Munster Final success isn't enough to satisfy Tipperary players, says David Power

Victory over Cork now consigned to history

Eamonn Wynne


Eamonn Wynne


David Power

Manager David Power says the Tipperary players will go into next Sunday's All-Ireland football semi-final against Mayo with great confidence

Tipperary's decision to revert to the county's traditional blue and gold jerseys for next Sunday's All-Ireland senior football semi-final against Mayo is a sign that they have parked the Munster final success and the commemoration of the Bloody Sunday anniversary, according to manager David Power.

His team sported the green and white colours of Grangemockler on the Bloody Sunday anniversary weekend, which coincided with their defeat of Cork, but are now preparing to move onto the next phase of the championship.

"I think we have to use the Munster final as a kind of a stepping stone", says David Power.

"These lads are certainly not happy with just winning a Munster final. We're looking towards the Mayo game and I think we're going to be going in with really great confidence.

"It was an honour and a privilege for the players and for me to be involved and to wearing that green and white jersey for the Munster final. We couldn't have asked for a better occasion to be wearing that jersey.

"Now, we have to park it. I think we would be probably doing a disservice if we went on to wear it again in the All-Ireland semi-final.
"We're very proud, I always said that, even after the game on Sunday, whether it's a green and white jersey or the blue and gold jersey...but ultimately the blue and gold jersey is the Tipperary jersey. And for the players, they want to be wearing the blue and gold jersey.
"That's in the history books, no one can take away that Munster final and that we wore that green and white jersey. Now we'll drive on and wear the blue and gold jersey against Mayo. 

"Yes, we're all absolutely thrilled to bits to win a Munster championship, but if we keep going on about the Munster championship going into Friday's session and into Sunday's session, we're going to be there in body on Sunday (in the All-Ireland semi-final), but mentally and physically we won't be ready.
"It's really important for us to park that Munster final win now," the Kilsheelan-Kilcash clubman stated. 

Next Sunday's semi-final at Croke Park gets underway at 3.30, and if necessary extra-time will be played.

For extensive previews of the big game between Tipperary and Mayo see next week's editions of The Nationalist and Tipperary Star, which will be on sale next Wednesday.

For more sport see Tipperary footballers outshine the county's hurlers on Bloody Sunday anniversary