Thomastown football manager Jim O’Connor has been paying tribute to Henry Shefflin’s influence during his time with the club’s hurlers.
O’Connor’s side claimed the Kilkenny senior football championship for the first time in 36 years at the weekend and travel to Trim this Saturday to begin their Leinster club campaign.
He’s also hopeful the football win, along with Shefflin’s foundations, can serve as a boost to the hurlers for next season’s campaign.
“The boys dig deep when called for. The ambition is to channel that hunger and that enthusiasm they have for football into hurling. Henry gave us a great base, we have the fitness and attitude going forward.”
Thomastown lost out to Glenmore in the intermediate semi final, in what was a thrilling battle. Glenmore went onto defeat St. Lactains in the final and now have a chance tonight to do a rare club double.
Having seen their hurlers claim the Michael Lyng Motors Intermediate Hurling Championship in Kilkenny last month, tonight sees their footballers face O’Loughlin Gaels in the intermediate county football final.
Throw-in at Thomastown is at seven o’clock.
Listen back to the full interview with Jim O’Connor below.