Ballyhale Shamrocks supervisor Henry Shefflin paid tribute to the past due Eugene Aylward within the aftermath of his aspect’s win within the All-Eire membership hurling championship lately.
The Kilkenny aspect amassed an 8th All-Eire identify however Shefflin published that they’d no longer used Aylward’s quantity 19 jersey as a tribute to their clubmate, who died in a automobile crash remaining yr.
“Simply to win this one was once the objective, however to place it again to again to one thing we have by no means performed earlier than,” stated Shefflin.
“In order that was once one thing that we did not discuss till more than likely with reference to the fit. We did not wish to take care of it as a result of I feel it is a nice signal of workforce and you recognize, as joyous an instance as lately is, it’s additionally an overly unhappy day as smartly.
“There is no doubt about it, to do again to again presentations critical want and Eugene’s passing gave them that need and want. We had a photograph inside of remaining yr of Eoin’s jersey and as you’re more than likely mindful Eugene’s jersey, quantity 19, wasn’t noticed all yr.
“Nevertheless it’s inside of with them within the dressing room and we were given an image with that jersey and the cup – I feel that is an ideal mirrored image of what the men sought after to reach lately.”
As for the sport itself, Shefflin stated they’d ready in particular to counter a sweeper device: “Two weeks in the past we confronted a identical situation and we more than likely did not care for it rather well within the first part and Colin (Fennelly) wasn’t too pleased with how Slaughtneil had been hitting such a lot ball.
“In coaching remaining Thursday night time and remaining Sunday, we educated for that and I used to be satisfied we did, however Darren is a wonderful hurler. I feel himself and Daragh Corcoran within the different nook had been completely magnificent lately.
“I felt like we had been, we had been coming within the first part – the second one part of the primary part, say, and we simply did not get that objective. I believed if we were given the objective we would possibly have kicked on.
“Once more, the beginning of the second one part we began smartly sufficient, however the only factor I used to be afraid, and what I used to be texting everybody who texted me, was once that Borris-Ileigh had critical momentum at the back of them. They began to get that come the top of the second one part after which, clearly, TJ simply stands up and away we move once more.”