Noel McGrath’s recovery from cancer was one of the stories of the 2015 championship. As he ran onto the field against Galway in Croke Park, the stadium was brought to its feet to welcome back one of Tipperary’s favourite sons to the big time.
It was almost the dream comeback, as his late point looked as though it was going to tip the scales in the Premier’s favour. However, it was not to be, as the Tribesmen secured a famous victory and marched on to face Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final.
This Saturday night sees the first round of the National Hurling League.
To kick things off, 2011 champions Dublin travel to the ‘Home of Hurling’ to face Michael Ryan’s side at Semple Stadium.
It will warm the hearts of all GAA fans to see McGrath back in the starting team.
At his best, ‘The Milky Bar Kid’ (as he was famously dubbed in a pre-All-Ireland Final song) is one of the finest forwards in the game.
He joins his younger brother John in the full forward line.
Elsewhere, Cathal Barrett has recovered from injury to make the starting 15, in a side that is made up of a mix of established and fringe players.
TippSHvDub– Gleeson; Barrett,Hamill,Cahill; BrMaher,Barry,PadMaher; Breen,DQuinn; DMcCormack,PatMaher,Forde; NMcGrath,Kenny,JMcGrath
— Tipperary GAA (@TipperaryGAA) February 11, 2016
The Premier were well beaten against the same opposition in their league opener last year, and they will need to be at their best to beat Ger Cunningham’s side, who captured the Walsh Cup a fortnight ago.
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