The hurling faithful were left frustrated by the late call which put Cork-Tipp back a week

The hurling faithful were left frustrated by the late call which put Cork-Tipp back a week
A general view of the pitch after referee Seán Cleere called off the game. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

IT was not, in anyone’s terms, ‘hurling weather’ yesterday.

Referee Seán Cleere had no choice but to postpone the Cork-Tipperary league clash at Páirc Uí Rinn due to surface water on the pitch. The game will now take place next Sunday, March 10, at 2pm in the same venue.

Supporters had no reason to quibble with the decision itself given the volume of rain that fell in recent days but it was hugely frustrating that they had to wait until roughly 1.10pm for official confirmation. There was already a decent crowd parked up from noon onwards and a share of them were standing and queueing outside the ground for it to be opened before the game was postponed.

Shop workers Paddy and Sinead Murphy close up. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Shop workers Paddy and Sinead Murphy close up. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

The Cork County Board was waiting on the referee’s inspection but that didn’t placate the fans, who argued the plug should have been pulled on the fixture before they travelled. Certainly, the Tipp contingent faced a grim journey back over the county bounds having headed to Leeside in vain. They’ve had a pretty poor league anyway under the returning Liam Sheedy, losing three in a row since an impressive opening day effort against Clare.

Overall they’ve managed just one victory from their last nine league and championship outings, which is staggering when you consider the Premier were tipped for the double before last year’s league final loss to Kilkenny.

Originally yesterday’s clash was slated for Páirc Uí Chaoimh, where the old rivals will collide in the first game in the Munster championship round robin series.

Of course, the Páirc has been shut down until then in a bid to get it right for championship.

And the pitch will need to be replaced after the summer, which is a pretty embarrassing state of affairs given the colossal outlay on the stadium rebuild.

The board can’t be blamed for this postponement though as other major hurling league fixtures across the country were also put back, which means the final will also be deferred for a week, to March 30/31. This Cork team isn’t built for heavy ground but no team enjoys hurling in the conditions we had on Sunday.

It’s been a worthwhile campaign so far for John Meyler’s charges, despite patchy displays in the first two ties against Wexford and Kilkenny.

Aidan Walsh, Cormac Murphy and Stephen McDonnell have all added a bit since returning to the panel, while Tim O’Mahony is nailing down the number six berth.

In one way it would have been interesting to see how they coped with the hard slog in the rain, though for the likes of Sars corner-forward Jack O’Connor and Conor Lehane thrive on harder pitches.

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