DUBLIN have put in the work and they are as ready as they can be to face All-Ireland champions, Kilkenny, in the Leinster senior hurling championship in Portlaois on Saturday, writes John Knox.
“This is a massive challenge for us,” was the summary from Dublin manager Anthony Daly, a former All-Ireland winning captain with Clare, when he spoked with the Kilkenny People.
“We are looking forward to it. We have prepared unbelievably hard for the game. The work the lads have put in has been incredible, but we know we would need things to fall our way to have any chance.”
He pointed to history and the one defeat in 14 years suffered by Kilkenny. They “got caught then”, he suggested. That was 2004. A last minute goal scored by Wexford turned the match on his head.
Every other game Kilkenny have won, he reminded.
“The only other real time I remember them being pushed in Leinster was the first time Galway came in and played them in Tullamore,” the Dublin boss continued. “We are not foolhardy. We know the challenge that awaits us.
“We did everything we possibly could this year. We could not do more. How ready our lads who have come back from injury (Conal Keaney, Stephen Hiney and Tomas Brady) are for a battle like this only time will tell.”
He explained that the ‘cruciate trio’, as the players have become known, have got a bit of training time under their belt, a couple of club game and the Laois match in the last round was a big help too.
Read the full interview in the Kilkenny People this week.