Tipperary GAA Scene 13th Oct 2009

Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan


The club hurling scene in Tipperary reaches its climax this weekend with the County Senior Hurling final between Drom and Inch and Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday October 18th at 3.30pm in Semple Stadium. It will be preceded by the County Intermediate Hurling final between Arravale Rovers and Carrick Davins at 1.30pm. We wish all 4 clubs good luck for their big day.

Thurles Sarsfields will be seeking their 30th county senior hurling title while Mid Division rivals Drom and Inch will be seeking their first. Sarsfields will also be seeking to become the second club, joining Toomevara, which has won all 3 Dan Breen Cups. The original Dan Breen Cup was first presented in 1931 and was replaced in 1972 and it in turn was replaced in 2006.

Interestingly, it has always been a team from the Mid division that has won the County Senior Hurling title in a major anniversary year of the GAA. Thurles Sarsfields won it in 1909 and 1959, while Moycarkey Borris won it in 1934 and 1984. The 50 year trend suggests a Thurles win but Drom and Inch will surely have different ideas.

In the Intermediate Final, Carrick Davins will be seeking their first victory at this grade but of course they have a famous history at senior level having won county senior titles in 1966 and 1967. Arravale Rovers will be seeking their 2nd title having previously won in 1997. Neither finalist won their divisional title this year but both have peaked at the right time and we can look forward to a keen contest for the Jacksie Ryan Cup.


The Borris-Ileigh teams which won the County Senior Hurling Championships in 1981, 1983 and 1986 will be honoured in Semple Stadium on Sunday between the Intermediate final and the Senior final. In the 1981 final Borris defeated Roscrea by 1-14 to 0-12 with Noel O’Dwyer scoring 0-8 and receiving the Man of the Match award. Timmy Stapleton was captain. Noel O’Dwyer was again Man of the Match in 1983 when Francis Spillane captained the team in their 0-17 to 1-11 victory over Loughmore Castleiney. In 1986 they defeated defending county and All Ireland club champions Kilruane MacDonaghs by 0-14 to 0-7 with Michael Ryan captaining the team and Philip Kenny earning the Man of the Match award having scored 0-6. That team of course went on to win the All Ireland club championship on March 17th 1987 when they defeated Rathnure of Wexford by 2-9 to 0-9 in Croke Park. Later that year, Richard Stakelum captained Tipperary to their first Munster Senior Hurling championship victory in 16 years and famously proclaimed an end to “the famine” in his victory speech in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

We are grateful to the Tipperary Star and Younges of the Ragg for sponsoring this event which adds greatly to the atmosphere of county final day. We also would like to thank Seamus J. King, Pat Carey and John Costigan for their efforts in organising the event, Siobhan Mackey in the GAA office for her administrative support and the Borris-Ileigh club for their assistance and co-operation.


The entry fee to the County Final is €20 for Adults, €10 for Students and OAPs, and Under 16s are free (Valid photographic I.D. required). Both stands will be open at 12.30pm. Groups will be accommodated at stile 50 in Ardan Ó Riain (New Stand).

Stile 1 in the Kinnane Stand (Old Stand) and Stiles 41 and 54 in New Stand are for county board pass holders, 5 year term passes and voluntary stewards’ passes. It is important to note that children will not be allowed out of the Stadium during matches unless accompanied by an adult.

We thank our patrons in advance for their co-operation with these arrangements.


Well done to Moyle Rovers and Aherlow on their victories in the County Senior Football semi-finals in Semple Stadium on Sunday last in front of an attendance of 1,100 people. They will now meet in the County Final also in Semple Stadium on Sunday October 25th. Aherlow last won the title in 2006 and Moyle Rovers last won it in 2007. Hard luck to both losing semi-finalists Killenaule and Loughmore Castleiney on a well fought campaign.


Congratulations to Kilruane MacDonaghs on their 1-22 to 0-17 win over Lorrha and Dorrha in the final of the Seamus Ó Riain Cup Senior Hurling competition which was played in Borrisokane on Sunday last. Kilruane become the second winners of the Ó Riain Cup having lost last year’s inaugural final to Carrick Swans. County Vice Chairman Sean Nugent presented the cup to winning captain, Seamus Hennessy.


Moyne-Templetuohy Óg captured the County Minor “B” Hurling title on Saturday last thanks to a 2-19 to 1-12 victory over Knockmealdown Gaels at Leahy Park Cashel. The Moyne-Templetuohy / Killea combination were captained by 2009 County Minor Hurling captain, Liam Butler, and became the fourth Mid club to capture this title this decade following on from the successes of Drom & Inch (2003), JK Brackens (2004) and Moycarkey-Borris (2007). This competition began in 1984 and was won by Moyne-Templetuohy in 1987 when William Maher was the winning captain.


Well done to Killenaule on winning the County Minor “B” Football title for the first time on Saturday by virtue of a 2-18 to 2-6 victory over Borris-Ileigh at Boherlahan. Afterwards, County Football Board Chairman Noel Morris presented the cup to Killenaule captain Conor Prendergast. Killenaule became the 20th club to capture this title since the competition began in 1985 and the eighth club from the South Division.


Clonmel Óg won the County Junior B Football final on Saturday thanks to a 2-9 to 0-8 victory over Sean Treacys at Boherlahan. Afterwards, County Football Board Chairman Noel Morris presented the cup to Clonmel Óg captain Darren Burns. This competition began at County level in 1995 and in the intervening years, no club has managed to win the title more than once. Of the 15 clubs tied at the top of the roll of honour at this grade with 1 title each, there are 5 North clubs, 4 South clubs, 4 Mid clubs and 2 clubs from the West division.


Congratulations to Ger Coonan (Ballina) who in partnership with Darragh Daly (Tyrone) won the Mens A Doubles in the Handball World Championships in Portland, USA. In the final against the US pairing of Garner and Steele, they went down 21/12 in the first and in a very tight second game they won narrowly 21/18. In the Tie Break they worked hard and finally come out 11/6 winners. Ger also reached the final of the Mens A Singles but he was defeated by Ruairí Kelly (Tyrone) 21/14, 21/15.


The Friends of Tipperary Football are presently running a Membership Draw. Tickets are €20 each and are available from any member of the Committee. The 1st prize is €5,000 euro and there is a total Prize Fund of €9,000 euro. Proceeds of the Draw support all County Football teams. The Draw will be held on Wednesday, 4th November.


A reprint of Tommy Doyle’s book “A Lifetime in Hurling” is now available. The autobiography of the famed Thurles Sarsfields and Tipperary hurler was the first autobiography of a GAA star and was first published in 1955. The cost including packaging and postage is €56.50. The book is now from Kenny’s Bindery, 13-18 Kilkerrin Park, Liosbaun, Tuam Road, Galway, phone 091-709362, fax 091-757516, email: bindery@kennys.ie. Thanks to the Doyle family for permitting the reprint and to PJ Maxwell for making the necessary arrangements.


The Canon Hayes National Sports Awards Committee (Tipperary) has announced that they are now accepting nominations for their 2009 Awards in the categories of Local and County, which are open to nominees from within County Tipperary, and in the categories of National and Outstanding Achievement, which are open to nominees from throughout the 32 counties. Members of the public along with representatives of clubs or sporting organisations are invited to submit nominations for the Awards. All persons nominated should be over the age of 16 years and the nomination should relate to achievements in the past 12 months.

A brief resume of the nominee’s sporting achievements should be submitted along with the nomination to: Sports Awards Committee, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Avondale Crescent, Tipperary Town, to arrive on or before Friday October 23rd. Nominations may also be submitted by e-mail to martinquinns@eircom.net The Awards are open to all sporting disciplines and the committee are looking forward to receiving many nominations for the respective categories. Further details on the Awards are available from the Canon Hayes Sports Centre on 062-52022 or 087-6101628.


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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