BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
ALLIANZ GAA HURLING NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUND 1
At the time of writing, the re-fixed game between Tipperary and Kilkenny in the Allianz GAA Hurling National League Round 1 has not been played but it is worth making a couple of important points about Saturday evening’s cancelled fixture. The game was cancelled in the interests of player safety which is of paramount importance. This decision was made by the referee, Barry Kelly, with the full support of both counties. The game was cancelled as soon as it was definite that the pitch was unplayable and this was communicated to the patrons in attendance immediately. Every attempt was made to allow for the game to be played but in the end this was not possible. The attendance was just over 10,000 people and it was not feasible or practical to issue people with refunds. Various different categories of entrance applied on the night including free juveniles, a free adult for every 10 juveniles in a juvenile group, season ticket holders, OAPs, students, press etc. It would have been impossible to distinguish between these people so the best approach was to have free entry for the re-fixed game. The GAA will consider whether tickets / receipts need to be issued at all National League games in future. The game was rescheduled for Tuesday night as this was the best way to avoid fixtures backlogs and the teams having to play up to 6 consecutive Sundays later in the League. It also minimises impact on club fixtures. We realise this did not suit everybody but when totally exceptional circumstances apply as was the case Saturday night, it is not always possible to produce an outcome to everybody’s satisfaction. We thank all our patrons for their patience and reiterate our ongoing commitment to ensuring that they have enjoyable, exciting and entertaining visits to Semple Stadium.
ALLIANZ GAA HURLING NATIONAL LEAGUE ROUND 2
Tipperary will play Dublin in Round 2 of the National Hurling League at Parnell Park Dublin at 2.30pm on Sunday next, February 28th. Dublin were defeated by Waterford in their first game and will be looking to a much improved performance on Sunday. It will be the 27th league clash between the counties. In their previous 26 NHL meetings, Tipp won 17 times, Dublin won 6 and there were 3 draws. Their last meeting was in Semple Stadium on March 29th last year when Tipperary won by 2-19 to 4-11 in a very close encounter.
ALL IRELAND VOCATIONAL SCHOOLS SENIOR HURLING FINAL
Congratulations to the Tipperary Vocational Schools Senior hurling team on their victory over Kilkenny in the All Ireland final which survived the difficult weather conditions in Thurles on Saturday night last.
INTERMEDIATE HURLING SELECTORS
Gremlins interfered last week and the name of one of the new Intermediate selectors, Barney Naughnane of Kilruane MacDonaghs was incorrect. We wish Barney, Conor Gleeson, Michael Ryan and Eamonn O’Dwyer all the best for 2010.
SEMINAR FOR CLUB PROS
A reminder to all adult and juvenile club PROs in Tipperary as well as divisional PROs and PROs of Bord na nOg, Football Board, Friends of Tipperary Football, Tipperary Supporters Club, Tipperary Handball, Tipperary Camogie, Tipperary Ladies Football, Cumann na mBunscol and Tipperary Scór that a PRO seminar 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. Notification has been sent to all Club Secretaries. Please confirm attendance to Ger Ryan, PRO, Tipperary County Board at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Friday, March 5th. Details provided should include name of attendee(s), position held and email and phone contact details.
COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUES
The draws for the County Adult and Minor football leagues have been made. The first round games will take place on Sunday February 28th with the Minor games at 12pm and the Adult games at 2.30pm. The following are the draws for the first round games with the first team having home venue. Adult Premier Division: Top four teams will contest semi finals with 1st playing 4th and 2nd playing 3rd. Round 1 games – Clonmel Commercials v Killenaule; Ardfinnan v J.K.Brackens; Moyne Templetuohy v Moyle Rovers; Fethard v Cahir. Galtee Rovers Bye. Adult Division 1: Top four teams will contest semi finals with 1st playing 4th and 2nd playing 3rd. Round 1 games – Fr Sheehys v Ballina; Emly v Lattin Cullen; Cappawhite v Kilsheelan Kilcash. Adult Division 2: Top two teams will contest the final. Round 1 games – Ballylooby Castlegrace v St Patricks; Newcastle v Cahir; Drom and Inch v Ballingarry. Minor Division 1: Top four teams will contest the semi finals 1st will play 4th and 2nd will play 3rd. Round 1 games – J.K.Brackens v Cahir; Arravale Rovers v Killenaule; Clonmel Commercials v Knockmealdown Gaels. Division 2: Each team will play each other at home and away with the top two teams playing the final. Round 1 games – Mullinahone v Rockwell Rovers; Golden Kilfeacle Bye.
DR. HARTY CUP POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS SENIOR HURLING FINAL
Good luck to Thurles CBS in the Dr. Harty Cup Post Primary Schools Senior Hurling Final against Ard Scoil Rís, Limerick in MacDonagh Park Nenagh at 3pm on Sunday next, February 28th. Defending Harty Cup and All Ireland Champions, Thurles are playing in their third consecutive final while their opponents will be playing in their first ever Harty final. We have been asked to point out that there will be no parking in the MacDonagh Park grounds except for match officials and teams.
CORN AN UACHTARÁIN
Congratulations to Clonmel CBS (High School) on their victory over Midleton CBS in the Corn an Uachtaráin, Munster Colleges Senior B football final. We wish them well for the All Ireland series. It’s a good year in football for the school. They have already won the Munster Colleges Under 15 “A” Final (beating St. Brendan’s Killarney) and are in the Semi Final of the Under 16 1/2 “A” after beating Colaiste na Sceilge in the Quarter Final.
TIPPERARY CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL EQUIPMENT SCHEME 2010
The date for submission of Equipment Order forms has been extended to Friday, March 5th. Please note that sliotars can only be purchased by the dozen and that there are no large size helmets. Equipment Order forms have been sent to all schools and are also currently available to download at the following link: http://cnmb.tipperary.gaa.ie/2010equipmentform.html. Forms must be returned to Jerry Mc Donnell, Treasurer/ Equipment Officer, 25 Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, with appropriate cheque as soon as possible. The Treasurer can be contacted at the above address or (052) 21431. Helmets, Mycro or Marc, will be distributed by courier service, immediately on receipt of signed order form and appropriate cheque. 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. Please note that the date for collection of equipment has been changed from Friday, 12th March to Monday, 15th March 2010.
CHILD WELFARE AND PROTECTION
The GAA is committed to creating and maintaining the safest possible environment for all young people who wish to participate in our Gaelic Games and activities. In this regard, it is now GAA policy that each County and Club must appoint a Children’s Officer and a Designated Person to deal with allegations of abuse. Tipperary has appointed John Smith as County Children’s Officer and Jim Lynch as Designated Person. The role of Club Children’s Officer will include making all personnel in the club more aware of the G.A.A. Code of Best Practice in Youth Sport, ensuring it is adhered to and ensuring that each person working with children/young people signs the GAA Code of Behaviour document. The Children’s Officer will be tasked with promoting the Garda Vetting service of all persons working with young people under the age of 18 years which was instigated for the first time by the GAA last year. The Club Designated Person is responsible for receiving allegations of child abuse as they relate to G.A.A. personnel and activities and with reporting same to the G.A.A. National Designated Person in accordance with GAA guidelines on dealing with allegations of abuse. Clubs are requested to forward the names of the persons appointed as Children’s Officer and Designated Person to John Smith, email@example.com, 087-9960710 by 1st March 2010. An Information Night for those appointed as Club Children’s Officers and Designated Persons will be held in mid-March 2010.
FRIENDS OF TIPPERARY FOOTBALL 2010
The officers elected at the recent AGM of the Friends of Tipperary Football were Patron- His Grace, Dr. Dermot Clifford, Archbishop of Cashel and Emly; President, Con Ryan; Chairman, Joe Hannigan; Vice Chairman, Pete Savage; Secretary, Seamus McCarthy; Treasurer, Michael Power; PRO, John Costigan (Cahir); Delegates to County Football Board Liam Barrett and Eddie Ryan. We wish them well for a successful season and thank them for their excellent work raising funds for and supporting Tipperary football teams.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
Information concerning all areas in the GAA will appear in this section in the future. If you wish to include any item of interest in future articles, please contact the County Public Relations Officer Ger Ryan at 086-8149146 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 3:00pm on Monday. Visit the Tipperary GAA web site at http://tipperary.gaa.ie to keep up to date with all the latest news in Tipperary GAA circles.