Lar Corbett has praised Pa Bourke for the way he bounced back from his Tipperary axing, captaining newly-crowned champions Thurles Sarsfields to glory in last Sunday’s county SHC final.
Bourke, a 2012 All Star nominee, was dropped by Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea for the 2014 campaign, but returned to club duty on Sunday’s for his club’s eight-point victory over Loughmore-Castleiney.
And close friend Corbett said: “We’re delighted to win — it was 50-50 coming into the final.
“Conditions make for very slow hurling but we were lucky enough to get a couple of lucky breaks.
“And the young lads — Stephen Cahill man of the match — these lads around the middle of the field are whizzing around and working very, very hard. And delighted for Pa as well. Not being involved with Tipperary this year, he came back to Thurles Sars, they made him captain and he drove on not only the players, but the management this year.”
Corbett has also urged Sars, who were crowned Tipperary kingpins for the fourth time in six seasons, to push on and claim the AIB Munster title for a second time.
He said: “It’s just another county final. We have to drive on and represent Tipperary.
“It’s going to be tough against Cratloe next Sunday but we’re looking forward to it and we’re delighted to be back again.”
Sars racked up 2-22 to dethrone 2013 Tipperary champions Loughmore but there were a number of outstanding defensive displays also, while dynamic midfielder Cahill collected the individual man-of-the-match award.
Meanwhile, it is understood that representatives from Tipperary club Moyne-Templetuohy club met with Munster Council officials last night in a late attempt to regain entry to the provincial intermediate club championship.
Their quarter-final opponents Cappoquin (Waterford) were handed a walkover in a fixture that was originally pencilled in for October 26, with a fixtures backlog meaning that Tipperary champions were not ready in time.
Moyne-Templetuohy, who beat Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday, were unhappy at being denied access to the Munster campaign as their county final opponents were ineligible to go any further than the Premier County decider in any case.
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