Monday 26 September 2016

Flying off for training may be all hot air

Published 08/04/2015 | 02:30

Joe Kernan has always insisted that a week spent in La Manga before the start of the 2002 All-Ireland championship was hugely important in Armagh's subsequent success (Sportsfile)
Joe Kernan has always insisted that a week spent in La Manga before the start of the 2002 All-Ireland championship was hugely important in Armagh's subsequent success (Sportsfile)

It's ironic that as the country enjoys summer temperatures, Tipperary hurlers and Monaghan footballers are in Spain and Portugal respectively for warm-weather training this week.

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They weren't to know that the heat would be turned on so early back home and, besides, they will, no doubt enjoy the experience. Question is: will it achieve anything in terms of making them better for the big challenges ahead?

Joe Kernan has always insisted that a week spent in La Manga before the start of the 2002 All-Ireland championship was hugely important in Armagh's subsequent success. It may well have been, but there have been lots of instances where travelling to exotic European locations achieved nothing.

For example, Clare hurlers headed for Portugal after losing last year's Allianz League semi-final to Tipperary, believing that it would provide the perfect base from which to launch the defence of the All-Ireland title.

It didn't quite work out like that. Clare won none of three championship games, the only top-12 county without a single victory.

Given the excellent facilities that are available in Ireland now, it seems odd that hugely expensive overseas training expeditions continue to be undertaken.

Irish Independent

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