Monday 18 December 2017

McGrath admits Cats hype helped fuel Tipp's final surge

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

TIPPERARY starlet Noel McGrath believes the hype regarding the 'Drive for Five' and the speculation regarding injuries in the Kilkenny camp helped them focus on regaining the All-Ireland title.

"The senior final wasn't as frantic as last year," he said. "There was a lot of talk in Kilkenny about injuries and the five-in-a-row. We were coming in under the radar a bit. There was the general hype, but I felt it was quiet enough compared to last year."

Less than a week after that success, McGrath added an U-21 medal to his minor and senior gongs to complete the set, but he immediately set his sights on more glory.

"Look at the Kilkenny team. They didn't stop after one. They wanted more and more, and they got it. You have to be ambitious, push on and win more. There is always something to aim for, to make yourself better and achieve more. So there's plenty more for us, hopefully.

"They thought in 2001, 'Great, this is going to flow. We'll win All-Irelands every year'. But they didn't, and some of them were coming to the end of their careers wondering if they would get a second. They did, but we'd be hoping to get another one in the next few years."

Irish Independent

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