Tipperary GAA Scene




Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields on their victory by 2-12 to 0-15 against Kilmallock in Kilmallock last Sunday. Sarsfields will now be in the interesting position of playing their namesakes, Cork champions Sarsfields (from Glanmire) at Semple Stadium on Sunday, November 11 in the Munster semi-final. The other semi-final will also be on November 11 between newly-crowned Clare champions Newmarket-on-Fergus and Waterford champions De La Salle.


Defending champions Thomas MacDonaghs will play Clonmel Commercials in the County Senior Football Final at Semple Stadium on Sunday next, November 4 at 2.30pm. Commercials qualified for the final by defeating Loughmore/Castleiney by 4-11 to 4-9 after extra-time last Sunday. Two late goals for Loughmore courtesy of two 14m frees from Liam McGrath brought the game to extra time. MacDonaghs defeated South champions, Killenaule by 1-5 to 0-6 on Monday last in the second semi-final. MacDonaghs are in only their second final and are seeking their second title, having defeated Moyle Rovers last year. Commercials are seeking their 15th title. Tom McGrath of Loughmore/Castleiney will referee the final. Admission prices are €10 for adults, €5 for Students/OAPs with ID and under 16s are free. The O’Riain (New) Stand only will be open and cash will be taken at the stiles.



The players from Ardfinnan who won County Senior Football titles in 1970 and ‘74 will be honoured at the County Senior Football Final next Sunday and will be introduced to the attendance at half-time. The 1970 team was captained by Patsy Ryan and the ‘74 team by Eamon O’Gorman.



Well done to Silvermines on their comfortable 1-15 to 0-6 victory over Ruan of Clare in the Intemediate Hurling quarter-final at Sixmilebridge last Sunday. They will be in action again next Sunday in the semi-final against An Rinn of Waterford, which is provisionally fixed for Dolla at 2pm. Declan O’Driscoll of Limerick will be the referee. Admission Prices are Adults - €10; Student/OAP - €5; Under 16s free. We wish Silvermines the best of luck.



Good luck to Moycarkey-Borris for their Munster Club Intermediate Football championship quarter-final against St. Vincent’s of Cork on Sunday next, November 4 at 2pm in Pairc Ui Rinn. Michael Meade of Limerick will referee the game. The winners will have a home venue against O’Curry’s of Clare in the semi-final on Sunday, November 11. Admission Prices are Adults - €10; Student/OAP - €5; Under 16s free. Since the competition began in 2003, Kerry clubs have won 6 of the 9 Munster titles on offer, including the last 5 in-a-row. Cork clubs have won the other 3 Munster titles.



On Friday last at Dr. Morris Park Thurles, Tipperary defeated Clare by 3-10 to 0-7 in the Munster Under 17 Football competition. Tipperary led by 1-3 to 0-4 at half-time thanks to a goal by centre-back Colin O’Riordan. Tipperary full-forward Tom Kirwan added another goal early in the second half but three quick points by Clare left just a goal between the sides midway through the second half. However, a third Tipperary goal by wing-forward Michael O’Connor secured the victory as Clare were held scoreless in the final quarter. Tipperary qualified to play Limerick in the final for the Daryl Darcy Cup last night (Tuesday) in the Gaelic Grounds.

The Tipperary team and scorers in the victory over Clare were - Tezi Opala (Cahir); Shane O’Connell (Golden-Kilfeacle), James Bergin (JK Brackens), Pierce Murphy (Ballylooby-Castlegrace); David Hayes (Fethard), Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens, 1-0), Michael Meagher (Grangemockler-Ballyneale, 0-2 frees); Jerry Cronin (Ardfinnan, 0-1), Liam Casey (Cahir, 0-1); Luke Boland (Moyle Rovers), Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane, 0-1), Michael O’Connor (Cahir, 1-0); Josh Keane (Golden-Kilfeacle, 0-1), Tom Kirwan (Ardfinnan, 1-3), Keelan Hickey (Cahir, 0-1).


This year’s Hurling All Stars marked the first occasion in the awards’ 42-year history that the Munster senior hurling champions did not receive a single award. The Leinster champions have received at least one award every year since the scheme began in 1971. It’s the first time since 1998 that Tipperary received no award. It’s also only the second occasion that a county, in this case Galway with 6, received more awards than the champions, Kilkenny who only received 5. The previous occasion when the champions received less than another team was in 1973 when Limerick only received 5 and runners-up, Kilkenny, received 7.


The Tipperary Association Dublin has presented a new trophy to the Tipperary County GAA Board to replace the Michael Hogan Perpetual Cup, which is awarded to the winners of the County Minor Football A Championship in Tipperary. The new trophy was presented to the chairman of the County Board, Sean Nugent, by the President of Tipperary Association Dublin, Liam Myles at the All-Ireland Minor Hurling replay reception. The original trophy will be displayed in the GAA museum in Lár Na Páirce, Thurles. The new Michael Hogan Perpetual Cup will be presented to the 2012 County Minor Football A champions. Tipperary County Board would like to thank the Tipperary Association Dublin for their generosity in sponsoring this new trophy.

Nominations invited for

Canon Hayes Awards

The Canon Hayes National Sports Awards Committee (Tipperary) has announced that they are now accepting nominations for the 2012 Awards. Members of the public along with representatives of clubs or sporting organisations are invited to submit nominations for the Awards. All persons nominated should be over the age of 16 years and the nomination should relate to achievements in the past 12 months. A brief resume of the nominees sporting achievements should be submitted along with the nomination to Sports Awards Committee, Canon Hayes Recreation Centre, Avondale Crescent, Tipperary Town, to arrive on or before Friday, November 2 or to e-mail: martinquinns@eircom.net. All nominations will be considered by the judging panels and a shortlist of nominees will be announced in mid-November. The Awards are open to all sporting disciplines and the committee are looking forward to receiving many nominations for the respective categories. There are two awards (Local and County) which are for Tipperary nominees and two awards (National and Outstanding Achievement) which are for nominees who have excelled on the national/international stage. The Awards will be presented at a Gala Black Tie Banquet by Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, TD on Saturday, November 24, and shortlisted nominees are required to be in attendance.


Burgess Duharra play Milford in the Munster Senior Camogie final on Saturday next, November 3 in Lattin at 2.45pm. This is the North Tipp club’s second appearance in the Munster final. Beaten unexpectedly two years ago by Inniscarra they face a difficult task against Milford. Burgess Duharra defeated Drom and Inch by a single point in the county final while Milford swept aside St. Catherine’s 5-15 to 0-5 in the Cork final. We wish the Tipperary standard bearers the best of luck.


How well do you know your Tipperary hurling? Clerihan GAA Club are holding their annual GAA Quiz in the Park Hotel Clonmel on Friday, November 23 at 8.30pm. The theme for the quiz is based upon the history of Tipperary Senior inter-county championship hurling. The questions will only be on Tipperary Inter County Championship Hurling, not league, not U-21, not Minor, not Football. A table of four costs €50 with €800 in prize money. Refreshments will be served and all proceeds will go towards Clerihan GAA Club. MC for the night is top sports journalist Jackie Cahill. You can book your table by contacting secretary, Michael Flannery on 086-2520715.


Tipperary County Board extends its deepest sympathy to the family of the late Jim Egan, Puckane and formerly of Shannon Rovers who died last weekend. Jim was a member of the Tipperary Intermediate hurling panel in 1969 and won a county junior hurling title with Shannon Rovers in 1968. His three sons, Colm, Cathal and Darragh have all represented Tipperary at various grades of hurling and football. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal.


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