Ó Sé: Tipp should show more respect

Munster captain Tomás Ó Sé says Tipperary should have shown more respect to the M Donnelly Interprovincial series.

Kerry’s five-time All Star wing back feels the players who turned down the chance to represent the province were wrong.

As he leads his team in tomorrow’s final against Ulster in Armagh (Morgan Athletic Grounds, 2pm), he believes Munster’s attitude to the competition leaves a lot to be desired compared to tomorrow’s opponents.

“Maybe Munster haven’t been treating it as seriously as Ulster who always have,” Ó Sé said.

“They have respect for it, and there always have a good showing in the panel, the cream of the crop. They give it the respect it deserves. I don’t agree with Tipperary’s stance at all.

“ They should have shown more respect to the competition and the players down through the years who have represented the province and won medals for the province.”

Ó Sé insists the GAA is not doing enough for the event and believes citing the poor crowds at Sunday’s semi-finals is a feeble criticism.

“If they took Martin Donnelly out of it the competition would be gone long ago and that’s not right. The GAA has to change its attitude. Mickey Harte was right in saying it should be prioritised.”

The An Ghaeltacht man doesn’t think the idea of pushing the Interprovincials back to the autumn is feasible.

“I hear it being said ‘why don’t they play it after the All-Ireland’ but each county becomes selfish after that about finishing their championships, which is fair.

“In Munster (SFC), we’re waiting a month between games. We should try and condense the championship. Ask a fella if he would prefer two games in two weeks or two weeks of hard training... I know what I’d be picking.We’re training just as much as Premier League players so what difference would it make?”

Part of the Interprovincials’ appeal for Ó Sé is the lack of onus on stopping teams with tactics such as sweepers and blanket and blitz defences.

“Fellas are used to doing what they have been doing in county training. They’ll have trained twice with the county during the week and once with the province and tactics really don’t come into it for that session. It’s a bit more open than normal and I think it’s good to play in that environment. There’s more kicking and we’re not bogged down with tactics.

“Like, it’s great to see Crossmaglen play. Kicking has to come back into the game to make it a better spectacle.”

Ó Sé was impressed with Clare duo David Tubridy and Gary Brennan in the semi-final win over Leinster, as well as Waterford’s Gary Hurney. “Tubridy was a great bit of stuff. With a good supply of ball he played really well. Brennan around the middle of the field was excellent and Gary Hurney had a great game. They made the difference and if they can bring that form the next day they will again.”

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