Tipperary GAA Scene 6th April 2010

gaa-logo-tipperary1by County PRO Ger Ryan


Congratulations to the history making Tipperary U-21 footballers who won Tipperary’s first Munster U-21 football championship by defeating Kerry 1-7 to 1-5 in Austin Stack Park Tralee last weekend. Although it was Tipperary’s fourth consecutive final appearance, Kerry were odds on favourites to win but Tipperary’s combination of skill, determination and excellent preparation proved to be the foundations of a famous victory. Well done to all concerned in this victory including all the players, the team manager John Evans, selectors Michael O’Loughlin (Trainer), John Cummins, Tommy Toomey and Jonathan Cullen, the officers of the Football Board and all who have both dreamed of and worked so hard to achieve this success. It was Tipp’s 10th final appearance since the competition began in 1962. Wednesday night’s victory proved that it is worth waiting for some things such were the scenes of jubilation. It is never right to single out one individual from any team but I’m sure I’ll be forgiven for mentioning that the victory must have been especially pleasing to John Coghlan of Moyne Templetuohy who started and finished all 4 finals in the last 4 years. It is a marvellous record that deserved to be embellished with victory in the end. Tipperary will play the winners of the Ulster final between Donegal and Cavan in the All Ireland semi-final on April 17th.


Sunday’s 1 point defeat by Cork means that Tipperary cannot now qualify for the National Hurling League final on May 2nd. The defeat means that Tipp’s final fixture against Offaly in Tullamore on Sunday, April 18th is of no consequence. This is the second year of the current league format and in both years the last round of games is largely of no consequence with only the game between Limerick and Dublin being relevant this year as it will decide which team is relegated. For 6 counties the last round of games is in effect irrelevant and with pressure on available weekends for club fixtures, it would surely make sense to review a format that is always likely to have a pretty much irrelevant last weekend. Should semi-finals be reintroduced? Should there be 2 groups of 6 teams despite the potential for mismatches? These among others are all questions which should be addressed in deciding the best format to ensure a competitive league that is attractive to supporters for the entire duration of the competition.


Tipperary’s senior footballers play Westmeath in the last round of the Allianxz GAA National Football League on Sunday next, April 11th at 2.30pm in Semple Stadium. As with the hurlers’ final fixture this is irrelevant to both counties as unfortunately for both, they have already been relevant. Nonetheless Tipp will want to secure a victory to end the League on a positive note and move on to preparations for their Munster Championship first round game against Kerry in Semple Stadium on Sunday May 16th. Sunday’s League game will no doubt be of special interest to Football Board PRO, Hugh Coghlan who is a native of Westmeath and whose son Hugh plays for Tipperary. An interesting call on loyalties!


With both National League campaigns coming to an end, we would like to thank all our supporters who have attended league games. Your support is appreciated by players, team managements and the county board. We look forward to your continued support throughout what we hope will be long championship campaigns for all our teams.


As the summer approaches, club and inter-county championships will commence, attendances at games will increase and the GAA will move to the top of the sporting media’s interest but will we remember all the hard work our players at all grades have put in during the winter to entertain us during the summer. I hope we do – it’s been a rough winter but it’s been rougher on the hardy souls who have toiled through dark, cold and often wet nights in the hope of bringing glory to their parish or county. Thanks to all of the players who play our games with such pride, passion and skill and to all of the people who manage, coach, train and assist in any way in their preparations. We wish you all an enjoyable and successful season in 2010.


In a repeat of last year’s Munster Minor Football final, Tipperary will take on Kerry in the Munster Minor Football Quarter Final in Austin Stack Park Tralee on Wednesday April 14th at 6.30pm. The winners will qualify for the semi-finals due to be played on Wednesday May 12th while the losers will play in a play-off game for a semi-final place on April 24th. Good luck to the players and team management. The team has prepared well and will represent the blue and gold well in Tralee.


The official launch of the 2010-11 Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw takes place on Wednesday April 7th at 9pm in the Horse & Jockey Hotel. Winners of the March and April draws will be presented with their prizes. Club packages for the 2010/11 draw will also be distributed on the night so all clubs are asked to send a representative to the launch. A special draw will be held on the night for those in attendance with an attractive first prize of 2 stand tickets for the Tipperary v Cork Munster Senior Hurling Championship on May 30th in Páirc Uí Chaoimh along with overnight accommodation in a Cork Hotel. It is planned to post out final receipts to all draw members of the 2009/10 Draw on April 8th and that will give Clubs a 5 week window to promote and sell the new draw. While it is a difficult environment for raising funds, the draw remains a very attractive way for clubs to attract financial support because of the excellent prizes on offer each month. We are grateful to all those who both joined and promoted the current draw and look forward to their enthusiastic support for the forthcoming draw. Well done also to the Draw Committee, chaired by Peter Byrne; Draw Coordinator, Ger Bradley; and the team in Lár na Páirce who provide such great administrative support for all aspects of the Draw.


The April meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday April 13th at 8pm in the Sarsfields Centre, Thurles. All club delegates are asked to attend. Among the items for discussion will be the motions before Congress in Belfast on April 16th and 17th.


Good luck to Clonmel CBS (High School) who will play St. Attractas of Tubbercurry in the Colleges B Senior Football final on Friday April 9th in Portarlington at 3pm.


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.


Tipperary GAA’s venture into the world of social networking through Facebook and Twitter is doing well. Already there are over 600 followers registered as “friends” of Tipperary GAA on Facebook and there are over 50 followers on Twitter. The new Facebook site is www.facebook.com/tipperarygaa and the new Twitter site is www.twitter.com/tipperarygaa.


With divisional championships now underway in many grades, we hope to recommence The Final Score results programme on Tipp FM every Sunday night in the next couple of weeks.


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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