Tipperary GAA Scene 1st Dec 2009





The county U-21 A hurling final between defending champions Thurles Sarsfields and Clonoulty Rossmore will take place in Boherlahan on Sunday next at 2pm. Sarsfields are seeking their 4th title at this grade while Clonoulty Rossmore are seeking their first.  They previously met in the 1988 final when Sarsfields won their first title. Interestingly Sarsfields are seeking to be the fourth club this decade to win back to back titles with Drom and Inch (2000 and 2001), Killenaule (2003 and 2004) and Kilruane MacDonaghs (2006 and 2007) having previously achieved this distinction. The 2002 final was won by Sarsfields and the 2005 final by Toomevara.




We remind all Tipperary GAA supporters that the GAA has launched its 2010 Season Ticket Scheme. Full details of the ticket scheme and how to purchase are on www.gaa.ie. The ticket can also be bought as a gift and includes a ‘Top Up’ credit facility that will mean no credit card or Laser card is required from the gift recipient.




The Mid Tipperary Final of Scór na nÓg will take place in Loughmore Community Centre on Saturday next, December 5th at 8pm. It is good to report that 7 clubs will participate in what is sure to be a great night’s entertainment. All are welcome.




At the recent West Tipperary Referees AGM, John Ryan (Bob) was elected Chairman in succession to Stevie O’Donnell who had completed his 3 year term. However, Stevie will continue as Referees co-ordinator. A new Secretary will be elected at the Adjourned AGM. The AGM was attended by Mattie Finnerty, Chairman of the West Board and County Referees cp-ordinator, John Lonergan, both of whom paid tribute to the referees for their performances and the time and commitment they give to the GAA.




Well done to the Tipperary Senior Football team on winning the County Award in recognition of their Division 3 National Football League Title success and promotion to Division 2 at the annual Canon Hayes National Sports Awards which took place at Ballykisteen last Saturday night. The Mick Doyle Golden Sporting Memory Award went to the Gaelic Athletic Association in recognition of its celebration of its 125 th anniversary.  This Award was presented by Mrs. Mandy Doyle, wife of the late Mick Doyle to GAA Trustee, Mr. Con Hogan, who was joined for the presentation by Mr. Pat Walsh, a grand nephew of Maurice Davin, one of the Founders of the GAA and its first President. Well done to all the other award winners who included World handball champion, Paul Brady; top flat racing jockey, Michael Kinane, Tipperary athlete, Alan Ryan; and John Tobin of Ballypatrick Sports Centre.




There are 15 motions for discussion at the County Convention on Monday December 14th at the Dome in Semple Stadium. Mass will be held at 7pm with the Convention to follow. The motions are:

1. The format of the U-12, U-14 and U-16 championships for the coming year remain the same as in 2009 (Upperchurch Drombane).

2. Any player aged 9, 10, 11 and / or 12 be eligible to play U-12 championship (Upperchurch Drombane)

3. More competitive games are provided for U12/14’s and 16’s at county level to retain juveniles playing hurling and football. (Clonmel Commercials)

4. Under 16 and minor League or championship games not be scheduled or played within two weeks before or during state exams (junior cert, leaving cert, etc.) (Clonmel Commercials)

5. Relevant rules be amended to include a provision that, in all hurling games two points shall be awarded for successfully putting a sideline cut over the bar. (Toomevara)

6. All Inter County Committees name a 24 man squad 5 days prior to Inter County Matches. All other members outside that 24 man panel will be allowed return and play games with their clubs. In the event of a member or members of the panel getting injured, new members may be added. County Bye-Law to be introduced and all affected and relevant bye laws to be amended. (Golden Kilfeacle)

7. County and divisional boards arrange fixtures so that no club will play 2 adult games on the same day (Carrick Swan)

8. Rules of Play: Hurling. Insert new rule: The ball may be struck with the open hand provided there is a definite striking motion, it may only be caught in the hand and played off the Hurley or be struck with the Hurley in the air or on the ground by the next player in contact with the ball. Penalty. Throw in where the foul occurred. (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

9. Rules of Play: Football. Insert new rule: The ball when struck with the open hand or fist may only be caught, kicked from the hand or from the ground or fisted away by the next player in contact with the ball. Penalty. Throw in where the foul occurred. (Kilsheelan Kilcash).

10. Clubs get a minimum of 8 county board passes for officers of adult and juvenile committees (Loughmore Castleiney)

11. Béal An Átha propose the following change to Rule 117 T.O. 2009:

If a Championship is partly organised on a League basis, the following Regulations shall apply:

(a)        League results shall be credited as follows: 2 points for a win, and one for a draw. One League point shall be deducted from a club each time they concede a walk-over or has a game awarded against them.

(b)        If a Club is Disqualified or Retires during the course of the League Stage, its played Games shall stand and its un-played Games shall be awarded to the Opposing Teams. One League point shall be deducted from that club for each un-played game.

(c)        Where Teams finish with equal points for Qualification for the Concluding Stages, or for Promotion or Relegation, the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified: .

i.          Only where a team is being knocked out of a championship; a play-off may be allowed provided:

1.         This has been agreed before the commencement of the championship

2.         Extra Time must be played in all-play-off games where necessary.

3.         Only game play-off game shall be played where possible

i.e. if 3 teams finish level for two qualifying places, 1st place amongst the three teams shall be as in the order below and 2nd place will be decided by a play-off.

ii.          The club which has conceded the fewest amount of walk-overs and/or has had the fewest amount of games awarded against them

iii.         Where two Teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two Teams in the previous game in the Competition.

iv.         Scoring Difference (subtracting the total Scores Against from total Scores For).

v.         Highest Total Score For.

vi.         Scoring Average (divide total Score Against into total Score For).

Exception (for parts iv, v & vi only) If the accumulated scores of a team, so involved, are affected by a disqualification, loss of game on a proven objection, retirement or walk over, the scores (For & Against) of this team shall be discounted from all teams score difference, scores For & Scoring Average. (Ballina)

12. Rule 1.7 T.O. 2009 Part 1 Use of Irish in Official Documents/Correspondence be amended to include under exceptions. (5) It is optional to have fixtures notification in Irish or English or both Irish and English. (Newport)

13. Rule 6.40 T.O. 2009 Part 1 To be amended to include; For Inter-county Senior Championship fixtures at the following stages: Provincial Finals, All Ireland Quarter Finals,       All Ireland Semi Finals, All Ireland Finals, the Committee in charge shall appoint two video referees. (Fr Sheehys)

14. Rule 1 T.O. 2009  Part 2 ; be amended to read;

Control of games shall be entrusted to a referee, four umpires and two linesmen who shall decide on the field, all matters affecting play. A sideline official shall be appointed for all Inter-county Senior Games.  Two video referees shall be appointed for all Inter-County Senior Championship games at the following stages; Provincial finals, All Ireland Quarter Finals, All Ireland Semi-Finals, All Ireland Finals. Rule 1.1 (iii) Powers of the referee be amended to read: To consult with the umpires and/or linesmen and/or video referees where applicable concerning infringements of the playing rules, in particular, rough or dangerous play, striking, hitting or kicking. The referee may apply the appropriate rule following such consultations (Fr Sheehys).

15. That Tipperary County Board Bye-Laws 2009 Parish Rule:  be amended to include; “Exception: A club may use a player or players from an adjoining parish i.e. a parish with which they share a boundary, if the parish in which this player or these players are resident in is not fielding a team in the relevant, code, age group or grade.The player or players involved can retain their right to play for the club in the parish in which they reside in all other codes, age group or grade for which they qualify under the rules of T.O.2009.” (Fr. Sheehys)




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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