What's happening on the club scene in Tipperary .....
Last weekend we returned to training and though the rain came down on Saturday, we had a fine turnout. Clearly the lads missed their hurling and football during the Christmas break and they put in a big effort, in the hall and on the sod. We will continue at Sean Treacy Park each weekend so it's important to come prepared with winter wear. The younger boys should have runners as well as boots so we can retreat indoors if needs be. If the weather allows all players will train outside.
We had a good club meeting last week and made solid plans for the new season. Dates for the AGM and the medal presentation nights are all but made; more information soon.
Well done to Timmy Dalton, a promising juvenile not so very long ago, on his valuable game time with the Tipp senior hurlers last weekend.
The club Under 21s lost out to a very strong Thurles Sarsfields team last Saturday. Being West Champions is no mean feat, though the lads were disappointed on the day.
We have new black and amber club helmets for sale, as well as hurleys etc. Best of luck to all the young hurlers in the Monastery, as they will soon be battling it out in their always thrilling school league. We've ordered more club calendars so get the word in before they're all gone.
Plans for the West and County Under 10 and Under 8 hurling and football blitzes are already well advanced, so training over the weeks ahead will help us make up our panels. The first games will be in early March so we won't feel it before the action restarts again.
Mid-week training for the Under 12 footballers takes place each Tuesday night at Sean Treacy Park, at 6.30 until 7.30pm. The Under 16s footballers continue their sessions each Monday night under the lights.
We send our condolences to the O'Halloran family, Springfield Crescent, Rossmore Village, on the death of John Ryan, Brodeen Cottages, Cashel Road, Tipperary. May he rest in peace.
St Michael Schoolboys Soccer
Under 11s played Cahir Park in the league last Saturday. We went down by a single goal 1-0. There were some good performances from keeper John "Kuszczak" O'Rourke, Zac O'Halloran, Joe Griffey, Paudie Hickey and Jason Murphy. We are now on 6pts from five games in the league. Final score Cahir Park 1 St Michael's 0.
Under 15s: Saints went to a wet and windy Clerihan last Saturday in the league. The game somehow finished 0-0 with Clerihan defending strongly and us missing some good chances. We also hit the post twice and had what looked like a perfect goal ruled out for offside in the last minute. Luke O'Dea in goal, Fionn Hogan, Daragh Coughlan, Ciaran Lowry, Walter Carroll, Kevin Stapleton, Darren Neville and Mark Russell all showed strongly in the game. We are on 10pts from five games in the league. Final score Clerihan 0 St Michael's 0.
Notes: Our under 13s game with Killarney Celtic in Killarney was called off on Saturday morning. Their pitch was waterlogged.
Fixtures: Under 12s National Cup home v Villa Waterford.
Under 14s League home v St Kevin's.
Under 16s National Cup away v Templemore.
Galtee Walking Club
Last Sunday felt more like an April day than the middle of January and our A and B groups took advantage of the fine weather on the forest tracks between Aherlow and Bansha. Both groups covered roughly the same route but started at opposite ends with their paths crossing on a couple of occasions.
Rody Tierney led the A group of 20 on the eastern half of the Slievenamuck Marathon route. Starting at Rock an Thorabh car park they took the road to Aherlow House Hotel before making their way through the Nature Park to the Statue. Then it was onward at a brisk pace on the southern side of the ridge to reach the halfway point at Bansha Woods car park. Lunch was enjoyed here with the picnic tables proving useful. The return leg of the route was along the northern side passing Rock an Thorabh before returning to the cars. Many thanks to Rody and good luck with the full Marathon in April. Welcome also to new member Niamh from Limerick who picked a good day to start.
The B group of 12, including one new walker, met at Bansha Woods car park with leader Rita Mooney. They made their way on forest tracks to Dawson's Gate, up the narrow path through the woods, across the Ballagh road and on to Christ the King Statue. The beautiful Nature Park was next on the list before emerging at Aherlow House and taking the road to Rock an Thorabh car park. Moving on to the Rock itself the group paused to enjoy the views of Tipp Town and the surrounding countryside, looking good in the Winter sunshine. Then it was on via the Cordangan barrier and back through the woods to the starting point completing a 20km loop in 4 hours. Many thanks to Rita and also to Danny for his valuable assistance.
It's safe to say that anyone who was on either of the walks last Sunday really enjoyed the weather, the wonderful views, the peace in the woodlands and the good company.
Next Sunday's walks: The A group will meet with Mike Moroney at Clydagh Bridge at 10 am for 6 hours in the Galtees. The B group will meet at Bay Lough car park on the Vee Road, also at 10 am, where Brendan Sheils will take them to Knockshanahullion on the western side of the Knockmealdowns. Joan Kavanagh will lead the C group on 2 to 3 hour forest track walk meeting at Bansha Woods car park at 11 am.
Please note also that there is a committee meeting in the Excel Centre Tipperary Town at 8:00pm on Thursday January 20th to prepare for the upcoming Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival, which takes place on the weekend of January 29th and 30th.