Hogan looking good for League final

HOPES are high that Danesfort attacker, Richie Hogan, will be fit to play with Kilkenny in the National Hurling League final against Cork in Thurles on Sunday, writes John Knox.

HOPES are high that Danesfort attacker, Richie Hogan, will be fit to play with Kilkenny in the National Hurling League final against Cork in Thurles on Sunday, writes John Knox.

The 24-year-old made a surprise appearance with his club in the senior hurling league against Ballyhale Shamrocks yesterday, and he reported no ill effects afterwards.

Hogan, who has been in tremendous form since the start of the League, suffered two broken ribs and a collapsed lung following a bruising but accidental collision with a Galway player during the last match in the preliminary series.

The former St Kieran’s College and Kilkenny under-age said only two weeks ago that he felt the League was finished as far as he was concerned. However, the injury improved greatly during the past 10 days and Hogan decided test himself on Sunday.

He shipped some testing knocks during the game and he stood up to the challenge well, which suggested he could yet figure in the Kilkenny attack on Sunday.