Hurling: PREMIER WON'T GER DISTRACTED; HURLING LEAGUE: Galway V Tipperary, Tomorrow Kelly Wants Points Not Revenge
Byline: Pat NOLAN
TIPP star Eoin Kelly says the Premier County's primary aim in Galway tomorrow will be to get two points - not to try pull one over on Ger Loughnane.
Kelly says getting to the closing stages of the league is key for Tipp and they cannot allow themselves become distracted by side issues.
"We're going looking for two points against Galway, not a win against Ger Loughnane," said Kelly.
"Getting to the latter stages of the league will give Babs Keating the opportunity to continue experimenting with fringe players in a competitive environment and that's just what we need.
"We are happy with the way things are going. We've lost just one game this year, against Limerick, and that was one we could have won.
"We're learning from our mistakes all the time. Rectifying mistakes and moving on is what any team wants to do and I am satisfied we're on the right track."
Tomorrow's clash at Pearse Stadium (3.30 pm) is set to attract a huge crowd as Babs and Loughnane man opposing dugouts for the first time since 1994.
And Kelly says taking on Galway has always been special for him.
"Galway is a fixture that holds special memories for me. I made my senior Championship debut against them in 2000," he said.
"And a year later, I was part of the Tipp team that won the 2001 All-Ireland final when we beat the same opposition.
"But, our last Championship meeting against Galway, in 2005, was a game to forget from our point of view after we blew a healthy lead and ended up losing.
"And in last year's league match, they beat us comfortably at Semple Stadium. We haven't forgotten those defeats and now we travel to Salthill with a chance to cement our spot in the quarter-finals of the league."
And the sharpshooter warns people should not read too much into last weekend's results when Dublin beat Galway, Cork struggled with Down and his own Tipp had it far from their own way against Antrim. …