Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel News

Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons) and Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields) are unavailable for Saturday’s clash with Kilkenny due to recent illness from which both are recovering well. A number of other players are recovering from minor injuries and availability of these players for Saturday’s game will be assessed at training on Tuesday night. Two players, James Woodlock (Drom and Inch – fractured leg) and John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore – torn cruciate ligament), will not be available for the league campaign. Woodlock, an ever present at midfield for the 2009 league and championship campaigns, is making a good recovery from a fractured leg injury incurred in the Tipperary County Senior Hurling final last October. Talented forward O’Neill, who won a minor All Ireland medal in 2007, is a panel newcomer but a cruciate ligament injury suffered while playing for his club in the Tipperary County U-21 final in December 09 has turned out to be more serious than originally hoped and O’Neill is likely to be out of action for up to 6 months following surgery 2 weeks ago.

There are 3 other new panelists – Jody Brennan (Upperchurch Drombane) and Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) who are both forwards and David Young (Toomevara) who is a defender. Brennan (26) played a leading role in his club’s somewhat unexpected march to the Mid Divisional final and County Senior semi-final last year. Heffernan (20), who is a nephew of senior All Ireland medalist John Heffernan (1989), won All Ireland minor hurling medals in 2006 and 2007 and was a member of the 2009 U21 panel. Young (24) played minor hurling for Tipperary in 2003 and U21 in 2005 and 2006 (as captain).

For details on the full panel please check the Player Profiles section of the Tipperary GAA website – www.tipperary.gaa.ie/seniorhurlingplayerprofiles.html. For information on previous years’ teams please refer to the Tipperary GAA archives website – www.tippgaaarchives.com, which contains a record of all players who have played championship for Tipperary at all levels of hurling an football.

There are no changes in the Tipperary management team for 2010 with Liam Sheedy joined by Eamon O’Shea (coach) and Michael Ryan (Selector) for the third year. Cian O’Neill continues as team trainer.

Saturday evening’s game will be 60th League clash between Tipperary and Kilkenny with Tipp winning 28 times, Kilkenny 25 times and 6 draws in the previous 59 encounters.

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