The headline news from the 7 round 1 games of the county senior hurling championship is that there will be new county senior hurling champions following Nenagh Eire Og’s 3 point victory over reigning champions Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday evening at the Ragg.
In the other games there were wins for Holycross Ballycahill, JK Brackens, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Portroe, Roscrea and Templederry Kenyons. The round 1 game between Burgess and Carrick Davins was postponed.
The senior hurling hcampionhsip finalists in all 4 divisions are known after last weekend’s semi-finals. In the North, reigning North, County and Munster Intermediate hurling champions, Silvermines, qualified for their first senior final since 1975. They will play Kildangan in the final. In the Mid Division, there’s a more familiar look to the final pairing of Drom and Inch and Loughmore Castleiney. Recent final rivalries will also be renewed in the West between Clonoulty Rossmore and Eire Og Annacarty Donohill. In the South Killenaule will play Carrick Swan in the final.
The county championship round 1 winners and the 8 defeated divisional semi-finalists went into the hat for the round 2 draw on Sunday night resulting in the following pairings: Mullinahone v Nenagh Eire Og; Borris-Ileigh v JK Brackens; Cappawhite v Carrick Davins or Burgess; Templederry Kenyons v Ballingarry; Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams v Roscrea; Moycarkey Borris v Portroe; Upperchurch Drombane v Holycross Ballycahill and Toomevara v Kilruane MacDonaghs. The games will be played over the next 2 weekends – see local papers and Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie, for fixture details.