The Tipperary under 15 footballers who won the Plate.
What a wonderful weekend it was for Tipperary football.
In addition to the seniors' great win in Cavan, there was more sucess at underage level to ensure that the assembly line of football talent is still working well.
The Tipperary under 14s put in magnificent displays to win the Munster Cup while the under 15s explosive attack saw them recapture the Munster Plate also won last year.
The under 16s also played well without taking home any silverware
Jim Power U14 Tournament
In a sun drenched Waterford on Saturday, Tipperary’s U14 footballers won the Jim Power Cup for the first time in 7 years in impressive style.
In the group stages they beat West Cork on a scoreline of 4-8 to 2-7, overcame Limerick by a margin of 3-4 to 1-4 and proved much too strong for North Cork in the final group game, scoring 6-10 to 0-7.
These group games were played in the grounds of Abbeyside Ballinacourty GAA Club in Dungarvan. For the final of this Munster competition the action moved to the picturesque grounds of Bricky Rangers GAA club, five miles east of Dungarvan town, with South Kerry the opposition.
The Tipperary boys took control of the game at the outset and by the end of the first half had raced into a comfortable 4-2 to 0-2. The Kerry outfit had no answer to the power and pace of the Tipperary contingent and when the final whistle went Tipp had won on a scoreline of 5-5 to 0-5.
To jubilant scenes and in front of a sizeable contingent of Tipp supporters, team captain Jack Leamy accepted the Jim Power cup on behalf of a determined and talented bunch of Premier County footballers.
The successful Tipperary u-14 panel in the Jim Power Tournament.
Over the course of the four games all of the group made a big contribution with the team’s defensive strength and their abilty to create goal opportunities being particularly noticeable. In total, over the four games they scored an impressive 18 goals and 27 points. This is a talented bunch, with many dual players, drawn from all corners in the county and if they can stay together as a group can challenge for additional footballing honours in the years ahead.
Tipperary U14 Panel: James Griffin (Upperchurch Drombane), Kian Donnelly (Ballina), Kevin Cahalan (Lorrha), Emmet Butler (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Conor Neville (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Eoin O’Dwyer (Mullinahone), Edward Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney), Stephen Ferncombe (Clonoulty Rossmore), Jamie Duncan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh), Jack Leamy (Golden Killfeackle), Luke Galvin (Holycross Ballycahill), Michael Ryan (Burgess), Tony Cahill (Drom & Inch), Jack Buckley (Cahir), Conor McKelvey (Silvermines), Rory Collins (Moyle Rovers), Peter McGarry (Moyle Rovers), Ciaran McCormack (Loughmore Castleiney), Eoghan Lonergan (Arravale Rovers), Conor Horgan (Knockavilla Donaskeigh), Conor Dooley (Inane Rovers), Toby Lambe (Holycross Ballycahill), Mike Carmody (Cappawhite), Kyle Bourke (Rockwell Rovers), Cathal O’Donnell (Ballina), Caleb Hickey-Molloy (Arravale Rovers), Robert Doyle (Clonoulty Rossmore), Luke Shanahan (Upperchurch Drombane), Eoin Grace (Burgess), Oisin Treacy (Upperchurch Drombane), Conor O’Brien (Mullinahone)
Humprhey Kelleher U15 Football Tournament
This turned out to be a great learning experience for all who travelled to Cork. A tough game against Kerry North saw the team adjust their approach in the Plate semi-final against Limerick, Tipp 2.3 Kerry North 0-14.
This adjustment transformed the team as they took an early lead and would never trail . The team were explosive when on the attack with an unstoppable hunger for goals, Tipp 5.6 Limerick 0-5.
A first competitive win sent this group confidently onto Millstreet for the Plate Final. Two early Cork points did little to dent the team's confidence and a lightening quick goal put them ahead and while Cork levelled with a point, another Kyle Shelly goal put Tipp ahead for the remainder of the game, half-time read 3.2 to 06.
The fact that no goals were conceded all day can’t go without mention as Cian O’Mahoney was immense along with his goal kicks. The final result was by no means flattering to this group Tipp 4.8 Cork 06 giving Captain Jamie Holloway the opportunity to collect the Plate.
County U15 Panel: Cian O'Mahony – Ardfinnan, Conor O'Dwyer - Cashel King Cormacs, Tomás Bourke - Boherlahan Dualla, Conor Shanahan - Inane Rovers, Christopher McDonagh – Cahir, Donagh Hickey - Arravale Rovers, Edmond Connolly - Loughmore Castleiney, Liam King – Balllinahinch, Jimmy Mullen - Drom & Inch, Ryan Walsh – Fethard, Mark O'Connor - Clonmel Commercials, Jamie Holloway(Capt) - Carrick Swan, Tom Tobin – Rosegreen, Jaymes O'Sullivan - Cashel King Cormacs, Kyle Shelley - Moycarkey Borris, Jack Whelton – Aherlow, Ben Comerford – Grangemockler, Jack Hassett - Killenaule, Josh Egan – Ballina, Paddy Creedon - Durlas Óg, Tommy O'Hanlon – Grangemockler, Leon Kennedy – Grangemockler, Darragh Brennan – Ballyporeen, Dylan Hogan - Inane Rovers, Adam Ryan – Ballinahinch, Martin Paul O'Dwyer - Boherlahan Dualla, Jack Lillis - Drom & Inch, Shane Sweeney - JK Brackens, Niall Sharpe - Arravale Rovers, Cathal Deeley - Clonmel Commercials, Dominik Mroczek - Inane Rovers. Mentors: Shane Gavin (Newport), Morgan Lanigan (Thurles Gaels), Stephen Ryan(Golden), Christopher Ryan(Kilsheelan Kilcash).
The Tipperary under 16 football team.
U16 Munster Football Tournament
The u16 team travelled to Rathkeale with great hope after lots of hard work by all boys and mentors but preparations were not ideal with the tough schedule young players face. Tipp played Clare in the first game in a very tough and physical game as they knew it would be. The boys stood up to the challenge and came out on top on score line of 0.16 to 1.9.
That put them into the Cup semi final v Limerick and in a great game of football with both sets of backs defending as if their lives depended on it, scores were very hard to come by and the sides were level at half time. The second half was a ding dong battle with nothing between the sides but Limerick scored two late points to come out on top on score line 1.10 to 0.12
County U16 Panel: Dara Mc Carthy – Cappawhite, Callum Scully - Nenagh Eire Óg, Cormac Flynn -Fr Sheehys, Tommy MC Donagh – Cahir, Shane Lowe - Moyne Templetuohy, Oisin Brennan – Ballyporeen, Gavin Meagher - Inane Rovers, Paddy Stakelum - Durlas Óg, Conor Whelan - Carrie Davins, Eddie Daly - Knockavilla Kickhams, Kevin Moore - Inane Rovers, Mark O’Mara – Grangemockler, Kevin Hayes - Moycarkey Borris, Billy Murphy – Ardfinnan, Callum Meagher - Moyle Rovers, Joe Dwan - Durlas Og, Cristy English – Ballyporeen, Sean O’Connor – Commercials, Alan Flannery (Cpt) Galtee Rovers, Rhys Byron - Galtee Rovers, Paudie O’Loughlin – Newcastle, Jamie Walsh – Grangemockler, Conor Power – Ballina, Cian Mooney - Eire Og Annacarthy, Joey Lyons – Grangemockler, Charlie Ward – Templederry, Ciaran Byrne - JK Brackens, Jack Dillon - Clonmel Og, Jack O’Gorman – Kilsheelan, Luke O’Brien - Ardfinnan, Dylan Farrelly – Clerihan, Cathal Hayes - Durlas Og, Conor Anderson - Clonmel Óg
Mentors: Tommy landers - Knockavilla Kickhams, Stephen Landy - Ardfinnan
PJ Bowden - Durlas Óg, James Boland - Inane Rovers, Paddy O’Flaherty - Portroe.