The All-Ireland victories of Tipperaryâ€™s minor and intermediate hurlers lifted the spirits of Tipperary hurling supporters everywhere, Sean Nugent, Chairman of Tipperary GAA Board said at the boardâ€™s annual convention in Thurles last week.
Describing 2012 as â€œan outstanding year in terms of successâ€, the Kilsheelan-Kilcash man, who was returned unopposed for another year in office, said that in Tipperary the year is generally judged on the performance of the senior hurlers, and the defeat by Kilkenny perhaps overshadowed all the other great performances and great victories enjoyed during the year.
â€œOur appearance in five Munster finals and winning back to back titles in senior hurling and minor football showed a consistency in performance that we found difficult to achieve in the past. The achievement of our intermediate and minor hurlers in winning Munster and All-Ireland titles brought great joy to the county and lifted the spirits of Tipperary hurling supporters everywhereâ€, he said.
I want to put on record that the commitment of team managements, players and support personnel in hurling and football was absolutely commendable and the results achieved across a range of grades proves that point, he added, going on to laud the achievements of Sarsfields and Silvermines in the Munster Club championships and Nenagh CBS in the All-Ireland Colleges final.
He continued â€“ The kind of success we achieved at inter-county level in 2012 comes at a price and a heavy financial one at that. The length of involvement of our inter-county teams in the year under review far-surpassed anything we achieved in recent years and has inevitably put pressure on finances already suffering a decline for a range of reasons. The board officers invested a huge amount of time and effort from January onwards in addressing our finances and seeking ways of reducing expenditure and raising finance.
I believe we were successful in the area of a reduction in expenditure and had we not addressed the matter, the deficit would be far greater, taking into consideration the prolonged level of involvement of so many teams over the season. No other county would have had the level of involvement that our teams enjoyed in 2012. Expenditure has to be further reduced and further measures are in the pipeline for this, he added.
The chairman said that raising additional finance has proved problematic in the short term but he was confident that plans in place would address the problem. â€œTo bring our finances successfully back on track we will need the full support of all the stakeholders involved. It is my view that bringing our finances back on track is now the biggest challenge we face and failing in this area is not an option, as, if we do, the promotion of the games will suffer and as a consequence future generations of playersâ€ he added.