County Tipperary Community Games News

The Munster Finals for all Winter Team Games were held on Saturday last, 26th March in the University of Limerick. Congratulations & well done to competitors from County Tipperary who won Gold medals in U/15 Boys Handball and Silver medals in the U/13 boys Handball and U/15 girls Indoor Soccer. The Boys U/15 winning Handball team came from Cashel & they had a clear cut win over Kilkishen/Oatfield, Co Clare in the semi final and an equally impressive victory over Drumcollogher/Broadford, Co. Limerick in the final. Team members were:- Jonathan Walsh, Kevin Ryan Adam White Dempsey Daniel Hayes Adam Kennedy Jamie O’Keeffe.

In the Boys U/13 Handball competition, the Cashel boys again had a good win over Drumcollogher/Broadford, Co Limerick in the semi final and the final proved to be a spectacular contest between Cashel and Kilkisheen/Oatfield, Co. Clare who had defeated Mallow, Co. Cork in their semi final. It was a closely fought contest from start to finish which resulted in Cashel being defeated by only one ace. Silver medals were presented to:- Colin Ryan Conal Bonnar

Patrick Fahey Ross Bonner Luke White and Michael O Meara.

The Cashel Girls U/15 team consisted of:- Amy Maher Janeanne Fitzgerald Celine Walsh Lorna Hore Eimear Allison and Kelly Corbett. These girls were defeated by Derg, Co Clare in the semi final but they are a young team who played well and will have benefited from the experience. Thanks to John O’Donoghue who is so committed to the sport and to Community Games, to Mary Harding and to everybody who assisted with the teams.

The Girls U/15 Indoor Soccer Silver medal winners were the gallant young ladies from Powerstown-Lisronagh who always treat their mentors and supporters to wonderful displays of speed and skill. Due to the luck of the draw the girls had to play 3 games in their section of the competition. They had a 2 – 1 victory over Rathkeale, Co Limerick in the quarter final. Rathkeale were the first to score but goals from Evrena Everard and Aoife Power put Powerstown-Lisronagh into the semi-final where they were opposed by Inch, Co. Clare. Megan Shanahan commenced the scoring with a penalty.  Free flowing movement from Evrena Everard lead to a further goal and great clearance from the back set up Aoife Power for a goal which resulted in a 3 – 0 lead at half time.  Clare scored during the second half but another penalty by Megan Shanahan and a goal by Michelle McMeel brought the final score to 5 – 1.

In the final the girls faced an exceptionally strong team from Listowel, Co Kerry who beat Cork in their semi final. While our young ladies again played exceptionally well, despite the loss of  Hazel Shanahan and Leanne Ryan who had to leave after the semi final, to play an important football match with their school, the Loretto Convent, Clonmel, they could put the ball everywhere except in the net and luck favoured Kerry who scored just one goal. Megan Shanahan who managed to play all over the place also suffered an injury to her ankle. All the girls played an excellent game but time just ran out on them. However they were somewhat compensated for their disappointment as they had a chat with Rugby Star, Paul O’Connell, who was fresh from his victory with the Munster Rugby Team on Friday night. Paul called into U.L. along with some of his team mates on Saturday morning to the delight of competitors and non competitors alike.

Well done to Manager Olivia Shanahan and all the following staunch supporters who attend all the games, The O’Connors, Powers, McMeel’s, McDermott’s, Everard’s etc.. Silver medals were won by Evrena Everard, Sarah McDermott, Cliona Collins, Aoife Power, Leanne Ryan, Megan Shanahan, Hazel Shanahan, Michelle McMeel.

7 other teams from Tipperary also made the trip to U.L & competed very well for their parishes & County. Results are as follows:-

Chess U12 Mixed Moycarkey Borris were defeated by Castleconnell, Limerick in the Semi Final.

Draughts U10 Mixed Lattin-Cullen defeated by Tulla, Clare in the Semi Final.

Draughts U12 Mixed Lattin-Cullen defeated by Tulla, Clare in the Semi Final

Table Tennis U13 Boys Moycarkey-Borris defeated by Caherslee, Kerry in Semi Final.

Indoor Soccer U/13 Boys Templemore defeated by Caherdavin Limerick in Quarter Final.

Indoor Soccer U/13 Girls Nenagh defeated by Enniskeen, Cork in Quarter Final.

Indoor Soccer U/15 Boys Toomevara defeated by Dingle, Kerry in Quarter Final who went on to win the final.

Congratulations & well done to all our teams. For many of them, this was their first experience at Munster Finals & they all did us proud on the day. We hope they all had an enjoyable experience & that we will see them all back again next year.

The County Finals for Community Games Cross Country will be held this Thursday, 31st March in Thurles Crokes A.C. grounds at 7pm. Entries are on the night & all athletes should be checked in by 6.45pm. The following races will be run on the night:-

1)   U-13 1200m mixed, the first 5 boys & 5 girls over the line will form the County Panel;

2)   U-12 Boys & U-12 Girls 600m, the first 6 in each race will form the County Relay Panel with a team of 4 to run;

3)   U-14 Boys & U-14 Girls 600m, the first 6 in each race will form the County Relay Panel with a team of 4 to run.

All competitors must be under the age specified on 31st July 2011. All finalists go forward to the National Finals Weekend 1 which will be held in AIT, Athlone, Co. Westmeath on the 27th to 29th May. Please note that like last year, the Community Games Cross Country National Finals will be on Sunday 29th May & will clash with the Quarter Final of the Munster Championships when Tipperary play Cork in Semple Stadium. To avoid the same situation as last year, all areas are asked to explain this to their athletes & confirm their availability on the May weekend before they run in the County selection race.

The County Projects Finals will be held in Dunkerrin Parish Hall, Dunkerrin (near Moneygall) on Saturday 2nd April. There is a 6pm start for setting up projects followed by judging at 7.15pm. The County Handwriting Finals for Boys & Girls U/10 will also be held on the same night (Saturday 2nd April) in Dunkerrin Parish Hall commencing at 5.30pm & finishing at 6.30pm with judging immediately afterwards. All competitors should bring their own HB pencils & A4 lined paper.

On Saturday 9th April, the County Talent & Choir Finals will be held in Lattin GAA Centre, Lattin Village at 5.30pm. All entries to Joan Hogan, Busherstown, Moneygall by 1st April. All entries will be included in a programme which will be available on the day. Can all individuals & teams taking part have a photocopy of their birth certificates with them on the day of the competition as all winning contestants need to entered for National finals immediately afterwards.

Full details & information on all Tipperary Community Games news can be found on our website at www.tipperarycommunitygames.com & on Facebook at http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Co-Tipperary-Community-Games.

If anyone has any Community Games related photos or news, please e-mail the details to tipperarycommunitygamespro@gmail.com.

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