Monday 19 February 2018

Deise consistency confounds critics

WATERFORD'S dejection at losing another All-Ireland hurling semi-final is understandable, but it doesn't alter the fact that their consistency since 2002 has been remarkably high.

Winning four out of the last nine Munster titles is their best-ever haul, while they also won a National League title in 2007.

Granted, the All-Ireland prize has eluded them but they will finish the year in third place on the ratings list -- a position they also held in 2009 and probably 2007, having been at No 2 in 2008.

It's a much different scenario to the one the Deise found themselves in over the 1993-97 period, when they lost five successive Munster first-round games, including one to Kerry.

Those in Waterford who criticise the current crop as underachievers would do well to reflect on that.

It is also worth remembering that Tipperary lost heavily to Cork in May but are now in the All-Ireland final. Waterford later beat Cork, but lost to Tipperary and are now out. It just goes to show that it's all about timing.

Tipperary got it right on that front, but it still doesn't make Waterford, or Cork for that matter, bad teams.

Irish Independent

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