Tipperary GAA Scene


Tipperary will play Limerick in Division 3 of the Allianz Football League at Semple Stadium at 2.30pm on Sunday next, February 6.  Ardan O Riain (New Stand) only will be open for the game. Admission will be €10 for adults, €5 for OAPs and students and free for under 16s. Programmes will be €1. All prices are reduced for this year’s league. We wish the team and management well for a successful campaign.


The Tipperary Senior Hurling team management have nominated Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) as Captain and Conor O’Mahony (Newport) as Vice Captain of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team for 2011. The Tipperary Senior Football team management have nominated Barry Grogan (Aherlow) as Captain of the Senior Football team for 2011. We wish Eoin, Conor and Barry every success in their roles and hope they will lead Tipperary to success in both codes during the league and championship seasons.


The January County Board meeting adopted a changed format for the County Senior Hurling championship after 3 different proposals to change the 2010 system were discussed in detail. The following system was adopted: Round 1: 16 Teams that did not reach Divisional Semi Finals (Open Draw). Round 2: 8 Winners from Round 1, Plus 8 Divisional Semi Final Runners Up (Open Draw with Divisional Semi Final Runners Up kept apart). Round 3: 8 Winners from Round 2 (Open Draw). Round 4: 4 Winners from Round 3 Plus 4 Divisional Final Runners Up (Open Draw with Divisional Final Runners up kept apart). Round 5 – Quarter Finals: 4 Winners from Round 4 Plus 4 Divisional Winners (Open Draw with Divisional Winners kept apart).  Round 6 – Semi Finals: Winners of Round 5 (Open Draw). Round 7: County Final. The following will also apply: 1) Repeat pairings to be avoided if possible, up to and including Quarter Finals. 2) Extra time to be played in all rounds up to and including Quarter Finals and in Semi Finals if time requires. 3) The number of teams that compete for the Dan Breen Cup will be capped at 32. 4) The 8 losing teams from round one play the quarter finals of the Seamus O Riain Cup on an open draw system with extra time to apply. 5) Winners of the quarter finals of the Seamus O Riain Cup play semi finals on an open draw system, with the winners playing the final and extra time applying in both cases. 6) Relegation will apply if necessary to keep the number of senior clubs at 32 and will be organised as follows: the 4 losing teams from the quarter finals of the Seamus O Riain Cup play on an open draw knockout system, with extra time not required except for a replay, and the loser of the last game drops down to the Intermediate grade for the following year. 7) If teams voluntarily regrade, therefore keeping the number of senior teams in any given year at 32 or under, then compulsory relegation will not apply. The County Board can accept amalgamations to bring the number of senior teams in any given year to a maximum of 32 if required. 8) No Division will be allowed to go below 4 senior teams as a result of compulsory relegation.


Congratulations to Kilruane MacDonaghs on their victory over Thurles Sarsfields in the County Under 21 A hurling final 2010 which was played at Dolla on Sunday January 23. It was MacDonaghs 7th title in all and 3rd in 5 years which suggests a bright future at senior for the club. Well done to both teams for an excellent game, to referee Fergal Horgan and his officials for a job well done and to the Silvermines club for having the pitch in excellent condition and their top class stewarding arrangements.


All clubs have been issued entry forms for the County Hurling Leagues which will commence in March. Closing date for entries is Friday, February 18.

GAA Vetting Census Day

The National Children’s Office at Croke Park has chosen Monday January 31 2011 as the GAA Vetting Census Day.  Clubs are requested to check who, as of that date, within the club working with underage teams has been vetted or has submitted a Garda Vetting Application Form. As a means of assisting clubs in identifying who has submitted a Garda Vetting form each club has been circulated with a list of members, received from the National Children’s Office, who have submitted a vetting application form to the GAA.  Since June 2009 the GAA has made considerable progress in the vetting of persons who work on behalf of the GAA with children (under 18 years) and vulnerable adults.  In Tipperary there has been an excellent response to the process by clubs, referees, etc as we continue to integrate good child welfare procedures and practices in our work with underage teams in the GAA. Garda Vetting of persons working with children within the GAA is mandatory and failing to do this by clubs or individuals is a breach of GAA procedures.  Clubs having completed this census will be required to identify if they have personnel not vetted working with children and young persons in the club.  This information must be forwarded to Jim Lynch, County Vetting Co-Ordinator at 086-8443285 by February 21 2011.  The County Board will then forward the information to the National Children’s Office, Croke Park.


The February draw will be held on this Friday night February 4 at The Venue, Dundrum House Hotel . On the night we will again be giving away 2 cars along with cash prizes, a holiday, and a lotto jackpot of €5,000. Some lucky Club will be the recipient of a new set of jerseys by the end of the night. Please come along and support the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw.


Adult Membership in 2011 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a dvd with the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final of 2010 and highlights of the All-Ireland Under 21 Final.  Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Hurling Weekend stay at the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included). Also members can access a discount scheme and will receive regular updates by email and text on team news, match reports and events.   Club PRO and Membership Officer, John Coman can be contacted on 087-9087105 or by email at info@tippsupportersclub.com. Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com by credit card or debit card. On the website details are also available of the direct debit facility. If joining by post, please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to John Coman, 52 Hazelbrook Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W.  Membership is also available in the GAA Shop in Thurles or in the premises of Tony Lowry, Main St, Tipperary Town; Jerry Moynihan, Gladstone St, Clonmel; and Noel Ryan, Parnell St, Thurles.


The 46th presentation by Bulmers Ltd of the Annerville Awards (1965 to 2010) took place on Saturday night January 29 at the Minella Hotel, Clonmel. Among the 14 Sports award winners were 5 from the GAA family. The Sean Lyons Sports Executive Award was won by the 2010 Tipperary Senior Hurling Management team. Lar Corbett of Thurles Sarsfields won the hurling award. Clonmel High School received the football award in recognition of one of the greatest days in their proud sporting history when they won their first All-Ireland Gaelic Football Championship at Portarlington last April, beating St. Attracta’s from Tubbercurry in the All-Ireland Colleges Senior B Football Final. The Burgess / Duharra senior team, which won the county final for the first time after a titanic struggle against Toomevara, received the camogie award. Fergal Collins from the Ballina club in North Tipperary won the handball award having once again enjoyed a very successful year, winning both the 40 x 20 and 60 x 30 U-21 All-Ireland Singles titles. Clonmel High School. Well done to all the award winners on their great achievements.


Congratulations to Loughmore Castleiney’s Tráth na gCeisteanna team which won the Musnter Final of Scór na nÓg at Cappoquin last Sunday. Hard luck to the other Tipperary participants who all performed well: Rince Foirne – Newcastle; Amhranaíocht Aonair – Sinead Grant, Newcastle;  Ceol Uirlise – J.K.Brackens;  and Bailéad Ghrupa –  Upperchurch Drombane.  Loughmore Castleiney will now participate in the All Ireland finals in Castlebar on Saturday, February 19 at 3pm.


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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