In the heartland of Irish hurling, where the sliotar dances to the rhythm of tradition, passion, and skill, the Kilkenny senior hurling final marks a culmination of intense competition and unwavering dedication.
This year’s showdown between Ballyhale Shamrocks and O’Loughlin Gaels, promises an electrifying display of athleticism and sporting prowess after two semi-finals at the weekend.
The first game on Sunday saw O’Loughlin’s overcome Bennettsbridge by 3-16 to 0-22 as two goals from Eoin Wall either side of a late strike from substitute Conor Kelly was enough to see Brian Hogan’s team advance to the decider for the first time since 2021.
Speaking after the game, Detail Menswear Man of the Match and O”Loughin’s goalkeeper Stephen Murphy emphasized the importance of the puckouts this season.
“It’s something that we’ve put a lot of emphasis on this year, that if I have a ball in hand, there are options. There are two or three lads moving you can kind of distribute the ball into space, just showing for the ball rather than just being static”
“I suppose the game has changed a little bit in that regard, but we’re kind of in sync at times, and it works.”
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Each week Robbie Dowling and former Blacks and Whites manager Eddie Scally cast their eye over all the action from the weekend’s senior, intermediate, and junior league and championship games as well as looking ahead to the next round of action.