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Our stock has fallen a few points on hurling’s forum of assessment. Limerick’s has risen as they have booked a Munster final date.
Their likely threat to Tipp. became more than that as they out fought us in the last quarter, defending so fanatically as to leave out much adjusted attack gone shapeless while their own, boosted by the impact of Dowling and Moran on arrival, broke the third quarter dominance of our half back line and took the crucial scores to reverse what happened in Thurles a year ago. The right team prevailed and deserve our congrats on a display that sparked a supporters’ invasion akin to the reception of a title and a trophy - that’s how much it meant for them to record a championship victory.
Well, we have about a month to let the loss sink in and be, hopefully, a spur to recovery through the Saturday sector. Back in 2010 the defeat by Cork led to wins over Wexford, Offaly, Galway, Waterford and, of course, the seekers of five in a row. We won’t know this year’s Qualifier opponents till after the Cork v Clare game on Sunday week. The preliminary round has already produced a clash at Tullamore between Offaly and Waterford.
See this weeks Tipperary Star for full column.