Tipperary GAA Scene 26th Oct 2010



Next Sunday, October 31 at 3pm, Semple Stadium will host Tipperary’s hurling showpiece of the year when reigning County champions and Mid champions, Thurles Sarsfields, take on West champions Clonoulty Rossmore in the in the County senior hurling final for the coveted Dan Breen Cup. The game will be preceded by the Seamus Ó Riain Cup final between the hurlers of Loughmore Castleiney and Nenagh Éire Óg. In the interval between both games Moycarkey-Borris the County senior hurling champions of 1982 and 1984 will be honoured and introduced to the crowd. Supporters are expected to come in huge numbers from North, South, Mid and West to enjoy what should be a splendid programme of entertainment. Between both games at least ten of the players who brought honour and glory to the County with senior and U21 All Ireland victories will be in action and the other members of both successful panels will be special guests on the day. It is hoped that members of the All Ireland winning panels will be available to sign autographs at the centre of the New Stand at half time in the second game. It’s an opportunity for Tipperary hurling supporters from within and outside the County to enjoy what should be a great day and also to show appreciation in a special way to our County players who have brought us such great joy over the summer months. Supporters both young and old are encouraged to wear their Club or County colours on the day to add colour and atmosphere to what promises to be an occasion to remember. We wish the 4 participating clubs well on the day.


Both stands at Semple Stadium will be open next Sunday. Entrance fees are €20 for adults and €10 for students and OAPs. Under 16s are free. We are inviting all clubs to bring juvenile groups to Semple Stadium on Sunday. One mentor can enter free for every 10 juveniles in the group. Applications for juvenile group passes should be emailed to Games Development Administrator, Andy Ryan at andy.ryan.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie by Thursday October 28. On receipt of valid applications, Andy Ryan will email Clubs with entry details.


Keith Delahunty from Moyle Rovers will referee the county senior hurling final. His umpires will be Sean Lonergan, Paul Byrne, Paul O’Connor (all Moyle Rovers) and Stephen Aylward (Clonmel Og). The linesmen will be Noel Cosgrave and Paddy Ivors and the fourth official will be Philip Kelly. We wish them all well in carrying out their important roles.


The county senior football final will be between Loughmore Castleiney and Aherlow at Semple Stadium on Sunday, November 7. Both semi-finals were played on Sunday last. Aherlow defeated Cahir by 0-12 to 1-7 and Loughmore Castleiney defeated defending champions, Moyle Rovers, by 1-9 to 1-5.  Aherlow last won the title in 2006 and Loughmore Castleiney last won it in 2004. Aherlow were beaten in last year’s final while the Mid champions made their last final appearance in 2005.


Good luck to Borrisokane, Tipperary Intermediate champions, for their Munster Intermediate club championship quarter final against Clare champions, Killanena at Sixmilebridge on Saturday next, October 30 at 2pm.


Rockwell Rovers and Kilsheelan Kilcash drew in the County Intermediate Football Final played at Boherlahan last Sunday. The replay has been fixed for 3.30pm on Saturday, October 30th at Leahy Park, Cashel.


Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields and Golden Kilfeacle on winning the county Junior B hurling and football titles respectively last weekend. In the hurling Sarsfields continued their recent good run against Toomevara when they defeated the North representatives by 3-11 to 1-14. Golden took the football title with a one point victory over Mullinahone on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-6. It was Sarsfields’ second junior B hurling title with their previous win coming in 2002 while it was a first title at this level for Golden Kilfeacle.


Congratulations to the Tipperary under 17 footballers who won the Munster Under 17 Football Competition on Monday October 25 at Semple Stadium where they defeated Limerick by 3-13 to 0-15. They were presented with the Darrel Darcy Cup which honours the late Darrel Darcy from Shannon Rovers who played football at all levels with Tipperary before being tragically killed in a car accident in 2008.


Congratulations to Seamus Hennessy of Kilruane MacDonaghs who won the Bord Gáis Energy “Breaking Through Player of the Year” award for under 21 hurlers, following his displays in the 2010 Under-21 Hurling Championship. The influential midfielder was picked from a shortlist that included fellow county men Brian O’Meara and Brendan Maher as well as Galway’s David Burke, Dublin’s Liam Rushe and last year’s inaugural winner, Darach Honan from Clare. 2010 was certainly a year to savour for Hennessy. The 21-year-old was introduced as a substitute and scored a point for the Tipperary seniors to help deny Kilkenny a historic five in-a-row, while six days later he was instrumental in the Under-21s’ impressive display against Galway at Semple Stadium. But it was not just one performance that made him stand out. In the Munster U-21 semi-final against Cork, Tipperary were on the way out until a late penalty converted by the ever cool Hennessy gave them a chance of redemption in extra-time. Hennessy also performed brilliantly in the thrilling Munster final victory over 2009 All-Ireland winners Clare.


This year’s county convention will take place in the Dome at Semple Stadium on Monday, December 20.


We extend our sympathy to the family of the late Sean Mockler of Loughmore Castleiney who died last week. Sean was a great servant of the GAA and served as Chairman of the Mid Tipperary GAA Board from 1994 to 1997 and on a number of occasions as Chairman of the Tipperary Football Board. He was also a dedicated official with his club for many decades, serving most recently as delegate to County Board. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal.


All club underage coaches are invited to come and observe the development squad coaching sessions in the Dome at Semple Stadium over the next 20 weeks. Under 14 hurling takes place on Monday nights from 7pm to 9pm. Under 15,16 and 17 hurling takes place from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursdays and football takes place from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesdays. This is a great opportunity for club coaches to see the development squad coaches and players in action and to learn new coaching and training techniques to bring home.


The Tipperary Hurling Club of New York is pleased to announce details of their 2010 Dinner Dance which shall take place on December 11 2010 at Lake Isle Country Club Eastchester NY starting at 7pm. 400 Tipperary Gaels will converge to celebrate Tipperary’s double All Ireland glory of 2010.  Music shall be provided by Tommy Flynn and the NY Show Band. With famous victories in both the All-Ireland Senior Hurling and U21 Finals, the club through President Teresa Crowe has chosen to honour some of the great men who helped achieve these great victories. Guests of Honour on the night are outgoing hurling team management representatives, Liam Sheedy and Michael Ryan; hurlers Eoin Kelly, Padraic Maher and Seamus Hennessy, Tipperary senior and under 21 football manager, John Evans and Football Board chairman, Noel Morris.  The MacCarthy Cup, The Cross of Cashel Trophy and the Munster Under 21 Football Cup will be on display. Anyone wishing to receive further details on what promises to be a great occasion, which will also include a commemorative souvenir journal, please contact  Annette at aodonnell7@yahoo.com, Stephen Carty at cartycrt@gmail.com,  Brendan Maher at 001-646-361-5544 or  Mickey Maher @ mlmaher1401@hotmail.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 3:00pm 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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