Tipperary GAA Scene



It was a disappointing and unsuccessful weekend for the Tipperary senior hurlers and footballers with both team losing their games at the weekend. The hurlers were defeated by Dublin on a scoreline of 1-16 to 1-15 at Croke Park on Saturday night in the first of the Dublin Spring Series hurling and football double headers. On Sunday at Drogheda the footballers lost to Louth by 2 points – 1-12 to 1-10. In the Allianz hurling league Division1 table, Tipperary are third from bottom on score difference with zero points, the same as Offaly and Wexford. Galway and Kilkenny are on top with 4 points. Dublin and Waterford have 3 each and Cork have 2. In the football table, Tipperary have 2 points with Wexford and Louth topping the table with 4 points each. On Saturday night last in Croke Park, Paddy Fanning (Moneygall), Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) and Sean Carey (Moyle Rovers) made their National Hurling League debuts for Tipperary. Previously, the last Tipperary player to make his competitive Senior Hurling debut for Tipperary in Croke Park was Eoin Kelly when he made a substitute appearance in the 2000 All-Ireland Quarter-Final against Galway.


Tipperary will play Westmeath in Round 3 of the Allianz Football League Division 3 at Semple Stadium next Sunday with throw in at 2.30pm. Ardan Ó Riain (New Stand) only will be open to supporters. We wish the team every success – a win will be important to stay in the promotion race.


Congratulations to the Tipperary Vocational Schools Hurling team on retaining their All Ireland title by defeating Kilkenny by 2-14 to 1-16 at wind and rain lashed   Ballyraggett on Wednesday night last. Great credit is due to both teams for playing such a fine game in very difficult conditions. The winning Tipperary captain was Niall O’Meara from Borrisokane Community College and the Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA club. Niall is a brother of Tipperary Senior Hurling panel member Brian “Buggy” O’Meara.


The County Final of Tipperary Scór Sinsear took place last Friday night before a packed audience at Clonmore. In all, 39 different acts performed across 8 categories with a high standard of entertainment in all categories. The winners in each category were as follows – Rince Fóirne – Newcastle (Roisin Condon, Ciara Goff, Ann-Marie McCarra, Cathy McGrath, Claire Morgan, Jacinta Nugent, Lizzy O’Halloran, Shauna Ryan); Amhráiíocht Aonair – Borris-Ileigh (Paddy Dolan); Ceol Uirlíse – JK Brackens (Ann Cantwell, Fran Denny, Jim Egan, Marie Sheedy, Padraig Stapleton); Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht – Moyne-Templetuohy (Jim O’Meara); Bailéad Ghrúpa – Moycarkey-Borris (Siobhan Doran, Tom Doran, Mandy Fennessy, Michelle Maher, Ann-Marie Molloy); Nuachleas – Moyne-Templetuohy (Francis Cleere, Delia Cullen, Catherine Dunne, William Maher, Eamon Travers, Mary Walsh); Tráth na gCeisteanna – Loughmore-Castleiney (Pat Healy, Frankie McGrath, Martin Ryan); Rince Seit – Borris-Ileigh (Aileen Óg Groome, Henry Groome, Declan Maher, Michelle Maher, Pauline O’Brien, Peter Ryan, Julia Treacy, Thomas Walsh).


Hard luck to the Loughmore Castleiney Tráth na gCeisteanna team on their defeat in a tie breaker in the All Ireland Scór na nÓg All Ireland finals.


The Referees Presentation Night arranged for this Friday night, February 25th has been deferred because it clashes with a number of other functions in the county. It will now take place during March.


Tipperary County Board has a special introductory offer for the new season ticket. If two people wish to purchase tickets, they can do so for €160 in total if the tickets are purchased before May 31, 2011. This represents a saving of €40 in total. The new 2011 Season ticket costs €100 normally and will allow holders to attend all hurling and football league and championship games from minor to senior organised by the County Board. The season ticket will not apply to divisional or juvenile games. Estimated savings for regular attendees of club games will be in the order of €80 to €120 per annum. As only a limited number are available those interested are asked to apply to the GAA Office at Lár na Páirce – 0504 22702 or tippgaa@eircom.net  as soon as possible.


We wish good luck to all the Tipperary players taking part in this weekend’s Fitzgibbon Cup finals weekend. The semi-finals pairings are UCC V Limerick IT and Cork IT V University of Limerick. The Tipperary players who played for the semi-finalists in their quarter-final victories last week were: UCC- Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields) and Shane Bourke (JK Brackens); Limerick IT – Matthew Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), Ciaran Cowan (Borris-Ileigh) and John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore); UL – Thomas Lowry (Holycross Ballycahill), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), Joe Gallagher (Kildangan), Kieran Morris (Moycarkey Borris) and Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg). No Tipp players featured for Cork IT.


We extend our best wishes to Cashel Community College for their Munster Colleges Senior Hurling “B” final against Dungarvan CBS which will be played on Saturday, February 26 at Clonmel at 2.30pm. We also wish Abbey CBS Tipperary Town all the best for the replay of their Munster Colleges Senior Football “B” final against Carrigaline Community College which will be played on Wednesday March 2 at Fermoy at 2.30pm

The Role of the Academy Coach

Over the past number of years Tipperary County Board has been developing its underage Academy/Development Squad programme. The programme which is kindly sponsored by Thurles Fresh Milk is designed to provide our young elite players with the pathway to develop to their full potential and represent Tipperary on County Minor and Under 21 teams. The ultimate aim of the Academy/Development Squad programme is to provide a “conveyor belt” of talent on a yearly basis for selection on these teams. The programme involves field and gym sessions as well as education in the areas of nutrition and psychology. It is a holistic approach to the development of young players and puts the needs of the player at the centre of the activity. The Academies base is Dr Morris Park, Thurles and The Dome at Semple Stadium. It is essential that a proper recruiting policy is in place to enlist the help of the best mentors and coaches available to work with these young players, who will eventually be the senior stars of tomorrow.   With this in mind a “Recruiting Group” for the Hurling Squads has been put in place under the chairmanship of Liam Sheedy, assisted by Fr. Tom Fogarty with Barry O’Brien, County Chairman, Tim Floyd, County Secretary and Dinny Maher,  County Games Manager. A sister group will be put in place for football shortly. The function of the group is to seek out people to become involved in the programme. A seminar entitled The Role of the Academy Coach was hosted by Tipperary Coaching & Games Committee last Saturday in The Dome, Semple Stadium.  A large attendance was present and speakers included Robert Frost (Vice Chairman Munster Council), Barry O’Brien (County Chairman), Liam Sheedy, Fr. Tom Fogarty, Paudie Butler, Damien Young and Ger Bradley.  The role of the Development Squad coach/selector and in particular the area of player development was dealt with in the excellent presentations. The seminar concluded with a coaching session under the guidance of Damien Young and Ger Bradley for a group of development squad players.


At the recent Munster Camogie Convention held in the Devon Inn Hotel Templeglantine Limerick, the following Tipperary  officials were elected: Chairperson – Eamonn Browne,  Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams; Secretary – Marion Graham,  Moycarkey; and Treasurer – Jean Hayden, Cashel. We wish Eamonn, Marion and Jean every success for the year ahead.


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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