While the majority of Kilkenny supporters were rightfully joyous as they celebrated a third consecutive provincial crown is as many years, there was an element of doubt and in some quarters dread, as Clare and Limerick played out a thrilling Munster decider the next day. The 2020 and 2021 seasons were somewhat soured with All-Ireland semi-final defeats to Waterford and Cork respectively following Leinster championship success, and given the distinct possibility that Clare could provide the opposition in the last four this time around, former Kilkenny hurler Edddie Brennan believes that Kilkenny could be in the midst of repeating the same cycle of recent years.
The Graigue Ballycallan clubman also commented on the Cats’ inability to make the most of their possession and explained that they must be willing to adapt if they are to end their seven-year wait for an All-Ireland title when he spoke to Scoreline. He began: “We’re not at the level of the Munster finalists and we have a lot of work to do. We’ve won a Leinster final and that’s always pleasing but ultimately the next game will be a huge challenge. “We haven’t figured out Wexford yet and Clare will be very difficult. Kilkenny were well organised against Galway but they didn’t provide a stiff challenge like you’d expect Clare to provide in particular.
“We have come up short in All-Ireland semi-finals over the last two years. We can’t stay doing the same things and falling short at the same hurdles and say that we are progressing. We have to get to the All-Ireland final and we have to be able to win it.”