Semple Stadium, Thurles.
With so many matches taking place during a frantic few weeks and with many more to come this weekend the Tipperary Star thought it sensible to draw you a picture of where each of the prestigious county hurling championships stand. Please read on for the details.
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
The semi-finals of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship took place at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday afternoon last when Clonoulty-Rossmore and Nenagh Éire Óg progressed to this season’s decider. The county senior hurling final between Clonoulty-Rossmore and Nenagh Éire Óg will take place at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, October 21st (3.30pm) and will be preceded by the Séamus Ó Riain Cup final (Roinn II of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship) between Burgess and Moycarkey-Borris (1.15pm).
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 FINAL
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 (1.15pm).
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 SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP - ROINN I RELEGATION PLAY-OFFS
The hugely significant relegation play-offs from Roinn I of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship have been re-fixed - the loser of each game will be demoted to Roinn II.
Initially, following a draw Carrick Swans were scheduled to face Mullinaone in Monroe on Sunday, October 7th while on Sunday, October 14th Portroe were expected to take on Killenaule at The Ragg. Following an objection, however, the contests had to be re-fixed.
At a meeting of the County Board in February the bottom team in group one was drawn to face the bottom side in group four while the last placed teams in groups two and three were also pitted against one another. Therefore the draw, which was made recently, was done so in error.
So, the Roinn I relegation play-offs will now see Killenaule face Carrick Swans on Sunday, October 14th in Monroe (12 noon) while Portroe will take on Mullinahone (the fixture details remain to be confirmed for this contest). The loser of each game will be relegated to Roinn II.
COUNTY INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Holycross will host an attractive Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship final on Sunday, October 14th when a reinvigorated Cashel King Cormacs team take on perennial contenders 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. 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).
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 SEMI-FINALS
Dundrum will host the Tipperary Water County Junior A Hurling Championship semi-finals on Sunday, October 14th: Skeheenarinky take on Toomevara at 12 noon while Clonoulty-Rossmore face Boherlahan-Dualla at 1.45pm.
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).
COUNTY JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
The first of the Tipperary Water County Junior B Hurling Championship semi-finals took place on Sunday, October 7th when Boherlahan-Dualla got the better of Templederry (2-12 to 2-8). Cashel King Cormacs and Mullinahone will meet in their respective semi-final on Saturday, October 13th in Fethard (3pm).
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).
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