Tipperary GAA Scene – January 25th 2023
Munster Senior Hurling League
Hard luck to the Tipperary senior hurlers who lost out to Cork by the narrowest of margins in the co-op superstores Munster senior hurling league final which was played in Pairc Uí Rinn last Sunday afternoon. While the silverware did not come our way, there was a lot to be positive about the teams performance as they now prepare for the upcoming Allianz hurling league, which commences with a home game against Laois in FBD Semple Stadium on Saturday February 4th. Following the presentation of the cup, Tipperary’s Brian McGrath pictured on the right was presented with the man of the match award
Allianz Football League
The Tipperary Senior Footballers will commence their Allianz Football Division 3 campaign with a home tie against Down this Saturday January 28th in FBD Semple Stadium at 6pm, the Tipperary senior footballers will play a further two games at home to Antrim and Offaly, with away trips to Cavan, Longford, Fermanagh and Westmeath in their last game which is scheduled to take place on Sunday March 26th. We wish the players and team management the very best of luck in what will be a very competitive league campaign.
Remember Advance ticket sales only at gaa.ie/tickets or selected Centra & SuperValu stores, tickets will not be on sale at the venue and cash will not be accepted at the stiles.
Robbie Kiely Retirement
On Monday last January 23rd, long standing Tipperary senior footballer Robbie Kiely announced his retirement from Inter-County football. Having won a Munster under 21 title in 2010 when Tipperary defeated Kerry in that year’s final under the lights in Tralee, Robbie made his championship debut against Louth in 2011, from there he went on to play a pivotal role for his team and made a major contribution in every game he played. In 2020 Tipperary captured the Munster senior football title for the first time in 85 years when they defeated Cork by 0-17 to 0-14 and Robbie was again to the fore in that game. Tipperary GAA and the Tipperary Football Committee wish to thank Robbie for his outstanding commitment to the blue and gold jersey throughout both his underage and adult career, and wish him all the very best in his future life.
TUS Dr Harty Cup
The semi finals of the TUS Harty Cup took place last weekend and resulted in both Cashel Community School and Thurles CBS qualifying for this year’s final meaning that the final will be an all Tipperary affair for the first time. The final is scheduled to take place on the weekend of February 5th and the game is sure to attract a huge amount attention across the county and further a field over the coming days.
Tipperary Referee Recruitment 2023
Tipperary GAA is currently seeking applications from interested individuals to participate in the upcoming Referee Recruitment for Tipperary in 2023, to address the future refereeing needs within the Premier County.
With the growth in popularity of Gaelic Games, the demand for match officials is increasing. With over four thousand games being played in our county on an annual basis, the role of the referee is a particularly important cog of the wheel to ensure all games take place. However, we are seeing a drop in our current crop of officials, due to injury, work life balance and age related factors. During the last GAA season in 2022, a number of games had to be cancelled due to no referee available. This was very unfair to the clubs affected in these fixtures. Out of the 71 clubs in Tipperary, we have 13 clubs without referees. This represents 18% which is not acceptable. Our target is that every club has an active referee. We are at a crisis in Tipperary in relation to the number of qualified active referees.
Basic Club Referee Training Courses are provided every year by trained Referee Tutors in County Tipperary. Last year we trained 18 new recruits following a break of two years due to Covid. The first two Modules will be completed online by the student in the comfort of their own home, while the next two modules will be completed as a group in Thurles. Timeframe is these is early March. The course is developed in conjunction with Croke Park and supported through the Provincial Munster Referees Administrators.
The Training Course is now open to interested candidates to register.
NEW REFEREES FOUNDATION COURSE Training as a Club Referee involves the following modules:
Rules of Specification / The Play / Scores/ Powers and Duties of the Referee Technical Fouls / Set Play / Aggressive Fouls / Dissent / Referee’s Report / Rules Test / Fitness Test
Modules are “classroom” based and involve online participation by the prospective referees. A timed Rules Test is centrally organised by Croke Park, which the participants complete “on-line”, with a pass-mark set which must be achieved for successful progression.
An initial trial Fitness Test, i.e. a “BANGSBO or BEEP Test” will be organised at a later date, in order to familiarise new entrants with the levels required. A standard test will be used later in the year to monitor progression with a view to the achievement of a minimum standard required for qualification.
Following completion of the Training Course the successful candidate is certified as qualified by Coiste Ríaracháin Réiteoirí Contae Tiobrad Árann as a Club Level Referee. Newly qualified Foundation Referees will be appointed to referee games as allocated by the Referees Administration Committee.
We are now seeking applications from interested individuals, who are considering taking up the role as Club Referee and applications must be submitted through their respective Club Secretary on the relevant Application Form which is available online on the Tipperary GAA website.
Please note all applications must be accompanied by a cheque for €100, from the applicant’s home club, which will be refunded after officiating at ten games. Completed application forms accompanied by €100 cheque only should be forwarded to John Ryan (B) Tipperary Referees Administration Committee, Lár na Páirce, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
All clubs who do not currently have a referee in their club are encouraged to trawl their membership for prospective candidates.
Please contact your club secretary or any of the recruitment committee if you want to be included in this year’s course.
REFEREE RECRUITMENT COMMITTEE John Ryan Chairperson (West Division) 086 241 7763, Philip Kelly Secretary (North Division) 087 286 3683, Michael Kennedy (South Division) 087 990 7661, Davy Ryan (West Division) 086 303 8882, Seamus Delaney (Mid Division) 087 639 6698, Alan Tierney (North Division) 087 415 9247.
Or from any member of the Referees Administration Committee; John Ryan (Chairperson), Philip Kelly (Secretary) Franny Quinn (Divisional Administrator West), Nicholas Moroney (Divisional Administrator South), Ciaran Timmons (Divisional Administrator North), Martin Bourke (Divisional Administrator Mid)
You can download the new referees application form by clicking on the following link: Foundation Club Referee application form 2023
Applications open for Phase 2 of the GAA Green Club Programme
Applications for Phase 2 of the GAA Green Club Programme are now being accepted and must be submitted by midnight Sunday January 29th at greenclubs.gaa.ie
The Green Club Programme has been established to support GAA, LGFA and Camogie clubs in taking simple and effective sustainability action in their grounds and activities. The Programme is structured around the themes of Energy, Water, Waste, Biodiversity and Travel & Transport.
Phase 1 of the Green Club Programme ran from 2021 to 2023 with the participation of over 30 clubs from across Ireland. These trail-blazing Green Clubs established Green Teams, carried out club audits, and engaged in exciting sustainability partnerships and projects. The experience and input of the Phase 1 Green Clubs led to the development of the GAA’s first-ever Green Club Toolkit which includes numerous case studies across each of the thematic areas. (https://learning.gaa.ie/greenclub/casestudies)
Phase 2 of the Programme will run for 2023 and 2024. Any Club that wishes to be recognised as a Green Club must apply through greenclubs.gaa.ie. Clubs will be required to follow a series of steps over the 2-year cycle in order to achieve Green Club status.
Additionally, 75 Clubs representing all Counties will be selected from those that apply to participate in a number of specific projects. These Clubs will be eligible for seed funding and extra support from our expert partners including the SEAI, Action Renewables, LAWPro, Irish Water, NI Water, the Regional Waste Management Offices, the National Biodiversity Data Centre, RSPB NI, the NTA, the RSA, Keep NI Beautiful and Sustainable NI.
Applications must be submitted by midnight Sunday January 29th by completing a short form and requires your club secretary’s contact details to be included. The Green Clubs portal will automatically close at this time and incomplete applications cannot be accepted after this time.
Clubs who will be offered the programme will be notified by email and required to accept the offer of participation by Friday February 10th. An orientation day for Phase 2 Clubs has been scheduled for Saturday, 4th March in Croke Park.
The GAA Green Club Programme is funded by the Dept of the Environment, Climate and Communications. For more information visit: www.gaa.ie/greenclub or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cumann na mBunscoil 2023
The Cumann na mBunscoil County Finals were hosted by Youghalarra & Nenagh Clubs. We had 14 Schools Competing Ardcroney, Burgess, Ballinaclogh, Kilruane, Newport, Ballytarsna, Lissenhall, Ballina,Carrig, Gaelscoil Nenagh, Gaelscoil C-O-S,CBS Nenagh, Silvermines & St Mary’s CBS. We had 51 Players taking part resulting in 31 Games Played. All games were played off to Finals in both Courts with all the Finals played in Nenagh. A big thanks to all who refereed in both venues and helped out in any way . Both Winners and runners up received Medals with the Winners going forward to represent Tipperary in the Munster Finals in early February.
Gu11S Emily Monaghan Ballina N.S. Dft Orla Gaynor Kilruane N.S. 11/10, 11/4
GU11D 1 Entry Ava & Kayla Moroney Ballina N.S.
GU13S Erin Neville Ballina N.S. Dft Katherine Grace Burgess 11/8, 11/7
GU13D Molly Joyce/Ava Carey Ballina N.S. Dft Anna McLoughney/Emma Doheny Ardcroney N.S. 11/1, 11/1
BU11S Josh O Mahony Newport N.S. Dft Michael Hynes Lissenhall N.S. 11/3, 11/1
BU11D Jim O Mahony/Tadhg Malone Newport N.S. Dft James Timmons/Ruaidhrí O Brien Lissenhall N.S. 11/0, 11/2
BU13S Donnagh Carmody Carrig N.S. Dft Cormac Troy Newport N.S. 11/2, 11/5
BU13D Shane Harrington/Ronan O Mahony Newport N.S. Dft James O Dwyer /Daniel Boland Carrig 11/7, 11/3
The Juvenile County Finals were hosted by Nenagh on Sunday. Thanks to all who helped out on the Day Special thanks to all our referees. Best of luck to all going forward to represent Tipperary in the Munster Championships.
B10S Killian Jackman Ballina Dft Tom Tobin C-O-Suir 11/3, 11/5
B10D Jonathan & Paddy Delaney Cashel Dft Cathal Carmody/Cristeóir Buckley Nenagh 11/3, 11/6
B11S Jim O Mahony Newport
B11D Josh O Mahony & Tadhg Malone Newport
B12S Dara Cross Cashel Dft Paul Williams Loch Eorna 15/0, 15/7 B12D Ben Platt Leamy/Harry Quinn S/Mines Dft Josh Mulcahy/Robbie Manton Cashel 8/15, 15/5 15/8 B13S Shane Delaney Cashel Dft Luke Slattery Youghalarra 15/3, 15/7 B13D Billy Murphy/Alex O Dwyer C-O-S Dft Robbie O Brien/Darragh Carmody Nenagh 15/3, 15/5 B14S James Delaney Cashel Dft Josh Moroney Ballina V 15/10, 15/13
B14D Rory Cross & Ultan O Donoghue Cashel B15S Dean Carey Ballina Dft David Cooke C-O-Suir 15/7, 15/3 B15D Conor Ryan /Daniel Mc Kelvey S/Mines B16S Stefan Tobin C-O-Suir Dft Stephen Mc Namara Nenagh 21/0, 21/1 B16D Ronan Redmond/Rian Power C-O-Suir B17S Rocky Reilly Ballyporeen B17D Conal Moloney /Eoin Dunne Cashel
The Girls Juvenile Finals are in Nenagh on Friday 27th January @ 6 Pm.
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