Tipperary’s Magnificent Seven!

Memories of last September came rushing back for Tipperary hurling fans on Sunday when the All Ireland champions hit Waterford for seven in the Munster final.

Memories of last September came rushing back for Tipperary hurling fans on Sunday when the All Ireland champions hit Waterford for seven in the Munster final.

It was one of the side’s most clinical displays in years and sets it up for an All Ireland semi-final in five weeks time - and possibly an All Ireland final meeting with Kilkenny for the third year in a row.

Fans at sunny Pairc Ui Chaoimh could hardly believe their eyes as they saw their heroes tear the Waterford challenge apart.

Four goals from Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett were the highlight of the day as the Thurles Sarsfields man joined the ranks of Jimmy Doyle and Nicky English as one of Tipp’s all time great forwards.

Also in that category is team captain Eoin Kelly who chipped in with two vital goals as well as inspiring the team in his own inimitable fashion.

Waterford couldn’t resist the tsunami of Tipp goals that killed off their challenge before the half time break.

Tipp have now added the Munster title to their All Ireland crown and on this form will be fancied to retain the Liam McCarthy Cup in September.

But that’s the talk that manager Declan Ryan and his players want to avoid.

A feature of the game on Sunday was how the team played down the achievement of running up such a big score.

They are determined to avoid complacency at all costs and don’t want to hand their semi-final opponents any advantage.

Corbett suggested that the team can even move up to another level!

In the meantime the fans can bask in the glory of another historic victory and look forward to a long hot summer - at least in hurling terms.