Monday 1 May 2017

Waterford 'anger' at humiliating defeat to Tipp

Waterford boss Davy Fitzgerald faces the media after Sunday's drubbing against Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
Waterford boss Davy Fitzgerald faces the media after Sunday's drubbing against Tipperary. Photo: Sportsfile
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Former Waterford hurler Stephen Frampton has spoken of palpable "anger" in Waterford directed towards the hurling management team in the wake of Sunday's humiliating seven-goal defeat to Tipperary in the Munster final.

As Davy Fitzgerald ordered his players to a 9.0 debriefing in Dungarvan yesterday morning, the shock at the manner and scale of the defeat was turning to anger as the team selection for the game came into sharp focus.

Frampton, speaking to RTE last night, openly question the decision to place Michael 'Brick' Walsh, the team's redoubtable leader, in the troublesome full-back spot at the start of the match.

He questioned the positioning of a number of players in the match which contributed to the defeat.

"There is a lot of shock and anger and disappointment. There is disappointment for the players who put in a huge effort this year and a lot of anger towards the management team and their tactics and the positioning of players in the match," said Frampton.

"There were a lot of strange decisions with Michael Walsh going to full-back.

"I don't think the Waterford team were as bad as what they looked yesterday. They have a lot to make up for against Galway," he said.

Frampton said that the future of the management was not an immediate focus for Waterford hurling.

"That question is for another day. Hopefully they will get the tactics right and get the positioning of players a bit better for the match against Galway. I don't think that question is up for grabs."

Fitzgerald has vowed to make the necessary improvements to get Waterford's campaign back on track but they have been badly shattered by what was undoubtedly the best performance from this current group of Tipperary players.

Fitzgerald is expected to step up training in advance of the Galway match in Thurles on Sunday week with defeat likely to bring his three-year stay with Waterford to an end.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Derry attacker Eoin Bradley suffered extensive damage to his cruciate ligament and cartilage on Sunday and is out for the rest of the season.

Laois hurlers will have to find a new manager after Brendan Fennelly resigned last night. Fennelly succeeded local man Niall Rigney this season but his reign was not a happy one. He could not get some of the players he wanted to commit to the county and several more quit mid-season.

A restriction of 20,000 has been placed on the capacity of Pairc Tailteann in Navan for Saturday night's third round qualifier between Meath and Kildare, it has been decided.

The move has come about because of health and safety considerations, taking the capacity down by some 8,000. It will lead to an inevitable squeeze on tickets in both counties given the interest in the game.

Irish Independent

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