|Dear Tipperary Supporter
ALLIANZ HURLING AND FOOTBALL LEAGUE
From Tipperary GAA Scene column by acting County PRO Ed Donnelly
Tipperary continued their unbeaten start to the Allianz Football League Division
4 thanks to a 1-19 to 1-7 victory over London at Ruislip on Sunday last, Barry
Grogan with the Tipperary goal from a penalty. Only 5 of the 16 League matches
last weekend ended with the travelling team on the winning side and with
Tipperary having won away twice already in this year’s Football League, it augurs
well for our promotion challenge. Tipperary now lie second in the table, ahead of
Leitrim on score difference. Tipperary’s next game will be against table toppers
Clare (on 7 points after 3 wins and a draw) at 3:00pm on Sunday next at Semple
The curtain-raiser for this game will see the visit of the reigning All-Ireland Senior
Hurling champions Clare to play Tipperary at 1:15pm. With all six hurling counties
tied on 2 points in Division 1A, the winner of this game will be in pole position to
qualify for the Hurling League Quarter-Finals.
The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Clare in Sunday’s AHL Division 1A clash in Thurles shows 2 changes from the team which lost to Kilkenny. Conor O’Mahony and Shane Bourke return in place of Thomas Stapleton and Conor O’Brien.
Tipperary SH team v Clare – Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields); Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Eire Og); Jason Forde (Silvermines), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)
With two meaningful games on the agenda, supporters can visit Semple Stadium
Thurles on Sunday and shout on the Premier County for the bargain price of 10
euro provided you purchase your ticket in advance via your local Centra and
Supervalu outlets or online via gaa.ie/tickets. Please note both stands are open
on Sunday from 12:15pm onwards and tickets can be purchased at outlets on
approach to both. The match day admission price will be €15 while Under 16s are
free. Concessions for students and OAP’s are available from the match day ticket
only and the five euro concession can be refunded upon the production of a full
price ticket and appropriate ID at stile 8 in the Kinane Stand and stile 53 in the O
LAR NA PAIRCE / SEMPLE STADIUM MERCHANDISE SHOP
The Tipperary GAA Merchandise shop and Lar na Pairce GAA museum at
Slievenamon Road Thurles will be open on Sunday next from 12 noon to 3:30pm.
The GAA merchandise shops in Semple Stadium will also be open on Sunday next
until both the games are over. For those unable to visit the shop in person, check
out the Tipperary GAA Shop online at http://myt.r.mailjet.com/redirect/y2f2hvx4vy3w2rb36hbn7y/tipperary.gaa.ie/shop/.
SENIOR HURLING CHALLENGE
Tipperary defeated Wexford by 3-30 to 2-17 in a Senior Hurling challenge game
played at Dr. Morris Park Thurles on Saturday afternoon. The Tipperary team and
scorers were as follows – Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-
Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch, 0-1), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Padraic
Maher (Thurles Sarsfields); Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh, 0-1 free), James
Woodlock (Drom & Inch, 0-1); Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Eire Og, 0-4), Noel
McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney, 0-3, 0-1 free), Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh, 2-
5, 0-2 frees); Jason Forde (Silvermines, 0-2), Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch, 0-
3, 0-2 frees), Patrick Maher (Lorrha). Subs: Darragh Egan (Kildangan), Thomas
Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons), Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore),
Seamus Kennedy (St. Mary’s Clonmel, 0-3), David Collins (Drom & Inch, 0-3, 0-1
sideline cut), Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan), Kieran Morris (Moycarkey-Borris), Tadhg
Gallagher (Kildangan, 1-0), Shane Bourke (JK Brackens, 0-4).
UNDER 21 FOOTBALL
The first round of the Cadburys Munster Under 21 Football Championship will
take place on Wednesday March 12th
Field Dungarvan at 7:30pm. The Tipperary management team led by David Power
(Manager) along with selectors Pat Moroney and Gerry McGill and coach Pat
Flanagan will be looking for a victory to set up a semi-final meeting with Clare on
Wednesday March 19th.
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHALLENGE CUP
at a Clare venue.
The first round of the County Senior Hurling Challenge Cup took place on Sunday
last with 14 of the 16 matches surviving the inclement weather conditions. 10
of the 14 games were decided by 5 points or less with five of the matches being
decided by one score or less while JK Brackens needed extra time to dispose of
Thurles Sarsfields. The most notable result of the day saw Silvermines defeat the
2013 County Senior Hurling champions Loughmore-Castleiney by 0-18 to 0-15 at
Dolla. The defeat of Lorrha by Mullinahone by 0-13 to 0-12 was the only game
where a team from the North Division lost to an opponent from another division.
The two postponed games from last weekend have been refixed for this coming
weekend. In the next round, the 16 round 1 winners will be paired against each
other while the 16 round 1 losers will be paired.
ALL IRELAND SCOR NA NOG FINALS
What a day it was for Tipperary in the All Ireland Finals of Scór na nÓg 2014
in Castlebar on Saturday 1st of March. Seán Treacy’s Club represented us in
the new All County Table Quiz held in GMIT. In an extremely tough contest of
knowledge and wit, in which 100 questions were asked of the competitors, our
boys Brian Carey, Patrick Carey, Conor Nolan and Shane Stapleton produced
a sparkling performance to come fourth out of the 28 counties entered.
Comhghairdeas libh a bhuachaillí . Dhein sibh éacht ar son bhur glub agus ar son
na contaethe. Comhghairdeas le bhur dtuistí agus le bhur lucht tacaíochta chomh
maith. Bhí sibh thar barr.
Moving to the Royal Theatre in the afternoon excitement was palpable in the
Tipperary camp as the inaugural Léiriú competition got underway. Standards
were excellent from the four provinces but Borris-Ileigh’s enactment of Briseann
an Dúchas trí shúile an chait was received very well by the huge audience in the
auditorium. We waited with baited breath for the adjudication and when Borris-
players, mentors and families went wild with excitement.
Liam Ó Néill, Uachtarán CLG presented All Ireland medals to Kate Delaney, Orla
Ryan, Ciara Ryan, James Ryan, Nicky Cooney, Luke Cooney, Ewan Younge and
Aaron Rabbitte and also presented the Perpetual Cup to a proud Orla Ryan –
daughter of the author of the drama and mentor to the group, a very proud Kay
The strains of Sliabh na mBan lingered long into the evening as the realisation
of All Ireland Victory dawned. The wonderful Borris-Ileigh Scór committee
organised a lovely Homecoming on Sunday evening which saw family, friends and
Scór supporters from far and wide come to congratulate and celebrate with na
Buaiteoirí óga arís. Tá an Craobh thar nais arís sa chontae.
SCÓR NA BPÁISTÍ
All roads lead to Cashel on Sunday March 9th
Go néirí go geal le na páistí go léir agus tá súil againn go mbeidh an-lá ag na
hiomaitheoirí uile. Comhghairdeas libh and well done.
The County Scór Sinsear Final is due to take place on Saturday March 15th
in Holycross at 7:45pm. Note that the finals scheduled for Borrisoleigh and
Clonmore this weekend have been cancelled.
TIPP GAA MONTHLY DRAW
The March draw in the Tipperary GAA Members Draw will take place on Friday
in Brosnan’s Lounge Cashel at 10:00pm. Tune in to Tipp FM from
10:45pm for the results of the top ten prizes.
CLUB OFFICERS INFORMATION NIGHT
Thanks to the clubs who attended the Club Officers Information Night on
MUNSTER GAA POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Colaiste Phobal Roscrea will play Cashel Community School in the Munster GAA
Post Primary Schools Senior B Hurling Final on Saturday March 8th
All referees in the county are reminded that a fitness and rules test will take place
on this Friday March 7th
in becoming a referee assessor, they should contact John Lonergan (Secretary
of the Tipperary Referees committee) at email@example.com or 086-
from 7:30pm in The Dome Thurles. If anyone is interested
Congratulations to the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) who won the
Fitzgibbon Cup for the ninth time following a 1-17 to 1-12 victory over the Cork
Institute of Technology (CIT) in Saturday’s final played at Queen’s University
Belfast. In the semi-finals played on Friday, WIT defeated the Limerick Institute
of Technology (LIT) by 2-21 to 3-17 after extra time while CIT defeated University
College Cork (UCC) by 1-17 to 0-19.
Given the participation of four Munster colleges, there was a significant Tipperary
involvement over the weekend. Colm Bonnar (Cashel King Cormacs) managed
the winning WIT team which included Tomas Hamill (Killea) and Joe O’Dwyer
(Killenaule) in the half-back line and Liam McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) lined
out at corner-forward, scoring a point in the final. On the losing CIT side, John
O’Dwyer (Killenaule) was their scorer in chief, getting 11 points in the semi-final
and 5 points in the final. Conor Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore) lined out at
wing-forward for CIT, scoring two points in the final while David Corbett (Thurles
Sarsfields) made a substitute appearance.
On the losing semi-finalists teams, LIT included Martin Minehan (Kildangan), Philip
Ivors (Ballingarry) and Mark Gennery (Portroe) in their starting line-up versus WIT
while Stephen Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh) and
James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane, Captain) all started for UCC in their one
point defeat by CIT.
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