Former Tipp football star suffers nightmare injury that left him facing a 44 hour trip home in Australia
Colin O'Riordan's nightmare weekend went from bad to worse as the former Tipperary football ace suffered a punctured lung before watching his former team-mates bow out of the All-Ireland race yesterday, writes Michael Verney.
O'Riordan suffered the injury playing for the Sydney Swans NEAFL team against the NT Thunder and due to the serious nature of the injury, he was unable to fly back with the rest of the team.
An exit strategy was sought and the 20-year-old was forced to embark on a 44-hour journey via road, which will take up to four days before he returns to his Sydney base, to avoid any further aggravation.
General Manager of Football Tom Harley describes O'Riordan as "tough as old boots" but outlines "a pretty significant injury" which will keep him on the sidelines for the foreseeable future and stunt his remarkable ascent with the Swans since making the much-publicised move Down Under late last year.
Insult was no doubt added to injury for the JK Brackens clubman when watching Liam Kearns' side lose out to Mayo as Tipp's fairytale summer came to an end.
Elsewhere, reigning All-Ireland club hurling champions Na Piarsaigh have relinquished their crown at the group stages of the Limerick SHC with their exit confirmed after Ballybrown's 1-15 to 0-9 win over Doon last night.
Shane O'Brien's side bounced back from two early defeats to Kilmallock and Doon when defeating Bruree and South Liberties, but the damage was already done and they surprisingly lose out with one game to play.
Meanwhile in Offaly, there is a repeat of last year's county final as reigning champions Coolderry will take on St Rynagh's in the last eight, while 2013 All-Ireland club finalists Kilcormac/Killoughey play Seir Kieran, Birr face Belmont and Shinrone collide with Kinnitty.