Aaron Graffin endured a foretaste of what Antrim might sample this weekend when he lined out for Ulster in last Sunday's inter-provincial hurling championship semi-final at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh.
By half-time the visitors had streaked into a 3-12 to 1-4 lead, thus rendering the second period an academic exercise.
And the lion's share of the damage on Ulster's morale was inflicted by Limerick whizz-kid Wayne Mulcahy who pocketed 2-2 before the break, his two-goal blast having been executed by the 19th minute.
Now Graffin and his Antrim colleagues must square up to the flying Mulcahy and his buoyant Limerick side in Sunday's opening Allianz League Division 1B encounter at the Gaelic Grounds.
"Munster in general and Wayne Mulcahy in particular showed their sharpness against Ulster and even at this early stage of the year their fitness levels were impressive," points out Graffin.
"While Antrim have been training hard at the UUJ complex, we know it is going to be very difficult to have to face Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds again.
"But we have to be ready for it – at least we know what to expect."