We Have Been Here Before

Editor - I was surprised to hear that Babs Keating will not attend a Tipp match next year if Lar Corbett is playing. Babs has always been very free to criticise Tipp players.

Editor - I was surprised to hear that Babs Keating will not attend a Tipp match next year if Lar Corbett is playing. Babs has always been very free to criticise Tipp players.

One remembers his criticism of Liam Sheedy and his players after Cork beat them in 2010 the year Tipp went on to win the All-Ireland. No doubt he inspired Tipp that year like he did when manager of Offaly in 1998 with his ‘sheep in a heap’ comment and was instrumental in Offaly winning the All-Ireland albeit with a different manager.

Every genuine Tipp supporter is hurting but we must not forget we have been here before like 1959 when the great All-Ireland winning team of 1958 was beaten by Waterford with the score line of 9-3 to 3-4 in the first round of the championship (only 1 point short of Sunday’s defeat)

I remember 1968 and Bab’s outstanding display against Cork (similar to Lar in 2010) and the following year when Cork won by 4-6 to 0-9 and Babs was taken off (a poor day for Bab’s like Lar’s last Sunday week).

Last Sunday week’s negative tactic backfired very badly. What is incomprehensible is that the side-line did not act quickly to stop the sideshow. But it’s history now and I am very slow to kick a man when he is down and I would encourage Lar Corbett to answer all his critics by giving everything to the League and the championship next year, by the back door if necessary, because it seems more of an advantage with more games to be played.

I have attended Tipp matches since 1956 and saw a lot of poor days and I have yet to hear of a player who deliberately goes out to lose and I am confident Lar did not last Sunday week. And you know what, unlike Babs I will continue to attend, and support the blue and gold next year?

Jack Ryan

Cartrontroy, Athlone,

Co. Westmeath