Tipperary GAA Scene

By PRO Joe Bracken

MUNSTER SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP

It was a heartbreak finish to the Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final for Tipperary last Saturday evening, as Cork’s last raid on the Premier goal proved crucial and saw them edge over the line on a 1-10 to 1-09 score-line. Liam Kearns’ side were good value for their half time lead in a rather subdued first half. The most worrying event of that first half was an ankle injury sustained by All Star forward Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) who had to be stretchered off.

Early second half points from man of the match Conor Sweeney (Ballyporeen) pushed Tipp further ahead before Cork made inroads into Tipp’s lead. Coming down the home stretch with excitement and intensity rising the Tipperary faithful lifted the rafters when Sweeney goaled in the sixty ninth minute. However, that joy was short lived as Cork responded immediately to claim victory much to Tipperary’s disappointment.

Commiserations to the team who started with four full championship debutants on the day, Ciarán Kenrick (Moyle Rovers), Shane O’Connell (Golden Kilfeacle), Liam Boland (Moyle Rovers) and Diarmuid Foley (Moyle Rovers). They must wait now for the qualifier draw to find out who their next opponents will be.

Congratulations to Conor Sweeney on being selected as Man of the Match in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Best wishes to the growing number on the injury list in the camp for speedy recoveries as all players are crucial to the side in forthcoming games.

MUNSTER U21 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Tipperary will play Limerick in the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under 21 Hurling Championship Quarter-Final in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Thursday week June 22nd at 7:30pm. The winners will have a home Semi-Final fixture against Clare on July 12th.

The Tipperary provisional panel ahead of this fixture is as follows; Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha), Ciaran Barrett (Clonmel Óg), Kevin Hassett (Drom & Inch), Emmett Moloney (do), Tommy Nolan (do), Michael Whelan (Carrick Davins), Gavin O Halloran (Carrick Swan), Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), Jack Derby (do), Willie Tierney (do), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Mark Kehoe (do), Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), Andrew Coffey (Nenagh Éire Óg), Conor Ryan (do), Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs),  Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens), Ronan Teehan (Gortnahoe-Glengoole), Niall Kenny (Borris-Ileigh), Dylan Walsh (Ballingarry), Rian Doody (Cappawhite), Jack Skehan (Holycross-Ballycahill), Enda Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Chris McCullagh (Moycarkey-Borris), Robert Byrne (Portroe), Paul Ryan (Toomevara),  Stephen Quirke (Moyle Rovers), David Gleeson (Ballinahinch), Pa Ryan (Newport) and Willie Connors (Kiladangan).  Unfortunately Dara Peters (Kilruane-MacDonaghs) has been ruled out with a dislocated shoulder from a recent club game.

MUNSTER MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP

Tipperary will play Cork in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final in Semple Stadium on Thursday June 29th at 7:30pm. The referee will be Rory McGann (Clare).

The winners will play either Clare or Limerick in the Munster Final on Sunday July 9th.

REFEREE

Best wishes to Johnny Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla) as he takes charge of the Leinster Hurling Championship Semi-Final between Galway and Offaly in Portlaoise next Sunday.

CELTIC CHALLENGE

It was quarter-final stage in the various divisions in the Bank of Ireland Celtic Challenge last Saturday and it proved to be very profitable for both Tipperary teams in action as they made it through too their respective semi-finals.

In Celtic Challenge Division 1 – Corn Michael Hogan Quarter-Final South Tipperary defeated Kilkenny Amber 1-16 to 2-12 to make it through by the skin of their teeth. The South Tipperary goal came from Stephen Grogan (Cahir) while Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs) was the South Tipperary recipient of the Best and Fairest award.

This Thursday, June 15th, South Tipperary play Kilkenny Black in the semi-final in Carriganore, Waterford 7pm and we send best wishes to the team and hope they can go all the way to the final.

Elsewhere in Celtic Challenge in Division 2 – Corn John Scott Quarter-Final North/Mid Tipperary defeated South/East Clare 1-22 to 0-12 on their way to securing a semi-final berth. In what was a fantastic team performance the Mid/North Tipp side lead at half time 1-10 to 0-6 despite playing against a strong wind with the goal coming from Stephen Kirwan (Burgess).

Again we also send best wishes to the team in the semi-final where they will meet North Cork next Saturday, June 17th, with time and venue to be confirmed. Like their South colleagues we hope they too can make it to the final.

COUNTY FIXTURES

The Tipperary Water County Football Championships take centre stage this weekend as round 3 throws in on Friday night next June 16th with three games down for decision at 8pm; Group 1 in Leahy Park Cashel Drom-Inch take on Kilsheelan-Kilcash. In Group 2 at Clonmel Sportsfield Moyle Rovers meet Fethard, while in Group 3 in Golden Loughmore-Castleiney play Ardfinnan.

On Saturday then, June 17th there is a very interesting double header in Leahy Park Cashel where in Group 4 at 6:30pm Upperchurch-Drombane meet Clonmel Commercials while at 8pm in Group 1 Killenaule take on JK Brackens. In Group 2 in Bansha at 8pm Arravale Rovers play Aherlow Gaels and finally back to Group 4 again in Ardfinnan at 8pm where Cahir take on Ballyporeen.

One fixture on Sunday June 18th in Group 3sees Galtee Rovers/St Pecaun take on Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill in Sean Treacy Park at 7:30pm

Outside of the football fixtures there is one game in Tipperary Water” County Intermediate Hurling Championship in Boherlahan on Saturday in Group 1Round 2 as Thurles Sarsfields meet Golden-Kilfeacle

at 7:30pm.

For a full list of fixtures and results please check the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/ or the fixtures section in your local newspaper.

NEW COUNTY CLUBS DRAW

The first draw in the new Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw took place last Friday night in Glasheen’s Holycross with many thanks to all who were in attendance for the start of the new draw season.

Congratulations to the main winners on the night, both from the Mid Division, with the star prize of a Renault Kadjar or €30,000 going to James Carey whose ticket was sold by the Upperchurch-Drombane GAA Club and second prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000 going to Una Ferncombe and Una’s ticket was sold by Boherlahan-Dualla GAA club.

COUNTY LONG PUCK

The County Long Puck took place at Fairy Mount Farm, on the site of Bike Park Ireland in Knockshegowna last Saturday. Thanks a million to Graham and all his staff at Bike Park Ireland for hosting our Annual County Poc Fada. There were nine participants in total (4 Senior and 5 U16). Congratulations to the winner of the Senior Poc Fada who was Mike Flannery (Newport) and also to the U16 winner Ryan Renehan (Cappawhite GAA Club). Big thank you also to Knockshegowna GAA for providing Tipperary Coaching and Games with markers and helpers on the day as without them it would not be possible to run the day.

The two winners go on to the Burren, Clare, to take part in Munster final on Saturday 24th June so best of luck to our two contestants in the Munster Final.

LORY MEAGHER CUP

Tipperary had considerable interest in last Saturday’s Lory Meagher Cup final with Donnacha Kennedy from the Drom and Inch club captaining Warwickshire to a six-point victory over Croke Park debutants Leitrim. It was Donnacha’s second Lory Meagher Cup medal having won previously with the Exiles in 2013.

The team also included Ian Dwyer from Gortnahoe-Glengoole who along with Donnacha scored a point each of the Exiles’ 0-17 total. Killenaule’s Joe Meagher also made a cameo appearance for the Exiles.

Among the Leitrim selectors was Paddy O’Connor from Moneygall who has devoted much of his life in Co. Leitrim to the promotion of hurling.

HANDBALL

In Feile Handball last weekend Tipp Boys and Girls won silver following their matches at opposite sides of the country. In the John West Féile na nGael 60×30 Division 1 championships Ballina lost out to Kilfane from Kilkenny in Castlebridge to finish a fantastic day of 60×30 Handball. The Ballina team of Evan Carey, Brian Bourke, Kian Donnelly and Adam Fogarty played some great handball throughout and in the final just lost out to a very strong Kilkenny team.

Meanwhile, at St. Josephs Wexford, Lahorna girls played in the 40×20 division 1 championship where they played in a group of six teams. They finished in second place and the team was Leanne Gould, Hannah Grace, Christine Percy, Anna Mulcahy and Aine Spain.

Lahorna also entered a boys’ team and they played 60×30 in Castlebridge against Taghmon, Ballina and Kilfane. Lahorna finished in third place and the team was made up by Rory Grace, Eoin Carroll, Jack Mulcahy, Ryan Gillick and Sean Hayes.

LOYALTY CARD

Tipperary GAA has recently launched a loyalty CashBack Card which as a Tipperary supporter each individual that registers is doing their small bit in support of the county cause. Loyalty cards were sent out with club draw receipts to all members and as there is no charge in registering you can opt in immediately. If anyone who doesn’t have a loyalty card and flyer please call to Lár na Páirce to pick up one. Register as per details on the CashBack flyer. To activate the card, holders must complete the registration and then please email, post or drop off your registration details to Lar na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles or secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie

1887 ALL-IRELAND FINAL RE-ENACTMENT

Time is drawing nearer for the re-enactment of the first ever All-Ireland hurling final (1887) which will take place in Thurles on Saturday, July 1st, as part of Thurles Sportsfest. The local organising committee have been in contact with a number of descendants of the players and officials of that momentous day. These descendants will take part in the re-enactment to ensure that is as true to its origin as it can be and for their part Meelick (Galway) are having similar success on their side.

TIPPERARY GAA SCENE

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