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Henry Shefflin has decisions to make after more glory

Ballyhale S 1-18 - 1-6 Kilmallock

By Paul Keane

Henry Shefflin admitted he remains torn over his future with Kilkenny after claiming a third AIB All-Ireland club hurling medal.

The Cats icon scored two points at Croke Park as Ballyhale Shamrocks swept to a record sixth club title at the expense of a Kilmallock side that fell surprisingly flat.

It's an incredible 13th senior medal for Shefflin in total between club and county. He conceded that in one way it is the "perfect platform" to retire from as a Kilkenny player having won the All-Ireland with them just last September.

But the 36-year old said it could make sense to play on as he's fully fit, in good form and coming to the business end of the season with Kilkenny ahead of the Championship.

"It's the perfect platform to retire, to win an All-Ireland, a third with your club," said Shefflin. "But then you're saying to yourself that it's the end of March so there's not that much of the season left.

"There's no club championship to worry about now, though obviously the Championship is starting back up in Kilkenny in three or four weeks which is a bit crazy. But the decision I have to make is whether or not I am going to go back with Kilkenny and that's a decision I'll make very quickly."

Ballyhale won with ease and took a 1-7 to 0-4 half-time lead. Colin Fennelly's solo goal after 27 minutes put them in the clear.

Kilmallock were poor in attack, registering 10 first-half wides and 16 in total. They didn't manage a single point from play in the second half and sub Robbie Hanley's late goal was little consolation.

As for Ballyhale, they cruised through the second half and tacked on three more points with Fennelly and TJ Reid contributing 1-9 between them overall.

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