Tipperary GAA Scene 30th March 2010

gaa-logo11BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN

MUNSTER U-21 FOOTBALL FINAL

Good luck to Tipperary’s U-21 footballers who take on Kerry in the Cadbury’s Munster U-21 Football Championship final at AustinStackPark, Tralee on Wednesday, March 31st at 7.30pm. This will be Tipperary’s fourth Munster final in a row and unfortunately victory has eluded them in all 3 previous finals. Kerry defeated Cork in their semi-final and Tipp defeated Limerick in theirs.

ALLIANZ GAA HURLING NATIONAL LEAGUE

Tipperary are now third in the Allianz GAA National Hurling League table behind leaders Cork and second place Galway. Tipp need to defeat Cork in their game on Sunday next, April 4th at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Offaly in their final game on April 18th in Tullamore if they are to have a chance of qualifying for the League Final. Next Sunday’s game will be the 53rd League encounter between Tipp and Cork, with Cork winning 26, Tipp 23 and 3 draws in the previous 52 clashes. In their last 10 League meetings Tipperary have won 5, Cork 4 and there was 1 draw. Their last league meeting at Páirc Uí Chaoimh was in 2004 when the result was a draw on the scoreline of Tipperary 1-20 Cork 2-17.  Tipp’s last win in Cork was in 2002 when they won a group stage game by 1-17 to 1-14 but Cork reversed that defeat in the semi-final that year, also played in Cork,  on a scoreline of 0-21 to 1-10.

ALLIANZ GAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL LEAGUE

Hard luck to Tipperary’s senior footballers who put up a great second half performance to draw level against Armagh after 64 minutes having been down 11 points at half time. However, Armagh responded strongly and eventually won by 4 points. The defeat coupled with other results going against them, means that Tipperary are relegated from Division 2 and their final game against Westmeath, also relegated, is of no competitive consequence.

TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB AGM

The AGM of the Tipperary Supporters Club brought a good gathering of Tipperary supporters to the Templemore Arms Hotel on Wednesday March 24th. Eamonn Buckley, Treasurer and John Ryan, Assistant Treasurer, presented a detailed financial report. A record number of almost 2,400 members joined the Club in 2009. The Golf Classic was again a major success. Sponsorship and donations and the special All Ireland Final Weekend Golf Classic were also very successful in raising funds. Other activities including proceeds from the Tipperary Credit Card (see www.tippsupportersclub.com) completed the income for the year. Grants of almost €168,000 were made to cover expenses incurred in the preparation of the Tipperary SH Panel. Due to reaching the All Ireland SH Final there were additional expenses of Team Outfits and a contribution to the All Ireland Team Holiday Fund.  The club also sponsored the All Ireland U-16 Hurling Championship, which is run by Tipperary Bord na nOg, for the fourth successive year.

In his report Secretary Joe Tuohy summarised the highlights of the Club’s activities for the year. John Coman, PRO and Membership Officer, reported on another record year for numbers joining.  In his address as Chairman John Tierney announced that the Annual Golf Classic would take place in the County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum, Co Tipperary on May 13th and 14th. He said that the Club was even more relevant in difficult economic times and in the light of current circumstances the fee would be €600 per team of 4 and that individuals would be especially welcome to enter at €150 per person. John thanked everyone who had helped him in his role during his first year as Chairman of the Club. He paid tribute to the team management and players, who wore the Blue and Gold with great pride and skill. John Tierney was re-elected as Chairman and he paid warm tribute to the contribution of Matt Gleeson, and who retired from the Committee after many years service.  As Treasurer of the County Board, Eamonn Buckley was re-elected automatically as Treasurer of the Club. Also re-elected were John Ryan, Assistant Treasurer, Joe Tuohy, Secretary and John Coman, PRO and Membership Officer. The meeting was also addressed by Barry O’Brien, County Board Chairman; Michael Fenton, President, Tipperary Association, Dublin; and by Liam Sheedy, SH Manager. On behalf of the players Liam Sheedy thanked the Club for the support during that year and previous years. Liam urged all Tipperary supporters to assist the Club and spoke of the strong unity and desire for further success within the SH Panel. Also present at the meeting were Lar Corbett, Noel McGrath and Brendan Maher.

ALL IRELAND COLLEGES FINALS

Well done to Clonmel CBS (High School) on qualifying for the All Ireland Colleges B Senior Football final by defeating Celbridge in the semi-final. They will now play Sr. Attractas of Tubbercurry in the final on April 9th at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.

The All-Ireland Vocational Schools A Senior Hurling Final between Banagher College and Causeway Comprehensive and the All Ireland Colleges A Senior Hurling Final between Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick and St. Kieran’s College Kilkenny will be played on Saturday, April 3rd in Semple Stadium at 12.45pm amd 2.30pm respectively.  Good luck to all teams and officials and in particular to Johnny Ryan of Boherlahan and his officials, who will take charge of the Colleges final.

RETIREMENT of TJ EGAN FROM MUNSTER COUNCIL

TJ Egan of Borrisokane retired from Munster Council at its recent Convention having served for many years as the Vocational Schools representative on the Council. TJ has represented the Vocational Schools sector within the county and at provincial and national level with great distinction and commitment for many years. Several tributes were deservedly paid to him at the Convention and a presentation was made to him by outgoing Munster Council Chairman, Jimmy O’Gorman and incoming Chairman, Sean Walsh.

County Scór na bpáistí

The County Scór na bPáistí final was held in Halla na Féile, Cashel on Sunday last, March 28th. The hall was packed and the standard of competition was impressively high. Tipperary senior hurler James Woodlock was on hand to present the medals. Ballina came first in figure dancing. Liam McCutcheon of Templederry succeeded in solo singing. Liam picked up another medal along with his team as Templederry triumphed in novelty act. Newport were worthy winners of both instrumental music and ballad group. Borris-Ileigh had a winner with Orla Ryan in recitation. After three rounds of tie breakers Seán Treacys took the question time title. Drom-Inch were victorious in set dancing. This concluded Scór na bPáistí competitions in Tipperary for 2010 but no doubt plans are already being made for 2011. The CountyScór committee would like to thank all parents, teachers and mentors for their continued support of Scór na bPáistí in Tipperary.

HANDBALL CONGRESS IN THURLES

Well done to the Tipperary Handball Board under the chairmanship of Pat McKenna for hosting the Annual Handball Congress in the Anner Hotel, Thurles on Sunday last. Congratulations also to Ken Conway on his re-election as Treasurer of the Handball Association.

BOOK REPRINTS

There are reprints of two books now available from Kenny’s bindery in Galway that will be of interest to GAA fans. They are The Tipperary GAA Story 1884-1934 by Canon Fogarty and the History of the GAA 1910-1930 by Phil O’Neill. Each book costs €78.50 including packaging and postage. Details can be checked on Kenny’s Bindery website (www.kennys.ie/bookbindery) or by calling Kenny’s on 091 709362.  Thanks to PJ Maxwell in Nenagh for keeping us informed of these reprints.

NEW GAA WEBSITE

The GAA website www.gaa.ie has been revamped and relaunched by the GAA. Gaa.ie aims to extend the reach of all GAA news and information to all corners of the globe. Now, the very latest fixtures and results, news and videos and the facility to purchase tickets online, are available 24 hours a day seven days a week in an easily accessible format. “As one of the leading sporting organisations it is important that our supporters and members have access to the latest information. The new website will contain the latest news from the GAA. One of our main focuses this year is the importance of our Clubs and there is a special Clubzone section to reflect this. “Uachtarán CLG Criostóir Ó Cuana commented at the launch at CrokePark. An historical archive of results will enable fans to check results from as far back as 1887. Championship wallcharts, podcasts and wallpapers are all downloadable and an image gallery will feature action from GAA games. Training videos and information on coaching also form an integral part of the site. The history of the GAA, a new search tool to locate GAA clubs across the country and a listing of upcoming events all feature on the site.

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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