Tuesday 16 January 2018

O'Shea keeps faith

Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea
Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea
Marie Crowe

Marie Crowe

Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea has named an unchanged team for today's Allianz Hurling League final against Kilkenny.

He has kept faith with the same side who beat Clare 2-24 to 2-17 in the semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds last month.

Defender Paddy Stapleton is not included in the starting line-up despite returning to training last week after recovering from a wrist injury sustained in the warm-up before the defeat to Kilkenny.

Niall O'Meara is selected in attack having struggled with a hand injury he picked up in the semi-final against Clare, while Patrick Maher has overcome a minor quad strain and is named at centre-forward.

Also today in Semple Stadium, Clare and Kilkenny will contest the National Camogie League final and although Kilkenny are favourites, the Clare team under the management of All Star winner Colm Honan are expected to challenge last year's All-Ireland finalists.

They pulled off a shock against three-in-a-row-chasing Cork in the semi-final beating them 1-12 to 0-11 in Limerick.

Honan, whose son Darach won an All-Ireland with Clare last year, took charge of the Clare camogie team this season and they have made great strides. And Honan isn't the only one with a connection to the hurlers; Maire McGrath is a sister of star forward Conor.

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