This Saturday Conor McDonagh and Keith Kennedy line out for Galway Intermediates V Kilkenny in Thurles after the Galway Camogie game V Wexford 4pm. Killimordaly hurling club wish them and Lorraine Ryan and the Girls all the best on Saturday evening. Make sure to support all of them Thurles Saturday evening.
|Above, Keith clears his lines, Right; Conor at County final|
Connor; Hurling; 2004 U12 & U14 Champions, 2005 U16 Runners Up, 2010 Schools Connacht Champions & Ryan Cup Champions (Pres Athenry), 2010 County Minor, 2011 All Ireland U21 Medal, 2011 Intermediate County Runners Up, 2012 County & Connacht Intermediate Champions.
Connacht Football medal 2008
Keith; Hurling U14 B county medal 1998, 2006 Schools Connaught & Ryan Cup Champions 2006 (Pres Athenry), 2011 Intermediate County Runners Up, 2012 County & Connaught Intermediate Champions
Other hobbies interests?
Conor; Golf, gym, Swimming.
Keith; Soccer,Gym, Water-sports.
Conor; Half Back Line
Keith; Centre Back
Conor; The two DC's Darragh 'Snoop' Cooney and Dec Connolly
Keith : Paul Madden
What hurler inspires you and why?
Conor; I have to say Henry Shefflin. He's just pure class and is the leader of Kilkenny every day he takes to the field. I still admire Joe Cooney and DJ Carey as they were both hurling wizards in their prime.
Keith: Seanie McMahon (Clare) he was a brilliant centre back and was the pivitol part of Clare when they were a hurling power house in the 90's his ability to control the defence was second to none and his free taking ability was brilliant.
What other sportsperson/person inspires you, why?
Conor; Tiger Woods. He had some great scores on and off the golf course. Haha. Ah no, Katie Taylor is world class. She is above and beyond any opposition and is a worthy World Champion.
Keith: Brian O'Driscoll. He has overcome some career ending injuries and has come back to his best every time, I admire him for his attitude when he was left off the last Lions test team against Australia when the whole rugby world thought it was a wrong decision he took it on the chin and ploughed on.
Thoughts on how the other one is playing this year?
Conor: Keith is flying it this year. He has settled into the centre back position for Killimordaly and made the number 6 jersey his own. The improvement and effort he has put in in the past 3 years since his return to hurling has been immense. His determination is second to none and hopefully he will continue to improve next year. He going well at county training and Galway will be looking to him as one of their main men on Saturday.
Keith: Conor is really stepping up as a senior hurler in the last year he has emerged as a prominent member of the Killimordaly defence. He has put huge performances for us this year and was a key part of the defence in the winning of the county and Connaught finals. His work rate in training is huge for the county U21's and Intermediate's. He has overcome his hamstring injury and is flying and his ability to drive out of defence and break the tackle is something that the defences of the u21's and Intermediates will need.
Conor, you had a great comeback too from injury at the start of year, your thoughts on the that & hurling this year?
Ya, I suffered a hamstring injury in the U21 quater final this year and it took me 2 or 3 months to shake it off fully. It was very frustrating as anytime I tried to make a come back it would get worse again but thankfully I haven't had any trouble with it now for the past 2 months.
I think we were a little unlucky this year. We had the Clarinbridge game for the taking and had we won that game I think we could have given Thomas' a surprise. As it was we gave them a run for their money until the last 10 minutes when we lacked composure but that will come with more senior experience. The Portumna game was always going to be a big ask especially with Iomar and Declan away and I think they will be the main title contenders this year. We are still in the league and shield so we will be looking to build on this years performances and improve for next years championship.
Keith, you seem to be relishing the senior challenge, after quiting hurling for a while did that make you hungrier.
I left hurling at the start of 2007 when I was hurling U21 and that team went on to win a county final, which is something I regret so much, all my peers have that medal and I don't which is something I have drawn on to drive me on now and give training and matches everything now that I'm back.
Thoughts on Intermediate team and the competition?
Conor; We have a great intermediate team with a mixture of experience and youth. There are a lot of lads who have senior county experience and their leadership is rubbing of the rest of us at training. We have been training hard now for the last 2 or 3 months and are relishing the Kilkenny game on Saturday. Kilkenny will bring a quality team as they are out of Senior, U21 and minor so this is their last chance of silverware. I expect it to be a hard hitting affair and a great spectacle.
Keith; We have a great bunch of lads training and its my first time being involved in a County set up and I'm enjoying the banter and craic that we have but the training is intense and it's great to have the older lads who have Senior Inter county experience driving you on in the drills and the training matches. Saturday is going to be a tough task, playing any Kilkenny team is tough and Saturday will be no different but we will give it everything we have we have the players we have prepared excellently and all we can do now is empty the tank on Saturday and hope the result goes our way.