Centra hosted a media day with the 2018 Hurler of the Year Cian Lynch in Dublin yesterday and while the timing was about Sunday’s All Ireland Final the focus was on the pain of defeat.
Lynch spoke of how he wanted to hide behind doors for the week after Limerick’s semi final defeat to Kilkenny but also of keeping defeat, and indeed sport, in perspective when the dust had settled.
“No player wants to be knocked out in an All Ireland Semi Final. When you are playing at that level your aim has to be to get to Croke Park on All Ireland Final Day but that’s the way it goes.”
“Kilkenny’s work rate and intensity was unreal, especially in the first ten minutes, and we didn’t reach our full potential that day.”
The void left by the sudden exit and the break of an inter county training regime that has dominated the year up to that point was exacerbated by a residual feeling that Limerick should have had a chance to equalise with a ’65 not given off what was effectively the last puc of the game.
Ultimately though it rarely comes down to just one single decision and Lynch was aware of the need to get back into playing sooner rather than later.
That was with his club side Patrickswell who ironically play in the same blue and gold kits of Tipperary. So instead of facing those shirts this weekend he was pulling them over his head alongside club and county teammates Aaron Gillane and Diarmuid Byrnes.
The club championship is now in full swing and with Na Piarsaigh and Kilmallock having won Munster from Limerick in four of the last six seasons, hurling is strong at every level.
Patrickswell’s last Provincial win was back in 1990, when they secured a second win in three years and the job at hand now is to bridge that gap the same way that Limerick did at All Ireland level last year.
Lynch does still plan oin attending Sunday’s final though findis it difficualt to pick a winner from two teams who have ‘unbelievable hurling skills and intensity.”
He is young enough though to imagine being back at the pinnacle in years to come and that is part of what has helped him to bounce back.
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