Tipperary GAA Scene March 20 2012




Well done to the Tipperary senior hurling team on defeating Waterford by 0-31 to 2-15 in round 3 of the Allianz Hurling League at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. Tipperary are in fourth position in the table at present but are equal on points with Galway and Cork in second and third positions respectively.  The top 3 teams qualify for semi-finals. In the event of a three way tie for a place score difference will determine placings and in the event of a two way tie the result between the two counties involved will determine placings. Tipperary’s next game is against Dublin next Saturday evening next March 24 at Croke Park at 5pm. It will be followed at 7.15pm by the Allianz Football League game between Donegal and Dublin with inter-match entertainment provided by The Dubliners who are celebrating their golden jubilee this year. The Tipperary v Dublin league game will be the 29th between the counties with Tipperary having won 17, Dublin 8 and 3 draws. Dublin won last year’s encounter at Croke Park by 1-16 to 1-15 on their way to winning the Allianz Hurling League title for 2011.





Tipperary’s lost to Sligo in the Allianz Football League Division 3 at Markievicz Park on Sunday last. Having lost all 5 games so far and with 2 to play against Longford and Offaly, Tipperary are in effect relegated. Mathematically it is still possible for them to survive in Division 3 but it would require 2 huge victories in their final games as well as 2 losses for both Cavan and Sligo. Tipperary’s next game is against Longford on Saturday evening next March 24 at Semple Stadium at 7pm.





Tipperary County Board and Tipperary Football Board were disappointed to learn of John Evans’s resignation on Sunday evening as manager of the Tipperary Senior Football team following the recent string of poor results in the Allianz Football League. Both Boards respect John’s decision and accept it with regret. John made a major contribution to Tipperary football since he came to the county in late 2007. He increased the profile of football in Tipperary, he guided the senior team from Division 4 to Division 2 of the Allianz football league in successive seasons, he managed the Tipperary under 21 footballers to their first ever Munster title in 2010 and he played an important role as a coach in last year’s All Ireland minor football triumph. He also made countless other contributions to the development of football through his work with clubs and schools. This year’s disappointing league results will not take from the hugely positive legacy that John leaves behind in Tipperary. Tipperary County Board and Tipperary Football Board thank John most sincerely for his outstanding contribution to Tipperary football and wish him and his family every success and happiness in the future.





The Tipperary under 21 footballers lost to Kerry by 0-11 to 0-5 in the Munster under 21 quarter final on Wednesday evening last at Semple Stadium which means they are now out of the championship. We would like to thank the players and management for the efforts to put in to preparing for the championship.





The Michael ‘Spike’ Nolan Memorial Cup was presented by the Nolan family to North Board Chairman John McGrath at the Hibernian Inn, Nenagh last Thursday night.  The trophy dedicated to the memory of the much loved former North and County Board Treasurer, who died on May 13 2008, was a joint venture by his two clubs Moneygall and Kildangan. The new trophy will replace the Monsignor Hamilton Cup as the prize for the North Minor ‘A’ Hurling Championship. Well done to all concerned with perpetuating Spike’s memory in this very appropriate way.





Congratulations to Nenagh CBS on their great victory over holders St. Kieran’s College, Kilkenny by 0-17 to 0-14 in the All Ireland Colleges A hurling semi-final at The Ragg on St. Patrick;s Day. They will play Kilkenny CBS in the final at Semple Stadium on Saturday March 31 at a time to be announced. Kilkenny CBS defeated Portumna Community School in the other semi-final, also at The Ragg by 3-15 to 1-8. Interestingly both Munster and Leinster champions, Colaiste na nDeise (defeated in quarter-final by Kilkenny CBS) and St. Kieran’s respectively, have failed to reach the All Ireland final. It will be Nenagh CBS’s first ever time in the A final but they have enjoyed previous success at B level against Kilkenny opposition when they defeated Callan CBS in the final.





The All Ireland Colleges senior A hurling semi-final between Nenagh Vocational School and St. Fergal’s College Rathdowney was abandoned after 20 minutes on St. Patrick’s Day after a deluge of rain made the Templetuohy pitch unplayable.





It might be Fool’s Day but Sunday April 1st promises to be a day of great entertainment in Thurles. It will start with the Allianz Hurling League game between Tipperary and Cork which could well decide semi-final qualification positions in the league. It will be followed by a “Night at the Dogs” benefit night for Tipperary GAA at Thurles Greyhound Stadium. Buster nomination tickets which also entitle the bearer to free entry are available at €10 with a chance of winning €500. Races can be sponsored for €500 each and dog nominations are available for €50 each with a chance to win €500 among the limited group of nominators. Buster tickets are available from County Board officers and clubs. Race sponsorship or nominations can be purchased by contacting County PRO, Ger Ryan on 086 8149146 orpro.tipperary@gaa.ie. Members of the Tipperary senior hurling panel and management will be present on the night.





The annual President Awards were presented at a Croke Park banquet on Friday evening last. 17 long standing GAA volunteers who have served the Association with distinction over a prolonged period were honoured. The winners were drawn from across all strands of the Association and represent all codes and disciplines from the wider GAA family. Three of the award recipients on the night were natives of Tipperary. John Currivan has been a member of the Golden-Kilfeacle GAA club all of his life. John was involved as a player for many years and has served as Club Secretary for the past 27 years. John’s foresight saw the club expand its playing facilities and install floodlights and he is also involved as a Gate checker for the West Tipperary Board. John joined Dr. Con Murphy (Cork) as the 2012 Munster recipients.

Martin Meagher (a native of Loughmore) was selected for the Presidents Award for his involvement with Third Level Colleges GAA. Martin has been the driving force behind the development of GAA in Carlow IT and the Institute now competes in both the Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cups. Martin is currently head of the Business Department at Carlow IT. Seamus O’Sullivan (a native of Lorrha) has been instrumental in the organisation and playing of Gaelic games in Australia since his earliest days there back in the early 1970s, settling in Brisbane. Seamus has also been central to the establishment of new clubs and has also assisted in the growth of ladies football. Seamus is the President of Australian GAA since 1978 and is a popular winner of the Presidents Awards for Overseas GAA. There was a large Tipperary contingent present on the night including Munster Council delegates PJ Maher and Donal Shanahan, Munster PRO Ed Donnelly, Tipperary Ladies Football PRO Enda McDonnell and Supporters Club Treasurer Bryan Maher.





Congratulations to Lisvernane Village on winning the final of the TG4 G Team competition last weekend. All in the Glen of Aherlow are grateful to all those who texted their support for the “baile beag”. Not for the first time, they overcame greater numbers when they defeated Donabate, Co. Dublin to win the final.





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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