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Valiant defeat no consolation for Tipperary

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An outstanding game of hurling last Sunday to open the Munster Championship was no consolation to Tipperary who saw their tenure in this year’s championship ambushed by the Rebels first time of asking in their quarter-final clash in Semple Stadium, Cork winning a pulsating tie 2-27 to 1-26.

Commiserations to the Tipp team who are out of Munster now but are still very much in the All-Ireland championship, a championship in which they will have a significant say and exert a huge amount of influence in over the coming months.

Again, like before much will be commented on what happened to Tipp but All Ireland winners don’t become a lesser team overnight and the terrific group of players within the Tipp camp will no doubt re-energise each other and with their management team find the formula that will get the wheels back on track in the weeks ahead. So what is needed outside the group is for the Tipp faithful to remain calm, patient and above all else continue to be the tremendous supporters they are and row in behind the team in proud Premier fashion, not getting disheartened but remaining positive and upbeat; Sunday may be no more than a chink in the armour.

Since 2000, Tipp have  beaten Cork in league and championship 3 times – 2009, 2014 and 2016 while Cork have also beaten Tipp 3 times in both competitions, 2005, 2010 and 2017 as we have recently witnessed. Interestingly, each Cork league win in those years was by one point.

There is still though the primary function of retaining Liam MacCarthy and that has to be addressed in small steps, each step one at a time. If Tipp don’t play again until July 1st it will only be the second time since Clare beat us in 1994 Championship (May 29th) that Tipp don’t play championship hurling in June.

The last time was in 2010 when we beat Wexford in the qualifiers on July 3rd, at Thurles, after losing to Cork, in the Munster Championship, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on May 30th of that same year. Therefore, it’s a percentage game now, small are the margins yet great are the rewards. If Tipp hopefully do reach the 2017 hurling summit, then what has gone before will fail away into insignificance and perhaps be recalled as the best thing to happen. With that in mind let’s afford space for the team and management to breathe and allow sanctuary where they should be left to their own surroundings to navigate safe passage from the current choppy water which, we hope, temporarily at least beached the Premier ship.

John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) was Tipp’s goal scorer on Sunday ending up with 1-1 while Michael Breen (Ballina) with 0-6 from play and Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) also with 0-6 (4f) were Tipp’s top scorers. In all Tipp had ten scores over the seventy odd minutes to Cork’s eight.

Best wishes to Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill) for a speedy recovery after he picked up an unwelcome knee injury late into the second half.

Next up for Tipp is an opening fixture on the qualifier route more than likely on July 1st as previously mentioned, with that date to be confirmed later.

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