Micheál Donoghue was taken back by the "humbling" reception Galway and Kilkenny received Down Under for the inaugural Wild Geese Trophy, and hailed the game as a brilliant showcase for the game of hurling. 

The Tribemsen won the showpiece game in a free-taking contest after a stirring recovery at the Spotless Stadium in Sydney.

There spills and thrills in a well-contested match, but O'Donoghue said the exposure it gave to the sport was of the most importance. 

"I think it was an incredible spectacle," he told RTÉ Sport's Marty Morrissey.

"Both teams were very fortunate to come out here and give the exposure to our national game.

"Over the last number of days we've received a massive reception from the Australian public and the Irish disapora. It's been a huge success. 

"It was all about the GAA getting exposure and I think that happened. Both teams were fortunate to come around the world to represent their counties. The reception you get, the welcome you get is really humbling. Today was a massive success. Hopefully we'll be able to come back to Sydney again."

Cats boss Brian Cody echoed those sentiments. On a day when debutant Huw Lawlor really caught they at full-back, he also took heart from some of the Cats' new batch using the occasion to stake a claim.

"We've been out here for a few days and the lads have really enjoyed it," he said.

"This was the prize for winning the league and for the team that won the All-Ireland last year.

"The important thing is was that it was a competitive game. It wasn't just a game that the lads fitted into a holiday. 

"I'm well aware of the potential we have. There's some good young lads coming through. They were well tested today but potential is potential. We'll see where it goes."

Watch highlights of Galway v Kilkenny on RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player tonight from 8pm