Ciaran Kilkenny was happy with his overall performance against Kerry but said that his block was the best moment of the All-Ireland final for him.
Kilkenny said that despite his impressive stats from the game, the block meant the most to him after the coaches had told him to work hard on the day.
“I was delighted with the performance but the big play for me was the block. One of the coaches, Declan Darcy, before the game told me, 'Go at it Ciaran, go after it, use your endurance, use your ability'.
It wasn’t a spur of the moment move for Kilkenny as he had prepared for the moment, paying much attention to Jack Sherwood.
“'I want to see you going after it, turning a guy over, getting a block and doing the best you can'. So for me to get that block towards the end of the game was one of the best moments for me in the game because I was paying attention to the player, Jack Sherwood, I knew he was left-footed and when he pulled the trigger I blocked the ball and that was down to the preparation that we’d put in.”
Another reason Kilkenny was so proud of the block was that he was doing what was best for the team and he was getting back into the best position for them.
“I was going back in the best position for the team and was looking to help the team turnover and get the ball back and get the ball up the field. I was delighted with that, delighted with my performance and the teams' collective performance.”
Despite what he believed to be a positive performance, Kilkenny said the coaches and team helped him realise his potential by telling him to get involved in the next game.
“I was happy enough after the first game, I felt like I had created a few good scores and a lot of ball but the coaches and a few players got to me after the game and said Ciaran, you need to go at the game the next stage and that gave me great confidence to go out and be free and enjoy it.”