Galway forward Gary Sice baffled by extent of Tipperary's homework

Gary Sice has intriguingly claimed that Tipperary’s homework was key to their surprise All-Ireland SFC quarter-final win last weekend, while the Galway forward has backed the victors to be a “dangerous” commodity heading into the last four of the championship.

Sice failed to get on the scoreboard during Galway’s shock nine-point loss after Tipperary blitzed their opponents with three goals, playing in a free-flowing attacking style en route to an historic last-eight win. 

The Tribesmen’s defence had been a key asset throughout their march to a first Connacht SFC crown since 2008 - conceding just one goal in three provincial games - but Tipp caused them hassle from early on, hitting 1-6 in the second quarter alone.

“They seemed to know an awful lot about us,” said Sice.

“Even by the talk on the field, they seemed to know an awful lot about us and maybe too much. 

“They knew more than they should have known, I think. They seemed to know a lot.

“That’s the name of the game, you use what you have. You have to admire them for what they’ve done, they’ve had a really good summer. They’ve played some really good football and they have some really good footballers,” added the Galway forward, who claimed Liam Kearns’ surprise package are capable of causing yet another upset.

Tipp will meet the winners of Saturday’s quarter-final clash between Mayo and Tyrone in the All-Ireland semi-final when they are sure to be underdogs once again, but Sice reckons they can challenge either team.

“They’re going to be a thorn in the side for whoever gets them next,” said Sice. “They’re good footballers and they have a good system and they’re really enjoying their football,” added the Corofin man, who was speaking at the launch of the GAA’s Health and Wellbeing Day, which will take place on August 28.

The initiative is part of a joint GAA/HSE drive to encourage conversation around mental health to battle depression.

“I think it’s a nice tone to have for this morning - we’re talking about people being in a good place doing good things,” continued Sice on Tipp’s success.

“They’re in a good place at the moment. Momentum is massive in championship, especially going through the qualifiers.

“They have a lot of it now at the moment. 

“They’re going to go back to a place where everyone is going to be giving them only the best of views and the best of things to say. So they’re as dangerous now as anybody.”

Sice also took a philosophical stance on Galway’s disappointment following encouraging wins over Mayo and Roscommon in Connacht.

“Such is life - we’ll go back,” said the forward.

“If you had told me before the championship started that we’d beat Mayo in Castlebar and take out a Connacht Championship, it probably would have been seen as a fairly good year. 

“But opportunities like last weekend don’t arise all the time. We’ll have to go again and just go back to the drawing board.”

Last weekend’s loss means Galway are 15 years without a championship win at Croke Park, with their HQ hoodoo going back to the 2001 All-Ireland final win.


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