What they said ... the hurling weekend in quotes
10 July 2017
Cork captain Stephen McDonnell lifts the trophy after his side's Munster SHC final victory over Clare at Semple Stadium, Thurles.
“It's important that we keep this in context. You see the reaction of the Cork crowd out there, they're starved of success. We had a similar reaction in 2014, won a very good Munster championship down in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, but we got a lesson from Tipperary a few weeks later. We have to bear that in mind, as we let the players back to their clubs for the next couple of weeks and then prepare for a semi-final.”
Cork manager Kieran Kingston has his sights set on a bigger prize.
“It's a great game to be involved in, but playing for this team just gives you a great buzz. Like, you want to try your hardest for everyone else and you know they're all doing the same for you. It's just a great team and panel to be involved in. We have a great set-up. You couldn't ask for anything more.”
With 0-13 to his name, Patrick Horgan surpassed the legendary Christy Ring as Cork all-time leading championship scorer.
“We're after coming up the hardest route you can come through, a quarter-final, semi-final and final against three unbelievably tough teams. We just had to be at the peak of out powers on those three days and fortunately enough we were.”
No one can dispute the fact that Anthony Nash and the Rebels are worthy provincial winners.
“Every time we got close, and it's a sign of a good team, Cork managed to edge that couple of points ahead again so full credit to them. They bring some following, there was some atmosphere out there today. It was incredible and fair play to them. Congratulations to Cork on their victory.”
Clare joint-manager Donal Moloney took his hat off to the the team in red and white.
“There's nothing in it. I think it's crazy if there's a suspension out of that.”
Sunday Game analyst Michael Duignan doesn't believe that Brian Cody has a case to answer following a first-half incident with fourth official Justin Heffernan.
“Our team has been questioned over the year by just about everybody really. That's their prerogative but our team tonight was as competitive as is humanly possible to be, and came within a whisker of winning the game.”
Cats boss Brian Cody was fulsome in his praise of his Kilkenny team's effort against the Deise.
“We’ll go out tonight. We’re going to have a couple of drinks tonight. We’re two weeks away from the match, so we’ll have a few pints tonight. We’re going to enjoy it, I think the lads deserve it.”
Derek McGrath and the Deise had cause to celebrate on Saturday night.
“My term is up, it's time now just to chat in relation to the game, how it panned out. We hadn't expected that in any shape or form. I'm still kind of shell shocked on the game. We'll reflect on that and see where we go.”
It's expected that Ger Cunningham and the Dublin hurlers will part company following Saturday's heavy defeat at the hands of Tipperary.
“Look, it really doesn't matter at the end of the day - we just wanted to get these guys into the groove again, get them play hurling and become a little bit more ruthless. They showed glimpses of that out there today.”
The display of Tipp's forward unit was the most pleasing aspect of Saturday's comfortable win for their manager Michael Ryan.