Tipperary GAA Scene 20th April 2010

gaa-logo-tipperary4by County PRO Ger Ryan


After a great championship campaign, the Tipperary U-21 footballers were defeated by Donegal in the All Ireland U-21 semi-final at Parnell Park in Dublin on Saturday night last. Although Donegal won by 0-12 to 0-4, the final score did not adequately reflect the Tipp lads performance. While Donegal deserved to win, it was only in the last 10 minutes that they pulled away from Tipp. Well done to all the players and the management team. They all represented Tipperary with great pride and distinction. We look forward to seeing all these fine young players continue to play football for Tipperary in the years ahead.


Tipperary completed their hurling league campaign with a one point victory over Offaly last Sunday with a late late goal from a free by Seamus Callanan. The injuries Eoin Kelly, Darragh Egan and David Young picked up in the game are not serious which is fortunate. In this year’s league campaign, 32 players lined out during the 7 matches (29 players got at least 70 minutes action and 12 players got at least 280 minutes action). On the scoring front, 20 players scored during the league with Eoin Kelly top scorer on 2-35 followed by Timmy Hammersley (1-12), Lar Corbett (0-11) and Seamus Callanan (1-8).


Hard luck to the Tipperary minor footballers who were defeated by Kerry 1-12 to 2-7 in the first round of the Munster Minor Football championship in Austin Stack Park, Tralee last Wednesday. Tipp will now play the winners of Waterford and Clare, on Saturday April 24th for a semi-final place against Cork on May 12th.  Check papers or Munster GAA website (www.munster.gaa.ie) for details of Saturday’s fixture which are not available at time of writing.


Tipperary travel to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Wednesday, April 28th to play Cork at 6.30pm. We wish the players and management team all the best for a successful start to their campaign. The following players are on the Tipp minor hurling panel: David Reddan (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Shane Hassett (Drom and Inch), Pa Dunne    (Thurles Sarsfields), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara), John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney), John Ryan K (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Tommy Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Joe O’Dwyer (Killenaule), Davin Flynn (Roscrea), Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Cathal Barrett (Holycross Ballycahill), Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Liam Treacy (Loughmore Castleiney), Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Cathal Horan (Mullinahone), John Grogan (Cashel King Cormacs), John McGrath  (Loughmore Castleiney), Aidan McCormack (Thurles Sarsfields), Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers), Ross Mullane    (Clonmel Óg), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Michael O’Brien (Clonmel Óg), David Butler (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), Eoin Fennelly (Mullinahone), Daire Quinn (Nenagh  Éire Óg), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Keith Kennedy (JK Brackens).


Two Tipperary clubs will be represented in the All-Ireland final of Senior Scór which will be held next Saturday April 24th in the INEC Gleneagle, Killarney at 3 pm.  Noirín Ryan from Clonoulty Rossmore will participate in the Solo song competition, accompanied by Martin Forrestal. Borris-Ileigh will be represented by Michelle Maher, Pauline O’Brien, Aileen Óg Groome, Margaret Ryan, Thomas Walsh, Henry Groome, Declan Maher and Peter Ryan in the Set Dancing competition. Go néirí go geal leis an dá chlub i gCraobh na hÉireann.


On Wednesday, April 21st in the Fitzgerald Cup U/17 A Hurling Thurles CBS will play Cistercian College Roscrea in The Ragg at 2.30pm. In the Cusack Shield  U/15 B Football Final Borrisokane Community College will play Comeragh College Carrick on Suir at Morris Park, Thurles at 12.30pm. On Friday April 23rd, in the Cusack Cup U/15 A Football Final, Clonmel CBS will play Our Lady’s Templemore at Littleton at              2.30 pm.


The GAA Alcohol & Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Programme aims to reduce the harm being caused by alcohol and other drugs.  As part of the programme every County and every Club need to select a person to act as ASAP Officer to help implement the ASAP Programme. The Tipperary ASAP Officer is John Smith (County Youth Officer). The Club ASAP Officer is central to the success of the ASAP Programme. The role of the Club ASAP Officer is to be the link between the club and the County ASAP Officer. The main duties of the Club ASAP Officer include: to be the contact person for the ASAP Programme in his/her club; to liaise with his/her ASAP County Officer on how to roll out the ASAP Programme in his/her club; to co-ordinate the development of a Club Drug and Alcohol Policy; to familiarise him/herself fully with the ASAP Manual, DVD and ASAP website on www.gaa.ie/asap.  A number of clubs in the county have an ASAP Officer appointed.  However despite previous correspondence to all Club Secretaries on 5th February 2010 seeking details of their Club ASAP officers the response has been very poor with a total of only 12 clubs having forwarded the names of their officers.  All clubs who have not appointed a Club ASAP Officer to date are now requested to immediately appoint a person to the position and forward the name and contact details of the person appointed to John Smith, youthofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie or 087-9960710 by 1st May 2010 at the latest. We urge all clubs to comply with this important request.


A motion proposing that all games at Under 12 level and younger be organised on the ‘Go Games’ model was given an overwhelming endorsement by delegates at Congress on Saturday morning last. The ‘Go Games’ model, which is part of the Respect Initiative launched by the GAA in February, sees teams organised on an 11-a-side basis and ensures that all participants get to play in the full game. In Tipperary the Go Games model is used widely. On Saturday May 8th, 21 Tipperary clubs will take part in Munster Blitzes. In Mid Tipperary, Under 10 Blitzes are run on the first Sat of every month and Under 8 Blitzes are run on the last Saturday of the month. Last weekend over 250 players took part in the under 10 blitz. A similar programme is in operation in West Tipperary where under 10s are in action on the last Saturday of the month and under 8s on the first Saturday. In North Tipperary all clubs took part in under 8 and 10 blitzes last month. In South Tipperary, clubs are running blitzes every weekend with Moyle Rovers Ardfinnan and Clerihan coming up over the next few weeks. Over 400 under 12 players from 16 clubs took part in indoor games at The Dome in Semple Stadium with each playing 5 games at this excellent facility. The new rules on Under 12 competitions will not be met with universal approval but now that they are in place, let’s hope they work well and to the benefit of all our under 12 players.


A new website has been launched for Tipperary Coaching and Games Development – www.coaching.tipperry.gaa.ie. The new website has loads of useful information and contains all the latest news, details of upcoming events, coaching newsletters, photos, games development activities and contact information. The presentations delivered at the GAA Development Conference 2009 are included and these presentations contain excellent content that would be of benefit to all coaches.


The Annual Tipperary Association Dublin Dinner takes place on Wednesday, May 5 in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin. Congratulations to Donie Nealon, noted hurler and GAA administrator, who will receive the Hall of Fame award. Congratulations also to Tipperary Person of the Year, Alan Quinlan of Munster and Ireland rugby.


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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