Hurling legend Nicky Power revealed that he was proud to be given the opportunity to represent neighbouring counties Kilkenny and Waterford.
Power revealed that although his loyalties lied with Kilkenny throughout his youth, it was a great honour to play for the Deise at minor and intermediate level in the late 1950s.
“I was very proud to play for Waterford, especially the minors,” revealed the Ferrybank native.
Power played for three years with the Waterford minors from 1956-1959 and had a brief spell with the Waterford minor team before transferring to the Kilkenny senior hurling panel in 1961.
He also began playing with Slieverue at the same time and won a Leinster senior medal with the black and amber in 1963 before being dropped from the panel prior to the All-Ireland final against his former side Waterford.
He said: “It was a shock. But it was more disappointing than shocking”.
Despite that setback, Power has only fond memories of his time playing for both counties and the interest in his switch to Kilkenny.
“Everywhere you went someone had something to say about it”.
A true legend of the game and a gentleman off the pitch, Power will be happy whatever the outcome is in Saturday’s All-Ireland semi-final between the two counties.