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Clare 2013 v Kilkenny 2011 — quarter-final #2

These two brilliant sides make up the second of our quarter-final pairings to find the best champions of the past 16 seasons.

Clare and Kilkenny meet in the second quarter-final as we search for the best All-Ireland hurling winner of the past 16 seasons.

Could that Banner side of 2013 have held out the Cats powerhouses of 2011?

The match-ups could have been fascinating: Brendan Bugler v Henry Shefflin, a clashes of styles between Colm Galvin and Michael Fennelly, Tony Kelly being picked up by Tommy Walsh.

Shane Stapleton, Fintan O’Toole and Michael Verney thrash it out, while you vote below.

Davy Fitzgerald was manager in 2013 and said in December of that year that he was looking forward to some down-time over the Christmas period.

He revealed that he hadn’t yet watch backed his side’s big win over Cork in the clear light of day — given their hectic schedule in the aftermath.

“I was telling someone the other day that I haven’t had time to watch back the game yet. My plan for that is Christmas Day,” he said on Clare FM in December 2013.

“I’m going to close the curtain, have the fire down and take a few hours and watch two or three matches.

“Because normally when I’d watch matches, and even when I’m analysing stuff, I turn the volume down because I just want to see it myself as I see it.

“This time I can have the volume up and see what they’re giving out about and stuff. I’m really  looking forward to that day and relaxing down and just enjoying it, because you wouldn’t enjoy it on the day.

“You’re so focused on what you’re doing, you’re not sure what sort of game it is, you’re just focused on what’s happening out there in front of you. I’m looking forward to being a spectator for a few hours.”

Will his side be crowned the best All-Ireland hurling winner of the past 16 years, or will Brian Cody’s men come up trumps?

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