Last weekend saw two Tipperary teams take part in the I.N.D.O Youths All-Irelands at the West County Hotel Ennis, Co Clare.
Twenty one teams took part in this competition and the standard continues to rise every year.
Tipperary A team were drawn in the same group as Kilkenny and Wexford - after playing some strong darts they won both games 4-1 and topped their group. They finished the last group game at 12.45 but then had to wait four and a half hours before they played in the quarter final.
This break was to do our boys no favour and surely something must be done about this crazy system.
In the quarters they faced a Clare team who had caused shocks along the way, but Tipperary’s experience was to be a factor and when the pressure came on them they produced some great throwing and went on to win this 3-2.
They then faced Dublin A in the semi-final but luck deserted them here and they went down 3-0 to the eventual winners.
Our B team were drawn in a tough group with Dublin A and Clare B, but they played very good darts and were to finish second, after defeating Clare 3-2 they then played Dublin and missed doubles were to be costly here and they went down 4-0.
This put them into a preliminary game against a very strong Mayo A team and even playing well here they were to lose out on a score 3-0.
Even though these teams were unsuccessful they continue to make progress and are improving all the time, and surely soon they will land a major prize which their effort deserves.
The County board would like to thank all these players who were a credit to their clubs, parents and they wore the county jersey with pride over the whole weekend.
We wish Dan Currivan the best of luck in the future in the adult grade as this was to be his last tournament with the Youths team. The Board would also like to thank the four Youth officers who looked after these teams over the weekend - John Sheehan, John Gearon, Mick Smith and Martin Browne, County Secretary Martin Sheehan also traveled with both panel of players. A big thanks goes to our sponsors and to family and friends who gave great support in Ennis.
Another big weekend for Gerry O’Hara who last Saturday night reached the final of the third Annual Tipperary All Ireland Open Singles, Gerry played super darts all night and only came up short when he played Paddy Meaney from Kilkenny and was to lose this final 5-3.