By Noel Dundon
For the third year in succession, Tipperary will lock horns with neighbours Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior hurling final, following The Premier County’s four point win over Dublin in Croke Park on Sunday.
Declan Ryan’s men came through a tough, uncompromising battle at Headquarters to set up a mouthwatering decider on September 4th.
It will be the 16th time that Tipperary and Kilkenny will have met in the All-Ireland Final with Tipp having won ten of the previous 15 deciders - the last one of course being the emotionally charged 2010 classic which prevented the Kilkenny Drive-for-Five.
The Cats though are in their 11th All-Ireland Final in 13 years - a phenomenal record, and the expectation is that Kilkenny great Henry Shefflin will make history by becoming the first player ever to hurl in 11 All-Ireland senior hurling finals.
It’s all pointing to a very exciting few weeks as the Croke Park day of destiny looms on the horizon. It’s one title each for the current teams - September 4th will decide who is the best of three.
Tipp, like Kilkenny, failed to live up to the expected hype in the semi-final but came through nonetheless.
Brian Cody and Declan Ryan will both be driving their players hard in the next few weeks to try and get the most out of them in advance of the big day.
The Tipperary Star will be there each step of the way and we will publish an All-Ireland Special on the week before the final with in-depth match previews, player and management interviews, and a host of other interesting articles and nuggets of information.
The full colour, tabloid special will be free inside each edition of the Tipperary Star, dated September 1st.
If you wish to support Tipperary in our special edition, contact our advertising team at 0504 29100 of firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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