Tipperary men’s darts team again came up short in the All-Irelands when they went out to Carlow in a playoff game. Tipperary were drawn in the same group as Laois, Wicklow and one of the tournament favorites Donegal for the early rounds. They played great darts in the three games and beat Wicklow 8-4 and Laois 9-3, and while they lost to Donegal 8-4 they can be proud of how they played. A small bit of luck and they could have beaten Donegal and topped their group, but alas it was not to be.
This was another big achievement by this bunch of players who again qualified from their group, but they never really got going in the play off game and went down on a score of 7-2. This was another big day for Tipperary Darts and the standard is improving every outing - there was super darts thrown all day and some of the best performances came from James Gearon and Damo Peters who are two of the youngest players on the panel. Others to shine on the day were Donie Ryan, David Grace and Gerry O’Hara. Times are looking good for the sport in the County when the team are coming so close to making it into the final rounds of all these tournaments. Well done to all the players and manager Martin Sheehan.
Our ladies team were drawn in a tough group which consisted of Galway, Carlow and a very strong Cork team. While they lost to Cork on a score of 4-2 they played brilliantly to draw both of the other games 3-3 and they had an anxious wait to see if they would progress. Unfortunately they were to be denied by one game when the count back was done. This was a real team effort and it is impossible to single out any one player but they and manager Ger Coonan can be proud of the way they played all day and good days lie ahead for these players.
Last weekend saw another round of the Youth trials take place in Barrons in New Inn, where another large crowd turned up. After some brilliant darts were thrown in the round robins three players, Evan Shine, Dan Currivan and Murty Browne - who will play his last event for the youths at the upcoming Munsters - take full points. They were followed closely by Lorcan O’Donovan, Keith Gavin and Mark Closshey. The standard at which these players are playing at the moment is very high and if they can bring this into tournaments they will be favourites to lift cups. A knockout tournament was held after this and again great darts were thrown, and the semi finals were contested by brothers Aaron and Ger Browne and Evan Shine and Murty Browne. Ger and Evan came through and played out a top class game where Ger came out on top 3-1.
The focus switches now to our Youth teams when they travel to Limerick this weekend for the Munster Youth Championships, which take place at the Claughaun GAA Club, Childers Road. Check in is at 11,30 and games start at 12,15 sharp. Players are reminded that this is a dress code ournament, black shoes, black pants and county shirts must be worn. Players are asked to bring a Birth cert or Passport with them. The County Board hope senior players and Parents would make the journey and support these young players.
The County Board wish to extend their deepest sympathies to Una O’Dwyer of the Ladies team on the recent death of her mother, and also to the Gearon Family on the death of their father John, whose son Johnny is a Youth Officer with the Board, and his three Grandsons James, Chris and PJ who are at present members of County teams.