Green Monster: What can your team learn from Limerick’s 2018 hurling machine?

Limerick’s gritty collectivism was the story of the 2018 hurling championship. The side coached by Paul Kinnerk illustrated what hurling played at its best looks like and presented us with a welcome reminder that individual brilliance is not the only sort of brilliance worth celebrating. The basis for the following statistical study of the Limerick performances is to identify some of the more interesting patterns associated with those displays in the hope that others can learn from such excellence.

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A formation is perfect before the game – everyone is in the right place. The problem is that then the game starts and the players ruin it by running around

Washington Etchamendi, Uruguayan football manager