Tommy Walsh has defended Lar Corbett’s actions against him during the All-Ireland hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.
Kilkenny disposed of Tipperary handily enough in the end but the first half was a tight affair until Corbett seemingly became obsessed with chasing Walsh around the pitch.
Corbett is one of the greatest attacking weapons Tipperary has at their disposal and to see him chasing a Kilkenny defender around Croke Park beggared belief.
Many commentators, analysts, pundits and fans have since deduced that it was a dirty tactic from Declan Ryan to impose Corbett on Walsh with the intention of having the already booked Tullaroan man sent off.
Walsh however doesn’t believe such thoughts as he says the GAA is a family at the end of the day and the players hold the utmost respect for one another.
Speaking recently Walsh said: “I believe in the GAA, especially in the hurling, because we all meet each other so often at functions and different trips and that.
“On the field you are obviously trying to beat your man and that but everyone gets on very well off the field so I don’t think anyone in hurling ever really tries to get anyone sent off.
“Usually, if a lad gets a belt he gets straight back up. In hurling that’s the way it is. That’s the tradition when you go home.
“That’s what your supporters like; that you go out and do your best and if you lose, you lose, and if you win, you win.”
Walsh conceded that it was a tough day at the office for him personally having conceded a booking early on but he was delighted with the end result.
“When you get a yellow so early in the game you have to concentrate that bit harder, you can’t throw in the hurl loosely,” he said. “You have to really concentrate on not giving away frees.
“My job was just trying to keep my man from scoring and try and get on the ball myself and hit balls up to the forwards.
“Tactics is a big part of hurling now. It’s probably taken on from the football. You just have to go out and prepare for whatever happens and you have to be able to think on your feet.”