Tipperary GAA Scene 6th March

by County PRO Ger Ryan



Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team on winning the Waterford Crystal Cup final on Sunday last by defeating Clare by 1-21 to 2-12 at Sixmilebridge. It was Tipperary’s third title in this competition and the trophy was presented by Munster Council Vice Chairman Robert Frost to Brendan Cummins who captained the team in the absence of squad captain, the injured Paul Curran and vice-captain, Padraic Maher, who was unavailable following Fitzgibbon Cup games at the weekend. Brendan is now in his 20thseason on the Tipperary senior hurling panel and continues to maintain the very high standards of goalkeeping that are his trademark.





Tipperary’s senior footballers had a very disappointing visit to Wexford at the weekend where they lost their third successive Allianz League Division 3 game to Wexford on a scoreline of 2-20 to 1-8. Unless performances improve relegation to Division 4 will unfortunately become the inevitable outcome of this league campaign. Tipperary are 7th of 8 in the Division 3 table with Offaly below them on score difference. Cavan and Sligo with 2 points each are 5th and 6th respectively. This makes next Sunday’s game with Cavan hugely important for both teams. With the double header scheduled for Sunday next at Semple Stadium we hope those planning to attend the Tipperary v Galway hurling game will come early and cheer on the footballers.





There will be an Allianz Football and Hurling League double header at Semple Stadium on Sunday next, March 11. Tipperary will play Cavan in the Division 3 football tie at 12.45pm and Tipperary will play Galway in the Division 1A hurling contest at 2.30pm. Only the O Riain (New) stand will be open with the following arrangements in force: Stiles open at 12 noon. Stile 53 will be for club groups who have booked in advance. Admission will be €13 for adults and €5 for students and OAPs with valid photographic id. Under 16s are free. Season ticket holders should go to Stiles 50,51 or 52. Other passholders should go to Stile 41. Student and OAP stiles are 46 and 47 and under 16s will be admitted at Stile 49.  All other stiles will be for adults.





The Cadburys sponsored Munster Under 21 football championship was launched at the Mallow GAA Complex on Monday night last. Tipperary was represented by selector, Brian Burke, and player John O’Callaghan (Ballyporeen). Tipperary will play Kerry in the quarter-finals on Wednesday March 14 at Semple Stadium at 7.30pm. The winners will have a home game in the semi-finals against Waterford. Tipperary won their only Munster title in this grade in 2010 and were beaten by Donegal in the All Ireland semi-final.  The team is managed by John Evans, assisted by selectors Brian Burke, Joe Shields and Tommy Toomey and trainer Michael O’Loughlin. Tipperary have won at least 1 game in each of the last 5 Munster Under 21 Football campaigns. No other county has a current winning streak longer than 2 years. Well done to Munster PRO, Ed Donnelly (Moycarkey Borris) for organising the launch and producing an excellent, informative and comprehensive press pack for the championship.





Congratulations to UCC on winning the centenary Fitzgibbon Cup Universities senior hurling final which was played at UCC at the weekend. Shane Bourke of JK Brackens and Tipperary captained UCC to success and was also joined on the winning team by Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), James Barry (Upperchurch Drombane) and Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh). They defeated Cork IT in the final on a scoreline of 2-15 to 2-14 after extra time.





Congratulations to Mary Immaculate College Limerick on winning the Ryan Cup Universities hurling final in Cork last weekend by defeating IT Tralee by 2-21 to 0-10. The team included Shane Nolan (Loughmore Castleiney), Kevin O’Gorman (Thurles Sarsfields), Andrew Ryan (Toomevara), Pat Molloy (Moycarkey Borris), Sean Curran (Mullinahone), David Collins (Drom and Inch) and David O’Connor (Borris-Ileigh).





Congratulations to the LIT Tipperary hurling team which defeated local rivals St.Patrick’s College, Thurles by 2-6 to 0-8 to win the Fergal Maher Cup final which was also played as part of the Fitzgibbon Cup universities hurling finals in Cork last weekend. The LIT Tipperary panel included the following Tipperary players: David Reddan (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey Borris) Aidan Dwyer (Borris-Ileigh),  Ian Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Cathal Bergin (Killenaule), Micheal Coen (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tom Dorney (Thurles Gaels), James Logue (Ballingarry), Denis McGrath (Moyle Rovers), Jamie McCormack (Fethard), Kevin Smith (Thurles Sarsfields), Ciaran O’Shea (Thurles Sarsfields), Eoin Kinnane (Templederry Kenyons) and Diarmuid Brennan (Clonoulty Rossmore)





The County Final of Scor Sinsear in Clonmore last Saturday night March 3 was a very enjoyable night with great talent on display, a good crowd and an excellent Bean a Tí, Seosaimhin Ni Chathail, Oifigeach Cultuir in charge of proceedings.  The host club, JK Brackens organised the event with their usual efficiency and even set up a screen in the games room off the hall to handle the overflow crowd. The following were the winners: Rince Foirne – Newcastle;  Amhranaiocht Aonair – Padraig O’Dwyer (Moycarkey Borris); Ceol Uirlise – JK Brackens;   Aithriseoireacht – Noel Joyce (JK Brackens); Bailead Ghrupa – Newport; Trath na gCeist – Loughmore/Castleiney; Nuachleas: Borris-Ileigh; Rince Seit – Borris-Ileigh.  The Munster final of Scor Sinsear will be held in Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore on Saturday March 31, 2012.  Tháinig na moltóírí ó Chiarraí, ó Luimneach agus ó Chorcaigh agus a mhol caighdeán na hoibre ar an stáitse. Rachaidh na buaiteoirí ar aghaidh go Tallow ar an Satharn seo chugainn, Mairt 10, ar 7pm, agus guimíd gach rath orthu sa chomórtas leath cheannais.





The Tipperary Supporters Club invite members to a get together immediately after Sunday’s match v Galway in the Park Avenue Hotel, near Semple Stadium. Come and enjoy complimentary finger food, tea and coffee and take part in a draw for a Tipperary jersey signed by the senior hurling panel and other prizes. This event is sponsored by Ryan Motor Power, Skoda Dealers, Clonmel and kindly hosted by Declan and Niamh Carr in the Park Avenue Hotel. 2012 Membership will be available at the event.. The Tipperary Supporters Club junior mascot for the match is Dylan Maher, Dunkerrin.





The March Tipperary Clubs Draw will take place on this Friday night March 9 at 10pm sharp in Ryan’s Bar, Clerihan. If you cannot attend on the night then tune in to Tipp FM at 10.30pm for a live update. On the night we will be giving away a car, holiday, TV, lotto jackpot and numerous cash prizes. Please come along and celebrate with Clerihan GAA Club.





Pat Mulcahy of Ballina has been appointed the County Board’s new Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Officer in succession to John Smith who continues in his roles as County Youth Officer and Child Protection Officer. We thank John for his service in this challenging role and wish Pat every success. Pat will be in contact with all clubs in the coming months and would like all clubs to appoint ASAP officers and forward their contact details to him. Pat can be contacted by phone on (087) 2572092 and email onpatmulcahy1@eircom.net.





Over the Easter holidays Tipperary Coaching and Games will be running Easter Camps at a cost of €20 per head for clubs who wish to participate. The camps will be for three days – April 3 to 5 inclusive or April 10 to 12 inclusive. The time will be 10am to 1pm or 2pm to 5pm depending on the club. The camps will  be confined to primary school children from 6 to 12 years of age, boys and girls.  Each participating club is asked to appoint a club coordinator to collect application forms and money and make sure the club grounds and dressing rooms are available each day.  Application forms will be distributed to clubs shortly and the camps will be promoted in primary schools throughout the county. For more information, clubs should contact their divisional GDA.





Hard luck to the Drom and Inch senior camogie team on their defeat by Oulart the Ballagh of Wexford in last Sunday’s All Ireland club final at Croke Park. They lost to a great team and represented their club, county and province with great skill, pride and commitment. Undoubtedly they will learn from the experience and look forward to more days in the sun.





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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