Sunday November 3rd is County Final day and our minors will continue their preparations over the coming weekend. The game is fixed for Boherlahan at 12.00 noon and the opposition of Drom & Inch will prove formidable.
Over recent years the Mid Tipperary club have become a real force in football and they will be difficult to overcome.
Commercials have performed well to date and retained their South title with a thrilling win against Moyle Rovers. The semi-final against Newport saw the team’s performance drop considerably, and a repeat of this in the final will see the relinquishing of the crown held by Commercials for the past three years. There is no doubt that the players are capable of defending this title but will be wary of the test that the Mid champions will provide on Sunday.
The Commercials side is captained by Kevin Fahey and the club’s senior defender has led by example. Padraig Looram, Paudie White, Robbie Lyons, Stephen Kelly, Ross Peters, Ross Dennehy and Liam Ryan are others that have played well in the championship to date.
The introduction of a Munster Minor Club Championship this year adds further to the prestige of this final. While it would be nice to be Tipperary’s first representatives in the provincial championship, only a win on Sunday week will see this happen.
1969 and 1971 County Champions
The members of the 1969 and 1971 County Senior Champions are being honoured at the Senior Football Final in Thurles next Sunday at half time. It is such a pity that the Minor Final was not fixed for the same venue
Clonmel Commercials Under 10 team took part in the Johnny Cummins Annual Tournament in Ardfinnan on Saturday last. The day started with nice weather but finished up in horrendous conditions.
Our first game was against Kilsheelan and it proved to be a tough game, hard fought all through with our lads just edging out by 2 points on a scoreline of 4-3 to 4-1, there were some great passages of play from both teams in this game.
Next up were Newcastle and this game was killed off quickly with a couple of quick goals giving us a half time score of 4-2 to 1-0, the condition worsened in the second half of this game and the team coming on were finding it hard to get going but after a dogged second half we ended up winning by 5-2 to 1-1.
Ballyporeen were next up and again a strong first half was the key to the victory winning on a scoreline of 6-2 to 0-0. At this stage all boys had played 3 half games each and were getting better as the day went on.
The Group 1 Final pitted us against old rivals Ardfinnan. The conditions for this game were making it difficult, but the Commercials boys saved their best until last, producing a massive display of skills, determination and bravery in conditions that adult players would find it difficult to manage. Having played with a howling wind in the first half the lads led by 3-3 to 1-1. In a 2nd half that had everything good in the game, Commercials really came to the fore and despite the prolonged 2nd half, ended up winning out by 6-4 to 2-3 with some brilliant performances by the young lads in testing conditions.
Thanks to Johnny Cummins for the invite into the tournament and to the Ardfinnan club who had everything running like clockwork on the day. There was a parade to start the day which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Over the course of the games played, Commercials scored 21 goals and 11 points conceding 7 goals and 4 points.
The lads who braved the elements on the day were Sam Johnson, James Morris, Niall Barry, Samuel McGowran, Gearoid Daly, Ross Slattery, Oisin Power, Fergal Gaughran, Rory Maher, Mark Guiry, Sean Fahey, Dean Cagney, Shane Ryan, Oisin Forristal, Kian O’Reilly, Conor Guiry, James Hewitt, Conor Parker. Special mention of thanks to the parents, who also braved the wet and cold and gave very vocal support to the lads throughout the day.
The draw was held in Eldons on Sunday last. The jackpot now stands at €1,600.
Fortnightly tickets are available for €2. Alternatively for a fee of €25 you can join for 6 months or €45 for a year’s subscription. Tickets and brochures are available from committee members and players of both clubs.
The club is holding a scrap collection for the next two Saturdays in the Sportsfield between 10.00 a.m. and 14.00 p.m.
Contact Joe at 087-2417381 or any committee member for further information.