BalltalkTV: Allianz NHL Division 1 semi-final preview - Kilkenny v Clare

A bumper attendance is expected in Thurles on Sunday as Kilkenny and Clare lock horns in the semi-final of the Allianz NHL Division 1.

Peter McNamara and Mikie Sheehan of the Irish Examiner mull over the main elements that may impact on the tie on BallTalk TV.

Ger Loughnane’s comments on Kilkenny are particularly dissected by the panel.

Allianz NHL Division 1 semi-finals analysis on BallTalk TV

Kilkenny v Clare

i) What did you make of Ger Loughnane’s comments on this Kilkenny team?

Were they as baffling as perceived? If not, why?

ii) Eoin Larkin, though hardly likely to see game-time on Sunday, is available again to Brian Cody. How can you try to quantify his vast importance to the dynamic of Kilkenny’s group? His work-ethic alone being an admirable quality.

iii) What has impressed most about Clare’s reinvigorated management and squad this year?

iv) If tweaks are required, what facet/s of their performances needs polishing?

v) Who will win? Which player could be key?

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