Tipperary GAA Scene 8th June 2010



Tipperary will play Wexford at Semple Stadium on Saturday, July 3rd in Phase 1 of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifier games. Carlow and Laois play a preliminary round game on Saturday June 26th and the winner of that game will play Antrim in the second Phase 1 game on Saturday July 3rd. The two winners from July 3rd will go straight to the Phase 3 games which will be played on Saturday July 17th. They will be joined in Phase 3 by the two winners from the Phase 2 games played on Saturday July 10th. The teams in Phase 2 will be the losing provincial semi-finalists. These are Clare, and the losers of Kilkenny v Dublin, Galway v Offaly and Cork v Limerick. The winners of Phase 3 will qualify for the All Ireland SHC quarter finals where they will be joined by the losers of the Munster and Leinster SHC finals.


The draw for the first round of the Senior Football qualifiers will take place next Sunday evening, June 13th. All 16 teams which did not reach their provincial semi-finals will be in the draw. Where a team is drawn away for the second year running, that team receives home venue.  In the event of both teams having been drawn away in 2009, toss for home venue. Tipperary were drawn away from home in 2009.


The divisional senior hurling championships are reaching the knockout stages and next weekend will mostly determine which teams will qualify for the semi-finals in the South and West Divisions and the quarter-finals and 2 semi-final spots in the Mid and North Divisions. In the South Mullinahone and Carrick Swan have qualified for the semi-finals and Ballingarry, Ballybacon Grange, Carrick Davins and Killenaule are all still in contention for the other 2 places. In the West, Clonoulty Rossmore, Konockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams and Éire Óg Annacarty have all qualified for the semi-finals and the final position is between Cappawhite and the Galtee Rovers / Sean Treacys combination. They will play each other this coming weekend. In the Mid, Thurles Sarsfields have qualified for the semi-finals in Group 1 with Moycarkey-Borris and Drom and Inch qualifying for the quarter finals. In Group 2 it’s all to play for in next weekend’s final series of games. Upperchurch-Drombane top the group at present but Loughmore Castleiney, Holycross-Ballycahill and JK Brackens all are still in with a chance of qualifying. In the North in Group 1 Borris-Ileigh have secured a semi-final spot and the 2 quarter-final positions will be determined next Saturday evening with Toomevara, Templederry, Burgess and Roscrea all having a chance to qualify for the knockout stages. In Group 2 Kildangan are guaranteed a place in the knockout stages with Friday evening’s results determining who gets the semi-final spot and which 2 from Moneygall, Kilruane MacDonaghs and Neangh Éire Óg get the remaining 2 positions. All teams not qualifying for Divisional semi-finals go into the Seamus Ó Riain Cup from which 2 teams will have the chance to get back into the Dan Breen Cup.


Cadbury’s, sponsors of the All Ireland U-21 football championship, hosted an event recently for the Cadbury’s Hero of the Future Awards. These awards were presented to outstanding performers in this year’s Under 21 football championship. Among the recipients were 2 Tipperary players, Peter Acheson and Sean Carey, both from the Moyle Rovers club. Congratulations and well done to both Peter and Sean on their well deserved recognition.


The next meeting of Tipperary County Board will take place on Tuesday, June 22nd at 8pm in the Sarsfields Centre, Thurles. All delegates are asked to attend.

Vhi GAA Cúl Camps

An all time high figure of more than 1,000 VHI Cúl Camps will be staged across the country in the coming weeks as juvenile footballers and hurlers mark the end of the school year by working on their skills in a fun, friendly and sporting environment. An extensive list of top ambassadors will visit the camps passing on tips and skills and 300 lucky children will also get the chance to take part in a VHÍ Cúl Day out which will bring them to Croke Park for an action packed activity day and a run out on the Croke Park pitch. Full details about camps in your area can be accessed through the Cúl Camps website from the home page of www.gaa.ie.


The GAA Museum recently unveiled an exciting refurbishment which includes a magnificent new trophy display area for the Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy All-Ireland trophies, updated match footage, a new temporary exhibition area, a new museum café, a new Club Wall and a new activity room. Also, the museum’s popular games area received a significant upgrade using the latest technology for visitors to test their hurling and football skills. A new exhibition, The Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prizefighters 1820 to Present, has been lauched at the museum. In association with the Irish Arts Center in New York, this exhibition tells the story of Irish emigration and assimilation to eventual success and world wide acclaim through the sport of boxing. It features an array of robes, gloves, boxing bags, prints, photographs, paintings and film footage of Celtic prizefighters from 1820 to the present day. It ends on August 31st. There is a GAA Club Special Offer of €5 to take the GAA Museum and Croke Park Stadium Tour! GAA clubs will follow in the footsteps of GAA Legends on All-Ireland Final Day as they explore the dressing rooms, players lounge, pitch side & media centre of the fourth largest stadium in Western Europe. Instil further the pride and passion of the game in your players as they discover the unique history and heritage of Gaelic Games and the GAA. Why not organise your club prize giving ceremony at the Presentation Stand in Hogan Stand of Croke Park during your visit!


Has your club been to the fore in the area of communications over the course of the 2009 calendar year? Perhaps your website was revamped and now rivals the best available or did your Club utilise modern technology to help spread the GAA message within your community or indeed further a field. If so, your Club should consider submitting entries for the McNamee Awards, the scheme held annually to acknowledge excellence in the area of communications and media coverage. This year’s awards will be judged by an independent panel of adjudicators under 10 separate headings, three of which are open to Clubs in addition to all of our other units. Entries are now being received for Best GAA History Publication, Best Website and best Modern Technology / Innovation Award. Entries can be sent by post to Alan Milton, GAA Communications Manager, Croke Park, Dublin 3 or alan.milton@gaa.ie marked ‘2009 McNamee Awards’ and must reach Croke Park before 5pm June 15 2010.

GAA Playing Gear Rules Clarification

Croke Park  have had a number of queries from clubs who have been approached by unlicensed companies offering to supply playing gear to GAA teams, and claiming it is not in breach of GAA rules to do so. GAA Rule 1.17 states that all jerseys used in official matches must display the GAA’s official logo and that any team in breach of this rule may be liable to disqualification and/or loss of expenses. Following the withdrawal of Gaelic Gear’s license only the following companies are licensed to supply official GAA playing gear: O’ Neills 01 4293500; Azzurri 051 850066; Masita 046 9241595; Intosport 056 4441652.

Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Training

North Tipperary Sports Partnership is pleased to announce further Child Welfare & Protection in Sport Basic Awareness training. The course is aimed at sports leaders, children’s officers, parents or anyone working with young people in sport. A central goal for all those involved in sport for young people is to provide a safe, positive and nurturing environment where children can develop and enhance their physical and social skills. Promoting a child-centred environment should go hand in hand with identifying and eliminating practices that impact negatively on safe and enjoyable participation in sport for young people. The workshop will be delivered by John McElhinney, Irish Sports Council tutor, on Monday 21st and Thursday 24th June, 2010 at the Abbey Court Hotel, Nenagh from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Prior registration with North Tipperary Sports Partnership is necessary. A nominal fee of €10 is required to secure your place. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded on completion of the course. Please book early as places are limited on the workshop. For further information contact Elaine Cullinan or Sharon Mc Loughney (tel: 067-43604, email: info@ntsp.ie).


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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