THE hurling championship has taken off, and in impression fashion too, but Kilkenny are a long way from being cleared for lift off.
The Cats, the current National League champions, must wait until June 23, another three weeks, before unfurling their championship flag and showing what they have to offer this time.
These can be anxious times, especially with a plethora of injuries thrown into the equation.
That is fate. Counties simply have to put up with such inconveniences and get on with life, just as Kilkenny are doing at the moment.
Didn’t it happen to Dublin before the championship last year? They lost key players through injury. Still they roared on as far the All-Ireland semi-final.
With a bit of luck the Dubs could have won that game against Tipperary and contested what would have been their first final since 1961 when they were beaten by Tipp (0-16 to 1-12).
Instead, the final featured Kilkenny and Tipperary for the third consecutive year, and a right humdinger they produced. The pair are the fancy of many to meet again, but there is a long way to go and an awful lot of hurling to be played between now and any might be Croke Park repeat in September.
See Kilkenny People this week.