For Tipperary Hurling supporters, the 2012 Championship Season has been hugely enjoyable so far. With the Munster Senior and Minor Hurling titles already in the bag, the Under 21s have also qualified for the Munster Final and the Intermediates also have contributed to a record of 10 wins out of 10 games played. With wins over every county in Munster across the four different Championships, a first ever clean sweep of Senior, Minor and Under 21 Munster titles in the same year for Tipperary is now a possibility.
The success to date has come as no fluke but is a result of huge skill, commitment and dedication by all the players and management teams involved, all of which is greatly appreciated by the Tipperary supporters. With such commitment to training and match preparation comes expense in such areas as travel, meals, specialist expertise and medical expenses. As the teams progress in the Championship those expenses increase and the Tipperary Supporters Club raises funds to help out with those costs.
Declan Ryan, Senior Manager, commented: “Success in any sport requires top-level preparation, which can give us the vital edge in the heat of the Championship. The Tipperary Supporters Club is a fantastic support to the Tipperary players and management in ensuring that we are the best that we can be when representing Tipperary. A great way for Tipperary supporters to show their support is to join the Tipperary Supporters Club and I would personally ask each and every Tipperary supporter to join the Tipperary Supporters Club.”
According to Paul Curran, Senior Captain: “We were delighted to retain the Munster Senior Hurling Championship and all the players are fully focused on regaining the All-Ireland Championship this year. The squad is well looked after in every aspect of our preparations for the Championship campaign and we really appreciate the extra funding from the Tipperary Supporters Club which can make all the difference between success and failure. Please join the Tipperary Supporters Club this year and help in our drive for the All-Ireland.”
Liam Sheedy added: “As a player and manager, I was always keenly aware of the huge support provided by the Tipperary Supporters Club. That help was vital to Tipperary winning the All-Ireland Senior Championship in 2010 and I know it is the envy of many other counties. I would strongly urge all Tipperary hurling supporters to continue to support the Tipperary Supporters Club in any way possible.”
Adult Membership of the Tipperary Supporters Club costs €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a specially-designed supporters’ bag. Adult Members are entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Hurling Weekend stay at the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included). Also members can access a discount scheme and will receive regular updates by email on team news, match reports and events.
In addition members providing phone numbers will receive text alerts with Tipperary SH Championship team selections.
The Committee is actively seeking more people interested in helping the Tipperary hurling effort. The plan is to extend the adult membership base further and anybody who would like to take some Supporters Club memberships to join up their friends is welcome to contact Supporters Club Membership Officer, John Malone on 087-2434663 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com by credit card or debit card, in the GAA Shop in Thurles or with usual local sellers. On the website details are also available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help of members could join by direct debit. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15.
Junior Membership is still free and Junior Members do not have to rejoin as their membership is carried forward from year to year.
Ryan Motor Power, the official SKODA dealership in Tipperary is the new sponsor of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/ or call 052 6180323. Ryan Motor Power are offering the following special discounts for members of the Tipperary Supporters Club: 10% off all servicing for all makes of car and 10% off all accessories purchased.
Commenting, Ronan Power, Director of Ryan Motor Power said, “We are delighted to agree our sponsorship of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme and to represent Skoda here in Tipperary, particularly given the recent relationship built up between Skoda and Tipperary GAA fans.”
Don’t delay, join up today! Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.