Tipperary GAA Scene 22nd June 2010

gaa-logo1BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN

GAA FOOTBALL ALL IRELAND QUALIFIERS

Good luck to the Tipperary Senior Footballers who will take on Laois in the All Ireland GAA Senior Football championship qualifiers next Sunday, June 27th at Semple Stadium at 3.30pm. In the last 11 years Tipperary have played 10 All-Ireland Qualifiers, winning 2 and losing the remainder including a concession to Fermanagh in 2004. Their most recent victory was last year against Louth when they won by 2-10 to 0-12 at Drogheda on Saturday July 4th. We hope to have a big turnout of supporters at Semple Stadium on Sunday to cheer for our footballers. A lot of effort has been put in by players and management to preparing for this year’s championship and the team acquitted themselves well in the Munster Championship first round game against a great Kerry team. Laois will start as favourites but that will deter neither the determination nor chances of the Tipperary lads. The referee for Sunday’s game will be Michael Collins of Cork.

ALL IRELAND SHC QUALIFIERS

The details of the Tipperary v Wexford GAA Hurling championship qualifier game have been confirmed. It will take place at Semple Stadium on Saturday July 3rd at 3.30pm and will be refereed by James McGrath of Westmeath, who incidentally also refereed the last senior hurling championship match between Tipperary and Wexford, the 2007 All Ireland quarter final on July 28th 2007. This will be the 11th championship meeting between Tipperary and Wexford with Tipp winning 6 of the 10 previous encounters, Wexford winning 3 and 1 draw. The previous meetings have included 6 All Ireland finals, 3 semi-finals and 1 quarter-final. This will be the first time the 2 counties meet in the qualifier series.

COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

The semi-finalists for the senior hurling championship are finalised in 3 divisions while the final place in the West semi-finals is still to be decided between Cappawhite and the Galtee Rovers / Sean Treacy’s combination team. This means 15 of the 16 teams for the Seamus Ó Riain Cup are now known. They are: North – Kilruane MacDonaghs, Lorrha and Dorrha, Moneygall, Nenagh Éire Óg, Portroe, Roscrea and Templederry Kenyons; Mid – Boherlahan Dualla, J.K.Brackens, Loughmore Castleiney and Moycarkey Borris; West – Golden Kilfeacle, Cashel King Cormacs; South – Ballingarry and Ballybacon Grange. The first round draw will be made on Monday night next June 28th at the Competitions Control Committee meeting. No repeat pairings will be allowed from the Divisional championships. The divisional semi-finalists will go straight to the Dan Breen Cup. The championship will run on the following basis from here on:

Stage 1: Divisional semi-finals will be played and the Ó Riain Cup Round 1 will be played.

Stage 2: The Divisional finals and the Ó Riain Cup quarter finals will be played. Again no repeat pairings will be allowed in the quarter-finals.

Stage 3: The first round of the Dan Breen Cup and the Ó Riain Cup semi-finals (no repeat pairings if possible) will be played. There will be 12 teams in the Dan Breen Cup 1st round comprising the 8 defeated Divisional semi-finalists and the 4 Divisional finals runners-up. There will be an open draw with no repeat pairings from the divisional championships.

Stage 4: There will be 8 teams – 6 winners from the Dan Breen 1st round and 2 Ó Riain Cup finalists. Again it will be an open draw with no repeat pairings if possible.

Stage 5: The Dan Breen Cup Quarter Finals – 4 Divisional Champions and 4 winners from Dan Breen Cup 2nd round. The Divisional Champions will be kept apart and there will be no repeat pairings if possible.

Stage 6: The Dan Breen Cup Semi-Finals

Stage 7: Dan Breen Cup Final and Ó Riain Cup Final.

COUNTY STRATEGIC PLAN 2010 TO 2015

As part of the GAA’s development plans, all counties are preparing strategic plans to cover the period 2010 to 2015. The purpose of the plan is to identify priority areas for action in the county over the next 5 years and how to address those priority areas. The plan will focus on 6 main areas: 1) Games Development & Urbanisation; 2) Games Scheduling; 3) Planning and Infrastructure; 4) Funding Opportunities and Financial Excellence 5) Communications and Officer Support; and 6) Club Culture, Community, Inclusion, Integration and Volunteers. Work groups have been appointed to prepare discussion papers on all these areas and submissions have also been sought from clubs in the county. We also welcome suggestions from our many supporters. You should send any ideas or queries you have to Tim Floyd, County Secretary by email at secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie or by post at Lár na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles. In preparing a Strategic Plan it is important to recognise all the good work that is being done at club and county level in Tipperary and to seek to build on that. It is also important to remember though that we must seek to improve standards at all levels and to ask if our level of success is what it should or could be for a county of our size and tradition. We must seek to break new ground every year as was done this year with our Under 21 footballers winning their first ever Munster championship. On the hurling front, here are a few stark statistics on our record since 1970 – 4 All Ireland Senior Hurling championships (last in 2001), 6 All Ireland U-21 Hurling championships (last in 1995); 6 All Ireland Minor hurling championships (last in 2007); and 3 All Ireland club hurling championships (last in 1987).

TIPPERARY HURLING TEAM IN NEW YORK

In the New York Senior Hurling championship Tipperary drew with Offaly last Sunday on a scoreline of 2-17 to 4-11. The Tipperary team included former county senior hurling panellists John Devane (Clonoulty Rossmore) and Diarmaid Fitzgerald (Roscrea) who both played prominent roles in the game with Devane scoring 4 points. Damien Murray, the former Offaly player, took the scoring honours on the day with a total of 2-10 for the faithful county.

TIPPERARY REFEREES

Well done to Johnny Ryan of Boherlahan Dualla who refereed the drawn Leinster Senior Hurling championship semi-final between Galway and Offaly at Croke Park last Sunday. Congratulations also to Johnny on his well deserved appointment to referee the Munster Senior Hurling final between Cork and Waterford at Semple Stadium on Sunday, July 11th. Good luck to Tommy Ryan of Kildangan who will referee the Munster Minor Hurling championship semi-final between Cork and Waterford on Saturday next, June 26th at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

COUNTY AND MUNSTER LONG PUCK FINALS

The county final of Senior long puck will be held at Thurles Racecourse at 11.00 am on Saturday June 26th. Each division will have two representatives. The winner will go forward to represent Tipperary at the Munster Final which will also be held at Thurles Racecourse on Saturday July 10th.

COUNTY ADULT FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

With 2 rounds of games to be played, Moyle Rovers are top of the adult football league premier division table with 12 points from 6 games. They are followed closely by Clonmel Commercials on 10 points, with Cahir third on 7 points.

Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Hurling and Camogie Finals 2010

The annual Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Hurling and Camogie Finals took place at Semple Stadium Thurles, over two days on Thursday and Friday, June 10th and 11th. Played in perfect conditions, these finals exhibited all that is good in our games. The matches provided great entertainment for the large attendance on both days. Well done to all the schools and players who participated. Thanks are due to Semple Stadium caretaker, Philly Butler, and to Jimmy Purcell, Jim Max and Andy O’ Gorman for ensuring that everything ran smoothly. Thanks are also due to referees Michael Jordan and Christy McLoughlin and their umpires, and to Cumann na mBunscol Secretary Aodán Wrenn, Chairman Paddy Kelly and their committee for organising such a successful two days. DVDs of the 2010 Hurling Finals are available from Michael Trehy Video Productions and all orders will be taken on 086 2755805. Prices: Single Match: €20. Double Match Box Set: €25. All match reports and photos of the Finals are available on the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol website http://cnmb.tipperary.gaa.ie.

FEILE NA NGAEL CAMOGIE

Well done to Burgess Duharra Camogie club on finishing runners up in the Camogie Division 1 final of Feile na nGael in Ennis last weekend. They were defeated by Lucan Sarsfields of Dublin. This was the 40th staging of the Feile na nGael finals which are the All-Ireland Under-14 hurling, camogie and handball finals. Launched in Tipperary in 1971,  Feile na nGael was the brainchild of former GAA President Seamus Ó Riain and former Tipperary County Board Secretary and current Board President, Tomás Ó Baróid.

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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