Tipperary’s Brendan Maher says he can’t wait to take on All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on their home patch in Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League final.
The counties last met in a League decider in Semple Stadium in 2009 and the Premier County have agreed to return the favour by travelling to the Cats’ backyard.
An undaunted Maher told RTÉ Sport: "It will be a little bit different. I think the atmosphere will be better, I think the capacity is 22-23,000 so hopefully we’ll have nearly full attendance.
"There’ll be a great atmosphere, it will be nice and tense – the type of games, with the type of atmosphere you want to be involved in so we’re happy going down there."
On the other side of the fence, six-time League winner JJ Delaney says that playing in front of an expectant home crowd gives them another reason to claim the Dr Croke Cup.
"Every final, you want to win, there’s no doubt about that. The added incentive is that it’s in Nowlan Park, our home ground," Delaney said.
"We’d like to defend our home advantage. Hopefully, we can get over the line on Sunday."
Live radio coverage of the Allianz NHL Final, Kilkenny v Tipperary, from 14:00 on Sunday 5 May on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ RnaG and RTÉ.ie (Worldwide).
Highlights of all the weekend’s action on League Sunday on RTÉ Two and RTÉ.ie (Ireland only) from 20:00.