Tipp keep changes to the minimum

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy has made one change to his team for Sunday's NHL Division 1 final against Galway (Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 4.15pm).

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy has made one change to his team for Sunday's NHL Division 1 final against Galway (Gaelic Grounds, throw-in 4.15pm).

Toomevara clubman Willie Ryan comes into the side at left corner forward, with Tommy Fitzgerald the player to miss out.

Ryan's inclusion sees Lar Corbett, Tipp's goalscorer in last weekend's 1-15 to 1-10 semi-final win over Kilkenny, move to full-forard.

Tipp went through the group stages of the league unbeaten with five wins and two draws, averaging 2-17 per game.

New captain Eoin Kelly (2-48) and Corbett (4-7) led the Premier county's scoring during their seven group ties, while Sheedy has used 31 players during the campaign to date.

Tipperary have not won the league title since they beat Clare in the 2001 decider.

Tipp and Galway met in the 2000 league final with the Tribesmen running out 2-18 to 2-13 at the Gaelic Grounds.

All three of Tipperary's selectors have won an NHL medal. Interestingly, Eamon O'Shea (1979), Michael Ryan (1994) and Sheedy (1999) all won their medals on different occasions with Galway as the opposition in the three finals.

TIPPERARY (NHL v Galway): B Cummins; E Buckley, P Curran, C O'Brien; E Corcoran, C O'Mahony, S Maher; B Dunne, S McGrath; S Butler, R O'Dwyer, J Woodlock; E Kelly (capt), L Corbett, W Ryan.

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