Frank Roche: Marquee stars and winning mentality make rope-a-dope Kilmacud Crokes the team to beat

In their three Leinster outings, Shane Walsh was the prolific star turn for Kilmacud Crokes with 2-15 (2-5 from play) – but he was just one of 14 different scorers. Photo: Stephen Marken/Sportsfile

Frank Roche

Kilmacud Crokes are all things to all men – and women. They are either your quintessential ‘southside superclub’ (with all the disparaging connotations that stereotype conveys) or a tight-knit family of high achievers.

They are either the reigning county champions who still couldn’t resist dangling the carrot of more medals in front of Galway magician Shane Walsh. Or they are something very different: round-ball evangelists in Rugby Country.