Tuesday 16 January 2018

Callanan makes use of the hurt locker

Seamus Callanan Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Seamus Callanan Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Having absorbed just about all the pain they could take from Kilkenny these past six lean years, Seamus Callanan reckoned it was about time for Tipperary to start "inflicting the hurt on other teams" after yesterday's All-Ireland final win.

The Premier County stormed to the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time since 2010, beating their old foes by 2-29 to 2-20 in a magnificent performance at Croke Park.

Callanan was the undisputed star of the Tipp show, scoring 0-13, including nine points from play.

"We've hurt enough and it's time for us to start inflicting the hurt on other teams. Today is a very special day," he stressed afterwards.

"I have been part of the panel that has been around for a while that has suffered a lot of defeat to Kilkenny."

Captain Brendan Maher - who became the first hurler to lift both the minor and senior All-Irelands since Brian Cody - said the team had approached the season as the start of something new.

"We had to be different this year, we had to say 'look, this is the way we are' and we had to believe in it more.

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