Colin Fennelly was all smiles with his Ballyhale teammates after last year's Leinster club final win. James Crombie/INPHO
Inside track

Colin Fennelly dishes the dirt on his Ballyhale Shamrocks hurling teammates

We got the lowdown from the Kilkenny senior ahead of tomorrow’s All-Ireland club final.

2014 KILKENNY ALL-IRELAND winner Colin Fennelly lines out with his Ballyhale Shamrocks teammates in the AIB All-Ireland senior club hurling final tomorrow.

It’s a huge occasion as they bid to see off Kilmallock and bag the club’s sixth All-Ireland crown.

There’s a feel-good factor about the Kilkenny club but we wanted Fennelly to dish the dirt and tell us what he really thinks of his teammates.


1. Fastest?

“Ah I’d have to put down myself! Every time I beat the lads. Every time.”

2. Slowest?

“Paul Shefflin. All the way. Paul’s been slow since he started but he still gets away with it, so he does.”

3. Best trainer?

“Probably have to go with Cha Fitz I suppose. He’s always there training. Ever since he retired from the county, he’s the main lad and he takes over training sessions. He comes down from Dublin as well. Takes all the stretching and all that.”

James Cha Fitzpatrick Ballyhale's Cha Fitzpatrick.

4. Worst trainer?

“The worst trainer would be Alan Cuddihy. Constantly complaining. He’s over in London.”

5. Most skilful?

“I’d have to go with Eoin Reid. Very good, he makes the ball talk nearly.”

6. Biggest leader and motivator?

“Bob Aylward, the biggest motivator. He’d put the boot in so he would.”

Cillian Kiely and Bob Aylward Ballyhale's Bob Aylward (right). James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

7. Toughest?

“(Aidan) ‘Frank the Tank’ Cummins. In any tackling drill, he’ll knock you over.”

8. Biggest messer in the dressing-room?

“Biggest messer, probably have to go with Cha again. Biggest messer yeah.”

9. Worst dancer?

“Probably Joey Holden, worst dancer.”

10. Most intelligent?

“Mark Aylward, the most intelligent. He’s a teacher, only after becoming a teacher in the last year.”

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