Tipperary GAA Scene 11th Oct 2010


by County PRO Ger Ryan


GAA followers in Tipperary and beyond were surprised and shocked to hear on Thursday last that Liam Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea and Michael Ryan were stepping won as the Tipperary senior hurling management team, having completed 3 successful years which culminated in Tipperary’s magnificent All Ireland senior hurling championship victory this year. The County Board had offered to appoint all 3 for another 2 years. However, due to various personal and work commitments, the management team informed the Board that, much to their regret, it was not possible for them to continue. Tipperary County Board is deeply grateful to Liam, Eamon and Michael for the excellent job they did while in charge of the senior hurling team. They brought extraordinary ability, commitment, pride and passion to their roles and they built a team that exhibited the same characteristics. They worked tirelessly on behalf of the team for the last 3 years. No words can express our deep sense of gratitude to and admiration for them. While we are deeply disappointed with their decision, we totally respect it and we know it was a difficult one for them to make.  We wish them and their families every success for the future and we look forward to them being able to make further contributions to the GAA in Tipperary. They have left Tipperary hurling in a very strong position and have established an extremely solid base on which to build future success. The County Board will now begin a process to appoint a new management team. A special committee comprising the County Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, PRO and the 4 Divisional Chairmen will be responsible for selecting the new management. They will recommend their choice to the County Executive and the County Board for approval. It is expected that the selection process will take several weeks at least.


The county senior hurling semi-finals take place in Semple Stadium this Sunday. Clonoulty Rossmore will play Kildangan in the opening game and Thurles Sarsfields will play Toomevara in the second game (see fixtures in local papers for times). Both stands in Semple Stadium will be open for Sunday’s games. The county final will be played on Sunday October 31st. Thurles Sarsfields are defending champions, Toomevara last won the title in 2008, Clonoulty Rossmore in 1997 and Kildangan have never won a county title.


Borrisokane will take on Gortnahoe Glengoole in the County Intermediate hurling final at 1pm in Templemore on Sunday next, October 17th.  Gortnahoe Glengoole last won the title in 1988 when they were captained by Eamonn Lanigan and Borrisokane last won the title in 1982 when they were captained by Paul Dooley. Borrisokane defeated Mid champions Clonakenny in the semi-final and Gortnahoe Glengoole defeated North champions, Shannon Rovers in the other semi-final. Both games were played in Dolla on Sunday last. Well done to the Silvermines club and those in charge of the grounds at Dolla for they excellent condition of the pitch and facilities.


Congratulations to Holycross Ballycahill on winning the county minor B hurling championship final when they defeated Lorrha and Dorrha by 2-17 to 3-12 at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh on Sunday last. It was Holycross Ballycahill’s first ever title at this grade. County Chairman, Barry O’Brien presented the trophy to Holycross Ballycahill captain, Eoghan Maloney. They last won a county minor title in 1982 when the won the minor A championship.


Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields and Toomevara on qualifying for the county junior B hurling final.


A course for new referees in the County will take place in Lar na Pairce, Thurles on November 2, 4, 9 and 11. The course will commence at 7.30pm and last for about 2.5 hours each night. We need new referees to ensure we have adequate numbers of officials for all the games played in the County. We would ask all clubs to look seriously at suitable people for refereeing. We have a great track record of good referees in Tipperary and it is our ambition and intention to continue that tradition. Many people are happy to referee challenge games for their local clubs and we would urge them to make the next step, do the course and move up to refereeing official championship and league games.


Physical training sessions for all referees in the county including those planning to attend the new referees course will commence this Thursday at Boherlahan GAA grounds at 7.15pm. All referees are asked to attend.


Tipperary will play Cork for the fourth year in a row in the Munster Hurling Championship when they meet in the quarter final in 2011. It will be the eighth year in a row that Tipp and Cork will meet in the hurling championship. The date has not been fixed yet but the game will be played in Semple Stadium. In the Munster football championship, Tipperary will meet Kerry for the second year in a row in the quarter final. The game will be played at a Kerry venue.


The Allianz GAA Hurling League in 2011 will kick off on Saturday February 12 when Tipperary take on Kilkenny under lights at Semple Stadium. The footballers will commence their Allianz GAA Football League Division 3 campaign against Limerick at Semple Stadium on Sunday February 6.


The Tipperary Hurling Club of New York is pleased to announce details of our 2010 Dinner Dance which shall take place on December 11 2010 at Lake Isle Country Club Eastchester NY starting at 7pm. 400 Tipperary Gaels will converge to celebrate Tipperary’s double All Ireland glory of 2010.  Music shall be provided by Tommy Flynn and the NY Show Band. With famous victories in both the All-Ireland Senior Hurling and U21 Finals, the club through President Teresa Crowe has chosen to honour some of the great men who helped achieve these great victories. Guests of Honour on the night are Liam Sheedy, Michael Ryan, Eoin Kelly, Padraic Maher and Seamus Hennessy.  The MacCarthy Cup and The Cross of Cashel Trophy will both be on display. Anyone wishing to receive further details on what promises to be a great occasion, which will also include a commemorative souvenir journal, please contact  Annette at aodonnell7@yahoo.com,Stephen Carty at cartycrt@gmail.com, Brendan Maher at 001-646-361-5544 or  Mickey Maher @ mlmaher1401@hotmail.com .


The Tickets for the Irish Daily Mail International Rules Series are currently on sale. They are available at http://www.gaa.ie/tickets-and-merchandise/tickets/international-rules/.  The first test is at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on October 23 while the second test takes place on October 30th at Croke Park. Both games commence at 7pm. Prices: €25 Adult (€20 North Stand-uncovered in Limerick), € 5 Juvenile, €10 Concession Students/OAPS. Two Test Package – a discounted package for both tests for Adults and Juveniles (16s and under) is available.  By purchasing this package you are guaranteed centre of the stand tickets for both tests, Section 108 (formerly Sec F) of the Mackey Stand in the Gaelic Grounds and in Sec 306 in the Cusack Stand in Croke Park. Prices are set at 40 euro for Adults and 10 euro for Juveniles. This package is only available through www.gaa.ie.  Group Pass – the Group Pass is also available for the International Rule Series. This works as per each Championship game in Croke Park – €3 per child and with every 10 children, 1 adult goes free. Any additional adults pay face value. These forms must be filled out by Club Secretaries and the links are available via: http://www.gaa.ie/tickets-and-merchandise/tickets/international-rules/.


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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