As the showpiece for hurling in the county, this year’s county final epic was enthralling, full of entertainment and most importantly had two great teams playing hurling as it should be played. For the neutral supporter, this was pure theatre and drama and just gripping to watch as the game ebbed and flowed.
It is nearly a condition that some people have that they like to be miserable and some like to whine – that hurling in Kerry is of a poor standard - well not on the evidence of back-to-back county finals over the past few weekends.
Those of us of a certain vintage will remember the days of big basketball derbies in the county.
For many of the younger generation this game was their first taste of that special atmosphere. And it was special as almost 900 fans from both sides packed into Killarney’s Aura.
Keane’s were coming in unbeaten and with more experience than the home side and in the end this was probably the difference in a game in which both sides enjoyed some good periods but one that will give both coaches plenty of aspects to review.
This game started ten minutes later than its scheduled time because of a clash of socks.
Former League of Ireland referee, Ray Matthews, who is now based in Kerry insisted that the home team, Tralee Dynamos, change their socks because both sides turned up with black socks. The problem was solved when the Tralee Dynamos manager, Noel White, was able to purchase the required number of red socks from the KDL shop.