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While I'm at it ...

OUR minors didn't play brilliantly in yesterday's curtain-raiser but still have a second bite of the cherry against Dublin on September 30. Tipp had plenty of the ball in the second half and, for a while, I thought it would be our day, but Dublin came back and scored a late free to earn a draw. I'm delighted that the two games finished level. The minors could have been faced with a replay in Portlaoise next weekend, but it's back to Croke Park in three weeks' time for another big day out and I'm really looking forward

to it. I'm sure there are smiling faces in the various offices of Croke Park this morning -- and it's not difficult to know why! Overall, the minor grade can be so unpredictable. The nature of it generally is that you're a minor for a year or two, and then you're gone. There's no length of time to become really familiar with the grade and establish an identity. Normally, you'll have just the one crack at it. I believe that Tipp will improve for the replay -- and they'll have to. Dublin were beaten in last year's final and still carry that hurt and regret. They'll come out again for the replay with all guns blazing.

Irish Independent