Heart and passion helped Tipp beat Offaly, says Tipperary manager

“It’s a great way to win a final and a terrible way to lose one and our thoughts are with Offaly.”

The words of Tipperary manager James Woodlock likely echoed the sentiments of the majority of Tipperary supporters during the 20,214-strong turnout at UPMC Nowlan Park last Sunday.

The Drom-Inch man was stunned by the enormity of the spectacular victory over Offaly in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling final, but after the celebrations began to die down on the pitch by Afterwards, he quickly regained his voice.

“The heart and the desire shown by the players was phenomenal and it was confirmed again today. It took us until the last seconds to win this match and obviously we did it with fourteen players as well. But , we would have been very disappointed with certain aspects of our game. We made it difficult for ourselves – in fact, we made every game difficult for us this year. Offaly came here thinking they were going to win today and rightly so – they have a brilliant team. They brought huge momentum with them and we knew they had a bandwagon with them and lots of support. They’re a brilliant team and we knew we had it all. do,” he said.

Tipperary showed plenty of character throughout the campaign and they also showed maturity beyond their tender years. And, James pointed to the fact that sixteen members of the team had been involved in minor hurling and football facilities last year as crucial in that regard.

“Every question they were asked this year, they knew how to answer it. We said to ourselves that if it took until the 57th or 58th minute, we would still be there and it happened like that. We have showed earlier in the year that we were capable of coming back and we showed it again today. We showed maturity and composure even though things weren’t working out well for us. We only had little luck in the final game of the match because so many things hadn’t gone right for us. When you don’t die in games you always have a chance to win,” James said.

Admitting he was well aware of the pressure the job entailed when he accepted it two years ago, James hinted that Tipperary made history as the first team to win the Cup Tony Forrestal (U-14) and following win the All Ireland Minor Hurling Final.

“I’ve been told my whole life that I’m not good enough and that kind of siege mentality attitude has taken hold of me. I thought if I ever got the chance to rewrite the books of history I would do everything in my power to do so I’m glad we’ve done it now and I’m really looking forward to onboarding the guys to the next grade in the years to come because we we need,” he said.

Did he like the game?

“It wasn’t nice from my perspective – absolutely not. I’m relieved more than anything and hopefully we can enjoy the next day or two. I’m delighted we won the All-Ireland and for their parents and families who brought them to training three/four times a week, that’s huge. That’s huge for everyone involved and I’m thrilled for all of them,” he said. said, adding that heart and passion won the day for Tipperary.