Revisiting the 80's Tipp / Galway rivalry which ended with 13 v 15

"Definitely, the eye was off the ball"

BY Joseph Conroy 22:05 Thursday 3 August 2017, 22:05 3 Aug 2017

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Ahead of this Sunday's All Ireland hurling semi-final, we revisited the often fiery rivalry between the two sides in the late 80's and early 90s.

Tribesman Anthony Cunningham and Tipp's Ken Hogan joined us for a trip down memory lane.

Anthony told Off The Ball that the rivalry went international when the two sides found themselves staying next to each other in the Canary Islands on team trips abroad:

"There was definitely tension in certain places we were in ... one or two of the Galway guys who didn't get on with one or two of the Tipp guys," he recalled.

The panels clashed in 1987 when Galway derailed a highly-fancied Tipperary team.

Ken reflected that the attention that the team attracted after winning the Munster title knocked the team off of its stride, soon there were massive crowds coming to their open training sessions:

"Every score in training, every shot in training, every save in training was applauded by the crowd - which was a very strange sense. Really we were setting ourselves up for a big fall," he told OTB.

From the other side of the border, Cunningham said that the 1987 victory was, in part, a reaction from Galway after suffering heartbreaking defeats in the two previous championships.

He added, "those losses - if they are managed correctly will drive you on," - he believes that the Galway 15 which lines out this weekend may have a similar determination.

After Galway did the 'two in a row,' that rivalry came to a head in 1989 when Galway ended their All Ireland semi-final against Tipp with 13 men on the pitch as they missed out on their third final.

That coincided with the 'Keady Affair' when Galway's Tony Keady was banned for playing games in the US without having the correct clearance to take to the field.

Anthony said, "definitely the eye was off the ball" once that happened and it unsettled the team.

Ken Hogan also told OTB about the impact that Babs Keating had on the county - here's the full chat:


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