ALL IRELAND SHC and SFC QUALIFIERS

ALL IRELAND SHC QUALIFIERS
 
The details of the Tipperary v Wexford GAA Hurling championship qualifier game have been confirmed. It will take place at Semple Stadium on Saturday July 3rd at 3.30pm and will be refereed by James McGrath of Westmeath, who incidentally also refereed the last senior hurling championship match between Tipperary and Wexford, the 2007 All Ireland quarter final on July 28th 2007. This will be the 11th championship meeting between Tipperary and Wexford with Tipp winning 6 of the 10 previous encounters, Wexford winning 3 and 1 draw. The previous meetings have included 6 All Ireland finals, 3 semi-finals and 1 quarter-final. This will be the first time the 2 counties meet in the qualifier series. 

GAA FOOTBALL ALL IRELAND QUALIFIERS
 
Good luck to the Tipperary Senior Footballers who will take on Laois in the All Ireland GAA Senior Football championship qualifiers next Sunday, June 27th at Semple Stadium at 3.30pm. In the last 11 years Tipperary have played 10 All-Ireland Qualifiers, winning 2 and losing the remainder including a concession to Fermanagh in 2004. Their most recent victory was last year against Louth when they won by 2-10 to 0-12 at Drogheda on Saturday July 4th. We hope to have a big turnout of supporters at Semple Stadium on Sunday to cheer for our footballers. A lot of effort has been put in by players and management to preparing for this year’s championship and the team acquitted themselves well in the Munster Championship first round game against a great Kerry team. Laois will start as favourites but that will deter neither the determination nor chances of the Tipperary lads. The referee for Sunday’s game will be Michael Collins of Cork. 
 
 
 

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ALL IRELAND SHC and SFC QUALIFIERS

ALL IRELAND SHC QUALIFIERS

Tipperary will play Wexford at Semple Stadium at 3.30pm on Saturday, July 3rd in Phase 1 of the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship qualifier games. The game will be shown live on RTE. The winner of the Carlow v Laois preliminary round game will play Antrim in the second Phase 1 game which is also on Saturday July 3rd. The two winners from July 3rd will go straight to the Phase 3 games which are scheduled to be played on Saturday July 17th. They will be joined in Phase 3 by the two winners from the Phase 2 games scheduled to be played on Saturday July 10th. The teams in Phase 2 will be the losing provincial semi-finalists. These are Clare, and the losers of Kilkenny v Dublin, Galway v Offaly and Cork v Limerick. The winners of Phase 3 will qualify for the All Ireland SHC quarter finals where they will be joined by the losers of the Munster and Leinster SHC finals. Incidentally this is the first year since 1994 that Tipperary did not play a senior hurling championship game in June. Over the past 40 years they didn’t play in June six times….1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1982 and 1994. Only in 1982 and 1994 were they finished following the 1st Round game in May. They played in July on the other 4 occasions and of course also in September in 1971 when they won the All Ireland final.

GAA FOOTBALL ALL IRELAND QUALIFIERS

Tipperary have been drawn at home to play Laois or Meath in the first round of the GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship qualifiers. Laois and Meath drew after extra time in the Leinster Football championship last weekend and the losers of the replay will play Tipperary. If against Meath, the game will be played at Semple Stadium on Saturday June 26th at 7pm. If against Laois, it will be played as Semple Stadium at 3.30pm on Sunday June 27th. This would be to avoid a clash with the hurling qualifier between Laois and Carlow in Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow on Saturday 26th at 7pm. Laois and Meath were both in Division 2 of the Allianz GAA Football League this year along with Tipperary. Laois defeated Tipperary by 1-13 to 1-11 in O’Moore Park Portlaoise in the first round on Saturday February 6th. Tipp defeated Meath by 1-9 to 0-10 at Semple Stadium on Sunday, March 14th. Whichever team Tipp face, they will be presented with a tough challenge but certainly one that can be surmounted. In last year’s qualifier series, Tipperary defeated Louth by 2-10 to 1-12 in Round 1 but were defeated by Sligo by 1-13 to 1-12 in Round 2 in a tightly contested game at Semple Stadium.

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