Kelly urges Tipp's young guns to push for more glory
Published 28/09/2010 | 05:00
TIPPERARY'S All-Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly has urged the county's young stars not to rest on their laurels.
Eight of Liam Sheedy's squad picked up All-Ireland U-21 medals just six days after beating Kilkenny in the senior final and Kelly, who won his first senior All-Ireland in 2001 as a 19-year-old, urged the current crop of youngsters to continue their winning ways.
"We didn't get it at all (in 2001) because I was 19 years of age and I was going with the flow. You'd be thinking 'we'll win this again next year and it'll be great craic'. We've seen the hard way -- it doesn't happen like that and it's something we are going to be gearing ourselves towards next year. We don't want to be waiting another nine or 10 years because some of us won't be around.
"We will be trying to drive on. That's why you'd have to admire Kilkenny -- they drove it on. I'm not saying we're going to win the All-Ireland, but we want to be back to Croke Park in competitive matches -- All-Ireland semi-finals and finals."
Sheedy and his management team have yet to make their intentions for next season known and Kelly agrees that it is far from certain that they will return en masse due to work commitments.
"If it isn't broken, don't fix it, isn't that the old expression? There's work commitments there for a lot of those lads so you don't know what they're going to do," he said.
"That's out of our hands as players. We can only control the controllables. We will make sure that we're ready and fit when we go back in for pre-season training in January."