CORK selector Pat Hartnett, while very disappointed with the outcome of the hurling quarter-final loss to Limerick, believes that there were a lot of positives to be taken from the campaign.
The Rebels were beaten 1-20 to 1-18, having failed to scale the heights they hit in defeating Tipp and Waterford recently, missing out on a semi-final against Galway. Tipp face Wexford, who stunned Kilkenny, on the other side of the draw.
“Disappointing we lost, we looked flat there today and we were outperformed. We won three games out of five and three Division 1A teams were beaten I believe today.
“I thought we looked a slight bit tired today, that’s just factual, the effort was there but I just thought that we were outperformed as I said.
“We’ll assess this during the week but, as I said all during the year, we’ll keep this in context and if you want a measured response, it was disappointing for sure.
“We are better than that but the record says three out of five.’’
The Cork selector, however, wasn’t overly downbeat and three good group wins was a much better return than it had been 12 months ago, even if they hadn't delivered in their home quarter-final.
“You always want to go out and win but credit to Limerick but if you make errors you admit them number one and number two you don’t repeat them the next time.
“As I said, the effort was there but we looked flat for sure.
“We look at every game afterwards, win or lose and after today we’ll do it. We were hoping to win the game here but it didn’t go our way.
“Overall, the league was satisfactory, three good wins, blooded a lot of young players and all the while we were holding back giving credit to them so let’s do that now.
“Some of them have played outstandingly well throughout the league. That’s a positive from the league, we beat the All-Ireland champions down here, beat Waterford away.
“Go down through it, Luke Meade has been outstanding for us, Mark Coleman the same, Mikey Cahalane, Darragh Fitzgibbon, Shane Kingston, Colm Spillane, back from injury, they are all plus things for us.’’
So now it’s a seven-week wait before the trip to Thurles to face Tipperary in May.
“Yes, that is what it is. Maybe it is a coincidence that three of the Division 1A teams were beaten today.
“In our own context, definitely we made errors and mistakes and we’ll learn from that and try not to repeat them.
“Overall, we’d be positive because we have 33% of a new team. Five or six good fellows that I have named there, very good.
“Today is disappointing, any day is when you don’t do yourself justice."