In the post match presentation South Board chairman, Joe Brennan, was thrilled with the way the evening went.
He found deserving words of praise for the Clonmel Commercials/St. Mary’s Club for staging the final and the excellent condition of the field.
Joe also congratulated referee Keith Delahunty (Moyle Rovers) and his officials, Noel Cosgrave and Sean Lonergan “who let the game flow and develop the way a hurling game should be played.”
“The game this evening was played in the true spirit of what hurling is all about,” the chairman said.
In accepting the Ryan Cup, Killenaule captain Declan Fanning was bursting with pride.
“First thing I say lads, it’s a very unique night for us boys. On the 27th July 2013 we are NOW the current South senior hurling AND football champions.”
The spontaneous and loud cheer from the loyal supporters must have echoed around the hills back home.
In a rousing few words the All-Ireland winner from 2010 had plenty to say, thanking supporters, backroom staff, players and a gallant Carrick Swans for a game of hurling they actually enjoyed being part of .
“This isn’t where it ends lads. We are taking every game after this, game by game. I would like to see Killenaule people come in their droves for our next game - not the game after because we mightn’t be in it. The next game is the one to be at.”
He singled out trainer Sean O’Regan for special mention.
“This team has always been a good team, hurling wise. We think we have plenty of hurling. The difference this year is down to a bit of guts, a will to win and importantly he (O’Regan) gave us a bit of belief. If we have enough of belief you’d never know what could happen,” added Fanning.
“We got a medal last year, now we have a medal this year. There’s another medal there for us if we want it by staying working hard.”
“Swan, I’ll ask ye this? Ye are left in it, we are left in it representing the South. Together let’s give the county a right good rattle.”
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