Waterford Crystal Cup Hurling

TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN

WATERFORD CRYSTAL CUP HURLING

During the past 3 years, Tipperary have used this pre-season tournament to their advantage by giving some of the less established players a chance to stake their claim on a place in the starting line-up for the National Hurling League. On Sunday next against Clare at Meelick, Tipperary will look for their 10th victory on the trot in the Waterford Crystal Cup competition and with it, their third title in a row. During their nine match unbeaten run since 2007, Tipperary have defeated five college teams and four county teams. Tipperary last played Clare in this competition at the semi-final stage in 2007, also at Meelick, with Tipperary coming out on top by 3-14 to 1-14. Interestingly, 9 of the 19 players who lined out for Tipperary on that occasion are no longer on the Tipperary panel just 24 months later. The winning Tipperary team on that occasion was as follows – Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange); Eamonn Buckley (Drom & Inch), Philip Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh); Vincent Doheny (Mullinahone), Shane Maher (Burgess), Declan Fanning (Killenaule); Aidan Fitzgerald (Fethard), Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields, 1-0); Tony Scroope (Burgess, 0-2), Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone, 1-5), Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields, 0-2); Paul Kelly (Mullinahone, 0-1), Micheal Webster (Loughmore-Castleiney, 1-0) , Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields, 0-3). Subs: Darragh Hickey (Boherlahan-Dualla, 0-1) for Fitzgerald; John Carroll (Roscrea) for Stapleton; Eoin Shinnors (Newport) for Bourke; Matthew Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) for Cummins.

Well done to the Cahir club for the excellent arrangements in place for the Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final between Tipperary and UL last Sunday despite very difficult weather conditions and also to the St. Molleran’s club Carrickbeg, Carrick-on-Suir which did equally well for the Tipperary v. Waterford quarter-final played under lights on the previous Wednesday night. Well done also to the dedicated and hardy supporters who turned out in such numbers both in Cahir and at St. Mollerans – it is heartening for players to see such loyal and enthusiastic support early in the year.

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