Tipperary GAA Scene

BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE – TIPPERARY V WATERFORD

Tipperary will play Waterford in the third round of the Allianz Hurling League at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening next, March 5th at 7.30pm  It will be Tipperary’s third game under lights in the current campaign. They will be seeking their first win while Waterford drew their first game against Dublin and won their second against Wexford.  Tipperary and Waterford have met on 38 previous occasions in the Hurling League. Tipperary have 29 wins, Waterford 6 and there have been 3 draws.  Tipperary’s last win was in Walsh Park on February 8 2009 on a scoreline of 1-16 to 0-14. Waterford’s last win was in the league quarter final at Nowlan Park on April 6 2007 on a scoreline of 1-20 to 1-19.  The last draw was at Semple Stadium on March 28 2010 when the final score was Tipperary 1-19, Waterford 2-16.

TIPPERARY V WATERFORD MATCH ARRANGEMENTS

Both stands at Semple Stadium will be open for Saturday evening’s Allianz Hurling League game between Tipperary and Waterford. Stiles will be open from 6pm and there will be two stiles at each stand dedicated to season ticket holders.  Juvenile groups and pass holders should go to Stile 1 at the Old Stand or Stile 41 at the New Stand. The juvenile stiles at each side will be adjacent to the season tickets and adult stiles to facilitate adults bringing juveniles. There will be sufficient stiles open to accommodate everybody but arriving in time is essential. Supporters need to be at the stiles before 7.15pm to be sure of being in their seats in time for the game.  We thank all our supporters in anticipation of their co-operation with these arrangements.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE – TIPPERARY V WESTMEATH

Westmeath finally claimed an Allianz NFL victory, at the 17th time of asking, with a three-point win over Tipperary at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. It was Westmeath’s first league victory since the 2008 Division 2 decider against Dublin and with 15 minutes to go on Sunday, it looked like their run without a win was set to continue as Tipperary led by 2-9 to 0-10. However, a goal from a penalty by David Glennon and a last minute goal from Paul Greville secured a 3 point win for Westmeath, 2-12 to 2-9.  With 2 points from 3 games, Tipperary are now third from bottom of Division 3 with 2 points from 3 games, ahead of Waterford on score difference and Limerick who have yet to register any points. This will make Tipperary’s next game against Waterford at Dungarvan on Saturday, March 12 a crucial tie.

SCÓR SINSEAR

Good luck to Tipperary’s representatives in the Munster semi-finals of Senior Scor in Cappoquin on Saturday next, March 5. They following are the clubs representing Tipperary in the various events: Rince Fóirne – Newcastle; Amhránaíocht Aonair – Borris-Ileigh; Ceol Uirlíse – JK Brackens; Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht – Moyne-Templetuohy; Bailéad Ghrúpa – Moycarkey-Borris; Nuachleas – Moyne-Templetuohy  Tráth na gCeisteanna – Loughmore-Castleiney; Rince Seit – Borris-Ileigh.

TIPPERARY CLUBS MARCH DRAW

The Tipperary Clubs March draw will be held on this Friday night March 4 in the The Stack of Barley Public House, Mullinahone. On the night there will be 2 cars given away to two lucky winners along with cash prizes, a holiday, and a possible Lotto jackpot of €5,000. Some lucky Club will be the recipient of a new set of jerseys by the end of the night. So why not come along and support the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw in Mullinahone on Friday night.

TIPPERARY SEASON TICKET

Tipperary County Board has a special introductory offer for the new season ticket. If two people wish to purchase tickets, they can do so for €160 in total if the tickets are purchased before May 31, 2011. This represents a saving of €40 in total. The new 2011 Season ticket costs €100 normally and will allow holders to attend all hurling and football league and championship games from minor to senior organised by the County Board. The season ticket will not apply to divisional or juvenile games. Estimated savings for regular attendees of club games will be in the order of €80 to €120 per annum. As only a limited number are available those interested are asked to apply to the GAA Office at Lár na Páirce – 0504 22702 or tippgaa@eircom.net  as soon as possible.

FITZGIBBON CUP THIRD LEVEL COLLEGES HURLING

Congratulations to University of Limerick on their victory over Limerick IT in the Fitzgibbon Cup final on Saturday last at Waterford IT. The Tipperary players who played in the final for UL were Thomas Lowry (Holycross Ballycahill), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg), Kieran Morris (Moycarkey Borris), Paul Kelly (Mullinahone) and Joe Gallagher (Kildangan). Dinny Ryan of Newport was a selector with UL. We congratulate all the panel and management team on their success.  The Fitzgibbon Cup has become fiercely competitive in the last decade or so with a huge amount of effort being put into preparations of the college teams. The programme for the final included comments from former inter-county managers noting its importance in identifying talent for county senior teams. This no doubt adds to the competitiveness surrounding the competition. One wonders if it has actually become too competitive and if the commitment involved makes too many demands on players who are also on inter-county panels at possibly both senior and under 21 level. It certainly merits some debate.

COLLEGES GAMES

Congratulations to Cashel Community School on winning the Corn Phadraig Munster Colleges Senior Hurling B final last weekend when they defeated Dungarvan CBS by 2-8 to 1-8 at Clonmel.  Well done to Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla Kickhams) and his team of officials who took charge of the Dr. Harty Cup Munster Colleges A Hurling final last Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Good luck to Abbey CBS, Tipperary Town for the replay of the Corn an Uachtarain Munster Colleges Senior Hurling B final at Fermoy on Wednesday, March 2 at 2.30pm. Good luck also to Cashel CS as they seek another Munster title when they take on St. Michael’s of Listowel in the Corn an Runai Munster Colleges Senior Football C final at Clarina, Co. Limerick at 1.30pm also on Wednesday. Finally, Clonmel CBS will defend their Tipperary Post Primary Schools Senior Football A title when they play Our Lady’s Templemore in the final at Morris Park, Thurles at 2.30pm On Friday March 4.

ALL IRELAND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS HURLING

Borrisokane Community College will play Roscrea Community College in the Munster Vocational Schools Senior A hurling final at Dolla on Saturday March 5 at 2.30pm. In the Senior B hurling final, also on Saturday at 2.30pm, Nenagh Vocational School will play Kinsale Community School at Kilmallock.

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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