Devane a veteran at 22 but says Tipp's youth policy is paying off
Published 17/06/2015 | 02:30
Tipperary's Cait Devane feels the three main ingredients for a successful team are "young, fast and skilful".
And all three are something which her current Tipp side have in abundance.
Devane found herself in a strange situation in the Munster final loss to Cork being the most experienced Tipp player on the pitch.
"We are definitely a young side I think I was the oldest to start the Munster final at 22," she said.
Leadership is something that Devane has become accustomed to, captaining UL to Ashbourne Cup success in 2014. New Tipperary manager Ken McDonald didn't have the best of starts in the league of but Devane feels it wasn't all bad for the Premier side.
"We were trying things out and that kind of thing," said Devane, who is delighted with the eight minors that joined the panel.
"We've got a lot of girls that cut their teeth and deserve their place," she added.
Since the league the "hard work" is paying off as Tipp's performances have improved. They beat Limerick and only lost to All-Ireland champions Cork by a point.
However, Tipperary haven't won an All Ireland since 2004 and it's time for them to produce their next generation.
"An impression can be made by a young side," said Devane, who has high hopes for her comrades. "The game is getting faster and faster all the time and early twenties is when girls hit their prime".