Saturday 25 November 2017

Cody tunes in from afar to monitor son's progress

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

THE life of an inter-county manager is one of sacrifice and Kilkenny boss Brian Cody can be forgiven for wanting to be elsewhere as he makes his way to Croke Park this afternoon.

Cody's mind -- and phone -- will no doubt be tuned into events at Semple Stadium where son Diarmuid is lining out for Kilkenny colleges' kingpins St Kieran's as they defend their All-Ireland title against Limerick's Ardscoil Ris (2.30).

Both sides arrive at this stage after blowing away the competition in recent rounds and are in fine form to light up Thurles. And although a famous face might be missing from the stands, St Kieran's co-manager Tom Hogan is sure his boys are focused against the highly-rated Dr Harty Cup champions, whom he reckons will be hard to beat.

"I'm not even sure if he'll get the first half," Hogan said of Cody's attendance.

"He has to be down in Dublin, that's his job. He's very good with advice if asked, but he does his thing and we do ours. He wouldn't want to be too involved with his son in the team.

"Ardscoil are a big, strong physical team -- certainly bigger than our lads. They will be hard to break down. They have 10 back from last year, we have six and while both sides have played the same opposition in recent weeks, they have put up big scores."

The Limerick side beat Castlecomer by 16 points in the All-Ireland semi-final after St Kieran's had beaten them by nine, while the Kilkenny side beat Charleville by 12 points in their semi-final -- weeks after Ardscoil had beaten the Cork boys by 25.

But such formlines can be blurred on final day.

The experience of the returning six players is bolstered by seven of Kilkenny's All-Ireland winning minor team from last season.

Ardscoil will also be gunning for revenge after losing last year's final to today's opponents.

Irish Independent

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