By PRO Joe Bracken
MUNSTER JUNIOR CLUB HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Best wishes to Ballybacon-Grange in the AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship Final against Ardmore (Waterford) on Sunday next, December 3rd in Mallow where throw-in is at 1:30pm in a game which will be referred by Nathan Wall (Cork). As the only Tipperary side to reach a hurling decider in 2017 the hopes of the county will be with them on Sunday.
COUNTY JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Thurles Sarsfields on winning the Tipperary Water County Junior B Hurling Championship with a 1-8 to 0-9 victory over Newport on Saturday last.
COUNTY U21 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The first of the Tipperary Water County U21 A Hurling Championship semi-finals will be played on Saturday next December 2nd when Holycross-Ballycahill and Carrick Swan meet at 1.30pm in Golden.
Kiladangan already in the other semi-final will play the winners of the West U21A Final between Clonoulty Rossmore and Cashel King Cormacs which goes ahead in Bansha also on Saturday at 1.30pm.
After the weekend action in the semi-finals of the Tipperary Water County U21 B Hurling Championship Lorrha-Dorrha and Moycarkey-Borris have progressed to meet each other in the final on Sunday next December 3rd in Templederry with a 1:30pm throw-in and extra time will be played if required. Lorrha-Dorrha needed extra-time to eventually overcome Golden-Kilfeacle 0-16 to 1-12 while Moycarkey-Borris eased through with a 5-15 to 1-6 defeat of Cahir.
COUNTY HURLING LEAGUES
Congratulations to Toomevara as they claimed the Tipperary Water County Hurling League Division 2 title following a 0-15 to 1-9 victory over Roscrea last Sunday.
Elsewhere, the Tipperary Water County Hurling League Division 5 Final between Ballybacon-Grange and Knockshegowna will now be played on Saturday, December 9th in Templetuohy at 1:30pm.
MUNSTER JUNIOR FOOTBALL
Cashel King Cormacs will play Cromane (Kerry) in the Munster Junior B Football Semi Final on Sunday week December 10th, at 2pm in Knockaderry, Limerick.
COUNTY MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
In the Tipperary Water County Minor (B) Football Championship Semi-Final last week, Kilruane MacDonaghs proved too strong for Cappawhite Gaels winning 6-9 to 0-9 to reach the final where they will play Moyne Templetuohy-Thurles Gaels.
For a full round up on all results and fixtures, please check the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/ or the fixtures/results section in your local newspaper.
TIPPERARY SENIOR HURLING CHALLENGE
Tipperary will take on Laois in an inter-county hurling challenge match on Saturday week, December 9th at 2pm in Kiladangan GAA Grounds with all proceeds going towards Kiladangan NS defibrillator fund and Living Links Ireland.
Entry fee is €10 and children will be admitted free.
INAUGURAL U19 INTER-DIVISIONAL FOOTBALL
The second and final Sunday of round robin games in the inaugural U19 Inter-Divisional Competition will be played this Sunday December 3rd again in Dr. Morris Park, commencing at 11.00am with the third round fixtures – South v North and Mid v West. The Cup and Shield Finals throw-in at 12.15pm with the top 2 teams competing in the Cup Final and the bottom 2 teams contesting the shield final.
POST PRIMARY ACTION
Best wishes to Thurles CBS who play St. Kieran’s Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Junior A Under 16.5 Hurling Final this Saturday December 2nd in The Ragg at 2pm.
It was another wonderful occasion in The Dome on Sunday afternoon last as 30 worthy recipients were honoured with a Tipperary Laochra Gael Award for 2017. Now in its 15th year, this year’s awards were presented by Uachtarán CLG Aogán Ó Fearghail to those honoured in recognition of distinguished service to the GAA in Tipperary over many years. Congratulations to all those honoured on the day as follows; Lua Carey (Knock), Jimmy Coppinger (Durlas Óg), Bill Corcoran (JK Brackens), Dan Costigan (Clonakenny), Pat Costigan (Moyne-Templetuohy and New York), Phil Lowry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Len Gaynor (Kilruane MacDonaghs), Gerry Maher (Moneygall), Tom Milne (Lorrha and London), Michael O’Brien (Silvermines), Lily O’Grady (Newport), James O’Leary (Templederry Kenyons), Jim Costigan (Killenaule), Gus Fitzgerald (Fethard), Helen Hawe (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), Frank O’Brien (Fr. Sheehy’s), Denis O’Donoghue (Clonmel Commercials and Marlfield), Tomás O’Leary (Ballybacon-Grange), Tommy Fitzgerald (Solohead), Denis Manton (Rosegreen), PJ McGrath (Éire Óg), Andrew Moloney (Rockwell Rovers), Dinny Ryan (Sean Treacy’s) and the Aherlow hero’s Larry Bowes, Tim Carew and Mike Sullivan.
There was a surprise in store for four members of the Laochra Gael Committee who themselves have given unfailing service and have been tremendous ambassadors for their county down the years and through their role in organising the Laochra Gael awards each year are rightly recognised for their achievements and congratulations therefore also go to John Costigan (JK Brackens & Clonakenny), Seamus King (Cashel King Cormacs), Noel Morris (Borrisokane) and Sean Nugent (Kilsheelan-Kilcash).
Michael O’Brien expressed thanks to the committee and the county board on behalf of all recipients.
SCÓR NA nÓG COUNTY FINAL 2017
Halla na Feile Cashel will be the venue for the County Final of Scór na nÓg on Sunday next December 3rd at 2pm. Congratulations to all our divisional winners and all competitors who took part and we look forward to an excellent final as we showcase the best of talent once again. Go mbeidh rath oraibh go léir.
Our appreciation to all Scór personnel who entertained at Laochra Gael in the Dome on Sunday last, your contribution was much appreciated agus Tréaslaimid leis na Laochra go léir as an gcontae.
TRÁTH NA gCEIST
The Tráth na gCeist will take place at half time in Halla na Feile and we urge as many clubs as possible to take part. Any team competition like this should attract many competitors as no one person is asked a singular question. Please contact your club secretary or chairperson if you wish to take part. The challenge is there – bain triail as.
TIPPERARY COUNTY BOARD DRAW
The December Tipperary GAA Draw takes place on Thursday week December 7th in Berties Bar Dundrum at 10pm in conjunction with the West Board Convention on the same night in Dundrum GAA Centre. Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams will host the draw and the first prize is a Skoda Octavia.
The following are upcoming dates for the diary; Tuesday December 5th – Football Committee AGM in the Anner Hotel at 8pm; Thursday December 7th – West Board Convention in Dundrum GAA.; Friday December 8th – Mid Board Convention in Templetuohy Hall; Sunday December 10th – South Board Convention in GAA Centre, Clonmel; Monday December 11th – North Board Convention; Wednesday December 13th – Co. Bord na nÓg Convention in Horse & Jockey; Sunday December 17th – County Convention in The Dome and Tuesday January 9th – Tipp Supporters Club AGM.
Premier Legends – a new book written by Tipperary Star journalist Noel Dundon will be launched in MIC St. Patricks College, Thurles on Saturday evening next, December 2nd at 8pm. Focusing on the careers of 17 Tipperary hurling greats, the book is available in local bookshops. Nenagh man, award winning scribe, and Irish Independent Chief Sports Features Writer Vincent Hogan will launch the book with Tipp hurling captain Padraic Maher also in attendance.
We express sympathy to the wife and family of the late Tom Keane RIP. Tom played minor and senior football for Annervale Rovers in 1942 reaching the South Finals in both competitions. He helped St. Patricks to South and Co. Senior Football Championships in 1947 and 1953.
For several years Tom lined out for the Tipp junior and senior footballers and was honoured by the Munster football selectors from 1949 to 1952 winning an inter-provincial railway cup medal in 1949. In 2000 Tom was honoured with the South Tipperary Footballer of the past award and in 2004 he received a Co. Tipperary Sean Gael Award.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP
The Tipperary Supporters Club will launch their 2018 Membership Scheme this Friday, December 1st. The 2018 membership pack includes the following benefits:
A specially-designed Tipperary Supporters Club cap All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games. A membership card with which you can avail of a 10% discount in the Tipperary GAA Shop Lár na Páirce 2018 Car Sticker Text alerts for all League and Championship team news Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles
New this year – Tipperary Supporters Club members will be eligible to vote for the official 2018 Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year award at the end of next season.
Tipperary Supporters Club sincerely thank all members for their continued support and are looking forward to a successful 2018 for Tipperary hurling.
FRIENDS OF TIPPERARY FOOTBALL MEMBERSHIP
The Friends of Tipperary Football are now selling membership for 2018 and once again it is a very reasonable €20.
Membership enters each supporter into the following draws: Two All-Ireland Final Football tickets 2018 Two All-Ireland Final Hurling tickets 2018 Two Tickets for each Tipperary Senior Football Championship matches 2018 Two All-Ireland Club Final tickets 2018 Two Allianz National Football League tickets for each Tipperary League match in 2018
Plus, all members will receive an exclusive car sticker.
If you would like to join online you can do so at http://www.friendsoftipperaryfootball.com/join/ or contact any Friends of Tipperary Football committee member.
“Reeling In the Showband Years” comes to Thurles for the first time.
The Ronan Collins Showband Show “Reeling In the Showband Years” has been a smash hit for the past 8 years, and event organisers are delighted to say it comes to Thurles for the very first time when Thurles Lions Club in association with the Tipperary Supporters Club proudly presents this terrific show in The Dome at Semple Stadium, on Friday, December 29th.
Tickets are now on sale at: Eason’s (Thurles Shopping Centre); Hickeys Chemist (Liberty Square, Thurles); Ryan’s Daughter Restaurant (Thurles); any Thurles Lions Club Member and online at: http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/reeling-in-the-showband-years/
Tipperary GAA has launched a loyalty CashBack Card which as a Tipperary supporter each individual that registers is doing their small bit in support of the county cause. Loyalty cards were sent out with club draw receipts to all members and as there is no charge in registering you can opt in immediately. If anyone who doesn’t have a loyalty card and flyer please call to Lár na Páirce to pick up one. Register as per details on the CashBack flyer. To activate the card, holders must complete the registration and then please email, post or drop off your registration details to Lar na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles or firstname.lastname@example.org
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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