All-Ireland SH S/Final
Tipperary’s 4-24 to 1-15 defeat by Kilkenny in last Sunday’s All Ireland hurling semi-final has been hugely disappointing to all Tipperary people and none more so than the players, management and county board. Criticism in the aftermath of such a defeat is expected and understandable and a necessary part of preparing for next season. However, some of the personalised and ill-informed attacks in the print, voice and online media are simply unfair, unacceptable and unwarranted. No Tipperary player or member of the management team prepared as hard as they did all year with a view to a performance as disappointing as that which took place last Sunday. There has also been much support and sympathy for players and management along with constructive criticism and we would like to thank all those who have provided genuine support to the team during the 2012 season. It is greatly appreciated in a week such as this. Blaming any one individual or group is not going to achieve much and it is now important for everybody involved to look honestly and openly at how improvement can be achieved for next year. That is best done after calm reflection and by bearing in mind that our players and management team are amateurs who give generously of their time and ability and who all have brought great success to the county in various different ways over the years. We thank them all for their contribution during 2012. We also thank their families whose support for our management and players is unstinting despite the sacrifices required to have a family member involved in senior inter-county teams.
Electric Ireland Minor All-Ireland S/Final. See this weeks Tipperary Star for full column.