Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan
MUNSTER SENIOR HURLING FINAL
Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team and management on their great success in winning back to back Munster Senior Hurling Championships by defeating Waterford in the final on Sunday last in Semple Stadium. It is Tipperary’s 38th Munster senior hurling title and their third title this decade equalling Waterford, while Cork won 4 Munster titles in the period 2000-2009. Tipperary contested 7 Munster Finals in the decade, more than any other county. Cork and Waterford contested 5 Finals each, Limerick reached 2 Finals while Clare got to 1 final. Prior to this decade, Waterford have never appeared in more than 3 Munster Finals in any one decade. It is the first time Tipperary have retained the Munster Championship since 1989 when coincidentally they also defeated Waterford. Winning back to back Munster Senior Hurling titles is rare in modern times. The competitive nature of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship is reflected in the fact that, since 1990, the only other occasions on which the back to back titles were won were 1997-1998 (Clare) and 2005-2006 (Cork). This differs from the 1980’s for example when Limerick’s 2 in a row was followed by 5 in a row for Cork before Tipperary captured 3 in a row to complete the decade (1987-1989). Sunday’s win also meant that Tipperary became the first county since Waterford in 2004 to defeat three counties to win the Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Tipperary’s next game will be the All-Ireland semi-final which will be played in Croke Park on Sunday August 16th.
Hard luck to Tipperary’s minor hurlers on their defeat to Waterford in the Munster Final on Sunday last. Although most people expected a Tipperary win, there can be no argument that Waterford were deserving winners. Tipperay are still in the championship and will still see themselves as having a good chance in the All Ireland series. Their next opponents will be Wexford. This game will be played on either Saturday July 25th or Sunday July 26th with the time and venue to be fixed next Monday. Antrim and Galway play in the other quarter final while Waterford and Leinster champions Kilkenny go directly to the semi-finals.
SENIOR FOOTBALLERS EXIT CHAMPIONSHIP
Tipperary’s single point defeat to Sligo in the All-Ireland senior football qualifier game in Semple Stadium last Sunday brings their season to an end. While they will obviously be very disappointed with the defeat, there are many positives to be taken from the season so far. Winning promotion to Division 2 was a great achievement and the higher standards and competitive nature of that Division will help develop this young team further in early 2010. Well done to all the players, management and supporting team for their hard work and great commitment all year.
MUNSTER 125 CELEBRATIONS
A Tipperary victory in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship is always special and noteworthy but there is an added significance to winning it in Thurles in the 125th anniversary year of the GAA. The Munster 125 celebrations at the weekend were very successful and added to the entertainment and enjoyment of the many visitors to Thurles. Whether it was the Historic Presentations, the Poc Fada, the U-12 blitz, the Torch Run, the Greyhound Race Meeting on Saturday night, the special Mass in the Cathedral on Saturday evening or the musical entertainment in Liberty Square, there was a large variety of things to do and see. Congratulations to all those involved with the organisation of the various events. Without the great work of so many people, none of the weekend’s events would have been possible. A special thanks to the clubs which participated in the Torch Run – Newport, Sean Treacys, Upperchurch Drombane, Holycross Ballycahill, Thurles KRF, Durlas Óg and Thurles Sarsfields for the great work they all did in preparing for the visit of the torch to their clubs. Each made a great and unique effort and really made being on the journey with the Torch a very enjoyable and worthwhile experience. Thanks also to the Gardaí for escorting the Torch and ensuring a smooth and safe journey for it and for the Sean Treacy Pipe Band for leading the various parades. We can look forward to the future of the GAA with confidence. Well done also to the Semple Stadium Management Committee, caretaker and stewards for their work – once again Semple Stadium proved to be an excellent venue for the Munster finals.
SEAMUS Ó RIAIN CUP
Good luck to all the teams participating in the Seamus Ó Riain Cup which kicks off this coming weekend July 18th and 19th with 5 games: Boherlahan Dualla v Ballingarry, J K Brackens v Templederry Kenyons, Moneygall v Holycross Ballycahill, Lorrha and Dorrha v Cashel King Cormacs and Burgess v Roscrea. (see fixtures elsewhere in this paper for venues and times. All games will go to extra time in the event of a draw.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
The July draw will be held on this Friday night July 17th in Synotts Bar,Knock at 10pm. On the night we will be presenting local winner Deirdre Synnott with her €50,000 cheque after winning the main prize in the May draw and €500 to the promoter of the winning ticket, Lua Carey, who is also the Club co-ordinator. Clonmel Óg’s Mick & Eileen Coffey will receive a cheque for €15,000 for winning second prize in the May draw We will also be presenting €15,000 to Tom O’Dowd of Holycross after his win in the June draw along with €12,000 to Tony Gleeson of Moyne after he scooping second prize in the June draw. On top of all of this we will be drawing for 2 new Cars along with further cash prizes on the night. Come along and celebrate with the Knock Club on their big winner in the Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw.
CUMMINS EQUALS DOYLE’S APPEARANCE RECORD
Congratulations to Brendan Cummins who equalled John Doyle’s record of 54 championship appearances for Tipperary on Sunday last against Waterford in the Munster Senior Hurling final.
Nicky Rackard Cup Final
Meath won the Nicky Rackard final in Croke Park last Saturday defeating London by 2-18 to 1-15. There was a strong Tipperary connection with Meath’s victory. Enda Fitzgerald from Roscrea played at full back. Alan Ryan of Kilruane MacDonaghs was a substitute on the team. Paddy Williams, also from Kilruane MacDonaghs, was coach and trainer of the Meath team. The Meath capain, Neil Hackett from the St Peters Dunboyne club, is a son of Borrisokane native Jim Hackett, who hurled for many years with Kilmacud Crokes. London also had Tipp connections with Keith Kennedy (formally of Killenaule and a cousin of senior hurling panellist Gerry), playing at wing-back
Lory Meagher Cup Final
Seamus McLoughney, a former Kilruane MacDonaghs senior hurler, was a member of the Tyrone panel that won the Lory Meagher cup last Saturday in Croke Park. Seamus is a brother of Kilruane senior player Ray McLoughney.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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