Emigration no excuse for poor hurling and football standards, says Morris

Outgoing chairman Noel Morris thanked all who had helped to advance Tipperary football over the last number of years including the three County Chairmen he had served under and the two Secretaries Eddie Lonergan and Michael Power.

Outgoing chairman Noel Morris thanked all who had helped to advance Tipperary football over the last number of years including the three County Chairmen he had served under and the two Secretaries Eddie Lonergan and Michael Power.

He paid tribute to the Friends of Tipperary Football and to Pat Callanan of Dr Morris Park for their support for the teams, and he also mentioned the various managements with special mention for former senior Manager John Evans who departed mid-season in 2012.

“Things were very low when John Evans arrived on the scene and nobody in the county wanted the job. He worked very hard and certainly made his mark and I want to wish him well in his new role,” Noel Morris said and he was greeted with a round of applause.

The minor football All-Ireland of 2011 was a huge highlight for the Borrisokane man and he added that putting back-to-back Munster titles was a huge achievement also.

He had special mention for his own club Borrisokane and delighted in being able to present silverware to them during his term – a special bonus for any Chairman, he said.

However, before departing the chair, Noel Morris urged the County Board Chairman Sean Nugent to embrace change with the games structures in the county and said that the quality of hurling and football fare in the divisions has diminished.

“People blame emigration and the state of the economy, but I don’t believ that at all. I don’t accept that as an excuse and I would urge everyone to grasp the nettle and make the right decisions for Tipperary,” he said.

And, he had a barbed cut at RTE for not publishing the results of county finals on Aertel. “It’s sad to think that our national broadcaster hasn’t even five minutes to read out the County Final results from around the country. They’ll read a few and then tell us the rest are available on-line. I’m calling on Pairic Duffy and Liam O’Neill to work on this and get this situation sorted out when they are sitting down with RTE,” he said.