Friday 6 December 2019

Dual star Kennedy finds Commercials break is key to remaining fresh

seamus Kennedy of Clonmel
seamus Kennedy of Clonmel
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Whatever the result for Clonmel Commercials on Sunday afternoon, Séamus Kennedy knows there's still plenty of hard work to come.

He'll either be preparing for the All-Ireland series or getting ready to return to the county hurling squad under Liam Sheedy.

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That double-jobbing has been the way of things for a while now.

Just seven days after winning his second All-Ireland medal with the hurlers, he was in championship action with Commercials in just his second game of football in 11 months.

But rather than feeling like he's on a never-ending merry-go-round of training and matches, Kennedy reckons code-breaking provides relief. Change is his rest.

"We had one group game in April and I played that," said Kennedy ahead of Sunday's Munster club SFC final clash with Cork's Nemo Rangers in Dungarvan.

"So we'd have got knocked out in the club last October, didn't touch a football until the week before that game in April, played the game in April and didn't play football again until that Sunday (after the All-Ireland hurling final).

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"It was more a bit of a run out to get the legs moving again than anything. We were kind of qualified out of the group anyway. It's great. I love going back to the football to be honest with you.

"It keeps things fresh. We've a great group there at the minute, all around the same age, they've grown up together and been successful together so it's really, really enjoyable."

A former Tipp footballer, Kennedy had already committed to Michael Ryan and the Premier hurlers in 2015 when Clonmel became the first Tipp club to win a Munster SFC title. Michael Quinlivan scored a brilliant last-minute goal to claim the title.

However, things didn't go so well in the All-Ireland semi-final against Ballyboden.

Clonmel were three up against 14 men with five minutes to play but Darragh Nelson forced extra-time with a last-gasp point. The Dublin champions took control from there and went on to claim St Patrick's day glory.

"Darragh Nelson, I don't think I'll ever forget his name! To be honest it is a game I have never watched back.

"Paddy's Day wasn't easy but that's sport, we had the rub of the green that year in the county final against Moyle Rovers and in the Munster final against Nemo so maybe we ran out of it a small bit.

"And as I said we were quite inexperienced for that stage at the time so hopefully we can get back there and see how we fare."

And while Commercials will be underdogs, Kennedy reckons the example of Borris-Ileigh is the template to follow.

"We are going to be underdogs on Sunday and they were underdogs last Sunday and the way they applied themselves was so good to see.

"The work rate was unbelievable and if we can bring that attitude and approach to Sunday, hopefully that will get us over the line."

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