Tipp must climb the ladder, says O’Shea

Tipp must climb the ladder, says O’Shea

Tuesday, January 14, 2014  Irish Examiner

Eamon O’Shea insists that his Tipperary senior hurlers are “down at the bottom of the ladder” ahead of the Allianz League and championship campaigns.

By Jackie Cahill

Tipp lost last year’s league decider to Kilkenny and suffered defeats in both of their championship outings, against Limerick and Kilkenny.

Attempting to play down expectations ahead of the new season, manager O’Shea says that staying in Division 1A of the league is Tipperary’s immediate goal.

He explained: “We’ve a long way to come up. We’re down at the bottom of the ladder. When you have a long way to come up, the only way to do it is work hard. Trying it one step at a time — that’s the motto.”

O’Shea insisted consolidating Tipp’s position in the top flight of the league is of paramount importance.

“Staying in the division would be a big help! It’s a very competitive league and you saw last year that all teams were together on the same number of points.

“You’re going to win some games, you’re going to lose some games so hopefully at the end of the league, you hope you’re at the right side of things.

“You’re hoping to move forward and to improve things. That’s my aim for this year — to improve things. If I get that right, I’ll be very happy.

“We will work hard and the panel is working hard at the moment. Hopefully we’ll see at some stage the fruits of that.”

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