Tipperary GAA Scene 2nd March 2010

by County PRO Ger Ryan


After a disappointing defeat to Dublin last Sunday, Tipperary’s senior hurlers will be hoping to bounce back against Kilkenny on Sunday March 7th when hopefully the twice cancelled game against the defending League and All Ireland champions will actually take place. The game is scheduled to commence at 2.30pm. In keeping with the promise made to supporters on the night the first game was cancelled, there will be no entry charge. Both stands and one terrace will be open from 12.30pm on Sunday. Supporters are asked to come early if they wish to gain access to the stands. As the game is non-ticket, health and safety rules mean that both stands will be closed once 70% full.  This will be the 60th league encounter between Tipperary and Kilkenny with Tipp having won 28, Kilkenny 25 and 6 draws in the previous 59 games.


Tipperary will play Down in the 3rd round of the Allianz GAA Football National League in Pairc Esler, Newry on Saturday night next at 7.30pm. Tipperary will be seeking their first victory in the current campaign while Down will be aiming to make it 3 wins a row in this rematch of last year’s Division 3 final, which Tipperary won.

County Senior Football Championship Draws 2010

The county senior football championship will be played on a knockout basis with the last four teams playing the four divisional champions in the County quarter finals. If a team comes through to the last four in the County series and also win their respective divisional championship, they will automatically go through to the County Semi Final. There will be one preliminary round with the winner playing in game (A) in round 1. The full draw is: Preliminary Round: J.K.Brackens v Clonmel Commercials; Round 1: (A) Preliminary winners v Loughmore Castleiney;  (B) Killenaule v Aherlow; (C) Fr John Kenyons v Cahir; (D) Galtee Rovers v Fethard; (E) Eire Óg Annacarty v Ardfinnan; (F) Carrick Swans v Clonmel Óg; (G) Thomas MacDonaghs v Moyle Rovers; (H) Arravale Rovers v Moyne Templetuohy. The second round draw will be the winners of AvB, CvD, EvF, GvH.


The senior hurling league is divided into three divisions of eight teams with the top four teams in each division playing semi finals.  First teams listed have home venue for their first round game. The draw is: Premier Division – Round (1): Thurles Sarsfields v Drom and Inch; Nenagh Eire Óg v Borris-Ileigh; Clonoulty Rossmore v Toomevara; Holycross Ballycahill v Upperchurch Drombane. Division (1) – Round (1): Moycarkey Borris v Kilruane MacDonaghs; Loughmore Castleiney v Cappawhite; Lorrha and Dorrha v Portroe; Kildangan v J.K.Brackens. Division (2) – Round (1): Boherlahan Dualla v Templederry Kenyons; Burgess v Moneygall; Ballingarry v Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams; Golden Kilfeacle v Roscrea. Games are scheduled to commence on the weekend of March 27th and 28th.

County Intermediate Hurling League

The County Intermediate hurling league has eight teams with the top four teams advancing to the semi finals.  The teams listed first have home venue for their first round game. Round (1) – Clonakenny v Aherlow; Cahir v Fethard; Gortnahoe Glengoole v Grangemockle Ballyneale; Moyne Templetuohy v Moyle Rovers.

County Junior Hurling League

The County junior hurling league has eight teams with the top four teams advancing to the semi finals. The teams listed first have home venue for their first round game. Round (1) – Rockwell Rovers v St Patricks Drangan; Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams v Kilsheelan Kilcash; Cahir v Clonoulty Rossmore; Ballylooby Castlegrace v Cappawhite.


The Annual Convention of Munster Council will take place on Friday night next March 5th in Listowel. We wish former Chairman of Tipperary County Board and current Central Council Representative, John Costigan of JK Brackens every success in his quest to become Vice Chairman of the Council. The other contestant for this position is former Chairman of Clare County Board, Robert Frost. Michael Power (outgoing) of Newcastle will be returned as Treasurer and we wish him all the best for the coming year. John Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill) will retire as a Tipperary delegate to Munster Council having completed a 5 year term. John has made a great contribution to the council particularly in relation to grounds development, an area in which has demonstrated expertise for many years in Tipperary and beyond. We thank John for representing the county with such distinction and look forward to him continuing to contribute to the GAA in Tipperary in other ways. He will be replaced by PJ Maher of Boherlahan Dualla who was elected at the Tipperary County Convention in December 09. Donal Shanahan  (Toomevara) will continue as the other Tipperary delegate to the Council. Jimmy O’Gorman (Waterford) will retire as Chairman at the Convention having completed his 3 year term. The GAA 125 celebrations last year were among the highlights of Jimmy’s term and we congratulate him on a successful 3 years carried out at all times in a friendly and courteous manner. He will be succeeded by Sean Walsh of Kerry to whom we wish every success for his term.


The County Senior Scór final was held in the Marian Hall, Borrisoleigh on Saturday night last, 27th February. A wonderful night of cultural entertainment was enjoyed by everyone in the packed hall. It was fantastic to see competitors representing all four divisions in the county. Newcastle were triumphant in the figure dancing and ballad group competitions. Noreen Ryan of Clonoulty/Rossmore came out on top in solo singing competition. A strong team from Newport succeeded in the instrumental music competition. Aine Ryan of Upperchurch/Drombane won the recitation title after having the crowd in knots of laughter. Borris-Ileigh were victorious in both the question time and set dancing competitions. The Novelty Act was won by the team from Moyne/Templetouhy. We wish all the successful competitors the best of luck in the upcoming Munster semi-final which will be held in Cappamore on Saturday 6th March at 7pm. Keep an eye on this section for upcoming fixtures for Scór na bpáistí.


Over 400,000 people give of their time voluntarily to sports clubs and organisations in Ireland each year and volunteers who run and administer sport in Ireland but often go unnoticed were honoured last week at a National Awards ceremony in Dublin. Tipperary’s Liz Howard, former President of the Camogie Association and PRO of Tipperary County Board, received the award for National Administrator of the Year. Congratulations to Liz on her well deserved achievement.


The Fitzgibbon Cup third level colleges senior hurling semi-finals and final will be hosted by NUIG in Galway this weekend. The semi-final between Waterford IT and Univeristy of Limerick; and Limerick IT and NUIG will take place on Friday March 5th and  the final will be on Saturday March 6th. There are students from Tipperary playing with all 4 colleges and we wish them all good luck for the weekend.


A reminder to all adult and juvenile club PROs in Tipperary as well as divisional PROs and PROs of Bord na nOg, Football Board, Friends of Tipperary Football, Tipperary Supporters Club, Tipperary Handball, Tipperary Camogie, Tipperary Ladies Football, Cumann na mBunscol and Tipperary Scór that a PRO seminar will be held on Friday, March 12th at 7.30pm in the Horse and Jockey Hotel. The purpose of the seminar is to provide some practical advice and assistance to club PROs that will enable them to perform their roles more effectively.  There will also be an open forum discussion and question and answer session with all the speakers. Notification has been sent to all Club Secretaries. Please confirm attendance to Ger Ryan, PRO, Tipperary County Board at pro.tipperary@gaa.ie no later than Friday, March 5th. Details provided should include name of attendee(s), position held and email and phone contact details.


The replay of the Dr. Harty Cup Post Primary Schools Senior Hurling Final between Thurles CBS and Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick will take place at 3pm on Saturday March 6th 2010 in MacDonagh Park Nenagh. We have been asked to point out that there will be no parking in the MacDonagh Park grounds except for match officials and teams.


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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