Friday 18 August 2017

'Tipperary will be angry and training is going well' - Brendan Cummins on Tipp going quiet

Conor Neville

Having been dismissed as also rans by even their own supporters a couple of months ago, the social media platforms of practically every GAA news site are now thronged with Cork folk announcing that they're gunning for the All-Ireland.

Cork hurling people pride themselves on lots of things (almost everything in fact) but one of the things that pleases them most is their county's reputation for winning the occasional All-Ireland from nowhere.

For instance, we've seen Galway fans being informed that this is 1990 all over again. And 1990 stands as the most famous example of the Cork hurlers winning an All-Ireland from nowhere.

But another thing that Cork's win over Waterford has sparked has been a slight re-evaluation in Tipperary's standing. 

Former Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins was deeply pessimistic about their chances following the Cork loss but with the qualifier draw coming down the track he sounds a different note.

The qualifiers are more of a bear pit than they've ever been but Cummins is confident that Tipperary will find their way back to the quarter-final stage.

"Outside of the wild rumours - which are nothing short of something you'd see in Hello magazine - everything is fine.

"Fine aside from beside being smacked in the League final. And we've all seen how good Galway are. Then Cork and maybe we might have to say to ourselves that we're all after underestimating Cork.

"I think Tipperary will be fine no matter who they play in the qualifiers. I think they'll reach that qualifier stage," Cummins predicted.

"The big problem they'll have will be Galway because they have the physicality but I think you'll see a way, way different Tipperary team.

"But Tipperary will be angry and I think when Tipperary are angry coupled with the skill they have they're a real force.

"I've heard training is going quite well and like everyone else, I'm looking forward to next Monday when we hear who we're playing next."

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