Sunday 18 February 2018

Waterford star Browne insists he’s not finished yet

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

After 19 years, 18 championship seasons and 57 championship games, Tony Browne is not ready to walk away from Waterford hurling just yet.

Browne, hurling's longest-serving player by some distance, refuted reports circulating yesterday that he had decided to end his inter-county career.

Instead he said he will take time out and make a firm decision about his future at the end of the year.

"It's the same as last year," he said. "I won't rush into any decision. I'll wait until December and maybe then I'll decide to play on for a 20th season."

Browne was adamant earlier this year that he would not hurl for Waterford in 2011, when he will reach the age of 38.

A county board meeting on Monday night will shed some light on whether Davy Fitzgerald will remain as manager for a fourth championship campaign. Fitzgerald has not yet indicated whether he wants to stay.


Meanwhile, Tipperary will have to plan without full-back John Coghlan for tomorrow's All-Ireland U-21 hurling final after his appeal to the GAA's Central Hearings Committee against a one-month ban failed last night.

Coghlan, who won Munster U-21 hurling and football medals this year, received a yellow card for a challenge on Antrim player Thomas McCann during the All-Ireland semi-final. However, the yellow was then upgraded to red by referee Tony Carroll after he studied video evidence of the first-half incident.

A month-long suspension from the date of the Antrim game rules Coghlan out of tomorrow's Semple Stadium clash with Galway.

Tipperary officials were unhappy that the ruling, received via email last Saturday, arrived fully two weeks after the Antrim game.

Tipperary county board secretary Tim Floyd accompanied Coghlan to last night's Croke Park hearing, which lasted for over two hours.

Captain Pádraic Maher could now be asked to move from centre-back to full-back against the Tribesmen, with Brendan Maher tipped to slot in at centre-back.

Irish Independent

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