game at a glance
Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)
Kilkenny's awesome intensity was evident from the throw-in and nobody typified it more than Walsh. He reached a high tempo early on and maintained it right through. 'Bonner' Maher tested him in the second half but he continued to get in most of the valuable work.
Richie Hogan's goal in the 49th minute after a flowing move that started with a Tommy Walsh clearance on his own endline. It put Kilkenny eight points ahead and provided them with enough in hand to cope with Tipperary's inevitable fightback.
The degree to which the vaunted Tipperary attack was locked away with nobody able to find the key. The starting six managed only three points from open play between them.
Bloodied after taking a knock to the nose from Tommy Walsh's hurley 20th minute, Brian Gavin didn't let it upset him. He refereed the game in the modern style where play is let flow as much as at all possible even if the odd rule gets broken along the way. Footballers would love to have as much leeway as the hurlers, but they don't get it.
What they said
"We were in the very opposite place last year. We had just lost it and there is just a complete world of difference between things and it's a genuinely terrific achievement to have won, a supreme feeling for us."
"It's disappointing when you don't turn up with you're A game on the day. Hats off to Kilkenny, they were the hungrier team. That's the way it looked from the sideline."
Wides: Kilkenny 7 (3); Tipperary 3 (2)
Frees: Kilkenny 10 (6); Tipperary 14 (10)
Yellow Cards: Kilkenny 0; Tipperary 1 (D Young 66).
Kilkenny start planning for their third two-in-a-row bid in less than a decade; Tipperary are no longer market leaders and will have to plan accordingly for next year.