Yea, we’re often in the top four in the country, just need to try and push on to produce the top team some year.
But even then you need:
- The right manager in there to get the best out of the panel and formulate a game plan that suits the players available.
- The panel is physically developed enough to compete.
- Luck with injuries
- Consistency: younger age groups can blow hot and cold one game to the next.
- A referee who is consistent (thought he gave Galway a lot in the first half but he seemed to allow Galway to swing out of Swan). Not the difference in the end at all but really not what you need when up against the best/form team in the country and you could see the frustration of our lads with some of the frees. He was ridiciclously fussy - was like night and day to the ref in the senior match afterwards.
- Games. I think we’re at a serious disadvantage on Saturday having sat around for a month while Galway had tough games v Limerick and Kilkenny. At least Tipp had a few rounds of club championship but even so, the two teams in the round-robin won and I don’t think that’s a fluke.
We did win the u15 last summer, lads like Purcell and swan were on that team, so we do have the hurlers to compete and beat anyone at any age groups. Hopefully, we’ll go well again at minor next year but the other age group blitz competitions aren’t the same as the minor championship. I do think we’ve had some good forwards the last 2-3 years so hopefully, they’ll come through to u20 next year and on to senior.
We do seem to coach lads to go up with the hurley to bat down puck-outs, instead of trying to catch it but then Donal O’Grady did a piece on cork (was it?) where he highlighted lads trying to catch and missing, the ball going straight through to opposition forward behind them and his point was the HB should have been batting those away instead of risking the ball slipping through.