Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald was over the moon after his men defeated Galway to set up an All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Limerick.
The Banner County were very impressive as they saw off last year’s beaten finalists 1-23 to 2-14 at Semple Stadium.It was the first time all season that the Munster men put it all together and showed exactly what they were capable of.
Fitzgerald felt the defeats of Kilkenny and Galway were good for hurling, as supporters get to see a change.
“The only definite thing I know is that a team down the West, either Limerick or Clare, is going to be in an All-Ireland final,” he added.
“For hurling, it’s fantastic. then you have Dublin and Cork in the other one. It’s pretty crazy when you look at things but what a hurling Championship. I’m delighted to be part of it.
“I’m delighted for that bunch of boys. They’ve exceeded my wildest expectations and we have a day out.”
Clare fought back on a number of occasions when Galway threatened to push ahead and Fitzgerald believes that trait may be needed again in the future.
“We made things hard, but maybe that’s better, that we can get the shots like that and deal with them. Fair play to them,” Fitzgerald added.
“We’ve talked about those situations. It’s important to respond. Even the day of the Cork game, you take the amount of chances we missed. We kept fighting.
“The Championship is probably wide open. You see Cork winning against Kilkenny and I’ve said it for a long time – I don’t think there’s a lot between any of the teams there.”