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Eoin Cody: “Hopefully I can have half as good a career as that man”

It’s been a busy few days for Eoin Cody.

On Friday he was crowned Young Hurler of the Year for the second year running before becoming Ballyhale Shamrocks’ saviour on Sunday by scoring a crucial goal in their Leinster semi-final victory over St Rynaghs.

Earlier this week, Cody swapped his club jersey for that of his college, IT Carlow, as he took part in the draw for the 2022 Electric Ireland Higher Education GAA competitions.

There he reflected on his whirlwind weekend beginning with that historic achievement at the All-Star awards.

“Yeah, Eoin Kelly did it before. And Eoin Kelly wasn’t a bad auld hurler. Hopefully I can keep it going and have half as good a career as that man.

“It was disappointing not to get to an All-Ireland Final the last two years but when you look back on the years it’ll be nice to have those awards.”

As for their dramatic route to the Leinster Final, Cody is very proud at the character his side showed to come from three points down in the final minute of normal time.

“It was a great win, I suppose, but it was close to not being a win at all. We were caught by a hard-working team, St. Rynaghs, they were nine points down and showed serious resilience to come back and go three points up before the last puck of the game.

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“I suppose we showed our character as well because we were up and they came back at us and we needed to pull out a draw in the last minute and win in extra-time. I suppose we showed that no matter what happens in a game we’re never gone until the final whistle blows.

“[Character] is a core value in Ballyhale. There’s such respect for the club and for ourselves as well as the team we’re playing against. The game is never over until the final whistle blows.

“If that day ever comes that don’t think there’s anything left in the game for you before the final whistle has blown, then there’s something wrong there.

“We found a way the last day and a few other times this year and that’s down to pure character and hard-work from the players, a never-say-die attitude. It’s great to be part of a team with that attitude. You always want to be part of a team that wants to win and never settles for anything less. That’s the type of team we have.”

Given the cancellation of the competitions in 2021, this will be a first foray into Third Level GAA for the Kilkenny man and he can’t wait to get going. It’s not an easy draw for the Finals hosts who find themselves against Maynooth, WIT and DCU.

“Yeah, it’s a tough enough one. We’re strong ourselves. We have hurlers from the south of Ireland. A lot of lads from Wexford, Laois, a few lads from Carlow and Kilkenny, we’re not bad. We’d fancy our chances in every game and we’ll give it a right rattle.

“I missed out last year so it’s my first year playing with the College. I never even played with the freshers because of Covid and everything so I can’t wait for it. Especially as it’s in Carlow, your home venue, so I can’t wait.”

Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.