Saturday 24 August 2019

James Woodlock becomes the latest Tipperary hurler to announce his retirement

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New Tipperary boss Michael Ryan has been hot with a double blow ahead of the 2016 season after two of his stars announced their retirement.

James Woodlock has decided to end his inter-county career.

The Drom and Inch midfielder suffered a horrific leg break in the Tipp county final in 2009 and missed Tipp's All-Ireland triumph in 2010.

He retires at the age of 29 having won two Munster titles and one National League title.

Woodlock made a miraculous recovery to feature for the Premier county in recent seasons.

Tipperary GAA said in a statement: “James played a massive role for the team through his dynamism and energy and his passion was always unquestionable.

“His strength of character was shown in exemplary fashion when following an horrific injury in 2009 James battled his way to the top of his game in 2011 to assume his customary position. That event along with many triumphs in the blue and gold ensured James would always be held in high esteem by his fellow players and management teams.”

Woodlock released the following statement via the Tipperary county board: “It has been a great honour for me to have been part of Tipperary hurling teams at minor, Under 21 and senior level but the time has now come for me to announce my retirement from the inter-county scene.

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“I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the Tipperary senior hurling panel and I am very grateful to the managers who gave me the opportunity to play for the county.

“I also want to thank the players, I have huge admiration for them, greatly enjoyed playing and training with them and have made many valued friendships among them. I would also like to say a sincere thanks to the backroom teams and Tipperary County Board who always provided great assistance and co-operation particularly after I was seriously injured in 2009.

“My club, Drom and Inch, has always been very supportive of me and I want to thank everybody in the club for their great encouragement at all times. Now that my inter-county career is over, I look forward to continuing to play with Drom and Inch.

“My parents and brothers have also been a great support to me at all times and I want to thank them sincerely. My wife, Michelle, has always been a rock of support and I want to thank her for all the sacrifices she has made in the interests of my hurling career. I look forward to spending more time with her and our daughter Hazel.

“I wish the Tipperary panel the very best of luck for 2016 and beyond.”

Conor O'Mahony stood down yesterday at a time when Tipperary are in a transformation process under their new manager.

The 33-year-old's role was mainly confined to the subs' bench this year and he has decided that the time is right to step away.

"Having had the great honour of playing with Tipperary at all levels, I have decided to call time on my inter-county career. It was a huge privilege for me to play with Tipperary. I have some great memories," he said.

The high point of a 10-year career on the senior squad came in 2010 when O'Mahony won an All-Ireland senior medal in what was Tipperary's first triumph since 2001.

He also won five Munster medals and one Allianz League and was selected on the All-Star teams of 2008 and 2009.


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