Tipperary boss Peter Creedon has called for the introduction of a two-tiered All-Ireland SFC in order to assisting developing sides around the country.
After seeing his charges succumb to Kerry for the third successive year at the Munster quarter-final stage at Semple Stadium yesterday, and now faced with the prospect of a five-week wait until the first round of the All-Ireland qualifiers, Creedon believes the system needs to be altered.
“I’d prefer an open draw. I’d prefer a two-tiered championship as well where the top 16 move on to the senior championship and the next 16 keep going in another championship. There’s too much money being pumped into GAA teams to have one or two games out.”
Creedon saw his side produce a hugely competitive performance before losing out by six points at the finish yet he was critical of referee Marty Duffy.
“If the referee had given us a few extra breaks we might have been better off. He refereed some of the Kerry forwards different to ours. It seems that marquee forwards on the well-known teams get greater protection. I was annoyed with the referee and thought he was very poor.”
Despite that, Creedon was proud of the level of performance his team, shorn of some key players, produced.
“I’ve really happy with the performance and maybe a little bit disappointed that we weren’t a couple of points closer to Kerry. The guys gave their all throughout the 70 minutes. In training we were trying to mix up the short and the long game. Some of the long ball into the full-forward line didn’t pay dividends but we’ll keep plugging and keep adding to the different elements of the game.
Creedon admits the key for Tipperary is to now build on this display. “We’ll keep plugging away and if we get a couple of wins in the qualifiers, it will be good for next season.”
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