Forde ban 'tough' on Tipp star
Jason Forde has admitted that the one-match ban he was hit with for an altercation with Davy Fitzgerald last year that caused him to miss the first round of Tipperary's Munster SHC campaign was "tough to take."
In his annual report, Tipperary GAA secretary Tim Floyd claimed that Jason Forde was found "guilty by association" while Fitzgerald later stated that he felt sorry that the Silvermines man was banned.
Forde was initially hit with a proposed two-match ban with Fitzgerald suspended for eight eight weeks, after their coming together in the League semi-final in Nowlan Park.
Floyd described Forde's role in the incident as "trivial" and though the CHC downgraded the suspension to a single game for contributing to a melee, Forde missed Tipperary's provincial opener against Cork and never regained is place in Michael Ryan's starting XV after a promising personal League campaign.
"You lose the League final - and obviously the way we did was massively disappointing - and for that to come about as well then was hard to take," said Forde who was announced as the PwC All Stars hurler of the month for April after scoring 7-72 in Tipperary's run to this year's League final.
"Your momentum is broken.
"Definitely this year is looking a lot more positive than 12 months ago."