Allianz NHL1, Rd 1, Kilkenny v Dublin, Nowlan Park, Sunday 26/01/2020 @ 14:00

Difficult first game for the lads, team selection will be interesting a few regulars haven’t been seen back yet so wonder will Mattie try any of the new guys at the trickiest of venues.

Kilkenny probably without the ballyhale and tullaroan players. If so this is a winnable game.

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A win would be great but we’ll have disjointed preparation.

Kilkenny got hammered by Wexford and Ballyhale lads unavailable and Tullaroan out this Saturday.

That said I should have read the second post here.

As you were.

I’m sure theirs is similar.
And we’ve had a few more games.

Sure - nowlan park is not generally a happy hunting ground but i’m liking the confidence!

Ah yeah. I’d be fairly positive of a decent performance. We may not win, and, as you say, nolan not a happy hunting ground for us, but I certainly think there’s a good chance of a win here.

No more so then anyone else I’d imagine. Kenny has been there for pre season this year so we should be in a position to start stronger.

I hope he doesn’t experiment like mad in the league. One or two potentials per game is enough to try. We don’t want to go into the championship still finding a team (I was going to say like last year, but he actually did find his team in the league but he seemed to lose faith in it before the championship, only to go back to it in the last few games).

The emphasis has to be on finding one or two forwards. If he plays Crummy the younger in the forwards he will become a starter there I am sure. Sutcliffe will be a starter obviously, Hayes probably too, Rushe if is fit, Boland if he isn’t midfield. So it is only one or two he needs.

It’d be great to start out with a win, especially down there. Might not be the biggest thing really but a nice confidence boost early in the season. Looking forward to see how our attack get on this year. With shutte back and Hayes seemingly starting well goves us two big physically and skillful options we could do with. Any sign of the curries or mellot? Sorry I know they’ve. Probably been mentioned already. Also Burke seems to be doing well which is another bonus on last year.

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Currie has been much discussed, but my assumption would be that if he hasn’t featured in the Walsh Cup, he isn’t under consideration (but that could be entirely wrong, he could be injured or something).

Cian O Sullivan would be very interesting to see, but I don’t think we have seen a Brigids player yet (Winters, Dunne, O Sullivan), maybe a team holiday or the like?

Well we’ve seen Nolan and Dunphy who are Brigids, but Neither are involved in Fitzgibbon, so the hope is there’s some correlation there.

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So no decision by keaney yet

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Lineups in Nowlan Park will be interesting. Both counties might be impacted by Rd3 of the Fitzgibbon taking place Weds and Thurs evening, and Kilkenny surely missing the Ballyhale and Tullaroan set who Cody would be very unlikely to disturb from hangovers this week.
it is too long since we won a game there but we will travel in hope…

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Won once in 60 years!

any news on liam rush?

now prob best time to get at kilkenny cos they’re without so many of their players from Ballyhale. Think Paul murphy is away too isn’t he?

Rushe is the great conundrum though. He has hardly played 4 or 5 full county games per year, over the last two years. So even from an injury point of view he is a difficult call.

I can see what he achieves at full forward, but again it’s difficult to say if the positives are greater then the negatives. For every ball he wins and lays off for scoring chances, he will miss one another forward would have got (usually because it took a slight deflection or funny bounce which meant he had to slightly alter his direction - that amount of power isn’t easily diverted).

It’s possible in the sum total of things his best contribution is at full forward, Cunningham (god help us), Gilroy and Kenny all seemed to think so. But I don’t know. I’d like to see him at CHB for a few games and see how it goes. I know he looks ungainly there, but he seems to be able to make it work.

Also I am a little unsure of Moran there now. A lovely hurler, but maybe lacks aggression for such a pivotal spot. The primary route Laois had to scoring last year was through the middle of our half back line.

Paul Crummy at full forward would be interesting. He has speed and a great hand.

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If Rushe is tried again at 6 we’re doomed

Rushe might serve this team best as an impact player at 11 or 14 for the last 10 mins or so

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He had no huge failures there in the past. Sure, one or two guys got the better of him, but that’s going to happen. He had a lot or outstanding game’s there.

I am not saying it should be done, I am just interested in how the concept seems to have disappeared entirely. I don’t know why that happened.

I am concerned with Moran there, if he has to actually mark someone rather then be a sweeper, we might be in trouble.

Daire Gray was very solid there in Walsh Cup. Interestingly though, I see Connor Burke playing CHB for DCU and Gray getting slotted in on the wing. It would make you wonder why Burke wasn’t tried there during Walsh Cup (maybe injury or something?).

His body doesn’t seem able for a lot of full matches close together. So maybe that is the solution.