Tipp Custodian Speaks Frankly
Speaking to the media in advance of the clash of The Premier County and Kilkenny in round two in Semple Stadium on Sunday next, Cummins admitted that it was ‘some reality check’ in Pairc Ui Rinn, but he was quick to point out that the visit of Kilkenny will give Tipperary a very definite idea of where they are in terms of fitness and hurling.
“In all apsects of the game we were losing and you do get times like that. It was disappoinitng that we were not able to stop the rot. No matter what we tried - slowing it down, or speeding it up - we couldn’t fix it. But, I am confident that we will manage to fix it eventually,” he said.
With Kilkenny ‘ on the bounce’, as Brendan put it, from their defeat, there will be an extra added spice to the game and the Ballybacon Grange man won’t want another sleepless night - he confirmed that the bus trip home from Cork was not pleasant and sleep did not come easy afterwards. “ Who better to be playing than Kilkenny when you want to react to a bad defeat. We know what they will bring and we know what frame of mind we have to be in for them,” he says.
In wanting to return the Tipperary number 1 jersey ‘in better condition than he got it’ back in 1994, Cummins had taken a last look around Croke Park as he departed the All-Ireland semi-final last year. He felt it could be his last visit to HQ as a player. But, with the appointment of Eamonn O’Shea, ‘the goalposts moved’ and he is delighted to be back in the fold again, having another go.
“I love training and all that goes with it. It’s just sometimes the matches don’t work out as you would have liked,” he joked.