Dear Tipperary Supporter




Tipperary will play Limerick in the Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling championship semi-final on Wednesday June 26 at Semple Stadium, Thurles with a 7.30pm throw in. The other semi-final between Cork and Waterford will be played in Pairc Ui Rinn on the same night. There have been 48 previous championship meetings between Tipperary and Limerick at minor level. Tipperary lead the way with 39 wins to Limerick’s 8 and there was one draw in 2000. Limerick’s last win over Tipperary was at Kilmallock in 2005 on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-6 while Tipp’s last win over Limerick was at the Gaelic Grounds in 2009 on a scoreline of 1-21 to 0-11. We wish the players and management team all the best for what will be a challenging encounter.


The draw for Phase 2 of the All Ireland senior hurling qualified draw will take place next Monday morning, June 24 on RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland programme just after the 8.30am news. Tipperary can be drawn against either Laois or the losers of this weekend’s Leinster semi-final between Dublin and Kilkenny. The losers of the Munster semi-final between Cork and Clare will also be in the draw but cannot be drawn against Tipperary.


The headline news from the 7 round 1 games of the county senior hurling championship is that there will be new county senior hurling champions following Nenagh Eire Og’s 3 point victory over reigning champions Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday evening at the Ragg. In the other games there were wins for Holycross Ballycahill, JK Brackens, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Portroe, Roscrea and Templederry Kenyons. The round 1 game between Burgess and Carrick Davins was postponed.

The senior hurling championship finalists in all 4 divisions are known after last weekend’s semi-finals. In the North, reigning North, County and Munster Intermediate hurling champions, Silvermines, qualified for their first senior final since 1975. They will play Kildangan in the final. In the Mid Division, there’s a more familiar look to the final pairing of Drom and Inch and Loughmore Castleiney. Recent final rivalries will also be renewed in the West between Clonoulty Rossmore and Eire Og Annacarty Donohill. In the South Killenaule will play Carrick Swan in the final.

The county championship round 1 winners and the 8 defeated divisional semi-finalists went into the hat for the round 2 draw on Sunday night resulting in the following pairings: Mullinahone v Nenagh Eire Og; Borris-Ileigh v JK Brackens; Cappawhite v Carrick Davins or Burgess; Templederry Kenyons v Ballingarry; Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams v Roscrea; Moycarkey Borris v Portroe; Upperchurch Drombane v Holycross Ballycahill and Toomevara v Kilruane MacDonaghs. The games will be played over the next 2 weekends – see local papers and Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie, for fixture details.


The draw for the Seamus O Riain Cup quarter finals was also made on Sunday night resulting in the following pairings: Borrisokane v Golden Kilfeacle; Cashel King Cormacs v Burgess or Carrick Davins; Thurles Sarsfields v Boherlahan Dualla; Moneygall v Lorrha and Dorrha. The games will be played over the next 2 weekends – again see local papers and Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie, for fixture details. The losers will play down to decide which team is relegated this year. All 8 teams will be in Roinn 2 of next year’s county championship which means they must win their group within Roinn 2 or win their divisional title to have a chance to win the county senior hurling title in 2014.


There is clearly a competitiveness gap between many of our senior hurling teams if the results of the round 1 games can be used as a benchmark. In the 7 games played last weekend, the average winning margin was 13 points with the range of margins going from 3 points in two games to victories of 7, 13, 14, 23 and 28 in the other 5 games. The Intermediate championship games played at the weekend resulted in 1 draw and victories of 8, 16 and 21 points or an average margin of just over 11 points.



Tipperary have been drawn to play Galway in the All Ireland senior football championship round 1 qualifiers. The game will take place in Pearse Stadium, Salthill on Saturday June 29 at 7pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw. Tipperary and Galway have met twice previously in the All Ireland Senior Football championship with Tipperary winning on both occasions. The 1900 home final, played in 1902, saw Tipp win by 2-17 to 0-1 and the 1902 semi-final, played in 1904, resulted in a Tipp win by 2-4 to 0-4. So a 109 year gap will be bridged when the teams meet later this month in Salthill.


Tipperary County Board would like to wish recently retired Semple Stadium caretaker, Philly Butler, a happy and healthy retirement and to thank him for all his good work over the years maintaining the pitch and Stadium and his assistance to county teams training and playing in the Stadium.


Tipperary County Board would like to extend its deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the late John Hogan and the Burgess GAA club on the recent tragic death of John at the age of 24. He played hurling at all levels with the Burgess club and will be sadly missed by his family, club and his wide circle of friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam uasal og.


Register for our very own GAA/GPA Elverys Youth Camp! The Gaelic Athletic Association(GAA) and Gaelic Players Association (GPA) are offering boys between 13 to 15 years of age, the chance to learn the skills of Gaelic Football and Hurling from their GAA heroes, in top venues across the country over a two week period, from June 24-28 and July 1-5. This is the latest venture between the GAA and the players’ body and will see youths of all playing ability get an insight into the life of an inter-county player in an action packed week. Some of the areas which will be covered include conditioning games, skills development, mental preparation, sports nutrition and athletic development. Each camp will be organised and supervised by a leading GAA player in their respective county and the cost of online booking is €55. All participants will receive a limited edition Elverys Sports pack, while there will also be an exciting competition with the chance to win a Lenovo laptop in e ach camp. For a full list of camp venues and ambassadors, please click here;www.elverysyouthcamps.gaa.ie.


Thanks are due to all those who supported and helped organise the fundraising event at the Clonmel Races last Friday night. While the inclement weather did not help, there was a fine attendance and the regular and new punters alike enjoyed a fine evening’s racing, entertainment and fun.


To read this week’s Westside column go to www.tippsupportersclub.com .


To read the full Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .


Adult Membership in 2013 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a specially produced soft feel Winter Hat in the traditional Blue and Gold colours of Tipperary and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club official logo. To see an image of this lovely gift go to http://www.tippsupportersclub.com. Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s 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). Also members can access a discount scheme and will receive regular updates by email on team news, match reports and events. In addition members providing phone numbers will receive text alerts with Tipperary SH League and Champio nship team selections.

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 . Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com by credit card or debit card or with usual local sellers. Membership is available from anywhere in the world and the membership pack will be posted to whereever you are. On the website details are also available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help of members could join by direct debit. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Cas tleknock Close, Castleknock, Dublin 15(086-3580718, email: 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. Ryan Motor Power’s impressive showroom and forecourt facility in Powerstown, Clonmel showcases the full Skoda model range. Operating in Clonmel since 2000 the family-run business has developed an excellent reputation for value, quality and loyalty. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/ or call 052 6180323. Commenting, Ronan Power, Director of Ryan Motor Power said, “We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme and to represent Skoda here in Tipperary, particularly given the relationship built up between Skoda and Tipperary GAA fans. The Skoda range offers excellent value for money with fuel efficient engines and low road tax available across the range.” The Tipperary Supporters Club thanks R yan Motor Power for its generous sponsorship; please support our sponsors.

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John Coman
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