Dear Tipperary Supporter





Congratulations to the Tipperary minor hurlers and management team on qualifying for the Electric Ireland Munster minor hurling semi-final by defeating Kerry by 6-21 to 0-11 in the first round on Wednesday evening last at Semple Stadium. Tipperary will play Waterford in the Munster semi-final on Friday, June 29 at Semple Stadium but there is a possibility this game may be brought forward to the Wednesday or Thursday night of the same week. Tipperary have lost their last 2 minor championship encounters with Waterford. Last year Waterford won by 2-16 to 1-13 in the first round at Walsh Park and in 2009 they won the Munster Final at Semple Stadium by 0-18 to 1-13. Tipperary’s last victory over Waterford was in 2003 when they won a first round game at Semple Stadium by 1-9 to 0-10. Waterford have a strong team again this year having defeated Clare by 1-20 to 3-13 after extra time in Ennis last Wednesday.




The GAA nationally has requested all counties to hold an open night for supporters on this coming Thursday or Friday evening. These events are part of the national campaign to promote this years football and hurling championships. The theme of this year’s promotion is to encourage as many as possible to attend championship games using the slogan “nothing beats being there”. There will be plenty of attractive ticket packages for provincial and national championship games all designed to make it easy and affordable for supporters, particularly families, to attend games. Tipperary’s open night will be at Semple Stadium on Thursday evening, May 10 from 6pm to 7.30pm. Supporters will get to meet the senior hurling players and management and get autographs on jerseys, hurleys etc. Supporters are also welcome to remain on to see the team train afterwards. Unfortunately the senior footballers will not be available for the open evening as they are playing a challe nge game. We hope as many supporters as possible can come along onThursday night and show their support for the team. The first round Munster championship games for both footballers and hurlers against Kerry and Limerick respectively at Semple Stadium on Sunday May 27 are only a few weeks away and those games present a unique opportunity to come out and support both teams as they kick off what hopefully will be successful championship campaigns.




Well done to all at Semple Stadium for ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the Allianz hurling league final between Kilkenny and Cork and the Camogie League final between Cork and Wexford at Semple Stadium last Sunday. Kilkenny’s comfortable win will see them enter the championship as strong favourites to win their 6th All Ireland title in 7 years.




Tipperary will play Kerry in the Munster Junior Football championship and Limerick in the Munster Intermediate Hurling championship in a double header at MacDonagh Park on Saturday May 26.




Tipperary will play Cork in the Munster minor football championship semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Wednesday May 16 at 7:30pm. They last met in the 2011 Munster minor football final at Killarney which Tipperary won by 3-11 to 1-9. In the 2010 semi-final Cork won by 2-12 to 2-9 at Semple Stadium and in the 2009 semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipperary won by 0-13 to 0-10 after extra time. Both counties have good teams this year so a close encounter is likely in this high stakes game as the loser is eliminated from the championship with the winners going on to the Munster final and a guarantee of an All-Ireland quarter final place.


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 t o 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.


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 de tails on www.tippsupportersclub.com .



The inaugural Irish Sports Summit, taking place on the May 25 in Ballincollig, Co. Cork, will focus on the impact the worsening economic picture is having on the Irish sporting environment and look at ways of addressing the issues through co-operation and innovation.  The Summit aims to attract delegates from every facet of Irish sport, including amateur and professional athletes and clubs, National Governing Bodies (NGB), policy makers, sponsors, businesses, media, nutrition, health and wellbeing. Featuring a stellar line up of panellists, from throughout the sporting world, the Summit will identify key areas of concern and challenges, before moving on to opportunities and reasons for optimism in the years to come. From identifying traps and innovative fundraising opportunities for Clubs and Associations, to exploring sporting trends and best practice operations for national organisations and industry, the Irish Sports Summit aims to draw all assembled out of the box towards ‘Big Idea’ thinking. Mr. Patrick J. Gallagher, who is credited with being one of the most creative marketing and business minds in U.S. professional sport, will deliver the keynote speech. With campaigns such as the Croix De Candlestick, Crazy Crab, and the Doofus Dome, Gallagher and the San Francisco Giants were recipients of multiple EFFIE awards, the global marketing industry’s annual award for excellence in effective marketing, a Clio award, and several Major League Baseball Marketing Excellence awards. The Summit provides an absolute wealth of experience and insight from individuals who will share their thoughts, knowledge and ideas. For more details visit www.irishsportssummit.com


To read this week’s GAA Scene by County Board PRO Ger Ryan go to www.tipperary.gaa.ie. News this week includes County Under 21 Football Finals, May County Board Meeting,  Cumann na mBunscol Finals Date for Diaries, Launch of IRISH DAILY STAR PRIMARY GO GAMES 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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Keep up with all the news on www.tippsupportersclub.com, www.tipperary.gaa.ie, www.hoganstand.com and www.munstergaa.ie.

Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann.

John Coman
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club

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