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Henry Shefflin: Galway was the team that hurt Kilkenny most in my career

Published 03/07/2015 | 17:16

Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny, shows his dissapointment after losing the Leinster final to Galway in 2012
Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny, shows his dissapointment after losing the Leinster final to Galway in 2012

The maroon and white jersey is not something Kilkenny relish seeing, writes Henry Shefflin.

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In tomorrow's exclusive column ahead of the Leinster hurling final on Sunday, Shefflin describes the Tribesmen as the biggest bogey team he faced in his career.

"I was just thinking this week that in my championship career the team that hurt Kilkenny most was Galway.

"They beat us three times (as did Cork) and drew with us twice, while Tipp and Wexford beat us once. So you can understand Kilkenny’s routine wariness of the maroon jersey. Everybody knows about the All-Ireland semi-finals of ‘01 and ’05, two games seen as hugely significant for the Kilkenny team of the past ten years.

"But there’s a lot more to our modern history with Galway than those two setbacks."

Read Henry Shefflin's column in full in tomorrow's Irish Independent.

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