In the lead-up to this Sunday’s eagerly anticipated All-Ireland final, the one presumption is that Kilkenny will be gunning for revenge following their defeat to Galway in their recent Leinster final encounter.
With Sunday’s fixture an exciting replay of their clash back in early July, fans will be making their way to Croke Park in their thousands as the Tribesmen bid to dethrone the Cats and bring Liam McCarthy back to the west.
However, Kilkenny boss Brian Cody dismissed rumours which claimed that his side will be using revenge as a motivating factor in Sunday’s mouth-watering fixture, adding that the occasion alone should be enough of an incentive to boost his panel at GAA headquarters.
“Being in an All-Ireland final is (all the) motivation absolutely that you would ever want,” Cody explained to RTE Sport.
“There’s certainly no need for any further motivation than that. And I would absolutely hold that to be true because it’s a pinnacle for every player.”
It was refreshing to hear Cody speak so candidly about his side’s poor performance in the aforementioned Leinster final, admitting that the Galway men were simply too good for the Cats on the day.
“Our failure in the Leinster final was very, very simple,” the Kilkenny boss added. “They were absolutely way better than us on the day.”
Meanwhile, Galway goalkeeper James Skehill admitted to the Irish Examiner that he is relishing the opportunity to represent his county in Croke Park on All-Ireland final day.
“We’re part of history – not too many Galway teams have reached All-Ireland senior finals,” he added.
“I’m part of a select list and that’s a great privilege. If I had gone off abroad, seeing what’s going on here, that would have been an extra level of devastation on top of the homesickness. I’m just very happy to be here.”
Throw-in this Sunday is at 3.30pm, with Westmeath man Barry Kelly the main man in charge ahead of what should be an exhilarating clash between two hugely passionate and proud teams, both eager to bring the cup back home.