South Tipp GAA
It’s a little bit of a comedown from the cauldron of Croke Park on All-Ireland final day but that’s the scene that faces our County hurling captain Eoin Kelly and his club mate Paul Curran as they return to the grassroots to face Carrick Swans in the long delayed South Senior hurling championship semi-final at 3-30 on Sunday next in Fethard. The big game will be preceded at 2 p.m. by the meeting of St. Marys and Cahir in the semi-final of the Europlan Junior hurling (B) final.
Carrick Davins, of course, await the winners of the Senior game in the South final. The drawn tie produced a fair result but few could have predicted that the staging of the replay would have created such major problems.
Following the draw the South Board made their arrangements for the re-match and in a gesture to their many loyal patrons announced that an all in charge of just five euro would apply. For reasons by now well known to all, the re-fixture did not take place as arranged but will now go on next Sunday together with the curtain-raiser and the Board has stuck to its guns by again offering great value in leaving the entrance fee at the fiver which of course does not apply to under sixteens who are admitted free. It is expected that a very large crowd will be attracted to what is again expected to be a cracking contest.
The possible spectre of an all Carrick final hangs over the fixture and what an outcome that would be for the people of Carrick and indeed for the Board.
Mullinahone will however have other ideas and we look forward to a great afternoon in Fethard. Patrons are requested to come early and obey the stewards.
The second semi-final of the Europlan Junior (B) hurling championship will be the opening game of a double bill which will commence in Monroe on Sunday at 12-45.
In opposition will be St. Patricks and Davins. This game will be followed at 2 p.m. by what should prove a very attractive clash between Newcastle and St. Patricks in the John Quirke Jewellers Junior Hurling (A) semi-final. These sides are great rivals and look sure to serve up a gripping contest. The other semi-final between Kilsheelan/Kilcash and Clonmel Og will be played at later date.
The week’s South fixture list will be completed by the meeting of St. Patricks and Ballingarry in the Garrabridge Lighting Junior football championship in Fethard on Tuesday evening at 6-15 p.m.