Tipperary win Munster Minor Hurling Championship First Round
To read a match report on Tipperary’s victory over Kerry please go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie .


The Allianz Hurling League final between Cork and Kilkenny will be played at Semple Stadium on Sunday next, May 6 at 4pm. The game will be preceeded by the Camogie National League Final between Cork and Wexford. Spectators are asked to come early to avoid any last minute rush as a large crowd is expected. The game is all ticket but there is no reserved seating. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Both stands will be open and the Town End terrace only will be open. Stand tickets are €20 if purchased before match day to celebrate our new network of outlets with SuperValu and Centra and €25 if purchased on match day. Terrace tickets are €15 irrespective of when purchased. Juvenile stand and terrace tickets are €5 each. Senior citizen and student stand are €10 discounted from purchase price with purchase at full price and refund at concession stiles, no refunds after entry. Concession stiles are 1 and 2 in the Kinane (Old) Stand and 52 and 53 in the O Riain (New) stand. Tickets are available online from tickets.ie and gaa.ie and are also available from selected SuperValu and Centra stores in the participating counties and in Tipperary. Season ticket holders do not need to get tickets. They can use their season ticket pass at the stiles – Stiles 10 and 11 in the Kinane (Old) Stand and 48 and 49 in the O Riain Stand. Cash will not be taken at any stile so please arrive in time if you are purchasing a ticket on the day but the best value is to buy a ticket in advance online or through our partners in SuperValu and Centra.


All three county under 21 football finals will be played this coming weekend. The A final between Loughmore Castleiney and defending champions Arravale Rovers will be played in Holycross on Sunday May 6 at 1pm. Loughmore Castleiney are seeking their 10th title and their first since 2006 while Arravale Rovers are seeking their 4th title. In the B final, Borrisokane will play Clonmel Og on Saturday, May 5 at 7pm also in Holycross. Clonmel Og are seeking their 2nd title having won previously in 2006 while Borrisokane are looking to win the title for the first time. On Monday May 7 at 6pm in Clonmel Sportsfield the C final will be played between St. Patrick’s and Grangemockler Ballyneale. Grangemockler Ballyneale won the title previously in 2002 while St. Patrick’s have never won it. We congratulate all 6 clubs on reaching the finals and wish them all the best for the weekend’s games.


Please note the following Playing Rule changes which were passed at Congress on Saturday, April 14. These changes will become operative from May 14 and are to be implemented in all competitions. 1. Football Only – “Square Ball” – This has been amended to allow a player enter the small rectangle once the final deliberate play of the ball has been made, i.e as soon as the player kicks, hand-passes, fist passes or deliberately flicks the ball into the small rectangle then the attacking player may enter. The rule is unchanged with regard to “Set Play” i.e. Free Kicks, Line Balls and 45s – in these instances players are not permitted to enter the small rectangle before the ball.
2. Hurling and Football – an additional Power of the Referee has been added as follows: “To consult, on a needs basis, with a linesman or umpire(s) – where neutral – in order to establish matters of fact. In the case of the Umpires, this shall include consultation concerning the validity of a score when the Referee is in doubt”. This rule change gives the referee additional power to consult with the linesmen and umpires and will be particularly relevant in the adjudication on “square balls”. 3. Hurling and Football – Rule 2: The Players, Rules of Specification – this has been amended to allow substitutions be made when the referee has stopped play after a score or wide or for a free, sideline puck/kick or where the Referee has stopped play for medical attention to an injured player. Previously substitutions could only be made when the ball had gone out of play following a score or a wide, or when a stoppage in play was called by the referee for medical attention to an injured player.


New GAA President, Liam O’Neill has announced the membership of the central committees which will be in office for his term as present. Tipperary has been awarded two committee chairs – Liz Howard of the National Presentation and Awards Committee and Ger Ryan of the Medical, Scientific and Player Welfare Committee and the following committee memberships – Con Hogan (Central Hearings Committee), Sean Fogarty (Central Appeals Committee), Willie Barrett (National Referees Committee), Ed Donnelly (IT and Communications Committee) and John Costigan (Child Protection and Welfare Appeals Committee). Jimmy Darcy from Drom and Inch who works for the GAA in Croke Park is Secretary of the National Games Development Committee.


Several Tipperary clubs are performing have yet to appoint Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) Officers. Colin O’Regan, the National Co-ordinator for ASAP will shortly need to submit a list of ASAP club officers for each county. All clubs who have not appointed an ASAP Officer are asked to do so as soon as possible and provide the officer’s name, email address and phone number to the County ASAP Officer Pat Mulcahy who is contactable by email on patmulcahy1@eircom.net or by phone on 087 2572092.


Many of our units are now actively using and engaging with our members and supporters through social media and in particular, Facebook and Twitter. For this reason, GAA Social Media Policies and Guidelines and a step by step social media setup guide have been devised to assist and guide our units in best practice around this area. These documents are available on the GAA website, www.gaa.ie and we would encourage club officials to distribute these documents to all members and in particular to those individuals who may be looking after club social media networks. Clubs will also receive a communication shortly from the County PRO asking them to register their digital channels with the GAA. It is important that Clubs fill out this form. In that way, anyone who speaks on behalf of the GAA is authorised to do so, ensuring we work together to give the GAA a positive online presence.


The Tipperary Supporters Club 27th annual golf classic will take place on Thursday and Friday May 10 and 11 at the County Tipperary Golf Club at Dundrum House Hotel. The team entry fee this year is being maintained at €600 for a team of 4 for golf and 4 course meal to acknowledge our appreciation of the great support we have had from so many people over the years and given that the economic environment is still extremely difficult. Tee sponsorship is also available at €200 per tee. The Tipperary Hurlers have given us tremendous entertainment over the last three years reaching three successive All-Ireland Finals. This has necessitated increased assistance from the Supporters Club. Sponsorship or a team or tee for the golf classic will help give our management and team every opportunity to regain the All-Ireland title this year. To enter a team or sponsor a tee, please contact John Tierney, Supporters Club Chairman on 01 6217880, 087 6821398 or jpt@eircom.net. Further details on www.tippsupportersclub.com .


Tickets for the Tipperary Association Dublin annual awards night on Saturday, April 28 at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin are for sale at the GAA Office Lar na Pairce. They can be purchased by credit card over the phone (0504 22702). Tickets cost €35 each. We hope that Tipperary person of the Year 2011, David Power and Hall of Fame award winner, Liam Ahearne and their families and friends will have a great night at the awards night.


The 2012- 2013 Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw is being promoted in divisions and clubs at present and it is great to report a widespread positive response to the new draw, which is celebrating its silver jubilee this year. The draw is an essential source of funds for clubs and the county board and without it much of the games and other development work that goes on in the county would not be possible. We ask all our loyal supporters to remain in the draw if possible and would encourage new members to join. Prizes include cars, holidays and several cash prizes every month – all for €100 per year or €10 per month. For further details contact your local club co-ordinator or Ger Bradley at the Tipp GAA Office on 0504 22702.


County Board President and former long-serving County Board Secretary, Tommy Barrett will present the proceeds from his recent book to the Hospice Movement at a function to be held in the Sarsfields Social Centre on Friday night next, April 27. Tommy’s book, The Runai, which was written in conjunction with Susan Max is a very interesting account of Tommy’s long and distinguished service to the GAA and Tommy deserves great credit for his thoughtful and generous gesture in donating the proceeds to a very worthy cause.


The family of the late Ailbhe O’Connell, daughter of Tipperary Supporters Club stalwart Ailbe O’Connell, have asked us to let you know that a memorial Mass will be held in Ballyroan Church, Rathfarnham, Dublin on Friday 4th May at 10am. Go ndéana Dia trócaire uirthi.


To read this week’s GAA Scene by County Board PRO Ger Ryan go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie. News this week included Frewen Cup Colleges Football, Referee Assessors meeting and From the Archives 2012.


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


Ryan Motor Power, the official SKODA dealership in Tipperary is the new sponsor of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme. Visit the Ryan Motor Power website at http://www.ryanmotorpower.com/contentv3/ or call 052 6180323. Ryan Motor Power are offering the following special discounts for members of the Tipperary Supporters Club: 10% off all servicing for all makes of car and 10% off all accessories purchased. Just quote your 2012 membership number to claim the discount from Ryan Motor Power.


As part of our annual membership drive and to increase awareness of the Tipperary Supporters Club in our 25th year we’ve joined the world of social media with a Tipperary Supporters Club Facebook page and Twitter account. Information on how to join in below.


Once you have a Facebook account go to www.facebook.com/TippSupportersClub and “Like” our page. You can visit our page for up to date membership information, the Facebook page will have lots of information including player and squad updates, relevant stories, match reports and all things of interest to Tipperary Hurling. There’s plenty of room for comments or to post pictures and photos of interest – so please join in. Photos from the Launch are posted there.


If you are a Twitter user, follow us @TippSupporters – the twitter account is a great way to get up to the minute information in a really quick and concise manner. Our Twitter account will also gather other Tipperary information of interest such as match updates – before the media has them, squad information and the thoughts of players, journalists and other interested parties.

Remember even if you don’t already have a Facebook or Twitter account, you can registers in a couple of minutes at www.facebook.com and www.twitter.com


Membership for 2012 is already proving to be a popular buy and is now available on www.tippsupportersclub.com and with usual local sellers. The member’s gift is a specially produced Tipperary Supporters bag. This bag is proving versatile as a shoe/boot bag and as a match day bag. 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 2012 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 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 ).

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Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman

Public Relations Officer

Tipperary Supporters Club

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