West U21 Hurling Championship:
Clonoulty/Rossmore and Cappawhite/Treacys go head to head in the 56th O’Dwyer Steel West U21A Hurling final this Sunday Dec 6th at 12 Noon in Cashel.Extra-time will be played in the event of a draw.
It will be the second meeting of the sides this year. When the sides met in the group phase of the competition it was Clonoulty/Rossmore who had a comprehensive victory.
Clonoulty/Rossmore go into the final unbeaten having defeated both Cashel King Cormacs and Cappawhite/Treacys in the group phase of the competition.
Cappawhite/Treacys won their opening two games against Arravale Rovers and Cashel King Cormacs and were defeated in their last group game against their final opponents Clonoulty/Rossmore. They recovered from that loss to defeat Cashel King Cormacs in the semi-final to set up a re-match with Clonoulty/Rossmore.
Clonoulty/Rossmore were beaten minor finalists in the West Minor A final three years ago when they were defeated by Cashel King Cormacs.
Cappawhite played in the Minor B Championship while Sean Treacys were joined with Emly in the Minor A championship. Cappawhite/Treacys will be boosted by the fact they were West U21B hurling champions and beaten county finalists in 2014 and have now progressed to final of the 2015 A competition.
Clonoulty/Rossmore will be contesting their 28th U21A Hurling final and their 11th successive final in the grade, winning 8 of the last 10 titles. Only two teams in the last 10 years have wrestled the trophy from Clonoulty/Rossmore’s grasp – Kickhams (2007) and Arravale Rovers (2010).
The last team outside of Clonoulty/Rossmore to retain the U21A Hurling title was Galtee Rovers who completed three in a row between 2002 and 2004.
In 2014 they became the first team to win 4 West U21A Hurling titles in a row and will be looking to make it five in a row in 2015. They will be looking for title number 19 in the grade in their own right while they also added two titles when joined with Eire Og in 1972/73.
Cappawhite/Treacys will be playing in their first final as a combination. Cappawhite have won the title on four previous occasions their last title coming in 1999 (where they also added a county title), which was also their last appearance in the final. They have also won six titles in the grade as a combination – four with Eire Og 1962, 77, 78, 80 and two with Solohead 1974/75. Sean Treacys lifted their only title in the grade in 1970 and their last appearance in the final was in 1974 when they were defeated by Cappa/Solohead.
Just a point of interest there have been just four drawn finals in the previous 55 running’s of the competition and the last drawn final in the competition was in 1999 when Cappawhite and Clonoulty/Rossmore finished all square with Cappawhite prevailing in the replay.
The first of the Ollies Bar West U21B Hurling championship semi-finals was due to take place on Sunday last in Bansha where Eire Og Annacarty Donohill were to take on Lattin/Cullen Gaels, unfortunately this game fell victim to the weather and will be re-fixed.
County Minor B Hurling Championship:
Best of luck to Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams who will take on Moneygall/Clonakenny in the final of this year’s Clean Ireland Recycling County Minor B Hurling championship. The game has been fixed for this Saturday November 5th in the Ragg with a 1:30pm throw in. Extra-time will be played in the event of a draw.
Kickhams will be playing in their first County final in the grade and will be looking to become just the second West team to bring home the Broderick Cup following on from Arravale Rovers maiden success for the division in 2012.
County Minor B Football Championship:
Congratulations to Clonoulty/Rossmore who defeated Loughmore/Castleiney in the final of the Clean Ireland Recycling County Minor B Football championship on Saturday last in Littleton. Originally fixed for Holycross the game was transferred to Littleton on Saturday morning due to bad weather.
It was Clonoulty/Rossmore’s first County title in the grade and it is the first time since 1998 that the County Minor B Football championship trophy (Hugh Kennedy Cup) will reside in the West.
County Junior B Football Championship:
Galtee Rovers were due to take on Clonmel Commercials in the semi-final of the Clean Ireland Recycling County Junior B Football championship on Saturday last but the game was postponed due to the bad weather. The game has now been re-fixed for this Friday night Dec 4th at 7.30pm in Littleton. Extra-time will be played in the event of a draw.
Galtee Rovers will be looking to get to their first County final in the grade since 2007, when they went on to be county champions.
County Intermediate Hurling League Final:
Commiserations to Golden/Kilfeacle who were defeated by Ballinahinch in the final of the County Intermediate hurling league on Saturday last in the Ragg.
Munster Junior B Hurling Championship:
Best of luck to Eire Og Annacarty Donohill who take on Dunhill of Waterford this Sunday 6th December at 2:30pm in Killeedy GAA Club, Limerick in the semi-final of the Munster Junior B Hurling championship. Dunhill defeated Monaleen in the quarter final in Killeedy by five points.
Tipperary Football Appointments:
Congratulations to Tommy Toomey (Arravale Rovers) and Shane Stapleton (Golden/Kilfeacle) on their appointments as Tipperary Senior Football selectors for 2016. Tommy will be manager of the Tipperary U21 and Junior football teams for the forthcoming campaigns and will be assisted by the senior selectors. Tommy Toomey will also be manager of the Tipperary minor football team where he will be assisted by another West man Matt Doherty (Arravale Rovers).
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