By the time Brendan Maher left the Gaelic Grounds last Sunday, he had moved on. After that weighty loss to Limerick, Liam Sheedy gave him and the other Tipperary players a couple of evenings off to decompress before returning to training but he was already thinking of an All-Ireland quarter-final.
Readers know how the NFL draft works: In an effort to maintain competitive balance, teams which perform poorly this season get to choose better prospects coming out of college for next season.opens a similar draft for hurling counties.
Over the next number of weeks, the emphasis in the GAA championships moves to football. Galway’s victory in the Connacht final on Sunday against Roscommon means they are the first team to, coin a phrase, be “safe in the [Super] 8”.