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St Michaels AFC

St Michaels AFC

The A.G.M. of St. Michaels will take place in the clubhouse on Friday July 15 at 8pm. Many thanks to our players, officials, sponsors and supporters over the season just gone and we look forward to a return

to competitive action.

County Tipperary Lawn Tennis Club

It isn’t only the children who are having fun at the County Tennis Club this summer! The adults also recently contested their Spring/Summer Club League. Over 80 members took part and the tournament was directed by dynamic husband and wife team, Donal Noonan and Dr. Colette Gray, Donal putting his considerable golfing expertise to effective use in the process! In the spirit of helping to keep jobs at home, the prizes were purchased locally in Tipperary town. The winners were Philip Duffy and Paul Flynn, Caroline Fitzgerald and Dominic Hayes, Sheila McMorrow and William Ryan. The runners up were Mary Fitzgerald and John Heffernan, Mark Harold Barry and Paddy Connery, Siobhan O’Donoghue and Ian Flynn.

The club is enjoying a very active tennis season with plenty of new talent gracing the courts. Members’ Teas are hugely popular despite our uncertain weather. Children’s Parks Tennis will continue each morning, Monday to Friday until the end of July. Supervised junior tennis is a tremendous success on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Preparations are already in motion for the 2011 Munster Senior Open Clay Court Championships, which will take place at the County from August 7th to August 13th. The closing date for receipt of entries is Friday, July 29th. Entries should be sent to Ms Marcella Kelly, Garnacanty, Tipperary, telephone, 0873141264. Further details and application forms are available on the club website, tltc.ie.

Arravale Rovers Juveniles

The Under 14 hurlers grabbed this week’s headlines once more by virtue of their nail-biting 1-10 to 1-9 victory over strong favourites, Clonoulty/Rossmore, at Sean Treacy Park last Monday night. Though this was a team effort above all, there were exceptional performances from Tommy Lowry at centreback, midfielders Niall Fitzgerald and Mark Hoban, centreforward Graham Roche, and Fergus Halligan who scored the winning point after his introduction from the subs. The team was; Matthew Moroney; Oscar O Dwyer, Diarmuid O Halloran, Cormac Maher; Darragh Bourke, Tommy Lowry, Maurice Mulhair; Niall Fitzgerald (Capt.), Mark Hoban; Cormac Flanagan, Graham Roche, Shane Mulcahy; Conal O’ Donovan, Fergus McCall, Brian Lowry. Subs. Cathal McNamara, Fergus Halligan. Next up for these lads is their third game at Sean Treacy Park, on Saturday July 16, versus Rockwell Rovers, at 4pm. It will take a huge effort to remain undefeated after our fine wins over Cashel and Clonoulty as Rockwell have a strong side.

Our Under 12A hurlers welcomed Kickhams to S T P last Thursday evening. The visitors got off to a flier and led at half-time 1-3 to 0-1. The Rovers rallied and with time running out were 1-5 to 1-2 in arrears and pressing hard for parity. Then we conceded a late point, which made Kickhams’ lead safe and though the lads battled gamely, we couldn’t break down a fine defense. The team was: Jordan Doyle; Christopher Ryan, Conor Leahy; Matthew Moroney; Conal O Donovan, Darren O’ Dwyer; Fergus Halligan, Jack Lowry; Michael Lowry, Cian Tobin, Ben Hogan. The next game for the Under 12 A’s is on this Thursday, at Sean Treacy Park, against Sean Treacys, at 7.45pm. The Under 12 B team travelled to Lattin to take on the locals’ first team. Though we were beaten by a better side these young lads battled bravely and have made strides this year. Now they must keep up the effort at training and their skills will be further improved. The B’s have a bye this week.

The Under 16 A hurlers are fixed to play Clonoulty/Rossmore at Sean Treacy Park, Monday July 18, at 7.30pm.

All last week Sean Treacy Park echoed to the sounds of happy children at play, as Rovers’ V H I Cul Camp weaved its magic from Monday to Friday, in spite of some monsoon outbreaks. The 140 plus boys and girls embraced the fun -opportunities to the full and enjoyed it all. Our thanks to all the families who supported the Camp, to Seamus Callanan of the Tipp. team for his visit, to Robert Frost, Munster  Council Games Development, County Board Chairman Barry O’ Brien who brought Liam McCarthy, to Dinny Maher Tipperary County Games Development,  to the committed and skilled coaches under the patient leadership of Kevin Hally, to the parents who were punctual each morning and evening, to the parents who did the catering, to the energetic young helpers and especially to our hard-working organisers of the event, Hon. Secretary Christine Lonergan and Liam O’ Dwyer, father of the Juvenile Club. One of the highlights of the week was the skills competition on the closing day. The winners who will represent the Rovers at the county finals, at Selmple Stadium in the autumn were: Under 8 football, Shane Maher; Under 8 hurling, Gavin O’ Meara; Under 10 football, Niall Sharpe; Under 10 hurling, Eoghan Lonergan; Under 12 footbal, Sean Smith; Under 12 hurling, Conal O’ Donovan.

The Under 10, 8 and 6 training on weekends takes a well-earned break now for the next few weeks. We’ll resume with renewed vigour on Saturday, August 13. Of course the young players must keep practising and training at home, as the weeks to August will slip quickly by.