BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
MCGRATH CUP SENIOR FOOTBALL
The Tipperary Senior Footballers were in hard luck to lose by a single point to Kerry in the McGrath Cup Senior Football semi-final played in Killarney last Sunday. Tipperary were behind 0-7 to 0-3 at half time and Kerry supporters were happy but not for long as Tipperary started the second half in great style with two points and got right back into the game. With 3 minutes of normal time left, Tipp lead by 1-9 to 0-11 but a free in front of the Tipp goal saw Kerry equalise. Kerry as only Kerry can do got the winner in the last minute. While the Tipperary supporters present were disappointed to lose, they were very happy with the display of this team. Short 5 regulars due to college commitments and playing against Kerry who had 10 of the 2009 All-Ireland winning side, this sterling performance is hopefully the beginning of another bright new chapter in Tipperary football. We now have a very good young team, a team that is progressing in the right direction and a team that deserves support as it embarks on its Division 2 National Football League campaign in February. The first 2 games will be played on Saturday nights under lights, the first against Laois in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on February 6th at 7.30pm and the second against Kildare in Semple Stadium on February 13th also at 7.30pm.
WATERFORD CRYSTAL CUP SENIOR HURLING
Tipperary Senior panellist, Michael Cahill of Thurles Sarsfields and Shane Bourke of JK Brackens both featured well on the scoresheet in UCC’s 19 points to 2-9 win over Limerick in the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling quarter-final played at Kilmallock on Sunday last. Both scored 3 each from play. Cahill lined out at midfield while Bourke was right corner forward. UCC will now play University of Limerick in the semi-final next Saturday at 12 noon with the venue to be confirmed. UL defeated LIT by 3-22 to 2-18 after extra time in last Sunday’s quarter final played at the LIT grounds in Moylish. Tipperary players with UL were goalkeeper, Thomas Lowry (Holycross-Ballycahill); corner back Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh); centre back, John Devane (Clonoulty Rossmore); wing forward and captain Ryan O’Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs); corner forward Willie Ryan (Toomevara); and full forward Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg). Subs included Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields); Brian Fox (Éire Óg, Annacarty), Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) and Kevin Fox (Éire Óg, Annacarty). LIT also had a strong Tipperary contingent on their team including Matthew Ryan (Templederry Kenyons), John O’Keefe (Clonoulty Rossmore); Ronan Sherlock (Silvermines); Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch) and Timmy Dalton (Arravale Rovers). There was a further Tipperary connection as Noel Cosgrave (Marlfield) refereed the game. As well as next weekend’s Waterford Crystal game, UL and UCC will be looking to the start of their Fitzgibbon Cup campaigns on February 4th. They met in last year’s final with UCC emerging as victors.
FOOTBALL AND HURLING COACHING SEMINARS
There will be coaching seminars for club coaches run in the Dome at Semple Stadium on Saturday January 29th and Saturday February 6th. They will run from 10am to 1pm. The cost per club for each seminar is €50 irrespective of the number of coaches attending. The seminars will be a combination of theory and practical sessions. The seminar on Saturday January 29th will concentrate on football and the main speaker will be John Evans, Tipperary Senior Football Manager. The following Saturday’s seminar will concentrate on hurling. The main speaker will be Dr. Cian O’Neill, from the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science in UL and physical trainer of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team. His theme will be “Theory and Application of Physical Performance Attributes in the Game of Hurling – developing fit and functional athletes”. Queries re the seminars should me made to Dinny Maher on 086 3551830.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP LAUNCH 2010
Tipperary supporters are invited to the Launch of the Tipperary Supporters Club 2010 Membership which will be performed by Liam Sheedy and members of the Senior Hurling Panel in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on this Friday January 29th at 8pm. Membership will cost €30 again for 2010, the 5th year in succession without an increase. Full details on membership benefits and how to join can be viewed on www.tippsupportersclub.com. To find out more about the Launch and membership, the Supporters Club can be contacted by email on email@example.com or by ringing John Coman, PRO and Membership Officer on 087 9087105. All funds raised by the Tipperary Supporters Club are spent directly on the Tipperary Senior Hurling team and underage teams.
GAMES DIARY FOR 2010
The County Competitions Control Committee has agreed the following plans in relation to competitions for the coming year:
1) The U/21 football championship will commence in the Divisions around the middle of February.
2) The Adult Football League will start on the weekend of the 28th of February. The Minor Football League will commence in late February.
3) The Senior and Intermediate Hurling Leagues will commence around the end of March/beginning of April.
Application forms for the leagues will be sent out to clubs within the next week and we would ask clubs to return them shortly after that.
The County CCC is committed to organising competitive leagues that provide plenty of games that can take place unhindered by Inter-County activity. The aim of the CCC is that all clubs in the county will participate in the leagues. If that target is achieved, the leagues will provide plenty of competitive and meaningful games in hurling and football. The starting dates are later than last year and this will give clubs more opportunity to prepare and get organised. A key objective is to enable all players to play our games as frequently as possible and the leagues are an ideal vehicle to do that.
A diary of championship dates for the year is now being compiled. There will be no change in the senior hurling and football club championship formats this year.
REFEREES FOUNDATION COURSE
The County Referees Committee is organising a foundation course for new referees which will be run over 4 nights in February – the 2nd, 4th, 9th and 11th in Lár na Páirce, Thurles at 7.30pm sharp each evening. Given the number of games being played every year, new referees are essential and the Referees Committee is seeking people enthusiastic for a long term career in refereeing. At least 12 attendees are necessary to run the course. The tutors will be Munster referee tutors Pat Moore (Waterford) and John Motherway (Cork). Despite an often contrary public view, it can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. People interested should notify the County Referees Co-Ordinator, John Lonergan on 086 2417763 or contact the Tipperary GAA Office on 0504 22702.
GAA CLUB WEB SITES
In 2006, Croke Park introduced a new club web site structure which allows clubs to create and update a web site with no web design knowledge. There are no costs involved and the necessary training documentation will be provided. To get started, a member of your GAA club should contact Tipperary GAA IT Officer, Ed Donnelly (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following two pieces of information – Club colours and Club Crest / logo (if applicable). The format of the site is the same as the Official Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie. A significant number of Tipperary clubs have availed of this new template to date so if your GAA club if among the 20% of those in the Premier County that does not yet have a club web site, why not avail of this opportunity now before the playing season commences again in a few weeks time?
TEMPLEDERRY KENYONS IN MUNSTER JUNIOR B HURLING
Well done to Templederry Kenyons on their victory by 1-11 to 0-9 over Ballincurra of Cork in the Munster Junior Hurling “B” semi-final played at Raheenagh in Limerick last Sunday. They will now play St. Mary’s Rathkeale, the Limerick champions, in the final on Sunday next at 2pm in Raheenagh. We wish them all the best.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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