Sunday 11 December 2016

Hurlers up their game

Published 01/05/2011 | 05:00

Last December, Tyrone County Board secretary Dominic McCaughey launched a scathing attack on the county's hurlers. The team lost nine of its ten games last year, and in his annual report McCaughey said they were "lazy".

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Challenging hurlers in the county to take responsibility, he said: "Players do not wish to undertake training, laying the blame on the quality of managers or trainers. As players do not wish to train, the message going out to potential managers is that Tyrone hurlers could be classified as a lazy group, and therefore self-respecting managers do not wish to become involved. Players that do not train, or do not train together as a panel, cannot play as a team . . . and they cannot seriously expect to win games."

Perhaps McCaughey's message hit home. So far this year, Tyrone have played seven matches, winning six, and drawing one and have won the Division 4 title. There might be a lesson in that for Cavan.

jgreene@independent.ie

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