We’re edging closer toward Sunday’s All-Ireland final with preparations ramping up in Kilkenny and Limerick.
One man who knows what it takes to get over the line on the biggest day of them all is two-time All-Ireland winner and Carrickshock GAA stalwart Richie Power senior, father of eight-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny under Brian Cody, Richie Power junior.
Speaking to KCLR, Power thinks that Kilkenny can end their eight-year wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup despite coming into the game as underdogs.
“I think to come down to the day, we’re going to be underdogs going in, and rightly so”, said Power at Tuesday’s Kilkenny GAA golf classic at Gowran Park.
“Limerick are a serious team. I just see freshness about Kilkenny this year. Our bench is working well, I think Derek is doing a great job since he went in, and if things go well on the day, we’ll be there with a real good chance.”
Richie’s first All-Ireland final appearance was in 1982, and it resulted in him picking up his first medal at the expense of Cork. You can watch that game in full on YouTube below.
Limerick are strongly backed by the bookies to claim a fourth consecutive senior All-Ireland hurling title, as they were in the 2022 final. Brian Cody knew that also, and helped translate that tag into an epic performance on the day. Speaking to KCLR Scoreline at the time the former Cats boss echoed the underdog sentiments.
“The players know that we are underdogs, and they understand the enormity of the task, because it is enormous, that is the reality of it.”
“If we were favourites, that would not change anything. You go out, take on the challenge. The game will be played Sunday week in Croke Park. Everything else goes out the window. What people thought, or what people did beforehand or afterwards does not come into it. It is what happens during those 74 or 75 minutes.”