Tipperary GAA Scene

BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

Tipperary’s next outing in the Allianz Hurling League is against Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday next, March 27. It is a crucial tie for both sides and of course a rehearsal of sorts for their Munster senior hurling championship clash on May 29 at Semple Stadium. Tipperary can still qualify for the Allianz Hurling League final but will require victories in all 3 of their remaining games along with favourable results in other games. After defeats in Cork in both league and championship last year, Tipp will no doubt want to redress matters with a win next Sunday. Tipperary and Cork have met 53 times previously in the League with Cork winning 27 times, Tipp 23 times and 3 draws. Their first meeting was in Cashel in the 1925/26 League and Cork won on a scoreline of 5-3 to 4-2.  The last draw was in Páirc Uí Chaoimh in 2004 when the score was Tipperary 1-20 Cork 2-17. The highest scoring game between them was the 1936/37 League final which Cork won by 8-9 to 6-4. The highest scoring game in recent times was the 2003 encounter at Semple Stadium which Cork won by 4-15 to 4-11.

MUNSTER UNDER 21 FOOTBALL – TIPP V CORK

Good luck to the Tipperary under 21 footballers for their Munster semi-final against Cork at Pairc Uí Rinn on Wednesday night March 23rd at 7.30pm. Maurice Condon of Waterford will be the referee and extra time will be used in the event that the game is a draw after 60 minutes. Cork will be seeking their 22nd title if they qualify for the final while Tipperary would defend their first ever title should they come through on Wednesday night. Cadbury have sponsored the U-21 football championship since 2005 and are continuing with their very successful Hero of the Future Awards this year. The Hero of the Future Award is selected by public voting on www.cadburygaau21.com and adjudication from Kerry legend, Darragh O’Sé, Kildare senior footballer, Dermot Earley, former Dublin manager, Paul Caffrey, and TG4 journalist, Micheal Ó Domhnaill. The winning player will win a holiday voucher for himself, €1000 for his club and €1000 for his county board. Cadbury also offer each of the 15 Heroes of the Match a training kit for their club. Past winners are: 2006: Keith Higgins from Mayo; 2007: Fintan Goold from Cork; 2008: Killian Young from Kerry; 2009: Colm O’Neill from Cork; 2010: Rory O’Carroll from Dublin.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Well done to the Tipperary senior footballers on their 1 point win by 1-11 to 0-14 over Offaly at O’Connor Park Tullamore last Sunday. This was an important victory and gives Tipperary a great chance of avoiding relegation. They are now third from bottom, on the same points as Waterford and Limerick, ahead of Waterford on score difference but behind Limerick. Their next game will be against table toppers Wexford on Sunday April 3 at Clonmel. Their final game will be against Cavan who are currently bottom of the table with 3 points.  Interestingly two of Tipperary’s players in Sunday’s win over Offaly were Niall Curran and Hugh Coghlan and their brothers, Paul Curran and John Coghlan respectively, played in the hurlers win over Offaly the previous Sunday – an interesting double double!

JOHNNY RYAN – CLUB FINAL REFEREE

St. Patrick’s Day was a special one for Boherlahan Dualla’s Johnny Ryan as he refereed the AIB All Ireland Club Senior Hurling final between Clarinbridge of Galway and O’Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny. Congratulations to Johnny on receiving this great honour and performing to a very high standard on the day. Well done also to his team of umpires – Tony Lacey, JC Ryan, Seamus Manton and Willie Crosse.

TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB AGM

This year’s Annual General Meeting of the Tipperary Supporters Club will take place in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on Wednesday March 30 at 8pm.  All members of the Club are invited to come to hear a full account of the activities of the Club for the year. As it has done for Tipperary teams for the last 25 years, the Supporters Club made a very substantial financial contribution to the preparations of the 2010 All Ireland champions.

REGISTRATION OF CLUB MEMBERS

All clubs are reminded that the must complete registration of members by March 31. Several clubs in Tipperary have not started this process yet. Croke Park have issued reminders to all clubs.

LEINSTER MINOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Tipp’s minor footballers wrapped up their Leinster League commitments at Carlow IT’s grounds on Sunday evening last and similar to the previous two rounds had to settle for the runners up spot as Carlow emerged winners by a seven point margin, 2-10 to 0-9. Tipp were disappointing in the first half but turned in a good second half performance and were unlucky to concede a goal from a last minute penalty.

COLLEGES GAMES

Good luck to Nenagh Vocational School for the All Ireland Vocational Schools Senior B Hurling final against Kinsale CS at Mallow on Saturday March 26 at 2pm. Good luck also to Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town for their All Ireland Colleges Senior B Football semi-final against Roscommon CBS at Portarlington at 2pm on Saturday March 26.

UNDER 8 FOOTBALL GO GAMES COUNTY BLITZ

The first round of our county under 8 Football Go Games blitz will take place on Saturday March 26 in Littleton at 10.30am. Clubs intending to participate should let Andy Ryan, GDA, know by Wednesday March 23 on email at andy.ryan.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie.

CHILD WELFARE AND PROTECTION INFORMATION NIGHT

A Child Welfare and Protection Information Night for all Club Children’s Officers and Club Designated Persons  will be held next Monday March 28 at 8pm in Thurles Sarsfields Clubhouse. The purpose of the Information Night is to provide advice and assistance to Children’s Officers and Designated Persons. Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichíl, National Children’s Officer, will attend and he will give a presentation on the roles and responsibilities of Club Children’s Officers and Club Designated Persons. This will be followed by an open forum discussion and question and answer session. All Club Children’s Officers and Club Designated Persons  are invited to attend. Please note that in the event of a Club not having a Designated Person appointed the Club Senior Chairman is deemed to be the Designated Person and he/she is invited to attend. It is imperative that each club attend in order to familiarise themselves with the G.A.A. good practice guidance for child welfare and protection. Further information is available from John Smith, County Youth Officer at 087-9960710 or e-mail youthofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie.

SCOR NA BPAISTI

The County Final of Scor na bPaisti will take place in Halla na Feile, Cashel at 6pm on Sunday evening next, March 27. It promises to be a great night’s entertainment with primary school children from around the county demonstrating their great talents.

CLUB OFFICERS INFORMATION NIGHT

A club officers information night will take place on Thursday, March 31 at Horse & Jockey Hotel. All club chairmen, secretaries, treasurers and PROs are asked to attend. The information night will provide useful information for clubs on fixtures, club finances, development, public relations and there will be a special emphasis on volunteerism.

TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW

The Tipperary Clubs Draw for 2011/12 will be launched and promoted during April.  The clubs draw continues to be the primary source of income for most clubs and it is worth the considerable effort that goes into promoting it. The draw relies on the support of a superb network of promoters inside and outside the county who work tirelessly to maximise sales. This year once again there will be a great array of prizes on offer including cars, holidays and cash prizes. Clubs looking for promotional material should contact the Draw Co-ordinator, Ger Bradley at the GAA Office in Thurles on 0504 22702 or by email at tippdraw.tipperary@gaa.ie. Draw committee members and county board officers will visit clubs during April to promote the benefits of the draw. At a time when many clubs are struggling to raise the necessary finance to support their activities, the  Clubs Draw is one of the best ways to raise money and has the added benefit of affording supporters the opportunity to win great prizes.

TIPPERARY GAA SCENE

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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