Tipperary GAA Scene 4th Oct



Clonoulty Rossmore will play Drom and Inch in the 115th County Senior Hurling championship final on Sunday October 16 at Semple Stadium following their respective victories over defending champions, Thurles Sarsfields and Mullinahone last Sunday. It will be the first final meeting between the 2 sides. Clonoulty Rossmore have won 3 county senior hurling titles in 1888, 1989 and 1997 and Drom and Inch are seeking their first title having played in 3 finals previously. The Clonoulty Rossmore management team is TJ Ryan (Manager), Liam Cahill (Coach) and Andrew Fryday (Selector). The Drom and Inch management team is Teddy Kennedy (Manager), Andy Bourke, Martin Butler (Selectors) and Sean Prendergast (Coach). The two captains are John Devane (Clonoulty Rossmore) and Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch).  Both finalists were defeated by Thurles Sarsfields in the last 2 county finals with Clonoulty Rossmore losing in 2010 and Drom and Inch in 2009 so barring a draw one of them will have more than made up for those defeats by 5pm on October 16.  The opening game on county final day will be the Seamus Ó Riain Cup final between Moycarkey-Borris and Knockavilla Kickhams. The team of the past to be honoured will be the Kilruane MacDonaghs team which won the 1985 county senior hurling championship and of course the 1986 All Ireland club title.


The GAA championship draws for 2012 will we shown live from Croke Park on RTE 2 television on Thursday, October 6 at 8pm. The 6 provincial draws will be featured – the Munster football and hurling draw, the Leinster football and hurling draws, the Ulster football draw and the Connaught football draw.  A big question – will Tipperary and Cork avoid each other in the Munster SH championship after been drawn against each other in each of the last 4 years?


Congratulations to the 10 Tipperary hurlers nominated for GAA and GPA All Star awards 2011 – Brendan Cummins, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill, Padraic Maher, Conor O’Mahony, Gearoid Ryan, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath, Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly. The county by county breakdown of the 45 nominees is as follows: Kilkenny 14, Tipperary 10, Dublin 10, Waterford 6, Limerick 3 and Galway 2. The winners of the All Star awards will be announced at a banquet at the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday October 21. The hurling All Stars 2011 and 2010 will travel to San Franscisco in early December. Well done also to the Tipperary players who recently won player of the month awards – Padraic Maher (June) and Lar Corbett (July).


The four semi-finalists of the county senior football championship should be known this weekend after the final quarter-final is played on Sunday October 9 at Fr. Kenyon Park, Templederry at 3pm between Mid champions, JK Brackens and North Division combination team Thomas McDonaghs.  It will be preceded by the County Minor A football semi-final between Ballina and Golden Kilfeacle, the winners of which will play All Ireland medal laden Clonmel Commercials in the final. Moyle Rovers, Arravale Rovers and Clonmel Commercials have already qualified for the semi-finals. A draw will be made to decide the semi-final pairings. Last year’s champions, Aherlow and beaten finalists, Loughmore Castleiney were both eliminated in earlier rounds of the competition.

Coaching Courses

Courses are now available to all clubs and should be booked through the divisional Games Development Administrators. Our county Coaching and games website is being updated regularly with news of coaching activities within and outside of the county and photos taken at different event e.g. blitzes and cup visits to schools. The website address is http://coaching.tipperary.gaa.ie.

Ladies Football Coaching Course FOR TEACHERS

Munster Ladies Gaelic Football are hosting a TEACH programme (FUNdamentals coaching course adapted for post primary teachers) in Kilshannig GAA Club (near Mallow) on Saturday October 15 2011 from 10am to 4pm. Cost is €20 per person incl. light lunch. A similar course will be held for primary school teachers on November 12. To book a place for either course then please email the following contacts before October 7: marydev@munsterladiesgaelic.ie or secretary@munsterladiesgaelic.ie.

Nominations invited for prestigious Canon Hayes Awards

The Canon Hayes National Sports Awards Committee (Tipperary) has announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2011 Awards in the categories of Local Award (West Tipperary), County Award (Tipperary County), National Award and Outstanding Achievement Award. Members of the public along with representatives of clubs or sporting organisations are invited to submit nominations for the Awards. All persons nominated should be over the age of 16 years and the nomination should relate to achievements in the past 12 months. A brief resumé of the nominee’s sporting achievements should be submitted along with the nomination to: Sports Awards Committee, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Avondale Crescent, Tipperary Town, to arrive on or before Wednesday October 19. All nominations will be considered by the judging panels and a shortlist of nominees will be announced before the end of October. The Awards are open to all sporting disciplines and the committee are looking forward to receiving many nominations for the respective categories. Further details on the Awards are available from the Canon Hayes Sports Centre on 062-52022 or 087-6101628. The 2011 Black Tie Awards Banquet will be held at Ballykisteen Hotel & Golf Resort, Ballykisteen, Limerick Junction, Tipperary on Saturday November 26, 2011.

London Tipps’ Annual Dinner-Dance

Tipperary’s hurlers may have relinquished the Liam MacCarthy Cup after just one year but the county’s minor footballers have certainly given the Premier County plenty to celebrate as an historic year for them draws to a close. Their thrilling victory over a fancied Dublin team in this year’s All-Ireland final was undoubtedly one of the major sports stories of the year and a real boost in the promotion of football in Tipperary. The London Tipperary Association is therefore delighted to confirm that Tipperary minor football captain, Liam McGrath, and the senior hurling captain of the Munster champions, Eoin Kelly, will be just two of the special guests on the evening accompanied by their trophies at this year’s annual dinner-dance. They will be joined by Tipperary’s senior football manager, John Evans, and the minor team’s young manager, David Power, as well as All-Star hurler and Thurles Sarsfields’ clubman Padraic Maher, his county team mate and Lorrha native, Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, current full-back Paul Curran from Mullinahone and  60’s/70s Tipperary hurling legend Mick Roche for a night of celebration after another year to savour for the Premier County. Hopefully Tipperary’s international soccer star Shane Long will also be available once again to join the celebrations. Over two hundred and fifty diners will be making their way to the Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood Broadway for the Bank Holiday weekend function. Entertainment will once again be provided by the magnificent Barry Owen Band. Tickets enquiries can be made to the London Tipperary Association’s Life President – Tom Milne (00 44) (0) 20 7387 7739, Mob: (00 44 (0) 7956 938187; Chairman – John Whyte (00 44) (0) 20 8641 9977, Mob: (00 44 (0) 7889 060191 and President  – Gus Casey (00 44) (0) 20 8422 0596. Mob: (00 44 (0) 7939 110219.


The Friends of Tipperay Football have an active presence on facebook with over 2,500 followers. Please look them up at friendsoftipperaryfootball on www.facebook.com.


Tipperary County Board extends its sympathy to the family of the late Dick O’Shea, Grangemockler on his recent death. Dick was a former Tipperary footballer at minor and adult level in the 1940s and 50s.


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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