Hurling great predicts Cats will beat the Premier County

Hurling great predicts Cats will beat the Premier County
Mary Cody @marygcody

There is a calm confidence in the air in Kilkenny that only comes from a litany of great All-Ireland wins.

On John Power's farm, a few miles outside Callan he is sure that the Kilkenny team have the ability to bring Liam MacCarthy home to the Marble City once again.

“There will be a big group of us travelling up to the match. If it is a tight match and it comes down to the wire in the last ten minutes then Kilkenny will win.

“If defeat is staring Tipperary in the face then they will crumble. Psychologically they have found it difficult to beat Kilkenny over the past ten years,” he said adding that Manager, Brian Cody has the 'passion and will to win leaked into everyone'.

“I think that Tipp will crumble if it is tight. If it comes down to confidence Kilkenny will win.

“Waterford were better than Kilkenny in the first match that they played but they did not have the confidence and in the end Kilkenny clawed back.

“Kilkenny don't doubt their own ability and they wait for their chances. They are like a cat waiting for their opportune moment to pounce on a mouse.

“There is no arrogance or cockiness among the players. They are down to earth and are just continuing on carrying on a great tradition of hurling,” he added.

John Power played hurling for Kilkenny and has four All-Ireland senior medals from 1992, 1993, 2000 and 2002.