MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: ‘Bonner’ gets green light for showdown

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher has recovered from the rib injury he picked up in the semi-final win over Cork and will be available for next month’s All-Ireland SHC final against Kilkenny.

Patrick 'Bonner' Maher

Panellist Niall O’Meara is Tipperary’s only injury concern ahead of the decider. The Kilruane McDonaghs clubman went over on an ankle in a club championship game over the weekend but is expected to be fit for selection,

“It’s looking good,” said manager Eamon O’Shea. “I got an outline summary from the physio on Sunday evening, but it’s looking good.

“Bonner is okay. I can’t exactly tell you what was wrong with him (in the semi-final), he was sore on the day but he’s fine now.”

O’Shea said he didn’t wait by the phone for news of any injuries from the round of championship games in the Premier County: “I can’t control what happens on the field, so I wasn’t (waiting by the phone). I just waited for the call from the physio, and he told me. I can’t worry over things I can’t control.”

Westmeath native Barry Kelly was named as the All-Ireland final referee yesterday and Tipperary selector Michael Ryan said thathe wasn’t envious of match officials.

“The top referees are on the circuit, we see them during the year in the league and the championship. I don’t envy them their job.

“The hurling is just so fast and if we think we’re critiqued in depth, those guys – all referees – anything they miss, or that’s perceived that they miss, and we’re all on their backs.

“I think they deserve great credit. I think their linesmen and umpires could give them a bit more help, because I think it’s hard for a guy in the middle with his back turned, he’s looking to see where the ball is going, not where it’s just left.

“They need all the help they can get, but that’s a sweeping observation across all referees as such.”

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