Mixed fortunates last weekend for Tipperary senior hurlers and footballers - a chance to make amends this coming weekend.
A disappointing defeat for the hurlers on their own turf against All-Ireland champions Clare means that victory is a muct in Salthill on Sunday next against Galway, if participation in the closing stages of the Allianz National Hurling League is to be guaranteed.
Tipp’s form is worrying with only a fortunate victory over Waterford to boast so far. Yes, it has been a mixed bag so far but Sunday sees a chance to get the campaign back on track and the hope is that a few injuries can be cleared up in time for the throw-in.
More positively, Tipperary’s footballers remain unbeaten in their campaign having sent the Bannermen packing on Sunday evening and they will entertain Antrim in Semple Stadium on Saturday with the Glensmen making the long trip south.
Tipp have played four, won three and drawn one , thereby topping division four and staying on course to be promoted division three if they continue their good form.
Very solid performances and a level of consistency, perhaps lacking in their hurling counterparts at the moment, have been hallmarks of Peter Creedon’s men and they will want to bring the same attributes to their clash with Antrim - a very sticky proposotion indeed, especially since quite a number of the panel will have played U-21 midweek for Tipp in the Munster championship agianst Waterford in Dungarvan.
Big weekend then for GAA in Tipp. Defeat in the hurling would see Tipp in deep trouble, whereas a victory in the football would be another massive step forward on their march towards the higher echelons. Time will tell.