Dear Tipperary Supporter

SH Waterford Crystal
From Tipperary GAA Scene by County Board Secretary Tim Floyd

Congrats to the Tipp Senior Hurlers on beating All Ireland champions Clare in the Waterford Crystal final last Friday night under lights in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. Tipp opened impressively and were seven points in front coming up to half time but a scoring burst by the Banner boys yielded 3-1 in five minutes and suddenly Tipp trailed by one point at the break. But in the second half Tipp went into cruise control and ran up a 14 point lead to win by 4-22 to 3-11. James Woodlock was captain for the night and received the Waterford Crystal Trophy from Munster Council Chairman, Robert Frost.

Allianz Hurling League 1st Round
Focus is now on the AHL as Tipperary face Waterford this Saturday night under the lights of Semple Stadium starting 7pm. Only the New Stand will be open and admission on the night is €15 but tickets can be purchased in advance for €10 at any of the usual Supervalue or Centra retail outlets around the county (No concession on these). Tipperary supporters have purchased 1200 GAA Season tickets to date so a crowd of up to 4000 is expected on Sat night. With no curtain raiser the message for non ticket holders is to come early and avoid the queues as tickets must be purchased at the ticket booths before going to the stiles. Patrons should note the following stile allocations; Season tickets at stiles 48 to 51, Player passes at stile 41, Juveniles including Groups at stile 45, Concession refunds at stile 52/53. To see the Tippeary team go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .

Allianz Football League
Following their impressive opening game away to Carlow, Tipperary were brought down to earth in the second round against Waterford in the Clonmel Sportsfield last Sunday and were looking to come away with a share of the points. In the first half the Decies boys never allowed us to play with any fluency but when we went three points up ten minutes into the second half and the breeze at our backs it looked like we would kick on. But it was Waterford who turned the screw and had the opportunity to score the winning point in stoppage time but their top scorer Paul Whyte put it just wide of the post and Tipp’s blushes were saved. A crowd of 490 spectators watched this game which was disappointing in a venue famed for its football hinterland. Tipp have a break for three weeks now before we head across the water to play London on Sun March 2nd. (Match report elsewhere)

Minor Football
Our MF team had their first outing in the Leinster League last Sunday and suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Longford in Pearse Park. Final score Longford 2-12, Tipperary 0-6. Their remaining two games go ahead during the mid-term break with Wicklow on Mon 17th in Carlow and Louth on Wed 19th at venue tbc.

Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw
The Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw for February was held on Friday night last, 7th in Sarsfields Social Centre, Bohernanave, Thurles with the local Sarsfields GAA Club. Martin Farrell from Childers Park, Thurles won the second prize of a Skoda Fabia or €10,000 in the January Draw and he was presented with his cheque for €10,000 on the night. Two more cars were up for grabs on Friday night – Congratulations to Francis Collins joined with the Borris-Ileigh GAA Club who scooped the top prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000 and Noel Wrest, Mountrath, Co. Laois joined with Castletown GAA Club won the second Skoda Fabia Car or €10,000. See the full list of winners included in this week’s edition.

The Weekly GAA Draw goes LIVE on Tipp FM commencing this Friday on Seamus Martin’s programme at 10.45am. €1,000 Lotto Jackpot will be drawn along with 5 x €200 prizes (if Jackpot not won, an additional 5 x €200 lucky dip prizes will be drawn. So, tune into Seamus Martin on Tipp FM this Friday and every Friday (except on the first Friday of every month when the Monthly Draw takes place).

The Tipperary Supporters Club launched the 2014 Adult Membership on Tuesday, February 4th at the Horse & Jockey Hotel. Michael Ryan, Assistant Manager, performed the launch and thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for all their help and urged all Tipperary Supporters to join as a practical way of showing support for the team. Membership of the Tipperary Supporters Club for 2014 is now available on https://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ or from usual local sellers and the member’s gift is a light soft feel 100% Polyester Neck Scarf, 1.2m x 15cm, specially produced in the traditional Blue & Gold Colours of Tipperary and featuring The Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo. To see an image of this stylish scarf go to https://www.tippsupportersclub.com/ . In addition each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Supporters Car/Window Sticker. Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s 2014 Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Hurling Weekend stay at the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included), if Tipperary reach the senior final. Also members can access a discount scheme and will get Championship and League team announcements by text as well as regular updates by email on team news and events. Adult Membership will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005).
Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com by credit card or debit/laser card. If you want to give membership as a present, a gift voucher is available on the website. Also on the website details are available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help if members could join by direct debit. We will make contact with those members who have joined by direct debit in previous years. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy,13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15 (086-3580718, email: info@tippsupportersclub.com ).
Junior Membership is free on www.tippsupportersclub.com and existing Junior Members will be automatically renewed and do not need to make contact unless they wish to update their contact details. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.
The Committee is actively seeking more people interested in helping the Tipperary hurling effort. The plan is to extend the adult membership base further and anybody who would like to take some Supporters Club memberships to join up their friends is welcome to contact Supporters Club PRO, John Coman on 087-9087105 or by email at info@tippsupportersclub.com . Junior Membership is still free and Junior Members do not have to rejoin as their membership is carried forward from year to year. Ryan Motor Power, the official SKODA dealership in Tipperary is again the sponsor of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/ or call 052 6180323. The Tipperary Supporters Club thanks Ryan Motor Power for its generous sponsorship; please support our sponsors.

AGM of the Tipperary Association Dublin

The Annual General meeting of the Tipperary Association Dublin will be held in the Palace Bar, Fleet Street, Dublin 2 on Tuesday 18 February 2014 at 8.00 pm. All current and potential new members are invited to attend. If you are unable to attend the AGM you are still invited to join the Association. Membership is only €20 for LIFE membership and you can forward your application to Liam Myles at 57 Hermitage Drive, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. (087-2866018). The Association really want people to add to their contact list so that they can inform people of their activities/events. Also in the current year they will be putting membership fees towards their student scholarship scheme under which they give grants to county players to help defray college/third level costs. Most importantly, they would like to get good support on the night of the AGM.

Club Officers Information Night in LIT Thurles.
Tipperary Co Board in conjunction with Munster Co and Croke Park will host a Club Officers Information night on Wed Feb 26th in LIT Thurles. Every club is invited to send their chairperson, secretary, Treasurer and PRO to this event especially where these officers are newly elected,

All-County Table Quiz….Fri Feb 21st

The countdown has begun for the 2014 All County Table Quiz with the local heats on Fri night Feb 21st followed by the Co Final in the Dome on Fri March 14th (For all heat winners). The Star Prize for the County Champions is €2,000 (4 x €500) plus the chance to represent Tipperary in the All Ireland Scór Quiz Final in Castlebar on April 26th 2014 (for the team with the Highest marks that qualifies under Scór rules). Runner-up Prizes include 4 All Ireland SH Tickets and 4 Tipperary GAA Season Tickets. There is also a special draw at the County Final for all quiz participants in the Local Heats for 2 Garth Brooks tickets for one of his Croke Park concerts this year and there is also a €250 Rochestown Park Hotel voucher. The following are the 4 divisional co-ordinators who have been appointed to look after the clubs within their own division;
North: Catherine Gleeson 087-9177233
South: Nicholas Moroney 087-8369630
Mid: John Smyth 087-9960710
West: Kevin Halley 086-1925188
The main items the above co-ordinators will need to know immediately are as follows;

  • A contact person to organize your club heat
  • Book a suitable suitable venue immediately with good Tipp Fm reception
  • Your club may wish to delegate the responsibility to another unit (eg, juvenile club/camogie/ladies football etc) or you may wish to delegate responsibility to a local bar and we can deal directly with the proprietor

Senior Scór Tráth na gCeist 2014
At a recent meeting of County Scór committee it was decided to join with the County Gaa Board in their County Gaa Quiz. The Qualifying rounds will take place on 21st February in venues that will be advertised and the Final will take place in the Dome on Friday 14th of March. Clubs putting forward Scór quiz teams are advised to participate in the County GAA Quiz and the highest scoring team in the County Final only (in Dome) and fulfilling all Scór criteria will go forward to represent Tipperary in the Scór Sinsear All Ireland finals. Please advise all clubs of this initiative .The Tráth na gCeist will be advertised on local newspapers and on local radio and we hope that all clubs will participate. Go raibh maith agat, Máire de Búrca.

Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package…great value…last chance
It’s the final week for Tipperary GAA supporters to purchase the 2014 Premier Gold Plus Package at €200 ahead of the first game in the AHL. This package gives the owner access to all adult club games, both divisional and county during 2014 plus all Allianz League matches in hurling or football. It also entitles the owner access to the opening Championship game in 2014 and the right to purchase thereafter. So whether it’s the local park, Semple Stadium or Croke Park, you can follow your teams all the way. For more details on the Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package, contact The GAA Merchandise Shop at Lár na Pairce, Thurles. 0504-22702

February Dates for your Diary
Tues Feb 18th: Feb Co Board Meeting in Sarsfields Centre
Fri Feb 21st: All County Quiz Heats around County
Wed Feb 26th: Club Officers Information Night in LIT Thurles.
Thurs Feb 27th: Child Protection Information Night in Sarsfields Centre


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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

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