Tipp Supporters Club Newsletter 12 July 2019

Dear Tipperary Supporter

From Tipperary GAA Scene by Joe Bracken, County Board PRO

The All-Ireland Hurling Championship quarter finals return to Croke Park after a brief hiatus this Sunday and Tipperary will be in the thick of the action when the team lines out against Laois in the second of the fixtures which throws in at 4pm. Cork and Kilkenny meet at 2pm in the first of the quarter-finals.

Championships history between the sides is limited as there has been just two previous meetings of Tipperary and Laois in championship hurling. The Premier County won both encounters, the first of which was the 1949 All-Ireland Final which was played on September 4th of that year. Tipperary led by captain Pat Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill) took the title on a 3-11 to 0-3 score line.

It would be over half a century before the sides would meet again this time on June 14th, 2003 at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, in the All-Ireland Round 1 Qualifier. Tipperary once again found the net on three occasions as they progressed to Round 2 on a 3-28 to 0-13 result. Brian O’Meara (Mullinahone) was the captain on this occasion.

Switching attention therefore to the National Hurling League, which shows greater rivalry in this competition, where the counties have met on 35 occasions. Tipperary won 26 of these games and Laois won 6, with 3 draws balancing the books. The last fixture between the sides was in Leahy Park, Cashel on March 23rd, 2008 which Tipperary, with Liam Sheedy as manager, won 4-17 to 1-12. The last time Laois were victorious was in Thurles on October 26th, 1986, when they had a 3-15 to 3-7 win. The last draw between the sides was in Portlaoise on March 23rd, 1998, when the sides finished 1-13 apiece.

However, all that went before will count for little on Sunday as the main aim for Tipperary will be to successfully overcome a Laois side on the way up, buoyed by their recent triumphs, notably the defeat of Dublin last Sunday and the earlier Joe McDonagh Cup victory.

We send best wishes to the team and management as they look to get the Premier ship moving forward with great momentum again following the recent hiccup in the Limerick port. Now that the side are heading to Croke Park we appeal to all Tipperary supporters to rally in fantastic numbers behind the side on Sunday and nail your Tipperary colours to the Premier mast.

Tickets are available on gaa.ie/tickets and selected Centra/SuperValu stores. Prices as follows: Hogan Stand (No Concessions) – €40; Cusack Stand – €40; Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin Stands Only: Adults – €40 and Juveniles – €5; Terrace – €30. Student/OAP €10 rebate on full price Cusack/Davin stand tickets via block D Cusack Stand with Valid ID.

The referee on Sunday will be Colm Lyons (Cork).


Congratulations to the following five people each of whom is the winner of a pair of stand tickets for the
All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter Final, Tipperary V Laois, on July 14th, as drawn among Tipp Supporters Club 2019 paid up adult members.

Roger Quigley. Roscrea, Co. Tipp

John Tynan. Templemore, Co. Tipp

Majella Brennan. Cashel, Co. Tipp

Margaret Hayes. Clontarf, Dublin. 3

Rory Gallagher. Ashbourne, Co. Meath


Unfortunately, Tipperary’s involvement in the EirGrid U20 Munster Football Championship came to rather sudden end, as an injury time converted ’45 saw Limerick edge over the line 1-13 to 1-12 in Tuesday’s quarter-final in Semple Stadium. Riain Quigley (Moyle Rovers) with 1-4 was Tipp’s top scorer. Commiserations to the team and management on the result.


Best wishes to Kevin Jordan (Thurles Gaels) who will referee the EirGrid U20 Munster Hurling Championship semi-final between Cork and Clare in Páirc Uí Rinn this Wednesday, July 10th.


They finalists are now known in Tipperary Water ‘Johnny Ryan Cup’ County Hurling League Division 1 following last weekend’s semi-finals which resulted as follows; Drom and Inch 2-30 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-19 and Upperchurch-Drombane 1-18 Roscrea 0-14. The final is set for July 21st.

In the second of the Tipperary Water County Minor ‘A’ Football Championship semi-finals Grangemockler-Ballyneale defeated Ballina 3-17 to 2-5 and will now meet Na Sairsealaigh Óg in the final.

In the Tipperary Water County Minor ‘B’ Football Championship both semi-finals will go ahead this Wednesday, July 10th. County fixtures for the coming weekend are as follows where the minor football finals will be the main attraction.

Tipperary Water County Minor (A) Football Championship
13-07-2019 Final – Leahy Park Cashel at 7pm Na Sairsealaigh Óg v Grangemockler-Ballyneale

Tipperary Water County Minor (B) Football Championship
10-07-2019 Semi Final – Littleton at 7:30pm, Borrisokane v Kilsheelan-Kilcash
10-07-2019 Semi Final Replay – Leahy Park Cashel at 7:30pm, Boherlahan-Dualla v Aherlow Gaels

13-07-2019 Final 5:30pm, Boherlahan-Dualla/Aherlow Gaels v Borrisokane/Kilsheelan-Kilcash

Fixture Notes: Templemore if Borrisokane involved – Cahir if Borrisokane not involved.

Tipperary Water County Hurling League Div. 6 (Pauline Coonan Plaque)
12-07-2019 Semi Final – Killea at 7:45pm, Killea v Clerihan
12-07-2019 Semi Final – Golden at 8pm, Rosegreen v Solohead

Tipperary Water County Football League Div. 1 (Dr. Clifford Cup)
13/07/2019 Semi Final – Ardfinnan at 7:45pm, Moyle Rovers v Ardfinnan
16-07-2019 Semi Final – Clonmel Sportsfield at 8pm, Clonmel Commercials v Moyne-Templetuohy

Tipperary Water County Football League (Board Shield) Div. 3
12-07-2019 Semi Final – Kilcommon at 7:45pm, Sean Treacys v Newcastle
16-07-2019 Semi Final – Killenaule at 8pm, Killenaule v St Patrick’s

For results of all games and forthcoming fixtures please check https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/



Congratulations to all the July Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw winners which was held in Mackey’s Bar Bohernanave in association with Durlas Óg GAA Club last Friday night. First prize of a Skoda Fabia / Renault Clio or €15,000 went to Paddy and Eileen Coman, with Moycarkey-Borris the promoting club. Second prize of a holiday or €5,000 was won by Kevin Gleeson where Ballina GAA was the promoting club.



The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps continue this week and are in seven locations across the county as follows –
Ballylooby-Castlegrace, Portroe, Rosegreen, Silvermines, St. Patrick’s, Toomevara and Upperchurch-Drombane. The Tipperary Cúl Camp ambassadors are Jason Forde and Michael Breen, best wishes to all clubs running camps this week.


The Team Tipperary GAA Race Day at the Galway Races is on Monday, July 29th and is the fifth Galway Races venture continuing very successful outings for the past 4 years.

The Galway Races Summer Festival is renowned as a premier and most colourful racing festival. While it is a major sporting event, it also appeals to a much wider audience than just the racing fans. With the Killanin Stand Suites, there is something for everyone whether you are entertaining family, friends or business clients. This is the ideal format for mixing business with pleasure, whilst surrounded by the atmosphere and excitement that is the Galway Races.

Past fundraising from the Galway Race Day has gone towards the completion of astro turf and floodlighting on the hurling wall in Dr. Morris Park in 2017 and new car parking facilities catering for 120 cars at the same venue in 2018.

Development plans for 2019 and onwards are in progress and the Team Tipperary GAA Race Day is now firmly established as a successful fundraising venture.

The planning application has been submitted for new facilities in the Kinane (Old) Stand as part of the Centre of Excellence adjacent to Dr. Morris Park and we await approval. Plans for extension and revamping of dressing rooms in Dr. Morris Park are currently being prepared for planning and it is hoped that work will commence before the end of 2019. With planning permission granted Tipperary GAA in partnership with LIT await grant approval for the new all-weather pitch on their Thurles Campus. Great work done and much more to do, all thanks to the tremendous support of our patrons.

If you or anyone you know is interested in racing, or just a good day out and who might take a seat or two or a table and support our fundraising efforts, please contact Tim Floyd, County Secretary, 087 2591747secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie for bookings and further details.


Ahead of Tipperary’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Laois, supporters can still join the Tipperary Supporters Club at www.tippsupportersclub.com or by calling Jim Reidy, Membership Officer on 086 3580718.

The membership pack includes the following benefits:

All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
A specially designed Tipperary Supporters Club pen with stylus for use on touch-screen devices
2019 Car Sticker
Text alerts for all Championship team news
Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles.

Tipperary cruise into Munster under-20 hurling final thanks to a 22-point win over a poor Waterford

Brian McDonnell

9 Jul 2019



The Tipperary under-20 back room team pictured with manager Liam Cahill.





Tipperary cruised into the final of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under-20 Hurling Championship thanks to a 22-point semi-final win over Waterford at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Tuesday evening. The Premier County will be reasonably pleased with the quality of their performance, but there was a massive caveat associated with this result – the Waterford team were poor and at times very poor.

Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under-20 
Hurling Championship Semi-Final
Tipperary 3-23 Waterford 0-10

Tipperary led 0-11 to 0-5 at the break. Waterford had only managed one score from play in the first half and if they were wondering whether matters could get any worse for them they got their answer during the opening seven minutes of the second half when Conor Bowe banged home two goals for the Premier County in front of 3,631 paying spectators. It was time now for the Déise lads to buy a crash helmet as this miss-match sauntered toward an inevitable conclusion.

There was lots to be encouraged about here though from a Tipperary point of view – man of the match Billy Seymour performed his ball-winning role to terrific effect up front while the half-back line of Ciarán Connolly, Bryan O’Meara and Eoghan Connolly dominated the air in terrific style. Craig Morgan showed flashes of his undoubted ability as did Jake Morris, Conor Bowe and Jerome Cahill while Tipperary’s use of the ball, for the most part, was considered and encouraging. Greater tests, however, lie ahead for the side managed by Liam Cahill who are also now through to the All-Ireland semi-finals by virtue of this win.


The Bord Gáis Energy Munster Under-20 Hurling Championship final is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, July 23 against Cork or Clare – their respective semi-final is fixed for Wednesday evening, July 10.


Both sides opted to play two on the inside line from the off with captain Craig Morgan employed as the free man in the Tipperary back line.

The sides fired five wides (Tipperary three) before Jake Morris drilled a free over the bar from just outside the opposition 65-yard line (and into the wind) in the sixth minute. Within seconds Billy Power responded with a placed ball for Waterford and the sides were level. The home side coughed up another free in the eighth minute and the Déise led by one, but Jake Morris shipped a mean belt in the tenth minute before landing an awkward free to tie the game.

The game made for a poor spectacle thus far, but a Billy Seymour catch and assist for a Joe Fogarty effort brightened matters somewhat in the 14th minute (0-3 to 0-2) – the Fogarty strike represented the first point scored from play on the evening.

Two Waterford players had already been cautioned by the time Jake Morris swung over his third free of the contest in the 15th minute. Seán Hayes notched a point from play soon after and Tipp led by three.

Jake Morris saw a goal chance parried by ‘keeper Dean Beecher in the 17th minute and the Waterford team looked reasonably distressed as Tipperary began to show flashes of what we know this team is capable of. Indeed, the ability of the Tipperary half-backs and spare man Craig Morgan to dominate the aerial contest was noteworthy.

Another Morris free in the 22nd minute opened a four-point gap before a terrific grab from Ciarán Connolly preceded a long-range effort from Conor Bowe (0-7 to 0-2).

Billy Power converted his third free in the 25th minute, but the Déise must have been concerned by their inability to score from play – conversely Gearóid O’Connor clipped over a smasher off his left on the run from long-range to illustrate the gap in quality between the sides. Billy Seymour then set up a beauty for Jake Morris in the 26th minute to extend the home side’s lead to six.

Waterford’s Billy Power reeled Tipp in with a converted free in the 28th minute before James Power notched his side’s first point from play (0-9 to 0-5) in the 29th.

The visitors then committed a third cautionable offence and Jake Morris punished Waterford accordingly to leave five between the sides before Tipperary’s outstanding player, Billy Seymour, was fouled for yet another free which Morris tapped over (0-11 to 0-5); four Déise players had now found their way into referee Johnny Murphy’s book.

Tipperary led by six at the break and this contest already had all the look of a procession about it.


A brace of Jake Morris frees opened Tipperary’s second half account before Billy Power (free) responded for Waterford. Jake Morris (free) kept Tipp moving in the right direction before adding another from play in the 35th minute (0-15 to 0-6).

Although a Billy Power free reduced the deficit faced by Waterford to eight points you felt that the Déise already needed to do something drastic in order to force themselves into this contest. It was Tipperary, however, who squeezed on the accelerator when Jerome Cahill picked out the completely unmarked Conor Bowe inside the Waterford 21-yard line. The Moyne-Templetuohy man stepped around the advancing ‘keeper and buried a smashing goal in the 36th minute. Bowe struck for another three-pointer in the 37th minute when he shorted beautifully and beat Dean Beecher at his near post (2-15 to 0-7).

Ian Beecher went for goal in the 39th minute, but Aaron Browne saved superbly before Tipperary cleared their lines. Another Billy Power free added to the Waterford tally in the 41st minute, but anything that the visitors had to offer already looked token in nature.

Jake Morris converted a free before Billy Seymour set up Joe Fogarty for a cracking goal in the 45th – the Moneygall man wrong-footed the Waterford goalkeeper before delivering a composed finish into the bottom right-hand corner (3-16 to 0-8).

Jake Morris landed another free before Billy Seymour successfully took responsibility for the placed balls after the Nenagh Éire Óg man was withdrawn alongside fellow senior panellists Jerome Cahill and Paddy Cadell. Seymour and Conor Bowe soon added points from play and Tipperary led 3-20 to 0-8.

Andrew Ormond found the Waterford crossbar with an ambitious effort in the 52nd minute while Billy Power drilled over his eighth pointed free – Waterford had only scored one point from play by this juncture, but Tom Barron corrected this prevailing pattern in the 58th minute after Billy Seymour added a free for Tipp.

Then it was the turn of Andrew Ormond and Billy Seymour (free) to score for an utterly dominant Tipperary side.


Tipperary: Aaron Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonagh’s, captain), Michael Purcell (Thurles Sarsfields), Conor McCarthy (Nenagh Éire Óg), Ciarán Connolly (Loughmore-Castleiney), Bryan O’Mara (Holycross-Ballycahill), Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs), Paddy Cadell (JK Bracken’s), Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Gearóid O’Connor (Moyne-Templetuohy, 0-1), Joe Fogarty (Moneygall, 1-1), Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetuohy, 2-2), Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg, 0-13, 0-11 frees), Billy Seymour (Kiladangan, 0-4, 0-3 frees), Seán Hayes (Kiladangan, 0-1). Subs: (47th) Kian O’Kelly (Kilruane MacDonagh’s) for Seán Hayes, (48th) Johnny Ryan (Arravale Rovers) for Jerome Cahill, (49th) Andrew Ormond (JK Bracken’s, 0-1) for Jake Morris, (50th) Niall Heffernan (Golden-Kilfeacle) for Paddy Cadell, (53rd) Devon Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) for Gearóid O’Connor.

Waterford: Dean Beecher, Sam Fitzgerald, James Flavin, Tom Looby, Dan Booth, Iarlaith Daly, Brian Lynch, Billy Power (0-8, 0-8 frees), Seán Whelan-Barrett, Tom Barron (0-1), Ian Beecher, Gavin Fives, Oisín Ó Ceallaigh, Michael Kiely, James Power (0-1). Subs: (21st) Martín Power for Brian Lynch (temporary blood sub – reversed 24th minute), (39th) Tadhg Foley for Sam Fitzgerald, (42nd) Eoin O’Reilly for Seán Whelan-Barrett, (45th) Mark Twomey for Oisín Ó Ceallaigh, (46th) Martín Power for Dan Booth, (55th) Liam O’Brien for Iarlaith Daly.

Referee: Johnny Murphy (Limerick).

Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

Supporting Tipperary Hurling

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