Keating makes five changes to Tipp side

Tipperary manager Babs Keating has chopped and changed his side for next Sunday's NHL Division 1B game with Laois.

Tipperary manager Babs Keating has chopped and changed his side for next Sunday's NHL Division 1B game with Laois.

Keating has made five changes to the team that were beaten by eight points by Galway last weekend.

The outspoken Ardfinnan man has been famed for his off-the-cuff comments over the years, from when Tipp played Cork in 1990, he said, with reference to his own Premier county side: "You can't win derbies with donkeys."

And in 1998, he unwittingly inspired Offaly to All-Ireland glory by dubbing them: "Sheep in a heap."

Whether Keating's latest verbal attack - on his own players - will have the desired effect is unclear.

Last Sunday, he let rip on his under-performing selection after the defeat to Galway, saying: "It’s the overall attitude. I saw the Galway fellas shouting at each other from goalkeeper to corner forward – our fellas are dead only to wash them.

“On the field, they’re not applying anything near what they’re putting in at training. I can’t understand it."

Keating will hope to understand it by the time his two-day training and bonding break with the Tipp panel ends.

The whole squad are due to travel to the Clonea Strand Hotel in Dungarvan on Thursday evening for the short get-together.

Nothing but a top notch performance against Laois will suffice.

The team changes see Eamonn Buckley and Hugh Moloney come in to the defence in place of Michael Ryan and Paul Kelly.

Shane McGrath moves to midfield and is joined by Under-21 player James Woodlock to form a new look partnership.

Up front, John Carroll is named at wing-forward while Eoin Brislane is selected at centre-forward.

Liam England and John O'Brien drop down to the substitutes bench while Colin Morrissey is unavailable.

TIPPERARY (NHL v Laois) - Brendan Cummins; Eamonn Buckley, Philip Maher, Paul Curran; Eamonn Corcoran, Conor O'Mahoney, Hugh Moloney; Shane McGrath, James Woodlock; Ger O'Grady (capt), Eoin Brislane, John Carroll; John Devane, Declan Fanning, Darragh Egan.

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