Tipperary GAA Scene by County PRO Ger Ryan
All IRELAND SENIOR HURLING FINAL
Well done to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team and management on their great performance against Kilkenny in last Sunday’s All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final in Croke Park. While they just came up short in their quest to bring the Liam McCarthy Cup back to Tipperary, all Tipperary people were very proud and heartened by their great display in what all commentators have described as a truly great final. The team received a great reception at the banquet for them hosted by the Tipperary Association Dublin in the Burlington Hotel in Dublin on Sunday night. We are grateful to the Tipperary Association for their customary welcome and hospitality and to all those who attended the banquet. On Monday evening the team returned to Thurles by train and received a magnificent welcome from several thousand Tipperary supporters at Semple Stadium. We would like to thank all the players, Liam Sheedy, Eamon O’Shea and Michael Ryan and their backroom team for all their hard work and dedication over the last 9 months. Theirs is a massive commitment and we are also grateful to their families for supporting them so well and enabling them to make the time to dedicate to Tipperary. Well done to them all.
MONSTER ALL IRELAND FINAL DRAW
Congratulations to Philip Heenan of Cloughjordan who won first prize in the Monster All Ireland Final draw. The other prize winners were 2nd Cahir GAA Club, 3rd Fred Mackey 64 Elm Park, Clonmel (St. Mary’s GAA), 4th The Fitzgerald Family, Fethard (Fethard GAA), 5th Sean Hickey Georges Park, Gortnahoe, Thurles (Gortnahoe Glengoole GAA), 6th: Seamus Foley Friar St, Cashel (Cashel King Cormacs GAA), 7th: John Ryan (B) Gurtshane Newport (Ballinahinch GAA), 8th Elizabeth Mackey 21 Ard Mhuire, Carrick on Suir, (Carrick Davins GAA), 9th Cahir GAA Club, 10th Prize: Maurice Heaphey Upper Slievenamon Rd Clonmel (St. Mary’s GAA). We are very grateful to all the people who purchased tickets for the draw and also to all those who sold them. It was a great effort over a short space of time.
MOYCARKEY-BORRIS WIN KILMACUD CROKES ALL-IRELAND SENIOR HURLING SEVENS
Congratulations to Moycarkey-Borris on winning the annual Meteor Kilmacud Crokes All-Ireland Senior Hurling 7’s competition which took place on Saturday last. The domination of last year’s competition by Tipperary clubs where Nenagh Eire Og defeated Portroe in the final with Kilruane MacDonaghs and Toomevara getting to the semi-finals only served as a motivating factor for the 12 Tipperary clubs who were among the 40 entries for the 2009 event. In Group 1, Burgess defeated Boherlahan-Dualla by 5-13 to 2-10 in the first match and Burgess went on to defeat Killeagh (Cork) and Carnmore (Galway) to qualify for the Quarter-Finals as Group 1 winners. Boherlahan-Dualla drew with Carnmore and lost out to Killeagh in the other games in Group 1. In Group 2, Nenagh Eire Og accounted for Na Fianna (Dublin), O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim) and Raparees (Wexford) by an average winning margin of 14 points to easily top the group. In Group 3, Moycarkey-Borris defeated UCC in their first match before defeating Toomevara by 6-5 to 5-6 in a thriller. Moycarkey defeated St. Brigids (Dublin) in their third game to qualify as Group 3 winners. Toomevara defeated St. Brigids and UCC to finish second. In Group 4, Templederry Kenyons were unlucky to lose to Cloyne by three points in their first match and easily accounted for Tullaroan (Kilkenny) and Shelmaliers (Wexford) in their other two matches. However, Cloyne qualified as Group winners. In Group 5, Borrisokane lost out to eventual group winners Raheny in their first game before losing to Ballyhea (Cork) and Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny). In Group 6, Mullinahone defeated Courcey Rovers (Cork) and Knockainey (Limerick) before losing out to Faythe Harriers (Wexford) by 1 point in their last match. In Group 7, Kilruane MacDonaghs and JK Brackens both defeated Youghal (Cork) and the host club Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) to set up a winner takes all clash in their third game which Kilruane won by 9-3 to 4-8. In Group 9, Carrick Swan and Cashel King Cormacs both lost to Bishopstown (Cork) and eventual group winners Cratloe (Clare). Carrick Swan defeated Cashel by 9-4 to 2-3 in the game between the two Tipperary sides.
And so four Tipperary clubs qualified for the Quarter-Finals with Burgess getting knocked out at this stage by Nenagh Eire Og on a scoreline of 4-16 to 1-7. Moycarkey-Borris defeated Cloyne by 3-8 to 1-3 and Kilruane MacDonaghs accounted for Raheny by 5-7 to 1-5 in the other Quarter-Finals involving Tipperary clubs. Ballinhassig (Cork) defeated Cratloe (Clare) by 2-8 to 1-9 in the last Quarter-Final. The Semi-Finals were close affairs with Moycarkey-Borris defeating Nenagh Eire Og by 1-15 to 1-12 in the first semi-final after a cracking game before Kilruane MacDonaghs defeated Ballinhassig (Cork) by 4-9 to 2-9. And so the showcase event of the day saw Moycarkey-Borris and Kilruane MacDonaghs fight out a high scoring final just five weeks after the teams had met in the Seamus O’Riain Cup back home. Moycarkey had the wind in the first half and led by four points at the interval. Kilruane reduced the lead to two points with seven minutes remaining before a strong finish saw Moycarkey-Borris securing victory by 8-11 to 4-15. Moycarkey-Borris captain Pat Carey accepted the cup on behalf of his team while Moycarkey goalkeeper John Kelly won the Player of the Tournament award.
Moycarkey-Borris became the seventh Tipperary club to win this competition following in the footsteps of Borris-Ileigh (1976, 1978, 1987, 1997 and 2000), Nenagh Eire Og (1996 and 2008), Mullinahone (2002 and 2005), Roscrea (1979), Kilruane MacDonaghs (1984) and Portroe (1999). Well done to all concerned who made it a memorable day for everyone present from Tipperary, supplying all in attendance with some outstanding displays of Sevens Hurling. Check out the Kilmacud Crokes web site for more details and photos from the day at www.kilmacudcrokes-hurling.com.
SHANNON ROVERS WIN ST. JUDES JUNIOR HURLING SEVENS
Congratulations to Shannon Rovers on winning the Bord Gais Energy St Judes Junior Hurling Sevens on Saturday last in an all Tipperary final against Emly on Saturday last. Shannon Rovers, Emly and Sean Treacys represented the Premier County. In Group 1, Sean Treacys lost to Diarmuid O Mathuna’s, drew with Padraig Pearses and defeated Faughs and Ballela to qualify for the Shield knock-out stages. In Group 3, Shannon Rovers defeated Modeligo, St Brigids (Dublin), Killavilla and Kildimo to qualify for the Cup Quarter-Final. In Group 4, Emly accounted for Ferrybank, Thomas Davis and Salthill Knocknacarra to also qualify for the Cup Quarter-Final.
In the Shield competition, Sean Treacys defeated Modeligo (Waterford) and Killavilla (Offaly) in the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final respectively to qualify for the Shield Final where they met Thomas Davis (Dublin). In a keenly contested final, both teams began in determined fashion and were level at 1-1 apiece in the opening four minutes, with Anto Deasy netting for the Tallaght outfit. However a hat-trick of first-half goals, including a brace from Eamonn Ryan paved the way to a first ever title for Sean Treacy’s on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-2.
In the knockout stages of the Cup competition, Shannon Rovers defeated Diarmuid O’Mathuna’s (Cork) and Padraig Pearses (Galway) to qualify for the final. Emly got the better of Newry Shamrocks (Down) and the host club St Jude’s (Dublin) to also get through to the final. In a keenly contested decider, a brace of Roy Darcy goals proved to be the main difference at the interval as Shannon Rovers claimed a 2-4 to 0-2 half-time advantage. In blustery conditions Emly upped their game after half-time and attacked strongly, despite conceding a Padraic O’Meara goal within 30 seconds of the restart. Emly pressed hard with their goalkeeper Mike Richardson playing more of an out-field role. Trailing by 3-5 to 0-2, Emly only conceded two points in the closing eight minutes, as Pat Buckley, James Ryan and Mike Ring tried their utmost to claw back the lead, but Rovers held too much in reserve and the North Tipperary side won out on a scoreline of 3-7 to 1-6 to become the fifth Tipperary club to earn Cup honours. It was a double success for Shannon Rovers, as Jamie Burke took the coveted Bord Gais Energy ‘Laoch an Lae’ award. The Rovers goalkeeper follows in the illustrious steps of current Tipperary net-minder Brendan Cummins who picked up the award in 2004.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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