County Tipperary GAA Scene

WATERFORD CRYSTAL

WATERFORD CRYSTAL

SENIOR HURLING

Tipperary were defeated by Clare on a scoreline of 1-21 to 1-13 in the Waterford Crystal Cup final at Semple Stadium on Saturday night last. Well done to Clare on a deserved victory. This was Tipperary’s last competitive outing before the Allianz League commences with an away trip to Cork for a game under lights at Pairc Ui Rinn on Saturday, February 23 at 7pm.

SENIOR FOOTBALL

Tipperary’s disappointing start to their Allianz Division 4 Football League campaign continued with a defeat to Waterford in Dungarvan on Saturday evening last by 2-8 to 0-9. Their next game will be at home to London on Sunday, March 3.

THURLES SARSFIELDS DEFEATED

IN ALL IRELAND SEMI-FINAL

Commiserations to Thurles Sarsfields on their defeat to Kilcormac Killoughey by 1-20 to 1-14 in the AIB All Ireland club senior hurling semi-final at Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon last. Sarsfields put a huge effort into the club championship campaign and represented their club and county very well. Following their first provincial title in December, they certainly have the talent and experience to come back from this defeat and make a breakthrough at national level Kilcormac Killoughey were fully deserving of their victory and we wish them well for the final. Well done and good luck in particular to Kilcormac panellist, Trevor Fletcher, who is a native of Roscrea and played underage for Tipperary.

ROBERT FROST NEW CHAIRMAN

OF MUNSTER COUNCIL

Congratulations to Robert Frost of Clare who was elected Chairman of Munster Councial at its Annual Convention in Bunratty on Friday night last. We wish Robert well for his 3 year term of office and assure him of Tipperary’s support and co-operation. Congratulations also to the new Vice-Chairman, Jerry O’Sullivan of Cork, who is a former Chairman of Cork County Board.

NEW COUNTY SENIOR

HURLING LEAGUE FORMAT

A new format is being introduced for this year’s county senior hurling league. The league will be compulsory for all 32 senior teams. The format is as follows: Round 1 - The competition will commence with 32 teams who will play in an open draw format; Round 2A - The winning 16 teams from Round 1 will play off in an open draw; Round 2B - The losing 16 teams from Round 1 will play off in an open draw; Round 3A - The 8 winners from Round 2A will play off in open draw Quarter finals with the winners playing open draw semi-finals and the winners of the S/F playing for the Sweeper Ryan Cup; Round 3B - The 8 losers from Round 2A will play off in open draw quarter-finals with the winners playing open draw semi-finals and the winners playing for the Jim Devitt Cup; Round 3C. The 8 winners from Round 2B will play off in open draw quarter-finals with the winners playing open draw semi-finals and the winners of the S/Fs playing for the Dr Fogarty Cup; Round 3C - The 8 losers from Round 2 B will play off in open draw quarter-finals with the winners playing open draw semi-finals and the winners of the S/Fs playing for a Trophy/Plaque. Entry forms have been sent to all clubs and the closing date for entries is Sunday February 17.

SCOLÁIREACHTAÍ

Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann is offering a limited number of Gaeltacht Scholarships to 2nd level students in the county. All clubs have now been circulated with application forms and the form will also be available for download on the Tipperarary GAA web site. These Scholarships are limited to those students currently in 2nd, 5th and Transition Years.

Applicants or their parents must have been registered members of their local GAA Club in 2012. Closing date for applications is Thursday February 28 2013.

Please note that students who have already booked a place in a Gaeltacht College and have the deposit paid cannot avail of this scheme.

These scholarships are only available in 3 Colleges as follows: Coláistí Chorca Dhuibhne, Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, Trá Lí, Co Chiarraí. (2 Options); Coláiste Na Mumhan, Beal Athan Ghaorthaidh, Co. Chorcai (2 Options); Coláiste na Rinne, Co. Phort Lairge (3 Options). Bígí cinnte go bhfuil na foirmeacha i gceart agaibh agus go bhfuil cláruimhir an chlub breactha síos agaibh. Cuirfear na hiarrthóirí go léir faoi agallamh arís i mbliana.

LEINSTER MINOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Tipperary have played 2 games in the Leinster Minor Football League – they were defeated by Dublin and last Saturday they defeated Longford by 2-9 to 1-9. Their final game in the group stages will be against Westmeath in St. Loman’s Westmeath on Wednesday February 13.

SCÓR

All roads lead to Derry for the All Ireland finals of Scór na n-Óg on Saturday, February 23. Tá na daoine óga ag cleachtadh go dian agus guimid gach rath orthu agus iad i mbun oibre. Scoth den cheoil agud den amhránaíocht,maraon le scoth na haisteoireachta atá le clos i dTulach Seasta agus i dTeampall Doire le déanaí agus is cinnte go bhfuil go leor ceisteanna á chur ar na buachaillí ó Seán Treacy’s Brian Pádraig agus Shane agus iad san ag ullmhú don chomórtas Tráth Na gCeist. Bainigí go léir sult agus taitneamh as.

Meanwhile our Scór na bPáistí competitions are taking place timpeall na háite agus tá caighdeán na gComórtas uile thar cionn. Well done to you all for taking part and well done to all your mentors, parents, teachers and Scór personnel who keep the show going week after week. We all look forward to Craobh an Chontae. Leanaigí oraibh.

DR. HARTY CUP SEMI-FINAL REPLAY

Well done to Our Lady’s Templemore on their great 2 point replay victory by 1-13 to 0-14 over Ard Scoil Ris, Limerick in the Dr. Harty Cup Munster senior A colleges hurling semi-final replay in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Saturday. An early second half goal by star player and dual All Ireland minor medallist, John McGrath, proved decisive in the end. They will play Dungarvan Colleges in the final on Sunday February 24 at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town at 2.30pm.

MUNSTER SENIOR B

COLLEGES FOOTBALL FINAL

The Munster Senior B Colleges football final will feature an all Tipperary pairing. Our Lady’s Templemore will play Abbey CBS Tipperary in Cashel 2.30pm Saturday February 16.

COLAISTE DUN IASCAIGH WIN MUNSTER TITLE

Congratulations to Colaiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir on defeating St. Aidan’s Community College, Cork by 2-11 to 2-8 to win the Munster final of the Vocational Schools Senior Hurling B competition on Saturday last.

St. Aidan’s started strongly with an early goal but Colaiste Dun Iascaigh battled well and at half time the teams went in level on a scoreline of 1-3 for St. Aidan’s to 0-6 for Colaiste Dun Iascaigh.

The second half had a thrilling climax. With just five minutes left, Liam Howard took a long range free for Colaiste Dun Iascaigh which went directly to the net to give them side a two point lead. Another goal followed from substitute Daire O’Brien to give the Cahir side a five point lead.

More thrills followed when a long range free from St. Aidan’s went directly to the Cahir net to leave two points between the teams. Colaiste Dun Iascaigh finished strongly adding a point from Barry Cooney to win by three.

The final whistle was greeted with great joy by the Cahir side, winning their first Munster Senior B Hurling title since 2001.

The Cahir side’s defence worked hard throughout and were particularly well served by goalkeeper Keelan Hickey, full back Alan Condon, substitute Brendan Donaghy and captain Stephen Lambert. The midfield pairing of Conor Casey and Gerry Cronin provided the platform on which this victory was launched. Half forwards Pierce Murphy and man of the match Barry Cooney asked questions of their opponents all through the game and corner forward Daire O’Brien proved a threat when he was introduced. The free taking of Ryan Murphy, Liam Howard and especially the long range frees from Colin O’Gorman, were inspirational.

Well done to the entire panel and their management, Denny Whelan, Shane Ronayne and team manager Keith Morrissey, who has worked tirelessly for a long number of years promoting hurling in Colaiste Dun Iascaigh.

JOBBRIDGE INTERNSHIP

A JobBridge Internship in Lár na Pairce is being advertised on the JobBridge website (www.jobbridge.ie). It is for a Marketing, Curating and Administrative Assistant in the Museum of Gaelic Games, Thurles. The ideal candidate is a quick learner with an excellent work ethic. Administrative and IT skills are required. A Third Level qualification is desirable and the candidate must have a passion for Gaelic Games. The placement will commence on March 18 and will last for 9 months.

Applications should be sent to Seamus J. King, Lár na Pairce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles, seamusjking@gmail.com. The closing date for the receipt of applications is February 22. Interviews will take place in Lár na Páirce between February 25-March 1

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