Tipperary’s hurlers continue their preparations for the season when they face LIT in the Waterford Crystal Cup this weekend.
Sunday’s match at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh has a 2pm throw-in.
Tipp had a comfortable 3-18 to 1-10 victory over Offaly in a challenge at Moneygall last weekend.
Killenaule’s John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and Borris-Ileigh’s Conor Kenny, an import from Kildare last year, both finished the afternoon with 1-5 to their names.
All of Kenny’s total was collected from play at full-forward and O’Dwyer finished with 1-3 from play, while also scoring two points from frees.
Others to impress included Noel McGrath, who lined out alongside Seamus Kennedy of St. Mary’s, Clonmel at midfield; Shane McGrath at wing back and Conor O’Mahony at full back.
Ballingarry’s James Logue played in goal, David Collins of Drom/Inch scored 1-1 from play while Shane Bourke and Conor O’Brien scored 2 points each, O’Brien’s contribution coming when he replaced fellow West player, Cappawhite’s Tom Treacy at half time.
Manager Eamon O’Shea is sure to reshuffle his pack again on Sunday and take a look at various options before the National League begins with a home game against Waterford on Saturday, February 15.
The winners of Sunday’s preliminary round will face Kerry in the Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final on the following Sunday, January 19 at Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
There would be plenty of interest in a Kerry/Tipp clash, with goalkeeping legend Brendan Cummins confirmed this week as The Kingdom’s goalkeeping coach. In this new role he will work alongside fellow Tipp men Eamon Kelly, the Kerry manager, and coach Brian Horgan.
The semi-finals are fixed for Sunday, January 26 and the final for Sunday, February 2.
Tipperary have won this competition on three occasions and their last success was in 2012. Last year they beat Limerick and LIT before losing to Clare in the final.