Well done to the Tipperary under 21 hurlers and management on their impressive victory by 5-19 to 2-13 over Cork in the Bord Gais Energy Munster under 21 hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium on Wednesday evening last.
The surprisingly large margin of victory certainly goes against a history of much closer encounters between these old rivals.
Prior to last Wednesday nightâ€™s game there had been 32 previous games between them in which Tipp scored 62-404 for an average of 18.44 points per game. Cork had scored 69-378 for an average of 18.28 points per game.
No wonder captain, Niall Oâ€™Meara in his match programme interview thought there would only be a puck of a ball between the teams!
Last weekâ€™s victory was Tippâ€™s second biggest win over Cork with the biggest coming way back in 1964, the inaugural year of the competition, when the score was 6-9 to 1-1 at Sean Treacy Park in Tipperary Town. Corkâ€™s biggest win over Tipp us was at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in the Munster Final on August 23 1998 on a scoreline of Cork 3-18 Tipperary 1-10.
Tipperary will play Clare in the final for the second year in succession. The game is currently fixed for Semple Stadium on Wednesday August 7 but the date may change given Clareâ€™s involvement in the All Ireland senior hurling championship. It will probably be early next week before the fixture details are fully confirmed.