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Hurling Cats On The Warpath

by Jimmy Rhatigan
Pics by Donal Foley

ANY Kilkenny hurling supporters who may have been bordering on Doubting Thomases will be out of work for the time being at least following the great weekend victory in Dublin.

With a caveat dangling, Cats’ supporters had to be happy after watching Kilkenny suppress a to-then unbeaten Dublin in the Allianz Senior Hurling League.

In colloquial parlance our lads bate the lard out of the Dubs in practically every department.

The performance was impressive and convincing particularly in Dublin’s back yard.

But let’s return to our caveat friend. 

The real Dublin team didn’t show up.

But, in fairness that was at least partially due to the fact that the Cats were so dominant, so determined, so fit and so eager for success.


The latter would be part of a good CV in any language.

Early season form in Kilkenny was full of ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’ but it was spring clean time on Saturday as the team gelled, was excellently organized and there was a string of huge performances, notably by the Herculean Huw Lawlor, a colossus in defence.

How far Kilkenny has progressed will be tested on Sunday week when neighbours Waterford come to UPMC Nowlan Park.

That battle has the makings of a cracker and with the prospects of a win or even a draw giving the Cats a place in the semi-final of the league there is everything to dream about.

Cody’s warriors are on the warpath again.

And sure most of us knew deep down that the boys were on the right road.

Didn’t we?

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