Premier boss O’Shea will crack the whip if players step out of line

Tipperary senior hurling manager Eamon O’Shea has warned of serious repercussions for any player breaking the disciplinary code.

Addressing supporters at the Horse and Jockey last Wednesday evening, at an event to mark the launch of the 2013 Tipperary supporters’ club fundraising drive, O’Shea revealed that players have been reminded of their responsibilities as county hurlers.

Leading Premier County board officials have already admitted that indiscipline off the field was an issue last year. And O’Shea has insisted he’ll come down hard on future offenders.

O’Shea is eager to stamp his mark on Tipperary from the outset and early signs have been encouraging, with comfortable victories secured against UCC and Offaly in challenge games.

Tipp will play Dublin next Sunday at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh, with all proceeds going towards the promotion and development of hurling at Nenagh CBS.

A week later, Tipperary begin their Waterford Crystal Cup campaign against Limerick or Mary I. And he insists Tipperary do not need to worry about other teams if they get their own house in order.

Part of that, he said, is ensuring his players are disciplined.

“There’s no need for me to wonder about any other team – I believe in the 35/36 guys and the structures around the county to be successful,” he said.

“That’s what we reference. And when we play, we play the way Tipperary play. It might be different on different days but we play in a way that builds on our traditions but also embraces technologies and new training methods.

“We have a new training method already in place but we won’t lose sight of where we’re at. This is not idle talk on my part, to make you feel good.

“This is real. As well as the work ethic and working hard for each other, there’s a sense of belonging. And with that comes discipline both on and off the field. We believe you can’t be disciplined on the field if you’re not disciplined off the field. Players are now well aware of that. I think it’s well documented that if that’s not the case, there will be consequences. There has to be consequences when you’re indisciplined – and there will be. But every player we have has given nothing but 100% over the last three months.”

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