West U21 Hurling Championships:
The semi-final of the Ollies Bar West U21B Hurling Championship took place over the weekend.
On Saturday in Clonoulty, Cashel King Cormacs defeated Knockavilla Gaels by three points.
In Golden on Sunday Eire Og Annacarty Donohill overcame the challenge of Rockwell/Rosegreen by five points. Match Report
The 30th Ollies Bar West U21B Hurling Championship Final goes ahead this Saturday November 19th at 2pm in Golden. Cashel King Cormacs will meet Eire Og Annacarty Donohill in the final for the first time since 2010. Cashel King Cormacs came out on top that day to win their maiden title in the grade. They followed that up 12 months later when they retained the trophy defeating Golden/Kilfeacle in the final. This will be their third final appearance in the grade and first final in the grade since that victory.
Eire Og Annacarty Donohill will be playing in their 10th final (8 in their own right and 2 when joined with Solohead). They will be looking for their 6th title in the grade following successes in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2013. 2013 was also their last final appearance when they defeated Cappawhite/Solohead in the final.
It will be the second meeting of the sides this season. When the sides met earlier it was Cashel King Cormacs who came out on top. Eire Og regrouped and two victories over Rockwell Rosegreen earned them a spot in this year’s final. The winners will play the Mid champions in this year’s County semi-final.
The 57th O’Dwyer Steel West U21A Hurling championship final takes place this Sunday November 20th at 2pm in Cashel. Extra-time will be played in the event of a draw. Defending champions Cappawhite/Sean Treacys will take on Golden/Kilfeacle in a first final meeting between the sides.
Cappawhite/Sean Treacys won their first title as a combination in the grade 12 months ago. They defeated Clonoulty/Rossmore in a replay in Lisvernane after both teams couldn’t be separated in Cappawhite a few weeks earlier even after extra time. This will be their second final appearance. They accounted for Clonoulty/Rossmore in the semi-final in what was there only game of the competition so far. Cappawhite/Sean Treacys will be looking for a third West U21 Hurling title in a row following an U21B success in 2014 and an U21A success in 2015.
Cappawhite have won the title on four previous occasions their last title coming in 1999 (where they also added a county title). 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.
Golden/Kilfeacle defeated Arravale Rovers and Galtee/Emly to qualify for their first U21A hurling decider since 1998. Golden/Kilfeacle will be playing in their sixth final and looking for their third title following victories in 1987 and 1998 over Cashel King Cormacs and Clonoulty/Rossmore respectively.
Golden/Kilfeacle will be looking to go one better than they did at minor three years ago finishing beaten finalists against the combination of Galtee Rovers/Eire Og Annacarty Donohill.
Last year’s drawn final was just the fifth drawn final in 56 running’s of the competition and the first drawn final since 1999 when Cappawhite and Clonoulty/Rossmore finished all square with Cappawhite prevailing in the replay.
The winners will play the Mid champions either Holycross/Ballycahill or Thurles Sarsfields in this year’s County semi-final.
County Junior A Football Championship:
Congratulations to Clonoulty/Rossmore who defeated Loughmore/Castleiney in the Tipperary Water County Junior A Football championship final on Friday night November 11th on a score-line of 1-8 to 1-2. This was their fourth title in the grade following their victories in 1969, 1985 and 2000.
Dillon Quirke scored Clonoulty/Rossmore’s goal on the night. Sixteen years ago his father Dan scored a goal as Clonoulty/Rossmore defeated Ballina to win their third County title in the grade. Photos
Clonoulty/Rossmore will represent Tipperary in the Munster Junior Football championship. They will be away to Gabriel Rangers of Cork in the Munster semi-final this Saturday November 19th. The game goes ahead in Clonakilty and has a 2pm throw in.
County Junior B Football Championship:
Best of luck to Arravale Rovers who will take on the South champions in this year’s Tipperary Water County Junior B Football Championship final on Saturday in Cahir at 2pm. Their opposition should be known by Wednesday evening when Moyle Rovers take on Clerihan in the South final. This game goes ahead in Newcastle at 8pm.
This will be Arravale Rovers first appearance in the County Junior B Final having overcome Boherlahan in their recent semi-final. It is the second year in a row a West team has contested the final, following Galtee Rovers appearance in last year’s decider. Arravale Rovers will be looking to become the second West team in four seasons to capture the Dr Marsh Cup. The West has held the honour of County champions of four previous occasions, Rockwell Rovers (2013), Golden/Kilfeacle (2010), Galtee Rovers (2007), Eire Og Annacarty Donohill (2001).
The 88th Annual General Meeting of West Tipperary GAA will take place in the Cappawhite Community Centre on Wednesday December 7th at 8.30pm. Clubs are reminded that the closing date for nominations and motions is Friday November 18th.
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