Renowned GAA analyst Brendan Cummins asserts that the chasing pack in Munster has successfully closed the physical gap that Limerick had previously held over them in recent seasons. Cummins highlights the shift in dynamics as a key factor in the highly competitive Munster round-robin series, where the reigning champions’ dominance has diminished.
Limerick faces a crucial match next weekend, as a defeat at the hands of Cork would eliminate them from contention, regardless of the outcome between Waterford and Tipperary in the other fixture. Cummins acknowledges that the rest of the teams have caught up in terms of physical strength and conditioning, resulting in Limerick’s players facing greater resistance on the field. The team’s strategy of playing over opponents has occasionally backfired, as Tipperary’s adept stickwork and defensive skills disrupted Limerick’s game plan.
Despite these challenges, Cummins remains confident in Limerick’s ability to bounce back. He highlights their resilience in the recent draw against Tipperary, where they fought gallantly even with 14 men. Cummins expects Limerick to emerge victorious against Cork, ensuring their continued presence in the championship despite the arduous trials of the Munster competition.
In a separate discussion, Cummins expresses admiration for Westmeath’s remarkable comeback victory over Wexford. Acknowledging the possibility of Wexford’s relegation, he chooses to emphasize the commendable efforts of Joe Fortune and the Westmeath team. Despite trailing Wexford by 17 points and facing a missed penalty, Westmeath showcased an extraordinary performance, rallying back to secure a narrow victory.
Overall, the evolving dynamics in Munster have levelled the playing field, casting doubt on Limerick’s once formidable dominance. However, Cummins believes in Limerick’s ability to regain their composure and emerge as strong contenders during the crucial stages of the season. Additionally, he commends Westmeath’s resilience and the remarkable turnaround they displayed in their recent match against Wexford.