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Tipperary Tiger Sharks

Tipperary Tiger Sharks

Our 2012-2013 season is well under way and the club has made great progress during the past year. Due to the club’s success and popularity, 2012 saw an increase in membership. The club therefore established a ‘development squad’ in January 2012, whereby any swimmer that is successful in a trial would be placed under the direction of their coach Mairead Kennedy. Under her guidance, a small group separate from the main squad work on their stroke techniques. This takes place every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.15p.m. at Sean Treacy Swimming Pool in Tipperary town. The swimmers then join the main squad after a short period of time. This initiative has proven to be very beneficial and successful for both the swimmers and the club. There is a great morale within the club and 2013 is looking to be another promising year.

On Saturday 19th January, 10 members of the senior squad of Tipperary Tiger Sharks travelled to University Limerick to swim in a Grade B gala.

Emma Ryan (11) had an excellent swim, achieving PBs in all of her events, 5.27 sec in 200m Free, an incredible 10.20 sec in 100m Fly, a phenomenal 13.86 sec in 200m IM and an equally impressive 8.60 sec in 100m Breast.

Hazel Foley (15) performed very well in her events with PBs of 4.21 sec in 200m Free, 4.69 sec in 200m IM and 4.34 sec in 100m Breast.

Eilish Kennedy (14) swam well in her events with a PB of 5.12 sec in 200m IM.

Aoife M Ryan (15) demonstrated a steady performance in all of her events with a PB of 0.08 sec in 200m Free.

Louise Marnane (15) performed well on the day and finishing very well on the 100m Back.

John O’Sullivan (11) his hard work during training paid off when he brought home a gold medal for 100m Fly and a silver medal for 100m Breast and a PB of 1.46 sec in 200m Free and 0.37 sec in 200m IM

Alan Flannery (11) we welcome him to our Grade B squad and this was Alan’s first B gala and he swam well in his events, finishing in the top 5 for 100m Breast.

Evan Hadnett (13) performed very well with a PB of 0.81 sec in 100m Back

Eoin McCormack (13) we also welcome him to our Grade B squad and swam very well in his first B gala.

Daniel J Kelly (14) achieved a fantastic PB of 9.31 sec in 200m Free and 5.90 sec in 100m Back. He also won a silver medal for 100m Breast and a bronze medal for 200m IM.

On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd February, 21 members of the Tipperary Tiger Sharks travelled to University Limerick to swim in the Gerry Ryan Invitational gala.

Stephanie Deegan (13) demonstrated a lovely technique by knocking off 0.22 sec in 100m Free and finishing in the top 10 in 50m Breast.

Faye Dowling (11) showed a steady performance in her event.

Hazel Foley (15) did very well with a 0.90 sec PB on the 50m Breast.

Evan Hadnett (13) achieved PB’s of 1.58 sec in 50m Fly, 3.02 sec in 50m Back (F) and 1.88 sec in 50m Back (P).

Ben Hogan (13) achieved PB’s of 3.31 sec in100m Free and 1.01 sec in 50m Free.

David Kennedy (12) performed well in his event achieving a PB of 1.78 sec in 50m Fly.

Eilish Kennedy (14) a tremendous result by achieving 5 PB’s out of her 6 events, 0.31sec in 50m Fly, 0.79 sec in 50m Back, 5.39 sec in 100m Fly, 2.15 sec in 50m Breast and 0.74 sec in 100m Back.

Sinead Kinane Ryan (13) a fantastic PB of 5.72 sec in 50m Fly and 1.34 sec in 50m Breast.

Denis Klimonov (9) gave a sterling performance by achieving a PB of 3.79 sec in 50m Fly.

Fedor Klimonov (14) demonstrated an excellent form resulting in a PB of 1.93 sec in 50m Fly (F) and 1.47 sec in 50m Fly (P).

Michael McCabe (12) achieved a PB of 0.18 sec in 50m Fly.

Eoin McCormack (13) did very well with a fantastic PB of 4.97 sec in 50m Fly.

Michael McCormack (14) also performed very well with PB’s of 4.37 in 50m Fly, 1.00 sec in 200m Breast and 1.49 sec in 50m Free.

Jenny O’Brien (12) demonstrated a steady performance in both of her events.

Lucy O’Brien (12) also showed great form achieving a PB of 1.23 sec in 50m Back.

Katie O’Flynn (14) achieved a PB of 1.69 sec in 50m Back.

Tomas O’Murchu (14) demonstrated a fine performance and good stroke techniques in his events.

Elizabeth O’Sullivan (11) achieved a PB of 1.91 sec in 50m Breast.

John O’Sullivan (11) attained PB’s 0f 2.35 sec in 50m Fly and 3.51 sec in 50m Back.

Maebh Rafferty (14) performed well achieving PB’s in her events with 0.79 sec in 50m Fly, 1.26 sec in 50m Back and 0.70 sec in 100m Free.

Emma Ryan (11) achieved PB’s of 0.81 sec in 50m Fly and 1.87 sec in 50m Free.

PB’s were in abundance on the day, showing that hard work will result in fantastic achievements. Well done to all the swimmers who took part in the events.

We now looking forward to a Grade C gala for our Junior Squad on the 23rd February in Mallow.

Dundrum AC

The county road relays were hosted in Dundrum on Sunday. The distances were 800m, 1500m, 800m and 3000m. The team of Michael Ryan, Wille O’Dwyer, Michael Boland and Kevin Moore had a great day finishing as second team. The team of Donal Keane, Sean Mcgrath, Brendan Kinnane and Michael Coen finished 5th overall and 2nd in the B category. Colm Bradshaw, John Shanahan, Conor Moore and Padraig Coen were in 7th position. The club was also represented at the national indoors recently where Wille o Dwyer ran excellently to finish 4th in the 800m with a time of 2:11 at the over 40 category. Michael O Berne competing in the over 80 category was 2nd in both the long jump and shot putt. Michael Moore was 3rd in the over fifty 3000m. The county novice will take place next Sunday in Clonmel at 12 noon and the club will be hoping to have both a ladies and men’s team.

Tipperary Wheelers and Triathlon Club

The leisure spin now on its third week took place last Sunday morning and it’s great to see numbers growing steadily every week. This cycle travels for 20km at an average pace of 20kph. We welcome all newcomers to join us on Sunday mornings at 10.30pm from the sports complex. All you need is a road worthy bike and a helmet.

The wheelers in conjunction with the sports complex will be starting a men’s running night commencing Wednesday February 13 at 8-9pm on the complex track. The night is designed to cater for both walkers and runners off all abilities to come along to improve your fitness level, while having a bit of fun in the process. Meanwhile the ladies running continues on Tuesday nights, and has been a great success with large numbers turning out.

Fitzgerald Bridge Club

Evens Cup

1st Mary Ahern Ryan & Sheila O’Mahoney; 2nd Maura Kirby & Brigid Ryan; 3rd Lelia Warner & John Corby

02/01/13: 1st Jim & Mary Corby; 2nd Josie Ryan & Dympna Ryan; 3rd Claire Ryan & Margaret Hogg

07/01/13: 1st Gertie Browne & Anne Odwyer; 2nd Josie Ryan & Dypmna Ryan; 3rd Anne Ryan & Anne Mulhair

09/01/13: 1st Noel Condon & Claire Ryan; 2nd Catherine Gannon & Josie Ryan; 3rd Jim & Mary Corby

16/01/13: 1st Jim & Mary Corby; 2nd Maura Kirby & Mary Aherne Ryan; 3rd John Ryan & Claire Ryan

23/01/13: 1st Nell McManus & Nora McGrath; 2nd Noel Condon & Lelia Warner; 3rd Jim & Mary Corby

28/1/13: 1st Jim & Mary Corby; 2nd Noel Condon & Claire Ryan; 3rd Ann Ryan & Ann Mulhaire

30/1/13: 1st Lelia Warner & Claire Ryan; 2nd Jim & Mary Corby; 3rd Brigid Ryan & Sheila O Mahony

Tipp Town Wildlife

Human activity can benefit birds in the strangest of ways. While walking last Saturday in Tipperary town I passed by Clanwilliam and the next generation of sports stars were in full training. On my way back the children had gone home but the pitch was full of Rooks, Jackdaws and a few hooded crows. The studs on the shoes of the rugby players had turned up the field as efficiently as any tractor and plough. Juicy worms and grubs had been exposed and the birds had come to feast. Access to fresh water is vital for birds and as I continued along the path I saw Goldfinches, House sparrows and Chaffinches quenching their thirst in a sagging chute. These little connections between man’s activities and nature make discovering birds in our town all the more interesting.

Arravale Rovers

On Sunday last our Under 21 footballers got their championship underway with a convincing win over Aherlow Gaels. Despite being only 1 point in the difference at the interval, the Rovers emerged 9-point victors. We wish them the best of luck for the rest of the championship.

A reminder that dinner dance tickets are now on sale at a cost of €30. Contact Ian (0872075447), Stephen (0860822680) or any committee member for tickets.

Clanwilliam Rugby

The U12s played two matches last Saturday against Mallow and Thurles. First up were a very organised and well-drilled Mallow team. Clan worked very hard at the rucks and made some fine tackles to keep Mallow at bay. They had some fine runners who were a constant threat. Tom Ratigan gave a display of tackling in this game that Ireland would be proud of. This was a very even match with Clan winning by a try. Mallow scored at the end after some heroic defending by Clan. 

In the Thurles match, Clan started to move the ball with purpose and Dylan Farrelly was rewarded with a hat trick of tries. Great performances from Edward Nolan, Raymond Hennessey and Noel O’Mahony in the pack and Brian Roche, Jack Ryan and Shane Carew ran hard for the backs with Deccie Ryan grabbing his first try. Good to see Sami back in action.

Clanwilliam U11s played two games last Saturday. Their first match was against Thurles. The Clan boys defended with great commitment and showed a steely determination through out the match. Thurles are a well-organised team but when Clan attacked they were able to break the Thurles defence with Jack Heffernan carrying ball and making ground assisted by Oisin McCall and the counter attacking Donagh Hickey. This led to Clan’s two great tries by Niall Sharpe and James Kennedy. Players were Anthony Barry, Jake O’Callaghan, Mark Kelly and Cormac Buckley on his first game for Clan.

Our second match was against Mallow, which turned out to showcase the full skills of what U11s rugby is all about. Both teams attacking at every opportunity and once again, Donagh Hickey’s counter attacking ability from full back lead to a great score. The Clan boys worked very hard for possession and with Thomas O’Dwyer and Ben Hickey rucking to great affect, this enabled our backs Adam Roche and Adam Dunne to put two scores on the board. Others to put in a huge effort were Killian Fitzgerald, Aaron Buckley and Anthony Barry.

Clanwilliam U8s played Thurles on a beautiful morning for rugby in Clanwilliam Park. Clanwilliam split into two teams with each team playing the Thurles team at various intervals. It was a really entertaining game, with some excellent scores from both sides.

Jack Ryan, Rory McCall, Fionn O’Grady, Michael Moloney and Eoin Horgan scored tries.

These tries were made by some top class approach work from Adam Daly, Jack Crowe, Mathuin Carey, Ronan O’Connor, Peter Comerford, Billy Quirke, Sean Kingston, Killian Barlow and Caietlin Duddy.

Clanwilliam U6/U7’s - Our youngest players came up against a strong and well-coached Thurles side at Clanwilliam on February 9. Our team put in an improved performance since the teams last met in Thurles in early December. There were great runs from Hugh Corcoran, Tom Bradshaw, Evan Ryan and Cormac Duddy. Good team effort from Brian Buckley, Shane O’Brien, David Moloney, David Kingston and David O’Brien increased our try count. Numerous tackles from Ethan O’Brien, Alex Cleary and Ciara O’Hora pushed Thurles back, especially in the second half. It ended 8-8.

Arravale Rovers Juveniles

We had a great turn out for training last Saturday morning. It was one of the warmer mornings and the high numbers reflected that,

Everyone had a good time and worked on their skills in a good atmosphere. We welcome new members to the club both young and old with Juvenile training be held every Saturday morning 10am till 12pm.

Applications will be given out over the coming weeks for Arravale

Rovers Easter Camp, which will begin when the children are on holidays.

The final dates will be confirmed soon so keep a look out for the dates.

There will be a Membership Morning held on February 23, as membership is due for the coming year. Membership is €10 for 12 year old’s and under and €20 for 13 year old’s and over.

Galtee Walking Club

Rugby concerns last Sunday saw a shortened ‘A’ walk for this hardy band of walkers. But ten of them including three new walkers took on Cush Mountain, beating a novel trek up from Clydagh Bridge via the firebreak to the northerly side. Conditions were good but a bit foggy, with left over snow visible in the gullies on the higher peaks. A lunch break was had at the summit before the group split, with some going further on to Lake Dineen and others making a return journey via O’Briens yard. All got back within four hours to enjoy the great match.

Liz Breen led her first walk for the club when she facilitated 16 of the ‘B’ group in the Cappawhite area. This was a lovely forest track and road walk, covering 21kms, which took in Red Hill and the site of the crashed plane at the highest point of 440m. Afterwards, Liz and her sister shared her achievement with the group by providing delicious cream buns, which were greatly appreciated by the hungry walkers: a nice touch. Congratulations and thanks to Liz.

The ‘C’ group of 19 was led by Theresa Roche. Theresa was in her home territory in Bansha Woods and provided a lively circular route up by the castle and around by the millennium stone and the mast. Sheltered in the woods, they were able to enjoy spring like conditions for a change and with a strong contingent of young people in this group; there was a high energy and fun atmosphere to the hike. Many thanks Theresa.

Next week’s walks: Sunday February 17, John O’Dwyer will lead the A group, meeting at Grubbs monument, the Vee at 10am for a walk in the Knockmealdowns. The B group meet at Mountain Road, Cahir at 10am for a climb of the Bane with Ann O’Donnell and the C group meet at 11am at the Lady Gregory pub for a forest path walk with Breda Delahunty. Please make a note of our upcoming Marathon on 24th March.

See our web site for details. We would be grateful for your help on this day. Offers please to Rody, 0872893505.