U-21 MUNSTER HURLING SEMI-FINAL
There was surprise and disappointment at Tipperary’s defeat to Waterford in the Munster U-21 hurling semi-final on Wednesday evening last in Dungarvan. Hurling has always thrown up unexpected results from time to time but we congratulate Waterford on their deserved victory and extend our commiserations to the Tipperary management and players. There were occasions in both the 1990s and 1980s where Tipperary lost U-21 games unexpectedly and the players involved went on to win senior All-Irelands so hopefully history will repeat itself in that regard.
ALL IRELAND MINOR HURLING QUARTER FINAL
Good luck to our minor hurlers who will play beaten Leinster finalists, Wexford, in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on this Saturday, July 25th at 3pm. Two further games will follow – Wexford v Clare in the senior hurling relegation Round 1 at 5pm and Kildare v Wicklow in the senior football qualifiers Round 4 at 7pm so there will be plenty of action for supporters who travel to Portlaoise. Tipperary and Wexford have only met on 3 previous occasions in the minor hurling championship. Their first encounter was in the 1980 minor All-Ireland final which Tipp won by 2-15 to 1-10. They did not meet again until the All-Ireland semi-final of 1999 which Tipp won by 3-13 to 1-8 with current minor coach Damien Young playing in goals. Their most recent meeting was in the 2002 semi-final which again was won by Tipperary on a scoreline of 4-13 to 0-13.
TICKETING DETAILS FOR MINOR QUARTER FINAL
Entry to the stand and terrace for adults in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday is by ticket only. There are no reserved seats in the stand – seats can be taken on a first come first served basis. Tickets are available through Lár na Páirce in Thurles and Divisional Boards. Tickets can also be purchased on Ticketmaster and at O’Moore Park on Saturday. Stand tickets cost €25 and terrace tickets cost €15. A juvenile stand ticket costs €5 and juveniles are free to the terrace. A senior citizen stand ticket costs €15 (€25 with €10 cosncession retunred at Stile 1). Entry to the terrace for senior citizens and students costs €10 – pay at the stiles on the day.
DIVISIONAL SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIPS
The divisional senior hurling championships have reached the final stage in the Mid and South Divisions and the semi-finals stage in the North and West Divisions. All 2008 divisional champions bar North Champions, Kildangan, are still standing. In the Mid final defending champions, Drom and Inch, will play Upperchurch Drombane who will be making their first ever divisional final appearance at this level. In the South final defending champions Killenaule take on old rivals Mullinahone. In the North, county champions, Toomevara, play Portroe in one semi-final and Borris-Ileigh play Nenagh Éire Óg in the other. In the West, defending champions, Clonoulty Rossmore play Golden Kilfeacle while the other semi-final will be between Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams and Cappawhite.
SEAMUS Ó RIAIN CUP
After last weekend’s games Boherlahan Dualla, JK Brackens, Moneygall, Lorrha and Dorrha, and Roscrea will join Moycarkey Borris and Kilruane MacDonaghs in the quarter finals of the Seamus Ó Riain Cup. The eighth quarter finalist will be the winner of the game between Éire Óg Annacarty and Kildangan, which will be played on Sunday July 26th at 7pm in Boherlahan. The dates of the quarter finals are not confirmed yet. Defeats at the weekend for Ballingarry, Templederry Kenyons, Holycross-Ballycahill, Cashel King Cormacs and Burgess mean that their senior hurling campaigns for 2009 have come to an end.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
Well done to John O’Gorman of Cully Newport and Sinead and Joe Clancy of Moorstown, Cahir who won cars in the Tipperary Clubs Draw which took place in the Knock Inn, Knock on Friday night last and also to Marty Dwyer of Brocka Ballinderry (Shannon Rovers Club) who won €5,000 in the Lotto Draw and Gortnahoe Glengoole club on winning a set of jerseys. Well done to all the other prize winners as well (see elsewhere in this newspaper for full list of winners).
GAA Membership Registration System
Tipperary clubs have now been successfully registering their members online for 5 years. The new system is now in place well into its second year, aside from recording and registering members of each club, there are also some useful features within the registration system at http://people.gaa.ie that clubs can avail of. Firstly, the task of printing team sheets by Club Secretary’s has been made much easier once the players have been allocated with their respective panels. To set this up, log in to your Club Registration account and click on Team Management and Add Teams.
Some other features of the GAA Registration System include the ability to print off address labels for members and also the ability to send bulk text messages. Every club has been allocated 1,000 free text messages and they can purchase more as required thereafter. Click on the Communications tab within the GAA Registration System for more details. Contact the Tipperary County Board IT Officer Ed Donnelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 087-2055642 for any queries.
CROKE PARK AS EVENT VENUE
While it might seem a long way from Tipperary, Croke Park are promoting the stadium’s facilities as a venue for GAA Dinner Dances and other such social events. Packages including dinner are available from €49.50 and accommodation in available across Jones Road in Jurys Hotel from €79 per room. Details are available from the Croke Park Events Centre team on 01 819 2300 or by email at email@example.com.
BEST CLUB UNDER THE SUN
Etihad Airways, the UAE’s national airline and sponsor of the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship, are once again looking to find Ireland’s Best Club Under The Sun. The search on www.etihadgaa.ie is based around what local GAA clubs give back to their to their community and Etihad want to reward these clubs and the people that make up what it means to be part of that community; with the training camp of a life time. Last years winners, Portumna, spent four days in April at a special training camp in Abu Dhabi courtesy of Etihad Airways. The team trained each day, in the sun, with Tipperary hurling legend, Nicky English, putting them through their paces at the Zayed Sports Stadium. As part of Etihad’s sponsorship of the GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 2009, every club in the country is invited to nominate itself and outline why it is “The Best Club Under The Sun” and the public will then be asked to vote for the club they feel deserves to win. Speaking about the competition Beatrice Cosgrove, Etihad Airways Country Manager Ireland said “The GAA is part of the fabric of Irish society and at its heart is the local club. The idea of this competition is based around what local GAA clubs give back to their community. Not necessarily the one with the most trophies, and we want to recognise and reward these clubs for this input. Last year’s competition was a great success and hopefully 2009 will be bigger and better with clubs from every corner of the country entering The Best Club Under The Sun.” To enter this year’s competition just log onto www.etihadgaa.ie and fill out the form to nominate your club. You can also follow the competition on TG4’s Seó Spóirt, presented by Dara Ó Cinnéide, which airs every Friday at 8.30p.m. Last year’s competition received a phenomenal reaction, with over 3,000 votes cast with in the first few days. By day five there were 17,000 votes and by the closing day the competition had received 64,584 votes with Portumna emerging as the winners with Kildangan one of the close runners up. Could 2009 see your club voted “Best Club Under The Sun”?
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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