Monday 26 September 2016

Tipp's dual minor ban 'wrong', claims Power

Published 26/04/2016 | 02:30

Wexford senior football manager David Power Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Wexford senior football manager David Power Photo: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Wexford senior football manager David Power has railed against the ban on dual minor inter-county players in his native Tipperary, insisting that it's "wrong and should not be happening".

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With Power in charge, Tipp were crowned Munster and All-Ireland minor champions in 2011 before enjoying another big campaign a year later. In 2012, Power worked closely with his hurling counterpart William Maher and Tipp's minor hurlers and footballers claimed three of the four big prizes on offer.

The footballers retained the Munster title and the hurlers won the provincial and All-Ireland crowns, proof in Power's eyes that the dual experiment can work.

Across both seasons, five players finished as dual All-Ireland minor medallists, namely Bill Maher, Dylan Fitzell, Tom Kirwan, John McGrath and Steven O'Brien. With dual players still permitted last year, Tipp contested All-Ireland minor hurling and football finals but hurling boss Liam Cahill indicated it was one code, but not both, this year.

Tipp's minor footballers crashed out of Munster last week after losing their second game of the campaign and the hurlers must beat Clare away from home next week to avoid elimination after losing to Waterford last weekend.

Power is dismayed by the fact that minor players were not permitted to represent the county in both codes in 2016. "They actually piled more pressure on them by forcing them to pick hurling over football," he said.

Irish Independent

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