Saturday 14 December 2019

Brian Cody: ‘I didn’t know O’Dwyer free was the last puck of the game’

Brian Cody
Brian Cody
Tipperary's John O'Dwyer takes a late free with a chance to win the All-Ireland final at Croke Park, only to see it hit the post. Photo: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Brian Cody has revealed he didn’t know John O’Dwyer’s missed free at the death of the All Ireland Hurling Final yesterday was the last action of the game and he is happy for Kilkenny senior hurlers to participate in club matches next weekend.

The pulsating All Ireland Hurling Final between Kilkenny and Tipperary ended all square, the third year in a row that the final will go to a replay.

Cody said of the final: “It is a strange feeling. They could have won the game. We could have won the game. I didn’t realise the free was the last puck of the game. I thought we could have come back and got a point ourselves. We have been in this situation before, two years ago. It happened again last year but it’s a terrific to  think that the All Ireland final is going to be played again in three weeks' time.”

He said that this week is all about "recovery" for the Kilkenny players but he has no issues with club matches going ahead this weekend.

“This week is all about recovery for the players. There are some club matches next weekend for the players and they’ll go ahead. We’ll assess things after the weekend’s games.”

Cody also hailed the character of both Kilkenny and Tipperary.

“Nobody can question the character of either team. It should never be questioned.

“It was a great game. It was a very fast and furious game with some terrific scores. A lot of scores came thick and fast. They had the upper hand stage and we tore into it at the start of the second half. We got some great scores. Overall, it is just a question of one team getting on top and the other team coming back at them. It was that kind of a game.

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