Ruthless Tipp will terrorise Cork as farce rolls on
ALLIANZ NHL DIV 1
TIPPERARY v CORK
(Thurles, Tonight, 7.30, Live Setanta)
SAYS it all really. The traditional heavyweights of Munster hurling do battle against an historic backdrop -- the switching-on of the Semple Stadium floodlights -- and the bookies will offer you odds of 1/50 on a Tipp victory.
That's right, one-to-fifty!
For the above, you can blame neither the penny-pinching motives of a miserly profession or even the recession.
After that, depending on your point of view, you will either hold the 2008 Cork panel, Gerald McCarthy or the county board to account. Or even all three.
Too much has been said and written about this farcical Cork mess already. More pointedly, too much has been said by the main protagonists to make it possible to bring about a genuine compromise and sustainable peace.
So Cork and McCarthy are left with what they have. It would be both trite and misleading to denigrate the '09 squad as uniformly useless -- they were game as hell against Dublin and several individuals, notably Barry Johnson, Aidan Ryan and Adrian Mannix, carried the gait of handy hurlers.
But they are, undeniably, out of their depth.
Against Dublin they were unlucky to lose by nine but they also got lucky that the opposition was distinctly below-par. Tonight, they will face a seriously battle-hardened Tipperary defence and an All Star midfielder (the returning Shane McGrath).
Just as well, for Cork's sake, that the likes of Eoin Kelly and Lar Corbett aren't fit to run amok up front.
The result is already decided and it's all down to the margin. Tipp aren't at full strength but, if they're in a ruthless mood, it could be scary.
ODDS: Tipperary 1/50, Draw 16/1, Cork 12/1