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Sars Celebrate After Captain Padraic Makes History & "Beyond A Dream" Says Thrilled Michael Cahill

posted 17 Sep 2010, 09:12 by Unknown user
By John Guiton
When Padraic Maher lifted the Cross of Cashel Cup, a replica of the old Celtic Cross, on the Semple Stadium podium on Saturday evening last it was a special moment for himself, his team mates, his family, and Thurles Sarsfields club.

Padraic made history for the famous Tipperary hurling bastion by being the first man from the Sars to captain a Tipperary U/21 All-Ireland winning team. And boy did the Blues celebrate the occasion at their social centre beside Semple Stadium! In the space of six days, seven players had added to the club’s massive All-Ireland medal haul. Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill, Lar Corbett Pa Bourke, Bill McCormack Kevin O’Gorman and Denis Maher added their names to the club’s Hall of Fame, Padraic Maher, and Cahill capturing senior and U/21 medals in a fantastic feat. Interesting to note too that it was an all-Sars full-back line of O’Gorman, Maher, and Cahill, in Tipp’s comprehensive U/21 final victory over Galway on Saturday evening. And a pretty formidable line it was too.

Padraic Maher was a colossus in every sense of the word at full-back. The genial young star while wearing the No.6 jersey moved from centreback to the edge of the square, following changes in defence due to the enforced absence of regular full-back John Coghlan. Ciaran Hough was drafted in at left-half-back with senior star Brendan Maher taking up the centre-back spot. It was a defensive sextet that gave little leeway to a skilful Galway attack, and Padraic Maher truly played a captain’s part. Modest and unassuming as ever, Padraic, who is now a household hurling name after winning an All-Star award in 2009, laid the praise firmly on the shoulders of his team mates when I spoke to him after the game. “The strength of our team all year has been teamwork. Every player took responsibility and we are really thrilled the way things turned out. Out there this evening everybody worked so hard from start to finish.There was no let up. We got off to a cracking start with Brian’s (O’Meara) goal in about thirty seconds, and then John (O’Dwyer) had another quickly after. We wanted a positive start and we built on it. The main thing was that we kept up the pressure on a good Galway team at all times, even when we were well ahead” said the young man whose impressive medal collection also includes a 2009 county senior final pennant with the Blues.

Padraic whose splendid speech after receiving the Cup was greeted with roars of approval from delerious Tipp fans said it had been “ a terrific week” for himself and his senior colleagues. “Sure, it is hard to describe it. The feeling of picking up two All-Ireland medals in the space of six days is a dream.

It is the dream of every player to play in an All-Ireland final and I am thrilled for all the lads here in this dressingroom tonight, they are a great bunch of guys and it is an honour to have played with them” said the captain.

Padraic said that it was “not difficult” for him and his senior colleagues to get their “minds down” to the U/21 final in the aftermath of the senior glory six days before. “We didn’t find it hard to focus at all. We enjoyed the celebrations on Sunday night last in the Burlington, and at the homecoming in Thurles, and then we got back to training (U/21) on Tuesday evening. The All-Ireland senior final was a hard game, but, we weren’t tired coming into this match. We kept ourselves right during the week. We were very determined to try and complete the double and we were going to leave no stone unturned. It worked out very well for us and we are over the moon now. I’m really delighted for the thousands of Tipp fans who gave us such wonderful support. To be honest, it probably wont fully sink in for a few days what we have achieved. It is brilliant and I want to pay tribute to everybody involved in the success of the senior and U/21” added Padraic.

How did he feel leading Tipp into Saturday’s final as captain? “ I didn’t really give the captaincy much thought. I put it to the back of my head. The way I looked at it, every player going out on the field in an All-Ireland final is a captain in their own right. They all took responsibility out there this evening and that’s what counts. Credit must go to each and every player, our management team, and all the people who worked behind the scenes to make it happen” said a delighted captain as he headed off, Cup in hand, to meet and acknowledge the support of loyal Tipp fans.

"Beyond A Dream" Says Thrilled Michael Cahill

By Staff Reporter
Michael Cahill, who enhanced his reputation as one of the country's best young talents with outstanding displays at corner-back for Tipp seniors and U-21's on their way to All-Ireland glory, and delighted U/21 selectors Tommy Dunne and TJ Connolly gave their reaction to John Guiton after Saturday's game-
Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)-

To win senior and U-21 medals in the space of six days is beyond a dream for me really. It is hard to describe the feeling. I am just thrilled. As a young lad you always dream of winning an All-Ireland medal, and I suppose I have been very fortunate that I was able to get on teams that won minor, U/21 and senior All-Irelands. Things worked out well for me. I got my chance (debut) on the senior team this year and sure I couldn’t ask for more. The victory last Sunday (senior) was something special, and to come back here tonight and collect an U-21 medal is something out of this world. But, both victories were based on teamwork, work ethic, every player putting their shoulder to the wheel. We got a great start out there tonight, we wanted that, and we drove on from there. We knew we were up against it going into tonight’s game and we knew if we started well we would have to keep up the momentum. We managed to do that after a dream start. We (senior players) felt we were in good shape after last Sunday and great credit is due to the lads working behind the scenes in the attention they gave us during the week, particularly John Casey, Peter Murchen, and Michael Clohessy. And our supporters were wonderful. To see the look of delight on their faces is just great.

Coach Tommy Dunne (Toomevara)-

I am very proud of this team. They are very genuine honest lads who have given us one hundred per cent all year. It is a fantastic feeling to be part of a great double for the county. Our senior players were great in the way they re-focussed after the euphoria of last Sunday’s win and our great start to the gam was criticial to the pattern of the match. Thankfully, we got all the breaks out there. Galway hit some bad wides in the first half when they had a chance of coming back at us. We let our foot off the pedal and we certainly didn’t feel we had it won at half time when we led (3-7 to 0-9). They hit the last three points of the first half. But we started the second half well with quick points and pulled away.

Selector TJ Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs)-

We were worried what impact last Sunday’s final might have on our senior players. But, they are a great bunch of players who came out tonight and showed no signs of wear and tear. They love to perform and we were thrilled with the performance of the team. We couldn’t ask for more. We were twelve points up at the end of the first quarter, but, we knew Galway would fight back. They drove a lot of wides and could have been much closer to us at half time (3-7 to 0-9). But there is great character in this Tipp team and they tore into the second half and took over again. They really proved themselves.

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17 Sep 2010, 09:18