by Acting PRO Joe Bracken
MUNSTER CLUB FIXTURES
Sunday, November 29th, 2015 will forever more be synonymous with magnificent Clonmel Commercials who rewrote the history books and in turn defied all the perceived odds except their own to claim a maiden club and county AIB Munster Senior Football Championship Crown by defeating Nemo Rangers in the final by 1-07 to 0-9.
Many, many congratulations to Commercials who with their fifth Munster final appearance got the tremendous victory their efforts deserved. Michael Quinlivan was the hero of the hour where in fact Commercials had 19 heroes on the pitch and more waiting to put their shoulder to the wheel should they be required as jubilant manager Charlie McGeever and his backroom team plotted a masterful course of never say die attitude and spirit on the way to claiming the title.
This was by no means a fluke as the wonderful work being undertaken over many years by all previous Clonmel Commercials managers and mentors including backroom man Brian White paid rich dividends in laying the platform for Sunday’s superb success. Well done to each and everyone associated with the club, the great players and leaders of the past who dreamed of such a day, thankfully their prayers are finally answered as Clonmel Commercials take a richly deserved seat at the table of elite Munster club football.
Next up in two weeks’ time for Clonmel Commercials is a trip to London for the All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final where they will play Tir Chonaill Gaels (London) on the weekend of December 12 / 13 in Ruislip.
The Clean Ireland Recycling County Minor “B” Hurling Championship Final takes place on Saturday next December 5th, with Moneygall Clonakenny meeting Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams in the Ragg at 1.30pm.
In Dr. Morris Park this Friday night, December 4th, the rearranged Clean Ireland Recycling County Junior “B” Football Championship Semi-Final between Galtee Rovers St Pecaun and Clonmel Commercials throws in at 7.30pm.
The Clean Ireland Recycling County Minor “B” Football Champions this year are Clonoulty Rossmore following their 0-08 to 1-04 victory over Loughmore Castleiney, congratulations to Clonoulty Rossmore on their success on Saturday last..
Congratulations also to Ballinahich on their 2-18 to 0-16 win over Golden Kilfeacle in the County Intermediate Hurling League Final also last Saturday. 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.
TIPPERARY GAA CLUB ALL COUNTY MATCH PASS 2016
The match pass for 2016 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2016. Passes can be ordered through the GAA Office Slievenamon Rd, Thurles or by contacting 0504 22702 where you can pay over the phone. You are advised to purchase tickets before December 18th to ensure Pre-Christmas delivery.
DECEMBER GAA CLUBS DRAW
The December Tipperary GAA Draw will be held on Fri Dec 11th in Ryan’s Lounge, Cork Road, Newport in conjunction with the presentation of the €15,000 star November prize to Dermot Boland, Rockvale, Newport. It promises to be a great night as the Newport “Tradfest” is also on that weekend so a feast of traditional music is guaranteed. The €10,000 second prize in November will be presented to John Kissane, New York at The County Tipperary Hurling Club New York’s Celebration Banquet on this Saturday, December 5th at Mulino’s Lake Isle Country Club in New York
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB 2016 MEMBERSHIP
Membership of Tipperary Supporters Club for 2016 is now available and at €30 per person it is unchanged again this year. The Tipperary Supporters Club are delighted to announce that the member’s gift in 2016 will be a trolley coin keyring, 43 mm x 33 mm, featuring The Tipperary Supporters Club Official Logo.
Each member will also receive a Tipperary Supporters Club car/window sticker and a 2016 Membership Card. Members will also be entered into: A draw for five sets of stand tickets for all Tipperary games in the Munster and All Ireland S.H. Championships.
In the event of Tipperary Senior Hurlers reaching the All-Ireland Final there will be a special draw for 2 night’s accommodation for 2 people in the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel with match tickets included.
Members also get regular email updates on news along with a text for each Tipperary team announcement for the Allianz League and the Munster and All-Ireland Hurling Championships.
Supporters can join on line on www.tippsupportersclub.com by credit card or debit/laser card. Also on the website details are available of the direct debit facility; as the Club is run on a completely voluntary basis it would be a great help if members could join by direct debit. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15 086-3580718, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership is also an ideal Christmas/New Year gift for someone at home or abroad. The Tipperary Supporters Club can send the pack to you to pass on or they can post it on directly for you if you prefer! Packs are generally put in the post in a matter of a day or two so it should be there well in time for Christmas.
Keep up with all the news on www.tippsupportersclub.com Find us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/TippSupportersClub and follow us on Twitter @TippSupporters
All proceeds from membership go towards the preparation and training of the Tipperary Senior Hurling.
The Higher Education (3rd Level Colleges) Division 1 League Finals took place last Wednesday evening with Tipperary involvement in both. In Hurling, IT Carlow managed by former Kilkenny star DJ Carey retained their title with a 0-16 to 0-13 victory over UCC managed by current Dublin manager and Cork goalie Ger Cunningham. Mark Russell (Lattin Cullen Gaels) started at wing-forward for IT Carlow scoring a point while Drom & Inch hurler Tommy Nolan was introduced as a substitute and also scored a point. Dale O’Hanlon (Carrick Swan) and Daryl Ryan (Roscrea) were also part of the IT Carlow panel. For UCC, Michael Breen (Ballina) lined out at wing-back.
In Football, UCD defeated DCU by 2-18 to 0-12 with Dublin stars Jack McCaffrey and Paul Mannion among the UCD scorers. Cahir’s Liam Casey was introduced as a second half sub for UCD while Killenaule’s Jimmy Feehan was also part of the UCD panel. Steven O’Brien of Ballina started at midfield for DCU.
POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Round 4 of the Dr. Harty Cup takes place this Wednesday, December 2nd at various venues across Munster at 1.30pm. Of the four Tipperary schools in action the tie of the round from a Tipperary perspective is the meeting of Thurles CBS V Nenagh CBS in Templemore, elsewhere Our Lady’s Secondary School Templemore take on PS Youghal in Cashel while High School Clonmel play St Flannans in Doon
Congratulations to Presentation Secondary School Ballingarry who defeated Comeragh College, Carrick on Suir, in the Munster Post Primary Schools Corn Chiaráin Uí Dhrisceoil U 16 ½ Hurling Final last Wednesday, November 25th, at Leahy Park Cashel on a score-line of 2-14 to 2-04 in what was a tense and exciting game and despite the score line a keenly contested game for long periods.
The Presentation Ballingarry team was as follows; Brendan Kearney (Mullinahone), Patrick Walton (Ballingarry), Conor Duggan (St. Patricks), Padraig Maher (Ballingarry), Jack Kealy (Ballingarry), Jamie Broderick (St. Patricks), Dara O’Brien (Mullinahone), Martin Kehoe (Mullinahone), Eddie Hayes (Mullinahone), Conor Vaughan (Ballingarry), Nathan Butler (Ballingarry), Patrick Burns (Ballingarry), Eamon Corcoran (Graigue/Ballycallan), D.J. Lyons (Ballingarry), Aidan Ryan (Ballingarry). Subs used: Aidan Mullally (Ballingarry) for Burns; Eoghan Pollard (Ballingarry) for Corcoran, Niall Fitzgerald (Ballingarry) for Vaughan, Anthony Ryan (Ballingarry) for Martin Kehoe, Thomas Phelan (St. Patricks) for Lyons.
The Comeragh College team included the following Tipperary players; Billy T Murphy, Gavin Waters, Ben O’Shea, Dean Kiely, Aidan Keane – Capt., Billy Murphy, Joseph Kehoe, Lee Dunne (all Carrick Swan) and John Fleming (Ballyneale/Grangemockler).
At County school level, the following fixtures take place in the coming week;
In the Croke Cup U/15 (A) Hurling this Thursday, December 3rd in Dr. Morris Park it’s a unique pairing as the two Thurles C.B.S. teams meet in the final at 6pm
On Friday, December 4th in the Hennessy Cup U/15 (B) Hurling Semi-Final Borrisokane C.C meet Presentation Ballingarry in Templetuohy at 12.30pm.
Also on Friday in the Sciath Mhic Gabhann U/18.5 (B) Football there are two quarter-final games down for decision at 12.30pm where Colaiste Cluain Meala meet Colaiste Mhuire Durlas in Clonmel and Nenagh C.B.S. meet Rockwell College in Nenagh.
While next Tuesday, December 8th, Carrick-on-Suir C.B.S take on Scoil Ruain Killenaule in the first semi-final also at 12.30pm with venue to be confirmed.
Best of luck to all Tipperary schools in action again this week and for a full round up of this week’s fixtures and results at Munster level please check the Munster website, http://munster.gaa.ie/fixtures/post-primary-schools/
TIPPERARY COUNTY MATTERS
We are pleased to inform you that Irish TV programme ‘Tipperary County Matters’ covered the Laochra Gael awards in the Dome, Semple Stadium, Thurles recently. The awards presented are for Tipperary GAA club members being honoured for their significant service to their respective GAA clubs and the programme will be aired this Saturday December 5th at 8.30pm on Sky 191. This show is available on the following: Irishtv.ie; Sky channel 191; Freesat 400; Eircom eVision 191 and other free to air boxes.
Congratulations to Cahir ladies on their great success in the AIB GAA Camogie Munster Intermediate Club Championship Final last Saturday afternoon defeating Lismore of Waterford 2-10 to 08 in the final.
All roads for GAA memorabilia enthusiasts lead to Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre on Sunday next December 6th where the Annual G.A.A. Memorabilia Fair will be held from 12-4pm in 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 email@example.com or Liam Ó Donnchú 086 6036547 firstname.lastname@example.org
GAA SEASON TICKET
Patrons are asked to follow up on the GAA season ticket renewals which are currently ongoing. There are still tickets available and in advance of an expected last minute rush, you are advised to purchase your tickets promptly to ensure pre-Christmas delivery, Season Tickets must be purchased or renewed prior to December 4th 2015. Please check gaa.ie/seasonticket for further information.