Saturday 16 December 2017

Tyrone secretary McCaughey slams 'lazy' hurlers

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

The Tyrone secretary Dominic McCaughey has delivered a stinging rebuke to the county's hurlers by calling them "lazy" and a group that cannot "be classified as a team".

McCaughey points the finger of blame for a depressing sequence of results by the Tyrone hurlers at the players' own door and says they are authors of their own downfall.

He cites their situation as "circular", with their unwillingness to train -- because of what they perceive to be poor quality stewardship -- in turn sending out a damaging message to potential managers to stay away.

The Tyrone hurlers -- who are in receipt of state-funded grants for their status as inter-county players -- lost nine of their 10 games this year, which McCaughey says makes for "depressing reading".

"Behind the statistics the lack of activity was even worse, while at the same time, it's not been much different from many other recent years," McCaughey complains.

"The difficulties can best be described as circular; players do not wish to undertake training, laying the blame on the quality of managers or trainers that are available.

"As players do not wish to train, the message going out to potential managers is that Tyrone hurlers could be classified as a lazy group, and therefore self-respecting managers do not wish to become involved.

"Players that do not train, or do not train together as a panel, cannot play as a team or be classified as a team and they cannot seriously expect to win games."

McCaughey also bemoans the performances of the Tyrone footballers in the NFL, labelling them "the poorest in more than a decade".

"Probably the most depressing aspect of the defeats in the 2010 league was the generally poor performances, and the startling collapse of the team in significantly lengthy phases in all games," he adds.

"Despite the infusion of a number of youthful, energetic and enthusiastic players to the ranks, there was an ominous opinion that the Tyrone senior team had simply grown old, lacked ideas and leaders, and had run out of energy."

McCaughey goes on to state that these sentiments were addressed when they won another Ulster title in July, but then notes that they were defeated in the All-Ireland quarter-final by "a fairly modest Dublin team".

"Many observers, with the benefit of hindsight, were of the opinion that Tyrone got its tactics for dealing with Dublin wrong in this game, though it could also be argued that the Croke Park woodwork and the rebounding of one ball into the hands of a Dublin forward -- who scored the only goal of the game -- was the determining factor in its outcome."

Meanwhile, Croke Park have unveiled the 'Champion 15' teams from the Christy Ring, Nicky Rackard and Lory Meagher competitions.

The recipients of the award will be honoured at a banquet in Croke Park, which will be held on December 18.

Irish Independent

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