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Tipp Hills Pitch & Putt AGM
Tipp Hills Pitch & Putt held its Annual General Meeting in the Excel on Monday February 7 where an enthuaststic crowd attended. The 2011 officers elected were as follows: Chairperson, Michael Brennan. Vice Chairperson, Eddie Tuohy. Treasurer, Nicky Cummins. Public Relations Officer, Ray Lyons. Juvenile Officer, John Hanly. Registrar, Sean Keane. Secretary, Stephen Cavanagh (Jnr). New incoming committee members for 2011: Jasinta Nugent, Mike Murphy, Daniel Jones, Mark Cummins, Anthony Culhane. A special note of thanks to Mary Kiely, outgoing committee and George Ryan outgoing treasurer, for his commitment and hard work over the past two years. George will remain on as a committee member.
On Monday January 31, The Tipperary Singers resumed practice at the Community Centre alongside a great night of celebration as it happened to be the 85th Birthday of their diligent Treasurer, Ned Walshe. A surprise supper and birthday cake emerged from behind curtains and presentations were made to Ned, his wife Margaret and daughter Mary, the choir's secretary, for their long and faithful service over many years. It was a very happy occasion and a lovely way to start a new season.
The choir also received a very kind invitation from Dean Philip Knowles to sing at Morning Service on Sunday, March 13, on R.T.E. 1 at Montrose Studios. This is indeed a great honour for the choir and they look forward to the occasion very much.
Arravale Rover Juvenilles
Last Sunday, February 6, we presented the medals to our successful Under 14A and 12C West Football Championship winning sides. Michael O Dwyer, Darren Lowry and Paddy Dalton did the honours in great style. Michael and Darren are the proud holders of Munster Championship Under 21 medals, as is fellow club star Robbie Kiely. Robbie was unable to make the event but his two teammates represented him well. As captains of the Tipperary minor footballers for the last two years, Ger Mulhair and Paddy Dalton were invited but like Robbie, Ger had to return to college, so Paddy addressed all present and expertly handled the questions asked of him. All three guests stressed the importance of pride in the club as well as in the county. They explained how much they enjoyed playing for Tipp and always looked forward to returning to the club scene to wear the Rovers' jersey. All in the club wish to thank Darren, Michael and Paddy for adding a huge amount to the enjoyment of the occasion. Our thanks to the players and their parents and mile buiochas to Jerry Ring, who took the photographs and to Gay O Connell who fed the multitude.
All in the Rovers Juvenile Club wish Jerry a happy and long retirement, now that he's left his post as West Board Hon. Secretary, after many years service. A job well done, Jerry. Ni bheidh do leitheid ann aris.
Training for Under 14 football begins next Monday night, with the Under 16s. Under 12s continue on Tuesdays.
St. Michaels Schoolboys
Under 14s were away to St Kevin's last Saturday in the league. Ryan McGrath, Gavin Hickey, Frank Mooney played well for the Saints. Final score St Kevin's 2 St Michael's 3.
Under 16s travelled to Cork in the National Cup last Sunday to play Inishvilla for a place in the last 32. We started slowly and took time to adjust to the surroundings. It proved costly as we went 2-0 down to a strong Villa side. Just before the break we were handed a lifeline when Dean Thompson was taken down in the box and Russell Quirke scored from the resulting penalty to get Saints back in the game. In the second half some questionable refereeing decisions seemed to be going against us but Saints never gave up. We were rewarded when Dean Thompson levelled and sent the game to extra time. Here St Michael's pulled out all the stops when Russell Quirke got the winner in the second half of extra time to put us through against Kilkenny's Evergreen. Well done to the lads who kept going and fought for every ball and despite getting a questionable ten yellow cards to their one from the local referee, we deserved to go through. Final score: Inishvilla Cork 2 St Michaels 3.
Fixtures: Under 13s away v Peake Villa. Under 15s home v Clonmel Celtic.
Notes: This week sees our under 8s and 9s start their Futsol leagues. Their games go ahead in Peake Villas ground. These games are fun and with emphasis on enjoyment and entertainment for the young players so its hoped that all parents who go to these games encourage and support their children to have fun and enjoy and its not all about winning.