Cathal King, one of four Na Piarsaigh hurlers to have started each of their Munster club final wins, knows there is a bump in the road ahead.
There’ll come a day when their unbeaten provincial record is taken from them and Munster titles aren’t collected with such regularity.
For now, the priority of the Caherdavin men is to capitalise on the spread of talent the club is home to. Just consider that Adrian Breen, top-scorer in Sunday’s Munster decider with 1-5 from play, is not among the 10 Na Piarsaigh players included in the 2018 Limerick senior panel.
“This won’t last, it doesn’t last for anyone,” said King of the four Munster titles collected since 2011.
“We have to make hay while the sun shines. We’ve to try to give everything while we have it. Eventually, we might get a downturn and it will go quiet again for a couple of years. We’ve to try and delay that as much as possible. We’re a new club. We’re nowhere near the records Patrickswell and Ahane have in our own county. We’re not top dogs in that roll of honour. We have one All-Ireland to separate us from other Limerick clubs. That’ll be quickly forgotten if we start falling behind.”
That they’ve landed the provincial crown on each of the four occasions they’ve emerged from Limerick, according to the Na Piarsaigh captain has a lot to do with their failure to manage back-to-back county titles.
“The only stain on our run is the every second year thing. We’ve struggled to keep the momentum going from year to year. During every second year off, we sit at home wondering why we haven’t been able to keep it going. When we have got a chance in Munster, we’ve realised we’ve got to take it.”
Important, too, has been the influx of players from the six-in-a-row county U21 winning teams from 2012-17. “Those young lads have been phenomenal. They have brought that winning mentality into the senior group, to lads, like myself, who wouldn’t have had that success growing up. They’ve learned how to win.”
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