NHL Division 1 – Tipperary vs. Kilkenny

Tipperary will play Kilkenny in Round 1 of the Allianz National Hurling League Division 1 on Saturday evening February 20th at 7:30pm in Semple Stadium.

Fixture Details

20.02.2010 (Sat)
Allianz GAA Hurling National League Round 1
Roinn I
Thurles 7.30pm
Tiobraid Árann v Cill Chainnigh
Referee: Barry Kelly (Iarmhí)

Juvenile Groups

Tipperary County Board are inviting Juvenile Clubs and Schools to organize Groups to attend National League games in Semple Stadium, including next Saturday’s game under lights with Kilkenny.

Under 16’s  will be given free entry and one accompanying adult will also be admitted free with every 10 juveniles in the Group. If you are interested in attending please fill out the form sent to all clubs and return well in advance of the game to Andy Ryan, Games Development Administrator, Tel: 087 909 0985 or email:  andy.ryan.gda.tipperary@gaa.ie  

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on Setanta Ireland television.

Team News

Tipperary Senior Hurling team lineout’s for the 2010 Allianz GAA Hurling League will be announced by email at 9pm on the Thursday night preceding each game. The team will also be published on the Tipperary GAA website as soon as possible after 9pm. Any changes to these arrangements will be announced in advance.

Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons) and Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields) are unavailable for Saturday’s clash with Kilkenny due to recent illness from which both are recovering well. A number of other players are recovering from minor injuries and availability of these players for Saturday’s game will be assessed at training on Tuesday night.  Two players, James Woodlock (Drom and Inch – fractured leg) and John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore – torn cruciate ligament), will not be available for the league campaign.  Woodlock, an ever present at midfield for the 2009 league and championship campaigns, is making a good recovery from a fractured leg injury incurred in the Tipperary County Senior Hurling final last October. Talented forward O’Neill, who won a minor All Ireland medal in 2007, is a panel newcomer but a cruciate ligament injury suffered while playing for his club in the Tipperary County U-21 final in December 09 has turned out to be more serious than originally hoped and O’Neill is likely to be out of action for up to 6 months following surgery 2 weeks ago.

There are 3 other new panelists – Jody Brennan (Upperchurch Drombane) and Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) who are both forwards and David Young (Toomevara) who is a defender. Brennan (26) played a leading role in his club’s somewhat unexpected march to the Mid Divisional final and County Senior semi-final last year. Heffernan (20), who is a nephew of senior All Ireland medalist John Heffernan (1989), won All Ireland minor hurling medals in 2006 and 2007 and was a member of the 2009 U21 panel.  Young (24) played minor hurling for Tipperary in 2003 and U21 in 2005 and 2006 (as captain).

For details on the full panel please check the Player Profiles section of the Tipperary GAA website – www.tipperary.gaa.ie/seniorhurlingplayerprofiles.html. For information on previous years’ teams please refer to the Tipperary GAA archives website – www.tippgaaarchives.com, which contains a record of all players who have played championship for Tipperary at all levels of hurling an football.  

There are no changes in the Tipperary management team for 2010 with Liam Sheedy joined by Eamon O’Shea (coach) and Michael Ryan (Selector) for the third year. Cian O’Neill continues as team trainer.

Past Meetings

Saturday evening’s game will be 60th League clash between Tipperary and Kilkenny with Tipp winning 28 times, Kilkenny 25 times and 6 draws in the previous 59 encounters. 

Admission Details

A large crowd is expected in Semple Stadium for Saturday evening’s games and patrons are strongly advised to come early. The following access arrangements will apply:

Ardán Ó Choinneáin (Old Stand) side: Stile 1: 1) Juvenile club groups with one free adult for every 10 juveniles (under 16) – should be pre-booked. 2) Club stewards 3) Other valid pass holders including press pass holders. Stile 3: Juveniles under 16 – free entry. Stiles 5 and 6: Students and senior citizens with valid ID. Stiles 14 and 15: Season ticket holders and player ticket pass holders.(Note all these passes will be scanned).

Ardan Ó Riain (New Stand) side: Stiles 41 and 54: 1) Juvenile club groups with one free adult for every 10 juveniles (under 16) – should be pre-booked. 2) Club stewards 3) Other valid pass holders including press pass holders. Stile 44: Juveniles under 16 – free entry. Stiles 47 and 48: Students and senior citizens with valid ID. Stiles 50 and 51: Season ticket holders and player ticket pass holders.(Note all these passes will be scanned). Stile 54: Enclosure tickets. The prices are €15 for adults and €5 students and senior citizens. Please note there are no reserved tickets issued and seats will be allocated on a first come basis.

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