Third time's a Tipp charm
EOIN KELLY has noticed a discernible change in tack from Tipperary's preparations in the preamble to Sunday's Munster SHC semi-final with Limerick than was the case last year when the Treaty men toppled Tipp.
As such, he's inclined to believe there will be no repeat of the result that spawned a wave of negativity that consumed Tipperary until such time as they made the All-Ireland final.
"They were in Carton House last weekend, usually they're there before an All-Ireland or a Munster final. So that's a sign," Kelly outlined.
"I heard myself during the week that (Eamon O'Shea) said openly in the paper that 'we're going to Limerick to win'.
"That's not usually Eamon's line, Eamon is usually saying 'we have great belief in the squad and we're looking forward to the challenge ahead'.
"It's like Anthony Cunningham the week before saying 'we're here to win' and I think Eamon is adopting that approach."
Limerick would complete a third Munster SHC win over Tipperary on the spin were they to prevail in the Gaelic Grounds this Sunday, but Kelly - in his first season post retirement - is inclined to believe the previous two will prevent a third.
"Tipp in the last two years, especially in 2013, were a small bit complacent going down to be honest," he admitted.
"Limerick were only coming up from Division 1B and I know they still ar e… but they went on to win Munster that year and are a proven team now, could have been in an All-Ireland."
"I know if I was involved in the team," Kelly continued, "I'd be saying 'you don't want to lose three times in-a-row to the one team'.
"You'd be using that at this stage to motivate your team, you'd be whispering it somewhere. Going down to Limerick is not easy so you want lads psyched up from the off," he concluded.