Respective captains Lee Burke (Cashel King Cormacs) and Aidan Ryan (Thurles Sarsfields) pictured ahead of the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship final. Photo: Eamonn McGee
A sensational Thurles Sarsfields comeback stunned Cashel King Cormacs in a dramatic Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship final played at Holycross on Sunday afternoon - favourites Cashel led 0-11 to 0-5 at the break, but the Blues roused themselves in spectacular fashion and thanks to a Kevin Dunne goal tied the game before surging toward a three-point win (1-16 to 0-16).
Thurles Sarsfields, who are guided by manager Andy Ryan, proved too strong for Shannon Rovers (1-17 to 0-12) in the semi-finals. 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).
Both Cashel King Cormacs and Thurles Sarsfields were promoted to Roinn II of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship prior to Sunday’s final.
COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
The semi-finals of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship took place at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, October 7th 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 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 (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
Carrick Swans were relegated to Roinn II of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday, October 14th when the 2017 South champions lost out to Killenaule (2018 South champions) in a relegation play-off (2-20 to 3-6).
Portroe will take on Mullinahone (the fixture details remain to be confirmed for this contest) to determine which other side faces the drop alongside Carrick Swans.
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.
Then on Saturday, October 13th Lattin-Cullen Gaels drew with Carrick Davins (0-13 to 2-7) meaning that Carrick Davins have been relegated on scoring difference (-15) while Lattin Cullen Gaels survive (-9).
COUNTY JUNIOR A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
Skeheenarinky booked their place in the Tipperary Water County Junior A Hurling Championship final thanks to a narrow win over Toomevara (2-13 to 1-14) at Dundrum on Sunday. Meanwhile not even extra-time could separate Boherlahan-Dualla and Clonoulty-Rossmore in their respective semi-final clash (4-17 to 3-20).
Clonoulty-Rossmore progressed to the final four courtesy of a 2-21 to 3-16 win over St Patrick's (2-21 to 3-16) while Boherlahan-Dualla got the better of Roscrea (1-14 to 0-11). In their respective quarter-final Skeheenarinky beat Emly comprehensively (2-20 to 1-9).
COUNTY JUNIOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINALS
Extra-time was required to separate Mullinahone and Cashel King Cormacs in the semi-finals of the Tipperary Water County Junior B Hurling Championship with Mullinahone prevailing by three points in the end (4-14 to 2-17) on Saturday. The first of the semi-finals took place on Sunday, October 7th when Boherlahan-Dualla got the better of Templederry (2-12 to 2-8).
COUNTY MINOR A HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
On Saturday, October 13th at Leahy Park, Cashel Moycarkey-Borris proved marginally too good for Cappawhite Gaels (2-12 to 1-12) to claim the Tipperary Water County Minor A Hurling Championship crown - Moycarkey-Borris surged into the final thanks to a 3-17 to 3-10 victory over Kiladangan.
COUNTY MINOR B HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL
Drom & Inch claimed the Tipperary Water County Minor B Hurling Championship crown at Clonoulty on Saturday, October 13th when the Mid men enjoyed a single-point win over Knockavilla Kickhams (1-15 to 2-11). In the semi-finals Drom & Inch proved far too strong for Kilruane (3-13 to 0-8).
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