Sunday 21 January 2018

Kearns 'disappointed' Tipp didn't get second All-Star

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Tipperary manager Liam Kearns. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Jackie Cahill

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns has expressed his disappointment with the Premier County's failure to secure more than one football All-Star awards.

Michael Quinlivan was named at full-forward - becoming just the second Tipperary man in history to capture one of the individual gongs - but the other four nominees from Kearns' squad missed out.

Captain Peter Acheson can consider himself unfortunate not to have gained selection at midfield, while goalkeeper Evan Comerford also enjoyed an impressive campaign.

Kearns said: "I'm delighted for Mikey - it's a reflection on the work of the whole squad over the course of the year. But I'm sure Mikey would swap it for playing in an All-Ireland final.

"I'm a little bit disappointed we didn't get a second one. Both Evan and Peter are very unlucky to miss out, but it's a very subjective process and not everybody is going to be happy.

"At least we have doubled the amount of football All-Stars in the county now, and we had five nominations plus two players in for Young Player of the Year."

Meanwhile, Kearns has drafted his provisional winter training panel - and there are some interesting additions as the Kerry native looks ahead to 2017.

Read more: Just missed the cut: Six players who were unlucky to be denied All Stars in 2016

Former senior hurling panellist Conor Kenny has been invited in for training. The Borrisoleigh man played U-21 football with Kildare.

Kenny (24) won Munster and All-Ireland intermediate hurling medals with Tipperary in 2013 and was a member of the senior squad earlier this year, before being released by manager Michael Ryan.

Liam McGrath, Tipp's 2011 All-Ireland minor winning captain, has also been called up after featuring for the senior hurlers in the early stages of 2016.

Liam Treacy, McGrath's club-mate from county senior football champions Loughmore-Castleiney, has also been included in a list of almost 40 players.

Former captain Paddy Codd is back after taking a year out and four players who were in America for the summer - Liam Casey, Jason Lonergan, Kevin Fahey and Ross Mulcahy - will feature too.

Diarmuid Foley's excellent club form for Moyle Rovers has earned him the chance to impress, while Upperchurch duo Colm Stapleton and Paul Shanahan are also involved, as is Emmet Moloney from Drom & Inch.

Kearns is hopeful that Dubai-based Acheson may return for next summer's championship campaign, but he's planning without the Moyle Rovers powerhouse for the Allianz League campaign.

Irish Independent

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