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BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
Tipperary County Board would like to thank all of the Tipperary hurling and football teams which are representing the county so well in their various championships at present. They are putting in huge effort, providing great entertainment and winning admiration from within the county and beyond. We would like to thank all our supporters for their dedication in following our teams and we hope they will continue to do so in big numbers in the weeks ahead as all our teams face challenging knock-out games. Sport is unpredictable but support can be an unseen 16th man driving teams on so if you can at all, come out and support some of our teams in the weeks ahead. Thanks also to all who supported the Friends of Tipperary Football’s sponsored cycle in aid of the Tipperary minor football panel last weekend. Your generosity is both important and appreciated in support of Tipperary teams.
ALL IRELAND SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Tipperary’s senior football team on qualifying for Round 4 of the GAA senior football championship qualifiers by defeating Antrim by 10 points to 8 at Semple Stadium on Saturday last. We wish them well for their next game against beaten Ulster finalists, Down at Cusack Park, Mullingar on Saturday next at 4pm. The winners qualify for the All Ireland quarter-finals and will play one of the 4 provincial champions – Mayo, Cork, Dublin or Donegal.
MUNSTER UNDER 21 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to the under 21 hurlers on a fine 1-16 to 1-11 win against Limerick in the Munster semi-final at Pairc na nGael onWednesday evening last. They will now play Clare in Ennis in the Munster final on Wednesday August 8.Tipperary will be seeking their 21st title while Clare will be chasing their second. Tipperary last won the Munster title in 2010 and subsequently went on to win the All Ireland title. Clare won their only Munster title in 2009 and also went to win that year’s All Ireland final.
ALL IRELAND SENIOR HURLING QUARTER FINALS
The All Ireland senior hurling quarter-finals will be played at Semple Stadium on Sunday July 29. Cork will play Waterford at 2pm and Kilkenny will play Limerick at 4pm. Supporters are encouraged to buy tickets in advance online at www.tickets.ie or at selected Musgrave or Centra outlets. A large crowd is expected so supporters are also asked to come to the Stadium early.
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
There were 3 county senior hurling championship games played at the weekend. In round 1 Kilruane MacDonaghs defeated Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams by 1-20 to 0-16 and will play Borris-Ileigh in round 2 at Toomevara on Sunday next July 29 at 12 noon. In round 2 Templederry Kenyons defeated JK Brackens by 2-15 to 1-17 and Lorrha and Dorrha defeated Ballingarry by 2-24 to 2-11. Killenaule will play Kildangan in round 2 in Templetuohy and Drom and Inch will play Moneygall in Borrisoleigh at 12 noon on Sunday next. On FridayAugust 3 at 7pm, the postponed Round 2 game between Nenagh Eire Og and Burgess will be played in Dolla and the Round 2 game between Borrisokane and Cappawhite will be played in Newport. Fixtures may be changed depending on the progress of county teams so please check the Tipperary website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie, Tipperary GAA on Facebook and Twitter and local radio for changes.
SEAMUS O RIAIN CUP
There were 2 games played in the Seamus O Riain Cup last weekend. Moycarkey Borris defeated Upperchurch Drombane by 3-25 to 1-21 after extra time on Saturday and Golden Kilfeacle defeated Aherlow by 0-19 to 1-8 on Sunday. Aherlow and Upperchurch Drombane both go into the relegation competition. Boherlahan Dualla will play Holycross Ballycahill in Round 1 on Sunday July 28 at 7pm in Drombane.
COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
There are 2 county senior football championship round 1 games scheduled for Sunday last between Fethard and Ardfinnan and Clonmel Og and Moyle Rovers were postponed due to the involvement of players who had lined out against Antrim at the weekend. Father John Kenyons are fixed to play Cahir in Round 1 on Sunday next at Pairc Ciocaim at 7pm.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
In the Tipperary clubs draw held in the Community Hall Rosegreen last weekend the winner of the Skoda Octavia or €15,000 was Marie Brennan of Manorfield, Clonee, Dublin 15 whose ticket was sold by the Newport club. The winner of the Skoda Fabia or €10,000 was Jim Luttrell of Callan, Co. Kilkenny whose ticket was sold by the Mullinahone club. Well done to them and all the other prize-winners. Full details of all winners are on the Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie and on RTE’s Aertel service.
NORTH TITLE FOR PORTROE
The first divisional senior hurling final of the year took place last Sunday evening in Nenagh between defending champions Toomevara and Portroe. Congratulations to Portroe on winning their first ever divisional senior hurling title on a scoreline of 3-16 to 1-19. Their victory was well deserved and is an inspiration to all small clubs – there were great scenes of celebration after the Shannonsiders captain, Jimmy Creamer received the cup from North Board Chairman, John McGrath. The Portroe Management team need no introduction – Manager was former Tipperary goalkeeper, John Sheedy with selectors, former Tipp senior, minor and intermediate manager, Liam Sheedy and former Munster Council PRO and National Referees Co-ordinator, Fr, Seamus Gardiner and of course former Portroe player, John Hogan. The game was played in a fine sporting manner and credit is due to Toomevara for the gracious way they accepted defeat. No doubt they will make an impact when they re-emerge in the county championship.
DIVISIONAL FINALS NEXT WEEKEND
The South senior hurling championship final between Mullinahone and Carrick Swan will take place at Clonmel Sportsfield at 7pm onSunday evening July 28. Also on Sunday evening the Mid senior hurling championship final between Loughmore Castleiney and Thurles Sarsfields will be played at Templemore also at 7pm.
MICK COWAN MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT
The second annual Mick Cowan Memorial Tournament between Moyne Templetuohy and Borris-Ileigh in aid of the North Tipp Hospice will be played at Templetuohy on Sunday August 5 at 7pm. It will be preceded by the opening of the new dressing room facilities at what has become one of the county’s best venues. Well done to all in the Moyne Templetuohy club on the excellent development work they have undertaken. Mick Cowan represented Tipperary at all levels of hurling and football, won county senior hurling titles with both Moyne Templetuohy and Borris-Ileigh and also won a club All-Ireland in 1987 with Borris-Ileigh. This annual tournament game, which commemorates Mick following his passing a couple of years ago, was inaugurated in Borris-Ileigh last year and raises funds for a very worthy cause, the North Tipp Hospice. Support for what should be an entertaining game will be very welcome.
CENTRA AND SUPERVALU TICKET SALES
The GAA and two of its championship sponsors, Centra and SuperValu, are delighted to confirm that the sale of championship tickets through Centra and SuperValu stores breached the €1m mark last Friday. The new arrangement, powered by Irish ticketing company, Tickets.ie, which allows members of the public to purchase their championship tickets for football and hurling matches at Centra and SuperValu stores across the island, has been a resounding success. The new network of ticket outlets only became fully operational inMay and more than 66,000 tickets have been sold this year to date. In all there are now 164 stores selling GAA tickets in addition to the traditional sources and outlets where tickets can be acquired
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