IT IS TWELVE months since Waterford suffered that humiliating defeat against Tipperary in the Munster senior hurling final but a shot at redemption presents itself next Sunday when the sides renew acquaintances at the same stage in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
The Déise line-up has been remodelled since that game with seven of the starting fifteen for Sunday’s match, not featuring in that meeting with Declan Ryan’s Tipperary outfit last July. Liam Lawlor and Maurice Shanahan were both introduced as substitutes during that game last year while Seamus Prendergast did return to the team for the following All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Galway.
But there are a bunch of newcomers in the Waterford ranks with four of the starting fifteen, all under the age of 22, making their championship debuts against Clare in the recent Munster semi-final and three more inexperienced substitutes introduced during that game.
Here’s the lowdown on the new faces.