Thursday 26 April 2018

Premier dual star O'Riordan just wants to keep winning games

Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan is keen to play both codes. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan is keen to play both codes. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

John Fallon

One of the brightest young dual stars in the country said a key factor in being able to play hurling and football at the same time is good communication between managers.

Tipperary's Colin O'Riordan, an All-Ireland minor medal winner in both hurling and football, said that he has not had any problems meeting the demands of both codes so far.

The 18-year-old, who will be hoping to play a part for the footballers against Galway in Saturday's All-Ireland qualifier in Tullamore, said he would love to have a go on both fronts.

"I never really had a problem with managing the dual thing. Every manager I have been involved with has had an understanding and knew what to expect from the players. They allow you to do what you feel is right.

"Once there is reasonable communication there is no reason that you can't do it. It's something that is disappearing, but I'd love to give it a go. Time will tell, I suppose," he declared."

The JK Brackens clubman – who has been on the Tipp minor football team for the past three years, captaining them last season having won an All-Ireland medal in 2011 – said that the busy schedule does not allow him to dwell too much on the successes or disappointments.

He was on the Tipp side defeated last week in the Munster U-21 hurling semi-final, having been a sub on the minor team which won the All-Ireland two years ago.

The wing-back said that they did not linger on their failure to put Cork away in the Munster SFC semi-final when they had victory in sight and that they immediately switched their attention to the qualifiers.

The prospect of reaching Croke Park was not being used as a motivating tool ahead of Saturday's clash.

"Croke Park is good, it is a factor, but you just want to win every game. If we can get over Galway... well, we won't look at that challenge until it comes."

He said they are an attacking side and that Galway are similar, but he knows how difficult it will be to set up a Croke Park quarter-final date on Sunday week against Kerry.

"We know the success they've had at underage. Neutrals will see it as a bit of a shootout, but we know we've a lot to work on from the last day. We conceded four goals and that's not good enough. Hopefully, we can address those things and we'll be on the right end of the result," he added.

Irish Independent

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