If ever there is a future case to be made in retaining the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, the latest instalment in the rich tradition of Tipperary and Cork rivalry should be high on the agenda. Sunday’s match had everything that embodies what it means to take part in such thrilling fare. While not a classic due to the contrasting halves, a thrilling climax was created by Tipperary warriors who showed tremendous perseverance and fortitude to stem the haemorrhage of scores against them in the first half. In doing so they produced a second half display which was one of the greatest comebacks in recent times to share the spoils after an enthralling contest. The final score read Tipperary 2-20 Cork 1-23 with the Tipp goals coming from Jason Forde (Silvermines) and Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
Congratulations to three championship debutants for Tipperary on Sunday led by Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) who showed tremendous awareness and maturity in slotting over the equalising point deep into added time. Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) and Paudie Feehan (Killenaule) were the other two players getting a taste of championship action.
Congratulations also to John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) left, who was named Littlewoods Ireland Man of the Match.
Best wishes to Michael Breen (Ballina) for a speedy recovery after picking up an ankle injury in training last week. We also send best wishes to other panel members coming back to full fitness after recent injury concerns.
With little time to rest in a gruelling schedule, Tipperary head back to the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday next June 3rd, to play Waterford in round 3 of the Munster Hurling Championship at 4pm.
Tipp are now off the mark on one point with Waterford who are like Tipp after their opening round yet to register a point on the table. Also, similar to Tipp they will play four games without a break.
There have been 43 championship games between Tipperary and Waterford. Tipp are firmly in command on 32 wins (along with walk overs in 1889, 1895 and 1922), while Waterford have 10 victories. There was one draw in 1933.
The last championship meeting between the sides was the 2016 Munster Final also in the Gaelic Grounds as Tipperary stormed to victory in an unforgettable year for the county.
The games since 2000 resulted as follows – 28/5/2000 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Munster Q/F Tipperary 0-17 Waterford 0-14; 30/6/2002 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Munster Final Waterford 2-23 Tipperary 3-12; 6/6/2004 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Munster S/F Waterford 4-10 Tipperary 3-12; 4/6/2006 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Munster S/F Tipperary 3-14 Waterford 1-12; 23/7/2006 in Croke Park – All Ireland Q/F Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13; 17/8/2008 in Croke Park – All Ireland S/F Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18; 12/7/2009 in Semple Stadium – Munster Final Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16; 15/8/2010 in Croke Park – All Ireland S/F Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18; 10/7/2011in Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Munster Final Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19; 15/7/2012 in Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Munster Final Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16; 12/7/2015 in Semple Stadium – Munster Final Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 and 10/7/2016 in the Gaelic Grounds as mentioned – Munster Final Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13.
We send best wishes to the side for this round 3 encounter and again thank all Tipperary supporters that come out in force behind the team and indeed all our teams each match day.
The referee on Sunday will be Alan Kelly (Gaillimh).
Tickets are on pre purchase price of €20 for stand tickets and €15 for terrace tickets. This price is available until midnight on the Saturday. The match day price will increase by €5, so stand tickets bought on match day will be €25 and terrace tickets will be €20. Juvenile tickets (U-16) will be €5 no matter when they are purchased. Students and OAP’s will receive a concession of €5.