Tipperary GAA Scene 6th Oct 2009


Well done to Thurles Sarsfields and Drom and Inch on qualifying for the County Senior Hurling championship final to be played in Semple Stadium on October 18th. Commiserations to Toomevara and Upperchurch Drombane, they both met better teams on the day but both contributed a lot to the 2009 championship.

The 2009 final will be a repeat of the 2005 final which Sarsfields won by 1-17 to 0-15 on October 16th. The goal was scored by Wayne Cully. It was Sarsfields’ 29th title and their first since 1974. Ger “Redser” O’Grady was captain and lined out at left half forward – he scored 0-3. Their other scorers were Johnny Enright 0-6, Wayne Cully 1-2, Richie Ruth 0-3, Pat Lalor, Stephen Lillis, and Eddie Enright 0-1 each. Drom’s top man and Man of the Match award winner was Seamus Butler who scored 0-11 (0-7 frees) with the other scorers being James Woodlock 0-2 and Ml Butler, K Butler 0-1 each. The referee was Brian White and the attendance was in excess of 12,000.  Interestingly since the Dan Breen Cup was first presented in 1931 a final has never been played on October 18th.


Killenaule’s victory over Galtee Rovers both won them a place in the semi-finals and ensured that there will be new County Senior Football champions with the exit of defending champions Galtee Rovers. The semi-finals will be played in Semple Stadium on this Sunday, October 11th with Killenaule v Moyle Rovers at 2pm and Aherlow v Loughmore Castleiney at 3.30pm. The County Final will be in Semple Stadium on Sunday October 25th.


Congratulations to Portroe, captained by Andy McCluskey, on winning the county minor C hurling final at the weekend by defeating North Champions Silvermines by 4-18 to 2-8. This is Portroe’s first time winning this competition and they are the 5th winner of this championship from the North Division in its 11 year history. The others were Lorrha and Dorrha (2000), Borrisokane (2001), Shannon Rovers (2002) and Ballinahinch (2007). Clonakenny are the only multiple winners of this championship having been successful in the inaugural year, 1999 and since in 2005 and 2006.


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 reminder that the deadline for the receipt of material for the Tipperary GAA Year Book, especially obituary notices, is November 1st. The Year Book Committee hope that many people in the county will be willing to take out advertisements in the book, which helps to defray the costs of production. Fiachra O’Keeffe, Glenough, Rossmore, Cashel is the advertising agent for the 2010 Yearbook. The final date for the receipt of advertisements in November 13th and it is hoped to have the book, which will be printed by the Nenagh Guardian, in the shops by December 11th.


The second level colleges games are underway again with several games coming up in the next couple of weeks in the Munster . In the Corn an Uachtarán (U18½ B Football) Clonmel CBS will play De La Salle Waterford in Portlaw on Wednesday October 14th at 2.30pm. In the Dean Ryan Cup (U16½ A hurling) Our Lady’s Templemore will play St. Flannan’s College Ennis in Nenagh at 2.30pm on Tuesday October 13th and on Wednesday October 14th Thurles CBS will play St. Caimins of Shannon in Claughaun (Limerick) also at 2.30pm. In the Kinnane Cup (U15 B Hurling, on Monday October 12th Nenagh CBS will play Gael Scoil Mhuire in Ballygagran at 2.30pm and on Wednesday October 14th Cashel CS will play Charleville CBS in Rathbane at 2.30pm. In the Corn Mhic Ruairi (Senior Hurling C) on Wednesday October 14th, Newport CS will play Mitchelstown CBS in Rathkeale at 2.30pm and St. Joseph’s Borrisoleigh will play Blarney in Mitchelstown at 2.30pm. On Friday October 16th, Balingarry will play Pallaskenry in Newport at 2.30pm. Finally in the Corn MhicCraith (U15 C Football) Carrick-on-Suir CBS will play Mallow at Ballygiblin at 2.30pm.


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.

All nominations will be considered by the judging panels and a shortlist of nominees will be announced in early November. The Award Winners will receive specially commissioned bronze sculptured trophies and they will be presented at a Gala Black Tie Banquet in Tipperary in November.


Tony Wall’s book “Hurling”, first published in 1965, is now available in a hand stitched hardback reprint. Tony Wall of Thurles Sarsfields is holder of 5 All Ireland senior hurling medals, was captain of the 1958 winning team, was Texaco hurler of the Year in 1958 and captained the Tipp minor hurlers to All Ireland victory in 1952. The cost including packaging and postage is €56.50. The book is available immediately from Kenny’s Bindery, 13-18 Kilkerrin Park, Liosbaun, Tuam Road, Galway, phone 091-709362, fax 091-757516, email: bindery@kennys.ie.

Junior Supporters prize to interview Brendan Cummins

Would you like to meet Brendan Cummins, conduct an interview with him and have it published in the programme for the County Senior Hurling Final? You could be the lucky winner of this great prize simply by becoming a FREE Junior Member of the Tipperary Supporters Club. Just log on to www.tippsupportersclub.com and fill out the on line membership form. Then just send your question for Brendan to info@tippsupportersclub.com along with your name, age, address and parent’s contact details.

Vodafone Launch “Support your GAA Club” ANNOUNCEMENT

Don’t forget that the GAA have teamed up with Vodafone Ireland to provide Clubs with a terrific new opportunity to raise funds.

With the Vodafone Support Your GAA Club programme 5% of a Vodafone Ireland customer’s mobile phone Pay Monthly bill or Top Up will go to a customer’s nominated GAA Club once a Club and customer have registered, without costing Vodafone Ireland customers a cent extra. The customer does not have to be a member of the GAA Club nominated. The more people that sign up, the more money Clubs receive. There will be additional incentives for each Club whose members or supporters switch from their current network to Vodafone Ireland.

Vodafone Ireland will shortly be communicating with each Club and sending each Club a pack that will allow them to register for the programme. This registration pack is also available to download on www.supportyourgaaclub.ie. Each Club must be registered in order to receive funds. Club members and supporters also need to register at www.supportyourgaaclub.ie and nominate their GAA club.

For more information you can contact the Vodafone Support Your GAA Club team on +353-(0)87-322-5555 or +353- (0)87-322-5566. (9am-9pm Monday – Saturday).


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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