TIPPERARY GAA SCENE MON JAN 6th
By: Tim Floyd, Co Secretary.
Filling the void:
As we await confirmation of our new P.R.O. at the January County Committee meeting, I am taking the responsibility as County Secretary with the help of my fellow officers, to keep our supporters up to date on all that is happening in Tipperary GAA (Tadhg De Flóid)
On Sunday the 15th of December Thurles Sarsfields retained their county U/21 “A” hurling title with a one point victory over Kilruane McDonaghs 0.15 to 2.08. McDonaghs almost got a draw when a last minute difficult free sailed wide. . The John Quirke man of the match award went to Sarsfields Aidan McCormack.
Moyne Templetuohy Òg and Borrisokane had victories in the U/21 B county semi finals with Borrisokane proving to strong for Skeheenarinka and Moyne Templetuohy Òg getting by Eire Òg Annacarty. The final which was played on the 29th of December was tight enough but Moyne Templetuohy Òg eventually got there on the score of 2.09 to 0.09. Next Sunday at 12 noon in Templetuohy, the 2013 county intermediate hurling league final takes place between the all mid pairing of Drom and Inch and Moyne Templetuohy. This brings the curtain down on the 2013 fixture programme.
Tipperary Senior hurlers rounded off a successful series of challenge games last weekend as they prepared for the forthcoming Waterford Crystal and Allianz Hurling League. Pre Christmas, they defeated Westmeath in The Ragg (3-20 to 0-13) and Wexford in Clonmel (0-17 to 1-9). Last Saturday, they convincingly beat U.C.C. in Dr. Morris Park by 6-25 to 0-9 and on Sunday with a different starting line-up, had an impressive victory over Offaly in Moneygall by 3-18 to 1-10.
Tipperary will play LIT in the preliminary round of the Waterford Crystal Cup SH competition at MacDonagh Park Nenagh on Sunday next, January 12 at 2pm. The winners will play Kerry in Tralee in the next round on Sunday January 19th. Eamonn Kelly of Kildangan and Brian Horgan of Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams were recently appointed as manager and coach respectively of the Kerry senior hurling team for 2014.
Tipperary’s first Allianz League outing is at home to Waterford under lights in Semple Stadium on Saturday night February 15th.
Our senior footballers are not participating in the McGrath Cup but are also showing good pre-season form with victories in challenge games over Offaly and Kildare during the past week. Under the management of Peter Creedon, Michael O’Loughlin, Eoghan Cooney and Tommy Toomey and with Donegal native Mickey McGeehan as trainer, the mood is very positive as they prepare for their first round Allianz Football League away clash with Carlow on Sunday February 2nd.
March 12th v Waterford in Dungarvan is the major focus for our U21 football squad as they will be the first Tipperary team to enter the championship arena in 2014. The management team of David Power, Pat Moroney, Gerry McGill and trainer Pat Flanagan are hoping that the All-Ireland M.F. victory of 2011 will be the inspiration for this panel in 2014. They are currently playing in the Hastings Cup – a competition organized by Longford County Board and last Saturday recorded a comprehensive 1-18 to 1-7 victory over Leitrim in Mohill. Next Saturday they face Wicklow in the 2nd round in Dr. Morris Park at 2pm. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney) has been appointed team captain for 2014 and Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials) as vice captain. We wish both John and Michael well in their roles.
Tipperary Post Primary Schools Fixtures
The Hennessy Cup Tipperary U/15 “B” Hurling Final between Cashel C.S and Carrick on Suir C.B.S takes place Thursday the 9th Jan – Time 1.30pm with extra time in Monroe.
The Sciath Mhic Gabhann Tipperary U-18½ Football “B” Semi Final between Carrick on Suir C.B.S and Presentation Ballingarry goes ahead on Tuesday the 14th Jan 12.30 with extra time in Carrick on Suir. The second semi final between Colaiste Dun Iascaigh and Cashel C.S is fixed for Monday the 20th Jan at 12.30pm with extra time at Coláiste Dun Iascaigh.
McGabhann Cup Tipperary U-18½ Football “A” Final: Our Lady’s Templemore 3.08 Rockwell College 1.03
Sciath Mhic Gabhann Tipperary U-18½ Football “B” Quarter Finals: Presentation Ballingarry 2.13 Scóil Rúain Killenaule 0.03.
January County Board Draw:
The January County Board Draw will be held on this Friday night 10th in Jimmy Ryan’s Lounge Killoscully. On the night local man, John Grace will receive €10,000 or a Skoda Fabia which he won in last month’s Draw. Another local member, Mary Bourke, Munnia won the €1,000 weekly lotto and she will also be presented with her cheque at the draw. Two more Skoda Cars will be won on the night by two lucky members. The January Draw is one of two free draws held over the twelve months scheme for those who stay in the Draw every month. Best of luck to all draw members.
January County Committee Meeting:
The January County Committee meeting will go ahead on Tuesday, January 14th in the Sarsfield Centre at 8pm. On that night, two club representatives to the County Management Committee will be elected. All clubs are asked to ensure their delegate attends.
Club secretaries are reminded to complete and return the 2014 Affiliation forms sent out to them before Christmas. By rule, a club cannot participate in any competitions until this form is returned to the County Secretary.
Intermediate Medal Presentation:
Our Munster and All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling champions will receive their medals this Saturday night, January 11th at a presentation dinner in “The Watermill”, Slievenamon Road, Thurles (Invite only).
Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package…great value
Tipperary GAA supporters should check out the great value in the 2014 Premier Gold Plus Package at €200. This package gives the owner access to all adult club games, both divisional and county during 2014 plus all Allianz League matches in hurling or football. It also entitles the owner access to the opening Championship game in 2014 and the right to purchase thereafter. So whether it’s the local park, Semple Stadium or Croke Park, you can follow your teams all the way. For more details on the Premier Gold 2 in 1 Package, contact The GAA Merchandise Shop at Lár na Pairce, Thurles. 0504-22702
All-County Table Quiz:
Following the success of last years event, County Board will host the 2014 All-County Table Quiz on Friday, February 21st. Once again, 80 general knowledge questions will be asked live on Tipp FM and every club will be expected to organize a venue and participate in the Quiz. The winners from each venue will go forward to a County Final to be held in The Dome on Friday March 15th.
Charity Fun Run:
The Charity Fun Run on December 21st was a tremendous success despite the atrocious weather. Almost 1,000 people participated and over €20,000 was collected on the day. This figure is expected to increase when all the money pledged is handed in. The proceeds will be divided between the two Cancer related charities, The Friends of St. Luke’s, Rathgar, Dublin and Suir Haven Thurles which is a support unit run by North Tipperary Hospice. The driving motivation behind the event was the illness to Eddie Connolly, Loughmore and his presence on the day was an inspiration to all who took part. Thanks to all who participated and contributed and a special thanks to our senior hurling panel whose supreme efforts made the venture a wonderful success.
Scór na nÓg:
The Munster semi finals of Scór na nÓg took place in Caiseal na Rí on Sunday afternoon 5th January. Tipperary, Clare and Waterford competed for places in the Munster Final which will take place in Mallow on Sunday 26th January. Comhghairdeas le na hiomaitheoirí go léir agus go néirí go geal libh i gCraobh na Mumhan i gceann coicíse;
• Newcastle (An Caisleán Nua) will go forward in Rince Foirne. Maith sibh.
• Cáit Ní Sheanacháin (Borrisoleigh) will represent us in Amhránaíocht Aonair…Maith thú a Cháit.
• Aoife Ní Fhogartaigh (J.K.Brackens) goes forward in Aithriseoireacht. Well done Aoife.
• Briseann an Dúchas trí shúile an chait (Borrisoleigh) will represent us in Léiriú Stáitse. Well done on bringing Brian Ború back to life.
• Éire Óg (Nenagh) will go forward in Bailéad Ghrúpa. Maith sibh a chailíní.
• J.K.Brackens will represent us in Rince Seit. Well done to Johnny and his troupe.
Ní raibh an tádh le Tulach Seasta i mbliana .Comghairdeas le Ciara, Ellen, Keelan, Cathal agus Ciara as dreas ceoil iontach bríomhar a sheinnt dúinn.
Fear an Ti for the evening was Noel Joyce. Míle buíochas leis agus le Sinéad a chuir tús le himeachtaí an lae chomh haoibhinn sin.
Tráth na gCeist Scór na nÓg
Reminding all clubs of The County Scór na nÓg Tráth na gCeist in Moyne Hall on Friday 18th January. Teams of Four will take part in a table Quiz so there will be no individual rounds as was the custom. The winners will go forward to a novel all Ireland event and represent Tipperary in Castlebar Co. Mayo in March 2014.Please Contact Máire De Búrca Rúnaí Scór (087)2160430 before 13th January.
ONLINE SURVEY ON GAA STRATEGY 2014 to 2017
The GAA at national level is putting together a strategy for the period 2014-2017. As part of the consultation process they have developed an online survey to enable them to help shape the strategy and to get input from members and supporters. It is available on gaa.ie until the end of January and can be accessed on www.gaa.ie/gaafuture. There has been a great response to the survey so far, however it is very important to get a good response and we hope that as many people as possible will complete the survey. It’s a chance to make your views known and to influence the direction the Association will take in the next few years. All those who complete this survey will be entered into a draw to win two tickets to an All Ireland final of their choice in 2014. If you have any questions about this survey, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIGERSON AND FITZGIBBON CUPS
Third Level Colleges are preparing for the start of the Sigerson senior football and Fitzgibbon senior hurling and other inter-varsity football and hurling competitions which will commence later in January. The finals of the competitions will be hosted by Queens University in Belfast this year. The Sigerson and other inter-varsity football finals will take place on February 21 and 22 and the Fitzgibbon and other hurling finals on February 28 and March 1. The Sigerson and Fitzgibbon semi-finals and finals will be used to trial the proposed clock / hooter time-keeping system. We wish all Tipperary players participating in the competitions the best of luck. Tipperary All Ireland medal winner and All Star, Eddie Enright of Thurles Sarsfields manages the UCC Fitzgibbon team and will be attempting to guide them to three in a row. The groups for the Fitzgibbon Cup are as follows: A – UCC, Waterford IT, IT Carlow, St. Pat’s Dublin; B – UL, UCD, Mary Immaculate Limerick; C – Cork IT, Limerick IT, Galway Mayo IT; D – NUI Galway, DCU, DIT.
All footballers are reminded that mouthguards are compulsory since January 1st 2014 for all games and training sessions at all levels and age groups in Gaelic Football. Players will not be permitted to play games and will not be covered under the GAA player injury scheme if they do not comply with the mouthguard rule. For more information on mouth guards see the Medical and Player Welfare section on GAA.ie.