TONY FORRISTAL UNDER 14 TOURNAMENT, AND UNDER 15 HURLING

Tipperary defeated Waterford in the final of the Tony Forristal intercounty uunder 14 hurling tournament played in Mount Sion grounds, Waterford on Sunday. Tipperary had qualified for the final on Saturday by virtue of winning Section 1A of the competition, this section included Clare, Cork and Limerick. 

In the first round Tipperary drew with Clare 0.08 each following a tough physical battle played in blustery conditions at the St Saviours grounds in Ballybeg. Clare having played with the strong wind led by 0.06 to 0.02 at half time, Tipperary rallied in the second period to lead 0.08 to 0.07 with time up however Clare landed a long range free through their excellent free-taker to tie the match in injury time. In the second round Tipperary faced Cork, Tipperary won the toss and played with the wind. Tipperary took a long time to settle, and led by 1.05 to 1.02 at half time with a goal and 2 pointed frees from Jack Shelley, a point from a penalty from Joshua Keane, and points from Conor Lanigan and Austin Tierney, Tipperary battled bravely in the second period holding Cork scoreless for ten minutes, then from a line ball into the square Tom Kirwan caught and passed to Aidan Moloney who found the net, 3 minutes later Tom Kirwan, caught a long drive and scored to leave the score 3.05 to 1.02 with time running , Cork scored 3 late points but could make no leeway in the Tipperary rearguard. The match finished Tipperary 3.05 to Cork 1.05. In the final round Tipperary faced Limerick who had a narrow win over Clare and had to win to stay in contention, a win would put Tipperary in the final. Limerick won the toss and elected to play with the wind. Limerick dominated the first half and led at the break by 1.05 to 0.02. Limerick defended heroically in the second period and with eight minutes left led by 1.07 to Tipperarys 0.04, then Tom Kirwan now at full forward and having narrowly missed 5 minutes earlier, fielded a high ball from Ross Mulcahy and drove it to the net, then repeated the feat from a delivery from Joshua Keane to draw the sides level, Conor Lanigan and Joe Knight added points and the Kirwan completed the hattrick. The final score was Tipperary 3.07 Limerick 1.07 and Tipperary were in their second Forristal final in 3 years

Tipperary returned to the Mount Sion grounds on Sunday to take on Waterford who had overcome Wexford in the semi-final, Tipperary won the toss and elected to play with a slight breeze, the game was evenly matched for the first five minutes but then Waterford broke through for a well taken goal, this spurred Tipperary into life and they dominated for the remainder of the half with goals from Tom Kirwan, Joshua Keane, and Jack Shelley, two pointed long range frees from Austin Tierney, Conor Lanigan, Jack Shelley and Tom Kirwan added points to leave the half time score at Tipperary 3.05 Waterford 1.02.

The second half was a dour affair with Tipperary hounding the Waterford players on the ball and limiting them to a goal and a point in the second period, Tipperary added late points from Aidan Moloney and Kieran O’Dwyer to leave the final score Tipperary 3.07 to Waterford 2.03 All the players and 5 substitutes gave it their all in the final. Tipperary captain Joshua Keane received the player of the tournament award.

Congratulations to all concerned on Tipperary’s 10th Tony Forristal victory.

Tipperary lined out as follows in the final: Daryl Ryan (Roscrea), Jack Lineen (Durlas Og), Cathal Kennedy (Toomevarra), Barry Heffernan (Eire Og Nenagh), Eoin Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Austin Tierney (Shannon Rvs), Kieran O’Dwyer Holycross-Ballycahill), Gerard Barlow (Golden-Kilfeacle), Tom Kirwan (Ballybacon-Grange), Ross Mulcahy, (Moyle Rovers), Joshua Keane, (Golden-Kilfeacle), Brian Kennedy (J K Brackens), Jack Shelley (Mullinahone), Joey Knight (Portroe), Conor Lanigan (Durlas Og). Subs: Aidan Moloney (Newport) for Ger Barlow, Kevin Dunne (Durlas Og) for Conor Lanigan, Fionnan O’Sullivan (Skeheenarinka) for Brian Kennedy, Jamie Woods (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Jack Shelley, Rory O’Regan, (Moycarkey- Borris) for Joe Knight.
The other panel members were sub goalie Robert Larkin (Moyne-Templetuohy), Tom Fox (Eire Og Annacarty) played against Clare and was injured against Cork, Sean Ryan (SeanTreacys ) played against Clare and Cork, Ronan Maher (Durlas Og) played against Limerick, Mark Gleeson (Templederry Kenyons) and Mark McCarthy (Toomevarra) were injured in club games and were unable to take part.

Coach: Kevin Butler (Drom-Inch), Selectors: Tom O’Donnell (Golden-Kilfeacle), Seamus Doran (Roscrea), Micheal Hassett, (Moycarkey- Borris), Hugo Browne (Killenaule), Physio/First Aid: Sandra Molloy.

Tipperary ‘B’ played in Division 2 and gave a great account of themselves winning all their group games before being defeated by Waterford in the final on Sunday. Tipperary scored a 2-5 to 1-6 win over Dublin in their opening match and they defeated Wexford (5-7 to 1-7) and in a thrilling final group match they scored a one point victory over Cork (1-7 to 1-6). Despite a great effort in the final Tipperary had to give best to the host county on a scoreline of Tipperary 2-2 Waterford 2-7. 

In the All-Ireland Under 14 Camogie Tournament hosted by the Tipperary County Board, Tipperary won the A and B competition.  The A  Team defeated Kilkenny giving a superb display of skill, speed and intellegent teamwork.  The B Team defeated Galway by a point, again playing great camogie.

UNDER 15 HURLING
The Under 15 Carrigdhoun Tournament in Cork on Saturday was cancelled due to pitches at the host venue being unplayable. Clare agreed at short notice to host a blitz for the counties scheduled to participate in the Carrigdhoun tournament. Tipperary travelled to Clarecastle on Saturday where they were defeated by Cork (1-9 to 0-5) in their first match. And Tipp defeated Limerick by 0-11 to 0-5 in their second match. It is unknown if the Carrigdhoun tournament will be refixed. We extend best wishes to Tipperary player Kieran Brady (St. Marys) who was hospitalised on Saturday but we are glad to report that he has since being discharged and we wish Kieran a speedy recovery.

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