By PRO Joe Bracken
BORD GAIS ENERGY U21 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The last Tipperary team in contention for honours this year is Liam Cahill’s side who play Galway in the Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Championship Semi-Final in the Gaelic Grounds this Wednesday, August 8th at 7:30pm.
The match day panel has been announced and is as follows – 1. Ciarán Barrett (Clonmel Óg), 2. Podge Campion (Drom-Inch), 3. Brian McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), 4. Killian O’Dwyer (Killenaule), 5. Cian Flanagan (Newport), 6. Paddy Cadell (JK Brackens), 7. Dillon Quirke (Clonoulty-Rossmore), 8. Ger Browne (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams), 9. Colin English (Capt.) (Fr. Sheehy’s), 10. Jerome Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs), 11. Paudie Feehan (Killenaule), 12. Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), 13. David Gleeson (Ballinahinch), 14. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg), 15. Lyndon Fairbrother (JK Brackens),16. Barry Hogan (Kiladangan), 17. Conor Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields), 18. Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), 19. Eoghan Connolly (Cashel King Cormacs), 20. Robert Byrne (Portroe), 21. Stephen Nolan (Drom-Inch), 22. Craig Morgan (Kilruane MacDonaghs), 23. Dylan Walsh (Ballingarry), 24. Ray McCormack – Borris-Ileigh.
We send best wishes to the team and management and hope the side can deliver the performance they are capable of to reach this year’s decider. Cork are already through to the final having defeated Wexford 3-26 to 0-13 in the other semi-final last Saturday. The final is scheduled for the weekend of August 25th & 26th.
Extra time will be played if necessary and the referee will be Sean Cleere (Kilkenny).
TIPPERARY SENIOR HURLING MANAGEMENT
As all GAA followers are well aware by now, the Tipperary senior hurling management team of Mick Ryan, Declan Fanning, John Madden and Conor Stakelum stepped down from their position last Thursday afternoon following the team’s exit from this year’s championship. All four are sincerely thanked for their total dedication and commitment over the past 3 years.
Each has given tremendous service as players firstly as All-Ireland medal winners, culminating together in a management capacity where a huge outpouring of joy and celebration in 2016 echoed around Croke Park and all the way back to the Premier County and beyond when Tipperary were crowned All-Ireland winners. A one point loss to Galway scuppered a chance of back to back titles last year, while ‘inches’ were the margin of error this year which ultimately cost Tipp a chance of a prolonged summer in what has been a fantastic 2018 hurling championship.
As we salute and bid a fond farewell to these men who will now join the Tipperary supporters in the stands, the mission to unearth their successors will commence.
There was success for Tipperary last weekend in the MD Sports myclubshop.ie All-Ireland Poc Fada Finals on the Cooley Mountains. Congratulations to Kyle Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris) (right) representing Tipperary and Munster as he won the U16 competition with 22 poc’s, 2 ahead of his nearest competitor.
In the senior competition Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange) (left with Kyle) was once again in second place on 50 just 2 behind the overall winner Cillian Kiely from Offaly. Tipperary’s other representative was Mike Flannery (Newport) who qualified as Munster runner up and Mike finished on 56 poc’s. (Photo’s courtesy Mary Shelly)
A main highlight last weekend ensured congratulations to the Tipperary senior camogie team as they overcame Waterford 1-14 to 1-7 in the Liberty Insurance Senior Championship All-Ireland Quarter Final to qualify for the semi-final against Cork. This match will form part of a double header which will be played in Semple Stadium, on Saturday week, August 18th.
Player of the match was Tipperary captain Orla O’Dwyer, well done Orla on an excellent performance.
Congratulations also to the Tipperary intermediate team who topped their group by overwhelming Kildare 7-26 to 2-04 in their Liberty Insurance Championship and are also through to the semi-final.
In the Tipperary Water Hurling League Division 1 Final ‘Johnny Ryan Cup’ victory went to Nenagh Éire Óg who got the better of Borris-Ileigh 0-25 to 1-18 after extra time, while in the Tipperary Water County Hurling League Division 2 Final ‘Jim Devitt Cup’ Loughmore-Castleiney had only a point to spare as they saw off the Kilruane MacDonaghs challenge 4-14 to 3-16. Elsewhere, in the Tipperary Water Hurling League Division 5 hurling league final Grangemockler-Ballyneale had 2 points to spare over Kilsheelan-Kilcash with the final score reading 1-14 to 2-9.
In the week ahead there is practically a full round 2 fixture list in the Tipperary Water County Senior and Intermediate Hurling Championships as well as in the Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup, details as follows;
Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship – Group 1
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Templetuohy, (Round 2), Roscrea v Mullinahone 17:00, Ref: John Mc Cormack
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: The Ragg, (Round 2), Clonoulty-Rossmore v Nenagh Éire Óg 15:30, Ref: John Butler
Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship – Group 2
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Templetuohy, (Round 2), Killenaule v Kilruane MacDonaghs 18:30, Ref: Kevin Jordan Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: The Ragg, (Round 2), Toomevara v Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill 14:00, Ref: Paddy Ivors
Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship – Group 3
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: The Ragg, (Round 2), Upperchurch-Drombane v Thurles Sarsfields 14:00, Ref: Philip Kelly
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Leahy Park Cashel, (Round 2), Carrick Swans v Drom-Inch 19:00, Ref: Tommy Ryan
Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship – Group 4
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: The Ragg, (Round 2), Borris-Ileigh v Loughmore-Castleiney 15:30, Ref: Fergal Horgan
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Nenagh, (Round 2), Kiladangan v Portroe 19:00, Ref: Johnny Ryan
Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup – Group 1
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Leahy Park Cashel, (Round 2), JK Brackens v St Mary’s Clonmel 17:30, Ref: Phil Ryan
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: Borrisoleigh, (Round 2), Ballingarry v Burgess 14:00, Ref: Sean Everard
Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup – Group 2
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Nenagh, (Round 2), Newport v Silvermines 17:30, Ref: Kieran Delaney
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Moneygall, (Round 2), Templederry Kenyons v Clonakenny 19:00, Ref: Keith Delahunty
Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup – Group 3
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: Dolla, (Round 2), Moycarkey-Borris v Ballina 14:00, Ref: Noel Cosgrave
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: Dolla, (Round 2), Holycross-Ballycahill v Lorrha-Dorrha 15:30, Ref: Mark Jordan
Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 1
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Pairc Ciocaim Dundrum, (Round 2), Lattin-Cullen v Moyne-Templetuohy 14:00, Ref: Michael Murphy
Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 2
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: New Inn, (Round 2), Thurles Sarsfields v Carrick Davins 12:00, Ref: Padraig Skeffington
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: Golden, (Round 2), Cashel King Cormacs v Cappawhite 14:00, Ref: Sean Lonergan
Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 3
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: Templemore, (Round 2), Arravale Rovers v Borrisokane 17:00, Ref: P J Nolan
Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 4
Sat, 11 Aug, Venue: Pairc Ciocaim Dundrum, (Round 2), Gortnahoe-Glengoole v Sean Treacy’s 15:30, Ref: Paul Guinan
Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 5
Fri, 10 Aug, Venue: Cahir, (Round 2), Ballybacon-Grange v Golden-Kilfeacle 19:15, Ref: Tom McGrath
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: Golden, (Round 2), Kiladangan v Kilsheelan-Kilcash 15:30, Ref: John O Grady
Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship – Group 6
Sun, 12 Aug, Venue: Templemore, (Round 2), Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams v Moneygall 18:30, Ref: Seamus Delaney.
There is one final down for decision also in the Tipperary Water County Hurling League Division 4 where Boherlahan-Dualla and Drom & Inch meet in Holycross on Sunday next at 12noon. Extra time will be played if necessary.
In the North division the Hibernian Inn semi-final replay between Kiladangan and Nenagh Éire Óg is down for decision on Friday week, August 17th with venue yet to be confirmed. The winners will meet Kilruane MacDonaghs in the final.
To keep up to date with all fixtures and results please check http://people.gaa.ie/club/tipperary/
TIPPERARY GAA CLUBS DRAW
The August Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw will be held this Friday night, August 10th, in Kevin Ryan’s Lounge & Bar, Holycross with the Holycross-Ballycahill GAA Club.
Local club winners from the July draw, John Lee (€3,000) and Timmy Gleeson (€1,000) will be presented with their prize cheques along with other winners from the surrounding clubs.
Best of luck to all draw members in the August draw.
LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL
Best wishes to the Tipperary ladies football team as they face Waterford in Callan at 3pm this Saturday, August 11th as the senior relegation battle gets under way. In the other tie Cavan take on Monaghan.
Tipperary Coiste na nÓg will host the All-Ireland Under 15 Arrabawn Tournament on Saturday, August 25th next and the launch of this tournament will take place on Tuesday, August 7th in the Horse and Jockey Hotel at 8pm.
NATIONAL HERITAGE WEEK
As part of National Heritage Week from August18-26, Morgan Lanigan will lead a GAA Experience in Thurles on August 21st. This is a walking tour and the meeting point is outside Lar na Páirce at 6:30pm. For further enquiries please contact Morgan 083 3533893.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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By PRO Joe Bracken