Tipperary GAA Scene



Waterford defeated Tipperary by 2-16 to 1-13 in the first round of the Munster Minor Hurling championship at Walsh Park in Waterford last Wednesday. Tipperary will play Cork in a semi-final play-off game at Semple Stadium on Sunday next, May 7 at 3.30pm in Semple Stadium. Only the New Stand will be open Admission Prices are  €10 for adults, €5 for Student/OAP with appropriate ID Card and free for under 16s. The winners will play Clare in the Munster semi-final on Friday June 24th 2011. If Tipperary defeat Cork, the game against Clare will be in Semple Stadium. Cork lost to Limerick by 2-14 to 0-12 in their first round game but defeated Kerry by 0-25 to 2-6 in their first play-off game. If recent underage clashes between Tipp and Cork are a yardstick, then Sunday’s game should be close. 4 of the last 5 matches at Minor and Under 21 Hurling level between these oldest of rivals have ended in a draw after normal time. Both counties have recorded 114 scores each during these 5 matches – an average of over 45 scores combined per game or 1 score every 100 seconds. In their last meeting in the Munster minor championship at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on April 28th 2010, Cork won after extra time on a scoreline of 2-31 to 4-22. Interestingly, the last 3 counties to win the Munster Minor Hurling Championship all lost their first round matches. Tipperary have lost their last 4 matches in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship. They previously went 4 matches without a victory from 1988 to 1990, losing to Cork (1988 Munster Final) and Limerick (1989 Munster Semi-Final) before drawing with Clare (1990 Munster 1st Round) and losing the replay. Tipperary’s worst ever string of results in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship came from 1936 to 1940 when they lost 5 consecutive matches. Tipperary lost to Cork (1936 Munster Final, 1937 Munster Semi-Final, 1938 Munster Semi-Final, 1940 First Round) and Limerick (1939 First Round). Let’s hope that 5 game losing streak is not equalled this year. Good luck to the players and management for a successful performance against Cork.


Congratulations to Arravale Rovers on winning the County Under 21 football A title by defeating Loughmore Castleiney in the final and to Ballyporeen on winning the County Under 21 football B title by defeating Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams in the final. It Is Arravale’s 3rd title at this grade since the competition was initiated in 1963 and their first since 1973. It is Ballyporeen’s second B title, their first was in 1990.

Opening of John Doyle Centre IN HOLYCROSS

Supporters are reminded that Holycross Ballycahill GAA club will host a senior hurling tournament on Sunday May 8 between Tipperary and Waterford to mark the official opening of the fantastic John Doyle Centre in St Michael’s GAA Grounds. The game gets underway at 7pm with the official opening by GAA President Christy Cooney and blessing by Rev Fr Tom Breen taking place at 6.30pm.  A large crowd is expected so travel early if you can to what will be a fitting tribute to one of Tipperary’s greatest ever players.


Congratulations to the Dublin hurlers on their great victory over Kilkenny in the Allianz Hurling League final last Sunday at Croke Park. It is their first title since 1939.  There are quite a few Tipperary connections with the winning Dubs team. Man of the Match on Sunday was former Tipperary player, Ryan O’Dwyer of Cashel King Cormacs. Declan O’Dwyer who came on as a sub is son of West Tipp man, Francis O’Dwyer from Clonoulty who is a former committee member of Tipperary Supporters Club. Selector Richard Stakelum, originally from Borris-Ileigh club, led Tipperary to the famous victory over Cork in the 1987 Munster Final replay which ended Tipp’s 16 year “famine”. I’m sure there are other Tipp connections also. Well done to all concerned.


The final draft of the Tipperary GAA Strategic Plan for the development of the GAA in the county over the next 5 years has been published on the Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie. Anybody wishing to comment on the plan should email County Secretary, Tim Floyd on secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie by Friday May 6. All suggestions from clubs and supporters are welcome.


The following forms can be downloaded from www.tipperary.gaa.ie: Challenge games application forms; Transfer forms; Membership application forms and 2011 Property and P&L Insurance declaration forms. An updated list of transfer requests is also available.


This is a final reminder that there are only a few days left to book tickets to see  renowned entertainer, Tommy Fleming, live in concert at the Park Hotel Clonmel on this coming Saturday May 7 2011 at 8pm. All proceeds from the concert will go towards the preparation of Tipperary County teams for this year’s hurling and football championships. Tickets cost €30 and are available from the Park Hotel (052-6188700) or the GAA Office Thurles (0504 22702) or MK Sports in Clonmel. Seats are strictly limited so early booking is essential. Tommy Fleming is one of Ireland’s most popular entertainers so don’t miss this great opportunity to see him live and to support our hurlers and footballers for the season ahead


The Tipperary county final of senior long puck will be held at Thurles Racecourse at 11am on Saturday May 21. Each division is entitled to send two representatives.    The winner will go forward to represent Tipperary at the Munster Final which will also be held at Thurles Racecourse on Saturday July 9


Optimum Nutrition wish to offer clubs the opportunity to host a sports nutrition seminar for club members, over the age of 18, free of charge. Optimum Nutrition is the number one brand in the US and now one of the leading sports nutrition brands in Ireland & is owned by Glanbia Plc. Optimum Nutrition products are used by  Tipperary GAA, Kildare GAA, Leinster Rugby, and Ulster Rugby to name a few. The sports nutrition seminar will focus mainly on the application of nutrition in sport and the benefits of adhering to a performance geared diet. Inter-county teams have now placed a huge emphasis on diet and the role that sports nutrition plays in enabling players to recovery adequately and compete at the highest level. The event will run for approximately one hour, including tasting time. Players will also have an opportunity to order Optimum Nutrition products at a reduced rate on the night. Seminars will run throughout the summer. Optimum Nutrition will do their best to accommodate a date and time that suits interested clubs best. For further information on the seminars please contact Jessica Long on 0860415462 or at jlong@optimumnutrition.com. Please note that bookings are being taken on a first come first served basis and early booking is advisable.


The deadline for logging into the new email addresses for club chairpersons and club PROs has passed. It is important that club officers use the assigned GAA email addresses are these are the only ones used for GAA correspondence. Club secretaries have been given the details of the email accounts for their chairpersons and PROs. There are over 50 chairpersons addresses and over 30 PRO addresses which have not been accessed and we would like to make a big push in the next few weeks to get all these email addresses active. The County IT Officer, Eddie Kinane, will provide advice where needed. He is contactable on itofficer.tipperary@gaa.ie.


Tipperary Institute has launched their Degree in Sports Strength and Conditioning which will commence at their Thurles campus this September and was developed in partnership with Setanta College. Tommy Dunne, Eoin Kelly and Lar Corbett were all present at the official launch and have endorsed the course which is open to both school leavers and mature students. The launch of the course was also supported by Dessie Farrell of the GPA who said it was a welcome development for sport in Ireland. Once qualified, graduates will be at the cutting edge of the future development and advancement of Gaelic games, utilising the knowledge gained from progressive modules such as: Sports Psychology, Speed Development and Coaching Technology, which will provide important long-term benefits for our games and our players. Students applying to go to college this year can use the CAO’s Change of Mind facility to apply for this course up to July 1st. For further details, contact the Tipperary Institute at 0504 28021.


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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