KILKENNY fans have been told to embrace the All-Ireland final experience and milk it for every bit of enjoyment they can because the current golden run won’t last forever.
Cats’ manager, Brian Cody was almost beside himself with joy when he guided Kilkenny through to an astonishing 11th All-Ireland final during his resign, and sixth on the trot, when they eased past Waterford in the semi-finals in Croke Park on Sunday.
“The final is not just for the players to enjoy, but for everyone in Kilkenny,” Mr Cody said when he looked forward to the September 4 clash against either defending champions, Tipperary or National League kings, Dublin, who contest the second semi this weekend.
“Fans should get as much out of the All-Ireland final as they can because it is a great occasion,” Mr Cody continued.
“I don’t mean for people to do that in an over confident or arrogant way, but enjoy it for the sport, for the pleasure and pride it can give to everyone.
“The children around Kilkenny for the last few years have had a very, very exciting time looking at these players performing. We intend to enjoy what is ahead. We won’t be afraid.
A load to enjoy
“We will take on the challenge. The players are going home from Croke Park looking forward to working towards the All-Ireland. The final is the pinnacle of the whole thing.
“On the day the final is all about winning the match, but there is a load to enjoy and savour between now and then. I hope people can get as much out of it as I know the player will.”
Mr Cody wasn’t a bit concerned, one way or the other, about Kilkenny’s performance on Sunday. Getting the win was all that mattered.
“An All-Ireland semi-final is about winning,” he replied when asked about a showing that was competent without being spot on. “One team goes home very, very happy and the other very sad. We are very, very happy.”
Kilkenny got the result they wanted. He said a semi-final could be a tricky game to deal with, so getting through it in any fashion was okay with him.
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