Tipp ready to battle with Clare

Tipperary’s hurlers are readying themselves for the visit of All-Ireland champions Clare to Semple Stadium on Sunday for the Allianz NHL as part of a double header with the footballers.

Tipperary’s hurlers are readying themselves for the visit of All-Ireland champions Clare to Semple Stadium on Sunday for the Allianz NHL as part of a double header with the footballers.

The footballers had a solid win in Ruislip on Sunday last against London ( see report inside) while the hurlers had an impressive 3-30 to 2-17 win over Wexford in a challenge game at Dr Morris Park.

This was a competitive outing with some interesting and noteworthy points. Michael Cahill hurled well at centre back, while Borris-Ileigh’s Conor Kenny helped himself to 2-3 from play. Michael Heffernan of Nenagh grabbed 0-4 as did JK Brackens Shane Bourke when introduced, while Seamus Kennedy (St Mary’s) and David Collins (Drom-Inch) both grabbed 0-3 in the second half. Tadhg Gallagher had Tipperary’s third goal and in total 24 players were used by the management team on the day. The remainder of the squad, fit for service, underwent training under the watchful eye of Paidi O’Neill and the fitness crew with the new ballwall being used to a large degree.

The visit of Clare will help to refocus the mind after the defeat to Kilkenny in the last round. Tipperary cannot afford any more defeats and with a tricky away assignment to Salthill against Galway to follow also, there is no further margin for error.

Of course the counties clashed in the Waterford Crystal Final a few weeks ago also, but Sunday’s game will have far more significance.

The footballers get underway at 12:45pm with the hurlers to follow at 2:30pm.