The county senior hurling championship final between Clonoulty Rossmore and Drom and Inch will take place on Sunday next, October 16 at 3.30pm at Semple Stadium. It will be preceded at 1.30pm by the Seamus Ó Riain Cup final between Knockavilla Kickhams and Moycarkey-Borris. We wish all 4 clubs well for Sunday. Between the 2 games the Kilruane MacDonaghs team which won the county senior hurling championship in 1985 will be introduced to the attendance. We also wish the referees, Pat Gibson for the senior final and Paddy Ivors for the O Riain final, and their umpires and linesmen the very best of luck on what is an important day for all of them. Both stands will be open and admission will be €15 for adults, €10 for OAPs and students (with valid id) and free for juveniles (under 16). This is a reduction of €5 per person since last year and reflects the County Board’s commitment to giving good value for money to our supporters. We are hoping for a big attendance for the final. The senior pairing is a novel one and most observers agree that it is a very close game to call. It promises to be a great occasion and with the prospects of a tight game, Semple Stadium next Sunday is the place to be for all hurling followers.
GAA CHAMPIONSHIP DRAWS 2012
Tipperary received tough draws in both the Munster senior football and hurling championships for 2011. In football, Tipperary drew Kerry for the third year in succession and the winners will play Cork in the semi-final. In hurling, Tipperary will play in the Munster quarter-final yet again, this time against Limerick with the winners playing Cork. Based on home and away arrangements in place, both the Tipp v Kerry football game and the Tipp v Limerick hurling game will be played at Semple Stadium. In relation to the Munster senior hurling championship, it is worth noting that the last time a team played 3 championship games against the recognised hurling counties to win the Munster title and then went on to win the All Ireland was in 1966. Even the challenge of winning Munster by having to overcome 3 serious competitors is challenging – it’s only happened 6 times in nearly 40 years. Tipp did it in 2009 and 2011 and lost the All Ireland final both years. They lost in Munster in 2010 and won the All Ireland. Winning championships is not explained quite as simply as that but it certainly raises some interesting questions for discussion.
Following the Thomas MacDonaghs’ victory over JK Brackens after extra time in last Sunday’s quarter-final, the semi-final pairings for the county senior football championship have been drawn. They are Clonmel Commercials v Thomas MacDonaghs and Moyle Rovers v Arravale Rovers. The games will be played at 2pm and 3.30pm respectively on Sunday October 23 at Holycross. The County Final is scheduled to be played on November 6 at Leahy Park, Cashel.
The 2012 Tipperary GAA Yearbook is being compiled at present and the Yearbook committee under the Chairmanship of Seamus King is seeking articles and information for inclusion. Clubs that have accomplished any unique achievement in 2011 such as winning a major title for the first time, achieving a double, opening new dressing rooms or a new grounds, etc are requested to send through an appropriate article for inclusion. The Yearbook committee are looking to all clubs to submit any obituaries of their deceased members in the last 12 months. The maximum number of words for an obituary is 150 and please include the club name and the years also, e.g. 1935-2011, as well as his/her GAA achievements and a photograph of the deceased person. The deadline for sending information is November 1 2011. You can e-mail completed work to Seamus King at firstname.lastname@example.org or John Smith, Secretary Yearbook committee at email@example.com. All photographs must be named and can be e-mailed to Seamus King or John Smith. Photographs can also be posted to John Smith, c/o Tipperary GAA Office, Slievenamon Road, Thurles.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
The October monthly draw will take place this Friday night, October 14 in Denis Leahy’s Bar, Tipperary Town at 10pm sharp. On the night Mary Rowe (Cahir GAA) will be presented with her winning cheque of €15,000 after her big win in the September draw and €10,000 will be presented to Mathew Cahill (Drom & Inch GAA) for winning second prize in the September draw.
Clubs are also reminded that the second star prize in the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw is fast approaching and will be up for grabs in the November draw. We are asking all Clubs to make a special effort ahead of this draw to recruit new members given the fabulous prize on offer. The lucky winner will walk away with a Skoda Yeti or €20,000 cash alternative. Remember 50% of all draw ticket sales goes back to the clubs that sold the tickets.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR SPORTS AWARDS
Each year the Tipperary United Sports Panel presents its Annerville awards, sponsored by Bulmers, to the county’s top amateur sports stars of the year. The Panel members, who will shortly meet to choose the stars for 2011, welcome nominations from the public, clubs and sporting organisations. Anyone who wishes to nominate a sporting achievement by a team or individual since the beginning of the year only may do so by contacting any panel member as soon as possible. The Panel includes chairman, Liam O’Donnchu, Littleton, Thurles; secretary, Seamus King, Cashel; treasurer, Ken Conway, Clonmel and committee – Jimmy Cooney, Johnny O’Loughlin, Eamonn Wynne, Richie Blanche and Davy Hallinan (all Clonmel); James Holohan (Kilsheelan) and Seamus McCarthy (Bansha). The awards will be presented at Hotel Minella, Clonmel on Saturday, January 28th.
MUNSTERS COLLEGES HURLING
In the first round of Dr. Harty Cup Munster colleges senior hurling group stages last week, Our Lady’s Templemore defeated St.Caimin’s C.S. Shannon by 1-14 to 0-5, Nenagh CBS defeated Coláistí Chiarraí by 0-15 to 0-6 and St Flannan’s College Ennis narrowly defeated Thurles CBS by 1-15 to 1-13.
APPOINTED COACH TO MAYO FOOTBALLERS
Congratulations to Dr. Cian O’Neill, who has been appointed coach to the Mayo senior football team for 2012. Cian recently stepped down as physical trainer to the Tipperary senior hurling team having served in that role for 4 years. He did an excellent job for Tipperary and Mayo are fortunate to have somebody of his calibre working with their footballers. We wish him every success in his new role and thank him for his great contribution to Tipperary.
AHERLOW LADIES TEAM IN MUNSTER FINAL
Aherlow Ladies Football Team aim to create history this weekend by bringing the first Munster title back to the club when they meet Dromina ( Cork) in the Munster Junior ‘A’ Football Final in Ballyagran,Limerick at 1pm this Saturday. Having beaten Upperchurch in the County Final, Aherlow defeated Mungret ( Limerick) in the Munster Semi Final and now aim to follow in the footsteps of Moyle Rovers who captured this crown last year. We wish the very best of luck and hope they will be celebrating on Saturday evening in the Glen.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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