Guess who's back: the Tipperary hurlers return to the field of play on Saturday, December 9th when the Premier County host Laois for a challenge match at Puckane. Photo: Eamon McGee
Tipperary will take on Laois in a senior hurling challenge on Saturday, December 9th at the Kiladangan GAA Grounds in Puckane at 2pm (€10 per adult with all proceeds going toward the Kiladangan NS defibrillator fund and Living Links Ireland).
The Premier County hurlers will not participate in the up-coming Munster Hurling League while the footballers will not compete in the McGrath Cup. Liam Kearns’ men launch their Allianz National Football League division two campaign away to Cork on January 27th while the hurlers launch their league programme away to Clare on January 28th. So, Saturday's game represents a neat opportunity to see how Michael Ryan's hurlers are shaping up ahead of the 2018 campaign.
Following last week's County Board meeting the structure of the 2018 season is now known on both the inter-county and domestic club scene - please see pages 80-81 of this week's Tipperary Star for a series of reports written by Noel Dundon on the structure of the club championship in the Premier County.
UNDER-21A HURLING FINAL
The final of the Tipperary Water County Under-21A Hurling Championship is sure to attract the attention of hurling supporters as Holycross-Ballycahill and Kiladangan prepare to clash in a tantalising decider on Sunday, December 10th in Templederry (throw-in 1.30pm).
The semi-finals took place last weekend with Kiladangan accounting for Clonoulty-Rossmore (1-18 to 1-7) and Holycross-Ballycahill seeing off the challenge of Carrick Swans (1-25 to 1-8).
The respective sides feature some cracking hurlers which should make for a fitting conclusion to the action on the club scene. Watch out for Dara Woods, Conor Ryan, Bryan O’Mara, Matty Stakelum and Jack Skehan to make a big impression for Holycross-Ballycahill while Kiladangan will hope that Ciarán Kelly, James Quigley, Decky McGrath, Willie Connors and Billy Seymour can inspire their side to a famous victory.
Meanwhile on Saturday the final of the Tipperary Water County Minor B Football Championship between Kilruane MacDonagh’s and Moyne Templetuohy-Thurles Gaels takes place at Dr Morris Park, Thurles (throw-in 7pm).
TIPPERARY SENIOR HURLING PANEL
The forty-man “2018 pre-season senior hurling training panel” as previously announced by manager Michael Ryan reads as follows: Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane), Michael Breen (Ballina), Ger Browne (Knockavilla Kickhams), Justin Cahill (Kilruane MacDonagh's), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields), Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Seán Curran (Mullinahone), Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonagh's), Paudie Feehan (Killenaule), Alan Flynn (Kiladangan), Jason Forde (Silvermines), Tom Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy), Barry Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg), Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha), Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Séamus Kennedy (St Mary’s Clonmel), Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Donagh Maher (Burgess), Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, captain), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy), Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Billy McCarthy (Thurles Sarsfields), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Daragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), Seán Nally (Holycross-Ballycahill), Seán O’Brien (Newport), Joe O'Dwyer (Killenaule), John O'Dwyer (Killenaule), Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonagh's), Dáire Quinn (Nenagh Éire Óg), Mark Russell (Lattin-Cullen), Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane) and David Sweeney (Kiladangan).
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