Tipperary GAA Scene 2nd August

by County PRO Ger Ryan


Congratulations to the Tipperary minor footballers and team management on their great win over Meath by 0-11 to 0-7 in the All Ireland minor final quarter-final at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Monday last. Tipperary will now play Roscommon in the semi-finals at Croke Park on Sunday August 21st. The last time Tipperary won an All Ireland minor football semi-final was in 1984 when interestingly the opposition was also Roscommon. Tipp won by 2-12 to 1-10 but were defeated by Dublin in the final. The last time Tipp and Roscommon met in the minor championship was in 2006 when Roscommon won their All-Ireland quarter-final clash by 1-12 to 0-5 at Tullamore.


Tickets will be available this week through clubs and online at www.tickets.ie or www.gaa.ie for the All Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final between Tipperary and Dublin. Stand tickets are €40 each, terrace €25 each with Cusack / Davin under 16 tickets available for €5. Group club tickets are also available in the Davin for €10 each. Details of all ticket packages have been sent to clubs.


A new double draw bonanza with fantastic prizes has been launched in aid of the training fund for the county hurling and football teams. So far this has been a good year again for Tipperary teams with two Munster titles secured by the senior hurlers and minor footballers and both teams now looking forward to All Ireland semi-finals. The prizes include a trip for 2 to Australia for 2 weeks for the compromise rules games in October, a holiday for 2 to San Francisco with the All Stars in late November, tickets for the All Ireland senior hurling and football finals and tickets for all Tipperary’s senior football and hurling championship games next year. Tickets cost only €10 each and are available from clubs, county board officers, the GAA shops in Thurles and Clonmel, online at www.tipperary.gaa.ie and by phone during business hours Monday to Saturday at 0504 22702. We would greatly appreciate support for this draw as it will provide much needed funding to continue training and preparing our teams to the high standards necessary to achieve success.


Congratulations to Brendan Cummins who secured the 2011 Poc Fada All Ireland title on Annaverna mountains in Cooley, County Louth last weekend. The All Star goalkeeper went around the 5km mountain course in 50 pucks. He won by a four-puck margin over 2010 Poc Fada champion Graham Clarke of Down. This was Brendan’s 5th title and in the 50th year of the competition it was special to win. He also won the Comorate Beirte (Pairs) title with Down’s Karol Keating on a combined score of 108 pucks. Well done also to Tipperary minor goalkeeper Shane Hassett of Drom and Inch who also participated and acquitted himself very well. His pairs partner was Davy Fitzgerald, the current Waterford SH manager and former Clare goalkeeper.


Congratulations to the Tipperary minor camogie team on winning the All Ireland final against Kilkenny last Sunday. Tipp produced a stunning second-half comeback to record a dramatic 4-4 to 2-9 victory at Semple Stadium. Nicole Walsh pointed a free with just two minutes remaining to snatch the honours for the home side after a titanic tussle with Kilkenny.


There were 7 games played in round 2 of the county senior hurling championship at the weekend with wins for Borris-Ileigh, Burgess, Éire Óg Annacarty, Nenagh Éire Óg, Templederry Kenyons, Thurles Sarsfields and Upperchurch Drombane. The senior hurling championship season is now over for the respective losers Kilruane MacDonaghs, Killenaule, Roscrea, Holycross Ballycahill, Lorrha and Dorrha, Golden Kilfeacle and Portroe. The eighth team to go into the round 3 draw will be JK Brackens or AN Other with the outcome to be determined following the hearing Carrick Swans have requested into their exclusion from the south and county senior hurling championships.


Two Ó Riain Cup quarter finals were played at the weekend with wins for Moycarkey –Borris over Ballingarry and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams over Borrisokane.  Cashel King Cormacs v Boherlahan Dualla will be played at Holycross next Saturday August 6 at 6.30pm. The fourth quarter-final between Moneygall and Ballybacon Grange will be fixed after the All Ireland semi-final between Tipperary and Dublin.


In the county senior football championship round 1 Moyle Rovers defeated Ardfinnan.


Congratulations to Clonoulty Rossmore and Toomevara on retaining their West and North divisional titles respectively last Sunday. Clonoulty Rossmore defeated Cappawhite by 1-26 to 0-13 at Dundrum while Toomevara defeated Kildangan by 1-19 to 0-13 at MacDonagh Park Neangh. Well done to both Divisional Boards and the host clubs, Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams and Nenagh Éire Óg for the excellent arrangements in place for both finals.


Would you like to help Tipperary’s championship preparations and possibly win a pair of stand tickets to the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final?  This great prize will be won by the person who correctly, or most closely, predicts the full time score of the semi final v Dublin in the Tipperary Supporters Club score prediction competition. The fee is €5 for one entry, €10 for three entries or €15 for five entries and all proceeds will go towards the costs of Tipperary’s training for the Semi Final. To enter on line just log on to www.tippsupportersclub.com where entry fees can be paid by credit or laser card.  Also you can send entries by post to John Coman, 52 Hazelbrook Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W (087 9087105) to arrive by Thursday August 11. Entries must give goals and points for each team.  The winner will be contacted on Monday August 15.  Entrants, who must be at least 18 years old, should provide name, address and phone number and rules are on the website. Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to Tipperary Supporters Club.


Bray Emmets launched their MBNA sponsored Kick Fada competition in Croke Park last week. Along with record holder Mark Herbert from Kildare, Bray Emmets and MBNA issued a challenge to GAA players from both club and county to take part in the 2011 competition and break the Kick Fada distance records which now stand for a decade. The Kick Fada records which stand at 73m for men and 52m for women were set in 2001 by four-time MBNA Kick Fada Champion Mark Herbert from the Ballyteague GAA Club and Suzanne Hughes from Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club in Dublin. Over 20 inter-county stars are expected to take part in the 2011 competition, which takes place in Bray Emmets GAA Club on Saturday, September 10. The MBNA Kick Fada determines who is the longest and most accurate kicker of a Gaelic football in Ireland. Competitors must kick the ball over the bar through specific competition goalposts twice the width of conventional goal sizes. Any GAA players interested in taking part in the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada competition can contact PJ Cunningham of Bray Emmet’s GAA Club or go to www.brayemmets.com. The latest news from the MBNA Kick Fada competition is on www.mbna.ie/kickfada.

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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: 0pm 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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