Martin Comerford is hopeful his O’Loughlin Gaels team-mates will do themselves justice when they face Cuala in Sunday’s Leinster club hurling final (live coverage on RTÉ Radio's Sunday Sport 2pm).
The 37-year-old has been a key cog at full-forward for the Kilkenny champions as they seek to add to their All-Ireland titles in 2003 and 2010.
The rangy forward, a six-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny, has been instrumental getting past Ballyhale Shamrocks in the Kilkenny decider and in the Leinster semi-final defeat of Oulart-the-Ballagh.
He told RTÉ Sport that he is itching for Sunday’s decider against the Dublin champions.
“It’s brilliant for me to be representing Kilkenny in the Leinster championship and I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
“It’s a magical, brilliant competition.
“The only downside would be that maybe it is played a little bit too late.
“Maybe the weather conditions are not as conducive as they would be in the summer. Other than that, it is a fantastic competition.”
The Kilkenny side were full value for their semi-final win over reigning provincial champions Oulart-the-Ballagh at Wexford Park, easing past by three goals in the end after finding themselves 0-09 to 0-01 down in the opening 10 minutes.
Comerford, who picked off four points, says the team is still a work in progress, but is hopeful they will put their best foot forward at O’Moore Park.
"Hopefully we will do ourselves justice"
“It’s a team game. Our team played very well after a sluggish start,” he said.“Our forwards are improving every day.
“We need to perform for 60, 65 minutes on Sunday and hopefully we will be in the right frame of mind.
"We’re in good physical condition and hopefully we will do ourselves justice.