Tipperary’s U-21 footballers get the championship ball rolling for the Premier County on Wednesday evening next March 13th in Semple Stadium when they host Waterford in the championship first round.
It might seem a little early to the thinking about championship, but that’s what the U-21’s face in the football code each year and coming, as it does, very quickly after the Colleges competitions, it always poses a real challenge for the management teams in the different counties.
This year Tipperary had a lot of involvement in the colleges football competitions and while Manager David Power was delighted to see his players involved, he did reveal that February was a cruel month for training.
“It was hard to get them together alright, but every county faces the same problem at this time of the year. We can have no complaints at all - our players were very committed and the attendance at training was top class,” he says.
David, minor footballer Manager for four seasons, and the man who helped bring Tipperary to All-Ireland glory back in 2011, is joined on the sidelines by Gerry McGill ( also a senior selector) and Pat Moroney. And, they have overseen challenge games against the likes of Kildare, Cavan, Meath, Roscommon and Galway as they prepped the side for the visit of the Deise.
Tipperary have quite a young U-21 panel with the minors of 2011 and 2012 backboning the side. And, David is hoping that the habit of winning developed by the players at minor level will carry through to the u-21 grade.
“They are a good bunch of lads and they have a very positive attitude. This is knock out football so have to be on your toes all the time. Waterford have not enjoyed so much success at minor level but we won’t be taking them for granted at all. Our seniors found out a few weeks ago what Waterford footballers are like, and we will have to be on our toes for this game from the off,” said David who added that he hoped there would be good support for the team in Semple Stadium.
The game will be played under floodlights and the call is out for Tipperary folks to come along and cheer on the team.