Tipperary GAA Scene June 21st 2011



Congratulations to Tipperary on reaching the Munster Senior Hurling final by defeating Clare by 4-19 to 1-19 in an exciting game at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Sunday. The final against Waterford on Sunday July 10 is fixed for Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork. Tipperary will be seeking their 39th Munster title while Waterford will be chasing title number 10. Tipperary and Waterford have shared the last 4 Munster titles between them with Waterford winning in 2007 and 2010 and Tipperary in 2008 and 2009. The last time Tipperary won the Munster senior hurling championship as defending All Ireland champions was in 1965. Tipperary and Waterford have met in three Munster finals when Tipperary were defending All Ireland champions – 1962, 1963 and 2002. Waterford won 2 of those finals (1963 and 2002) to Tipp’s one (1962).


Tipperary will play Laois in the All Ireland senior football championship round 1 at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise next Saturday evening, June 25 at 7pm. We wish the players and management team the very best of luck at they attempt to repeat last year’s qualified win over neighbours, Laois. Maurice Condon of Waterford will referee the game. Stand tickets cost €15 and terrace tickets cost €10. Juveniles can enter the stand for €5 or the terrace for free. We hope as many people as possible will travel to Portlaoise on Saturday evening to support our footballers.


Good luck to the Tipperary minor hurlers for their Munster championship semi-final against Clare at Semple Stadium on Friday night at 7.30pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw. The game will be refereed by Jer O’Connell of Cork. Ardan O Riain (New Stand) only will be open and entry is €10 for adults and €5 for students and OAPs (with appropriate id). All pass holders should go to stile 41.


Johnny Ryan of Boherlahan Dualla will referee the Senior Hurling Championship qualifier between Cork and Offaly at Pairce Ui Chaoimh next Saturday June 25 at 2.30pm. We wish him and his team all the best.


The Tipperary Clubs Draw for June will take place on Friday June 24 in Hannigans Bar, Ballinderry. On the night John Cahalan will be presented with his winner’s cheque of €10,000 from the May draw, Joseph Starr with his cheque of €1,000, Cillian Clarke with €800 along with €600 to promoter Oliver Darcy. There are over 30 prizes to be won on the night including a Car, Holiday, Special Club prize and a Lotto jackpot of €3,000. Come along and support local club, Shannon Rovers, on the night.


The Friends of Tipperary Football have announced a new and exciting annual event – the County Tipperary GAA inter-club golf challenge. The Tournament will be run on the basis of each Division in Tipperary hosting a qualifying competition between their clubs, providing 2 qualifiers per division to a grand final which will be held in Dundrum House Hotel Golf Club on August 20. Venues and dates of each divisional qualifier are as follows: North: Nenagh GC Date: June 30 and July 1. (Time Sheet 087-2573714); South: Clonmel GC. Date: July 14 and 15 (Time Sheet 087-2645071); West: Ballykisteen GC Date: July 14 and 15 (Time Sheet 085 1742948) Mid: Thurles GC Date: August 5 (Time Sheet 0504-21983, Ext. 1) Each qualifying team will receive a prize on the day of the grand final with the winner’s prize a dream golf holiday for the four team members to the renowned La Cala Golf resort in Malaga, Spain. A perpetual cup will be presented to the winning club. The “Friends” are seeking support of the clubs in the County to make this venture a success. Clubs are requested to subscribe an affiliation fee of €100.00. This affiliation fee will allow associates of a club to enter any number of golf teams on their behalf in the “County Tipperary GAA inter-club Golf Challenge”. The affiliated clubs will also be recognised by way of a Tee Box on the days of the qualifiers and the Grand Final. The term “associate of a club” is taken to mean, played for, born in, or residing in the Parish of a particular club. Also any member of the Friends of Tipperary Football is entitled to represent the club they joined through and will be regarded as associated members of that club. Each team entered must include at least 2 associated members of the club they represent with an option of 2 guest players per team allowed. Official entry forms will be made available to all GAA club secretaries. Qualifying teams to the Grand Final must consist of 4 players who hold a current GUI handicap. Participating teams who consist of player/players who do not hold a current GUI handicap will compete in a special category of competition, “The Friends Classic” with prizes for first and second in this category at Divisional level. The cost of team entry is €30.00 per player or €120.00 per team. “County Tipperary GAA Inter-Club Golf Challenge” tournament rules will be made available to clubs and teams. Divisional qualifiers and the Grand Final will be overseen by members and appointees of the Friend of Tipperary Football. The support and goodwill of the Tipperary G. A. A. clubs for the Friends of Tipperary Football activities is vital to the “Friends” function as a vehicle for the clubs and supporters to provide the extra financial support towards progress at all grades of Tipperary Football. The provision of finance for the little extras to make Tipperary Football more competitive from U. 14 to Senior and at schools level is beginning to manifest itself with the success being achieved.


The inaugural Thurles Sarsfields International Hurling Thirteens Festival in Thurles on Munster final week-end, will feature teams from Brussels, London, Northern Ireland, Dundalk, Naas, and the star attraction, The Wild Geese, a team comprised of U.S. servicemen, who are currently based in Lakenheath in England. Organised by the reigning Tipperary senior hurling champions, Sarsfields, the festival has a dual purpose. It aims to exploit the attractiveness of one of the biggest national sporting occasions, the Munster hurling final, to promote tourism to the Thurles area, the birthplace of the GAA, while at the same time affording hurling clubs which would not normally have the opportunity, the chance of being part of the Munster final build-up. The official opening of the festival will be on Friday evening, July 8 and this will also feature a concert by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Thurles Sarsfields Ladies Football Club is staging its own tournament as part of the programme and Durlas Og juvenile club  is organising an under 16 hurling blitz involving teams from adjoining counties, truly a celebration of Gaelic games and culture. By opting for a thirteens format, Sarsfields club is seeking to accommodate the visiting clubs which might have difficulty in bringing full squads to Thurles for the week-end. An appropriate set of rules has been drawn up for the games which have been given the green light by Croke Park, and games will be of fifteen minutes per half duration. The winning club will receive the Semple Cup, presented to Sarsfields club by the Semple family in memory of the late Tom Semple, the famed Sarsfields and Tipperary players and administrator who is also commemorated in Semple Stadium. Specially designed medals have also been commissioned. Other events in the programme include a long puck competition and the popular crossbar challenge. Well done to the organising committee, chaired by John Enright, on launching this great event – hopefully it will become an annual festival.


Emly GAA Club will mark its 125 year anniversary with extensive celebrations on the weekend of July 1-3. A full schedule of events is planned for the weekend including a road hurling tournament, novelty quiz, leisure cycle, field fun day and much more with an anniversary mass and a main function taking place on Saturday night July 2. For full details check out the new club website, www.emlygaa.com. All are invited to join in the celebrations


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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