Tipperary GAA Scene June 16th 2009

Tipperary GAA Scene June 16th 2009

by County PRO Ger Ryan

TIPPERARY V CLARE MUNSTER SHC SEMI-FINAL

Tipperary’s senior hurlers play Clare in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final on Sunday next, June 21st in Páirc na nGael, Limerick at 4pm. Tickets costing €30 for Mackey Stand (Covered), €25 for Uncovered Stand and €20 for Terrace are available through clubs, on www.ticketmaster.ie, on the Munster GAA website, www.munster.gaa.ie, in Lár na Páirce, Thurles each day from Wednesday 17th until Saturday 20th and in the GAA Centre Clonmel and the Éire Óg Complex Nenagh from 8pm to 9pm on Thursday 18th.

This game will be the 49th championship meeting between Tipperary and Clare. Tipperary won 33 of the previous 48 encounters, Clare won 11 and there were 4 draws.  Their most recent meeting was in the 2008 Munster SHC final also played in Páirc na nGael, which Tipperary won on a scoreline of 2-21 to 0-19.

Tipp and Clare last met in a Munster SHC semi-final at Páirc na nGael, on June 5th 2005, when Tipperary won by 2-14 to 0-14. Eoin Kelly was top scorer with 0-7. The attendance was 23,537.

MUNSTER MINOR HURLING SEMI-FINAL

Tipperary will play Cork in the Munster Minor Hurling semi-final on Wednesday, June 24th in Páirc Ui Chaoimh at 7.30pm. Good luck to all the players and the management team.

FOOTBALL QUALIFIER DRAW

Tipperary’s senior footballers will learn their opponents for the All Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers when the draw for Round 1 takes place on Sunday, June 21st at Páirc na nGael, Limerick live on TV3 at 6pm approx.

VISIT THE DOME AT SEMPLE STADIUM

Why not visit the Dome at Semple Stadium before and after the Limerick v Waterford Munster SHC semi-final replay on Saturday June 20th for food and refreshments? There is a full range of hot and cold food available as well as a full bar service. Come early and watch the Lions v Springboks (South Africa) rugby union Test Match on a big screen and after the game in Semple Stadium, watch the Kilkenny v Galway Leinster SHC semi-final live from O’Connor Park, Tullamore.   The Dome is located behind Ardán Ó Riain (New Stand).

POC FADA COUNTY FINAL

Congratulations to David O’Connor of Borris-Ileigh who won the Poc Fada County Final at Thurles Racecourse on Saturday last, June 13th.  Matthew Ryan of Templederry Kenyons was runner-up.  David will now represent Tipperary in the  Munster Final of the Poc Fada, which will take place on Saturday July 11th also at Thurles Racecourse. It will be one of a number of events in Thurles on the weekend of the Munster Senior and Minor Hurling Finals. More details will follow in next week’s GAA Scene.

TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW 2009

Congratulations to Deirdre Synnott of Tinderry Knock, Roscrea (sold by Knock GAA) on winning the star prize of an Audi A6 or €50,000 in the first draw of the new Tipperary Clubs Draw 2009, which was held in O’Gorman’s Bohernarusha, Holycross on Friday night last. Other lucky winners of cars were Mick and Eileen Coffey of Bracken, The Spa, Clonmel (sold by Clonmel Óg GAA), Tom O’Dowd, Holycross Village (sold by Holycross Ballycahill GAA) and Tony Gleeson, Moyneard, Moyne.

Well done to all the club promoters on their magnificent selling efforts again this year. The draw of course could not take place without a lot of advance promotional activities and a huge amount of administrative work to make sure all members are registered in time for the draws. Well done to all concerned and in particular to Ger Bradley, Draw Co-Ordinator; Siobhan Mackey, Geraldine Bourke and Marian Graham in the GAA Office Thurles; Peter Byrne, Chairman of the Draw Committee and his Committee members; and Tim Floyd, County Secretary.

GAA E-MAIL UPDATE

All clubs in Tipperary have now logged on at least once to their new GAA e-mail account, the first county in Ireland to do so. However, there are some clubs still using the old GAA e-mail accounts.  Please note that from June 30th onwards, all spam filtering for the old GAA e-mail address will cease. From July 31st onwards, users will no longer be able to send e-mails from the old e-mail system which will cease to exist altogether on December 31st. As a result of this phasing out of the old GAA e-mail system, all Tipperary clubs and users are encouraged to use the new GAA e-mail system as their only way of accessing GAA e-mails going forward. Those who send e-mails on a regular basis to Tipperary GAA clubs are asked to update their mailing lists accordingly to reflect this change. Anyone wishing to e-mail a Tipperary club can see the updated list of club e-mail addresses on the Contact section of the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie.

COUNTY BOARD MEETING

The next meeting of the County Board will be held at 8pm on Tuesday June 30th in the Sarsfields Centre, Thurles.

REFEREE – NOEL COSGRAVE

Good luck to Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield) who will referee the Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final between Cork and Clare at 2pm in Páirc na nGael, Limerick on Sunday next in the curtain raiser to the Tipp v Clare senior game.

Tipperary Supporters Club Membership

Now that Tipperary’s campaign in the Munster SH Championship is in full swing we are asking you to show your support by encouraging your family and friends, at work or in your club, to join up as 2009 members. If you could sell even a small number of memberships it would be greatly appreciated, as significant team preparation expenses are incurred at this time of the year for travel, meals, specialist training and medical treatment. To find out the details just call John Coman on 087 9087105 or email info@tippsupportersclub.com.

We thank the many supporters who have taken out their Tipperary Supporters Club membership early this year and numbers are well up with last year’s figures. New members are still in time to be entered in the draws for Championship match stand tickets and the All-Ireland Hurling Final Weekend prize (match stand tickets and accommodation in www.louisfitzgeraldhotel.com included). In addition every member receives a membership card, car/window sticker and an attractive, specially-designed lapel badge. Membership fee is €30 and can be paid on line (by credit or laser card) on www.tippsupportersclub.com, or by sending a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to John Coman, PRO, 52 Hazelbrook Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W (phone 087 9087105) or by calling in to the premises of Tony Lowry, Main St, Tipperary Town; Jerry Moynihan, Gladstone St, Clonmel; or Noel Ryan, Parnell St, Thurles.

TIPP FM GAA MASTERCLASS

How would you like to be trained by our County Stars in Hurling and Football? You now have the opportunity as The Tipp FM GAA Masterclass in association with the Tipperary County GAA Board returns for its 3rd year on Saturday June 27th for boys and girls aged 10 to 14 in the ‘Field of Legends’ that is Semple Stadium. There was a huge reaction to this over the last two years and the demand for this year’s event is equally high with over 2000 applicants so far for the coveted 50 places. To be in with a chance to win a place on the Masterclass, all you have to do is to listen in to the GAA Preview Programme with Paddy Finucane this Saturday from 5pm-6pm or you can send your name, address, age, and club on a post card to: The Tipp FM GAA Masterclass 2009, The GAA Preview Show, Premier Broadcast Centre, Gurtnafleur Business Park, Clonmel. You can enter as many times as you like.  The final draw takes place with Paddy this Saturday June 20th.

TIPPERARY GAA ARCHIVES

As part of the 125th Anniversary celebrations, a new Tipperary GAA archive web site is being prepared for launch this summer which will include a list of all players who have played for Tipperary from the Minor grade upwards. All clubs in the county were sent an e-mail last week with a list of the inter-county players from their club as compiled by PJ Maxwell to review and revert with any updates or omitted players. Clubs are asked to review this information and revert to Ed Donnelly (ed.donnelly@gaa.ie) by Sunday June 21st. Thereafter, the information will be loaded in to an online database where anyone will be able to search for inter-county players by a number of different criteria including name, club, year, grade etc. In addition to this database, the new web site will include the County and Divisional Championship roll of honour from the Minor to Senior grade, including County Final winning captains. More details will be forthcoming closer to the launch of this eagerly awaited online resource.

HANDBALL SUCCESS IN USA

Well done to Fergal Collins and Ger Coonan from the Ballina Club on their recent successes in the USHA Handball Nationals in California. Collins defeated Coonan in a thrilling Mens A Singles Final. He also won the 19 and Under title while Coonan teamed up with Patrick Clerkin to win the Mens A Doubles Title.

TIPPERARY GAA SCENE

Information concerning all areas in the GAA will appear in this section in the future. If you wish to include any item of interest in future articles, please contact the County Public Relations Officer Ger Ryan at 086-8149146 or via e-mail at pro.tipperary@gaa.ie on or before 3:00pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.

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