their first touch and their striking. Conditions weren't ideal, but one couldn't really use it as a reason for some of the sub-standard play.
In summary it's not a final, which will linger long in the memory not that it will unduly worry the Ballyduff players or their supporters. It's another title to stretch and strengthen their grip at the top of the leader board. Another three-in-a-row and a chance to equal Causeway's and Kilmoyley's fourin-a-row successes. And thereafter, maybe, the opportunity to complete the coveted five-in-a-row.
A bit early, of course, to be thinking and dreaming about such ambitions with the immediate aim being the upcoming Munster Championship semi-final against either Cork or Limerick opposition on November 4. Ballyduff just fell short in the provincial decider last season and on the basis of their performances throughout this year's championship campaign, they will need to show a good level of improvement if their aspirations of a first ever provincial title are to be realised.
For the moment, they will re-live and enjoy their twenty fourth title success in the company of the North Kerry Hurling Family, which will include Sunday's defeated finalists Lixnaw.
Rivals on the pitch, the final whistle opens the door for all hurling enthusiasts to share in the celebrations, which will undoubtedly be cut short to allow Ballyduff the opportunity to get back down to business, in preparation for their next big test in three weeks time.