Saturday 26 May 2018

Daly hails impact of ex-Tipp star Dunne

Former Tipp player, Tommy Dunne
Former Tipp player, Tommy Dunne

DUBLIN boss Anthony Daly has hailed the impact of Tipp's former All-Ireland-winning captain Tommy Dunne on last Sunday's historic Leinster SHC success.

Dunne linked up with the Sky Blues following their heavy National League semi-final defeat against Tipp in April and, in just a few short weeks, he helped to oversee a remarkable transformation as the Division 1B winners bounced back from a 15-point defeat against Tipp to win Leinster.

Daly revealed how Dunne, coach to Tipperary's 2011 and 2012 Munster championship-winning sides, had a big role to play. And the Clare native also praised the work of fitness expert Ross Dunphy, who was part of Tipp's back-room staff last year.

"It's a testament to the guy's (Dunphy) professionalism and the Army are lucky to have him," Daly said. "And Tommy Dunne has been great. Tommy has been coming in for one session a week since the league semi-final and I'm just so delighted for Tommy. He's a brilliant coach.

"They worked together with Tipp and now they're seeing the other side of it."

Daly has also revealed that Dublin will resume collective training before the weekend. But he is anxious that the players savour a first Leinster SHC title for Dublin since 1961.

"By the weekend we'll be back in full training and we'll have a month before the All-Ireland semi-final. The fellas need a little bit of down time. The couple of days off are badly wanted and we'll focus in again at the weekend."

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