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2010 Vs 2016: Which Was The Better Tipperary Team?

GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final 5/9/2010 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Lar Corbett of Tipp scores his sides second goal despite a hurley being thrown in his direction Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer bestof2010

As the dust settles on a remarkable All-Ireland Hurling Championship victory for Tipperary, there are obvious parallels to the team of 2010. Six years ago, the Premier stopped the ‘Drive for Five’, and looked set to dominate the hurling landscape for years to come.

The questions now being raised are whether the class of 2016 can achieve what Lar Corbett and co. failed to do, and go on to create a legacy.

But first we ask, which is the better side?

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Brendan Cummins vs Darren Gleeson

Darren Gleeson had a solid championship campaign, minding the Premier nets throughout. However, Cummins is one of the finest goalkeepers to ever grace a hurling field, and there is no debate here.

Verdict: Brendan Cummins.

©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Paddy Stapleton vs Cathal Barrett

The Borrisoleigh corner-back was, and still is, a capable defender. Barrett meanwhile had one of the great hurling campaigns we have seen in recent times. It is fair to say that Paul Murphy is the only man to rival Barrett for the title as the sport’s best corner-back at present.

Verdict: Cathal Barrett.

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2 12/7/2014 Tipperary Cathal Barrett Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Paul Curran vs James Barry

Curran was possibly more physical than the technical Barry, but both have to be considered as top class full-backs. Both All-Stars for the years in question (we’re not jumping to a farfetched conclusion here) Curran and Barry lead the way in their field.

Verdict: Paul Curran, just…

GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final 5/9/2010 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Paul Curran of Tipp with Eoin Larkin of Kilkenny Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Michael Cahill (2010) vs Michael Cahill (2016)

There is only one winner here…

Cahill experienced a dip in form during the Eamonn O’Shea era, but was on the top of his game either side of this. Comparing like for like. We’ll give it to his 2010 form.

Verdict: Michael Cahill (2010)

Conor Whelan with Michael Cahill 14/8/2016

Declan Fanning vs Seamus Kennedy

Seamus Kennedy impressed throughout 2016. When the difference in intensity between this year and the O’Shea era is highlighted, Kennedy deserves credit.

Fanning was a tidy wing-back, and his aerial ability was a major asset to Tipp.

Verdict: Seamus Kennedy.

Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Final, Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 10/7/2016 Waterford vs Tipperary Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan and Seamus Kennedy of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Conor O’Mahony vs Ronan Maher

Ronan Maher was the engine of the Tipp team this year. Beside his brother Padraic in the half-back line, Ronan excelled, and is a shoo-in for an All-Star award.

Conor O’Mahony’s retirement was a big blow for the Premier, and the effects of his loss showed how important he was to the side.

Verdict: Ronan Maher.

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Tipperary 22/5/2016 Tipperary vs Cork Tipperary's Ronan Maher Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ken Sutton

Padraic Maher (2010) vs Padraic Maher (2016)

Padraic Maher has been one of the finest backs in the game over the last number of years, but he stepped it up a notch in 2016.

Verdict: Padraic Maher (2016)

Padraic Maher and Conor Cooney 14/8/2016

Brendan Maher (2010) vs Brendan Maher (2016)

Young Hurler of the Year in 2010. All-Ireland winning captain in 2016. Two different roles, but he had more of an influence six years ago.

Verdict: Brendan Maher (2010).

Tipperary Brendan Maher Liam McCarthy Cup Hurling

Shane McGrath vs Michael Breen

This is one of the hardest calls on the team to make. Michael Breen has added a huge level of intensity to Tipp this year, bursting forward from the midfield and working tirelessly off the ball.

McGrath was a model midfielder, putting in perfect shifts between the 65s. His fielding was a huge boost for Liam Sheedy’s side.

Verdict: Shane McGrath.

GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final 5/9/2010 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary's Shane McGrath celebrates the final whistle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Gearoid Ryan vs Dan McCormack

Neither are big scorers, but get through a ferocious amount of labour around the park. McCormack added to the industrious work of the half-forward line this year, and we’ll give it to him.

Verdict: Dan McCormack

Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Semi-Final, Semple Stadium, Co. Tipperary 19/6/2016 Tipperary vs Limerick Tipperary's Dan McCormack Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher (2010) vs Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher (2016)

Quoting the original Premier Rap, penned in 2010, “I’d prefer to get hit by a car, than get hit a shoulder from the Bonner Maher.”

Bonner was back close to his best in 2016, but was at his very best in 2010.

Verdict: Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher (2010)

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay, Croke Park, Dublin 27/9/2014 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Kilkenny's Kieran Joyce and Patrick 'Bonner' Maher of Tipperary Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

Noel McGrath (2010) vs Noel McGrath (2016)

McGrath was immense this year, after struggles with illness. It was great to see the Loughmore man get his hands on another celtic cross.

McGrath was awesome both years, so don’t take too much offence at a real 50/50 call.

Verdict: Noel McGrath (2016)

Andrew Smith with Noel McGrath 14/8/2016

John O’Brien vs John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer

O’Brien has his merits, but Bubbles is a different level of operator.

Verdict: John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer.

John Bubbles O'Dwyer

Eoin Kelly vs Seamus Callanan

Eoin Kelly is one of the greatest forwards to ever grace a hurling field, but he had taken on more of a leadership role in 2010, and was not the player he was a few years previous.

Callanan is at the top of his game. This is an easy decision.

Verdict: Seamus Callanan.

GAA All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 4/9/2016 Kilkenny vs Tipperary Tipperary's Seamus Callanan celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy cup after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Lar Corbett vs John McGrath

Two goal machines. Two Premier heroes. Corbett was a different animal. However, at a young age there is little to suggest that McGrath can’t reach those heights.

Verdict: Lar Corbett.

Lar Corbett celebrates scoring a goal 5/9/2010

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Total:

2010 team: 7

2016 team: 8

Author: The PA Team

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