The Tipperary team to play Wexford in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Phase I qualifier game at Semple Stadium on Saturday shows 4 changes in personnel to the team which was defeated by Cork in the Munster SH championship on May 30th. David Young at right half back and Patrick Maher at left half forward make their championship debuts while Gearóid Ryan at right half forward makes his first championship start and Conor O’Brien returns at left corner back. Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran (both injured), Brian O’Meara (suspended) and John O’Brien are the ones to lose out. In positional switches Declan Fanning moves to full back, Padraic Maher to left half back, Noel McGrath to right corner forward and Lar Corbett to full forward. The team is:

Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)
Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
Declan Fanning (Killenaule)
Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)
David Young (Toomevara)
Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)
Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

Tipperary will return from their five week break from Championship action when they take on Wexford in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers on Saturday next at 3:30pm in Semple Stadium Thurles. Wexford are the National Hurling League Division 2 champions and are managed by former Tipperary All-Ireland medalist Colm Bonnar. The last Championship clash between the counties saw Wexford winning by 3-10 to 1-14 in Croke Park in the 2007 All-Ireland Quarter-Final. Only 3 of the Tipperary starting line-up from that match lined out from the start in our Munster Championship defeat to Cork in May – Declan Fanning, Conor O’Mahony and Lar Corbett. By contrast, over half of the 2007 Wexford team from that occasion (8 in total) started in their 2010 Leinster Quarter-Final defeat at the hands of Galway in May.

Both stands will be open on Saturday in addition to the Town End Terrace. Patrons are encouraged to enter Semple Stadium well in advance of the 3.30pm starting time to avoid a big surge close to the throw-in. This is a non ticket match with cash accepted at the stiles, and admission to the stands is €20 with special concession price of €15 for OAP’s and Students with ID. Entry to the Terrace will cost €10 with no concession. Juveniles (U16) are free to all areas. 

To read the Press Pack for the match go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie

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