Bookies install Thurles Sars and Clonoulty as favourites to reach the Tipperary senior hurling final

Brian McDonnell


Brian McDonnell


Bookies install Thurles Sars and Clonoulty as favourites to reach the Tipperary senior hurling final

Thurles Sarsfields captain Pádraic Maher pictured accepting the 2017 Dan Breen Cup from County Board chairman Michael Bourke following the Blues' final win over Borris-Ileigh. Photo: Eamonn McGee

The bookies have installed Thurles Sarsfields and Clonoulty-Rossmore as the favourites to win their respective Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship semi-finals. Both last four clashes will take place on Sunday, October 7th at Semple Stadium, Thurles: Clonoulty-Rossmore face Toomevara at 2pm while defending champions Thurles Sarsfields put their title on the line against Nenagh Éire Óg at 3.30pm. And, the bookies favour both Clonoulty-Rossmore (4/5) and Thurles Sarsfields (1/2) to progress.

A last gasp goal from Ronan Maher kept Thurles Sarsfields’ dream of landing a fifth consecutive Dan Breen Cup alive on Saturday at Nenagh when the Blues recovered from seven points adrift to win 2-14 to 1-16. During the group stage of the competition Carrick Swans presented Sars with a walkover. The Blues then accounted for Upperchurch (1-24 to 1-15), but struggled with fourteen men against Drom & Inch (1-18 to 2-22) and subsequently required play-off victories over Upperchurch (1-27 to 3-16) and Drom (1-16 to 0-18) to book their place in the quarter-finals.

On Saturday in Nenagh Toomevara edged a close contest with Drom & Inch (3-15 to 1-20). The Greyhounds arrived at the quarter-final stage of the competition with the minimum of fuss. Toome saw off the challenge of Kilruane MacDonagh’s (1-9 to 0-10), Éire Óg Annacarty (2-14 to 0-18) and Killenaule (4-15 to 1-14) during the group stage of the competition.

Meanwhile on Sunday Clonoulty-Rossmore saw off the challenge of Kiladangan (1-19 to 1-15) in the quarter-finals. Although John Devane’s men suffered an unfortunate defeat at the hands of Nenagh Éire Óg (1-18 to 1-20) during the group stage Clonoulty comfortably accounted for Mullinahone (1-14 to 0-11) and Roscrea (1-22 to 2-8).

The second game in the double header played at Dolla featured Nenagh Éire Óg’s 2-17 to 0-18 victory over Loughmore-Castleiney. Nenagh Éire Óg recorded a 2-24 to 0-11 group stage win over Roscrea while they were fortunate to edge a contest with Clonoulty-Rossmore (1-20 to 1-18) and then accounted for Mullinahone (2-22 to 1-15).


The fixtures have been confirmed for the hugely significant relegation play-offs from Roinn I of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship - the loser of each game will be demoted to Roinn II. On Sunday, October 7th Carrick Swans face Mullinahone in Monroe (12 noon) while on Sunday, October 14th Portroe take on Killenaule at The Ragg (12 noon).


The Séamus Ó Riain Cup semi-finals (Roinn II of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship) will pack plenty of punch on Saturday, October 6th with both finalists promoted to Roinn I in time for the 2019 season - The Ragg will host the meeting of Moycarkey-Borris and JK Bracken's (2pm) while Burgess face the Templederry Kenyons in Dolla (2.30pm) - the final is fixed for October 21st.

Moycarkey-Borris will enter the contest with JK Bracken’s as favourites having won group three of the competition in comprehensive fashion thanks to victories over Lorrha-Dorrha (1-22 to 3-10), Ballina (3-34 to 0-10) and, most notably, Holycross-Ballycahill (2-19 to 1-17).

Meanwhile JK Bracken’s lost out to Burgess (1-12 to 1-14) before beating St Mary’s Clonmel (2-16 to 1-11) and Ballingarry (3-19 to 0-20). The Templemore outfit finished second in group one and had to overcome Silvermines in the quarter-finals (2-25 to 3-20).

JK Bracken’s are a potentially very lively outfit, but Moycarkey-Borris have been that bit more impressive this season and they get the tentative nod on this occasion.

Burgess’ form was eye-catching in group one - they beat JK Bracken’s (1-14 to 1-12), Ballingarry (2-23 to 1-10) and St Mary’s Clonmel (2-17 to 1-15) and qualified for the semi-finals outright.

Burgess, however, will be up against it in the last four when facing a terrific Templederry team. Although out of sorts early on in the season Eoin Brislane’s Kenyons are bang in form and considering the talent at the disposal of the Toomevara man Templederry must be made favourites to win the Séamus Ó Riain Cup outright.

Templederry lost their opening contest with Silvermines (0-9 to 1-19), but re-discovered their form when seeing off the successive challenges of Clonakenny (1-24 to 1-12) and Newport (3-26 to 2-17). Then, in the quarter-finals, Templederry beat Holycross-Ballycahill (2-14 to 0-15) and appear in rude good health.


Holycross will host the final of the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship on Sunday, October 14th when Cashel King Cormacs take on Thurles Sarsfields (3.30pm).

Cashel King Cormacs secured their place in the senior ranks for the first time since 2014 when the side coached by Conor Gleeson (Boherlahan-Dualla) saw off the challenge of Borrisokane with thirteen points to spare (3-15 to 1-8) in the semi-finals at Dolla on Saturday.

This Cashel King Cormacs team is coached by Conor Gleeson (Boherlahan-Dualla); Ronan O’Donoghue, Brendan Bonnar and David Enright are the selectors with the side while Alan O’Connor (Cahir) is a key influence on the team (strength and conditioning coach).

During their campaign King Cormacs initially drew with Carrick Davins (1-17 each), but recovered to beat Cappawhite (1-21 to 1-17) and, most notably, Thurles Sarsfields (1-15 to 0-14). That result propelled Cashel into the quarter-finals where they proved too strong for Ballinahinch after extra-time (2-22 to 1-22).

Meanwhile on Sunday Thurles Sarsfields, who are guided by manager Andy Ryan, proved too strong for Shannon Rovers (1-17 to 0-12) in their respective semi-final at Borrisoleigh.

The Blues beat Cappawhite (1-24 to 1-13) and Carrick Davins (2-23 to 0-14) during the group stage of the competition before losing out to Cashel King Cormacs (1-15 to 0-14). In the preliminary quarter-finals Sars proved marginally too good for Moyne-Templetuohy (1-18 to 1-16) while they enjoyed a thirteen-point win over Golden-Kilfeacle in the last eight (2-19 to 0-12).


Two games will take place in the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship relegation play-offs on Saturday, October 6th - Lattin-Cullen Gaels v Moyle Rovers in Golden and Arravale Rovers v Kiladangan in Kilcommon (both games throw-in at 2.30pm).

The bottom team in each intermediate championship group qualified for the relegation series - six teams were split into two groups with the bottom side in each group facing the drop - group one: Kiladangan, Knockavilla Kickhams and Arravale Rovers. Group two: Carrick Davins, Moyle Rovers and Lattin-Cullen Gaels.

In group one Knockavilla Kickhams have beaten Kiladangan (1-22 to 1-13) and Arravale Rovers (5-20 to 1-13) to secure their status meaning that Arravale Rovers must now beat Kiladangan to avoid the drop.

Moyle Rovers have already beaten Carrick Davins (3-18 to 0-12) in group two. This Saturday Lattin-Cullen Gaels take on Moyle Rovers at Golden (2.30pm) while on Saturday, October 13th Lattin-Cullen Gaels face Carrick Davins at New Inn (2.30pm).


Toomevara progressed to the final four courtesy of a 2-19 to 3-12 win over Holycross-Ballycahill recently while Clonoulty-Rossmore beat St Patrick's in Cahir (2-21 to 3-16) while Boherlahan-Dualla got the better of Roscrea (1-14 to 0-11). The last of the quarter-finals is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6th when Skeheenarinky face Emly at Leahy Park, Cashel (2pm). The semi-final draw reads as follows: Skeheenarinky or Emly v Toomevara and Clonoulty-Rossmore v Boherlahan-Dualla.


Meanwhile the first of the Tipperary Water County Junior B Hurling Championship semi-finals takes place on Sunday, October 7th between Templederry Kenyons and Boherlahan-Dualla in Borrisoleigh (12 noon) while the details of the meeting between Cashel King Cormacs and Mullinahone remains to be confirmed.


Leahy Park in Cashel will host an attractive double header on Saturday, October 13th - first off at 2pm will be the meeting of Drom & Inch v Knockavilla Kickhams in Tipperary Water County Minor B Hurling Championship final. Then at 3.30pm the Tipperary Water County Minor A Hurling Championship final willl feature the clash of Cappawhite Gaels and Moycarkey-Borris.

Both minor A semi-finals took place on Saturday, September 29th - Moycarkey-Borris surged into the final thanks to a 3-17 to 3-10 victory over Kiladangan at Borrisoleigh while in Golden Cappawhite Gaels proved too strong for Skeheenarinky-Clonmel Óg (1-28 to 2-11).

Also on Saturday, September 29th Golden hosted the Tipperary Water County Minor B Hurling Championship semi-final meeting between Knockavilla Kickhams and Mullinahone which Kickhams won with ten points to spare (1-19 to 1-9) while on Sunday, September 30th Drom & Inch proved far too strong for Kilruane in their respective semi-final (3-13 to 0-8).


The draw has been made for the semi-finals of the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship - on Sunday, October 14th Ardfinnan take on Loughmore-Castleiney in Holycross (2pm) while Cahir will host the meeting of Clonmel Commercials and Moyle Rovers (4pm).

Last week Loughmore-Castleiney beat Arravale Rovers (1-12 to 0-8) in the quarter-finals while Moyle Rovers proved too strong for Killenaule (3-13 to 1-9). The remaining last eight clashes took place on Sunday - Ardfinnan saw off the challenge of Ballyporeen in Cahir (0-22 to 0-9) while Clonmel Commercials enjoyed a thirteen-point win over Kilsheelan-Kilcash (0-17 to 0-4).


The Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship relegation semi-finals are fixed for Sunday, October 7th - Kiladangan v Éire Óg Annacarty in Drombane (12 noon) and Drom & Inch v Galtee Rovers in Dundrum (12 noon).


Grangemockler-Ballyneale enjoyed a walkover win over Clonoulty-Rossmore recently in the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship quarter-finals while Borrisokane progressed to the semi-finals thanks to a 2-9 to 0-12 victory over Clonmel Commercials.

In the last eight Golden-Kilfeacle beat Moyle Rovers (1-11 to 2-7) while the last of the quarter-finals is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6th when Rockwell Rovers face Moyne-Templetuohy in Holycross (2.30pm).

In the semi-finals on Saturday, October 6th Borrisokane face Golden-Kilfeacle in Templemore (5pm) - on the week-ending Sunday, October 14th Grangemockler-Ballyneale will take on the winners of the match between Moyne-Templetuohy and Rockwell Rovers.


The Tipperary Water County Minor B Football Championship semi-finals are scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 6th - Knockavilla Kickhams v Mullinahone in Monroe (2.30pm) and Ballina v Drom & Inch in Templederry (4.30pm).


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