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National Hurling League – Tipperary vs. Limerick – Match Reports

17/02/2008

Tipp building up a head of steam

Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 2-9
By Diarmuid O’Flynn of the Irish Examiner newspaper, Thurles

A LET-DOWN for the 6,279 supporters in Thurles yesterday for this top-of-the-bill televised NHL round two clash: a disappointing match — but no fault of the home side as Tipperary added impetus to a growing belief that this could be their year.

An 11-point defeat of last year’s All-Ireland finalists is an impressive enough result, and were it not for keeper Dave Bulfin making one outstanding stop after another, Limerick could have suffered a real pasting.

At the break it was 1-10 to 0-6 for Tipp and it could have been 5-10, with Bulfin called on four times to make point-blank saves as the flying Tipp forwards shredded the Limerick defence.

Corner-forward Eoin Kelly was in superb form for Tipp, notching 1-7 in that opening period and finishing with 1-12 to add to the 1-10 scored against Offaly last week, but Limerick ‘s problems began much further out the field.

What went wrong for Limerick? How about half-forward line, midfield, just for starters?

“We were struggling in those areas the whole game,” admitted manager Richie Bennis. “We tried a few lads today and whether we like to admit it or not, some of them didn’t come up to scratch, and I’m not knocking anyone over that.

“We had only three of the All-Ireland starting 15 out there, we need to experiment, and what better test than Tipperary in Thurles?

“They’re a good team, a lovely blend, a lovely style of hurling, and they’re motoring well. Whether they’re motoring too well, too early we’ll have to wait and see, but I think they’re more organised than last year, looking good — they’ll take a beating this year. They’ve a lot more work done than we have, they’ve had several competitive matches, where this is only our second outing of the year.”

Limerick started with just Stephen Lucey, Donal O’Grady and Andrew O’Shaughnessy from last September, new faces on every line of the pitch, and that inexperience was a major factor.

Nevertheless, this shouldn’t take from Tipp’s performance, the men from the Premier County looked sharp — very sharp — though Liam Sheedy, in his first year of senior management, was for down-playing the result. “We won’t be getting carried away with this,” he said. “In fairness to Limerick I don’t think they came with all guns blazing, they came to find a body or two, whereas we had a lot of our first team there. Richie needed to learn about his panel and I’m sure he did.”

Liam also learned a thing or two himself. For starters Eoin Kelly is back to being the main man up front. Restored to free-taking duties this year, he’s been a revelation so far and he gave late call-up Michael Cahill a torrid time.

Liam will also have learned that 19-year-old Seamus Callinan is becoming more and more worthy of a starting berth; three points the youngster scored on his introduction as a sub last week, in the win over Offaly — yesterday he went one better again.

Ten minutes he got in which to impress, and how he took advantage. As he trotted onto the field Tipp were coasting to an easy win, 1-17 to 0-8 in front, points in the bag. Within four minutes, however, this had all changed.

First up, a Limerick penalty, after substitute Niall Moran was gang-tackled in possession, drilled home by Andrew O’Shaughnessy; next, a 20m free left of centre, again drilled by Shaughs and suddenly it was game back on, 1-17 to 2-8, just six points between them. However, it all turned sour for O’Shaughnessy in the 69th minute when he got his walking papers, the result of a second yellow card.

Just as the Limerick supporters were begin to work up a head of steam, however, in stepped young Callinan and in two minutes, defused the Limerick comeback. First a point, taken with the utmost in cool and maturity, three defenders sent the wrong way, then the killer, a well-struck ball from close range after getting himself into position for an Eoin Kelly pass, a shot that even Bulfin couldn’t stop.

Options, options and more options, that seems to be the story for Liam Sheedy and Tipperary. For Limerick however, for Richie Bennis, a lot of work to do if they’re to build on last year’s progress.

“I don’t like to pick lads out but Dave Bulfin impressed, as did Stephen Lavin, David Clancy and Paudie O’Brien, while Mike O’Brien showed that he has what it takes, when he came on. Other may have doubts about him but we don’t. But look, we’re happy enough, they came back, showed a bit of fight,” said Bennis.

“We did have genuine injuries — Mike O’Brien got a belt in training, we were advised not to start him, Seán O’Connor was injured, Ollie Moran is injured, Brian Begley broke down in training again the other night, Damien Reale is injured, Mark Foley is only on his way back; when we have all those back we’ll be a force again. Three weeks now to the next game, against Clare in the Gaelic Grounds — another derby, another good test.”

Scorers: Tipperary : E Kelly 1-12 (0-6 frees, 0-2 65’s, 0-1 pen); S Callinan 1-1; S McGrath 0-2; C O’Mahony 0-2 (frees); S Butler , R O’Dwyer, J Woodlock, 0-1 each. Limerick: A O’Shaughnessy 2-3 (1-3 frees, 1-0 pen); P Tobin 0-3; A O’Connor, H Flavin, P O’Dwyer (free), 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; E Buckley, D Fanning, C O’Brien; D Fitzgerald, C O’Mahony, B Dunne; J Woodlock, S Maher; S Butler, R O’Dwyer, P Keswick; E Kelly, L Corbett, W Ryan. Subs: P Curran (O’Mahony inj 35); S McGrath (Maher 35); S Callinan (O’Dwyer 60); J O’Brien (Keswick 60); P Stapleton (Buckley inj 69).

LIMERICK: D Bulfin; M O’Riordan, S Lucey, M Cahill; M O’Brien, P O’Dwyer, D. Clancy; D ‘Grady, W McNamara; S Lavin, H. Flavin, A O’Connor; A O’Shaughnessy, P Brown, P Tobin. Subs: N Moran (O’Connor 43); Mike O’Brien (McNamara 48); S O’Connor (Browne 48); M Fitzgerald (Flavin 52); P Lawlor (Maurice O’Brien 55). Blood sub: Lawlor for O’Dwyer, 18/20.

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork) — fine job.

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SPECIAL PRIZE FOR JUNIOR MEMBERS; BE THE TEAM MASCOT FOR THE TIPPERARY SENIOR HURLING TEAM

Would you like to be a Team Mascot for the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team for a big match in Semple Stadium? Tipp FM and the Tipperary Supporters Club have teamed up to offer this great prize to Junior Members of the Tipperary Supporters Club. A lucky Tipp supporter will be the special  Team Mascot for the Tipperary SH Team at the National Hurling League match against All Ireland Finalists  Limerick in Thurles on Sunday 17th February.  The prize will include: 

  • The mascot will be part of the Tipperary Team photo on the pitch before the match
  • The mascot will be part of the photo with the two captains and the referee at the toss of the coin
  • The mascot and family will have free admission to the match for up to 6 people
  • The mascot’s name and photo will be featured in the match programme
  • Car park pass for the family car at Semple Stadium
  • Announcement by stadium announcer
  • The mascot will be special guest of the Tipp FM live commentary team for the first half of the match for before rejoining their family at half time.
 Entry for this great draw is open for all Junior Members of the Tipperary Supporters Club who have joined on http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ before Monday 11th February.  All you have to do to enter this free draw is send an email to juniors@tippsupportersclub.com  with your name and the email address for your parent/guardian.  The winner will be announced on Tipp FM.

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SUPPORTERS CLUB ADULT MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL PRIZE DRAWS FOR TWO SIGNED TIPPERARY JERSEYS
Everyone taking out adult membership of the Tipperary Supporters Club before 29th February will be entered in to a draw for a Tipperary jersey signed by the Tipperary SH panel.  There will be a draw for one jersey among on line members and another jersey among those joining manually, see details below.

Adult Membership in 2008 costs €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car Sticker and a very smart specially-designed Tipperary key-ring. Adult Members will be entered in a Ticket Draw for each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland SH championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Weekend stay for two at the new Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included). Every Tipperary hurling supporter is invited to join Online at: www.tippsupportersclub.com or contact Joe Tuohy, Secretary at 087 817 0464 (or at jetuohy@iol.ie).

SENIOR HURLING CHALLENGE GAME
Tipperary will play Wexford on Saturday next at 12:00pm in Clara GAA Grounds in Kilkenny in a Senior Hurling challenge match.

SPECIAL CONGRESS
The Tipperary County Board were represented at Special Congress on Saturday last by John Costigan (Chairman), Barry O’Brien (Vice-Chairman), Tim Floyd (Secretary), Con Hogan (Central Council) and Ed Donnelly (PRO). While the rejection of an Under 19 grade grabbed the headlines, a number of significant motions were passed which will help with the running of club fixtures and these include the following – (a) The months of November and December will be a closed period for all inter-county games and for collective training. (b) The National Hurling and Football League will be constructed in order that they are completed over no more than eight weekends (including the finals) except in the case of Division Four in football where 10 weekends will be allowed because there are nine teams in the group. (c) Senior inter-county panel sizes will be set at 30 for the Championships and 24 for the National Leagues. That will enable more players to be available for their clubs during the National League season. (d) Extra-time will be played in all senior and minor inter-county championship games where required, excluding provincial and All-Ireland semi-finals and finals. Extra-time will be 10 minutes each way and if the sides are still level two further five minute periods of extra time will apply. (e) Inter-county challenge games will not be allowed on Saturdays or Sundays after the end of the National Leagues, except where a round of adult club games have been played in the counties involved between the Monday and Saturday of the week in question. (f) Team managers must sign up to a charter agreed with the County Board regarding training and other matters relevant to the smooth running of club fixtures in the county.

HARTY CUP QUARTER-FINALS
Thurles CBS and Our Ladys Templemore fought out an enthralling Dr. Harty Cup Quarter-Final on Wednesday last with both sides living to fight another day. The replay has been fixed for this Friday, February 1st and if the replay is one-quarter as exciting as the drawn match, then spectators are in for another feast of hurling. Hard luck to Nenagh CBS who lost out to the West Waterford Colleges by 5-12 to 1-18 in their Quarter-Final.

NATIONAL LEAGUE TICKET PACKAGES
The GAA have announced details of a new supporter initiative for the 2008 Allianz leagues with fans being offered the opportunity to purchase a special ticket package for all of their counties Allianz league games through the GAA website. There are two different types of packages available for each County in both Hurling and Football and supporters can choose to purchase tickets for all of a county’s games or alternatively all of their home games in the round robin stages of the Leagues at a discounted price. There has been a very positive response to the initiative. Tickets are currently on sale through the GAA’s official website www.gaa.ie. From a Tipperary perspective, the ticket prices are as follows –

Hurling – February 10th (vs. Offaly – home), February 17th (vs. Limerick – home); March 9th (vs. Galway – away); March 16th (vs. Clare – away); March 23rd (vs. Laois – home). Purchase a ticket for all five matches for €55 (Stand) and €50 (Terrace). A ticket for the three home matches will cost €35 (Stand) and €30 (Terrace).

Football – February 3rd (vs. Kilkenny – away) February 9th (vs. Clare – home); February 16th (vs. Offaly – away); March 2nd (vs. London – home); March 16th (Bye); March 30th (vs. Carlow – away); April 6th (vs. Antrim – home); April 13th (vs. Waterford – away); April 20th (vs. Wicklow – home). Purchase a ticket for all eight matches for €65 (Stand) and €50 (Terrace). A ticket for the four home matches will cost €35 (Stand) and €25 (Terrace).

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Kelly turns on the magic for Tipp
Tipperary 3-13 Waterford 0-13
By Brendan Larkin of the Irish Examiner newspaper

Eoin Kelly produced a virtuoso performance as Tipperary retained their Waterford Crystal trophy at Templemore yesterday. Showing the results of nine weeks of hard training, the Mullinahone man was in sparkling form, scoring 2-5 as Tipperary extended their unbeaten run.

However, Tipp manager Liam Sheedy wasn’t getting carried away: “While it’s nice to win, particularly in front of your own supporters, the principle difference between the sides today was that we have far more work done — and it showed. I would be telling lies if I said we weren’t expecting to win. We would have been very disappointing if we hadn’t won, given the amount of work we have put in.

“The plusses we can take from the game are that we got some excellent scores, registered another high score, and might have had another goal or two with a bit more luck around the square.  “We still have a lot of work to do, but it’s good for confidence to be winning and hopefully it will become a habit. We play Offaly in the opening round of the league and nothing from the last three weeks will prepare us for that game. Offaly will come with all guns blazing and we’ll learn about more about ourselves.”

In glorious sunshine in front of 3,000 spectators and on a splendid pitch, Tipp struck early when Eoin Kelly flashed home his first goal in the opening minute after Waterford keeper Clinton Hennessey failed to hold John O’Brien’s long delivery.

Teak tough in defence, where Paul Curran, Eamon Corcoran and Benny Dunne gave nothing away, Tipp were in for their second goal six minutes later when Lar Corbett found the net. Waterford looked to be in for a drubbing. With Dan Shanahan well marked by Dunne, and John Mullane, Eoin Kelly and Shane Prendergast unable to make an impression in attack, it was left to the Passage man to do the scoring and he landed four points, three frees, to keep his side in tough.

There was a great edge to the game which helped to lift it, but the home side held all the aces and with Eoin Kelly unerring from frees and play, they deserved their led 2-8 to 0-5 at the break.  Waterford needed an early goal but the Tipperary defence was resolute and Brendan Cummins between the posts was never troubled. At the other end Eoin Kelly, John O’Brien and Pa Bourke were razor sharp and the magnificent Kelly effectively finished the game as a contest with his second goal four minutes into the second-half.

The impressive Eamon Corcoran drove a long free deep into the Waterford defence and Kelly met it on the button first time to billow the net for a score that was worth the admission fee alone. From there to the finish Tipp’s greater fitness was clearly evident and with both Eoin Kellys matching each other point for point, the home side led 3-12 to 0-12 after 50 minutes, and never looked like losing.

To compound Waterford’s problems, they had Wayne Hutchinson sent off for a straight red card offence and while Tipperary, for all their territorial advance, could manage one more point in the 10 minutes remaining, the victory was well secured long before the final whistle.

Despite the defeat, Waterford coach Justin McCarthy wasn’t too despondent, commenting that his side has nothing done in terms of training.  “The league starts in a fortnight’s time, we’ll have two weeks preparation under our belt for that. We should be far better than we were today.”   Referring to the sending off, Justin felt it was a bit harsh. Sometimes when there is a wild pull in front of a crowd, everyone roars and shouts which draws attention, but there was no malice in it.   Wayne is one of those players who will play in the league for us. Unfortunately we’ll be without Paul Flynn, Tony Browne, Ken McGrath, Stephen Molumphy and Eoin McGrath, but their absence will allow players like Wayne and Stephen Casey the chance to show what they can do.”

Scores: Tipperary: E. Kelly 2-5 (0-3 frees); L. Corbett 1-0; S. Butler, J. O’Brien, P. Bourke 0-2 each; J. Woodlock, R. O’Dwyer 0-1 each. Waterford: E. Kelly 0-11 (0-10 frees); M. Walsh, S. Walsh 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: B. Cummins; E. Buckley, P. Curran, C. O’Brien; E. Corcoran, D. Fanning, B. Dunne; J. Caeser, S. McGrath; S. Butler, R. O’Dwyer, J. O’Brien; E. Kelly, L. Corbett, P. Bourke.

Subs: J. Woodlock for McGrath; S. Callinan for O’Dwyer.

WATERFORD: C. Hennessy; A. Kearney, D. Prendergast, E. Murphy; W. Hutchonson, B. Phelan, J. Kennedy; D. Bennett, M. Walsh; E. Kelly, S. Prendergast, S. O’Sullivan; D. Shanahan, J. Mullane, S. Walsh.

Sub: S. Casey for Bennett.

Referee: S. McMahon (Clare).

 



Sheedy’s Tipp take honours in Battle of the Kellys
Tipperary 3-13 Waterford 0-13

 

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday January 28 2008

With staggering symmetry they both finished the day with 11 points, but it was Tipperary’s slimline, refreshed Eoin Kelly who made the most eye-catching contribution.  As the Waterford version whipped over free after free, 10 in all, with recurring consistency, the local favourite had the Templemore crowd of some 3,000 purring in approval at how the months ahead might unfold in this Waterford Crystal SH tournament final.

Kelly had a bumpy ride last season, culminating in him being left off for the start of the ill fated All-Ireland quarter-final against Wexford that ultimately led to Babs Keating’s resignation.  A new manager has brought a blank canvas, however, and Kelly, now captain, appears rejuvenated, hungry and ready to lead.

He snatched an early goal as Tipp exploded from the blocks, broke Waterford hearts with a couple of superb long range points and, for good measure shortly after, ended the game as a contest with a superb half-volley strike to illustrate a clear gulf in sharpness and fitness.  Tipp’s new manager Liam Sheedy conceded that he would have been disappointed had his side not prevailed, given the relative amount of work they have put into preseason preparations.

He cursed the amount of scoreable frees Tipp conceded that gave Waterford a lifeline they scarcely deserved.   The other Eoin Kelly converted 10 and sent a couple more narrowly wide, indicating a bullishness among the Tipp backs that will need to be curtailed.

Glimpses

At the other end, Tipp oozed class. Imagine this Eoin Kelly in tandem with Pa Burke in the other corner and Lar Corbett dovetailing in between when the ground hardens and the space widens later this year. There were glimpses yesterday, with Corbett stealing in for the second quickfire goal inside seven minutes that left Waterford with a mountain to climb.

Outside the inside trio, Seamus Butler, John O’Brien and Ryan O’Dwyer worked tirelessly and ran hard with and without the ball, and between them finished with five points from play.

When Justin McCarthy reflects on this performance, there wasn’t a lot to be satisfied with.  Wayne Hutchinson, a player he would hope could make the same breakthrough as Aidan Kearney and Stephen Molumphy made last season, was red-carded late in the game for a wild swing across John O’Brien, a decision McCarthy described afterwards as "a bit harsh".  "Sometimes when you have a big crowd like that they react instantly and it doesn’t help the player’s case," he protested.

McCarthy acknowledged there wasn’t a lot to read into the afternoon except the good preparation that Tipp have been enjoying under Sheedy and his team.  "You can see they have work done. They were sharp. In contrast we are really only getting back into it," he said.

Without Ken McGrath, Tony Browne, Molumphy and Eoin McGrath, McCarthy will require all round improvement in the forthcoming league.  Dan Shanahan, John Mullane and Seamus Prendergast all had it tough against a Tipp defence spearheaded by the resolute Declan Fanning and Paul Curran.

Those early goals from Eoin Kelly and Corbett, who pounced quickest on a breaking ball from long-range free that Waterford failed to clear, set the home side for an enterprising first half and they led by 2-8 to 0-5 at the break.  Brendan Cummins, the other high-profile Tipp casualty of last season, repaid Sheedy’s faith in restoring him with a smart save from Eoin Kelly on 24 minutes.

Tipp’s third goal from their Eoin Kelly, a measure of the man’s class, four minutes into the second half that made the lead 11 points, made it a formality.  

Sheedy was the subject of much local adulation afterwards but is cautious enough to appreciate that his team had a head start.  "We’ve done a lot of work and we would have been disappointed to have delivered anything less," he insisted.  "We’ll leave here under no illusions. This team has had more lows than highs in recent years. There’s a long road to travel yet," he warned.

But you had to be taken by the encouraging signs all the same.

Scorers — Tipperary: E Kelly 2-5 (3f), L Corbett 1-0, J O’Brien, S Butler, P Burke 0-2 each, R O’Dwyer, J Woodlock 0-1 each. Waterford: E Kelly 0-11 (0-10 frees), M Walsh, S Walsh 0-1 each.

Tipperary — B Cummins; E Buckley, P Curran, C O’Brien; E Corcoran, D Fanning, B Dunne; J Ceaser, S McGrath; S Butler, R O’Dwyer, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, P Burke. Subs: J Woodlock for McGrath (16), S Callanan for O’Dwyer (61).

Waterford — C Hennessy; A Kearney, D Prendergast, E Murphy; W Hutchinson, B Phelan, J Kennedy; D Bennett, M Walsh; E Kelly, S Prendergast, S Sullivan; D Shanahan, J Mullane, S Walsh. Subs: S Casey for S Prendergast (27).

REF — J Sexton (Cork)

 


 

Tipperary 3-13 Waterford 0-13
Sunday, 27 January 2008

From the RTE.ie web site

Eoin Kelly starred as Tipperary lifted the Waterford Crystal Cup for the second year running at Templemore.  The Mullinahone marksman shot 2-5 as Tipp comfortably beat Waterford to secure the first silverware of Liam Sheedy’s managerial reign.

Kelly’s goal after only 45 seconds and Lar Corbett’s opportunistic seventh-minute strike sent Sheedy’s men on their way. Kelly’s second goal arrived just four minutes after the break.  Waterford trailed by 2-8 to 0-5 at half-time and relied on their own Eoin Kelly for ten of their points

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Waterford Crystal Cup Final – Tipperary vs. Waterford – Sunday at 2:00pm in Templemore – Team News
The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Waterford at 2:00pm on Sunday in Templemore in the Waterford Crystal Cup Final has been announced and shows 5 changes from the team which defeated the Cork Institute of Technology in the semi-final. Brendan Cummins replaces Gerry Kennedy in goal while in defence, Eamon Corcoran replaces Paddy Stapleton. Shane McGrath takes over from James Woodlock at midfield while up front, Seamus Butler and John O’Brien start in the half-forward in place of Darragh Hickey and Seamus Callinan.

TIPPERARY (SH vs. Waterford): Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange); Eamon Buckley (Drom & Inch), Paul Curran (Mullinahone), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty); Eamon Corcoran (JK Brackens), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Benny Dunne (Toomevara); Joe Ceaser (Killenaule), Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch); Seamus Butler (Drom & Inch), John O’Brien (Toomevara), Pat Kerwick (Killenaule); Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields) 

Tipperary will look to retain their Waterford Crystal Cup title on Sunday next when John Sexton (Cork) will be the referee and extra time will be played if necessary. Both sides have qualified for the final thanks to victories over Third Level Colleges from the Province. Tipperary secured victories over UCC (1-17 to 1-5) and CIT (4-14 to 0-15) while Waterford’s path saw them defeat WIT (2-15 to 1-10), IT Tralee (5-14 to 2-5) and LIT (3-12 to 2-13).

In a Quarter-Final match played on Wednesday last, the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) lost out to Waterford on a scoreline of 5-14 to 2-5. There were three Tipperary natives on the ITT starting line-up, namely corner-back Diarmuid Brennan (Loughmore-Castleiney), centre-forward Alan Ryan (Holycross-Ballycahill) and corner-forward Darragh O’Brien (Cashel King Cormacs).

In Sunday’s semi-final, the Limerick Institute of Technology lost out narrowly to Waterford. Goalkeeper Matthew Ryan (Templederry), full-back Alan Byrne (Shannon Rovers) and centre-back Shane Maher (Burgess) were part of the LIT team. Finally, the CIT hurling team which lost out to Tipperary on Saturday last included four Tipperary natives in their starting line-up, namely goalkeeper Matthew O’Donnell (Killenaule) and the entire half-forward line of Martin Dunne (Moyle Rovers), Niall Teehan (Gortnahoe-Glengoole) and Peter Downey (Ballyneale).

TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP LAUNCH
The Tipperary Supporters Club launched its membership drive for 2008 at the Horse and Jockey Hotel on Wednesday evening of last week. Supporters Club Secretary Joe Tuohy introduced the speakers in front of a large attendance. John Coman outlined the success of the Junior Supporters Club Membership which was launched in the summer of 2007. Membership is free to juniors and there are valuable prizes to be won throughout the year. To join for free, simply log on to www.tippsupportersclub.com.

Next up was Matt Gleeson who confirmed the details of how to sign up for the Tipperary Credit Card, stressing that it did not matter what bank one used in order to sign up for this credit card. A percentage of all transactions by those using the Tipperary Credit Card goes back to the Tipperary Supporters Club and to date, over €30,000 has been contributed to Tipperary hurling. Representatives of Bank of Ireland were present on the night to accept applications and answer questions as required.

County Board Vice-Chairman Barry O’Brien spoke on behalf of the County Board and outlined the rising costs involved with the preparation of inter-county teams in addition to ongoing expenditure in Coaching and Games Development. Given these costs, the existence of the Tipperary Supporters Club was as important in 2008 as it was over 20 years ago when the club was first set up.

A prize of a Tipperary jersey signed by the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel was raffled on the night between all the Membership promoters present. The winner was John Arrigan, Ballylooby who received his jersey from the Tipperary Senior Hurling manager Liam Sheedy before the new manager addressed the gathering. Liam expressed his thanks to the Supporters Club for their help both financially and logistically since he has been involved with Tipperary. From a playing perspective, Liam confirmed that the commitment from the players since their first meeting on November 10th had been top class and he looked forward to the challenges ahead.

The final speaker of the evening was the Supporters Club Chairman Ger Ryan who thanked everyone involved with the organisation of the membership launch. Ger detailed the workings of the Supporters Club and its involvement not just with the Senior hurlers but also with the Minors. He highlighted the strong links with Bord Na nOg and the continued Supporters Club sponsorship of the All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling Championship. In conclusion, Ger expressed confidence that the number of members of the Supporters Club would rise in 2008, especially for those living within the Premier County.

SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP DETAILS
Membership in 2008 costs €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car Sticker and a very smart specially-designed Tipperary key-ring. Members will be entered in a Ticket Draw for each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Weekend stay for two at the new Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included). Every Tipperary hurling supporter is invited to join Online at: www.tippsupportersclub.com or contact Joe Tuohy, Secretary at 087 817 0464 (or at jetuohy@iol.ie).

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Tipperary to face Waterford in the Waterford Crystal Cup Final

Waterford will be Tipperary’s opponents in the final of the Waterford Crystal Cup next weekend after they defeated Limerick IT in the second semi final today.

Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final – Tipperary vs. Cork IT – Match Report

Tipperary 4-14 Cork IT 0-15
Saturday, 19 January 2008 From the RTE.ie web site

Tipperary booked a place in the Waterford Crystal Cup decider next week after a hard-earned victory for Liam Sheedy’s charges over Cork IT at Templemore this afternoon.

Goals from Lar Corbett (2), Pa Bourke and an Eoin Kelly penalty strike were the deciding scores in what was a competitive game played in wet and windy conditions.

The hosts led by 1-11 to 0-10 at the interval, thanks to a Corbett goal but Tipperary really took control on the restart to see out an 11-point win. Excellent displays from Kelly, who finished with 1-9, Corbett and Bourke ensured the home side prevailed.

This game was also notable with goalkeepers from the same club on opposing sides – Gerry Kennedy was between the posts for Tipperary while his Killenaule club-mate Matthew O’Donnell was the students’ net minder.

Sheedy’s side showed one change from the team announced midweek with Declan Fanning replaced by Eamon Buckley as Paul Curran moved to full-back. Tipperary took the early initiative and early pointed frees from Kelly ensured a 0-02 to 0-00 lead after just three minutes.

A 14th-minute goal from Corbett and good work from Kelly, Bourke and Pat Kerwick handed Tipp a 1-7 to 0-2 advantage but Cork IT responded well. Good free-taking from Ryan Clifford and good work also by Cork’s Cathal Naughton helped the students cut the gap to two points with 15 minutes left in the opening half.

Both sides were now playing some excellent hurling, and with defences remaining reasonably tight, Cork could only add two further points before the interval while Kelly kept Tipperary in front from frees and finished the opening half with eight points to his credit.

Early goals on the restart from Corbett and Bourke reaffirmed
Tipperary’s dominance and a Kelly penalty strike sealed the issue for the hosts.

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Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final – Tipperary vs. Cork IT – Saturday at 2:30pm in Templemore – Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play the Cork Institute of Technology in Saturday’s Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final shows eight changes from the side which defeated UCC in the Quarter-Final last weekend. Gerry Kennedy replaces Brendan Cummins in goal while in defence, Conor O’Brien and Declan Fanning replace Eamon Buckley and Eamon Corcoran. James Woodlock is introduced at midfield in place of Shane McGrath while up front, Darragh Hickey, Seamus Callinan, Lar Corbett and Pa Bourke are introduced at the expense of John O’Brien, Ryan O’Dwyer, Seamus Butler and Willie Ryan.

 

TIPPERARY (SH vs. CIT) – Gerry Kennedy (Killenaule); Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty), Declan Fanning (Killenaule), Paui Curran (Mullinahone); Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh); Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Benny Dunne (Toomevara); Joe Ceaser (Killenaule), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Darragh Hickey (Boherlahan-Dualla), Seamus Callinan (Drom & Inch), Pat Kerwick (Killenaule); Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields), Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)

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GREAT NIGHT AT SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP LAUNCH
The Tipperary Supporters Club launched the 2008 Membership campaign on Wednesday, January 16th at the Horse & Jockey Hotel. Membership in 2008 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car Sticker and a very smart specially-designed Tipperary key-ring. Members will be entered in a Ticket Draw for each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Weekend stay at the new Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included).
 
Liam Sheedy, manager of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team, attended the launch and urged all Tipperary supporters to join the Club.  Liam also outlined his plans for the team in 2008 and progress to date.  Bank Of Ireland were well represented by Eamonn Corcoran, Eoin Kelly and Liam Sheedy to encourage those wishing to sign up for the popular Tipperary Credit Card. Many sellers of Memberships were present and John Arrigan of Cahir won the draw for a signed Tipperary jersey which was presented to him by Liam Sheedy . The Committee are actively seeking more people interested in helping the Tipperary hurling effort – particularly people living / working in Tipperary itself. We want to extend the membership base further throughout the county and anybody who would like to sell Supporters Club membership is welcome to contact Supporters Club Secretary, Joe Tuohy on 087-817 0464 or by email at jetuohy@iol.ie.

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ALL-IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES
The GAA have confirmed the dates, times and venues for the All-Ireland Club Championship matches scheduled for January and February. Tipperary have a dual interest with Loughmore-Castleiney (Senior Hurling) and Moyle Rovers (Junior Hurling) going forward as Munster champions to face Galway opposition. On Sunday, January 27th at 2:00pm, Moyle Rovers will play Sylane (Galway) in Portlaoise in the All-Ireland Club Junior Hurling Championship semi-final. The winners will go forward to play Conahy Shamrocks (Kilkenny), Glen Rovers Armoy (Antrim) or John Mitchell’s (Warwickshire) on Saturday, February 9th at 6:00pm in Croke Park. The eagerly awaited All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship semi-final clash of Loughmore-Castleiney and Portumna (Galway) will take place on Sunday, February 24th at 2:00pm in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. The winners will play Birr (Offaly) or Dunloy Cúchullains (Antrim) in the All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Championship Final on St. Patricks Day at Croke Park.

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