Tuesday 12 November 2019

Kilkenny go in search of hurling's perfect game

Kilkenny team 2015
Kilkenny team 2015

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.

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