Tipperary manager David Power was not a happy man at the final whistle. David Power has ambitions for Tipperary football. And, those ambitions are not being realised. Indeed, David Power has called for the club structures in the county to be examined.
“We’re extremely disappointed. In the first ten or fifteen minutes they got a real good grip at midfield and they drove on from there. It’s just disappointing I suppose because there’s a better performance in us. The big heartening thing is that we kept in it. We created more goal chances. Look, it’s just disappointing when you know there is more in them,” David Power told the Tipperary star.
“Cork are a good team, but what’s killing us is playing down in division four and the club structures as well. Cork are playing at a higher level the whole time.”
Three years ago Tipperary famously won an All-Ireland title at minor level. Since then, however, a gap in the development of the Tipperary players has emerged.
“The next step is to get back on the training field and work harder and harder. That’s the big thing about it. We have to work so, so hard because they (the players) are coming in from really poor club structures in Tipperary. We only have a couple of good senior football teams and that’s hard. That’s not criticizing anyone; that’s just what’s there in Tipperary at the minute. Until we improve the club structures it will be very hard to compete against Cork.
“If Tipp are to make the next step we have to look at those structures,” David Power added who was joined on the management team by selectors Gerry McGill, Pat Moroney and coach Pat Flanagan.
“Tipp have only won one under-21 title. I think we have been in five, six or seven Munster under-21 finals in the last ten years and we have only won one. There has to be a reason behind that. Until we in Tipperary start looking at that we might still get to Munster finals, but we are not going to win them.
“On the night Cork were the best team and fair dues to them, but we have to keep at it. We have to go back to the drawing board. It’s not all doom and gloom, but we have to start looking at the structures to make sure that we have players playing at the highest level possible.”
David Power, one of the sincerest and committed GAA coaches that you are ever likely to meet, had a look of resignation about him. As of now David Power’s reign as under-21 manager has come to an end, but, surely, every effort should be made to retain a coach of his quality.
“I have been with them now for five years so we are going to have to have a look at it now and decide where to go next.. It’s easy to say there is this 2020 vision to win an All-Ireland senior title, but there is serious amount of work to be done for that to happen.”