by County PRO Ger Ryan
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE ROUNDS 1 AND 2
Tipperary’s Senior Footballers had a frustrating start to their Division 2 Allianz Football League campaign on Saturday evening when they lost by just 2 points to Laois at Portlaoise having been down 10 points at half time and managing to draw level with 8 minutes left. However Laois recovered to score 2 points and snatch victory with Tipp unfortunate not to score a goal with the last kick of the game. Tipp will play Kildare in Semple Stadium at 7.30pm on Saturday, February 13th which is the first anniversary weekend of the switching on of Semple Stadium’s floodlights. Kildare lost to Down last weekend so both teams will both want and need to win this game.
SENIOR HURLING CHALLENGE GAME VERSUS DUBLIN
Tipperary will play Dublin in a Senior Hurling challenge game at St. Brigid’s GAA Club (Russell Park), Castleknock at 7.30pm on Saturday evening next, February 13th. The game marks the opening of the all weather pitch, hurling wall and 6 new dressing rooms at St. Brigids. It will be preceded at 5.30pm with a Camogie game between Dublin and Kilkenny. The new facilities will be opened at 4.30pm by Criostoir Ó Cuana, Uachtarán, Cumann Luthchleas Gael and blessed by Fr. Walter Harris, retired PP of Blanchardstown, a native of Ballylooby and a great Tipperary hurling fan of many decades standing. St. Brigid’s has often played host to Tipperary teams on their way to Croke Park and it is great to have Tipperary playing on the occasion of these excellent facilities being opened. Among the Tipperary stalwarts in the club are Don O’Mahony from Annacarty, a founding and still serving committee member of the Tipperary Supporters Club and Jerry Nolan of Boherlahan-Dualla, who for many years “minded” the door of Tipperary dressing rooms. We hope Tipperary supporters in the capital will be able to make their way to Russell Park for what promises to be a great occasion.
JOHN COSTIGAN RUNNING FOR VICE CHAIR OF MUNSTER COUNCIL
Tipperary County Board has nominated John Costigan to run for Vice Chairman of Munster Council at its annual convention on March 5th. John is currently Tipperary’s Central Council representative and was Chairman of Tipperary County Board from 2006 to 2008. A vastly experienced official at all levels and a former inter-county hurler, John is eminently qualified for this position and we wish him every success in his endeavours to get elected.
DR. HARTY CUP COLLEGES SEMI-FINALS
Well done to defending champions Thurles CBS on their 1-10 to 1-5 victory over Nenagh CBS in the Dr. Harty Cup semi-final at Templemore on Sunday last. They will now play Ard Scoil Ris of Limerick in the final which is scheduled to be played on Sunday, February 28th.
JUVENILE GROUPS FOR NATIONAL LEAGUE GAMES
Tipperary County Board are inviting Juvenile Clubs and Schools to organize Groups to attend the following National League games in Semple Stadium:
Saturday, February 13th: National Football League under lights: Tipperary v Kildare
Saturday, February 20th: National Hurling League under lights: Tipperary v Kilkenny
Sunday March 14th: NFL and NHL Double Bill: Tipperary v Meath in Football and Tipperary v Galway in Hurling.
Under 16’s will be given free entry and one accompanying adult will also be admitted free with every 10 juveniles in the Group. If you are interested in attending please fill out the form sent to all clubs and return well in advance of the game to Andy Ryan, Games Development Administrator, Tel: 087 909 0985 or email: email@example.com
Munster Scor na nÓg Final
The Munster Scor na nOg Final took place on Sunday January 31st at the Youth Centre in Mallow in front of a sell-out crowd. Tipperary were represented in 7 of the 8 categories and despite good performances from all involved, the titles eventually went to Cork (3), Kerry (3) and Limerick (2). Tipperary clubs finished as runners-up in the Ballad Group (Newport) and the Novelty Act (Moycarkey-Borris). Congratulations to all who took part from the Premier County helping in no small way to ensure a wonderful days entertainment for all in attendance. Well done also to the Bean á Ti Aoife O’Brien, a primary school teacher from Cahir and daughter of County Chairman, Barry O’Brien, who did a fine job keeping the competitions moving throughout the day. The winners of each competition will take part in the All-Ireland Scor na nOg Final on February 20th in Athlone.
The full list of winners in each competition were as follows – Figure Dancing – Winners (Kerry), Runners-up (Cork) and JK Brackens; Solo Singing – Winners (Limerick), Runners-up (Kerry) and Newcastle; Instrumental Music – Winners (Cork), Runners-up (Kerry) and Newport; Recitation – Winners (Kerry), Runners-up (Limerick) and Newcastle; Ballad Group – Winners (Kerry), Runners-up (Newport); Question Time – Winners (Cork), Runners-up (Kerry) and Loughmore-Castleiney; Novelty Act – Winners (Limerick), Runners-up (Moycarkey-Borris); Set Dancing – Winners (Cork), Runners-up (Clare).
TIPPERARY GAA CREDIT CARD PROMOTION
In the build up to the NHL fixture v Kilkenny in Thurles on Saturday 20th February at 7.30pm, every person applying for the Tipperary GAA Credit Card in the Thurles Branch of Bank of Ireland before then will be entered in to a special draw for 5 Tipperary Supporters umbrellas. In addition, every applicant will receive a Tipperary Supporters key ring (with trolley token) while stocks last and a Tipperary SH Team poster. Just contact Andy Kinane or Ger O’Toole in the Branch or call 0504 21511. If you can’t call, simply print off the application form on this website www.tippsupportersclub.com and post it to Bank of Ireland, Liberty Square, Thurles.
At no cost to the Cardholder Bank of Ireland will donate €15 to Tipperary GAA for every card issued along with a small percentage of ongoing spending. The Tipperary Credit Card has an attractive interest rate of 17.2% APR. In addition any balances transferred to the Tipperary Credit Card will attract a special lower interest rate of 2.9% for twelve months. You can become a Tipperary Credit Card holder regardless of which Bank you are a customer. Tipperary Credit Card holders can avail of a 10% discount on all purchases with the Tipperary Credit Card at the Tipp GAA merchandise shop in Thurles.
TIPPERARY CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL EQUIPMENT SCHEME 2010
Equipment Order forms have been sent to all schools and a price list is currently available to download at the following link:
Forms must be returned to Jerry Mc Donnell, Treasurer/ Equipment Officer, 25 Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, with appropriate cheque, not later than Friday, 19th Feb, 2010. The Treasurer can be contacted at the above address or (052) 21431.
1. Helmets, Mycro or Marc, will be distributed by courier service, immediately on receipt of signed order form and appropriate cheque.
2. All other items of equipment, ordered and paid for, must be collected in Scoil Ailbhe Primary School, Thurles, between 5.00pm and 8.00pm on Monday, 15th March 2010.
3. New items of equipment are available this year.
4. Helmets: Mycro helmets available in single colour or two tone combination. Please state colour preference on order sheet. New Marc helmets available in single colour only. Please state colour preference on order sheet.
5. All order forms must be signed by the school principal.
6. Please give home phone no on the order sheet as contacting schools after hours etc is impossible.
7. It is important that you get in your orders as soon as possible.
8. Hurleys available at the above address throughout the year.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
The February draw took place in Phelan’s Pub Roscrea on Friday night February 5th. The 1st prize of a car or €15,000 went to Alice Lawrence, Fethard with former Draw Chairman Gus Fitzgerald as the promoter. The 2nd prize of a car or €12,000 also went South to Eamonn Lonergan of St Mary’s, Clonmel. Well done to Alice and Eamonn and to all the other prize winners.
TIPP REFS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND
Good luck to Johnny Ryan of Boherlahan Dualla who will referee the All Ireland club hurling semi-final between Ballyhale Shamrocks and Newtownshandrum at Semple Stadium on Sunday, Beruary 14th at 2.30pm. Good luck also to Derek O’Mahony of Ardfinnan who will referee the Allianz Football League Division 4 game between Waterford and London in Dungarvan on Sunday.
SPORTTRACKER / SETANTA COLLEGE MANAGER CONFERENCE
SportTracker and Setanta College are running a conference for sports team managers in the City West Hotel on February 20th. Tickets cost €75 each and places are limited. To book your place go to www.sporttracker.ie. Among the topics are building a plan for the coming year, team fitness and mental toughness, tips on eating and staying fit, how to monitor and develop your team’s goal setting and achieving those goals, developing your teams individual performance, building the jigsaw and media relations. Among a very strong cast of speakers are Donal O’Grady , Jack O’Connor, Pete McGrath, John O’Mahony, Dr. Liam Hennessy, John Deehan, Professor Aidan Moran, Garry Keegan, Gerry Fitzpatrick, Peter Quinn, Bart McEnroe and former Liverpool manager, Roy Evans.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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