St Patrick's Ballyragget manager Jim Lyng believes that every day they go out on the field, they are learning something new.
Lyng had just seen his charges edge to victory in the Leinster club IHC final over a battling Glenealy side by the narrowest of margins, which was a heartbreaking defeat for the Wicklow champions.
In what has been an amazing year for the Kilkenny side, which has seen the ups far outweigh the downs, they can now look forward to senior hurling next year as well as the All-Ireland series.
"We are happy that the lads will be able to survive in the senior grade. We have an All-Ireland series to look forward to now. We have an awful lot to look forward to and an awful lot to be grateful for," Lyng told the Kilkenny People.
"Every game in a competition like this is a learning experience. This was a huge lesson, and absolutely huge lesson for us. After having a good win in the county final and then a couple of wins that didn't test us to the maximum, to come out and survive what we were hit with against Glenealy was absolutely terrific."