Kilkenny hurling manager Brian Cody says that he will not use last year's league final defeat to Dublin as motivation for this year's decider.
Kilkenny's victory over Clare secured their place in Sunday week's Allianz Hurling League final against Cork, but Cody insisted that the game against the Rebel County would not be played out against the backdrop of last year's defeat to Dublin.
The Dubs won their first National Hurling League title in 72 years after a 0-22 to 1-07 win over the Cats last May, but Cody insists that he has banished memories of that game.
"We won't be making up for last year's because it's done and dusted. It's this year's league final - two teams are going to play in it and we're one of them," Cody said.
"We might as well be there - that's what we want to be doing. We're very happy in general with the panel. Some of them are very, very good in fairness and I'd be happy overall."
Cody expressed his satisfaction with the 1-20 to 0-14 win over Clare in the semi-final.
"Obviously, we're very happy to be in the final," the Cats' boss said.
"The heavy shower at the start of the match made conditions a bit difficult. The first half was very tight, very close and nothing in it. The goal we got early enough in the second half gave us that bit of breathing space. But it was very competitive and never easy.
"It was a really serious challenge for us. That's understandable and expected as well. If we had been less than competitive, we would have been in serious, serious trouble."