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Noel McGrath Nails Teammate As He's Named Hurling Final Man Of The Match

Noel McGrath Nails Teammate As He's Named Hurling Final Man Of The Match

Tipperary midfielder Noel McGrath was named Man of the Match in yesterday's All-Ireland hurling final victory over Kilkenny. The 28-year-old was also named the Sunday Game Player of the Year.

Speaking after the final whistle, former Cork hurler Donal Óg Cusack said he's never seen a player have as many possessions in a game as McGrath did on Sunday.

As they stood on camera in the Burlington Hotel at the Tipperary team's banquet, Cusack's statement was relayed to McGrath by Joanne Cantwell.

"I suppose when you're out there, you just do what you have to do," responded McGrath.

"It was only when I came in after that a few of the lads were saying I was on a good bit of ball.

"You get lucky somedays, other days, you might not get on any ball. The days you do, you have to do the most you can with it.

"Luckily enough, today was a good day."

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Asked if teammates had hinted he could have laid off a few more possessions to them, McGrath did not hesitate to jokingly name half-forward Dan McCormack as a chief moaner.

There's a few lads down there who would be cribbin' alright, the likes of Dan McCormack there. I don't think Dan can do much when he gets the ball anyway. He hasn't much to be giving out about.

"I suppose there's five, six, seven of us there going together since round '06 or that with the minors," added McGrath.

"There's a few people thought there that the legs were gone out of us. Sometimes, you might feel it alright.

"There's a great 40-man panel that has done everything that's been asked of them."

See Also: The Sunday Game Have Selected Their Hurling Team Of The Year

PJ Browne
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