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Brian Hogan hails Kilkenny's retention of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship

Updated: Monday, 01 Oct 2012 09:42 | Comments

Kilkenny were 11-point winners this afternoon
Kilkenny were 11-point winners this afternoon

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Brian Hogan has said that Kilkenny’s convincing victory in Croke Park against Galway today shows their desire to win the All-Ireland Hurling Championship only grows stronger.

The Cats were emphatic 3-22 to 3-11 winners in today’s final to claim a ninth title in 13 years, avenging a defeat to the Tribesmen in this summer’s Leinster final.

Hogan said: "It means everything to us. I won’t lie to you, for the players it is why we come back every January and put in the work.

"You go through the turmoil and the injuries as you see with Michael Rice, because it means everything to us. It is what we live for and it never gets old. Every year it gets better and better. It is fantastic.

"All-Ireland finals are never easily won. Sometimes you can find a big game pass you by at times, it is so fast. You are just conscious of your own job. Every one of us has a job to do and you are just focused in on that and hope the rest will follow.

"The game was played at a frenetic pace for a large period but that is what it is all about. It makes it all the sweeter when you come out the other side of it."

"Even particularly the last day, when things were not going well for us. Who was the guy that stood up? It was Henry" - Brian Hogan

Henry Shefflin secured his ninth medal with another fine display, scoring 0-09 and adding another chapter to his historic career.

Hogan has said he is an inspiration to the rest of the panel: ”What can you say about him? The pundits will be looking for superlatives for him.

"The man is a legend and you can’t argue with that now. The facts tell the story. I have to mark him in training so I have a fair idea of what he is look to mark in matches – he is inspirational, unbelievable.

"Even particularly the last day, when things were not going well for us. Who was the guy that stood up? It was Henry and that was where it really matters. He deserves everything he gets."

AS IT HAPPENED: KILKENNY 3-22 GALWAY 3-11

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