by County PRO Ger Ryan
ALLIANZ GAA HURLING NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUND 1
The 2010 hurling season at national level kicks off on Saturday evening next, February 20th just as it ended in 2009 with Tipperary playing Kilkenny. Tipp and Kilkenny have played in 59 previous League games with Tipp winning 28 times, Kilkenny 25 and 6 draws. Having lost to Kilkenny 3 times last year, Liam Sheedy’s charges will want to put down an early marker for this season andhave been preparing diligently as always. They defeated Dublin by 1-20 to 1-17 in a senior hurling challenge game last Saturday night under lights on the artificial grass pitch at St. Brigid’s GAA Club in Castleknock. The Tipperary team and scorers were: Darren Gleeson; Conor O’Brien, Paul Curran, Diarmaid Fitzgerald; Brendan Maher, Declan Fanning (Captain), Shane Maher; Benny Dunne (0-1), Gearóid Ryan (0-1); Seamus Hennessy (0-7, 0-3 frees), Hugh Maloney (0-2), John Devane (0-2); Pat Kerwick (0-1), Micheal Webster (1-0), Patrick Maher (0-1). Subs: Michael Heffernan for Pat Kerwick, Seamus Callanan (0-4, 0-2 frees) for Micheal Webster, Paul Kelly for Hugh Maloney, Jody Brennan (0-1) for Seamus Hennessy, Shane McGrath for John Devane.
ALL IRELAND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS SENIOR HURLING FINAL
The All Ireland Vocational Schools Senior Hurling Final between Tipperary and Kilkenny will precede Satruday evening’s Allianz GAA Hurling National League game at Semple Stadium. It will commence at 5.30pm and extra time will be played in the event of a draw.
ARRANGEMENTS AT SEMPLE STADIUM FOR TIPP V KILKENNY
A large crowd is expected in Semple Stadium for Saturday evening’s games and patrons are strongly advised to come early. The following access arrangements will apply:
Ardán Ó Choinneáin (Old Stand) side: Stile 1: 1) Juvenile club groups with one free adult for every 10 juveniles (under 16) – should be pre-booked. 2) Club stewards 3) Other valid pass holders including press pass holders. Stile 3: Juveniles under 16 – free entry. Stiles 5 and 6: Students and senior citizens with valid ID. Stiles 14 and 15: Season ticket holders and player ticket pass holders.(Note all these passes will be scanned).
Ardan Ó Riain (New Stand) side: Stiles 41 and 54: 1) Juvenile club groups with one free adult for every 10 juveniles (under 16) – should be pre-booked. 2) Club stewards 3) Other valid pass holders including press pass holders. Stile 44: Juveniles under 16 – free entry. Stiles 47 and 48: Students and senior citizens with valid ID. Stiles 50 and 51: Season ticket holders and player ticket pass holders.(Note all these passes will be scanned). Stile 54: Enclosure tickets. The prices are €15 for adults and €5 students and senior citizens. Please note there are no reserved tickets issued and seats will be allocated on a first come basis.
ALLIANZ GAA FOOTBALL NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUND 2
Tipperary’s Senior Footballers had a very disappointing result against Kildare at Semple Stadium on Saturday night last when they were defeated by 1-17 to 0-8. Their next game will be on Saturday evening March 6th against Down in Páirc Esler in Newry. Although both teams were promoted from Division 3 last year with Tipp as champions, they have had contrasting fortunes in this year’s League campaign with Down on top of the table with 4 points while Tipperary are still seeking their first points. The Tipperary panel will travel to Spain on Sunday for a short intensive training camp and the benefits of that will hopefully yield a positive result from the long trip North on March 6th.
INTERMEDIATE HURLING SELECTORS
Congratulations to Conor Gleeson (Manager – Boherlahan Dualla); Barney Loughnane (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Michael Ryan (Fethard) and Eamonn O’Dwyer (Arravale Rovers) who have been appointed as the management team for the Tipperary Intermediate hurlers in 2010.
CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN DOYLE – 80 YEARS OLD
John Doyle (Holycross-Ballycahill), who represented Tipperary at senior hurling from 1949 to 1967 and won 8 All Ireland senior hurling medals celebrated his 80th birthday last week. We congratulate John on reaching this milestone and wish him well for the future. He is and will undoubtedly remain one of the all time heroes of hurling both in Tipperary and nationally.
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.
TEST YOUR GAA KNOWLEDGE – TABLE QUIZ ON FEBRUARY 24TH
Toomevara GAA will host a GAA table quiz in the Younges of the The Ragg on Wednesday, February 24th commencing at 8.30pm. Teams of 4 cost 40 euro and there will be attractive prizes on offer. All questions will be on the GAA and will be of a standard suitable to anybody with an interest in the GAA. For further details please contact Donal Shanahan on 087 2504315.
Team Mascot for the Tipperary SH Team
A lucky Junior Member of the Tipperary Supporters Club, Daragh Phelan from Clonmel, will be the special Team Mascot for the Tipperary Team at the Allianz National Hurling League match against Kilkenny this Saturday. Adult Membership of the Tipperary Supporters Club will be available inside the turnstiles in Árdán Uí Choinneáin (Old Stand) before the match and at half time.
All clubs are requested to promote and support Scór over the next six weeks. A club needs only to compete in two events to be eligible. Clubs are encouraged to make a big effort to enter and to delegate responsibility to someone with an interest in the promotion of our music and culture. The following is a list of the Divisional and County competitions taking place. (Dates and venues should be checked in case of change): Senior Scór: North Final: Friday February 19th in Borrisoleigh; Mid Final: Friday Febraury 19th in Moyne Communicty Centre where 8 clubs will be represented. Entries for the South division should be made to South Scor Secretary, Eileen Boland on 086 3442895. The West final tool place last weekend. The County Senior Scór Final will be on Saturday, February 27th in Borrisoleigh.
Scór na bPaistí will commence in early March with the following schedule: West Final: Friday March 19th (Venue to be fixed); North: Semi-Finals Friday March 5th in Silvermines and Portroe with the Final on Friday March 19th in Portroe; Mid: Semi-Finals in Littleton on Friday March 5th and Drom on Friday March 12th with the final in Clonmore on Friday, March 19th; South Final Saturday March 20th (Closing date for entries to Eileen Boland 086 3442895 is Mar 10th – semi-finals may be held if there are enough entries). The County Scór na Paistí Final will be on Sunday March 28th.
Further details are available from County Scór Secretary, Mary Bourke 087 2160430 or Divisional Scór Officers.
SEMINAR FOR CLUB PROS
A seminar for all adult and juvenile club PROs in Tipperary will be held on Friday, March 12th at 7.30pm in the Horse and Jockey Hotel. The purpose of the seminar is to provide some practical advice and assistance to club PROs that will enable them to perform their roles more effectively. There will also be an open forum discussion and question and answer session with all the speakers. All club PROs are asked to attend. Notification will be sent to all Club Secretaries in the next week. Among the speakers will be Ed Donnelly (former County PRO), Eamonn Wynne (journalist with The Nationalist), Ger Corbett (Programme Editor Semple Stadium) and Eugene Hogan (PR Consultant and former journalist with Irish Independent and Tipperary Star). For further details please contact Ger Ryan, County PRO on 086 8149146 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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