What Armagh team did to Tipperary after game was so, so classy
GAA teams are always told to have no respect for their opponents in a game.
We always hear the stories about players turning into completely different animals when they enter the field of play.
Some of the quietest, most genuine and honest players just change in a game situation. There can be sledging, there can be off-the-ball hits, lads will take ferocious measures in order to win.
Off the field, these lads are often completely different. They're gentleman, they're the soundest lads going.
The Armagh team proved in the aftermath of their qualifier victory over Tipperary in Semple Stadium on Saturday evening that they're classy, that they're respectful, that when the game is over, they're as sound a bunch as you'll find.
It was a hard-fought game, it was competitive. Once that game was over, though, the bite, that lack of respect, it all just goes out the window.
The Armagh team, like all away teams should do, cleaned up the mess they left after themselves and left the dressing room just as they found it.
It's small things like this that make a big difference.
McKeever, who tweeted the image is a former footballer with the Orchard county, and a current selector on the side.
Respect, cleaning the shed#semple pic.twitter.com/wOPZERibiP
— Paddy Mckeever (@Paddywac10) July 17, 2017
Many away teams leave bottles all over the place, they leave dirt, they leave grass on the ground that their boots brought in from the pitch. There's tape, there's spit, there's blood, you'd never know what you could find.
In fairness, lads are in a rush, they've places to go. They know that there'll be someone to clean up the place after them. It's not their job.
That's why Armagh, who had a long journey home ahead of them after Saturday evening's game, deserve huge credit.
The Semple Stadium groundsman's mood was surely lifted when he went into find a pristine away dressing room.
It's a tradition that the All Blacks historically practice for away games.
The GAA is a community, full of lots of different personalities, and it's great to see rivals like this helping each other out.
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