Tommy Walsh expects Kilkenny's season to take off if they beat Galway in Nowlan Park on Sunday.
A win would guarantee the Cats a place in the Leinster SHC final, but defeat would leave them scrapping it out for a top-three finish with a difficult trip to Innovate Wexford Park to come in the last game of the round-robin series.
“If they can win this weekend, like, I think this is a huge, huge game for Kilkenny." the former Hurler of the Year said at the announcement of Chadwicks' sponsorship of the Leinster Club Hurling League.
“Because a win this weekend is the key to the rest of the championship. More than likely they’d be in a Leinster final at that stage and then you’re into the All-Ireland. I think this game is the most important game.
“I was asked earlier on about the turning point of our season — well the turning point of our season is this Sunday, if they can get over Galway. Then all the optimism will come back and they can relax.
“They’ll know they have another month or two of training and big matches. The key to it is this weekend.”
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