The intercounty football championship is over for another season and for many counties, they will face a winter trying to figure out how to topple the Dubs in 2018.
Dublin steamrolled their way to a fourth successive All-Ireland title and it’s difficult to envisage anyone stopping them on their ‘Drive For Five’ in 2019.
There were no shortage of top performers in Jim Gavin’s side throughout the 2018 championship and one of them was most certainly Ciaran Kilkenny.
The Castleknock clubman was at his devastating best throughout the summer but regardless of his proficiency in front of the posts, it’s his ability to secure and regain possession which is perhaps one of his greatest attributes.
According to Sure, the official statistics partner of the GAA, Kilkenny had a 99.4% pass completion rate. Out of the 145 hand passes he attempted during the 2018 championship, Kilkenny has just one unsuccessful pass to his name while he has a 100% pass completion for the 24 foot passes he attempted.
Here are some other stats from Kilkenny’s 2018 championship campaign.
- Ciaran’s average score per game has increased significantly in 2018 to 4.3 points. This compares with a career average of 2.2 points per game
- Ciaran’s total score of 2-24 in 2018 represents a massive increase on his total for 2017 of 1-9
- The license to shoot afforded to Kilkenny, with an increase to 43 shots in 2018 compared with 19 shots in 2017, appears to have paid off as his shooting accuracy has also increased from 52.6% in 2017 to 60.5% in 2018
- When looking at the other two PWC Player Of The Year nominees, Kilkenny has a 99.4% pass completion rate versus McCaffrey (97.4%) and Fenton (95.9%).
It will be interesting to see if Kilkenny stats can improve any further when he lines out for Dublin for the 2019 edition of the championship.