Tipperary GAA Scene 13th July 2010

gaa-logo-tipperary2BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN


Tipperary will play Offaly in Phase 3 of the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship qualifiers at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Sunday next July 18th at 3.30pm. This will be the 4th championship meeting between the 2 counties with Tipp having won the 3 previous encounters in 2002, 2003 and 2007. Their first encounter in 2002 was also played in Portlaoise. Tipperary won by 2-19 to 1-9 in a qualifier game. They won in 2003 by 2-16 to 2-11 and in 2007 by 2-17 to 2-13. On two of those occasions Offaly were managed by a Tipperary man – Fr. Tom Fogarty in 2002 and John McIntyre in 2007. The winners will qualify for a quarter-final place on Sunday July 25th against either Galway or the losers of the Munster final replay between Cork and Waterford.


Admission will be by cash at the stiles at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Sunday. Prices are €25 to the stand and €20 to the terrace. Juveniles (U-16) are free.


Hard luck to our senior footballers, team management and backroom team on their defeat by Dublin in the second round of the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship qualifiers at Croke Park on Saturday evening last.  The Tipperary players can be very proud of their performance. They put up a brave battle that put Dublin under pressure for long periods of the game. Tipperary have learned lots this year from playing high qualify opposition throughout the league and in their 3 championship outings. They can look forward to building on that in the years ahead with a talented group of players who combine experience and youth allied to a high level of commitment.


The Seamus Ó Riain Cup gets underway this weekend with 2 fixtures. The first game will be at 7.30pm on Friday evening, July 16th at The Ragg when Roscrea will play either Cappawhite or the Galtee Rovers / Sean Treacys combination. On Sunday evening, July 18th at Holycross at 7.30pm, Cashel King Cormacs will play JK Brackens. Extra time will apply in both games in the event of a draw. The 2 finalists in the Ó Riain Cup will both re-enter the County Senior Hurling championship.


The next game in the county senior football championship will be the Round 2 game between Aherlow and Loughmore Castleiney in Cashel at 7pm on Monday, July 19th.  Teams which qualify for the county quarter-finals in the county championship and win their divisional title will get a bye to the county semi-finals.


The first semi-final of the County Senior Hurling League Premier Division will take place on Sunday July 18th at 11.30am at Littleton between Holycross/Ballycahill and Thurles Sarsfields. Toomevara will play Clonoulty Rossmore in the other semi-final.


In 2009 the GAA celebrated its 125th Anniversary. The rededication of the graves of the seven founders, Bracken, Cusack, Davin, McCarthy, McKay, Ryan and Wyse Power was one of the Projects undertaken by the GAA at National level.  A new book titled “Lest We Forget” is a personal account by Cork native John Arnold of his Journey of GAA Remembrance as he worked on this fascinating task. In this book, John manages to combine the legacy of our founders with his travels around Ireland and beyond in search of the final resting place of seven Irish men who changed the sporting landscape of Ireland forever on that fateful day on November 1st 1884 in Hayes Hotel Thurles.  The production is an entertaining and interesting read for any GAA supporter, in particular those interested in the history of our Association.  “Lest we Forget” was officially launched at the 2010 Annual Congress in Newcastle, Co. Down by GAA President Christy Cooney and is available from the author at Garryantaggart, Bartlemy, Fermoy, Co. Cork. The book is priced at €12 which includes the cost of postage. John Arnold (087 9538077 / foxyjohnarnold@hotmail.com) is a member of the GAA National Presentation and Awards Committee under the Chairmanship of former Armagh footballer Jarlath Burns and is joined on the 10 person committee by long-time Examiner GAA correspondent Jim O’Sullivan as well as former Tipperary PRO, Ed Donnelly


The VHI sponsored GAA Cúl Camps are well underway at this stage. Camps are taking place this week in Drom and Inch, Rosegreen, Portroe, Ballina, Silvermines and Solohead. Next week it will be the trun of Fr Sheehys, Emly, Lorrha and Dorrha, Cappawhite, Borrisokane, Shannon Rovers, Roscrea, Carrick Davins and Aherlow. Well done to all the clubs and coaches. The VHI Cúl Camp ambassador for Tipperary is inter-county senior and under 21 player Brendan Maher from Borris-Ileigh who visits the camps to speak to and encourage all the young players participating. The camps provide boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 13 with an action packed and fun filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. The camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day. The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games. On the last day of the camp, a “blitz” is organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games. For further information, visit the official VHI Cúl  Camps website on www.vhiculcamps.gaa.ie


Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to the family of the late Biddy Phillips, Thurles, national camogie referee and administrator, who passed away on Wednesday July 6th.  Biddy was manager of the 1999 Tipperary Camogie Team that brought the O’Duffy Cup to Tipperary for the first time.  Biddy was the referee for the All Ireland Senior Camogie Final in 1997 as well as taking charge of intermediate, junior and senior club all Irelands between 1993 and 1999. Biddy also gave long service to the Camogie Association’s National Referees Committee which she chaired for a term and also acted as treasurer of the Tipperary County Camogie Board from 1988 to 2000. Biddy will be long remembered for her immense contribution to Camogie at club, county and national level. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dilis.


The Munster Senior Hurling final replay will take place at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening, July 17th at 7pm. It will be an all ticket game with ticket prices reduced from the drawn game by €5. Stand tickets will cost €30 and €25 while terrace tickets will be €15. Terrace only student tickets cost €10. There will be a concession stile for OAPs. Well done to referee of the drawn game, Johnny Ryan (Boherlahan Dualla) and his team of umpires. Incidentally last Sunday was the first time since 1998 that Tipperary did not feature in either the senior or minor final.


The next County Board Meeting will be take place on Tuesday July 27th in the Sarsfields Centre at 8pm. There will be no County Board Meeting in August.


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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