A BATTLE in your own back yard played out in front of a wall of noise - it’s fair to say that Saturday’s championship clash with Tipp will live long in the memory of Kilkenny captain Colin Fennelly.
“You heard people talking about the game all week,” he said. “Tickets were flying out and we knew what size crowd was going to be there.
“We tried to stay away from things as much as we could, but having played the league final here we were prepared a little for it,” he said.
“We knew we wouldn’t be able to hear anything on the field as well,” he added. “I remember roaring at Richie Hogan at one stage - he was five yards away and he couldn’t hear me!”
It was noise that started with a deafening cheer as the team came out for the game.
“It was a massive roar that met us when we came out of the tunnel,” he smiled. “It’s not something you come across too often. It’s a completely different atmosphere to Croke Park - the noise is right on top of you here. Having the crowd roaring in from the sidelines is a motivating factor.”
And players and fans will do it all again for a fourth week in a row on Saturday.
“There’s nothing wrong with that,” he said. “We want matches and that’s what we’re getting.”