Westmeath Senior hurling manager Michael Ryan is expecting Kilkenny to be raring to go having lost last years All-Ireland Final.
Speaking to KCLR ahead of Sunday’s Walsh Cup clash, Michael says that Kilkenny usually come out all guns blazing after an All-Ireland defeat.
“For Westmeath if there is a secret, you have to keep working and keep improving. That was a big win for us last year in the Under-21 (against Kilkenny). We were actually a bit disappointing in the Dublin game. It’s a process and you have got to keep going, and we are working away and the attitude of the clubs was good, and the attitude of the players was good and they are all very proud to play for Westmeath, but having said that everyday brings a different test and certainly my experience of Kilkenny in the past is when Kilkenny have lost an All-Ireland, they have come out all the following year all guns blazing so we are expecting a really tough competition on Sunday and we are expecting Kilkenny to be raring to go”