Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan

ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE

Tipperary’s hurlers played an exciting draw against Cork in Round 5 of the Allianz Hurling League at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday. Both sides needed a win to enhance their chances of qualifying for the final. While it is still possible for one of Cork or Tipperary to qualify for the final, it will require results in other games to go their way. At a minimum either Galway or Kilkenny must lose both their remaining games and most pundits would deem than unlikely. For Tipperary, they must win their two remaining games and hope then that other results go their way. Either way, they travel to Galway next weekend knowing that a win keeps them in the hunt and with Galway no doubt intent on retaining their league title, it makes Sunday’s encounter at Salthill an attractive game. The game at Pearse Stadium will commence at 2.30pm with James Owens of Wexford in charge. It will be the 66th league meeting between the 2 counties. Tipperary lead the way with 42 wins, Galway have been successful on 18 occasions and there have been 5 draws. Tipperary have won the last 3 league encounters between the sides, the group games at Semple Stadium and Pearse Stadium in 2010 and 2009 respectively and the Allianz Hurling League final in Limerick in 2008.  Their last competitive encounter was in the 2010 All Ireland quarter final at Croke Park where Tipperary won by 3-17 to 3-16, a last minute point from Lar Corbett securing Tipp’s passage. Incidentally, Sunday’s referee James Owens was also in charge of that game.

MUNSTER UNDER 21 FOOTBALL – TIPP V CORK

Commiserations to the Tipperary Under 21 footballers and management on their exit from the Cadbury’s Munster Under 21 football championship after losing to Cork in last Wednesday’s semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn by 0-21 to 2-3.

ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Tipperary will play Wexford at Semple Stadium on Sunday, April 3rd at 2.30pm in Round 6 of the Allianz Football League Division 3. Wexford currently top the table and Tipperary are fighting relegation so this is a hugely important game for both counties. Supporters are asked to note that while this game was originally scheduled to be played at Clonmel, a decision was taken to move it to Semple Stadium. Please note further that only the New Stand will be open on Sunday. The game will be preceded by the Ladies Football League game between Tipperary and Sligo at 12.45pm.

LIAM SHEEDY – TIPPERARY PERSON OF THE YEAR

Congratulations to Liam Sheedy on being named Tipperary Person of the Year for 2010 by the Tipperary Association Dublin. The award is richly deserved and is a very fitting acknowledgement of Liam’s huge contribution to Tipperary’s All Ireland senior hurling championship success in 2010. The award will be presented at the Tipperary Association’s Annual Dinner at the Regency Hotel, Dublin on Friday, April 29th.  Congratulations also to Bishop Willie Walsh, retired Bishop of Killaloe and native of Roscrea, who has been chosen to receive the Association’s Hall of Fame award. Well done to the Tipperary Association Dublin, led by their President, Jarlath Daly, for choosing two highly appropriate honourees.

CLUB OFFICERS INFORMATION NIGHT

Club Chairmen, Secretaries, Treasurers and PROs are reminded that there will be a Club Officers Information Night in the Horse and Jockey Hotel this Thursday, March 31st at 8pm. The agenda will include club finances, the role of the volunteer, club development, public relations and the role of the club in the GAA and community, fixtures planning and a question and answer session.

TOOMEVARA GAA CLUB HISTORY

Congratulations to Toomevara GAA Club on the launch of an update to their club history entitled Toomevara GAA 25 Glorious Year 1986 to 2010.  This excellent book was launched in their clubhouse last Friday night by veteran Gaelic Games broadcaster and commentator, Micheal Ó Muircheartaigh. The book chronicles the many successes of the club at juvenile and adult level in both hurling and camogie over the last 25 years. A particularly interesting feature is a piece by each of the 9 captains who led the Greyhounds to 11 county senior hurling titles in those 25 glorious years and a piece by 1960 county final winning captain Billy Donovan. Well done to the club’s History committee, which was responsible for producing this fine publication, all the contributors, and the North Tipperary Leader Partnership for supporting it. The book costs €15 and is available from Toomevara Club Committee members and bookshops and newsagents around the county.

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.

COLLEGES FINALS AT SEMPLE STADIUM

There are 2 attractive All Ireland finals at Semple Stadium on Saturday, April 2nd. In the Vocational Schools senior hurling A final at 12.45pm St. Brigid’s, Loughrea will play Roscrea Community College and in the Colleges senior hurling A final at 2.30pm, Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick will play St. Kieran’s Kilkenny. Supporters should note that only the New Stand will be open. Admission is €15 for adults and €5 for students / OAPs with free entry for juveniles.

SCÓR NA BPAISTÍ

There was a wonderful display of talent at the County final of Scor na bPaisti in Cashel on Sunday night last. There is a bright future ahead for these very talented primary school children. Well done to all the participants, their parents, clubs and all those who helped them prepare so well. The results were:  Rince Foirne: 1. JK Brackens, 2. Ballina; Amhranaiocht Aonair: 1. Nenagh Eire Og 2. Moyne Templetuohy – Harry Hogan; Ceol Uirlise: 1. Newport, 2. Drom and Inch;   Aithriseoireacht: 1. Upperchurch Drombane – Erin Ryan,  2. Borris-Ileigh –  Orla Ryan; Nuachleas: 1. Templederry Kenyons,  2. Drom and Inch;   Trath na gCeisteanna: 1. Toomevara, 2. Sean Treacys;   Bailead Ghrupa: 1. JK Brackens,  2. Nenagh Eire Og;.    Rince Seit: 1. Templederry Kenyons, 2. Drom and Inch.

Strong Tipperary presence in London’s new hurling club

There will be a strong Tipperary presence when London’s latest hurling club makes its debut this Sunday in Mitcham. Five years since the establishment of their successful football club, Fulham Irish hurlers line out against Clann na nGael – one of the longest established clubs in south London and managed for many years by Dualla native Tommy Dargan.  Fulham Irish who become the fourth south London-based club are managed by former Sean Treacy’s stalwart Martin Carroll. The club is based in Earlsfield where almost twenty of the current panel had one of their final work-outs last Saturday before taking on the Saffrons this Sunday. The Roscrea native, who has played for London for many years and is an uncle of former Tipperary All-Star hurler, John Carroll, said he was very encouraged by the reaction he has received since the club decided to affiliate a hurling team this year after five successful years as a football club which included reaching an All-Ireland club semi-final two years ago.  Although the new club’s playing panel is drawn from a wide cross-section of counties there are a number from the Premier county including such as Ballingarry brothers, Declan and David O’Connell, Sean Purcell also from Ballingarry, Colm Kennedy (Cahir), Philip Dalton (Carrick-on-Suir) and Tom O’Keefe. interested players arriving in London are invited to get involved by contacting Martin Carroll on 00 44 7885459080 or log on to website: www.fulhamirishgaa.org.

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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