Tipperary GAA Scene July 27th 2010

gaa-logo-tipperary4BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN


Congratulations to the Tipperary senior hurling panel, the team management and backroom team on their great victory over Galway in Sunday’s titantic, nail-biting cliffhanger in Croke Park. Great credit is due to both teams for magnificent and courageous performances that combined all that is best in hurling from amazing skill to fierce determination to elementary mistakes to give us one of the most thrilling contests of recent years. While it is hard not to feel sorry for Galway, too often Tipp have lost these epic games so it is wonderful to have come out on top by that solitary point on a scoreline of 3-17 to 3-16.   There is no time to rest on the laurels of this victory because worthy Munster champions, Waterford now await Tipperary in the All Ireland semi-final on August 15th.  Sunday’s win was the first time Tipp defeated Galway in an All Ireland quarter final having lost their two previous encounters at this stage in 2000 and 2005. The character and commitment of the Tipperary players really shone through on Sunday and the pride, honesty, workrate and passion of these players are beyond reproach. We are fortunate to have them representing our county. Well done to all concerned and we look forward to big support from Tipperary at the semi-final.


A special word of congratulations to Brendan Cummins who made his 60th championship appearance for Tipperary against Galway last Sunday. It is a great milestone for the netminder from Ballybacon-Grange who has kept cleansheets in 15 of those 60 championship games.


This will be the second semi-final encounter between the two teams in the last 3 years with Waterford winning the 2008 clash by 2 points 1-20 to 1-8.  They also met in the 2006 quarter-final when Waterford also won, this time by 1-22 to 3-13.  Tipp and Waterford have met 38 times in the championship with Tipp winning 27 times, Waterford 10 and 1 draw in 1933. Their last championship meeting was at Semple Stadium in 2009 when Tipp won the Munster Final by 4-14 to 2-16. Lar Corbett was Tipp’s top scorer in that match with 2-2, all from play.


All Stands and the Hill 16 Terrace will be open for the Tipp v Waterford All Ireland semi-final on August 15th. Stand tickets cost €45 with student and senior citizens stand costing €30 for Cusack and Davin stands only. Concession refunds are available from Block D turnstiles to rear of Cusack Stand prior to entry. No refunds are available after entry to stadium. Terrace tickets cost €30 with no concessions available. Juvenile Stand tickets cost €5. Juveniles must be accompanied by an  adult. Juvenile tickets are available only for Davin Stand and designated sections of Cusack Stand. Wheelchair and Attendant Passes cost €45. Two tickets are issued for this price – one for wheelchair user, one for attendant. Group Passes cost €3 per child with 1 adult per 10 juveniles free of charge. Club Passes cost €10 per person with a maximum of 1 per club for a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 50 people. Location of seats will be at discretion of GAA Ticket Office. Applications for a club pass must be made by the club secretary and forms have been emailed to all club secretaries. Season Tickets remain valid for this fixture. Season Ticket holders will be charged in advance. The cost is €40 for Adults and €5 for Juveniles. Season Ticket holders will be required to print their tickets at home using their Online Accounts. Seats will be in Section 305, Cusack Stand.


Combined attendances for this year’s GAA Football and Hurling Championships will pass the one million mark this weekend with Saturday’s double header quarter-final football fixtures involving Down v Kerry and Dublin v Tyrone at Croke Park.  To date 959,367 people have attended 79 senior inter-county championship matches in both codes (compared to 76 in 2009) which is a decrease of 2.0% on the figure for the same period last year.  The hurling and football qualifiers combined show an increase of 13% on 2009.  The GAA would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of its members and supporters in what continue to be challenging economic times and again are pleased to announce that special ticket packages that have been made available for the second year running in an effort to offer extra value to regular attendees of our games.  ‘The Combo Package’ covers entry for the quarter-final and corresponding semi-final for €65 (adults) €10 (16 and under). (Section 308 or 708 for all matches).  Football Feast for the All-Ireland quarter-finals and semi-finals for just €99 for adults and €20 for 16 and under. (Section 308 for all matches).  ‘The Dual Package’ includes all the GAA Football and GAA Hurling quarter and semi-finals for just €150 for adults and €30 for 16s and under. (Section 308 for all matches).   To purchase all GAA tickets and packages, visit www.gaa.ie.


In the Premier Division Holycross Ballycahill will take on Toomevara in the final on the weekend of the August 8th. Toomevara defeated Clonoulty Rossmore by 2-22 to 2-10 in the second semi-final. The semi finals of Division 1 will also be held on the weekend of August 8th. The pairings are Loughmore Castleiney v Portroe and Moycarkey Borris v Kildangan. In the Division 2 final Roscrea will take on Boherlahan Dualla also on the same weekend. In the semi-finals played last weekend, Roscrea had a very comfortable win over neighbours Moneygall by 6-13 to 1-10 while Boherlahan Dualla had just a single point to spare over Templederry Kenyons on a scorleine of 3-13 to 1-18.


The 4 semi-finalists for the county senior football league premier division have now been decided. Moyle Rovers will play Galtee Rovers and Cahir will play Clonmel Commercials.


VHI Cúl Camps will take place next week from Augsut 2nd to 6th inclusive at Moyne-Templetuohy, Ballingarry, Moneygall and Moycarkey-Borris.


The launch of the Thurles Milk sponsorship of the County Academy Programme for underage development squads in hurling and football took place on Tuseday, July 27th at Semple Stadium. Tipperary County Board is grateful to Thurles Milk for its generous sponsorship which will help enhance the Academy Programme and further the development of our young players.


Cadburys, sponsors of the U21 Football championship, are encouraging fans to vote for the best 15 U21 players over the last 5 years (2005-2010). The 15 players with the highest amount of votes will be included on the Cadbury 15. To help Cadbury have provided lists of the Cadbury Heroes of the Future. Tipperary players, Brian Fox, Sean Carey, Peter Acheson and George Hannigan are all on the list, having previously won Cadbury Hero of the match awards. Voting is online at http://www.cadburygaau21.com/cadbury-15.php.


Congratulations to Mattie Hussey and Colm O’Flaherty who received the McNamee Award for The Cahir GAA history – “Memories & Achievements – 124 years of the GAA in Cahir” from Uachtarán Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Criostóir Ó Cuana at the annual GAA National Communications and Media awards ceremony in Croke Park on Saturday night last.  The Awards are named after the late Pádraig McNamee, former President of the GAA, Chairman of the GAA Commission (1969-1971) and member of RTÉ authority. They are presented annually in recognition of outstanding contributions made by individuals and Association units in the area of media and communications. Copies of this excellent book are available at Sampsons in Cahir, Lár Na Páirce in Thurles and from Colm O’Flaherty and Eddie Lonergan. Well done to Colm and Mattie and also to Cahir GAA Club for supporting this invaluable venture  financially and in many other ways also.

James McKeogh Memorial Tournament IN BalLINA

Ballina will host the James McKeogh Memorial hurling Tournament this Sunday August 1st. This Tournament will feature: Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny); Na Fianna (Dublin); Holycross/Ballycahill and Ballina. James sadly lost his life in a car accident in January. He came from a family steeped in the GAA and won numerous championships with Ballina and a Dublin County Junior championship with Na Fianna in 2009. James had many friends in various clubs and counties including both Ballyhale & Holycross. The days hurling will start at 2pm with Na Fianna taking on Ballina, followed by Ballyhale vs Holycross. The final will be played at 5pm.


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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