14:00:51    2496543

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Replying To LohansRedHelmet:  "I actually though Kyle Hayes was the best player for ye yesterday."
Kyle is spectacular and more eye catching and possibly but Lynch is making constant contributions, he operates in areas where there is no space and manages to create some. He opens things up and starts things off, I just think he operates at a level different to most hurlers and has vision and ability to create space and keep the flow going that sets him at a higher level than most. For me he is that vital link that other teams simply do not have that knits attack and defence together in a manner that no other player can do.

Fitzy01 (Limerick) - Posts: 404 - 24/07/2023 15:29:02    2496575

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Something in the back of my head , looking at kiely etc yesterday , that there could be a shock coming re management for next year

Goldenoldie (Limerick) - Posts: 78 - 24/07/2023 15:41:33    2496582

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Replying To Goldenoldie:  "Something in the back of my head , looking at kiely etc yesterday , that there could be a shock coming re management for next year"
Be hard to see anyone stepping away of their own accord with a 5 in a row in view.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 1760 - 24/07/2023 15:45:15    2496584

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Replying To Goldenoldie:  "Something in the back of my head , looking at kiely etc yesterday , that there could be a shock coming re management for next year"
Not a hope

daveboy (Limerick) - Posts: 1197 - 24/07/2023 16:28:14    2496602

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I'm very happy for Peter Casey to get MoM last night but he wasn't my choice. I'd have picked Cian Lynch just ahead of Diarmuid Byrnes (who is my constant favourite Limerick hurler). I call him The Great Diarmuid Byrnes in my match monologues.

It's fantastic for Limerick to see Cian Lynch play like he did yesterday because he's a generational talent and we missed him badly. I understand the mantra of next man up but you don't replace players like him. The big difference between our Munster championship form and our All Ireland series form is Cian Lynch.

I am bemused by some of the stuff on the Sunday game last night. Jackie Tyrell seems to have away too much sway on it because the player of the year is Aaron Gillane and it's not particularly close. I love Kyle Hayes but he's not PoY. When we were struggling in the Munster championship, the parts of the team that kept us afloat were Quaid, our full back line who were magnificent all year, Tom Morrissey and Aaron Gillane.

I also thought that there is too much praise of the performance of KK. They were absolutely hammered in the second half. This is a relatively poor KK team and I don't see them getting much better in the next few years. I reckon KK are going to have some lean years ahead. They have 6 or 7 really good players and the rest are no better than average. They are also going to lose a lot of experienced heads after this defeat which has dented the KK aura in a big way.

Dealer (Limerick) - Posts: 837 - 24/07/2023 17:31:41    2496627

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Replying To Goldenoldie:  "Something in the back of my head , looking at kiely etc yesterday , that there could be a shock coming re management for next year"
I have to say the way I saw him celebrate the same thought entered my head. Please god he'll keep going

Fitzy01 (Limerick) - Posts: 404 - 24/07/2023 17:53:10    2496634

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Replying To Dealer:  "I'm very happy for Peter Casey to get MoM last night but he wasn't my choice. I'd have picked Cian Lynch just ahead of Diarmuid Byrnes (who is my constant favourite Limerick hurler). I call him The Great Diarmuid Byrnes in my match monologues.

It's fantastic for Limerick to see Cian Lynch play like he did yesterday because he's a generational talent and we missed him badly. I understand the mantra of next man up but you don't replace players like him. The big difference between our Munster championship form and our All Ireland series form is Cian Lynch.

I am bemused by some of the stuff on the Sunday game last night. Jackie Tyrell seems to have away too much sway on it because the player of the year is Aaron Gillane and it's not particularly close. I love Kyle Hayes but he's not PoY. When we were struggling in the Munster championship, the parts of the team that kept us afloat were Quaid, our full back line who were magnificent all year, Tom Morrissey and Aaron Gillane.

I also thought that there is too much praise of the performance of KK. They were absolutely hammered in the second half. This is a relatively poor KK team and I don't see them getting much better in the next few years. I reckon KK are going to have some lean years ahead. They have 6 or 7 really good players and the rest are no better than average. They are also going to lose a lot of experienced heads after this defeat which has dented the KK aura in a big way."
KK have beaten Clare in the last 2 semi finals who are rightly regarded as the 2nd best team in Munster, there's very little between the chasing pack but arguably KK are the head of it at the moment, if a team is going to emerge and challenge Limerick the way Tipp did with KK in 2009/10 I think it could be Cork who have appeared in 5 of the last 6 u20 finals winning 3 of the last 4.

TerribleFootwork (Wexford) - Posts: 1760 - 24/07/2023 20:07:47    2496664

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Replying To Dealer:  "I'm very happy for Peter Casey to get MoM last night but he wasn't my choice. I'd have picked Cian Lynch just ahead of Diarmuid Byrnes (who is my constant favourite Limerick hurler). I call him The Great Diarmuid Byrnes in my match monologues.

It's fantastic for Limerick to see Cian Lynch play like he did yesterday because he's a generational talent and we missed him badly. I understand the mantra of next man up but you don't replace players like him. The big difference between our Munster championship form and our All Ireland series form is Cian Lynch.

I am bemused by some of the stuff on the Sunday game last night. Jackie Tyrell seems to have away too much sway on it because the player of the year is Aaron Gillane and it's not particularly close. I love Kyle Hayes but he's not PoY. When we were struggling in the Munster championship, the parts of the team that kept us afloat were Quaid, our full back line who were magnificent all year, Tom Morrissey and Aaron Gillane.

I also thought that there is too much praise of the performance of KK. They were absolutely hammered in the second half. This is a relatively poor KK team and I don't see them getting much better in the next few years. I reckon KK are going to have some lean years ahead. They have 6 or 7 really good players and the rest are no better than average. They are also going to lose a lot of experienced heads after this defeat which has dented the KK aura in a big way."
Ya agree 100%. Very surprised last night on The Sunday Game that Gillane wasn't referred to as the clear cut POTY

Shocs07 (Limerick) - Posts: 374 - 24/07/2023 20:37:51    2496668

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for all the statisticians not one has noted that PRIOR to yesterdays historic win, in the 6 games played in the championship, Limerick were outscored points wise by 3..scoring 135 and conceding 138..unusual or a first i would think..the made up the balance by scoring 9 goals compared to conceding just 4...surprised not one has appeared to notice that stat..it would be unusual to be outscored points wise and be still in the final..i was delighted for Limerick yesterday..

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 1037 - 24/07/2023 23:08:07    2496679

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for all the statisticians not one has noted that PRIOR to yesterdays historic win, in the 6 games played in the championship, Limerick were outscored points wise by 3..scoring 135 and conceding 138..unusual or a first i would think..the made up the balance by scoring 9 goals compared to conceding just 4...surprised not one has appeared to notice that stat..it would be unusual to be outscored points wise and be still in the final..i was delighted for Limerick yesterday..

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 1037 - 24/07/2023 23:08:18    2496680

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Replying To Dealer:  "I'm very happy for Peter Casey to get MoM last night but he wasn't my choice. I'd have picked Cian Lynch just ahead of Diarmuid Byrnes (who is my constant favourite Limerick hurler). I call him The Great Diarmuid Byrnes in my match monologues.

It's fantastic for Limerick to see Cian Lynch play like he did yesterday because he's a generational talent and we missed him badly. I understand the mantra of next man up but you don't replace players like him. The big difference between our Munster championship form and our All Ireland series form is Cian Lynch.

I am bemused by some of the stuff on the Sunday game last night. Jackie Tyrell seems to have away too much sway on it because the player of the year is Aaron Gillane and it's not particularly close. I love Kyle Hayes but he's not PoY. When we were struggling in the Munster championship, the parts of the team that kept us afloat were Quaid, our full back line who were magnificent all year, Tom Morrissey and Aaron Gillane.

I also thought that there is too much praise of the performance of KK. They were absolutely hammered in the second half. This is a relatively poor KK team and I don't see them getting much better in the next few years. I reckon KK are going to have some lean years ahead. They have 6 or 7 really good players and the rest are no better than average. They are also going to lose a lot of experienced heads after this defeat which has dented the KK aura in a big way."
Congratulations to a splendid team and sincere to all the contributos from other counties for their generous comments

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 4418 - 25/07/2023 08:31:46    2496701

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Peter Casey proved what a dangerous forward he can be, would make you wonder if his talents are almost wasted playing the working role out the field, he is one of the most natural and gifted shooters on the team. Could Casey and Flanagan possibly swap roles at times, definitely one to consider for next year as soon as he was moved up top he went to town.

Barry Nash was immense yesterday as well. Seemed to play much further out in the second half, he is a Rolls Royce player and how he would not be on any team of the year is beyond me. The likes of Mikey Butler are fine players but Nash is in a totally different league, plays with authority and control and is always so composed on the ball. You could comfortably drop him in to any position on the field.

Fitzy01 (Limerick) - Posts: 404 - 25/07/2023 10:45:55    2496733

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Brilliant to read the comments here since Sunday from our fellow Limerick folk and non Limerick folk too.

Great times. Luimneach Abú

slayer (Limerick) - Posts: 6480 - 25/07/2023 11:17:15    2496743

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Lovely experience walking into the office this morning in Shannon, Saying nothing but a big happy smile on my face. They hate us and I understand why.

Looking ahead, I expect Clare to bring a savage challenge to us next year, I'd also expect Cork to further improve. Even thought they went out at the round robin stage this year, they left the championship with a positive outlook. I can see Cork really challenging from next year. It's incredible that they haven't won since 2005. Next years Munster championship is already looking very difficult and we will have both Clare and Cork away. If we can get out of Munster - we can win it all again but getting through the round robin will not be easy.

I think we've put KK down for a few years and they now need to join Tipp in the transition process. I'd expect Galway to win Leinster next year and I'd hazard a forecast that we will face Galway in the final next year. But we have to get out of Munster first.

The National league next year will be experimentation central as every county will be looking to develop players. Limerick will be asking Aidan O'Connor, Adam English and Shane O'Brien & Colm Coughlan and a few others to get an awful lot of game time because we will need to freshen up the match day panel. It will be interesting to see who wants to win the league next year. My guess is Galway or Waterford . I can't see us or any of the other Munster counties really going for it as the gap to the round robin is so short.

I hope that we get a high quality Limerick championship now and that a few lads will be putting up their hands and telling JK to pick me.

Dealer (Limerick) - Posts: 837 - 25/07/2023 11:52:07    2496758

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