Shefflin hopes for Dublin resurgence

Kilkenny's ace attacker Henry Shefflin believes that Dublin have a strong chance of making an impression in this year's Hurling championship.

Kilkenny's ace attacker Henry Shefflin believes that Dublin have a strong chance of making an impression in this year's Hurling championship.

Speaking at the launch of the Guinness-sponsored Hurling championship, the Ballyhale Shamrocks player feels the Dubs have the right blend of youth and experience at the moment.

Shefflin said: "Kilkenny have always struggled to beat Dublin over the last number of years."

"They have a lot of younger players coming through and they put in a lot of great work in the colleges scene and the underage structures. I think that will reap benefits and obviously everyone would love to see Dublin coming on in leaps and bounds. A lot of people in the game of hurling would be crying out for Dublin to come on."

Shefflin is hoping that All-Ireland silverware will be on the cards again for his side come the end of September.

"Obviously that's the aim and I think that it's everyone's aim, not just Kilkenny's. I think it's up to the team themselves and I think that is what we will be aiming to do.

He added: "We still need to be able to play hurling, it's not all about been drilled, it's about being able to hurl at the right time and getting that bit of luck that everybody looks for."

Wexford are another team that Shefflin feels will pose a big threat to the champions in Leinster this year.

"We know Wexford well in Kilkenny. In 2004 we beat them by 15 or 20 points in the league and we went out in the championship and they got a last minute goal to beat us. I think that is the way Wexford are. As I said, every day is different.

"In the league this year the Sunday previous to playing us, they played absolutely brilliant hurling so I think that we will be very weary of that."

However Shefflin is not taking his eye off the ball and the Cats' semi-final clash on June 10 is firmly on his mind.

"We are playing Laois or Offaly on June 10 and as with any team, everyone is looking forward to the first round of the championship and no one can look any further than that."

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