Brian Cody: If you start thinking about past achievements, you’ll live in the past

Mick O’Dwyer probably doesn’t even realise it and Brian Cody didn’t care a whole pile about it when informed but a significant passing of the baton occurred at Croke Park.

Cody’s 15th Leinster title success as Kilkenny manager moved him ahead of the legendary Kerry football figure in the provincial pecking order.

In the modern era of individual managers, nobody else has matched those achievements and there is no sign of Cody letting up anytime soon either.

“I’d no idea of that, to be honest,” said Cody when told of the achievement. “I don’t even think about those things. There was only one Leinster final that mattered and that was today’s one. I actually haven’t a clue about it.

“Those things don’t come into it at all. It’s not about anything we’ve done in the past. If you start thinking like that, you’ll live in the past.”

Cody has never been one to attach much significance to cups and trophies, or individual player performances for that matter.

So it wasn’t entirely surprising that he kept the hyperbole under wraps again when discussing the performance of Richie Hogan who contributed five important second-half points and provided a generally inspirational display.

“Richie has been out injured for a long, long time,” said Cody. “But he has been able to do fitness training so his fitness is good. He’s very, very sharp.

“Obviously it was a hand injury so he hasn’t done any contact work for a long, long time but he was back doing drills and he’s a player who is skilful anyway so we put Richie in and he played very, very well.

“But it wasn’t a question of any individual. It was a question of all the players, right throughout the field.”

Cody smiled when asked why his team have been able to turn in totemic second-half performances on such a consistent level.

“Maybe we could have a few decent first halves as well, I’d be interested in finding out about that.

“The reality of sport is that you come up against serious opposition. And there’s not a hope in hell of us thinking we’d be able to dominate for 70 minutes or anything like that.

“So it’s just a case of working our way through the 74 or 75 minutes and doing the right things.”

Jonjo Farrell has now delivered 2-9 across two Championship games having made his summer bow against Dublin in the semi-finals.

“Fair dues to him,” said Cody. “He’s put two games together in Championship hurling which is obviously the challenge that was put in front of him. He’s been an important member of our panel for a few years.

“And it’s not just a question of the scores he’s getting, it’s a case of just working for the team. The scores then happen or don’t happen but they’re happening for him so far.”

Cody said that defender Shane Prendergast, the Kilkenny captain, should be back for the All-Ireland semi-final after a hamstring injury.


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