Wednesday 28 September 2016

'Brian Cody is still on the hook for taking me off' - Richie Hogan

Published 07/09/2015 | 20:13

Kilkenny's Richie Hogan, left, and Eoin Larkin celebrate with the Liam MacCarthy cup. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Kilkenny's Richie Hogan, left, and Eoin Larkin celebrate with the Liam MacCarthy cup. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Richie Hogan was far from pleased when he was whipped off centre stage by Brian Cody with 10 minutes remaining in the All-Ireland hurling final.

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Rumours had been rife that last year's Hurler of the Year would not feature after suffering a quad injury in training three weeks ago.

It was on top of the back injury he suffered in the week's leading up to victory over Waterford in the semi-final and Hogan admitted that he has hardly trained over the last five weeks.

Cody had claimed that Hogan's leg injury should have kept him out for 4-6 weeks but Hogan disputes that and is adamant that his was fit and was called ashore because he had a 'bad day'.

"Brian was overstating it a little bit... if he thinks he's off the hook for taking me off, he's wrong," Hogan told Off The Ball on Newstalk.

"I hurt it about three weeks ago and I didn't do a lot of training. I was fully fit, it wasn't really holding me back too much.

"I haven't trained since the start of August... well I have trained but I haven't taken part in matches .

"I wasn't as sharp as I should have been. If I had torn my muscle a week later that was my championship over. I was pretty lucky that I had time.

"The physio came into me and asked me was I okay and then he came in again and I was like 'Oh Jaysus! I think my days are numbered'.

"It wasn't injury related, I had a poor day and very well marked by Daithi.

"The last 10 minutes was the perfect time to bring in Richie Power. He's such a dangerous forward that you can't look at on the line."

When he emerged for the second half, the strapping on Hogan's thigh had vanished.

"It was just a little bit uncomfortable. It was too tight and I just pulled it off. When you're in the dressingroom at half time and you're giving out to yourself the first thing to go is the strapping," he added.

A lot of credit was placed on Jackie Tyrell's half time speech as the Cats emerged as a new animal in the second half after being dominated by Galway in the opening period but it had little impact on Hogan.

"I genuinely can't remember a word of it," he continued.

"I remember him talking alright. Jackie is a very inspirational character and it's not like he's standing up in the dressingroom at every single match.

"He speaks when he need to speak and when he feels something needs to be said.

"In the first half, we just weren't good enough all over the field. Every player was losing their battle.

"It's even more about doing yourself justice in the second half than winning."

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