Tipperary GAA Scene May 1st




The Allianz Hurling League final between Cork and Kilkenny will be played at Semple Stadium on Sunday next, May 6 at 4pm. There will be no game before it. Spectators are asked to come early to avoid any last minute rush as a large crowd is expected. The game is all ticket but there is no reserved seating. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Both stands will be open and the Town End terrace only will be open. Stand tickets are €20 if purchased before match day to celebrate our new network of outlets with SuperValu and Centra and €25 if purchased on match day. Terrace tickets are €15 irrespective of when purchased. Juvenile stand and terrace tickets are €5 each. Senior citizen and student stand are €10 discounted from purchase price with purchase at full price and refund at concession stiles, no refunds after entry. Concession stiles are 1 and 2 in the Kinane (Old) Stand and 52 and 53 in the O Riain (New) stand. Tickets are available online from tickets.ie and gaa.ie and are also available from selected SuperValu and Centra stores in the participating counties and in Tipperary. Season ticket holders do not need to get tickets. They can use their season ticket pass at the stiles – Stiles 10 and 11 in the Kinane (Old) Stand and 48 and 49 in the O Riain Stand.  Cash will not be taken at any stile so please arrive in time if you are purchasing a ticket on the day but the best value is to buy a ticket in advance online or through our partners in SuperValu and Centra.





All three county under 21 football finals will be played this coming weekend. The A final between Loughmore Castleiney and defending champions Arravale Rovers will be played in Holycross on Sunday May 6 at 1pm. Loughmore Castleiney are seeking their 10th title and their first since 2006 while Arravale Rovers are seeking their 4th title. In the B final, Borrisokane will play Clonmel Og on Saturday, May 5 at 7pm also in Holycross. Clonmel Og are seeking their 2nd title having won previously in 2006 while Borrisokane are looking to win the title for the first time. On Monday May 7 at 6pm in Clonmel Sportsfield the C final will be played between St. Patrick’s and Grangemockler Ballyneale. Grangemockler Ballyneale won the title previously in 2002 while St. Patrick’s have never won it. We congratulate all 6 clubs on reaching the finals and wish them all the best for the weekend’s games.





Please note the following Playing Rule changes which were passed at Congress on Saturday, April 14. These changes will become operative from May 14 and are to be implemented in all competitions. 1. Football Only – “Square Ball” – This has been amended to allow a player enter the small rectangle once the final deliberate play of the ball has been made, i.e as soon as the player kicks, hand-passes, fist passes or deliberately flicks the ball into the small rectangle then the attacking player may enter.  The rule is unchanged with regard to “Set Play” i.e. Free Kicks, Line Balls and 45s – in these instances players are not permitted to enter the small rectangle before the ball.

2. Hurling and Football – an additional Power of the Referee has been added as follows: “To consult, on a needs basis, with a linesman or umpire(s) – where neutral – in order to establish matters of fact. In the case of the Umpires, this shall include consultation concerning the validity of a score when the Referee is in doubt”. This rule change gives the referee additional power to consult with the linesmen and umpires and will be particularly relevant in the adjudication on “square balls”. 3. Hurling and Football – Rule 2: The Players, Rules of Specification – this has been amended to allow substitutions be made when the referee has stopped play after a score or wide or for a free, sideline puck/kick or where the Referee has stopped play for medical attention to an injured player. Previously substitutions could only be made when the ball had gone out of play following a score or a wide, or when a stoppage inplay was called by the referee for medical attention to an injured player.





Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to Tim Floyd, County Secretary and Denis Floyd, former North Board Chairman and County Coaching and Games Development Officer and all the Floyd family on the recent death of their father, Thomas Floyd RIP. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal.





New GAA President, Liam O’Neill has announced the membership of the central committees which will be in office for his term as present. Tipperary has been awarded two committee chairs – Liz Howard of the National Presentation and Awards Committee and Ger Ryan of the Medical, Scientific and Player Welfare Committee and the following committee memberships – Con Hogan (Central Hearings Committee), Sean Fogarty (Central Appeals Committee), Willie Barrett (National Referees Committee), Ed Donnelly (IT and Communications Committee) and John Costigan (Child Protection and Welfare Appeals Committee). Jimmy Darcy from Drom and Inch who works for the GAA in Croke Park is Secretary of the National Games Development Committee.





Several Tipperary clubs are performing have yet to appoint Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Officers.  Colin O’Regan, the National Co-ordinator for  ASAP will shortly need to submit a list of ASAP club officers for each county. All clubs who have not appointed an ASAP Officer are asked to do so as soon as possible and provide the officer’s name, email address and phone number to the County ASAP Officer Pat Mulcahy who is contactable by email on patmulcahy1@eircom.net or by phone on 087  2572092.





Many of our units are now actively using and engaging with our members and supporters through social media and in particular, Facebook and Twitter. For this reason, GAA Social Media Policies and Guidelines and a step by step social media setup guide have been devised to assist and guide our units in best practice around this area. These documents are available on the GAA website, www.gaa.ie and we would encourage club officials to distribute these documents to all members and in particular to those individuals who may be looking after club social media networks. Clubs will also receive a communication shortly from the County PRO asking them to register their digital channels with the GAA. It is important that Clubs fill out this form. In that way, anyone who speaks on behalf of the GAA is authorised to do so, ensuring we work together to give the GAA a positive online presence.





The inaugural Irish Sports Summit, taking place on the May 25 in Ballincollig, Co. Cork, will focus on the impact the worsening economic picture is having on the Irish sporting environment and look at ways of addressing the issues through co-operation and innovation.  The Summit aims to attract delegates from every facet of Irish sport, including amateur and professional athletes and clubs, National Governing Bodies (NGB), policy makers, sponsors, businesses, media, nutrition, health and wellbeing. Featuring a stellar line up of panellists, from throughout the sporting world, the Summit will identify key areas of concern and challenges, before moving on to opportunities and reasons for optimism in the years to come. From identifying traps and innovative fundraising opportunities for Clubs and Associations, to exploring sporting trends and best practice operations for national organisations and industry, the Irish Sports Summit aims to draw all assembled out of the box towards ‘Big Idea’ thinking. Mr. Patrick J. Gallagher, who is credited with being one of the most creative marketing and business minds in U.S. professional sport, will deliver the keynote speech. With campaigns such as the Croix De Candlestick, Crazy Crab, and the Doofus Dome, Gallagher and the San Francisco Giants were recipients of multiple EFFIE awards, the global marketing industry’s annual award for excellence in effective marketing, a Clio award, and several Major League Baseball Marketing Excellence awards. The Summit provides an absolute wealth of experience and insight from individuals who will share their thoughts, knowledge and ideas. For more details visit www.irishsportssummit.com





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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