Spring setbacks no excuse if Limerick fail to fire against Tipperary, insists Ryan
THE fallout from Limerick's failure to gain promotion to the top flight and the subsequent sudden departure of Donal O'Grady won't be used as an excuse if they fail to fire this summer, according to Treaty boss TJ Ryan.
Limerick open the defence of their Munster title against Tipperary on Sunday week after another forgettable spring on and off the field.
While admitting that hurling in Division 1B was a "concern" heading into the championship, Ryan insisted his side were "past excuses".
"Back through the years, the teams who came out of the lower tier tended to struggle in the next match," he said. "Even Dublin, who were very impressive last year in beating Limerick to get out of 1B, got a trimming from Tipperary in their next game.
"I'm hoping we have that adaptation period over with.''
" We know where we're at, we know what we have and we're gone past excuses. If we get beaten, Division 1B won't be brought up."
Ryan has assumed sole control of the side in the wake of the O'Grady row and hailed the response of his panel.
"At the start of the year (O'Grady's departure) wasn't the plan. It was supposed to be shared role, but it didn't pan out that way. But I would have to compliment my back-room team who have been very good. And huge compliments to the players. Their response has been brilliant."
Limerick reported a clean bill of health heading into the Semple Stadium clash with long-term injury victims Declan Hannon and Seamus Hickey back in full training.