Tyrone Great Peter Canavan Feels The Current Team Are “Built For Croke Park”

Peter Canavan Tyrone

As things stand, he will go down as Tyrone’s greatest ever player and two-time All-Ireland winner feels that this current Tyrone side are built to play in Croke Park. They have been known to cause upsets at Headquarters and Canavan spoke in a hopeful manner in his Sky Sports GAA column this week;

“Up in Tyrone, they will be planning for every actuality. But there is a lot of hope that they can get a result”.

“That hope is based on the fact that the squad is well conditioned and built for Croke Park”.

Tyrone look like a team in peak physical shape at this moment in time and the wide open spaces on Jones’ Road will suit their free flowing game. The numbers on the backs of their players mean little or nothing as the team collectively attack and defend in numbers and Canavan raised this point along with how he feels that pattern of the game will play out;

“The one thing I don’t really agree with is all this talk that the game will be a low-scoring, intense, dour affair”.

“The fact of the matter is that both of these teams have been putting up big scores all the way through the summer”.

“Tyrone might like to get bodies back, and they do pack their defence. But they look to attack too and, under Mickey Harte, they always have”.

In order to get bodies back and look to attack, Tyrone will need their starting fifteen to empty the tank and then wait for reinforcements to come in. Ronan O’Neill and David Mulgrew both scored braces of goals from the bench against Down and Armagh respectively.

Canavan again raised the issue about the conditioning of the whole squad placing Tyrone in a positive position ahead of Sunday’s game;

“There is also a youthful exuberance about the current panel and you cannot buy that. It has been a work in progress for some time and there are some fine players who have stepped off the underage production line. These have been added to more seasoned players, who have a few years of strength and conditioning under their belts”.

“So there’s a nice mix of craft and experience”.

“Tyrone also look to have a quality bench with players hoping and ready to be sprung when called upon”.

“They will need to be relentless from the start, shut down fully at the back, and counter at speed”.

“Everyone on the Tyrone panel is going into this game with their eyes wide open, but you want to test yourself against the best”.

Everybody is eagerly awaiting Sunday’s game to see what both Tyrone and Dublin are made of. The Dubs fail to be tested so often, that this potential test has neutrals really excited. Tyrone have impressed in the 2017 championship and now they face the acid test against the team aiming to win three All-Ireland titles in a row.

Tyrone have a nice blend of youth and experience. They fell at the quarter-final stage to Mayo last year, and all echoes from the camp are suggesting that a lot of hurt and experience has been bottled up from last year and Sunday provides their best opportunity to right those wrongs.


 Listen to our GAA team’s look ahead to Dublin v Tyrone on this week’s edition of The 16th Man with Dominos.

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