There are no medals for a semi-final win: Crokes Rob Murphy
Having lost narrowly to Cuala in the last two Dublin SHC ‘A’ finals Kilmacud Crokes know that defeating the Dalkey men in their recent semi-final will count for little if they don’t prevail in Sunday’s decider at Parnell Park (4.0).
Cuala were Dublin champions in 2015, 2016 and 2017 going on to win both Leinster and All-Ireland club titles in the last two years. However, some of their more difficult hurdles were in the local championship, particularly against Crokes whom they overcome narrowly in the finals of 2016 (1-13 to 0-13) and 2017 (1-15 to 0-15).
“Even Mattie Kenny came into the dressing-room afterwards and told us there was only a puck of a ball between us the last couple of years,” says Kilmacud Crokes Rob Murphy ahead of Sunday’s clash with southside rivals Boden.
“And I think it was the same again this year so the game went right down to the wire.
“So we always knew we had the belief to beat them. I suppose this year we just got over the line,” adds Rob.
“They’ve (Cuala) set the standard I suppose for club hurling for Dublin clubs, probably gave the belief to Dublin clubs that we could win Leinsters and All-Irelands the past couple of years.
“So I suppose ourselves and ‘Boden and the rest of the clubs in Dublin, we have to kind of emulate that now I suppose.
“You’d be happy to see Dublin clubs doing well, once they beat you. We were able to say we were beaten by the All-Ireland champions.
“But at the same time, you’d be jealous, you’d meet up with a lot of them because of the friendship and the overlap in school and stuff, but you would be jealous.
“You’d be proud of beating the All-Ireland champions, but there’s no medal given out after a semi-final win and we know that.”