Gents, just how much is the Tipperary collapse taking away from Kilkenny's victory?
An old U2 song comes to mind...
About walking away and following, I mean...
Went for the Tipp win Brian but was torn, fooled into thinking that they were progressing, didn't read the signs through Munster properly.
@John Fogarty I think the collapse is the focus simply because it doesn't gel with the last three encounters at all. Not surprising so many conspiracy theories being aired on 7.05 out of Heuston last night.
To be fair, An tUasal O Floinn wasn't the only one. I genuinely thought Tipp were keeping something in the tank for yesterday.
Wouldn't say Tipp collapsed either John - that was destruction, deliberate and planned!
I don't think it detracts from it at all John. Kilkenny did unto Tipperary what they have done unto everyone else. Obviously Tipperary aren't what they were two years ago. I remember saying here after Cork-Tipp that Kilkenny would have scored 10 goals that day. Kilkenny should have been seven or eight points clear at half time. It was complete dominance.
Did a very quick run-through the Kilkenny team yesterday: Av age, 27; oldest player, Henry (33); players OVER 30 - two, Henry and Brian Hogan. A few more on 30, all those still in their considerable prime.
I also remember saying here that Galway shouldn't have indulged in the second half showboating against Kilkenny. I think they might pay for that now.
Fancied Kilkenny but not by that margin. Hype doesn't suit most counties but greatly affects Tipperary. Had a relative looking for All-Ireland final tickets last Monday!!! I don't want to take anything away from Kilkenny but Tipperary played into their hands to a certain extent, especially with the Corbett tactic.
@Daragh Ó Conchúir In fairness though, Daragh, if Conor O'Mahony played with a broken toe and Paul Curran - as rumoured - had the flu, then there were clearly fault lines there to be exploited
Good point by Daragh. We all acknowledged after the Munster semi-final that it was fairly lightweight stuff. Then some of us went and deceived ourselves into thinking that Tipp had improved...
@John Fogarty Let's be honest, the four-hand reel is the elephant in the room (metaphor squeals for mercy)
That is very true John. Look at how many All-Irelands Tipperary have won since the '60s.
Kilkenny should have been seven or eight clear at half-time, Daragh? They'd two wides to Tipperary's six at the interval.
@Daragh Ó Conchúir . . . down across the knuckles . . .
They probably should have been four ahead. But yes, let's cut to the proverbial: what was Declan Ryan thinking of with Lar?
@Daragh Ó Conchúir To quote Enda McEvoy's book, when class came into it . . . .
Played into their hands totally John; Bonner Maher at full-forward, who was going to get the ball to him? It was nonsense. And the Lar tactic - lunacy. This is NOT to take anything any personally from Lar or from anyone else, just criticism of a tactic that went badly wrong and was never corrected.
I didn't like Lar jumping up at Tommy Walsh's yellow but surely he should have had the gumption to stop the tomfoolery or tomfollowery if you want to be more precise.
What I mean about the number of All-Irelands is that they look like having a great squad, win an All-Ireland and don't really follow it up. Whereas Kilkenny, Cork tend to get at least a couple.
@Enda McEvoy Despite the stout defence mounted by all involved, I think the big problem was that nobody said, 'eh, hang on, what if Kilkenny don't fancy Tommy and Lar on each other? What then?'
@John Fogarty Lar got into the 21 three times - a pass to Pa Bourke (free), challenge on D Herity (goal) and reverse pass to Gearoid Ryan (?),. shot into side netting.
@Daragh Ó Conchúir We know what you meant, dancing on the poor fellas heads when they're down
Surely it was always going to be a strong possibility - at least - that Cody would go again with Jackie trailing Lar everywhere he went? In that case it's Lar's job to make Jackie's job more and more difficult - take on the challenge.
Exactly, Diarmuid - just hurl the bloody match!
In a wider sense this asks a perennial question: does the player have to follow instructions to the letter, even when those instructions aren't working out? Or should he take the initiative and act unilaterally?
@Michael Moynihan Fair point on the two lads if they weren't at their best. Certainly, Curran didn't look right. But look, midfield was absolutely blown out of the water and the forwards.... well....
Didn't Lar realise the optics of it, attempting to move away from Tyrrell after being defeated by him last year? He lost that battle and now the war too.
@Daragh Ó Conchúir Random question: a worse collapse than Waterford's in the All-Ireland final?
Lar should have accepted the Jackie challenge, if you like, not run from it (literally, as opposed to figuratively) to try to take on Tommy instead. Kilkenny won that battle hands down, up, out, sideways, crossways.
I think a 19-point turnaround in 35 minutes easily trumps a 23-point defeat.
Declan Ryan's suggestion that Tommy didn't play well in the first-half wasn't a great one. If you wanted to negate him, Bonner Maher was the man. He came out even with Walsh last year.
Agree with that Enda; this was Krakatoa, neither sight nor sound left of Tipp when the dust cleared. Expect to see promotion for many of the minors sooner rather than later.
@Enda McEvoy That's why I'd use the word collapse. Not taking anything away from Kilkenny, who were clearly awesome, but that's a scoring rate of over one point every two minutes in the second half.
Padraic Maher has already apologised today for the defeat. He's the next Tipperary captain for me, although he was very fortunate to stay on the pitch.
@Michael Moynihan I don't know. Enda's point is a good one. But that 23-point defeat was game over after a few minutes. It was the longest hour in history for anyone from Waterford thereafter and while Kilkenny kicked on, they wouldn't gain as much satisfaction from filleting poor old Waterford as Tipp. At least Tipp were in the game - albeit very fortunately so, at half time.
Brings me back to the 1982 World Cup. England needed to beat West Germany, didn't - and Ron Greenwood announced that at least they'd stopped Manny Kaltz, the German right-back from getting crosses in. This i the context of Ryan claiming Tommy Walsh didn't play well in the first half.
What of the antics that went on yesterday? McAllister let the players run riot.