Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan
All IRELAND SENIOR HURLING FINAL
We wish our senior hurlers and team management every success for Sunday’s All Ireland hurling final against 4 in a row seeking Kilkenny. This is Tipperary’s first All Ireland final appearance since 2001 and there is huge interest throughout the county and beyond in the game. 68,515 people attended the 2001 final between Tipperary and Galway which was a full house at the time because the building of the new Croke Park was not fully completed. There is no doubt there will be more than 80,000 there on Sunday. It will be the first championship encounter between the counties since 2003 and the first All Ireland final contest between them since 1991. It’s the third competitive encounter between them this year following the league game in Nowlan Park and the League Final in Thurles. The general consensus is that the final features the two best teams in the country with Kilkenny starting as clear favourites as they make their 8th appearance this decade in a final and seek their 7th win, their only defeat coming in 2004 to Cork. However, this is an improving Tipperary team and there is no doubt they will represent the county well on hurling’s biggest day of the year.
ALL IRELAND FINAL NIGHT BANQUET
The All Ireland Final night banquet to be hosted by the Tipperary Association Dublin in the Burlington Hotel is now sold out. The Association would like to thank all those who have so generously supported the function.
MONSTER ALL IRELAND FINAL DRAW
Thanks to all those who have supported our senior hurlers by buying tickets in the Monster All Ireland Final draw. The players and management greatly appreciate your generosity. The lucky winner of the magnificent first prize of an All Ireland weekend for 2 in the Burlington Hotel, 2 stand tickets for the final, 2 tickets to the banquet and a trip for 2 on the team holiday will be announced this Thursday evening, September 3rd, when the draw takes place at 9pm in the Sarsfields Centre, Thurles. Thanks also to all the clubs and people who sold tickets and to the organising committee for running such a successful fund raising event.
SEPTEMBER TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
The Sept Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw will be held on Friday Sept 4th in Jim Kennedys Tower Lounge, Thurles at 10pm. On the night local winner Carmel Heaney will be presented with €12,000 and €400 will be presented to promoter Mick Carroll. Dan Fitzpatrick (Moycarkey Borris) will be presented with €15,000 and promoter Joe O Sullivan will receive €500. A further 2 cars will be the star prizes on the night along with numerous other prizes including a holiday, a set of jerseys and cash prizes. Come along and get the All Ireland weekend off to a winning start with local club Durlas Óg.
SOUTH SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Moyle Rovers on their victory in the South Division Senior Football Championship final last Sunday when they defeated Fethard by 14 points to 8. Their win means that they qualify directly for the county semi-finals.
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The weekend of September 12th and 13th will be a big weekend for the county senior hurling championship with 6 games in the first round of the Dan Breen Cup and the semi-finals of the Seamus Ó Riain Cup taking place. In the Dan Breen Cup games there will be 3 double headers – in Boherlahan on Saturday 12th, Ballybacon Grange v Portroe is at 4pm and Toomevara v Carrick Swans is at 5.45pm; in Templemore on Sunday September 13th Upperchurch Drombane v Cappawhite is at 2pm and Borris-Ileigh v Loughmore Castleiney is at 3.45pm and in Cashel also on Sunday 13th, Golden Kilfeacle v Killenaule is at 2pm and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams v Thurles Sarsfields is at 3.45pm. The first Seamus Ó Riain Cup semi-final will take place between Kilruane MacDonaghs and Roscrea in Toomevara at 6pm on Saturday 12th and the second between Kildangan and Lorrha / Dorrha will be in Nenagh at 2pm on Sunday 13th. Any of the eight games ending in a draw will go to extra time.
U-16 and U-14 All Ireland Champions
Congratulations to the Tipperary under 16 team and mentors on their victory over Galway in the final of the Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland U-16 final in Semple Stadium last Sunday and also to the under 14 team and mentors which won the Tony Forristal All Ireland U-14 final in Waterford, defeating the host county in the final. Well done also to Tipperary Bord na nOg for organising the U-16 tournament and to the clubs in South Tipperary which hosted the round robin games and semi-finals on Satuday.
BEST CLUB UNDER THE SUN
Drom & Inch is seeking the support of Tipperary Gaels in its bid to become the “Best Club under the Sun”. The Mid Tipp club has reached the final four of the competition, which is sponsored by Etihad Airways and is promoted by TG4’s Seó Spóirt. An online vote to determine the winner will run until Wednesday, September 9th, with a prize of a team training camp in Abu Dhabi with Tipperary legend Nicky English on offer. But the club faces stiff competition from St. Brigids and Lucan Sarsfields of Dublin and Rathnure of Wexford, and indeed are the only non-Leinster club in contention. A strong showing from Tipperary people could help Drom-Inch to win this valuable prize. Last year’s competition was won by All Ireland club hurling champions Portumna from Co. Galway with Kildangan being a close runner-up. To cast your vote for Drom-Inch simply log on to www.etihadgaa.ie and don’t forget the rapidly approaching closing date of September 9th.
ALL IRELAND CLUB SEVENS
Good luck to all the Tipperary clubs that are participating in the All Ireland Club Sevens at Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday September 5th where Nenagh Éire Óg will defend their title.
TIPPERARY LOSE NY FINAL
The Tipperary hurling club in New York lost out to Offaly in the recently played Senior Hurling Final at Gaelic Park in the Bronx on a scoreline of 4-14 to 2-11. This was Offaly’s third title in a row and their side included former Tipperary underage player Shane Sweeney from Ballybacon-Grange who scored 1-1 in the final. The Tipperary team lined out as follows – Thomas O’Meara; Jayson O’Callaghan, Ger Mahon; Tom King, Kieran Bergin (2-0), Steve Lillis; David Crimmins, Dave Loughnane (0-1); Paudie Ryan (0-1), Niall Healy (0-8), Tadhg Slevin; Niall Curtain, Liam Costelloe. Subs: John Madden, John Phelan (0-1).
JOIN GORTNAHOE-GLENGOOLE GAA FOR ALL IRELAND BUILD-UP
If you want to witness local Tipperary and Kilkenny rivalry first hand, then Hogans of Ballysloe is the place to be on Friday, September 4th at 10pm when there will be pre-match interviews and discussions with local fans from both counties. During the event, the club will make presentations to club members Larry Kiely, Murt Duggan and Jim Ryan who won All Ireland Minor Hurling medals with Tipperary in 1959. Also included on the night will be a raffle for 2 tickets for the All Ireland Final, a signed Tipperary jersey and many other spot prizes as well as a race night.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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