Kilkenny go in search of hurling's perfect game
Published 01/05/2015 | 00:00
Can there be any such thing as a perfect game in a team sport? Well, baseball has a perfect game (don't ask, look it up!); in ten-pin bowling it is achieved by a strike in every frame; generally, though, it is the preserve of arcade games and home entertainment.
The notion of a perfect game never seemed part of GAA culture, at least until the 2008 All-Ireland Hurling Final, when the scarcely credible became real.
In beating Waterford by 23 points, Kilkenny took 35 shots, scoring 3-30, a conversion rate of 94 per cent which is hardly likely to be matched. Near perfect. This win was one of seven All-Ireland titles won in this decade by the greatest ever hurling team.