Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle has questioned whether Lar Corbett has learned from his bizarre performance in last year’s heavy All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kilkenny
The six-time All-Ireland winner, a Thurles Sarsfields club-mate of Corbett’s, also criticised the 31-year-old’s performance in Saturday’s club semi-final loss to Kilcormac-Killoughey.
According to Doyle, Tipperary were embarrassed by the infamous tactic of Corbett following Tommy Walsh with his own marker Jackie Tyrrell in tow last season.
“I think it was ridiculous. We’re forwards, we never follow a back — a back follows you. I couldn’t understand what Lar was at.
“He was there again last Saturday running around the field with no ball. I don’t know what’s going on, I can’t understand his behaviour or what he’s doing. He’d want to cop himself on.
“You run after the ball, you go for the ball, you get the ball and you use it. I think myself they’re taking too much out of the ball. Let the ball do the work. They’re killing themselves for nothing.
“You get rid of your ball, throw it in the right places at the right time and throw it out into the open spaces and go after it.”
Doyle, right-corner forward in both the hurling teams of the millennium and century, said the pain of the 18-point defeat to Kilkenny is still being felt in the Premier County.
“We were expecting a lot more from them. We would have been very hurt over it but what can you do?
“A lot of people make out that they haven’t the bottle. I don’t know what they have or what they haven’t but there has been something wrong.”
Doyle also queried the amount of training sessions that are currently being done by the likes of Tipperary. A couple of weeks prior to the All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Kilkenny, Tipp travelled to Bere Island where they took part in an arduous boot camp before some returned to play for their clubs the following day.
“This training thing, I don’t agree with it at all. There shouldn’t be so much training. They should be hungry for it.
“I always believe teams like that who are in big games have to be hungry for it.”
As disappointed as he was by Tipperary last year, Doyle feels the county will be in the reckoning for an All-Ireland title under new manager Eamon O’Shea.
“I don’t know the chap,” he said of O’Shea. “There are only two or three teams that are going to win an All-Ireland. Kilkenny are hot favourites but Tipperary will be there or thereabouts and so will Galway. Clare are coming, as are Limerick.”
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