Congratulations to the Intermediate hurlers and management on their 3-13 to 1-17 win over Kilkenny to secure the title for the first time since 2000 after what turned out to be a tension filled and exciting second half.
Although Tipp lead by 12 points at half time after playing with the wind, Kilkenny came right into the game in the second half. A great penalty save from James Logue near the end kept Tipperary in front and they held on for a deserved victory.
Special mention goes to Mikey Heffernan of Nenagh Eire Og who has now won All Ireland medals at 4 different grades of hurling – minor, under 21, intermediate and senior. We thank the management team led by Mick Ryan of Fethard which also included coach, Michael Ferncombe of Holycross Ballycahill and selectors, Eamonn O’Dwyer of Arravale Rovers and Sean O’Meara of Shannon Rovers, and the backroom team for all their excellent work preparing the team.
Good luck to the Tipperary minor hurlers and management team for the All Ireland minor hurling championship final against Dublin which will be played in Croke Park next Sunday at 1.15pm. The game will be shown live on TV3. It is Dublin’s second successive year in the final, they were defeated by Galway last year. Tipperary are seeking their nineteenth title and first since 2007 while Dublin are seeking their fifth title and first since 1965. Tipperary have defeated Kerry, Waterford, Clare and Galway en route to the final. Dublin lost to Wexford in their opening Leinster championship game but subsequently went on to defeat Carlow, Kilkenny and Wexford to win the Leinster championship and Clare in the All-Ireland semi-final. The game will be refereed by Colm Lyons of Cork.
There are still some tickets available for the Tipperary Association Dublin hosted post match function for the minor hurlers. The function will be held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin on Sunday September 9 and continues a tradition lasting over 50 years, where Tipperary teams appearing in finals in Croke Park are hosted by the Association. Dinner will begin at 8pm. Tickets for the function to include dinner are priced at E40 each. Tables for 10 - 12 persons may be purchased, but individual tickets are also available. Places are limited so early booking is advised. Tickets are available r from the Tipperary Association Dublin. To order tickets forward cheque (made payable to Tipperary Association Dublin) along with a stamped addressed envelope, to Pat Ryan, 11 Foxfield Grove, Raheny, Dublin 5 or call 087 6376663. The Louis Fitzgerald Hotel is offering Tipperary supporters special rates for B & B on the nights of September 8 and 9 as follows: Single Room - E70 per night; Double Room - E80 per night; Triple Room - E90 per night; Family Room - E100 per night. Rooms should be booked directly with the hotel at 01 4033300 – quote “Tipperary supporter” when booking.
Tipperary County Board would like to thank Declan Ryan, Tommy Dunne and Michael Gleeson for all their good work managing the senior hurling team over the last two years. It should not be forgotten that they led the team to two Munster championships and their record should not be judged solely on performances against Kilkenny. They have all served the county well for many years and we look forward to their continued involvement in the GAA in the county. We wish them and their families well for the future. A committee led by County Chairman, Sean Nugent, will now select a new management team for recommendation to County Board. This process will take at least 3 to 4 weeks and there will be no further comment from the Board or the Appointments Committee until the selection process is completed.
TEAM TIPPERARY TELETHON
Thanks to all those who continue to support the Team Tipperary Telethon. Over E25,000 has now been raised and there is still plenty of time to contribute in advance of the October 1 closing date. This special fundraiser has been launched to support the training funds for the Tipperary inter-county hurling and football teams. We are seeking 1,000 donations of E100 and each donor will receive free entry for 2 people to the county senior hurling and football finals and a 10% discount voucher for a purchase at the Tipperary GAA shop. A special discount card to selected retail outlets will also be made available to contributors. Anybody wishing to donate €100 can do so by calling 0504 60040 between 9.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday or online at www.tippgaashop.com, or via any county board, divisional or club officer. We are appealing to the generosity of supporters who are in a position to make a donation to do so in the interests of maximising the chances of success for our teams as we complete the 2012 season and look forward to building on talent and progress for 2013. We appreciate the generosity of our supporters and look forward to their continued support of Team Tipperary.
Roscrea defeated Lorrha and Dorrha by 2-12 to 1-14 in the county senior hurling championship round 3 at Cloughjordan last Sunday and will now play defeated mid division finalists, Loughmore Castleiney, in Round 4. The round 4 fixtures are as follows: Saturday September 15 at Leahy Park, Cashel, Eire Og Annacarty Donohill will play Borris-Ileigh at 2pm and Carrick Swans will play Drom and Inch at 3.30pm; Sunday September 16 at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh Toomevara will play Kildangan at 2pm and Loughmore-Castleiney will play Roscrea at 3.30pm. All games will go to extra time if necessary. The winners of the round 4 games will be drawn against the divisional champions for the quarter-finals.
TIPPERARY CLUBS DRAW
The monthly Tipperary GAA Clubs draw will take place this Friday night September 7 at The Venue, Dundrum House Hotel at 10pm. The Draw will be hosted by the local Club, Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams. On the night local winners, Howard and Kay Beardmore, will be presented with €10,000 which they won for second prize in the August draw. On the night two Skoda cars will again be given away along with 25 Cash prizes of €500 each. Please come along and support the local club celebrating their big win. If you cannot attend be sure to tune into the Tip FM at 10.30pm for a live update
JUNIOR LEAGUE FINAL
Congratulations to Carrick Swans on winning the county junior hurling league final by defeating Clonoulty Rossmore at Fethard on Sunday evening by 1-17 to 1-10.
Congratulations to the Tipperary under 15 hurlers, managed by Damien Young of Drom and Inch, who won the Munster under 15 hurling Carrigdhoun tournament last weekend by defeating Cork by 0-15 to 1-6 in the final. Well done also to the Carrigdhoun on another very well run tournament.
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