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Young Preparing for Titanic Battle 2015-07-04 20:48:00

Young Preparing for Titanic Battle
By John Ivory

Veteran Kerry defender Killian Young is well used to facing off against Cork and knows what to expect from the ‘Rebels’ this coming Sunday.
‘’They are going to be tighter and they’re going to be more physical. It’s about beating your man on the end of the day and whatever way you have to do it, you do it.
‘’If you’re complacent you’re going to be found out. We’re not going to be fooled, we’re not going to think that they’re going to be sloppy, that they’re going to come down here with a half an effort.’’

Having the tag of All-Ireland champion around his neck is also something the man from Renard is used to, and he is expecting Cork to arrive in Killarney all guns blazing.
‘’These guys have been in the long grass waiting for us and as All-Ireland champions, teams raise their game on the day against All-Ireland champions and they most definitely will.
‘’We’re going to be no fools on Sunday. These men are going to come down and they’re going to go all out for us and they’re going to bring everything on the day and we have to react and we have to be ready.’’

Young was reluctant to use Cork’s poor league final performance as an indicator of form and stressed that championship is what it’s all about.
‘’They’ll be disappointed with the league final, but like I said, it’s very hard to refer back to the league. Championship brings out a different animal in teams so it’s completely different.’’
Mental and physical preparation having become increasingly important in the lead up to big games and Young spoke about always needing to improve to stay ahead of the curve.
‘’The bar has to be raised because if you don’t raise the bar, you’re not going to win, and everybody is out there raising the bar to beat the next team, and you’ll be found out if you don’t.

‘’It’s a big day out in Killarney, there’s going to be a massive crowd down from Cork, there’s going to be a great buzz about it and it’s championship. It’s the Munster final, it’s going to be highly competitive.’’

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John Ivory

Kerry defender Killian Young has said that there is a difference between preparing for a Munster final against Cork in Killarney compared to any other game.
‘’I suppose it’s that venue, Fitzgerald Stadium. You’ve got 40,000 people, it’s a Munster final, and it’s highly exciting.
‘’We’ve been waiting long enough since the league to get games and we have one under our belt against Tipperary and look, we’re very eager to get going again.
‘’We don’t have to be told about the Tipperary game, we were disappointed with it. We’ve plenty to work on, that’s what we’re doing at the moment.
‘’The only way to get these things right is in the next game and that’s what we’re looking to do, so we’re really looking forward to it, it’s a big game.

‘’It’s Cork coming to us and I’ve no doubt Cork want to turn us over and we have to be ready for that challenge. It’ll be tough, it’ll be physical, it’s a highly demanding championship game and that’s the difference between league and championship and that’s what you’re looking forward to.’’
Kerry’s twelve point Munster final victory last summer doesn’t hold much of a place in Young’s head and he insists these are two different sides.
‘’I think we’ve really developed from last year, we’ve really matured. I think the panel has gotten more competitive, bringing more competition into training.
‘’I think we are in a better position, but like that, Cork are in a better position, so that’s the enjoyment of the game and the Munster final. Nobody knows how we’re prepared and anything can happen.’’
Munster final clashes between Kerry and Cork are often hot-headed and frantic and Young was keen to emphasise the role work-rate and hunger will play in this latest instalment of the rivalry.
‘’The way it’s going to work out is who works harder, and who wants it more and that’s where it’s going to come down to.
‘’I wouldn’t even look into it as favourites. We need to react, we need to be on our game on the day and like that, they could throw anything at us, so we have to be ready for any surprises.
‘’Expect the unexpected as we’d say in championship.’’

Killian Young Profile
Club: Renard
DOB: 4/1/87
Height: 5-11
Weight: 13. 7
Championship Debut: V Tipperary 2006
Championship Appearances: 46
Championship Scores: 0-4
Occupation: Bank of Ireland Employee
1st League game for Kerry: V Mayo 2007
Minor experience with Kerry: 2004, 2005
U21 experience with Kerry: 2006, Captained Kerry to All Ireland U21 in 2008

Honours won:

4 All-Ireland Senior
Young Player of The year 2007.
1 All Ireland U-21 – Capt 2008
Compromise Rules 2008
2 National Leagues
5 Munster Seniors
1 Munster Minor
1 Munster U21
2 County Senior Championships