Tipperary sent four Youth teams to Limerick last weekend to take part in the Munster Youths Championships.
Darts in the county is growing all the time, and it was a great achievement that all four teams were to reach the semi-finals in both competitions.
Tipperary’s A and B teams were drawn in the same group along with last years winners Waterford and Clare A team in what was regarded as the ‘group of death.’ Tipperary A were to top this group with four wins, and the B team on a count back of games were to be denied by one leg to Waterford.
The A team were to progress to the semi-final where they met the Tipperary D team. This team had topped their group which had included Cork B and Limerick A and Clare B. This turned out to be a ding dong battle and it was the experience of the A team which pulled them through, to play Waterford again.
This was a tense game and all matches were to go down to the very last. Unfortunately, like last year the team just came up short as they struggled with doubles. It is a testament to how good this team are when they go to these tournaments and reach the latter stages of them all. Great credit has to go to the D team who are mostly only 11 years of age and this would have been their first year playing and the first time they would have played in a tournament like this.
Attention then turned to the B and C teams who were taking part in the semi-finals of the shield competition. The B team came through a play off game to play Limerick, the boys played brilliant darts here and progressed to play the winners of our C team and Clare A. This game was to go all the way to the final leg of the final game where Clare just pipped our boys at the very end.
The final was one of the best games played all day and went down to the very last game, but Tipperary were to play great darts and land the shield for the Premier County.
The County board would like praise all 21 players who travelled to Limerick. We are really excited about the years ahead when you see the talent which is coming through under age level.
The County board would like to thank Youth Officers Johnny Gearon, Mick Smith and Martin Browne who are bringing these young players along, also to Ger Browne and Johnny Sheehan who took turns to look after the D team on the day. The County Board wishes Murty Browne all the best in the future at adult level as this was his last tournament with the youths. The Board wish to thank Andy and Mary from LCD darts who continue to support our youths teams.
Next Sunday the annual Tommy Cahill Memorial Cup takes place. Contact Mick on 0871938536. Final reg at 3.30pm. Darts away at 4pm.
The third Annual Tipperary All Ireland Open will take place on Saturday, March 9, in Cahir House Hotel, this is a money in money out tournament and is open to any player who is resident or born on the island of Ireland. Reg closes 8pm, darts away 8.30pm.
The fifth round of the Ladbrokes Irish Darts Championship take place on Sunday, March 10, in Cahir House Hotel. Mens entry by the Wednesday before, Ladies and Youths accepted on the day. Contact Joe Coyne on 0851596550