League Final Win Is A Warning To The Hurling World

Have you ever seen the critically acclaimed 1986 movie, The Fly?

It's an eighties version of Frankenstein.

Directed by David Cronenberg, the film stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis (bear with me on this) and tells the 'everyday story' of an eccentric scientist who, after one of his experiments goes wrong, slowly turns into a fly-hybrid creature.

In the league final post match reaction, of all people, Kilkenny's TJ Reid reminded me of a key scene in the movie, delivered by Geena Davis, when the true creature is revealed. Here's a reminder. 

With a lot of talk, and quite a bit of it around Kilkenny, that the games most decorated manager might find difficulty updating his tactics and coping with blanket systems, Brian Cody's noreside experimentation has bubbled up his 20th national title.

In the process Kilkenny closed the gap on Tipp at the top of the Allianz Hurling League Roll of Honour to one, by winning the Division 1 title for the 18th time in Nowlan Park.

Beating Tipperary by six points on Sunday, and it could have been much more, is a real  statement about where Kilkenny v.2018 are today.

Tipperary have now lost five League finals since 2008 four to Kilkenny.

A sickening stat for the premier panel and fans.

Hugely concerning for the Tipperary management will be the manner of the second half collapse, having led by two points at half-time.

A crowd of 17,608 saw an early second half goal by Walter Walsh set Kilkenny on their way to winning the title for the first time since 2014.

The Tullogher-Rosbercon All Star was like an express train bound for goal from throw in at the start of the second half and had no problems raising a green flag.

It was the ninth time that Kilkenny won the Allianz Hurling League title under Brian Cody,

How many managers would love just one win?

TJ Reid scored 0-15 to take his total for the Allianz Hurling League to 1-81 and the Ballyhale star's three points from play were even exquisite as his striking from placed balls.

A team doesn't become a bad one, over one 35 minute performance, and in fairness Jason Forde could do no more, scoring 2-12 for Tipperary, taking his league total to 7-72.

But that left only 5 points served up by his team mates over 70 minutes just won't do during the summer.

Maybe there will be valuable Premier lessons learned that could serve them well later in the year but after the match TJ Reid pointed out the Cats still have Richie Hogan, Colin Fennelly and Paul Murpjhy yet to return - a chilling prospect for the rest of the hurling world.