TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
ALL IRELAND HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL
What has now become an eagerly awaited annual contest between Tipperary and Kilkenny takes place on Sunday next August 19 at Croke Park in the All Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final. Cathal McAllister of Cork, who refereed this year’s Munster final, will be in charge of the whistle. Tipperary and Kilkenny have met 22 times previously in the championship with Tipperary winning 13 times, Kilkenny 9 times and no draws. Recent history however favours Kilkenny with 4 wins in the last 5 encounters – 2002 and 2003 All Ireland semi-finals and the 2009 and 2011 finals compared with Tipperary’s single win in the 2010 final. Tipperary and Kilkenny have met 5 times in semi-finals with 3 wins for Tipp and 2 for Kilkenny. We wish the players and management every success for Sunday’s game and hope there will be a big Tipperary contingent present to support them.
ELECTRIC IRELAND ALL IRELAND MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Good luck to the Tipperary minor hurlers and management for their All Ireland semi-final against Galway on Sunday at Croke Park at 1.30pm. The game will be refereed by Tony Carroll of Offaly. It is Tipperary’s first All Ireland minor semi-final since 2009 when they were defeated by Kilkenny. Tipperary and Galway have met on 28 occasions in the minor hurling championship resulting in 18 wins for Tipperary, 8 for Galway and 2 draws. Their last meeting was in the 2006 All Ireland final when Tipperary won by 2-18 to 2-7. Galway’s last victory over Tipperary was in the 2003 semi-final by 2-19 to 2-16.
TICKETS FOR ALL IRELAND HURLING SEMI-FINALS
Tickets are still on sale through clubs, online at www.tickets.ie and at selected Centra and SuperValu outlets for the All Ireland senior and minor hurling semi-finals on August 19. Prices are as follows: Stand €40; Terrace €25; Juvenile €5 (must be accompanied by an adult); Senior citizens and students €25 for Cusack and Davin Stands only with concession refunds from Block D turnstiles to rear of Cusack Stand.
TEAM TIPPERARY TELETHON
Thanks to all those who supported the Team Tipperary Telethon on Saturday and since. Over €20,000 has now been raised with a target of €100,000 set for October 1st. This special fundraiser has been launched to support the training funds for the Tipperary inter-county hurling and football teams which have done so well and provided so much entertainment during their championship campaigns this summer. We are seeking 1,000 donations of €100 and each donor will receive free entry for 2 people to the county senior hurling and football finals and a 10% discount voucher for a purchase at the Tipperary GAA shop. A special discount card to selected retail outlets will also be made available to contributors. All contributors who have donated by September 1 2012 will be entered into a draw for 5 pairs of tickets for the All Ireland hurling or football final in 2012. The final closing date will be October 1 2012.
Thanks to the senior hurling and football players who manned the phones for the telethon on Saturday – Brendan Cummins, Lar Corbett, Hugh Coghlan and Peter Acheson along with senior hurling manager, Declan Ryan and minor football manager, David Power and county chairman, Sean Nugent. Anybody wishing to donate €100 can do so by calling 0504 60040 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday or online at www.tippgaashop.com, or via any county board, divisional or club officer. We are appealing to the generosity of supporters who are in a position to make a donation to do so in the interests of maximising the chances of success for our teams in the remainder of 2012 and on into 2013. We appreciate the generosity of our supporters and look forward to their continued support of Team Tipperary.
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The draw for Round 3 of the County Senior Hurling Championship has been made – Lorrha and Dorrha v Roscrea; Borris-Ileigh v Cappawhite; Kildangan v Templederry Kenyons and Drom and Inch v Burgess or Nenagh Eire Og. The Burgess v Nenagh game will be played in Dolla on Tuesday August 21 at 6.45pm. The Borris-Ileigh v Cappawhite game will be played in Clonoulty on Thursday August 23 at 7pm. The other games will be played on weekend of August 25 and 26. Extra time will be played if necessary in all the games.
SEAMUS O RIAIN CUP AND RELEGATION
Moycarkey-Borris will play local rivals Boherlahan-Dualla in their attempt to retain the Seamus O Riain Cup on Saturday August 25 at 6.30pm at Holycross. Moycarkey defeated Golden-Kilfeacle by 4-18 to 0-10 and Boherlahan defeated Carrick Davins by 4-15 to 3-12 in last weekend’s semi-finals. Defeats to Holycross-Ballycahill and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams respectively mean that Upperchurch Drombane and Aherlow will play to decide which club is relegated to Intermediate hurling for 2013. This game will precede the Seamus O Riain Cup final on Saturday August 25 at Holycross with a 5pm throw in. Extra time will not apply in either game on the 25th.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
Congratulations to the winners of cars in the August Tipperary Clubs Draw – Damien Healy (Killenaule club) who won a Skoda Octavia (or €15,000) and Howard and Kay Beardmore who won a Skoda Fabia (or €10,000). The draw was held in Ryan’s Bar Newport and thanks are due to them and the Newport club for hosting the draw.
FRIENDS OF TIPPERARY FOOTBALL GOLF CLASSIC
The Final of the Friends of Tipperary Football Golf Classic will take place in Tipperary Golf Club on Saturday August 18 commencing at 1.30pm. Six teams have qualified from the Divisional qualifiers in Cahir Park, Thurles and Nenagh and will compete for the valuable prizes kindly sponsored by Mr. Mister Menswear, Mitchelstown and Cahir. The Golf Sub Committee would like to thank all who supported the Classic by playing on teams or sponsoring tees and making the Classic so successful
Tipperary County Board extends its deepest sympathy to Pat and Imelda Quirke and their family on the tragic death following a farm accident of their 11 year old son Alan. Alan was a talented player with the Lattin-Cullen GAA club. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam og dilis.
University College Cork GAA Club invite applications for Sports Scholarships for 2012/2013 from students who intend to register at University College Cork for 2012/2013 and have reached a very high level of performance in their chosen sport or possess the potential to do so. These Scholarships are open to applicants in Hurling, Gaelic Football, Ladies Gaelic Football, Camogie and Handball. Applications are also invited for the Michael J Dowling UCC 100 Hurling Scholarship. The Munster Council GAA also has a Scholarship Programme and full details of this can be got on their website, www.munster.gaa.ie. Application forms for UCC are available from the Department of Sport & Physical Activity, Ferry Lodge, Mardyke, University College Cork - Tel. (021) 4904752 or Email: email@example.com. Closing date for receipt of applications – Friday 31st August 2012
NEW YORK SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Tipperary hurling club in New York will attempt to stop Offaly winning a record 6 in a row New York senior hurling championship titles at Gaelic Park next Sunday. Tipperary qualified for the final by defeating Galway in the semi-final on Sunday August 5 last. Among Tipperary’s players were All Ireland senior hurling championship medallists Seamus Hennessy and Benny Dunne.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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