Saturday is D-day

John Knox

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John Knox

Eoin Larkin sends over one of his eleven points from placed balls during Saturday evening's Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final replay defeat by Dublin at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise. Pic by John McIlwaine
EVENTS in Nowlan Park on Saturday will make or break Kilkenny’s hurling season, manager Brian Cody suggested.

EVENTS in Nowlan Park on Saturday will make or break Kilkenny’s hurling season, manager Brian Cody suggested.

“The year hinges on Saturday’s match now,” Mr Cody said after the All-Ireland and National League champions were dumped out of the Leinster senior hurling championship by Dublin and into a mouth-watering Qualifiers clash with Tipperary, in what is a repeat of the recent League final.

The winners in Nowlan Park advance in the championship. The losers pack up their bags for the season.

“The effort was very, very good and we fought to the end,” Mr Cody said after Saturday’s loss to Dublin in the Leinster semi-final replay. “Dublin were very strong throughout the field. They played really well.

“They are on a bit of a roll with all the matches they have played. It is going to be very interesting to see how they get on in the Leinster final.

“The sort of sustained action they had brings on teams. We are in that situation next weekend. It will be our third weekend on the trot in action, so hopefully the extra championship action will work in our favour.

“We can’t win the Leinster championship. We didn’t win it last year either, but the All-Ireland championship is still there to be chased,” he concluded.