Sunday 21 January 2018

Hogan warns of 'overload' for Tipp ahead of Cork clash

Ken Hogan: “I think it’s an overload on our players, double games within seven days.
Ken Hogan: “I think it’s an overload on our players, double games within seven days." Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Former Tipperary manager Ken Hogan has warned of the dangers of "overload" for members of the county's senior hurling panel ahead of next month's Munster SHC quarter-final with Cork.

The county championship swings into action this weekend, while there are also fixtures involving members of Michael Ryan's squad in the Séamus Ó Riain Cup and the intermediate championship. A week later, a number of Tipp players will also line out in the first round of the north divisional championship.

It's a heavy schedule for the affected Tipp players and manager Ryan expressed his concerns in relation to this after last Sunday's Allianz League final loss to Galway.

Speaking to Tipp FM's Extra Time, Hogan reflected: "I know there are club games on this weekend, they have to go ahead. I'm just worried about the round of games the following weekend.


"I think it's an overload on our players, double games within seven days. You're going to pick up injuries and we can't take this Cork game for granted.

"This is going to be a titanic battle. I've seen the Cork boys at all the matches, they were down in front of our (Tipp FM) commentary box, doing their homework.

"People that write off Cork will write them off at their peril. I fully concede we have to have our championship games next weekend but the following weekend is a bit of an overload. Mick stressed the word rest and these players need to be fresh coming into Munster Championship fare."

Hogan has also backed Tipp administrators to launch a successful appeal against Jason Forde's proposed two-match ban, imposed following his clash with Wexford boss Davy Fitzgerald in the Allianz league semi-final.

"He will get justice but we should leave it to the powers of our county board, who are very experienced administrators in solving that problem," he said.

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