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Tipp Hills Pitch & Putt

Tipp Hills Pitch & Putt

Last Friday evening we had a Strokeplay competition that attracted a great turnout with eleven new players. Winners: Mark Cummins overall net and Paul Flynn of the new players section. On Good Friday there is another Strokeplay competition in which you can play three cards with two to count. Cards can be play between 12 noon and 5.30pm. 

County Tipperary Lawn Tennis Club

Spring is in the air and the 2011 tennis season at County Tipperary Lawn Tennis Club was formally launched at a very well attended A.G.M. on Wednesday of last week. Warm tributes were paid to outgoing President Paddy Connery, whose leadership, vision and tenacity played no small part in the redevelopment of the club and whose legacy of courage and foresightedness will be enjoyed by members and visitors for many years to come. For his part, Paddy acknowledged the valued efforts of those who served with him on the committees and sub-committees and he wished his successor well.

The Club elected a new President, Mrs. Anne Bourke, a long established and very highly regarded Committee member who had gained widespread admiration and respect for her significant contribution as Treasurer, particularly during the club redevelopment. Everyone joined in wishing President Anne a very successful term in office.

A unique event took place on Sunday morning commencing with a kiddies tournament followed by a combined Junior/Adult tournament, which proved great fun and lots of Easter eggs for everyone. It was such a success that it was proposed to hold it on a monthly basis, with the next ‘Fun Sunday’ set for May 15.

The Spring League is now underway and everyone looks forward to a very enjoyable tennis season.

The 2011 Munster Junior Open Tournament will run from June 19 to June 25. The Munster Senior Open Tournament will take place from August 7 to 13. The Veteran’s Open is from the 16 to the 18 of September. Further details of all those championship events will be available on the club website at

Galtee Walking Club Marathon

The club fielded their third Slievenamuk Marathon on Sunday. A resounding success all round with over 75 participants taking part in this annual 42km crossing of the Slievenamuk ridge in the Glen of Aherlow. Weather conditions were ideal with sunny spells and some welcome cloud coverage too with underfoot conditions dry and sufficiently pliable. They came from all over the county and beyond and across the age range, with 50 completing the full marathon and a further 25, the half marathon. Shortly after 9am, the ribbon was cut and they were off down the road from Rock an Thorabh car park, taking the lovely Nature Park trail west to Bansha Woods. Thanks to organizer, Rody and his team, the trail was excellently signed, enabling people to progress at their own pace. The woodland paths of flowering gorse and pine provided a cool and tranquil environment, punctuated by bursts of glorious bird song and periodic glimpses of the sunlit glen below. The Bansha woods check point provided a welcome break and some refreshments, before heading west along the northern loop to reach the halfway point back at Rock an Thorabh. With the Marathon clock ticking away, Josephine presented the half marathon participants with their certificates and some 50 others took off across the road to take the second leg of the trail west to Galbally. Their route took them up over Slievenamuk Hill, overlooking the plains and mountain ranges of north Tipperary and down to the river and the third checkpoint at Moore Abbey. After a break here, the final leg of the journey took them back up and onto the southerly loop, past the Shrough Monument and the mass rock to complete the full 42km at Rock an Thorabh. What an achievement! All finished the route without incident and tired but elated, received their certificates and congratulations from Josephine. William O’Grady was first in, setting a record of 5hrs20mins. Majella Moyles came second and Pamela Rambsbottom third and each was presented with a cup by Rody. Congratulations all, a great achievement and a great day out. And well done to our youngest participants, Laura and Christopher from Clonmel.

A special word of thanks to Rody and his crew for organizing this great event, to our chairman Tom and to all those who provided vital backup on the day, especially Helen Morrissey and the civil defence, ARAN and the radio crew, those who manned the check points. Dara did a great job as car park attendant and Sean captured it all on camera and provided vital general support all day. Most important was the administrative support provided by Josephine Tierney and Mary Ryan, who were out from 8am to sign people up and make it all happen. Last but not least, we are indebted to the local farmers who allowed access to their lands along the route. A proud day for the club and even prouder for the participants. See it all on our website

Next week’s walks: Wed 20/04 at 7pm. John Walsh will lead from Rock an Thorabh car park.

Easter Sunday 24/04 The A Walk starts at 10am from Melodys Bar Ballymacarbery with William O’Grady. Mossy Casey will lead the B walk to Mount Mellary, starting at Grubbs Monument, The Vee at 10am

St Michael’s Schoolboys

Under 11s played Cahir Park and we hadn’t any luck going down 4-0. Mark Furlong played very well for the Saints.

Under 12s Saints played Clerihan away in the Tipperary Cup. This was a very good game and we can consider ourselves very unlucky not to go through having come from two goals down to force extra time but to lose 3-2. Shane Neville and Mark Furlong scored our goals. John Kusack Rourke in goal made some good saves for Saints.

Under 14s - Peake Villa was our opponent in the league. We got off to a great start going 1-0 up in the first minute when Seanie O’Halloran scored. Peake came back into the game and got level on twenty minutes. With both teams playing very good football we went 2-1 up ten minutes into the second half Philip Roche’s shot looped over their keeper. With the game entering injury time Peake equalized and the points were shared. This draw now puts us on two points from our two games in the championship play-offs with one game against Bansha left to play. 

Notes: We wish the youth and first teams the best of luck as both teams play FAI Cup semi finals this weekend.

Arravale Rovers

Despite much confusion regarding the fixture, the under 21 “A” County Final will finally take place on Wednesday, April 20, at 7pm in Boherlahan. Loughmore will be the opposition on the night and we wish the team every success. Your support would be greatly appreciated. 

On Sunday, April 24, at 1.30pm in Cappawhite, our Intermediate Hurlers take to the field in the first round of the West Intermediate Hurling Championship against Sean Treacys. Unlike last year, the format of the championship this year means that only the top 3 teams will make it to the knockout stages, which will lead to a much more competitive competition. We wish them the very best of luck.

Over the past week our Minor Football team have two championship fixtures under their belts and we are delighted to report that they have earned two victories from them. Cashel and Bansha were the opposition. This championship is now postponed until after the exams. 

Finally, a reminder that lines is still on sale for the Arravale Rovers Virtual Race Night in Tony Lowrys on Friday May 6. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Arravale Rovers Juveniles

Rovers Under 12 footballers had good wins in the West League over Emly at ‘The Park’ in the A section and over Cashel away in the B. Well done to all concerned.

Last Saturday the Under 10 footballers entertained Cashel at Sean Treacy Park and some great football was played with all the lads involved in the two teams we fielded. Scores of a high order were scored and coaches John and Jimmy were well pleased with the performance of all the lads, who have a busy schedule of games in football and hurling coming up.

Also last Saturday the Under 8 footballers took part in the South/West Blitz at Rockwell College. The two teams that travelled had a great day. The A team had exciting wins over Clonmel Commercials, Ardfinnan and Moyle Rovers while the younger lads had exciting tussles with Rockwell Rovers, Clonmel Og and Commercials second side. The players in the A team that excelled were Jack Kelly in goals, Eoghan Lonergan, Will Hogan and Patrick O Donnell in defense; Noel O’Mahony and Michael Lowry at midfield; John Fitzgerald, Sean O Donnell and Aidan Roche were dangerous attackers. The B team had gallant players like Denis Shastak, John Paul Lohan, Gavin O’Meara, Peter Ryan, Shane Maher, Raymond Kelly, Cealen Halligan, Colm Power and Finn Kelliher. This was their first blitz for most of these youngsters and their football will improve as a result.

In the Under 16 footballers were away in the championship to Cashel last Monday. Report next week, all going well. 

The Under 14 hurlers are training for the semi-final of the Feile that takes place this Thursday at 7.30 away to the winners of Cappawhite v Galtee/Aherlow. The Under 14 football league game with Galtee/Aherlow is fixed for Sean Treacy Park, for this Saturday, April 23, at 4.30pm. This should be a thriller as only one point separated the sides in the Feile recently.

The Easter Camp takes place at “the Park” on Monday 18, Tuesday 19, Wednesday 20 this week, and, Tuesday 26, Wednesday 27 April, next week. We hope all the young participants have a safe, fun time playing hurling and football under the tutelage of the County Board coaching staff.

Many thanks to all the parents who transported and supported our players over the busy recent football and hurling period. There will be no training for Under 10s, Under 8s and younger over the Easter weekend on Saturday or Sunday. We wish all our players and their families a Happy Easter.