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Published: 11:15 | 16/6/16

Tyrrell rules out sweeper system


Jackie Tyrrell does not expect Kilkenny to adopt a sweeper system as they target another All-Ireland title.

Speaking in the wake of the Allianz Hurling League semi-final defeat to Clare, Tyrrell's team-mate TJ Reid suggested Kilkenny might be forced to adopt different tactics during the Championship.

Tyrrell, however, believes the reigning All-Ireland champions do not need to go down that route because it is not the Kilkenny way.

"I don’t think it is the Kilkenny way. You play to your strengths and I don’t think a sweeper is Kilkenny’s strength. It might be for other counties and that. I suppose there is a lot of talk out there about sweepers and nobody was really giving out about it when Clare did it in 2013," Tyrrell told the Irish Examiner.

"When they won that All-Ireland, there was nothing said about it. Waterford won a league title, there was nothing said about it then. It only seems to be in the last while.

"I can see the reasons why you’d use a sweeper. I know the games aren’t as exciting then, but I don’t know what the answer is. In terms of us, I don’t see Kilkenny using a sweeper or going down that road."

Tyrrell hopes to return to the Kilkenny panel ahead of the Leinster SHC final against either Offaly or Galway on July 3 after missing out on the semi-final win over Dublin due to a hamstring injury.

The Tribesmen go into their semi-final as favourites but Tyrrell is refusing to rule out Offaly.

"You can’t think like that, you only have to look at the Tipperary footballers last weekend, but I’m sure the motivation to get over Offaly for Galway would be to get another crack at us," he is quoted as saying in the Irish Examiner.

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