Ken Hogan has named an unchanged team for Wednesday night’s (August 7th) Munster under-21 hurling final clash with defending champions Clare at Semple Stadium, Thurles (throw-in 7.30pm).
At the semi-final stage of the campaign Tipperary saw off Cork on a 5-19 to 2-13 scoreline. Indeed, the quality of that display impressed many keen observers of the game and none more so than manager Ken Hogan. For the Lorrha man showing pride in your work and how you go about your business is a significant issue; an issue which features in his assessment of players.
“We don’t give any orations, but we would be very conscious of it,” Ken Hogan explained.
“We would talk to players individually about it. The key thing is that the players themselves want that more than anybody else. They have shown that pride in the way that they have worked. They have pride in what they are doing. We try to develop the players as much as we can, but a lot of it must come from the players within themselves.”
At the quarter-final stage Tipperary beat Limerick 2-18 to 2-11 and then Cork in a high-scoring semi-final 5-19 to 2-13. Both games, however, featured lapses in concentration and significant dips in performance.
“We discussed that,” Ken Hogan added.
“In both games we had lapses (of concentration), but if we have lapses like that against a team with the quality of Clare we would pay dearly for it. All those little things that we needed to work on we have worked on.
“This is it now - no holds barred. It’s time to go at it and see what we can bring to the game.”
Admission to the game is by cash at stiles - €15 for adults, €10 for students/OAP’s and under-16s are free of charge. Both stands will be open and patrons are asked to be at the ground in plenty of time to ensure entry before the throw in. Seating is unreserved.
Tipperary: Darragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty), Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Michael Breen (Ballina), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Tomás Hamill (Killea), Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s Clonmel), Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonagh’s, captain), Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields), Bill Walsh (Carrick Swan), Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney).