Wednesday 21 February 2018

No telling how great King Henry will be

THERE was no fanfare at Croke Park on Sunday when Henry Shefflin scored his fourth point of the day, making him the highest championship scorer of all time, but presumably it will be formally recognised soon.

Shefflin scored 12 points, taking him to 22-382 (448 points), nine clear of fellow Kilkenny man Eddie Keher. Shefflin achieved it in 49 games between 1999 and 2010, whereas Keher scored 35-334 (439 points) in 50 games between 1959 and 1977.

The fact that Shefflin has set the record in his 12th season, whereas Keher reached his milestone in his 19th season, shows how different times have become. Players get more championship games now, plus Shefflin is playing during Kilkenny's greatest period, which has boosted his scoring opportunities.

The question now is how high Shefflin's scoring tally will reach. Aged 31, he's four years younger than when Keher retired, so if Shefflin were to remain on until he was 35 and kept up his 0-9 per game average, he could expect to take his final return to close to 650 points.

Christy Ring, who scored 33-206 (305 points) in 65 games; Nickey Rackard on 60-90 (270 points) in 35 games; Jimmy Langton on 16-159 (207 points) in 45 games; and Mick Mackey on 30-84 (174) in 41 games were the previous highest championship scorers.

Irish Independent

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