Tipperary GAA Scene 22nd September 2009

COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

And then there were 8!  We have reached the quarter final stages of the County Senior Hurling championship following wins last weekend for Toomevara, Upperchurch Drombane, Thurles Sarsfields and Borris-Ileigh. The quarter finals will be played on Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th in Semple Stadium and the draw has thrown up 4 very attractive games. On Saturday at 3pm North champions Nenagh Éire Óg will play Thurles Sarsfields and at 4.30pm South champions Mullinahone will play Upperchurch Drombane.  On Sunday at 3pm Mid champions, Drom and Inch will take on their neighbouring club, Borris-Ileigh and at 4.30pm West champions Clonoulty Rossmore will play defending County champions, Toomevara. The semi-finals will be played on Sunday October 4th in Semple Stadium with the County final scheduled for Sunday October 18th.

COUNTY INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

The Intermediate Hurling Championship quarter finals are also fixed for this weekend. (see fixtures in this newpaper for details). The games are Moyle Rovers v Arravale Rovers; Gortnahoe Glengoole v Ballina; Galtee Rovers v Carrick Davins; and Newport v Thurles Sarsfields.

BRENDAN CUMMINS – MUNSTER HURLER OF THE YEAR

The Munster Council has chosen Brendan Cummins of Ballybacon Grange and Tipperary as Munster Hurler of the Year for 2009.  Brendan made his championship debut for Tipperary against Waterford in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in May 1995. He has made a record total of 56 championship appearances for Tipperary. His honours include 1 All Ireland Senior Hurling championship, 3 Munster Senior Hurling Championships, 4 National Hurling League titles, 1 All Ireland U-21 Hurling Championship, 4 All Star awards and 4 All Ireland Poc Fada titles. Congratulations to Brendan on a well deserved award.

HONOURING TEAMS OF THE PAST

At this years county senior hurling final on Sunday October 18th, the Borris-Ileigh teams which won the County Senior Hurling Championship in 1981, 1983 and 1986 and the All Ireland Club title for 1986-87 will be honoured and will be introduced on the pitch at half time in the senior final.  At the football final the following Sunday October 25th, the 1975 County Senior Football Champions, Kilruane MacDonaghs, will be honoured and introduced in a similar fashion.

TIPPERARY GAA ARCHIVES WEB SITE – www.tippgaaarchives.com

The new Tipperary GAA archives website, www.tippgaaarchives.com was launched on Saturday September 19th at a function in the Anner Hotel Thurles by County Chairman, Barry O’Brien.  The initiative was sponsored by the Tipperary GAA 125 Committee chaired by Seamus J. King. Among the guests at the launch was Jimmy Butler Coffey of Newport, who will be 100 years old later this year and is the last surviving member of the Tipperary team which won the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in 1937.

The archives site includes a list of every player who was part of a Tipperary Championship team from Minor up to Senior level in Hurling and Football since 1886. The list of over 17,000 players was compiled over the past couple of years by PJ Maxwell, an underage All Ireland hurling medallist with Tipperary and captain of the Tipperary team which won the 1980 Munster Under 21 Hurling Final. Thanks to the assistance of the clubs in Tipperary, over 90% of the players will include the correct Christian name also.

The new web site will also include the Divisional and County Championship Roll of Honour for all grades in Hurling and Football from Minor C grade all the way up to Senior since each competition began. This list was compiled by former County PRO and current Tipperary I.T. Committee Chairman, Ed Donnelly, from numerous sources and again, thanks to the assistance of the clubs, the name of the winning captain is included for over 75% of all County Champions.

All Ireland senior hurling medallist, former All-Star and current Tipperary Minor Hurling Manager, Mark O’Leary, set up the web site and supporting database. The use of modern technology will ensure that not only can the information be easily searched online but the web site can be updated in real-time

Tipperary County Board would like to thank the 125 Committee for sponsoring this initiative and to thank most sincerely PJ, Ed and Mark for their dedication to the project. It has required painstaking research and will be a very valuable reference point for anybody interested in Tipperary GAA.

Queries and feedback should be directed to Ed Donnelly, Chairman Tipperary IT Committee, at ed.donnelly@gaa.ie or 087-2055642.

TIPPERARY HURLING CLUB BOSTON

Congratulations to the Tipperary hurling team which recently won the Boston senior hurling championship. The Tipperary boys defeated reigning champions, Wexford, on a final score of 0-14 to 1-9. The game was close throughout with Tipp leading at half time by two points. Tipperary should possibly have been further in front in the closing minutes after having the upper hand for most of the second half but the Wexford men hung in there and ensured a nail biting finish that could have seen victory go either way. Nobody could argue though that Tipp were the better side over the hour and fully deserved their victory.  There were great celebrations at the final whistle as the victory capped off a marvellous year for the Tipp club, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Tipperary natives involved in the win included Eoin Ryan and Ciaran McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Jimbob McCarthy (Golden Kilfeacle), David Young and Paul McGrath (Toomevara), while John McGrath (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams) was a substitute. James Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore) had played with the team in earlier rounds but had to return home before the final. The team manager was Liam Tuohy (Golden Kilfeacle). Well done to all concerned and congratulations on your 25th anniversary.

JOHN OWENS TO MANAGE WATERFORD FOOTBALLERS

Good luck to former Tipperary defender John Owens on his appointment as manager of the Waterford Senior Football team. He brings to three the number of Tipperary men managing senior inter-county teams outside their own county with John McIntyre in charge of the Galway hurlers and Colm Bonnar the Wexford hurling manager. Richard Stakelum is also involved at inter-county level as a selector with the Dublin hurlers.

TIPPERARY ASSOCIATION LONDON ANNUAL DINNER DANCE

The Tipperary Association London will hold its Annual Dinner Dance in the Crown Moran Hotel on Saturday October 24th. Among the guests will be Tipperary Senior Hurling Captain, Willie Ryan; Vice Captain, Conor O’Mahony and Senior Football Captain, Andrew Morrissey. Over 250 diners will be making their way to the Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood Broadway for the Bank Holiday weekend function. Entertainment will once again be provided by the magnificent Barry Owen Band.  Tickets enquiries can be made to the London Tipperary Association’s Life President – Tom Milne (00 44) (0) 20 7387 7739 or Mob: (00 44 (0) 7956 938187, Chairman – John Whyte (00 44) (0) 20 8641 9977 or Mob: (00 44 (0) 7889 060191 or, President  – Gus Casey (00 44) (0) 20 8422 0596 or Mob: (00 44 (0) 7939 110219.

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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