There had been calls for the matches to be postponed in order to prevent the Tipperary senior squad incurring injury problems ahead of the September 5 showdown. It is understood that county board officials met with Tipperary senior boss Liam Sheedy yesterday to discuss the situation before last night’s CCCC meeting.
The decision was then taken last night to postpone Sunday’s senior hurling finals in the North division between Borrisoleigh and Toomevara and in the Mid division between Thurles Sarsfields and Drom-Inch. The four quarter-finals in the Seamus O Riain Cup involving Loughmore-Castleiney against Cashel King Cormacs, Templederry Kenyons against Portroe, Roscrea against Kilruane McDonaghs, and Éire Óg Nenagh against Lorrha/Dorrha have also been deferred.
No decision was reached on the West Tipperary final between Éire Óg-Annacarty and Clonoulty-Rossmore which may still take place, while the South Tipperary decider could also be played, as Carrick Swans await the winners of Thursday’s semi-final between Carrick Davins and Killenaule.
The news will be a major boost to the Tipperary U21 hurlers who clash with Antrim in Tullamore on Saturday. Eight current Tipperary senior panellists – including Pádraic Maher, Michael Cahill, Brendan Maher, Noel McGrath and Patrick Maher – had been looking at the prospect of playing two matches in two days as their clubs were slated to for action on Sunday.
Tipperary U21 hurling coach Tommy Dunne, who was also set to be managing his club Toomevara in that North Tipperary decider, earlier yesterday expressed concerns over the potential punishing schedule facing the county’s elite young players at the weekend. Dunne believes a review is needed for the timing of the All-Ireland U21 hurling championship.
Meanwhile, Tipperary senior attacker Lar Corbett admits he is revelling in the free role Liam Sheedy has deployed him in this season.
“I love playing the role and I love roaming around Croke Park. If it takes me marking a man, or putting in a block and getting lucky and getting a score, I’m willing to do it.”
Corbett also described it ‘as a pure joy’ to be playing with his younger Thurles Sarsfields clubmates Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill and Pa Bourke on the senior intercounty stage.
“Without a doubt it’s a pure joy to be involved with them. I remember the lads playing U16 with Durlas Óg and playing minor. It’s great to see young lads like that and it puts a smile on my face to see Pa Bourke coming on the last day and making a difference. He is from my town, living up the road from me and I remember him pucking up and down the road growing up.”