The semi-finals of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship took place at Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon when Clonoulty-Rossmore and Nenagh Éire Óg progressed to this season’s decider - the final will take place at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, October 21st.
Clonoulty-Rossmore reached their first senior county hurling final since 2011 thanks to a 0-19 to 1-10 win over Toomevara while Nenagh Éire Óg booked their place in the decider following a narrow three-point win over defending champions Thurles Sarsfields (2-18 to 2-15). The Blues will be appearing in their first final since losing by a point to Thurles Sarsfields in 2015.
Clonoulty-Rossmore saw off the challenge of Kiladangan (1-19 to 1-15) in the quarter-finals and 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).
In the last eight Nenagh Éire Óg beat Loughmore-Castleiney (2-17 to 0-18) while during the group stage they recorded wins over Roscrea (2-24 to 0-11), Clonoulty-Rossmore (1-20 to 1-18) and Mullinahone (2-22 to 1-15).
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP - SÉAMUS Ó RIAIN CUP SEMI-FINALS
The Séamus Ó Riain Cup semi-finals (Roinn II of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship) took place on Saturday, October 6th when Burgess and Moycarkey-Borris earned themselves promotion to Roinn I of the county senior hurling championship courtesy of respective their victories over the Templederry Kenyons (2-17 to 2-14) at Dolla and JK Bracken’s (1-18 to 0-18) at The Ragg. Burgess will now face Moycarkey-Borris in the decider at Semple Stadium, Thurles prior to the county senior hurling final on Sunday, October 21st.
Moycarkey-Borris 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 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). Both sides qualified for the semi-finals outright.
COUNTY INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
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). Incidentally, the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship semi-final clash between Loughmore-Castleiney and Ardfinnan will serve as an appetising curtain-raiser to the intermediate hurling decider (throw-in 2pm).
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.
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 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).
The Thurles Sarsfields team which started their recent semi-final against Shannon Rovers: Willie Tierney, Tom Tierney, Aidan Ryan, Kieran Moloney, Seosamh Ryan, David Kennedy, Paul Maher, Pa Crone, Harry Fitzgibbon, Dylan Burke, Michael Russell, Kevin Dunne, Richie Ruth, Mossie McCormack, Seánie Butler. Subs used: Cian Treacy, Conor Lanigan, Barry O’Dwyer, Michael O’Dwyer.
The Cashel King Cormacs team which started their recent semi-final against Borrisokane: Owen Quirke, Tony Hewitt, Cormac Ryan, John Darmody, James Cummins, Lee Burke, Ciarán Quinn, Michael Coleman, Eoghan Connolly, Brendan Kelly, Simon Delaney, Patrick Fahy, Adrian Cummins, Conn Bonnar, Ross Bonnar. Subs used: Patrick Muldoon, Dylan Fitzell, Murragh McDermott.
COUNTY INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS
Two games took place in the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship relegation play-offs on Saturday, October 6th - Moyle Rovers beat Lattin-Cullen Gaels (0-20 to 1-8) while Kiladangan got the better of Arravale Rovers (1-15 to 1-13).
The bottom team in each intermediate championship group qualified for the relegation series - six teams were split into two groups of three 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 beat Kiladangan (1-22 to 1-13) and Arravale Rovers (5-20 to 1-13) to secure their status while Kiladangan’s most recent victory over Arravale Rovers secured Kiladangan’s status while Arravale Rovers have been relegated.
In group two Moyle Rovers had already beaten Carrick Davins (3-18 to 0-12) so their most recent victory has secured their status. On Saturday, October 13th Lattin-Cullen Gaels will face Carrick Davins at New Inn (2.30pm) - the winner of that contest will avoid the drop.
COUNTY JUNIOR A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINALS
Toomevara progressed to the final four courtesy of a 2-19 to 3-12 win over Holycross-Ballycahill and Clonoulty-Rossmore beat St Patrick's (2-21 to 3-16) while Boherlahan-Dualla got the better of Roscrea (1-14 to 0-11). The last of the quarter-finals took place on Saturday, October 6th when Skeheenarinky beat Emly comprehensively at Leahy Park, Cashel (2-20 to 1-9). The semi-final draw reads as follows: Skeheenarinky v Toomevara and Clonoulty-Rossmore v Boherlahan-Dualla.
COUNTY JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
The first of the Tipperary Water County Junior B Hurling Championship semi-finals took place on Sunday when Boherlahan-Dualla got the better of fourteen-man Templederry at Drombane (2-12 to 2-8) - the details of the meeting between Cashel King Cormacs and Mullinahone remains to be confirmed.
COUNTY MINOR A & B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
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 will 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 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).
COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
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). 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). In the remaining last eight clashes Ardfinnan saw off the challenge of Ballyporeen (0-22 to 0-9) while Clonmel Commercials enjoyed a thirteen-point win over Kilsheelan-Kilcash (0-17 to 0-4).
COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP RELEGATION SEMI-FINALS
In the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship relegation semi-finals on Saturday Galtee Rovers beat Drom & Inch 1-13 to 0-11. The second semi-final is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 9th when Kiladangan host Éire Óg Annacarty in Puckane (8pm).
COUNTY INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
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 took place on Saturday, October 6th when Moyne-Templetuohy proved too strong for Rockwell Rovers (2-10 to 0-8) at Holycross.
In the semi-finals on Saturday, October 6th Golden-Kilfeacle dismissed the challenge of Borrisokane (2-11 to 0-5) in Templemore - on the week-ending Sunday, October 14th Grangemockler-Ballyneale will take on Moyne-Templetuohy in their respective last four clash.
COUNTY MINOR B FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
Both Tipperary Water County Minor B Football Championship semi-finals took place on Saturday, October 6th - Knockavilla Kickhams beat Mullinahone in Monroe (3-11 to 3-7) while Drom & Inch proved too strong for Ballina at St Michael’s Park in Toomevara (2-11 to 1-8).
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