Tipperary will fall further behind All-Ireland senior hurling champions Clare and their other major rivals unless levels of discipline, workrate and intensity improve.
That’s the stark warning from Tipperary secretary Tim Floyd ahead of the county’s December 11 annual convention.
Floyd hailed Clare’s All-Ireland success and praised the Banner County for raising the bar “to a new level of class, pace, athleticism and power”.
And he believes that workrate is one of the key ingredients that Tipperary players have lacked in recent times.
Tipperary looked well set to embark on a period of dominance after winning the 2010 All-Ireland U21 and senior hurling titles. But their last three championship campaigns were ended by Kilkenny.
Floyd writes: “Tipperary must develop this intensity and workrate if we are to succeed and it must be consistent in every game.
“We must only select players who have the discipline, commitment and loyalty to see it through, from start to finish.”
Tipperary GAA officials are on course to report a financial surplus for 2013 — following four years of suffering heavy losses.
Spending on inter-county teams has been slashed by at least €250,000 — with Tipperary’s early exit from the senior hurling championship contributing to this.
But Premier County top brass have worked hard to arrest a worrying financial slide and more than €100,000 has been generated through fundraising, with local gate receipts showing a marked increase.
Meanwhile a leading Galway hurling official has criticised Anthony Cunningham’s men for their efforts in 2013 and says they fell well short of expectation.
Pat Kearney, the hurling committee secretary, said their senior performances were “bad” and is seeking a big improvement.
Kearney, in his address to the annual convention tomorrow night, doesn’t mince his words. “The expectation of success in 2013, was just that. As the year progressed, we saw an inconsistent series of displays in the Allianz League, ending in a comprehensive defeat in the semi-final against Kilkenny.
“Our championship performances against Laois, Dublin and Clare were, to put it simply, bad.”
He said he hopes the county can bounce back in 2014 and promised county teams would be backed with proper resources.
“Let us hope that we can get back on course in the coming year and hurl our way back into contention for some success,” added Kearney.
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