Tipperary GAA Scene 11th May 2010

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Tipperary will welcome All Ireland Senior Football champions, Kerry, to Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday next, May 16th for the first game in this year’s Munster Senior Football Championship. Their quarter final game will commence at 4pm. The winners will play reigning Munster and Allianz GAA Football League champions Cork in the Munster semi-final while the defeated team will proceed to the qualifiers later in the summer. This will be Tipperary’s first championship game against Kerry since the 2006 Munster Senior Football semi-final which Kerry won by 0-17 to 1-5 at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Their last meeting at Semple Stadium was in the Munster Senior Football championship quarter final on May 29th which Kerry won by 2-22 to 0-13. While Kerry will be strong favourites for Sunday’s game, there are no certainties in sport and with as much home support as possible a surprise cannot be ruled out. We would ask as many Tipperary people as possible to come and support our footballers who have prepared so well and diligently for this game under the guidance of John Evans and his management team. We wish them the very best of luck for Sunday’s game.


Good luck to the Tipperary junior footballers who will play Kerry in the Munster Junior Football Quarter final at 2pm in Semple Stadium on Sunday next, May 16th.


There will be match trackers for both Sunday’s games on our Facebook and Twitter websites – see www.facebook.com/tipperarygaa and www.twitter.com/tipperarygaa.


The New Stand (Ardán Ó Riain) only will be open for Sunday’s games. Cash will be taken at the stiles except for ticket package and season ticket holders who should go to stiles 53 or 54. The admission fees are: €20 for adults and €10 for OAPs and Students with I.D. Access for students and OAPs will be via stiles 50 and 51. Under 16’s will be admitted free of charge. There will be a Special Ticket Package on sale on Wednesday night at Semple Stadium in the Ticket Booth opposite the Handball  Alley.  Buy a 2 day package ticket for Wednesday night’s minor football game between Tipperary and Cork and Sunday’s games between Tipperary and Kerry for €25, a saving of €5. See also the Munster GAA website, www.munster.gaa.ie for other ticket promotions.


Good luck to the Tipperary minor footballers for the Munster Championship semi-final against Cork in Thurles on Wednesday, May 12th at 7pm. It will almost be a year to Tipp’s victory by 0-13 to 0-10 over Cork in last year’s semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Tipp will be hoping to reach their third Munster Final in a row while Cork will no doubt want to reverse last year’s defeat and advance to their first Munster final since 2007.

Semple Stadium 5year Term Ticket Scheme

The 2009 pass will be valid on Wednesday evening for the Munster Minor Football semi-final between Tipperary and Cork and on Sunday for the Junior and Senior games between Tipperary and Kerry.


Our minor hurlers were knocked out of the Munster Minor Hurling championship when they were defeated by Clare in Ennis by 0-17 to 1-13. It is a huge disappointment to make such an early exit from the championship, the first time since 1998 that Tipperary have made such an early departure. However 2 difficult games away from home in 7 days is a huge challenge for any team and to fail so narrowly on both occasions will only add to the disappointment of all involved.  Thanks to all the players and to Mark O’Leary and his management team, Pat Buckley, Kevin Shelley and Damien Young for all their efforts.


Tipperary had a comfortable win over Dublin by 5-25 to 0-15 on Monday evening last. A good start by Tipperary killed the game as a contest early on. Thanks to Toomevara GAA club for organising the game, to the MacDonagh Park Committee in Nenagh for hosting it, to referee Denis Richardson and his officials and of course to both teams.


Tipperary will play Cork in the Munster Intermediate and Senior Hurling championships in Cork on Sunday May 30th. The Intermediate game commences at 2pm and the Senior game at 4pm. Admission prices are: Covered Stand €30; Open Stand €25; Terrace €15.  Family Tickets and Juvenile Group tickets are also available. Apply through clubs or on Munster GAA website, www.munster.gaa.ie, or Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.ie, for stand, terrace and family tickets and apply to GAA office in Thurles 0504 22702 for juvenile group tickets. See the Munster GAA website for other attractive ticket promotions.


The official opening of the new St. Patrick’s GAA club’s new dressing rooms at Anner Park, Cloneen will take place at 6.30pm on Sunday evening May 16th and will be followed by an U-21 hurling tournament game between Tipperary and Kilkenny. Well done to the St. Patrick’s club on their new facilities and arranging such an attractive game for supporters.


The next meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday, May 18th at 8pm in the Sarsfields Centre, Thurles. All club delegates are asked to attend.

GAA Go Games Introductory Blitzes

The roll out of the GAA’s Go Games Introductory Blitzes across the country is now underway with more than 40,000 children expected to participate in fun Under 8 blitzes at their local GAA clubs.  The blitzes are an extension of GAA “Go Games” policy, which was overwhelmingly endorsed by counties at National Congress in Down last month. It aims to provide games that cater for the varying developmental needs of young players between 7-12 years old. Further information on GAA Go Games is available from www.gaa.ie or your local club. This is the third year of the initiative where 535 clubs countrywide are selected to host blitzes over a 10 week period with an average of 42,000 children participating.  The games are organised on a seven a side basis and are played in a fun environment with an emphasis on improving skills with all participants getting to play for the entire game. Host clubs receive equipment sponsored by the National Coaching and Games Committee which this year include GAA Respect Initiative bibs for coaches. The blitzes will continue throughout the months of May and June and more information on host clubs is available from County Games Development Managers at www.gaa.ie/coaching-and-games-development/contacts-and-links/ or by email to michael.martin@gaa.ie.


The GAA Congress 2010 passed a number of playing rule changes relevant to football and hurling which will come into effect in all games played on or after May 15th 2010. In total there are six changes specific to football only and three specific to hurling, while a further six changes affect both codes, A summary of the changes is as follows:

Football Only:

1. Handpass – If a player handpasses the ball using the open hand, there must be a definite underhand striking action.

2. Penalty Kicks – All penalty kicks will now be taken from 11 metres out

3. Kick Outs – All kick outs will now be from the 13 metre line

4. Sideline kicks – Line balls must be kicked from outside the boundary line

5. Illegal Charge – It is illegal for a charge to be made on a player kicking the ball.

6. Definition of bounce – The redefinition of the bounce has the effect that the “Basketball Type”, bounce, per se, is not a foul.

Hurling only:

1. Puck Outs – The penalty for taking a puck-out from outside the small rectangle is changed from the award of a 65m free to the opposition to a throw in the ball on the defenders’ 20m line.

2. Handpass – The ball must be released and struck with a definite striking action of the hand

3. Penalties – Both attackers and defenders must remain outside the 20m line and the arc until the ball is struck from a penalty and the three defenders on the line must not move off the line until the ball is struck.

Both Hurling and Football:

1. Restarting Play – If play is stopped by the referee to enable a seriously injured player to be treated, play will now resume with a free to the team that had possession. However it will not be permitted to score from such a free (if neither team is “in possession”, play shall re-start with a throw in)

2. Throw ins  – when the play is being restarted by a throw-in, this must take place a minimum of 13 metres from the sideline

3. Advantage – A referee will now signal that advantage is being played by raising his arm

4. Extra Time – Extra time consists of 10 minutes per half only. The provision for two additional periods of 5 minutes per half has been removed

5. Boundary Lines – The penalty for a player deliberately going outside the boundary lines of the pitch to gain an advantage has changed from a caution to a free.


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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