Tipperary’s Intermediate hurlers will be seeking to create history tonight, Wednesday in Pairc Ui Rinn (7.30) when they go in search of three Munster titles in-a-row for the first time ever.
Only Cork have a better record than Tipperary in this championship and they stand in the way of Tipperary’s intermediate hurlers completing an historic three in-a-row.
Tipperary earned a place in this year’s Munster final by virtue of a hard-fought victory over Limerick earlier this month.
John Carroll’s charges inflicted a one-point victory over Limeick at Semple Stadium after extra time in a thrilling semi final battle that ended 3-17 to 1-22 in the home team’s favour.
A last-gasp point from Tommy Heffernan on that occasion gave Tipp a dramatic victory at Semple Stadium.
Heffernan struck at the end of extra-time as the hosts came from three points down to snatch victory from Limerick’s grasp.
Tipperary were in desperate trouble before Kevin Fox grabbed a late goal and Heffernan fired over the winner. The sides were deadlocked at 1-15 apiece after normal time, with Tony O’Brien’s free in the second minute of stoppage-time rescuing a draw for Tipperary.
Tipperary showed great desire and called on all the resources at their disposal to overcome a Limerick side that looked on course for victory at the end of normal time and as the period of extra time was drawing to a close.
Cork had to play two games to get to the final, overcoming a Waterford quarter final challenge by 1-21 to 3-9 before accounting for Clare by 4-17 to 2-20 in the semi final.
For the last two years Tipperary were able to go on and win an All-Ireland title after winning the Munster title in 2012 and 2013 and they will be hoping that another Munster title will be the springboard to success at national level again this year.
The team’s last meeting in the Munster Intermediate championship came last year in the Munster Final, with Tipperary, having again defeated Limerick in a semi final, defeating Cork in the final by just a single point.
Cork hold more Munster intermediate titles than any other county with thirteen, with Tipperary next on nine.
Cork’s last Munster title in this grade however came in 2010 and the Rebel county will be determined to return to the top in the province and at the same time deprive old rivals Tipperary an opportunity to create history, and a much sought-after three in-a-row.
The Tipperary team is James Logue (Ballingarry), Daire Quinn (Nenagh Eire Óg), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara), Pat Ryan (Clonakenny), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Ronan Sherlock (Silvermines, captain), Aidan McGrath (Loughmore/ Castleiney), Joe Gallagher (Kildangan), Paudie White (Clonoulty/Rossmore), Sean Curran (Mullinahone), Michael Sheedy (Portroe), Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Óg), Tony O’Brien (St. Patrick’s), Bill Walsh (Carrick Swan) and David Collins (Drom/Inch). Substitutes - Darragh Mooney (Eire Og Annacarty), Bobby Bergin (Clonakenny), Joe Carroll (Roscrea), Kevin Fox (Eire Og Annacarty), Kieran Morris (Moycarkey-Borris), Adrian Ryan (Templederry), John Sheedy (Portroe), Denis Stapleton (Sean Treacys) and Kevin Walzer (Mullinahone).
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