Tipperary’s Senior Footballers will make their first appearance of the New Year on this Sunday (8th) when they take on Limerick Institute of Technology in the preliminary round of the McGrath Cup at Clonmel at 2pm.
The competition is the traditional curtain-raiser to the season and will help Tipp prepare for the National Football League, which begins with a trip to Roscommon on February 5th.
Sunday’s match is the first for John Evans’s team since Tipp’s historic win in last year’s Munster Minor Football Championship, and they will be hoping to build on the momentum provided by that success by getting 2012 off to the best possible start.
The winners will meet Waterford IT in the quarter-final at a venue to be confirmed on the following Sunday, 15th.
The semi-finals will be played on January 22nd and the final is fixed for January 29th.
If necessary extra-time will be played on Sunday and the referee will be Kerry’s Jer Lynch.
The last of Tipperary’s three McGrath Cup successes came in 2003.
The cup was presented by Joe McGrath in 1981 for the promotion of football in Munster.