Former Tipperary All Ireland winning captain Eoin Kelly was in superb form as Mullinahone began the defence of their South Tipperary senior hurling title in style.
The champions beat Ballingarry 3-22 to 1-10 with Kelly scoring 0-18 and twelve of those came from play.
When the sides met in last year’s campaign Ballingarry came out on top but this time the Slieveardagh club were no match for their neighbours and having scored 0-6 in the first 13 minutes will be disappointed to have scored only 1-4 during the rest of the game.
Apart from the peerless Kelly, Mullinahone had good games from potential county minors this year, Jack Shelly and Luke Mullally. Other young players to impress were Kevin Walzer, Donal Cody and Sean Curran but the engine room of the team was probably the strong halfback line. The Mullinahone goals came from Cathal Horan. Donal Cody and Sean Curran.
Mullinahone C.J.K. - Alan Walsh, Philip O’Shea, A.J.Cronin, Gary Cronin, Eoin Fennelly,Paul Curran, Paul Kelly, Niall Curran. Edwin O’Meara, Donal Cody, Alan Curran, Kevin Walzer, Cathal Horan, Eoin Kelly, Sean Curran
Subs used Jack Shelly, Luke Mullally.
Ballingarry - James Logue Danny Fitzgerald, Dickie Norton, Dara Ivors, Ian Ivors Tom McGrath, Jack Fennelly, Gerry Fitzgerald, Sean Cahill, Eamon Cahill, Ciaran Shelly, Donal Shelly, Brian Cooney, Liam Cahill, Adrian Cleere
Sub used Ger Fennelly.