TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
MCGRATH CUP SF SEMI FINAL
Congratulations to the Tipperary senior footballers on securing a 1-12 to 2-8 victory over Waterford after extra time in the McGrath Cup semi-final played at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary Town on Sunday last. Tipp did well to recover from the concession of a late second half goal to bring the game to extra time. They will play Kerry in the final on Saturday next January 26 at 2:30pm at Sean Treacy Park Tipperary Town. The referee is James Bermingham (Cork) and extra time will be played in the event of a draw. Admission Prices – Adults - €10, Students / OAPs - €5 and Under 16s will admitted free. Both counties are seeking their 4th title with Kerry of course not having been participants for many years. Kerry’s last title was in 2011 and Tipperary’s in 2003. Their last McGrath Cup meeting was the 2010 semi-final on January 24 at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney when Kerry scored a 1 point victory 0-13 to 1-9.
The Tipperary senior hurlers lost by 1-22 to 1-19 in a challenge game against Dublin at MacDonagh Park Nenagh on Sunday last. The game was in aid of Nenagh CBS’s fund raising efforts for their planned school extension. Thanks are due to the CBS, to Nenagh Eire Og and to Burgess for hosting the team for the game and training on Sunday. The first competitive outing of the year will be on Sunday next January 27 against Limerick at 2pm at MacDonagh Park Nenagh in the quarter-final of the Waterford Crystal Cup. Admission is €5 with under 16s free. Colm Lyons of Cork is the referee. Limerick defeated Mary Immaculate College in the preliminary round last weekend. The winners will play Kerry or Limerick IT in the semi-final.
CLUB SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
A new format for the club senior hurling championship will be introduced in 2014 following a very productive debate and discussion at last week’s county board meeting. The new championship structure will result in Divisional championships being run on a knockout and losers group basis, an extra team being relegated each year and the county championship divided into two sections of 16 teams each. The ranking of teams for 2014 will be determined by their placing in this year’s championship so that will certainly add a new dimension for 2013. The two sections of 16 teams will be divided into 4 groups of 4 teams with games played on a round robin basis. In the top section the top two teams in each group will qualify for the knockout stages and in the second tier the top team in each group will qualify. The 4 divisional champions will also qualify for the knockout stages with a system in place to deal with situations where they also qualify through the county group stages. The bottom team in each of the Section 1 groups will be demoted to Section 2 for the following year and the top team in each of the Section 2 groups will be promoted to Section 1. The bottom team in each of the Section 2 groups will be involved in the relegation play-offs to decide which 2 teams are relegated. The Intermediate Hurling champions will be promoted to Section 2. In 2015 there will be only 31 teams at senior and adjustments to the Section 2 structure will be made accordingly. Details will be circulated to all clubs and will be available on the county website,www.tipperary.gaa.ie. Thanks to all who contributed to last week’s debate and the work put in by the Championship Structures Review committee, the Competitions Control Committee, the Divisional Boards and the Clubs considering the new structures and making suggestions on how they could be improved.
SILVERMINES IN ALL IRELAND SEMI-FINAL
Good luck to Silvermines for their AIB All Ireland Intermediate Club Hurling semi-final against Clara of Kilkenny on Sunday next, January 27 at 2pm at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. The game will be refereed by Owen Elliott of Antrim. The other semi-final will take place in Birr at 1pm on Sunday between St. Gabriels of London and Killimordaly of Galway.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2013
The Tipperary Supporters Club launched the 2013 Adult Membership on Wednesday, January 16 at the Horse & Jockey Hotel. Among those present in a large attendance were the senior hurling management team, Eamon O’Shea, Michael Ryan and Paudie O’Neill; Minor Hurling Manager, William Maher; Intermediate Selector, Sean O’Meara and players Paul Curran, Eoin Kelly, Brendan Maher, John McGrath and Bill Maher. Eamon O’Shea launched the Membership and he thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for all their help and urged all Tipperary Supporters to join the Club as a practical way of showing support for the team. William Maher also thanked the Tipperary Supporters Club for its help with the successful 2012 All-Ireland Minor campaign and outlined his approach for the year ahead.
Adult Membership in 2013 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a specially produced soft feel Winter Hat in the traditional Blue and Gold colours of Tipperary and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club official logo. To see an image of this lovely gift go to www.tippsupportersclub.com. Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Hurling Weekend stay at the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included). Also members can access a discount scheme and will receive regular updates by email on team news, match reports and events. In addition members providing phone numbers will receive text alerts with Tipperary SH League and Championship team selections.
The Committee is actively seeking more people interested in helping the Tipperary hurling effort. The plan is to extend the adult membership base further and anybody who would like to take some Supporters Club memberships to join up their friends is welcome to contact Supporters Club PRO, John Coman on 087-9087105 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Supporters can join online on www.tippsupportersclub.com by credit card or debit card or with usual local sellers. On the website details are also available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help if members could join by direct debit. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Castleknock, Dublin 15 (086-3580718, email: email@example.com).
The Tipperary Supporters Club thanks Ryan Motor Power, Skoda dealers, Clonmel for its generous sponsorship of the membership. Entertainment at the launch was provided by Johnny B, of "Tipperary Rap" fame and hurley making fame. The draw for the GAA Season Ticket on the night was won by John Sheehy of Boherlahan who lives in Kilkenny.
DR. HARTY CUP QUARTER FINALS
Well done to the two Tipperary schools, Thurles CBS and Our Lady’s Templemore, on their victories in last week’s Dr. Harty Cup quarter-finals. The semi-finals will both be played at 2.30pm on Sunday February 3. Thurles CBS will play Dungarvan Colleges at Fermoy and Our Lady’s will play ArdScoil Ris at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh.
GAA COACHING COURSES
Presentation Secondary School Clonmel and Cashel Community School in partnership with the Tipperary GAA Co Board are a launching a series of GAA Coach education courses through the schools 2013 Adult Education programmes. The first series will take place in February through an Award 1 Hurling and Football course. The course is open to coaches who have completed the Foundation course. The courses, which are aimed at qualifying coaches to train players from thirteen years of age up to and including minor players (18 years), will start in Presentation Secondary School Clonmel on Monday, February 11 and Cashel Community School on Tuesday, February 12. The course takes place over 6 weeks. Numbers are limited in each course to 24 places. Application forms and details are available from both schools. Contact details are: Presentation Secondary School 086 2393244 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Cashel Community School 062 61167 or email@example.com.
JOBBRIDGE INTERNSHIP IN LAR NA PAIRCE MUSEUM
A JobBridge Internship in Lár na Pairce is being advertised on the JobBridge website (www.jobbridge.ie). It is for a Marketing, Curating and Administrative Assistant in the Museum of Gaelic Games, Thurles. The ideal candidate is a quick learner with an excellent work ethic. Administrative and IT skills are required. A Third Level qualification is desirable and the candidate must have a passion for Gaelic Games. The placement will commence on March 4 and will last for 9 months. Applications should be sent to Seamus J. King, Lár na Pairce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles,firstname.lastname@example.org. The closing date for the receipt of applications is February 8. Interviews will take place in Lár na Páirce between February 11-15.
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