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Tipperary GAA Scene By County PRO Ger Ryan



Tipperary’s one point defeat by Waterford by 1-14 to 0-16 means that Tipperary could qualify for the semi-finals, be relegated or simply just finish 4th and remain in Division 1. Last Sunday was only the 5th league encounter of 41 between the counties in which Tipperary failed to score a goal and interestingly it was the only one of those 5 goalless Tipp performances which failed to yield a victory. Tipperary’s final game in this stage of the league campaign will be against Clare at Semple Stadium at 3pm next Sunday. With a semi-final spot guaranteed for the winners, it’s effectively a league quarter-final and should therefore be a game well worth attending. This will be the 50th Hurling League meeting between the counties. Tipperary lead the way win 35 wins, Clare were victorious on 10 occasions and there were 4 draws. It’s four years since they met in the league with the last encounter resulting in a Tipperary victory by 0-23 to 0-16 at Semple Stadium on March 1 2009. Clare’s last league win over Tipperary was in 2005 at Semple Stadium when they had four points to spare on a scoreline of 1-16 to 0-15. Tickets will need to be purchased at the booths – there will be no cash accepted at the stiles.


Tipperary’s senior footballers continued their recent run of good form with their third successive Allianz league victory when they defeated Leitrim by 2-15 to 0-14 at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. After 6 rounds of games, except for Clare and London who have played 5 each, Limerick have 10 points, Tipperary and Offaly 8 points and Clare 6 points. Tipperary and Offaly meet in their final game on Sunday April 7th in Tullamore with promotion the likely prize for the winner. If Clare defeat London next Saturday, their final game against Limerick will decide the second promotion spot. If London defeat Clare, then Limerick will be guaranteed promotion irrespective of their final game result.


Thanks to all the clubs who hosted heats of our All-County Table Quiz on March 15 and to all the co-ordinators who organised the events. All the local winners now go forward to the Grand Final in The Dome, Semple Stadium on this Thursday night March 28. On that night the outright winning table will be crowned County Champions and they will receive the Star Prize of a week-end for 4 in New York. Up to 50 winning teams from the heats will go head to head for the right to claim this top prize. All teams must be seated by 8.45pm for a 9pm start when Paddy Finucane will commence asking the questions. Once again all questions are general knowledge. Admission for non-contestants is €10.


Congratulations to former Tipperary senior football manager, Seamus McCarthy, on his appointment as a selector to the International Rules team for October’s series in Australia next October. Manager, Paul Early of Roscommon has also announced that Dublin’s Ciaran Whelan and Derry’s Tony Scullion will also be selectors. We wish Seamus well for this role to which he brings a lot of knowledge and experience. Seamus who is from the Galtee Rovers club has played and management at all inter-county levels with Tipperary.


The Tipperary Supporters Club Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 3 April in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin at 8pm. In addition to the usual AGM business, come along to hear Eamon O’Shea and Minor Bainisteoir William Maher address the meeting on their plans for the season. Tea and finger food will served after the meeting so be sure to come out and enjoy the company! Beidh fáilte romhat. Adult Membership in 2013 will cost €30 (unchanged since 2005). Each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Car/Window Sticker and a gift of a specially produced soft feel Winter Hat in the traditional Blue and Gold colours of Tipperary and featuring the Tipperary Supporters Club official logo. To see an image of this lovely gift go to Adult Members will be entered in Ticket Draws for five pairs of stand tickets before each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland championship games. They will also be entered in a Draw for an All-Ireland Hurling Weekend stay at the Four Star Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin (match tickets included).

If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Castleknock, Dublin 15(086-3580718, email: ). Ryan Motor Power, the official SKODA dealership in Tipperary, is again the sponsor of the Tipperary Supporters Club Membership Scheme.


The Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw takes place on Easter Bank Holiday Monday, April 1 in the Glenview Lounge, Goatenbridge with the Ballybacon Grange GAA Club at 10pm. Francis O Leary, Ballyneety, Ardfinnan, Clonmel won first prize of a Car or €15,000 in the March Draw and we will be presenting him with his prize. Thomas O’Leary sold the winning ticket and he receives €500. Up for grabs on Monday night are 2 Cars plus 25 x €500 prizes. This is the Final Draw in the current series and preparations are well under way for the new draw commencing in May. All members in the current Draw will receive their receipt in the post before the end of April with details of our 2013-2014 Draw.


Well done to Dinny Cahill of Kilruane MacDonagh’s who added another accolade to his string of coaching successes with the victory of St. Thomas’s of Galway in the AIB All Ireland club hurling final recently. There was also a Tipperary connection with the losing side as former Roscrea player and Tipperary underage player, Trevor Fletcher played his part scoring a goal for Kilcormac Killoughey.


On Thursday March 21, Comeragh College, Carrick On Suir defeated Davis College, Mallow in the Munster Vocational Schools ‘B’ Final by 2-8 to 0-4. The game was played in terrible weather conditions in Ballygiblin, Co Cork. Poor underfoot conditions, a very cold gale force wind blowing in all directions and rain made it impossible for free flowing hurling. Comeragh College adapted best to the conditions to lead at half time 1-4 to 0-2. The goal was scored by Carrick Swans’ Dean Fitzgerald. As the second half progressed Comeragh College began to get totally on top in defence and midfield with Carrick Davins’ Kurtis Walsh and Carrick Swan pair Gavin O’ Halloran and Jack Cooke winning their individual battles while up front Swans Luke Gahan, Dean Faulkner and Tommy McGrath all did well to stop the ball getting cleared easily. Ill-discipline nearly left Mallow back into the game with a number of frees moved forward for arguing with the referee but the conditions made it difficult for Glenn Kennefick of Davis College and Glen Rovers to capitalise. With just three minutes left, Jack Cooke’s shot from distance deceived James Buckley of Davis College and Clyda Rovers and went all the way to the net to make it 2-8 to 0-4. A delighted Comeragh College’s captain, Gavin O’ Halloran accepted the cup. Team: Daniel Walsh (Carrick Swan); Sean Griffin (Ballyneale), Scott Hogan (Carrick Swan), Cian Foley (Carrick Swan); Raymond Cooke (Carrick Davins), Gavin O’ Halloran (Carrick Swan - Captain), Declan Hennebry (Clonea Power); Jack Cooke (Carrick Swan), Kurtis Walsh (Carrick Davins); Eric O’ Halloran (Carrick Swan), Luke Gahan (Carrick Swan), Patrick O’ Connell (Ballyneale); Tommy McGrath (Carrick Swan), Dean Fitzgerald (Carrick Swan), Dean Faulkner (Carrick Swan)

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