By PRO Joe Bracken
MUNSTER MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Tipperary minor footballers collected their second win in this year’s Electric Ireland Munster Championship following their semi-final playoff 2 win over Waterford in Lemybrien last week on a score line of 2-11 to 2-6. Devon Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) and Kyle Shelly (Moycarkey-Borris) netted the Tipperary goals.
Best wishes to the panel and their management as they continue preparations for their Munster Semi-Final against Clare in Semple Stadium, next Tuesday night, May 8th at 7pm.
The referee will be David Murnane (Cork).
U21 INTERCOUNTY HURLING TOURNAMENT
The annual Tom O’Hara U21 Hurling Tournament will be played on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th next in Gortnahoe at 7pm between Tipperary and Kilkenny.
DIVISIONAL SENIOR FIXTURES
On the divisional front there was hurling action in all four divisions with the West final up for grabs, the completion of a final pairing down South and quarter-final action in both North and Mid.
Congratulations to Clonoulty-Rossmore who claimed the Tipperary Co-Op West title with a 0-20 to 1-15 win over Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill.
In the Clonmel Oil South Senior Hurling Championship, Killenaule defeated St. Mary’s 1-23 to 0-18 in the remaining semi-final and will now meet Mullinahone in the final.
The Hibernian Inn North Senior Hurling quarter-finals took centre stage in that division with Kilruane MacDonaghs seeing off Newport by 1-19 to 0-11. Kiladangan knocked out defending champions Borris-Ileigh as the 2016 winners recorded a 3-12 to 1-16 victory. Goals as they say win matches and Toomevara hit three as they saw off Portroe 3-15 to 0-17 to progress. Finally, Nenagh Éire Óg overcame Burgess 2-23 to 0-9. The draw for the semi-finals is as follows; Nenagh Éire Óg v Kiladangan and Toomevara v Kilruane MacDonaghs, games to played later in the summer when intercounty action has ceased.
In the Centenary Agri Mid Tipp Senior Hurling Championship quarter-finals Thurles Sarsfields and Upperchurch-Drombane got the weekend off in exciting fashion with a close contest throughout. Sarsfields had the final say however and finished up 3 point winners on a 1-19 to 1-16 score line. Loughmore-Castleiney saw off the Drom & Inch challenge winning 0-27 to 0-17. On Sunday then in the second set of quarter finals JK Brackens defeated Clonakenny 2-23 to 1-13 while Holycross-Ballycahill had the measure of neighbours Moycarkey-Borris 2-18 to 1-11.
To keep up to date with all fixtures and results please check http://people.gaa.ie/club/tipperary/
Best wishes to the Tipperary ladies football panel who take on Cavan in the LIDL National League Division 2 Final on Sunday next, May 6th at Parnell Park.
Best wishes to Tipperary referees in action in the coming week. Firstly to Derek O’Mahoney (Ardfinnan) as he heads to Gaelic Park, New York, to referee the Connacht SF Championship Quarter-Final between New York and Leitrim on Sunday next.
Then on Tuesday, Seán Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) takes charge of the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Semi-Final between Cork and Kerry in Austin Stack Park, Tralee.
NEW TIPPERARY CLUB DRAW
The new Tipperary GAA Club Draw has been launched with clubs and promoters renewing membership and encouraging all members to promote the draw and try to get other supporters to join. The first draw for the new season will be on Friday week, May 11th, that’s an extra week from the original scheduled date to give clubs a chance to sell as many memberships as possible in advance of the new draw. First prize will be a Skoda Karoq or €25,000 and second prize is a Renault Megane or €15,000. Join online at https://tipperary.gaa.ie/shop/tipperary-2018-draw/
TIPPERARY FUN RUN/WALK
Next Monday, May 7th is fast approaching as the second Tipperary Supporters Club and the County Camogie Board 5k fun run/walk will take place with race day registration at the Dome, Semple Stadium. With an 11am start the run/walk is a fundraiser to aid county teams in their preparation for their respective 2018 championships. The run will be followed by an open Tipperary training session in Semple Stadium.
If you do wish to pre-register online you can do so at www.tippsupportersclub.com. or on the morning of the run/walk. Adult entry is €10 and U16 €5. All participants are encouraged to wear your club colours on the day.
FRIENDS OF TIPPERARY FOOTBALL GOLF CLASSIC
The Friends of Tipperary are running their annual Golf Classic in Thurles Golf Club on Friday and Saturday May 11th/12th next. With unprecedented success on the playing fields come extra demands on expenditure in team preparation to ensure they can compete at the highest level. The Friends will endeavour with the continued and generous support of participants in the Golf Classic to help defray costs in team preparation to help our players and management achieve their on field ambitions.
The Friends are asking for support of this fundraiser by registering a team of 4 players for €120 or by sponsoring a tee box on the day for €50. All support is most welcome and very much appreciated.
Those wishing to take part can do so by contacting either Michael Power (Chairman Friends of Tipperary Football) 086 3789323, Trish Gavin (Secretary) 087 6150552 firstname.lastname@example.org and Martin Dwyer 086 2549154 or any committee member.
Congratulations to Sinéad Meagher (Nenagh), pictured right, as she had a convincing win over Meadhbh Ní Dhálaigh (Dublin) 21/5, 21/6 in the deferred Ladies Junior Singles All-Ireland Final played in Crinkle in Offaly.
Due to the fantastic reaction to the news that Semple Stadium will play host to Féile Classical, on Saturday 22nd September, which sold out in minutes of tickets going on sale, a second date Friday 21st was added to meet demand. Tickets are still available for this night and can be bought through www.ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets. Tom Dunne is curator and host of Féile Classical. All details can be found on feileclassical.ie as the iconic venue welcomes back the Trip to Tipp.
POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Congratulations to Thurles CBS on winning the Fitzgerald Cup (17 A H) Final, following their defeat of Nenagh CBS 0-19 to 0-16 on Monday last in the Ragg.
Best wishes to South Tipperary Celtic Challenge team (consisting of players from South and West Tipperary) as they open their 2018 campaign against Waterford on Wednesday May 2nd at 8pm in St. Molleran’s, Carrick on Suir. All support would be welcome.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Many thanks to the clubs who sent representatives to the Healthy Club Officer training last Thursday in Lár na Páirce. It was encouraging to see the support for the Healthy Club Project and the County Health and Wellbeing Committee are looking forward to working with the new officers over the coming eighteen months.
Tipperary has numerous events happening over the upcoming May Bank Holiday to encourage us all to get some fresh air and exercise. The latest initiative from Fr. Sheehy’s Healthy Club is a Wellness Day open to all the community on May 5th from10am to 2pm in Fr. Sheehy Park.
Siul Eile will run a Community Hall Crawl 28km Walking Challenge on Sunday next, May 6th, commencing in Ardfinnan at 10am. To book your place go to siuleile.com or enquiries telephone 087 2268651.
On Monday May 7th as highlighted already support Tipperary Senior Hurlers and Camogie Players by participating in the CAMAN TIPP 5km fun run / walk commencing at the Dome Thurles at 11am.
The County Health and Wellbeing Committee would also like to encourage GAA clubs to becoming involved in the 2018 Pieta House Darkness into Light campaign which commences in the small hours of May 12th and finishes as the sun is rising.
To find your nearest venue and for registration details check https://dil.pieta.ie/event-information/venues
MUNSTER SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP – TICKET INFORMATION
With the start of the Munster Championships just 3 weeks away, Munster Council have advised counties in relation to ticket sales for the forthcoming Munster Senior Hurling Championship group phase, that it is to place the majority of stand tickets on sale through the Tickets.ie network and to encourage pre-match day sales. They want to avoid large numbers of people coming to the grounds on the day to purchase and with 120 Supervalu and Centra stores across the province selling GAA match tickets, and with the buy online and print at home option, it has never been more convenient for supporters to source tickets. Munster Council also want to ensure that those who buy early get the best available tickets.
Therefore, tickets are being priced at a pre purchase price of €20 for stand tickets and €15 for terrace tickets (Cusack Park will be €20 general admission), which is a €5 reduction on the quarter final price of last year. This price is available until midnight on the night before each game. The match day price will increase by €5, so stand tickets bought on match day will be €25 and terrace tickets will be €20. As already stated, the emphasis is on pre-match day sales, so supporters that buy early, save €5. Juvenile tickets (U-16) will be €5 no matter when they are purchased. Students and OAP’s will receive a concession of €5. A different arrangement will be in place for the final and the competing counties will receive a much larger allocation.
Tickets for the 2018 Munster Senior Hurling Championship group games will go on sale to the general public on May 1st. Tickets for all games will go on sale together, so supporters will be able to purchase tickets for 1, 2, 3 or 4 games, if they so wish. Visit http://munster.gaa.ie/fixtures/munster-gaa-tickets/ to purchase.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP 2018
Click here to join: http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/adult-members/
The Tipperary Supporters Club member’s gift in 2018 is a specially produced Tipperary Supporters Club Cap, in the traditional Blue and Gold and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo.
Membership is €40 per person and there are several payment options. All proceeds from membership go directly towards the preparation and training of the Tipperary Senior Hurling Team.
FRIENDS OF TIPPERARY FOOTBALL
If you would like to be entered into the draw for some fantastic prizes the Friends of Tipperary Football are 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
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.
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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