With the season drawing to a close, it was a positive year with “something to work off” for All-Ireland U21 winner Tom Morrissey after capturing his second title in three years.
Coming off the back of a successful U21 campaign, he feels that Limerick have more to follow.
On a personal note, the Ahane man was delighted to climb up the steps of the Kinnane stand in acknowledgement of his team mates.
“It was an unreal feeling to win an All-Ireland, representing your county is always going to be special, just to captain the team personally made it bit more special for me and it’s definitely one I’ll treasure.”
Limerick were crowned U21 champions for the ninth time in their history with a satisfying 0-17 to 0-11 victory over Kilkenny in Semple Stadium on September 9.
2017 saw change in personnel in the Limerick backroom team, the departing T.J Ryan was replaced by triumphant U21 boss John Kiely.
In terms of results, Morrissey feels that it wasn’t exactly the season Kiely would have planned for but he’s 100 percent backing his manager to be a success over the Treaty senior inter-county side.
“The Munster semi-final was a game we were targeting very much and then to lose to Clare wasn’t ideal and to get Kilkenny in Nolan Park in the qualifiers was going to be a tough ask. Ultimately, we weren’t good enough on the day but looking forward now to 2018, and look, things are looking bright and they will be better.”
Recently, Clare’s Darach Honan hung up his boots due to repetitive hip injuries which was caused by persistent work over load – and the University of Limerick student believes that managers can play a role in keeping their players fresh and prevent players careers ending prematurely.
“It’s a long season playing with your club, now I know there is only a handful of inter-county players in the latter stages of the Limerick SHC and some have colleges on top of that, but really managers need to manage the player well give him the break if he’s feeling tired.”
Having captured the senior hurling county cup championship in October with his club, Ahane, Tom must quickly turn his attention to his college team.
University of Limerick will look towards Morrissey after they’ve been installed favourites for the Fitzgibbon tournament.
In his final year as a Business student in the Limerick college, his lips have been moistened with the prospect of working with Gary Kirby.
This comes with the news as Gary Kirby replaces Brian Lohan as University of Limerick’s manager.
The Limerick star is looking forward to working with the former Patrickswell centre forward again after a successful fresher’s campaign in 2014/15, narrowly overcoming UCC after extra time in the final.
Whatever his fortunes with college, club and county, another busy year lies ahead for Morrissey, hopefully concluding on the steps of the Hogan stand in mid-August.