Dublin defender Paul Schutte has revealed that his club side Cuala received the whole summer off from manager Mattie Kenny following their historic All-Ireland success.
Kenny's charges will look to retain their Leinster crown this Sunday when they battle it out with Offaly champions Kilcormac-Killoughey this Sunday in Portlaoise and Schutte feels the team' couple months rest has stood to them well so far in their Tommy Moore Cup defence.
"After Paddy's Day, I think we played a league game maybe a week later," he told the Irish Daily Star.
"We just had to churn it out, where your head isn't fully in it. You're more fulfilling fixtures at that stage. Then in the summertime, Mattie gave us a full summer off which, in theory, could have been seen as a risk. But he gave us a full summer off just to mentally recharge the batteries.
"But it stood to us. People came back hungry after not hurling for two or three months. The competitive side stays in you."