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Bonner 100pc for All-Ireland final

PATRICK 'Bonner' Maher has declared himself "100 percent" fit for Tipperary All-Ireland SHC final showdown with Kilkenny on Sunday week.

The workaholic centre-forward (pictured) suffered a freak rib injury during the warm-up for their semi-final against Cork, but played through the pain barrier for 63 minutes before coming off, with victory in the bag.

Speaking at the Tipperary press evening in Thurles yesterday, Maher confirmed that nothing was broken, the damage confined to some minor muscle damage.

"I'm back training 100 percent now. It was a light knock, I just needed a few days off and it sorted itself out," he explained.

"It was sore but I wanted to stay on as long as I could.

"When you're playing in an All-Ireland semi-final and you're winning, you don't really want to leave the field so I just ground it out," added Maher, who switched to corner-forward during the game because his ability to run was compromised.

Tipp management reported a clean bill of health from a full weekend of divisional championship matches, with the exception of Niall O'Meara.

The Kilruane MacDonaghs forward, a non-playing sub against Cork, suffered an ankle injury but selector Paudie O'Neill, a former Dublin minor and U21 and Ballyboden St Enda's senior manager, was still awaiting an update yesterday evening.

TOUCH WOOD

"Touch wood, the rest of them seem to be okay," O'Neill added.

Meanwhile, Westmeath whistler Barry Kelly has been confirmed as this year's All-Ireland referee.

It will be Kelly's fourth senior decider, having previously charge of the 2006, 2008 and drawn 2012 All-Irelands.

Fergal Horgan of Tipperary will take charge of the minor final between Kilkenny and Limerick.


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