The players - few have given more service

Kilkenny’s last match at inter-county level was the All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final against Cork in Thurles in July.

Kilkenny’s last match at inter-county level was the All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final against Cork in Thurles in July.

They were beaten by 0-19 to 0-14 which ended an extraordinary run of 16 successive appearances in the semi-finals.

The team that started that day had a combined service of 110 years to the county, which is some going.

The table below outlines the years of service the players have given to the Kilkenny colours.

The longest servers would be Henry Shefflin with 15 seasons to date, followed closely by J.J. Delaney (13) and Tommy Walsh (12).

Oh my, how quickly the years have passed.

Six of the team had less than five years service, which highlights the fact that the squad has been in constant transition. And that will continue.