Dear Tipperary Supporter
FBD Insurance County Championships
From Tipperary GAA Scene by Jonathan Cullen, County Board PRO
Round 2 of the FBD Insurance Senior and Intermediate football championships took place last weekend with some really entertaining games producing a number of interesting results in both competitions. The action got underway in less than ideal conditions last Friday evening with games taking place in Sean Treacy Park, Cahir, Killenaule and The Ragg.
Starting in Tipp town, it was the clash of neighbours and fierce rivals Aherlow and Galtee Rovers in the Intermediate championship. As has always been the case when these two sides meet, the game was a well contested and closely fought battle that appeared to be going the way of Aherlow, however a late goal from the Bansha men saw them pip their opponents on a scoreline of 2-04 to 0-09.
Down the road in Cahir the meeting of Moyle Rovers and Rockwell Rovers was expected to produce a win for the South Tipperary side, however the New Inn boys had other ideas as they took the game to their opponents from the start and once they got a hold on the game Rockwell did not let go as they deservedly ran out winners by 1-11 to 0-12.
In Killenaule, CJ Kickhams Mullinahone had a little too much firepower for JK Brackens as they won their Intermediate game by 2-09 to 1-07. Meanwhile in The Ragg, last year’s county senior finalists Upperchurch Drombane took on Killenaule and in a very low scoring game it was “The Church” who prevailed, winning by 1-06 to 0-04.
The action on Saturday got underway in Templetuohy where Loughmore Castleiney’s second team played the 2022 County Junior Football champions Thurles Sarsfields. In a very one sided game it was “The Blues” who proved far too strong for their opponents as the brushed Loughmore Castleiney aside to win by 6-18 to 1-09.
Also in the Intermediate championship, Clonmel Sportsfield played host to a double header on Saturday evening. First up was the clash of defeated Round 1 teams Golden Kilfeacle and Moyle Rovers. As is often the case it was the first 15 of Golden Kilfeacle who had too much for Moyle Rovers second team as they won by 6-14 to 1-05.
In the second game a much fancied Grangemockler Ballyneale side met their South counterparts Fethard and in the end it was Grangemockler who came away from Clonmel with the points as they won by 0-16 to 2-08.
In Boherlahan, Loughmore Castleiney were looking to get their championship hopes back on track when they played Ardfinnan and while it took the Mid side a little while to get going they eventually had enough in the tank to get the win on a score of 0-11 to 0-06.
Also in the senior championship in Cashel, defending champions Clonmel Commercials were way too strong foe Eire Óg Annacarty Donohill, winning by 3-19 to 0-02.
It was a good evening for both Clonmel clubs as Clonmel Óg easily overcame Fr Sheehys by 5-14 to 0-06 in their Intermediate game which was played in Bansha.
In Templemore, Round 1 winners Ballina and Moycarkey Borris met in their senior football game which resulted in a good 0-15 to 1-03 win for Ballina.
One of the big results of the weekend came from the clash of Drom & Inch and Kilsheelan Kilcash in Cashel on Saturday evening as the men from the foot of the Devils Bit staged one of the performances of the championship so far to overcome one of the favourites to progress through the knockout stages by 1-11 to 1-10.
The final two games of the senior championship took place in Golden in Sunday after noon and resulted in wins for Cahir over Arravale Rovers and JK Brackens over Ballyporeen. While in the Intermediate championship Clonmel Commercials defeated Moyne Templetuohy.
Next weekend is set to be another bumper weekend in the hurling championship and with almost all the games holding huge significance it is sure to be a great weekend of entertainment across all three grades. Once again supporters are reminded that tickets for all these games are now on sale via the ticket section of the Tipperary GAA website and there will also be a tap and go system in operation at all venues this weekend. And If you are unable to attend the games, our streaming partners Clubber will be broadcasting many of the games via Clubber TV.
Tipperary GAA All Inclusive Cúl Camp
Tipperary GAA, in association with Tipperary Sports Partnership, ran a very successful all-inclusive Cúl camp, recently in Dr Morris Park Thurles. The camp was attended by over thirty, very enthusiastic children, from across the county. They were treated to some excellent coaching, interaction and most importantly, “fun” from our army of trained Cúl camp coaches.
To conclude the camp, all children and their parents/guardians got to visit Semple Stadium, they were brough on a tour of the hallowed pitch, including the presentation areas and most importantly, the home dressing room. Bryan O Meara, Tipperary Senior Hurler, answered some very interesting questions, along with taking time for photos and sign autographs.
The Inclusive camp was an extremely positive experience for all concerned, we are already planning the Tipperary All Inclusive Cúl Camp 2024. Many thanks to all who made this camp a very special and worthwhile venture.
Semple Field Day 2023
On Saturday September 2nd , Tipperary GAA and our sponsors Fiserv will come together with an aim of raising as much funds as possible, to be shared between The Dillon Quirke Foundation & Cliona’s Foundation
The event will take place in and around Semple Stadium and will consist of :
- 10am – 3pm – U-9 Hurling Blitz in Dr Morris Park followed by 5 min games for each in Semple Stadium
- 11am – 2pm – Semple Tours by County Team for each team
- 11am – 6km / 8km Fun Walk/Run– Start & Finish in Semple Stadium.
- 12pm – 3pm – Semple Field Day activities – (fun games around the pitch)
- 1:15pm – 4pm – Semple Dog Show
- 12pm – 4pm – Car boot Sale outside Semple Stadium (old Stand)
- 12pm – 4pm – Bake Sale with traditional Irish Music. ( please encourage your members to donate goods to this sale – Ask the to contact email@example.com should they intend to bake something for it)
- 7pm – 9:30pm – Semple Roadshow of GAA Legends compèred by Damian Lawlor and Paul Collins with numerous people from all eras such as Davy Fitzgerald, Tommy Walsh, TJ Ryan, Mick Galway, Henry Shefflin along with Tipp Legends Eamon Corcoran, John Carroll, Joe Hayes to name just a few.
- 9:30pm – Music and Entertainment with the fantastic ABBAesque and supported by Molly O’ Connell and friends. Finished off with DJ Lorcan Ryan.
For further information you can contact the Tipperary GAA Office or Brian Fogarty on 087-8113012 or keep an eye on the Tipperary GAA social media for more details.
We extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of the late Michael (Mickey) Nugent who passed away last week. Mickey was a man who was very well known, liked and respected by all those who had the pleasure of meeting him down through the years. Throughout his life Mickey made a valuable contribution to the Gaelic Athletic Association in his club Newcastle and at County Committee level also. To his children, Michele, Annette, Mary, Pat, Jacinta and the extended Nugent family, we send our deepest sympathies. May his gentle soul Rest in Peace.
Tipperary Clubs Draw
The 2023 – 2024 Tipperary Clubs Draw will commence this Friday night when the first draw of the new season takes place in the Cashel Palace Hotel. On the night a host of prizes will be up for grabs and it is still not too late to be in with a chance to claim your spot in the draw drum. If you would like to join the draw and in turn support both Tipperary GAA and the club of your choice in Tipperary, all you have to do is contact any club in the county or the Tipperary GAA office on 0504 22702. Remember you have to be in it to win it.
GAA Go Games
The GAA, the Camogie Association and Ladies Gaelic Football Association are launching the updated Go Games Policy as a reaffirmation of our collective commitment to nurture a passion for Gaelic games in young boys and girls and to do this through a positive coaching environment of inclusion and to ensure every child has an opportunity to learn and develop their skills.
Go Games are Camogie, Hurling and Gaelic Football for children up to and including 12 years of age, where every child gets to play (a Go) in every game, for the full game and since has been responsible for significant growth in participation levels since its introduction in 2010. It is estimated that Juvenile membership in Gaelic Games is in the region of 250,000 young people.
As part of this relaunch we are delighted to launch the Go Games Workshop which is aimed at coaches and parents of children involved in Go Games. The short online workshop will ensure that participants will be able to apply the new Gaelic Games Go Games model effectively in coaching sessions and in running blitzes in line with national policy where games and pitch sizes can be modified to maximise full participation in the games.
From our experience, Children participate in Gaelic Games for a number of reasons – to have fun, to play with friends, parental encouragement, etc. However, a lack of fun, lack of perceived competence and an over-emphasis on competitive outcomes (which usually come from coaches and parents) are major reasons for dropout.
Players can generally learn the basic skills of Camogie, Hurling and Gaelic Football with relative ease. The better players who practise more often, come on faster than those who only participate in collective coaching sessions. However, players find it more difficult to develop the ability to make the right decisions – when to pass, whom to pass to, where to run, etc. – in full-sided games. However, through small-sided games the aim is to optimise their decision-making and at the same time enhance their technical development.
The original Go Games policy outlined that there was no provision made to publish scores, to play on a knock-out basis nor to include finals, or to present trophies, cups, etc. Through the relaunch/update of the policy, alongside the GAA, Camogie Association and LGFA are working to ensure there is a greater understanding and compliance in relation to elements of the policy including the non-competitive nature of Go Games. Putting ALL children at the centre of what we do is paramount for the three Associations.
Clubs who want to run a blitz/festival of activity outside of their own county Go Games programme can now use the online application process. This can be found on the dedicated Go Games page
To support the participation and development of the Under-12 player, the following principles underpin Go Games:
- All participants play in the full game.
- Participant needs are catered for at U7, U8, U9, U10, U11, U12.
- Activities are structured in a manner which optimises the level of fun, friendship, fair play and achievement derived by participants.
- Participants train and play in a safe, supportive and stimulating environment where they are encouraged to risk error, to learn and to derive maximum enjoyment from their involvement.
- Players master the basic skills of Camogie, Hurling and Gaelic Football and experience the sense of accomplishment, which derives from acquiring playing proficiency on the left and right hand side of the body.
- Everybody involved in Go Games, whether as players, parents/guardians, spectators, mentors, teachers, officials etc., should adhere to the key underpinning principles and give expression to the GAA ‘Give Respect, Get Respect’ and the LGFA’s ‘Take a second’ initiative.
Ar aghaidh le Tiobraid Árann
Public Relations Officer
Tipperary Supporters Club
Supporting Tipperary Hurling