Tipperary GAA Scene 4th May 2010

gaa-logo1MUNSTER MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Our minor hurlers were unfortunate to lose to Cork in a thrilling game on Wednesday last. The teams were level, Cork 2-21 Tipp 3-18, after 60 minutes but Cork did best in extra time to win by 2-31 to 4-22. Tipp now have another chance to qualify for the semi-final against Limerick when they take on Clare in Cusack Park in Ennis on this Wednesday evening, May 5th at 6.30pm.  We wish them the very best of luck.

TIPPERARY V DUBLIN TOURNAMENT GAME AT NENAGH

Tipperary will play Dublin in a tournament game at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Monday next, May 10th at 7.30pm. Toomevara GAA Club are hosting the game. Entrance will be €5 and all juveniles are free. This is sure to be a competitive affair with both teams nearing their final preparation stages for the championship.

ALLIANZ GAA HURLING NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS

While Tipperary were not playing in this year’s hurling league final, two Tipperary men in particular were undoubtedly very pleased on Sunday evening after the Division 1 and 2 finals at Semple Stadium. John McIntyre from Lorrha and Dorrha managed Galway to the Division 1 title and Colm Bonnar from Cashel King Cormacs managed Wexford to the Division 2 title and promotion to Division 1. Congratulations to both of them and the Galway and Wexford teams on their fine victories. John and Colm will meet on the sideline when their teams face each other in the forthcoming Leinster Championship. Another common link between the 2 – John McIntyre played his last championship game for Tipp as a sub against Clare in the June 1986 Munster semi-final at Ennis while Colm Bonnar made his championship debut that day, at right corner back

TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB GOLF CLASSIC

The Tipperary Supporters Club Annual Golf Classic will take place at County Tipperary Golf and Country Club, Dundrum on Thursday and Friday, May 13th and 14th. There are still some tee times available both days. Teams of 4 are €600 and all proceeds go towards the preparation of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team for the forthcoming championship. Tee sponsorships are also available. To book a tee time or sponsor a tee, please contact Supporters Club Chairman, John Tierney on 087 6821398.

11TH ANNUAL FBD ALL IRELAND GAA GOLF CHALLENGE

The 11th annual FBD All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge was officially launched on Monday April 26TH by FBD Director Marketing and Sales, Adrian Taheny, and Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana, at Palmerstown House, the venue for the Leinster final of this year’s competition. The FBD All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge has grown into the ultimate golf competition for Gaels, both home and abroad. Now in its 11th year, it has become the quintessential tournament to accompany the All-Ireland GAA senior hurling and football championships with the final held in Faithlegg, Co Waterford in the weekend between the two Croke Park showdowns in September. Run on a structure similar to the All-Ireland championships, the FBD All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge knockout competition is contested by four-person teams with GUI handicaps representing their GAA clubs on a four-ball better-ball basis. Teams first compete in their respective provincial finals, which are held in May, June and July with each of the four winners going through to the All-Ireland final. In recent years, the Challenge has become an international event. Qualifying finals have been staged in Chicago and New York with the Waterford team from the Big Apple famously winning the All-Ireland title in 2007. And as part of the latest expansion drive, a London team will also be competing in this year’s final. The provincial final dates are as follows: Munster final: Dromoland Castle, Co Clare Friday, May 28; Ulster final: Concra Wood, Co Monaghan Friday, June 11; Leinster final: Palmerstown House, Co Kildare Friday, July 2; and Connacht final: Loughrea, Co Galway Friday July 23. The All-Ireland final is held in Faithlegg House Hotel and Golf Club, Co Waterford between Friday, September 10 and Sunday, September 12. Organised in partnership with Dunhill GAA Club, Co Waterford, the FBD All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge is open to all GAA clubs who enter teams selected from their 2009 members. The competition is run as a four-ball better-ball format – 3/4 their Golf Union of Ireland (GUI) handicap. Both men and women are invited to compete, with the handicap limit set at 20 for men and 28 ladies.  For more details about the Challenge and entry, visit www.gaagolf.ie or contact Therese Dowling, BD Marketing Executive, Tel: 01-4093268, therese.dowling@fbd.ie, Liam Daniels, FBD All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge organising committee chairman, Tel: 087-2746271, gaagolf@eircom.net, or John Fogarty, FBD All-Ireland GAA Golf Challenge PRO, Tel: 087-6312109. Boherlahan Dualla won the inaugural competition in 2000 with their team including Conor Gleeson, Tipperary Intermediate Hurling Manager and 2001 All Ireland senior hurling medallist.

GAA Match Coverage Overseas

GAA supporters overseas can watch live GAA Football and Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship action this summer through a variety of outlets and TV stations around the world. From April 16th, an agreement between the GAA and MSK (to be Premier sport), sees GAA matches available in Britain on Channel 433 on Sky Digital. The channel will be available to approximately 10 million homes.  Initially, it will be Free to Air but will revert to a subscription channel by mid-summer. All Allianz GAA Football and Hurling National League and Championship matches shown in Ireland will be available to view in Britain. A range of classic matches will also be shown. All matches will also be available online at www.setanta.com/i/global. In North America, all matches will be available on the Premium Sport Pub and Club network. This network has exactly the same distribution as the old Setanta network. For the first time, Allianz GAA Football and Hurling National League matches have also been shown.  Delayed coverage of Championship matches will also be shown on Setanta Sport Canada and on MHz Worldwide. MHz worldview is available locally in the Washington D.C. Metro (as MHz Networks 1) via Comcast, Cox and RCN cable, as well as Verizon FiOS. The channel is also available locally via DirecTV and Dish Network.  Throughout North America, MHz Worldview is available in over half the Top 20 U.S. television markets, in nearly 27m households and through broadcast/cable affiliates in: Chicago, IL- WYCC; Philadelphia, PA – MiND TV (WYBE); San Francisco, CA – KCSM; Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks. For a full list of broadcast/cable affiliate availability across the MHz network, please visit http://www.gaa.ie/gaa-news-and-videos/gaa-media-coverage/. In Australia, all championship matches will be shown on Setanta Sport which is a subscription channel available in over four million homes on Foxtel Satellite and cable system and also the Austar satellite system. In Asia, Gaelic games will be available on Setanta Asia online and launched on most of the Cable and Satellite networks throughout the continent later this year. Throughout Africa, Gaelic games will be shown on Setanta Africa which is available in 10 million homes in Sub Saharan Africa.

MUNSTER COUNCIL MATCH PROMOTIONS 2010

The Munster Council has announced a very attractive set of Match Promotions for 2010. Season Tickets for all Munster Senior Hurling Championship Games (including replays) cost €110 (a saving of €15) for a Stand ticket package and €70 ( a saving of €15) for a Terrace ticket package. Family tickets cost €30 for adult covered stand tickets and €25 for uncovered stand and €5 for a child u-16. U-16s are free to non-ticketed games. Buy tickets for your county’s first match in both codes for a total purchase discount of €10. You could also win a Toyota Aurus car (sponsored by Toyota Ireland) by buying a match programme at any of 5 Munster Senior Football and 3 Munster senior hurling championship games. There will also be 8 runners-up prizes of weekend breaks for 2 people in Killarney’s top hotels in association with Killarney Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. Full details will be in the match programmes and are also on the Munster GAA website. Tickets for games will be available from the Musnter GAA website (www.munster.gaa.ie), Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.ie), County boards and local GAA clubs. The Munster ticket van will also be travelling throughout the province selling tickets.  Other benefits have also been announced, e.g. if you are in Cork on Saturday May 29th (the night before the Tipp v Cork Munster SHC game) and you present a valid match ticket, you will receive free entry and a complimentary race card to Curraheen Park Greyhound Stadium Cork. You should also listen to your local radio station and read the Irish Examiner for other match ticket giveaways.

FITZGERALD CUP POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS FINAL

The Tipperary U-17 A post primary schools hurling final between Nenagh CBS and Thurles CBS, which was postponed last week, will now take place in Templemore this Friday, May 7th at 1.30pm.

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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