From Ger Ryan, Tipperary GAA Scene
Congratulations to the Tipperary senior hurling panel, the team management and backroom team on their great victory over Galway in Sunday’s titantic, nail-biting cliffhanger in Croke Park. Great credit is due to both teams for magnificent and courageous performances that combined all that is best in hurling from amazing skill to fierce determination to elementary mistakes to give us one of the most thrilling contests of recent years. While it is hard not to feel sorry for Galway, too often Tipp have lost these epic games so it is wonderful to have come out on top by that solitary point on a scoreline of 3-17 to 3-16. There is no time to rest on the laurels of this victory because worthy Munster champions, Waterford now await Tipperary in the All Ireland semi-final on August 15th. Sunday’s win was the first time Tipp defeated Galway in an All Ireland quarter final having lost their two previous encounters at this stage in 2000 and 2005. The character and commitment of the Tipperary players really shone through on Sunday and the pride, honesty, workrate and passion of these players are beyond reproach. We are fortunate to have them representing our county. Well done to all concerned and we look forward to big support from Tipperary at the semi-final.


A special word of congratulations to Brendan Cummins who made his 60th championship appearance for Tipperary against Galway last Sunday. It is a great milestone for the netminder from Ballybacon-Grange who has kept cleansheets in 15 of those 60 championship games.


This will be the second semi-final encounter between the two teams in the last 3 years with Waterford winning the 2008 clash by 2 points 1-20 to 1-8. They also met in the 2006 quarter-final when Waterford also won, this time by 1-22 to 3-13. Tipp and Waterford have met 38 times in the championship with Tipp winning 27 times, Waterford 10 and 1 draw in 1933. Their last championship meeting was at Semple Stadium in 2009 when Tipp won the Munster Final by 4-14 to 2-16. Lar Corbett was Tipp’s top scorer in that match with 2-2, all from play.


All Stands and the Hill 16 Terrace will be open for the Tipp v Waterford All Ireland semi-final on August 15th. Stand tickets cost €45 with student and senior citizens stand costing €30 for Cusack and Davin stands only. Concession refunds are available from Block D turnstiles to rear of Cusack Stand prior to entry. No refunds are available after entry to stadium. Terrace tickets cost €30 with no concessions available. Juvenile Stand tickets cost €5. Juveniles must be accompanied by an adult. Juvenile tickets are available only for Davin Stand and designated sections of Cusack Stand. Wheelchair and Attendant Passes cost €45. Two tickets are issued for this price – one for wheelchair user, one for attendant. Group Passes cost €3 per child with 1 adult per 10 juveniles free of charge. Club Passes cost €10 per person with a maximum of 1 per club for a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 50 people. Location of seats will be at discretion of GAA Ticket Office. Applications for a club pass must be made by the club secretary and forms have been emailed to all club secretaries. Season Tickets remain valid for this fixture. Season Ticket holders will be charged in advance. The cost is €40 for Adults and €5 for Juveniles. Season Ticket holders will be required to print their tickets at home using their Online Accounts. Seats will be in Section 305, Cusack Stand.


Combined attendances for this year’s GAA Football and Hurling Championships will pass the one million mark this weekend with Saturday’s double header quarter-final football fixtures involving Down v Kerry and Dublin v Tyrone at Croke Park. To date 959,367 people have attended 79 senior inter-county championship matches in both codes (compared to 76 in 2009) which is a decrease of 2.0% on the figure for the same period last year. The hurling and football qualifiers combined show an increase of 13% on 2009. The GAA would like to acknowledge the ongoing support of its members and supporters in what continue to be challenging economic times and again are pleased to announce that special ticket packages that have been made available for the second year running in an effort to offer extra value to regular attendees of our games. ‘The Combo Package’ covers entry for the quarter-final and corresponding semi-final for €65 (adults) €10 (16 and under). (Section 308 or 708 for all matches). Football Feast for the All-Ireland quarter-finals and semi-finals for just €99 for adults and €20 for 16 and under. (Section 308 for all matches). ‘The Dual Package’ includes all the GAA Football and GAA Hurling quarter and semi-finals for just €150 for adults and €30 for 16s and under. (Section 308 for all matches). To purchase all GAA tickets and packages, visit www.gaa.ie .

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