South Tipperary Premier 12 South End Games for Groups 1, 2 and 3 took place on June 15th in Clogheen. Group 3, playing first at 11am between Ballyporeen and Newcastle and refereed by Miceal O’Donnell (Clerihan). Newcastle began very strong and seemed to have the better hold of the game until the half time whistle. But once the second half began Ballyporeen took control of the game resulting in they being the South Group 3 End Game winners for 2013 on a scoreline of Ballyporeen 2-5 Newcastle 1-1.
In Group 2 Clonmel Og met Grangemockler and refereed by Martin Cody (Mullinahone). The game seemed to be going Grangemockler’s way until nearing the end when Clonmel Og just nipped the South Group 2 by 5-7 to Grangemockler’s 5-4.
In Group 1, Ardfinnan met Moyle Rovers in the finale for the day. This time the man in the middle was Miceal O’ Donnell (Clerihan). Ardfinnan being just those couple of points behind Moyle Rovers for this season were determined to make this the game, and it showed. It was a tight game throughout and Ardfinnan won by three points on an Ardfinnan 1-5 to Moyle Rovers 1-2 result.
Group 4 South End Game, took place on June 20th in Ardfinnan, refereed by Martin Doyle (Ardfinnan). Clonmel Commercials met with the might of Fr. Sheehy’s. The decisive result saw Fr. Sheehy’s storm home by 6-14 to Clonmel Commercials 1-1.
Our U/16 C South Final was contested by Ballyporeen and Clonmel Og in Newcastle on June 22nd and refereed by Martin Doyle (Ardfinnan). Ballyporeen going into the match as favorites proved their worth, but Clonmel Og did not make it easy for them scoring well too. The final score was Ballyporeen 6-8 to Clonmel Og’s 4-7. Ballyporeen went on to meet Thurles Og on June 24th in New Inn, where a great match was played. Ballyporeen up by eight points at half time, got a bit of a shock in the second half, when Thurles Og had caught up with them within ten minutes. From then on the game was very close to the end, but Ballyporeen, able to take full advantage of a couple of mistakes by Thurles Og went on to win and will be playing their County Final on July 2nd..
In the B championship, Ballingarry met with Carrick Davins in Clonmel Sportsfield, and the referee here was Noel Cosgrove (Marlfield). This game came to life half way through the first half when Carrick Davins put in goal after goal after goal. The Davins took control of the game which showed in the outcome - Carrick Davins 6-7, Ballingarry 2-9.
Carrick Davins went on to meet with Moyne-Templetoughy in Cashel in the County Semi Finals and rightly earned their place in the County Final which took place on Saturday 29th versus Portroe, in Templemore.
The U/16A Final was played in Kilsheelan and was sponsored by The Boland Family and refereed by Seamus Roche (Kilsheelan). Clonmel Commercials met with Moyle Rovers for what was a fantastic match between the now regarded top two A teams in the South for football. This match could have gone to extra time, but for the sheer determination of the Commercials players and a great penalty save from their goalkeeper. I noted the communication between the Commercial players was brilliant before and during the match which definitely contributed to the result. Clonmel Commercials 1-10, Moyle Rovers 0-10.
Mrs Boland and members of her family were at the match and Peter, Eileen’s grandson, presented the Boland Cup to Commercials who will meet Drom-Inch on July 1st in Cashel for the County Semi Final, which is cutting a fine line for those lads who are on the Commercials team and will be just back from Derry after competing in the All Ireland Peil.
After the U/16A Final, the referee Seamus Roche, commented on how well both sides played, and that the respect he received from all players on both sides is to be commended. After observing the majority of these Finals, it is sad to note that at a couple of matches, behaviour is still an issue with regard to certain age groups, the age group noted is the Adults. As we all know, young people will observe and follow the adults who guide them, be it their parents or their mentors. The GAA have a Code of Behaviour in place as well as a Respect Initiative and they need to be observed and there are still a number of Clubs who have not had the mandatory Code of Ethics (Child protection and welfare in Sport) course done yet. Even debating at a ‘gate’ over the payment to enter a Semi Final or Final at juvenile level is a match of wit.
So, for the hurling season let’s get out there, enjoy the games and lead by positive example.