Tuesday 6 December 2016

Vincent Hogan: Shefflin leading Cats on march back to summit

Published 06/08/2011 | 05:00

Still a month to go to the hallelujah game, then. When hurling squares up to a mirror, that's how it sees itself today. Just getting the big hall ready. Waterford and Dublin are the forgotten men of this jamboree, a floor that must be swept, a table that needs a sponge.

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Maybe greatness gives, but it also takes away. Some time ago, Brian Cody and Kilkenny became inanimate in our eyes. Not so much a group of people as some kind of shared philosophy. Winning was considered a natural punctuation of their lives. A given.

So the good breeding in them will, no doubt, see that we're not overly detained tomorrow. Hurling expects an uncomplicated kill. Maybe the odd, rough and tumble twist, but, ultimately, a quick knife to the heart.

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