Cork's Shane Kingston on bouncing back and starting again

Shane Kingston of Cork during the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 1 match between Cork and Tipperary at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Cork attacker Shane Kingston says this week is all about mental preparation as he and his teammates face Limerick, with the physical work already done.

Tipperary beat Cork last Sunday in the Munster Championship and the Rebels face a tough visit to the All-Ireland champions this Sunday, but Kingston points out that there’s not much time for training when there’s only a week between games.

“There’s not a whole lot you can do in the six or seven days because you’re recovering for two or three days, and then you’re sharpening the touch because the rest of the work has been done over the winter. You try and prepare mentally for the game as best as you can.

Obviously last week we went into the Tipperary game hoping for a win and it didn’t go our way so you’ve to regroup, forget about it and go again for the Limerick game.

“We just take your learnings from the game and move forward. It’s just another game from my perspective, you try and control the controllables and prepare as best as you can.

With only a week between them, you just try and look forward.”

Kingston was speaking at the launch of winagaff.ie, a fundraising venture involving Cork City FC, Kinsale AFC and his GAA club, Douglas.

In the club context he welcomed the April-August club championship programme of the Cork County Board: “Obviously I’m in with Cork at the moment, that’s my focus, but we were playing club championship in April and I really enjoyed it.

“And from a club perspective it’s definitely better for fellas that they can go away on holidays and know they’ve five or six weeks when they come back to be ready for championship. The GAA year is long enough so that’s a huge benefit.”

Sources close to the Cork camp are positive about Alan Cadogan and Bill Cooper starting against Limerick. Cadogan is nursing a hamstring injury, while Cooper was a late withdrawal last Sunday against Tipperary after suffering a back spasm in the warm-up.

“Bill is a huge player for us and getting injured wasn’t ideal,” said Kingston. “But we always look at it that it opens up to give another player an opportunity to slot in.

“We stuck to our game-plan and even though we didn’t get going we still were only a few points down when Seamus Harnedy got the goal. Unfortunately we just didn’t get the result.”

Munster Council are confident the 30,000-barrier will be broken for the second week running as a crowd of up to 35,000 is forecast for the Munster SHC meeting of Limerick and Cork.

Sunday’s clash at the LIT Gaelic Grounds represents the opening game of Limerick’s All-Ireland title defence, while Cork, following their defeat to Tipperary last weekend, must take at least a point if they’re to stand a reasonable chance of finishing in the top three in the province.

Last year’s Cork-Limerick Munster SHC clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh was watched by 34,607 patrons, with Munster Council expecting a similar attendance this Sunday. Following on from the crowd of 30,274 at last weekend’s Cork-Tipperary fixture, that the 30,000 mark will be surpassed twice within eight days reaffirms the lure of the Munster hurling championship. The combined attendance at last weekend’s two Leinster SHC games was less than 16,000. 

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