by Acting PRO Joe Bracken
MUNSTER CLUB FIXTURES
In attempting to overcome a difficult and emotional period Thurles Sarsfields head to the Gaelic Grounds this Sunday, November 15th, for their Munster Club Championship Semi-Final showdown against Na Piarsaigh of Limerick which throws in at 2pm. In what will no doubt be a testing encounter we send best wishes to them as the prize of a Munster Final appearance against Ballygunner of Waterford awaits the victors.
Best wishes also to Clonmel Commercials who take on St Josephs from Clare in the AIB Munster Club Senior Football Championship semi-final this Sunday November 15th in Clonmel Sportsfield at 2pm.
Commiserations to Clonakenny in the AIB Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final going down by the narrowest of margins to Newcestown from Cork on a score line of 0-14 to 0-13.
Commiserations also to Golden Kilfeacle who were defeated 0-14 to 0-7 by Bandon in the AIB Munster Club Junior Football Championship Quarter-Final last Saturday afternoon.
In the Clean Ireland Recycling County Minor ‘A’ Hurling Semi-Final St. Mary’s Clonmel got the better of Clonoulty Rossmore after extra time on a score line of 2-19 to 1-15. They now progress to meet Kildangan in the final this Saturday, November 14th in The Ragg at 1.30pm.
The Clean Ireland Recycling County Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship Final is also on this Saturday with Newport meeting Éire Óg Anacarty Donohill in Drombane at 2.15pm.
The third final on this weekend is the meeting of Golden Kilfeacle and Ballinahinch in the County Intermediate Hurling League Final in Boherlahan on Sunday, November 15th at 12noon.
The second semi-final in the Clean Ireland Recycling County Minor “B” Hurling Championship takes place also on Sunday at 2pm in Templemore between Moneygall Clonakenny and Loughmore Castleiney. Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams await the winners in the final.
In the semi-finals in the County Adult Football League Premier Division Clonmel Commercials are through to the final as Galtee Rovers St. Pecaun conceded the fixture. In the final they will meet Ardfinnan who defeated Cahir 1-7 to 0-7 on Sunday last to complete the final pairing. With action also continuing in the divisional U21 hurling championships please check fixtures section for all updates on times and venues in all games across the Premier County.
ALL STAR AWARD
Congratulations to Drom & Inch and Tipperary forward Seamus Callanan who was named at full-forward on the 2015 GAA GPA Opel Hurling All Stars team. This is Seamus’ second time receiving the award; he was also named at full-forward in 2014 All Stars team and was also previously nominated for an All-Star award in 2008, 2009. The ceremony took place in the National Convention Centre last Friday night.
SEAN GAEL AWARDS
The Sean Gael presentations will take place in the Dome, Semple Stadium this Sunday, November 15th. A reception for the recipients will commence at 3.15pm and the formalities will get underway at 4.30pm. This year a total of twenty-four people, who have given significant service to the G.A.A. during their lifetime, will receive their awards. They come from the four divisions in the county and they have contributed in a variety of ways to the Gaelic Athletic Association. This year the guest speaker will be past president of the G.A.A., Liam O’Neill and he will present their scrolls to the recipients. Since the beginning of the awards in in 2003, when past president, Joe MacDonagh was the guest of honour, the committee have always chosen distinguished figures from the Association to present the awards. The members of the committee are as follows: Chairman John Costigan, Secretary Seamus J. King, Noel Morris, Tim Floyd, Seamus McCarthy and Sean Nugent.
The various 2015 Conventions are as follows; Tuesday December 1st – County Bord na nÓg Convention in The Horse & Jockey Hotel; Thursday December 10th – West Convention in Anacarty; Friday December 11th – Mid Convention in Thurles Sarsfields Centre; Monday December 14th – North Convention in Nenagh Éire Óg Centre; Sunday 13th – South Convention in Clonmel GAA Centre and lastly Thursday17th – County Convention in The Dome.
It was interesting to note in the discussion paper published last week by Ard Stiúrthóir, Páraic Ó Dufaigh on Player Overtraining and Burnout and the GAA Fixtures Calendar that “most of the proposals in the paper were generated in a series of committee reports over the past eleven years”. However, in relation to the “extra time” reference in the report no mention was made to the fact that Tipperary’s motion 5 at this year’s Congress as proposed by JK Brackens Club was more or less to do with the same issue, it was not carried and indeed gained a lot of media coverage before Congress took place over the perceived loss of revenue to the Association if replays didn’t go ahead etc. Is it a case again of Tipperary leading the way?
COUNTY BOARD DRAW
The two main winners of the November County Board Draw which took place last Friday night in The Lisdobber Bar, Ballyneale were 1st prize of a Skoda Octavia or €15,000 sold by the Newport GAA Club went to Dermot Boland, Rockvale, Newport and 2nd prize of a Skoda Fabia or €10,000 sold by Mullinahone GAA Club went to John O’Halloran, Glenwood. Mullinahone, congratulations to both Dermot and John.
TIPPERARY G.A.A. CLUB, NEW YORK
The County Tipperary Hurling Club New York will hold a Celebration Banquet on Saturday, December 5th next at Mulino’s Lake Isle Country Club in New York. Guest of Honour on the night will be Donnacaha O’Dwyer of Borris Ileigh while Special Guests will be fellow Borris Ileigh men, Tipperary Captain Brendan Maher and former star Noel O’Dwyer. Player of the year is Paul Loughnane and Tipperary “Man of the Year” is Tom Woodlock from Two Mile Borris.
A special 2015 Souvenir Journal is currently being prepared for the occasion where companies and individuals are invited to take out journal ads. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed and for further information please contact; Mike Kennedy, 646 208 3716; Brendan Maher 646 361 5544; Sean Shepard. 914 512 1519 and Tom Woodlock email@example.com.
POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS
The following are the County Tipperary Post Primary 1st Year Competition Final Results from last week;
Corn Ui Cathain Final – Our Ladys Templemore 0.06 Nenagh C.B.S 0.05
Plata Ui Cathain Final – Thurles C.B.S (A) 1.01 Thurles C.B.S (B) 0.03
Sciath Ui Cathain – Scoil Ruain Killenaule 5.03 Colaiste Phobail Roscrea 3.05
Plata Ui Cathain 2 – Borrisokane C.S 3.06 Rockwell College 2.01
Many of the Tipperary schools are back in action this week at Munster level, so for all this week’s fixtures and results please check the Munster website, http://munster.gaa.ie/fixtures/post-primary-schools/
Congratulations to the Tipperary winners in the 60 x 30 Masters All Ireland Doubles – MBD Tipperary (David Tobin/Eddie Farrell) defeated Wexford (John Roche/Damien Kelly) 21-4, 21-13; SMBD Tipperary (Paul Maher/John Lee) defeated Tyrone (Kenny Curran/Finbar Fullen) 21-6, 21-11; GMAD Tipperary (Pat Flaherty/Tony Flaherty) defeated Westmeath (Robert McCarthy/Kevin Flanagan) 21-14, 6-21, 21-16 and DMAD Tipperary (Billy Mullins/Pakie Mullins) defeated Carlow (John Rossiter/Sean Ryan) 21-17, 21-8.
MUNSTER LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Commiserations to Templemore Ladies Football Club who were defeated by Bantry Blues 1-9 to 1-11 AET in the Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Junior Club Final replay on Sunday last.
The Annual G.A.A. Memorabilia Fair will be held on Sunday, December 6th, from 12-4pm in Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre and will give customers a chance to browse and search a large selection of match programs, club histories, hurling,, football, camogie and handball publications as well as other G.A.A. material. In the pleasant and spacious surroundings of Thurles Sarsfields G.A.A. Centre collectors and sellers are cordially invited to attend this event where it is hoped they will find plenty to interest them. Admission will be €3 with accompanied children free.
Sales positions which are free of charge may be booked in advance by contacting Seamus J. King 087 2246245 firstname.lastname@example.org or Liam Ó Donnchú 086 6036547 email@example.com
GAA SEASON TICKET
GAA season ticket renewals are currently ongoing and public sales commenced on Monday November 2nd. Please check gaa.ie/seasonticket for further information. To ensure pre-Christmas delivery, Season Tickets must be purchased or renewed prior to December 4th 2015.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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