Saturday 10 December 2016

The Throw-In podcast: 'This Kilkenny team is used to beating Tipp' - Henry Shefflin & Eoin Kelly preview the All Ireland hurling final

Published 01/09/2016 | 15:40

7 September 2014; Patrick Maher, Tipperary, in action against Conor Fogarty, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
7 September 2014; Patrick Maher, Tipperary, in action against Conor Fogarty, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

With Tipperary and Kilkenny set to do battle once more in Sunday’s All Ireland hurling final, two legends of the game, Henry Shefflin and Eoin Kelly, joined INM GAA correspondents, Frank Roche, Conor McKeon and Michael Verney on Independent.ie’s Championship podcast, The Throw-In, as they looked ahead to Sunday's decider.

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Can Brian Cody’s team make it another three-in-a-row or will Tipp prove they have the mental fortitude to topple the reigning champions?  For Eoin Kelly, many of the Tipp players have to now finally take their chance.

“A lot of Tipperary players won’t have many opportunities again,” he said.  “But what’s pleasing is the fact that it’s been a very low-key build-up in the county.  Everyone has been keeping their heads down and getting on with it because they know the work ethic against Galway won’t be enough for victory over Kilkenny.  Tipperary have to attack every ball and to have a huge work ethic throughout the game.  That has to be the basis to take on Kilkenny.”

For Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny’s draw against Waterford was the jolt that ensured the team brought more aggression and more intensity to their game - albeit with one big casualty.

“Michael Fennelly is a massive loss for the team,” Shefflin admitted.  “He brings a tenacious battle to the middle third which is vital to win games nowadays.  Although Kilkenny will be on their guard against Tipperary, I’m confident that if it’s tight in the final few minutes they will find a way to win it.  This Kilkenny team is used to beating Tipperary.”

Elsewhere on the show, Leon Blanche from BoyleSports was on hand with some bets for the game and in the weekly charity bet he has gone for a draw at 8/1 and Seamus Callanan as man-of-the-match at 8/1 whilst the Throw-In panel also went for a draw but opted for Eoin Murphy to be man-of-the-match at a very generous 50-1.

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