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'Nobody Sees Him, And That's The Way They Want It'

'Nobody Sees Him, And That's The Way They Want It'

Gearoid Hegarty did not realise Limerick had put an incredible 3-18 on the scoreboard by half-time in Sunday's All-Ireland hurling final against Cork until he was told by RTÉ's Damian Lawlor. Though, Hegarty was quick to realise its place in history.

"I didn't even know the half-time score, I didn't even know what we got," said the 2020 Hurler of the Year.

"3-18... I think we got 3-16 here in the 2018 All-Ireland final. That puts a bit of perspective on that half-time score."

After scoring one of his two first half goals, Hegarty quickly dispossessed a Cork player and won a sideline. He celebrated winning the sideline more than the goal.

"We just love working hard," he said.

"We love working hard in training, and we love coming out here then and putting it on the field, and seeing where it gets us.

"After the goal, I was just trying to get back out in position, but I knew we had the sideline, so I could give it a bit of a celebration."

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Hegarty, now a three-time All-Ireland winner, praised the influence of John Kiely and his backroom team, and in particular name-checked coach Paul Kinnerk.

"We just work so hard at training on Tuesdays and Fridays, and the weekends when we don't have a game," he said.

"In fairness, we're blessed with the management team that John has put together. Paul (Kinnerk's) trainings are absolutely unbelievable. Nobody sees him, and that's the way they want it. Their trainings are off the charts. We just work so hard.

"All-Ireland final day is where you want to get your best performance out. It's such a satisfying feeling to get that performance out there today.

"All the battles we've been in over the last number of years, of course it's going to bring you closer together. We've so many reference points over the last few years where we've been down in games, where we've been leading in games, leading from the front, coming back and winning in the last few minutes. It's just human nature to get close after those games. Long may it last."

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