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BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
TIPPERARY V CORK – MUNSTER SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team and management on their narrow victory over old rivals Cork in last Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Quarter Final. Tipperary will now play Clare in the Munster semi-final in Pairc na nGael Limerick at 4pm on Sunday June 21st. There were five Championship debutants for Tipperary on Sunday, namely Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Darren Gleeson (Portroe) and Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons). Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh) also started his first Championship match after an appearance as a blood sub against Waterford last year. Darren Gleeson at the age of 28 became the oldest Championship debutant for Tipperary since Micheál Webster made his first appearance against Limerick in the 2005 Munster Championship. Tipperary’s victory on Sunday marked the third season in a row that Tipperary defeated Cork in the Championship. The last time this was achieved by the Premier County in consecutive years was from 1949 to 1951 with Tipperary winning the All-Ireland on each occasion. The current Championship winning streak over Cork is the longest since 1968 when Tipperary recorded their seventh consecutive victory over Cork following wins in 1958, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1965.
TIPPERARY V CLARE TICKET INFORMATION
The Tipperary v Clare Munster SH semi-final against Clare on Sunday June 21st at 4pm will be preceded by the meeting of Cork and Clare in the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship at 2pm. The Star Sunday Primary Game will take place at half time of both the Intermediate and Senior games. Tickets for this game are now available to purchase through the Munster GAA website ( http://www.munster.gaa.ie). Tickets will also be available as normal through clubs. Ticket Prices are: Mackey Stand (Covered) – Adult €30: Juvenile €5. Uncovered Stand – Adult €25: Juvenile €5 Terrace – €20. Senior Citizens please note that a refund of €10 is available on stand tickets on production of valid ID prior to entering the stadium at designated turnstiles on the day of the game. Juvenile group passes are also available to purchase. Juvenile Group passes cost €3 per juvenile and 1 adult is permitted free with every 10 juveniles. Juvenile Group pass applications are available through County Boards only (contact Tipperary County Secretary Tim Floyd on 0504 22702 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
MUNSTER INTERMEIDATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Hard luck to the Tipperary intermediate hurlers and management team following their defeat to Cork in the Munster Championship Quarter Final on Sunday last.
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING LEAGUE FINALS
Congratulations to Clonoulty Rossmore on their victory over Thurles Sarsfields by 1-20 to 1-12 to win the County Senior Hurling League Premier Division final on Saturday evening last. Following their thrilling draw and replay in last year’s county senior hurling championship semi-final, a keen rivalry is emerging between these clubs and who knows, they may renew it again before the year is out!
Congratulations also to Holycross-Ballycahill on winning the Division 1 final when they defeated Borris-Ileigh by a single point 1-11 to 0-13.
COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE FINALS
Two adult football league finals were also decided last weekend. Congratulations to Moyle Rovers on their 3-12 to 0-8 victory over Ardfinnan in the Premier Division final and to Cappawhite on their 1-15 to 0-8 win over Golden Kilfeacle in the Division 1 final.
THE LATE RONAN STAPLETON OF LOUGHMORE CASTLEINEY
We extend our deepest sympathy to the parents, brother, family, friends and clubmates of the late Ronan Stapleton of Loughmore Castleiney who died last week. Ronan was a prominent member of his club’s senior hurling team which won County and Munster club championships in 2007. He also won 3 County U-21 football titles in a row between 2004 and 2006 and captained the team in 2006. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
The first Draw in the new Tipperary Clubs Draw has been postponed by 1 week to Friday June 12th in the Horse & Jockey Hotel to avoid a clash with the local elections. All clubs are asked to take advantage of the extra week to sell more tickets. Remember by supporting the draw you are supporting your local GAA Club, and with the new incentive of 75% of new membership been retained by the Club you are helping them to gain increased revenue this year. And above all don’t forget that the lucky main prize winner on Friday 12th June will walk away with a brand new Audi A6 Diesel or €50,000 in Cash. That’s certainly a prize worth winning. Entry into the draw is still only €100 for the year or €10 per month. So join now and give yourself the chance to win the big prize or one of the many other great prizes on offer.
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship
The 2009 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship was launched at Croke Park on Monday May 25th.
At the launch, the competition sponsors unveiled a team of six ambassadors who will support an array of activities planned for the season ahead to promote hurling and the U-21 Championship.
The Bord Gáis Energy ambassadors are Seamus Callanan (Tipperary), Joe Canning (Galway), Ritchie Hogan (Kilkenny), Liam Rushe (Dublin), Patrick Horgan (Cork), and Arron Graffin (Antrim).
As Bord Gáis Energy ambassadors, they will be involved in a number of initiatives to be announced over the coming months, including the development of a hurling skills poster aimed at teaching children the basic skills of hurling and ambassador training sessions with under age teams across the country.
At the launch, GAA President Christy Cooney wished everyone connected with this year’s competition every success ahead of what is an eagerly awaited U-21 spectacle.
He said: ‘The U-21 grade is a hugely important one for us, especially in hurling. We need as many big, high profile games for hurling as we can get and the Bord Gáis Energy GAA U-21 Hurling Championship has not let us down in this regard in recent seasons’.
‘I look forward to another eventful campaign and thank Bord Gáis Energy for the imaginative and passionate support they have shown for a competition that aids and assists so many of our promising hurlers on their way to senior level.’
Brendan Cummins’s many admirers will surely increase after the bravery of the crucial save he made towards the end of the game against Cork last Sunday which also resulted in him getting a head wound that required him to leave the field of play. However, Brendan and all others who don’t wear helmets will have no choice but to wear them from January 1st 2010 when a motion passed at Congress in 2008 comes into effect. The new rule stipulates that in all hurling games and practice sessions it is mandatory for all players to wear a helmet with a facial guard. We want to bring this new rule to the attention of all clubs and players so that players who have not previously worn a helmet, including goalkeepers, have time to adapt to the change.
NEW TIPPERARY GAA DIRECTORY
The newly published Tipperary G.A.A. Directory is now available. It has been distributed to clubs in recent weeks by the divisional secretaries. The directory contains the names and contact details of all county, divisional and club officers in the county and will be of immense value to all involved in Gaelic Games in the county and beyond. The Directory is published by the Tipperary Yearbook Committee and was compiled by Seamus J. King and John Smith. Our thanks are due to Seamus and John for such a useful publication and to all those in the clubs who supplied information to them.
ADULT LONG PUCK COUNTY FINAL
The county final of the adult long puck will be held at Thurles Racecourse at 11.00 on Saturday 13th June. Each division will hold their own competition and send two representatives to the Co. Final.
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