St. Kieran’s College are one game away from another Croke Cup title.
Deputy Principal Liam Smith says that the All-Ireland Colleges Hurling Competition means a lot to players from smaller clubs as it is their best chance of silverware.
Speaking to KCLR ahead of tomorrows All-Ireland Final against Presentation Athenry, Liam says the squad from the different clubs blend well together.
“These lads have been together with each other for six years”, says Smith.
“They have been going into the same classes for six years. I mean the smaller clubs with your Windgap’s and your Carrickshock’s and all that, who wouldn’t have the bigger numbers, they never get a chance to go at the bigger teams.”
“But when they come in here and there suddenly then, there might be three Gowran lads, there will be two from Paulstown, there will be lads from Carrickshock, four from Ballyhale, there might be a Village lad, a ‘Boro lad, an O’Loughlins lad.”
“They get a chance to play together as a group and suddenly they have a chance against these town teams not just in Kilkenny but also in underage, the way they play against Limerick teams, Cork teams, suddenly they have a chance.”
See how that chance plays out this Saturday on KCLR with full commentary of St. Kieran’s College v Presentation Athenry, live from Semple Stadium at 5pm.