The heartbreak of September and any fallout from the subsequent retirements of iconic figures such as John O’ Brien and Eoin Kelly will further fade this weekend as our senior hurlers commence a new hurling journey for 2015.
A Friday evening Waterford Crystal Cup game against Mary Immaculate College will be followed by a challenge match in Cashel on Sunday versus Wexford, two games which will surely blow off any cobwebs that may have formed over the short pre-season. Tipperary hurling enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch out for any new faces coming on stream for the 2015 season. They will also be looking out for early clues as to what approach Eamon O’ Shea and his men will take for their assault on the season ahead. Liam Dunne’s charges arrive in Cashel anxious to build on last year where they showed clear signs that they are close to making a significant breakthrough. Wexford will be slightly further down the road than Tipp in terms of preparation but a close encounter is likely with respective managers expected to name teams that will fuse experience with some newer faces. Throw in at Leahy Park this Sunday is at 2pm. €10 entrance at the gate and €8 for pre-paid tickets available at St John the Baptist Primary schools from Monday 5 January onwards.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.