Published: 13:15 | 7/5/21

Sheedy relishing Treaty clash

Tipperary hurling manager Liam Sheedy is looking forward to his side's Allianz Leagues opener against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds this Saturday (LIVE on eir sport 1 from 5.15pm).

Forget about easing yourself in gently - there's no time for that in this season's Allianz Hurling League which gets underway this Saturday.

Tipperary, losers in five finals since their last league triumph back in 2008, make the short journey to the Gaelic Grounds to take on neighbours Limerick, the reigning league and championship title holders.

It's a stern test for both sides, but one that Sheedy is looking forward to with relish. 

"I don't think there can be any bad result for us on Saturday night," he told Tipp FM.

"We're playing the best team in the country, they're even money favourites for the All-Ireland, they're there for a reason and they've taken a lot of cups over the last three years and they're a fine side. 

"For us, it's great to get the opportunity to go into Limerick and pit ourselves (against them) early on, if there's a few lads that we might be wondering where they sit in terms of our overall thoughts and plans, this is an opportunity.

"But certainly no matter what the outcome, I'm very happy with the squad I have and very happy with the team I have, I think we'll get great preparation over the course of the League.

"It will be an opportunity for me to see some new faces and understand exactly what the make up of my panel is and ultimately you want to get to the middle of June and have a fair sense of what your championship line-up is.

"It's a great draw, they've raised the bar, no question. They were outstanding champions last year across all competitions and that's what you face into, but isn't that the beauty of sport, these are the matches you want to be playing.

"If you want to find out where you're at, what better way to find out. It's a great stepping stone as we kick off the journey in 2021. I'm really excited about the fact that we're going in to play the All-Ireland champions in their own back yard.

"It'll be a really good sense of where this team is at right now. We're still a long way out from when it gets really serious and I think it's a lovely time to find out how are some of these younger guys doing, how are we at overall and what's the structure of the team and how are we shaping up."

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***Watch Dublin v Kilkenny and Limerick v Tipperary in the 2021 Allianz Leagues LIVE on eir sport 1 this Saturday from 3pm.

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