Dual starlet O’Riordan gets call for Tipp hurling panel

Dual starlet O’Riordan gets call for Tipp hurling panel
Cliona Foley
Published 05/08/2014|02:30

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Teenager Colin O’Riordan was the outstanding player for the county’s senior footballers this summer and was part of Eamon O’Shea’s senior hurling panel earlier this season. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Teenager Colin O’Riordan was the outstanding player for the county’s senior footballers this summer and was part of Eamon O’Shea’s senior hurling panel earlier this season. Photo: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE
Rising Tipperary dual star Colin O’Riordan has been called into the Premier County’s senior hurling squad ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final against Cork on Sunday week.

The JK Brackens teenager, who is due to receive his Leaving Cert results this month, was the outstanding player for the county’s senior footballers this summer and was part of Eamon O’Shea’s senior hurling panel earlier this season.

He did not play in any NHL games but did line out for them in the Waterford Crystal tournament.

He only joined the senior football panel in April after leaving the hurling panel.

The tall, skilful wing-back, who has already attracted interest from Aussie Rules, was particularly impressive when the footballers bowed out of the qualifiers to Galway two weeks ago.

He has also lined out for the U-21 hurlers and scored 0-3 from half-forward when they took Clare to extra-time in the Munster semi-final three weeks ago.

The decision to call O’Riordan in at this late stage of the season indicates that hurling manager O’Shea believes he can play some part for them, even if it is only off the bench.

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The dual issue has become a hot topic in Tipperary because of their recent football success.

They won a Munster U-21 football title in 2010 and a historic All-Ireland minor football title a year later when O’Riordan, Ian Fahey, Stephen O’Brien and Michael Quinlivan were among their young heroes.

That quartet all lined out for the senior footballers this summer, but Liam McGrath was another of that minor team who has since committed to the hurlers.

After coming so close to beating Cork in the Munster SFC, Tipp football manager Peter Creedon talked about the difficulty of holding onto the county’s young dual stars in coming years.

But after being knocked out of the All-Ireland championship two weeks ago he sounded much more positive about keeping his team together, saying: “I think there’s pretty much a 100pc chance that’s going to happen.”

Elsewhere there was mixed news on the injury front about Conor O’Mahony and Niall O’Meara, who both missed their quarter-final defeat of Dublin with injury.

O’Mahony completed a full game for his club Newport last weekend but O’Meara, who reportedly has received an injection in his ankle to expedite his recovery, came off three-quarters of the way through Kilruane MacDonaghs’ victory over Portroe.

Irish Independent

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