Tipperary GAA Scene 17th August 2010

gaa-logoby County PRO Ger Ryan


Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Hurlers and Management on their very good victory over Munster Champions, Waterford, in the All Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday last. All roads lead to Croke Park again on Sunday September 5th when Tipperary play Kilkenny in the All Ireland final. Kilkenny are seeking to achieve 5 titles in a row. Tipperary will be seeking their 26th title.  It will be the 16th All Ireland final between Tipperary and Kilkenny with Tipp winning 9 and Kilkenny winning 6 of the previous 15 encounters. Tipp have won 6 of the last 8 final encounters (1937, 1945, 1950, 1964, 1971 and 1991) with Kilkenny’s wins coming in 1967 and of course in last year’s thriller.


Good luck to the Tipperary under 21 hurlers who will play Antrim in the All Ireland U-21 semi-final in O’Connor Park Tullamore on at 4pm on Saturday, August 21st. It will be followed at 6pm by the other semi-final between Galway and Dublin. The Tipp v Antrim game will be at 4pm and it will be followed by Galway v Dublin in the other semi-final at 5.30pm. The All Ireland final will be played on Saturday September 11th.  The venue will be decided when the participants are known. Tipperary were last in the final in 2008 when they were defeated by Kilkenny by a single point.


Would you like to travel in style to the All Ireland Final, attend the gala banquet afterwards and go on holiday with the Tipperary team? You can do all this for €20 if you become the lucky winner of the Tipperary County Board All Ireland Draw Bonanza. First prize in this great draw will be 2 tickets for the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final, 2 nights accommodation for 2 in the Burlington Hotel on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September, 2 tickets to the gala banquet in the Burlington Hotel on All Ireland final night and a trip for 2 on the Tipperary team holiday which will take place after Christmas. 2nd prize will be 2 tickets to the All Ireland final and 2 tickets to all Tipperary Senior Hurling championship games in 2011. 3rd to 10th prizes inclusive will be 2 tickets for the All Ireland final. Tickets at €20 each or book of 6 for €100 are on sale now through GAA clubs, from Lár na Páirce in Thurles and from County Board officials. All proceeds from the Monster Draw will go to the team training fund. Preparing a team for an All Ireland final requires a lot of effort and cost and your support for this draw will enable the Board to cover many of these costs. We are very grateful to all our supporters for your generosity over many years and your great support for our county teams. We hope you will be able to give us your support again for this great Draw as you did in great numbers last year. If anybody can assist with selling tickets for the draw, please contact your local GAA club or Lár na Páirce (0504 22702).


The Tipperary Association in Dublin has announced details of the traditional Post Match Banquet on the occasion of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final. The banquet, which has the support of the County Board and the Tipperary Supporters Club, will be held in the Burlington Hotel on Sunday 5th Sept and continues a tradition lasting over 50 years, where Tipperary teams appearing in finals in Croke Park are hosted by the Association. Dinner will begin at 8pm followed by music and dancing. Tickets for the function, to include the meal, dancing and entry to disco are priced at €65 each (€5 less than last year). Tables for 10-12 persons may be purchased, but individual tickets are also available. This year there is also a choice of attending a disco. Those not attending the banquet will also be able to enter the disco – subject to being over 20 years of age (I.D./evidence of age required). The charge for entry to the disco only is €10 each and right of admission is reserved. Because of the interest and excitement in the county it is expected that the event will be over subscribed and early booking is advised. Tickets must be paid for in advance and the latest date for accepting bookings is Monday 30th. August. Payment for tickets (cheques made payable to Tipperary Association Dublin) should be sent, along with a stamped addressed envelope, to Pat Ryan,  Honorary Treasurer, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5. For further details contact 086 1216407. he Tipperary Association has also negotiated a special rate for those attending the Banquet who wish to stay in the Burlington Hotel on that night –  Twin /Double room (B & B) – €99 per night. For those staying both Saturday and Sunday night (4th and 5th) the hotel will upgrade them to the best available room on check in (subject to availability). Rooms should be booked directly with the hotel as follows (state that you are attending the Tipperary banquet): Email – Reservations@burlingtonhotel.ie.Telephone – 01-6185600.


Following a request from the Tipperary Senior Hurling Management, the Competition Control Committee of Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann agreed at their meeting on Monday night August 16th to postpone the North and Mid Divisional Senior Hurling Finals plus the four Ó Riain Cup Senior Hurling Quarter Finals scheduled for this weekend. The North Board also agreed to postpone the North Intermediate Hurling semi-final involving Newport and Borrisokane. All these postponed games will now be played on week commencing Sunday September 12th. The South and West Divisional Senior Hurling Finals will go ahead as scheduled this weekend. Tipperary Co. Board and the Senior Hurling Management would like to thank the Divisional Boards and clubs for their co-operation with this request.


The Tipperary Supporters Club are holding a golf classic at Palmerstown House Estate (outside Naas on the N7 to Dublin) on Friday September 3rd and Saturday September 4th to raise funds for the Tipperary Senior Hurling team. Teams of 4 cost €660 including a four-course meal.  Tee sponsorship is also available from €100. This is a great way to get the All-Ireland Final weekend off to a flying start. Please contact John Tierney by email at jpt@eircom.net or by phone on 01 6217880 or 087 6821398 for further details or view the details on www.tippsupportersclub.com .


County Referees Administrator, John Lonergan, is looking to recruit suitable people to act as referees assessors for club games in Tipperary. The aim is to improve the overall standard of refereeing and to provide input and advice on the areas where most focus should be placed when referees are being trained. Clubs or individuals who are aware of suitable people for this position should contact John Lonergan on refereesadministrator.tipperary@gaa.ie or 086 2417763 with suggestions.

Cadbury are looking for the best 15 U21 players from 2005-2010!

As proud sponsors of the Cadbury GAA Football U21 Championship, Cadbury are asking GAA supporters from all across Ireland to vote for the best 15 players at U21 grade from 2005-2010. To make the choice easier, Cadbury have listed all of the Cadbury ‘Heroes of the Match’ from 2005 to 2010 on their dedicated football website www.cadburygaau21.com. Tipperary fans are encouraged to support county stars George Hanningan, Brian Fox, Sean Carey and Peter Acheson who are all included on the list. Commenting on the Cadbury 15, Shane Guest of Cadbury Ireland said; “This is Cadbury Ireland’s sixth year as sponsor of the Cadbury GAA Football U21 Championship and we are delighted to be on board. To celebrate our six year involvement, we are happy to promote the Cadbury 15 selection and honour who the public believe to be the best 15 U21 players since the beginning of our sponsorship” To help fans lists of the Cadbury ‘Heroes of the Match’ for 2005 – 2010 are provided on the Cadbury U-21 website www.cadburygaau21.com. A ‘Cadbury Hero of the Match’ Award is presented to 15 players each year, selected based on their performance, from the provincial semi-finals stage through to the All-Ireland final, after which one player is chosen as the Cadbury Hero of the Future for that year. The public can also propose any player from outside this list as long as they have represented their county at U21 level between 2005 and 2010. See http://www.cadburygaau21.com/cadbury-15.php. Voting closes on Senior Football All-Ireland final day, the 19th of September 2010. The 15 players who receive the most votes and make the cut will make the Cadbury 15!


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.gaa-logo

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