Tipperary GAA Scene 28th July 2009

Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan

All IRELAND MINOR FOOTBALL QUARTER FINAL

Good luck to our minor footballers and management for their All Ireland quarter final against Connaught champions Mayo, which will be played in O’Connor Park Tullamore at 3pm on Monday August 3rd. Mayo qualified for this stage after defeating Roscommon in a replay of the Connaught final.

ALL IRELAND MINOR HURLING QUARTER FINAL

Well done to our minor hurlers and management on their 1 point victory after extra time against Wexford in last Saturday’s minor hurling quarter final. The game certainly kept patrons on the edges of their seats but the important thing is that the result was the right one for Tipperary. They now face Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final which is expected to be played in Croke Park on Sunday August 9th prior to the All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford.

All IRELAND SENIOR HURLING SEMI-FINAL

Tipperary will play Limerick in the All Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final on August 16th in Croke Park. Tickets will be distributed to the clubs next week.

TICKET PACKAGES FOR ALL IRELAND Q/FINALS & S/FINALS

A new club group pass has been introduced for 2009 by the GAA. It is available for any All-Ireland Quarter Final or Semi Final in senior hurling or football. The main details are: €10 per person; Available to GAA Clubs only; Minimum purchase of 15; Seats in Davin Stand (Canal End) in Croke Park; Application forms available on www.tickets.gaa.ie.

There is also a group pass for juveniles which is available to all GAA clubs for all Croke Park fixtures (bar the All-Ireland Finals) and selected GAA Championship fixtures. The main details are €3 per juvenile (16 or under); 1 adult free for every 10 juveniles; Additional adults at stand face value; Seats in Davin Stand (Canal End) in Croke Park; Application forms available on www.tickets.gaa.ie

County SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP – DAN BREEN CUP

Eight of the 12 teams which will participate in the first round of the Dan Breen Cup are now known. They are Toomevara, Borris-Ileigh, Loughmore Castleiney, Thurles Sarsfields, Ballybacon Grange, Carrick Swans, Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams and Golden Kilfeacle. They will be joined in the first round by the four losing divisional finalists who will be known on the evening of Sunday August 23rd. The six winners of the first round will be joined in the 2nd round by the two Ó Riain Cup finalists. The four winners from that round will play the divisional finalists in the county quarter finals. The divisional finalists will be kept apart and repeat pairings from previous championship games will be avoided where possible. Interestingly 3 of last year’s 4 county semi-finalists, including champions, Toomevara; beaten finalists, Thurles Sarsfields; and Loughmore Castleiney, exited their divisional championships at the semi-final stage this year but no doubt all 3 clubs will still be major players in the race to decide the ultimate destination of the Dan Breen Cup. The fourth semi-finalist from last year, Clonoulty Rossmore, will defend their West Division title against Cappawhite having defeated Golden Kilfeacle in their semi-final on Sunday evening. Cappawhite defeated Knockavilla Kickhams in the other semi-final. Meanwhile in the North Division, Portroe caused an upset by defeating Toomevara to reach their first ever divisional senior final where they will face Nenagh Éire Óg, conquerors of Borris-Ileigh.

SEAMUS Ó RIAIN CUP

Three of the four Ó Riain Cup Quarter Finals will take place next weekend. The three games all take place at 7pm on Saturday August 1st as follows: Moneygall v Roscrea in Toomevara, Moycarkey Borris v Kilruane MacDonaghs in Templemore and Boherlahan Dualla v Lorrha Dorrha in Dolla. Extra time will apply in all games in the event of a draw. The fourth quarter final between JK Brackens and Kildangan will take place over the weekend of August 22nd and 23rd.

SEMPLE STADIUM HAS A BUSY FEW MONTHS

Well done to the Semple Stadium Management Committee, caretaker, stewards, programme sellers, food and merchandise staff, Gardaí and all who work so hard to make sure events at the “Field of Legends” run smoothly. In the last 2 months there has been a total of 10 senior football and hurling inter-county championship games played there along with camogie senior championship games and Munster u-21 and minor championship football and hurling games. All of those games have been played on a perfect surface despite many days of inclement weather. So we should be very proud of our premier stadium and also the people who make it easy for us to enjoy so many games there.

NATIONAL AWARDS TO VOLUNTEERS IN IRISH SPORT

The 2009 National Awards to Volunteers in Irish Sport is an initiative of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism in conjunction with the Federation of Irish Sports which represents some 68 sports in Ireland. The scheme is being supported by Setanta Sports and the Irish Sports Council.

The Awards will honour eleven individuals who are representative of the 400,000 people who volunteer their time and effort to sport in Ireland each year through their involvement with sports clubs and organisations throughout the country. The first programme of National Awards to Volunteers in Sport was successfully held in 2007. The award winners will be selected by a committee chaired by Olympic gold medal winner, Dr Ronnie Delany, and the Awards will be presented by the Minister in January 2010. Nominations for the Awards can be made by individuals or clubs on-line at www.volunteersinsport.ie which includes full guidelines and details on the 2009 Awards.

GAA Launches Codes of Best Practice and Behaviour

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana, last week unveiled the Association’s Codes of Best Practice in Youth Sport and Behaviour in the company of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Mr Barry Andrews TD, at Croke Park. The purpose of the two codes is to provide realistic and achievable guidance for all units and branches of the GAA family in their work with children and young people.

With more than 14,000 active juvenile teams, the GAA will liaise with its Children’s Officers – at club and county level, Games and Coaching personnel, County Boards and Provincial Councils in addition to team Managers, Coaches, Mentors, Parents/Guardians and other Club personnel who work with teams to assist in a comprehensive roll out of the programmes. Praising those involved with the initiative, the GAA President said: “We speak a lot about our commitment to the youth of the country and we take that responsibility seriously. Today’s initiative could hardly be more significant and it underlines our desire to put in place the best possible structures and supports. The purpose of the two Codes is quite simply to provide realistic and achievable guidance for all units of the GAA in our work with children and young people. Of course the publication and roll out of these guides represents the start of this project, not the end. We in the GAA will rely on the commitment and hard work of so many of our members to ensure that the highest standards are reached in an area of utmost importance.”

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs stated that “The GAA is to be complimented on its excellent work in ensuring that all persons working with young people develop a greater awareness of their responsibilities, including those relating to child protection”.

Both codes are available online at www.gaa.ie and are being rolled out in Tipperary at present.

REMINDER RE COMPULSORY WEARING OF HELMETS FROM JAN 2010

Hurling helmets and face guards will be compulsory for senior hurlers from January 1st 2010. The GAA has re-affirmed that the 2009 senior hurling championships at various different levels will be the last that permit players to take to the field without a hurling helmet and full face guard. New regulations, which come into effect on January 1st next, require ALL players to wear helmets and face guards at all times for both training and matches. The move will see senior players follow the minor and U21 grades where the use of protective headwear has been compulsory in recent seasons. The new regulations will mean match officials will be obliged to stop play if a player appears on the field without the necessary equipment. That player will be advised of the requirements that the new rules place on him and his continued participation will be dependent on his compliance with these rules. This initiative has been designed with the health and safety of the players in mind and with the special intention of reducing head and eye injuries that the use of helmets can help prevent.

TIPPERARY GAA SCENE

Information concerning all areas in the GAA will appear in this section in the future. If you wish to include any item of interest in future articles, please contact the County Public Relations Officer Ger Ryan at 086-8149146 or via e-mail at pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3:00pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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