Drive for five next for Cody's invincibles
FOUR-in-a-row has been put to bed, and the drive for five starts now for Kilkenny, who have already been installed as odds-on favourites to retain the Liam MacCarthy Cup in 2010.
Brian Cody's hurling immortals -- the first team to win four consecutive All-Ireland SHC titles since Cork in 1944 -- are already being quoted as 8/13 favourites by Boylesports for next year's race.
If they can justify that early display of confidence, Kilkenny will become the first ever five-in-a-row champions.
Not surprisingly, given their heroic effort in defeat yesterday, Tipperary are second-favourites at 5/2, followed in the betting by Galway (10/1) and Cork (12/1).
Meanwhile, Croke Park chiefs must decide whether to adopt a 'Plan B' approach for the All-Ireland football final after their attempt to keep supporters off the pitch for the post-match celebrations backfired badly yesterday.
Initially, it seemed that Croker pleas would be adhered to; but then a pocket of Kilkenny fans breached the line of stewards at the Cusack Stand corner of Hill 16, the floodgates opened and plans to host the presentation on the pitch had to be quickly abandoned.