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Tipp boost as local finals put back to keep stars fresh


Eamon O'Shea, Tipperary manager

Eamon O'Shea, Tipperary manager


Eamon O'Shea, Tipperary manager

EAMON O'Shea is confident that he can properly manage the three-week break before the All-Ireland hurling final replay on September 27.

Tipperary manager O'Shea revealed that thoughts had immediately turned to the rematch with Kilkenny following Sunday's epic stalemate.

O'Shea  said: "Even when the game ended, I was thinking we still have a job to do in three weeks. That doesn't change when you wake up in the morning.

"You're looking forward rather than looking back."

There was an added bonus for O'Shea on Monday evening when local fixtures-makers confirmed that three of the four divisional senior hurling finals, pencilled in for next Sunday, have been postponed until after the replay.

The North final, between Burgess and Éire Óg Nenagh, will go ahead as scheduled as there is no county representation on either club panel.

County board officials received some criticism after allowing divisional semi-finals to go ahead a fortnight before the All-Ireland final, when all players involved came through unscathed.


There is an unwillingness to take the same chance again, even if Tipp will now struggle to provide representatives for the Munster club championships on time.

County board chairman Sean Nugent will seek discussions with Munster Council officials in an attempt to find some common ground on provincial fixtures.

The Tipp champions are due to play either the Clare or Waterford kingpins in the Munster semi-final on November 9.

It may have to come down to a situation where Tipp are forced to nominate a club to compete.

Meanwhile, O'Shea believes that Tipp's experience of "sticky situations" in Championship games this year was crucial as they came from four points down to claim a draw on Sunday.

He explained: "We've been through a few sticky situations during the year and I think the team learned from that.

"All you can try to do is respond to whatever adversity comes your way. They've been doing that for a lot of the year. I wasn't in the least bit surprised."

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Kilkenny players and management did not attend the post-match reception in the players' lounge. Traditionally, players from both sides mingle there after big games but Kilkenny headed straight for the team bus as Tipp availed of light refreshments.

Wives and girlfriends of the Kilkenny players were present but left when it became clear that their partners would not be joining them.

Irish Independent