Rejuvenated Conor Feeling Tipp Top; Hurling O'brien's on Cloud 9

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Rejuvenated Conor Feeling Tipp Top; Hurling O'brien's on Cloud 9


Byline: PAT NOLAN

TIPPERARY are headed for Croke Park once again and Conor O'Brien is only too happy to be part of it again.

The Eire Og Annacarty man was axed from the panel by manager Declan Ryan last year, but has returned and not only reclaimed his place on the squad, but also slipped in at corner-back on the team and featured in Sunday's Munster final win over Waterford.

O'Brien said: "You go in at the start of every year and you're looking to make an impression and break onto the team and it was no different this year.

"I was delighted to get the phone call from Declan asking me to come back in. If you work hard and you show it in training the boys will give you a chance."

Ryan had called for an improved defensive performance after Tipp conceded 0-24 in the win over Cork and limiting Waterford to just 0-16 was a vast improvement in that regard with the full-back line of O'Brien, Paul Curran and Michael Cahill holding firm.

O'Brien admitted: "Maybe a few of us had to up our performance and it's about the lads working hard out the field. It's a team effort.

"If there are high balls coming in on a wet day the full-backs line are going to be breaking it so your half-backs are going to have to be coming in for it.

"In fairness to Tom Stapleton, Conor O'Mahony and Paudie Maher, they gave us plenty of protection and no better men to do it. We're just delighted to get the victory." O'Brien said that Kilkenny's shock loss to Galway in the previous Sunday's Leinster final had placed Tipp on red alert ahead of facing Waterford - a side they had beaten by 21 points last year. …

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