Pride of place this week goes to Tipp youths who returned from Dublin last weekend as All Ireland shield champions.
Tipperary sent three teams to Dublin and all 15 players were to play brilliant over the three days of darts. After the group stages our B team were to finish up in the semi final of the cup where they were to play Waterford and they went down on a score of 3-1. The lads had chances but luck deserted them. After the group’s the A and C teams finished in the shield competition, the C team faced a very strong Kildare team and went down 3 nil, but this was a great result for this team as this is a very young team with most of them are still only 11-12 years of age.
The A team played Sligo in the other semi final. This was to go down to the 5th and final leg where Stephen Roche was to prove their hero. The final was to take place on the stage in front of a large crowd and Tipperary played some brilliant darts and came out on top with a score of 3-1 to become shield champions.
Well done to all involved - John Gearon was the manager of the winning team.
On Friday night Ger Browne and Dylan Bennett were unlucky when they just failed in the final of the doubles All Ireland. The county Board would like to thank all the teams, two men and two women and the three youths teams and all the officers who travelled for all the hard work over the weekend, and with all the work which is being done and the talent which is coming through from youth level good days lay ahead.
Another large crowd travelled to Amby’s in Ballingarry last Sunday for the latest round of the Tipperary Masters, and again the standard continues to amaze.
We really have some very good players in the county at the moment and a steady stream of youth players coming through which eventually will pay of.
The semi-finals were to come down between Donie Ryan (Coughlans) and Frankie Sage (Mahers), again Donie’s experencie was to get him through to the final with a score 3 - 0. The other semi was to be between two of the top players in the County at the moment James O’Connor (Lady Gregory A) and Gerry O’Hara (Local A), and after a great game Gerry won through on a score of 3-2.
This set up a cracker of a final where Donie was to come out on top 3-0.
The ladies again showed how high the standard is becoming in the County when they played some brilliant darts all day. The semi-finals were to be contested by Sabrina Darcy (Irwin’s) and Pauline McCarty (Chrissies Ladies), Sabrina won this 3-0. The second game was between Margie Sheehan (Chrissies ladies) and Louise O’Donoghue (Punters Rest), Margie was to use all her experience here against one of the youngest ladies players and won 3-1.
Next Sunday a charity tournament takes place in the Adagh House Hotel in Killenaule. This is in aid of the Tipp to Kenya Project,which aims to build a school in Kenya. The format is 301 double in / double out.
Check in is at 3.30pm and darts away at 4pm.
Entry fee is €5 and all men, ladies and youths are welcome.