Get ready for the biggest battle of all!

Croke Park will be rocking on Sunday. It will be festooned in a sea of black and amber mixed with blue and gold as Kilkenny and Tipperary, the greatest and fiercest of hurling rivals, do battle for the McCarthy Cup.

Croke Park will be rocking on Sunday. It will be festooned in a sea of black and amber mixed with blue and gold as Kilkenny and Tipperary, the greatest and fiercest of hurling rivals, do battle for the McCarthy Cup.

In the finals of 2009 and 2010 the spoils were divided. The hurling was mighty. To get one good decider would have pleased the majority. To get two has left an air of near certainty that there will be more of the same.

Champions Tipp and Kilkenny carry a burden of expectation few who have gone before would have experienced. That is a side issue, like much of the talk, speculation and supposition that has surrounded a match that is sure to be a sell out.

Forget the grand talk and hyperbole. Sunday is about a 70 minute hurling contest. It is about winning! Nothing more, nothing less!

Catch All-Ireland fever in a special 36-page sports section inside this week’s Kilkenny People. Get the views of the players, managers, pundits and more as Kilkenny and Tipperary prepare for battle in the All-Ireland final.