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BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN
LOUGHMORE CASTLEINEY V DR. CROKES
Hard luck to Loughmore Castleiney on their AIB Munster Club semi-final defeat by Dr. Crokes in Killarney on Saturday last. The scoreline of 3-16 to 1-5 did not reflect the performance of the Tipperary champions and, as usual, they gave a hugely committed display. Well done to Dr. Crokes who will now face Clare champions, Cratloe, in the Munster final. Saturday’s game brings to an end a long and successful season for Loughmore Castleiney at senior level and they can look back with great pride on the honour they brought to their own club and parish and the example they have set to other clubs about achieving success. They will be the team everybody will want to beat in 2014 but that’s always a good position to be in.
BALLINA LOSE OUT IN THRILLING AIB MUNSTER CLUB IH FINAL
Ballina’s intermediate hurling campaign came to an end on Sunday in Mallow when they lost the AIB Munster club final by 2-13 to 2-10 in a thrilling contest against Cork champions, Youghal. No doubt they will take a lot of satisfaction from the year gone by with county intermediate and minor B hurling titles won.
AIB MUNSTER CLUB INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Ballyporeen completed a luckless weekend for Tipperary in Munster when they were defeated by Clyda Rovers of Cork in the AIB Munster Intermediate Club football semi-final at Clonmel Sportsgrounds on Sunday last by 0-15 to 1-4. Despite the disappointment of defeat, it was heartening to see Ballyporeen acknowledge on its Twitter account what a great year it has been for the club. There is no honour lost in Sunday’s defeat and well done to Ballyporeen on a highly successful 2013 with the chance to add the minor B football title still to come on Sunday next.
AIB MUNSTER CLUB JUNIOR A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Commiserations to Drom and Inch who lost by a single point, 3-6 to 2-10, to Feohanagh / Castlemahon of Limerick in the AIB Munster Club junior A football quarter final at the Tipperary Camogie Grounds at The Ragg on Saturday last.
AIB MUNSTER GAA HURLING JUNIOR CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL
Good luck to Knockshegowna for their AIB Munster Hurling Junior club championship semi-final against Ballysaggart of Waterford at Fraher Field, Dungarvan at 2pm on Sunday next, November 24. The referee will be Declan O’Driscoll of Limerick and extra time will be played if necessary. Knockshe’ are the only club from Tipperary remaining in the Munster Club championships. The winners of Sunday’s semi-final will play Feenagh / Kilmeedy of Limerick in the Munster final at Mallow on Sunday December 8.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING JUNIOR B HURLING FINAL
The Clean Ireland Recycling Junior B county hurling final between Holycross Ballycahill and Templederry Kenyons ended in a draw 0-12 each at The Ragg on Saturday last. Early in the second half it looked like Templederry would take home the Tim Maher Cup but a spirited fightback by Holycross Ballycahill saw them overcome a 7 point deficit by outscoring their North Division opponents by 8 points to 1 in the final 20 minutes to secure a deserved draw. The replay will be in The Ragg on Sunday next November 24 at 1pm. Extra time will be played in the event of a draw.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING COUNTY JUNIOR B FOOTBALL FINAL
The Clean Ireland Recycling Junior B county football final between Clonmel Og and Rockwell Rovers will be played at Cahir on Sunday next, November 24 at 2pm. Clonmel Og will be seeking their second title at this grade having won previously in 2009 while Rockwell Rovers are in pursuit of their first junior B county football title.
CLEAN IRELAND RECYCLING COUNTY MINOR B FOOTBALL FINAL
The Clean Ireland Recycling County Minor B football final between Ballyporeen and Upperchurch Drombane will take place at Golden on Sunday next, November 24 at 12.30pm. Upperchurch Drombane won the title previously in 2007 while Ballyporeen won it in 2011 and also in 1986 in combination with Clogheen.
SEAN GAEL PRESENTATION
Congratulations to all the recipients of the Sean Gael Awards at last Sunday’s annual event at the Dome, Semple Stadium. Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh, the legendary Gaelic Games commentator, was the guest speaker. The recipients were: Teresa McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Liam Quinn (Holycross Ballycahill), Tony Wall (Thurles Sarsfields), Neil O’Dea (Thurles Crokes and Templemore), Thady Maher (Clonmore and JK Brackens), Liam Hennessy (Moycarkey Borris), Tommy Ryan (Upperchurch Drombane), Mick Carroll (Durlas Óg), Micheál O’Meara (Commercials), Pete Savage (Ardfinnan), Paddy Doherty (Carrick-on-Suir Handball), Tommy O’Sullivan (Mullinahone), William Lonergan (Carrick Swan), John English (Ballybacon Grange), Michael Prendergast (Kilsheelan Kilcash), Sean Fitzpatrick (Newcastle), Bernie Colclough (Roscrea), Martin Bourke (Toomevara), Phil McIntyre (Lorrha and Dorrha), Pat O’Brien (Silvermines), Michael “Boysie” Hogan (Nenagh Handball), Mary Kenny (Borris-Ileigh), Pat McGrath (Burgess), Pakie Jones (Newport), Peter O’Sullivan (Cashel King Cormacs and Rosegreen), Liam O’Dwyer (Eire Og Annacarty), Sean Crowe (Lattin Cullen), Jackie Bourke (Aherlow), Christopher Teddy Gould (Rosegreen), Fr. Christy O’Dwyer (Arravale Rovers and Sean Treacys), Joe Lonergan (Kickhams), Seamus O’Donoghue (Arravale Rovers). There was a very large attendance at the Dome and an enjoyable evening was had by all. Well done to the organising committee for all the excellent work they put in to making the arrangements.
PIETA HOUSE “MIND YOUR BUDDY”
Pieta House in conjunction with Tipperary GAA have organised two information nights to introduce and explain this programme initiative. The dates available for people to attend are: 1) November 20 from 7.15pm to 8.15pm at The McAuley Community Centre, Templemore and 2) November 21st from 7.15pm to 8.15pm at The Horse & Jockey Hotel. The meetings will inform attendees about the “Mind your Buddy” programme designed to assist suicide prevention. The programme is free and is offered to all Tipperary GAA Clubs. The purpose of this introduction night is to highlight the importance of the “Mind your Buddy” concept and to identify the importance and need for training of members within clubs. A training course will follow on November 30 with a duration of 3 to 4 hours. Please contact Seamus Delaney on 087 6396698 for further details. We would encourage all clubs to consider very seriously sending a representative to one of the venues this week. We would also appreciate if clubs could circulate the notice below to their emailing group lists plus their club facebook and twitter accounts between now and Wednesday and Thursday night this week. Lives have already been saved as a result of rolling this project out with Limerick and Dublin clubs. We hope Tipperary clubs will show this same leadership
GAA SEASON TICKET 2014
The GAA has confirmed that the GAA Season Ticket for 2014 is now available. This is the sixth year of the Season Ticket with almost 14,000 members and supporters purchasing tickets last year. The base price of €85 for adults and €10 for juveniles provides access to the following games for your selected county and code (hurling or football); 1) Allianz League matches in the selected code including semi-finals, finals or relegation play-offs. 2) AIB GAA Club Championship Finals on St. Patrick’s Day in Croke Park. 3) AIB GAA Club Junior and Intermediate All-Ireland Finals in selected code. 4) Further special offers for various GAA fixtures. 5) Bring a friend (a friend can join you in the Season Ticket section subject to availability of space).
For example, a Tipperary GAA Hurling Season Ticket holder can attend any Allianz Hurling League fixture in 2014 (including finals), Tipperary’s opening Munster GAA Hurling Championship game, the AIB GAA Senior Club Finals on St. Patrick’s Day plus the Junior and Intermediate Club Football Finals in Croke Park. Pay & Play applies as the County progresses through the Championship. This means that the Season Ticket holder will be charged in advance of each additional Championship fixture. Season Ticket holders can also qualify for an All-Ireland final ticket if their chosen County reaches the Final in their chosen code by attending 60% of the County’s League and Championship matches. Season Tickets are available for all counties at present. Book before November 29th in order to have your season ticket card(s) before Christmas! Demand for Season Tickets in some counties is very high and last year the Dublin GAA Football Season Tickets sold out completely. Renewal rates for Dublin Football Stand Season Tickets mean that this category is sold out for 2014 already. However, there are a limited number of Hill16 Dublin Football Season Tickets still available. Full details can be found on www.gaa.ie/seasonticket
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