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Cody - Players motivate themselves
02 Sep 2015 09:09
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody believes that to win an All-Ireland hurling title the motivation must come from within the squad.
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Speaking to RTÉ Sport ahead of the Cats All-Ireland final clash with Galway on Sunday, Cody said: “I don’t think anyone can motivate a group of players if the motivation isn’t coming from themselves. If you’re playing championship hurling for your county, that’s something all players have wanted to do."
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The legendary manager also praised the Tribesman's star man Joe Canning ahead of the tie and disagreed with suggestions that he was off form this season.
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“What they’re saying now is that it’s almost that Joe isn’t playing that well. That other players are maybe taking away from Joe. But to me Joe Canning is playing outstanding hurling all year. His work around the field is massive I think," said Cody.
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“I just think he’s an outstanding player and always was. Everything just comes naturally to him."
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In terms of the Cats own preparation, Cody is satisfied with the build-up to All-Ireland final day and is hoping that Jackie Tyrrell and Richie Power may be fit to feature for the Cats.
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“Preparations are going well. At this time of the year it’s a question of fine tuning and that fitness-wise. Everything is in place and it’s just a question of trying to get everybody into the game fresh and strong," said Cody.
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“We lost Jackie Tyrrell before the semi-final to a stress fracture. Jackie is making a big effort to try to get back. Richie Power is making a huge effort. Hasn’t been for a huge while and hasn’t had game time. We’re hopeful he can get himself into a place where he’ll be involved as well.
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“Richie Hogan had a bit of a setback before the final and he came through the game well.
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“We’ve always had bits and pieces and we’ll never know what’s beyond the corner.
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“That’s part and parcel of what we have to cope with at all times."
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If Kilkenny put Galway to the sword on Sunday then Cody will claim an 11th All-Ireland title as manager, but he insisted that every final is special and every final holds different challenges and that Galway offer a supremely rounded and complete challenge.
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“Each All-Ireland is special and each one is different because of the challenge. There is always someone throwing something different at you," said Cody.
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“We played Galway in the Leinster final and we won that match, but it was really competitive right up to the very end.
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“We pulled away a small bit in the end. If you look at Galway since then. They completely dominated against Cork. Against Tipperary everybody realises the quality of that game.
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“It was a fantastic game that had everything really. In a game like that when you’re knocked back three goals from the same player, it’s very hard to see a way to win those kind of matches.
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“Galway never even seem rattled. They were composed. They were strong. They were confident, they believed in themselves.
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“They showed composure right to the end. They have strength in depth."
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Seamus Callanan scored 3-09 for Tipperary against Galway potentially and exposed a weakness in the Galway full-back line, but Cody disagrees that Galway have weak fissures in defence.
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“Seamus Callanan has been doing that for quite a well. He’s a top player and can do that. There’s absolutely no way and Galway will weather that storm," said Cody.
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“I don’t see weaknesses in the Galway team at all. I’m sure they’re looking at our team as well and saying maybe we can do this, maybe we can do that. I believe to win and All-Ireland final you have to be strong in every position.
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“You’ve got be driven in every position. You’ve got to be hugely competitive all over the field. My ambition is that we win the final. Whichever team gets it right on that particular day is going to win the game."
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