ALLIANZ NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: Seven Days to Decide Limerick's Summer Fate; LIMERICK V WESTMEATH NFL Div 2 Final

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Byline: Paul KEANE

LIMERICK sharpshooter Muiris Gavin will be the first to tell you that a week isn't just a long time in politics.

The Munster men are on an upward curve following their march to today's National Football League Division Two final clash with Westmeath at Croke Park - but the next seven days will tell more than a tale or two.

First up it's Croker this afternoon, before the white heat of Munster championship fare kicks off next Sunday with an opening day clash against Cork.

"These two weekends will tell us how far we've come," said Gavin honestly. "We'll be judged on these seven days more than anything else so far this year.

"It'll be hard and we'd definitely prefer a two week break between the games. But we've got to play the hand we've been dealt."

Kerry native Liam Kearns has breathed life into the Limerick football set-up since assuming the reins.

So much so that that Munster's perennial outsiders are now just one summer away from the big breakthrough that will put them up there with the Corks and the Kerrys.

Admittedly, the last time the county visited Croke Park was before most of the current panel were even born back in the early 1970s.

But there's been signs in recent years, and concrete results too, that big things lie in store.

Limerick caused a sensation last year when they defeated Offaly and Cavan in the championship before bowing out by a point against Mayo in the qualifiers. …