“Only a fool would write off Waterford” – Lar Corbett

Updated: July 14, 2012

Tipperary legend Lar Corbett has emphasized in the Irish Independent the danger that Waterford present while stating that the Munster senior hurling title still holds major importance within the province.

Corbett has faced the Déise eight times.  The first was ten years ago, when the Premier County went into the Munster hurling final as defending provincial and All-Ireland champions.  They were of course, similar to Sunday’s showdown, also raging hot favorites for a game that was also played at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Waterford proceeded to win the game by nine points and Corbett has learned to not take the Déise lightly ever since.  Over the course of the intervening decade, the neighboring counties have recorded four wins apiece over each other, so Tipperary would be well advised not to take Sunday’s opponents for granted.

Waterford have in fact won four Munster senior hurling titles over the last ten years and been runners-up twice.  They are the most successful county in the province over that period.

While the All-Ireland title that Waterford deserve has eluded them, they are immensely dangerous in a Munster final – or any game they play for that matter.

Waterford’s John Mullane, Eoin Kelly, Eoin McGrath and Séamus Prendergast are going for their fifth Munster senior hurling medals.  That’s the same as the older members of the Tipp squad – Eoin Kelly, John O’Brien, Brendan Cummins and Corbett himself.  The difference is that Cummins has been playing senior hurling for Tipp since 1995.  It’s taken him 17 years to win four Munster medals, but the Waterford lads have won four in the space of just a decade.

Corbett stated that the Munster hurling championship still holds value and merit when he stated:

“This is a special day and the Munster championship itself is fantastic, simply because there are five teams involved who are competitive and capable of beating each other.
“Look at Clare v Waterford — a two-point margin. Tipp against Cork — one point between the teams.
“When we played Limerick, we won by four points, but only after a real scare. Tight, competitive matches generate excitement, interest and crowds. Even with the back door in place, the three matches to date in this year’s Munster championship have been fought on the basis that they have to be won.”
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