GAVIN O’MAHONY SAYS there will be no semi-final chat from club boss Tony Considine.
O’Mahony and Limerick face Clare on Sunday, five weeks on from their historic Munster final win over Cork and the ecstatic celebrations which followed.
With such a long break between games O’Mahony kept on his toes and lined out for Kilmallock in the club championship earlier this month where he scored 1-2 in a win over Effin.
Considine, who managed Clare in 2006/2007, took charge of the South Limerick outfit in 2010 and has watched his star man rise through the Treaty’s senior ranks.
“He has only one thing on his mind now and that’s Kilmallock,” O’Mahony said. “He has washed his hands of Clare — and you can write that as well!
“He is very focused, Tony. It is all Kilmallock. He is not going to be giving out to me on Limerick and Clare, and I don’t answer it either.”
While Limerick only have two Championship games under their belt, Sunday will be Clare’s sixth outing of the summer and so there has been plenty of opportunity for O’Mahony to familiarise himself with the opposition.
They are difficult to counteract because they work so hard. They are the hardest working hurling team in the Championship and I’ve no doubt their fitness levels are through the roof.
“They do play out the field a lot. The forwards seem to drift back and for a defender that’s very difficult to stamp out. If you follow him you leave space behind; if you don’t follow him, you have lads scoring points out the field so it is a tricky one. To get the balance of that right is very tough.
“In my own position in the half-back line it will be a huge test of us and how we can help out the lads behind. The space they created against Galway was phenomenal and there is no defender could have stopped the way the ball was being delivered.”
Interrupting that delivery will be crucial to containing the Clare attack and in particular U21 star Podge Collins who is high on most shortlists for the Young Hurler of the Year Award.
He has come on so much in the last couple of years. He is a phenomenon really and a credit to the trainers and what they have done. He has been a revelation.