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Tipperary GAA Scene
By PRO Joe Bracken
Following the results of last weekend we are heading into the semi-final shakedown in the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday next, September 24th, with another double header in Semple Stadium from 3.30pm. With the draw made at Monday night's CCCC meeting the semi-final landscape looks like this, first up its Drom & Inch v Borris-Ileigh followed at 5pm by Thurles Sarsfields v Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill.
Previous semi-final history between the sides is very scarce with only one tie to be considered and that was in 2012 when Thurles Sarsfields defeated Éire Óg 2-22 to 1-13, whereas Drom and Inch and Borris-Ileigh have never met previously at semi-final stage. Change is about to happen as the history books will be opened to commit to paper the latest compelling accounts of the combined efforts of the four remaining clubs quest to secure the Dan Breen Cup for 2017.
In the quarter-finals last weekend Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill down to 13 men and also in arrears on the score board at the break got the better of Mullinahone to win by one 2-13 to 1-15 in the first of the games on Saturday afternoon. In the second match between Thurles Sarsfields and Kilruane MacDonaghs it was extremely tight all through with nothing between the sides in an absorbing contest. Level at full time, early goals in the first period of extra time turned the tide in favour of Sarsfields who eventually burned off the Kilruane MacDonaghs challenge winning 3-26 to 1-22 after that extra time period.
In the first of Sunday's games again in Semple Stadium, Drom and Inch had too much fire power for Clonoulty-Rossmore, particularly in the second half, easing to victory on a score line of 2-26 to 1-14. Borris-Ileigh and Loughmore-Castleiney were the last teams heading into the fray with the 'Borris men courtesy of a second half purple patch laying down a marker to the other teams already through to the semi-finals by securing what turned out to be a one point victory 1-18 to 1-17
Round 2 of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Relegation took place last Saturday with Burgess defeating Ballina 2-20 to 2-10 Round 3 goes ahead next Sunday, September 24th between Burgess and Kiladangan in Nenagh with a 12pm throw-in.
The Tipperary Water Seamus Ó Riain Cup semi-finals will also take place this weekend where it will be North v Mid in both matches. On this Saturday, September 23rd, in the Ragg at 4pm Toomevara meet JK Brackens while on Sunday, September 24th, Roscrea take on Holycross-Ballycahill in Borrisoleigh at 12pm. Extra time in both games if required.
Also, in the Seamus Ó Riain, round 2 of the relegation play off saw Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams overcome Borrisokane 3-16 to 2-07 on Saturday, while on Sunday last Moycarkey-Borris defeated Ballingarry 1-22 to 0-11. There's a lot still to play for to see who will stay up as the teams head into round 3 which will take place on the weekend of October 1st. In those games it will be Moycarkey-Borris v Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams and Ballingarry v Borrisokane.
In the one outstanding Tipperary Water Intermediate Hurling Championship preliminary quarter final St. Marys had a comfortable 4-13 to 0-09 win over Moyle Rovers to set up a quarter final clash with Kilsheelan-Kilcash. St. Mary's kept their form going showing no ill effects of a quick turnaround by securing safe passage to the semi-final with a 1-15 to 0-14 victory.
In the other Tipperary Water Intermediate Hurling Quarter Finals Cappawhite had two to spare in a 1-12 to 0-13 win against Sean Treacys on Saturday. It was something of a similar result in the fixture between Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Ballinahinch with Gortnahoe also having two to spare to progress to the semi-finals after a 1-15 to 0-16 win. The Moyne-Templetuohy v Moneygall fixture was postponed to this Wednesday night, September 20th and goes ahead in Dr. Morris Park at 7.30pm.
In quick succession to the above, the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Semi-Finals will also be played this weekend with both games down for decision at 12pm on next Sunday, September 24th. In Boherlahan, St. Mary's play Moyne-Templetuohy or Moneygall while in Leahy Park, Cashel, Gortnahoe-Glengoole meet Cappawhite, extra time to be played if necessary in both games.
Next to round 2 in the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Relegation play off where Galtee Rovers-St. Pecaun secured their status with a goal to spare over Lattin Cullen Gaels, 1-12 to 0-12 was the final result here. Round 3 between Lattin-Cullen Gaels and Boherlahan-Dualla is the deciding fixture here with the winner safe and the loser doomed to relegation. A draw will suffice for Boherlahan-Dualla so Lattin-Cullen Gaels know a win will be needed to stay up, a fascinating tie is in prospect.
The first of the Tipperary Water County Junior 'A' Quarter-Finals took place last Saturday with Ballybacon-Grange edging out Holycross-Ballycahill 3-11 to 0-17 in New Inn. Down the road in Cahir, Moycarkey-Borris progressed to the last four following a 0-13 to 0-10 win over Skeheenarinky. The remaining quarter-finals will take place this weekend with Clonoulty-Rossmore meeting Knockshegowna in Dolla on September 23rd next at 3.30pm while on Sunday the 24th, Toomevara take on Rockwell Rovers in Drombane at 12pm, again extra time to be played if required.
With all the games played over the weekend, one final took place among them which was the Tipperary Water County Hurling League Division 3 final. In this congratulations go to Silvermines following their victory over Newport 0-25 to 1-13.
Switching attention to football, this Wednesday night September 20th, in the Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship preliminary quarter-final, Arravale Rovers play Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill in Clonoulty at 8pm.
That game sets the scene as the focus turns towards the quarter-finals proper with 3 games set for action this Saturday, September 23rd, all throwing in at 4pm. In New Inn, Killenaule meet Aherlow Gaels, defending champions Loughmore-Castleiney take on Kilsheelan-Kilcash in Golden, while last year's losing county finalists Moyle Rovers play Ballyporeen in Cahir. The remaining fixture is set for next Wednesday night September 27th in Ballyporeen where Clonmel Commercials will take on either Arravale Rovers or Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill. Extra time if necessary in all quarter finals.
The first of the Tipperary Water County Minor Football Championship Semi-Finals was played on Monday night last with Moyle Rovers progressing to the 'A' final courtesy of a two point win over JK Brackens 1-13 to 0-14. In that final they will meet either Galtee Rovers-St. Pecaun or Inane Rovers with that semi-final set for this Saturday in Littleton with a 4pm start.
In the Tipperary Water County Minor Football 'B' Championship also this Saturday, Cappawhite Gaels meet Kilruane MacDonaghs in Templederry at 1pm and Ardfinnan take on Moyne Templetuohy-Thurles Gaels in Clonoulty at 1.30pm.
For a full round up on all results and fixtures, please check the Tipperary GAA website https://tipperary.gaa.ie/ or the fixtures/results section in your local newspaper.
Best wishes to the Tipperary ladies football intermediate team who take on Tyrone in the TG4 Ladies Gaelic Football Intermediate Championship Final on Sunday next, September 24th, in Croke Park with throw-in at 1:45pm.
Tipperary adult and juvenile handball players have had a very successful Munster Championships and now go forward to represent Munster in the All-Ireland Semi-Finals. Tipp players travel to Ulster this Saturday, September 23rd where John Ferncombe and Sean Maher are out in the Junior Doubles in Virginia in Cavan against locals Cormac Mc Mahon and Paul Fitzpatrick. In Loughmacrory in Tyrone Adrian Johnson and Kevin Mullins take on Conor Kerr and Stephen Clarke (Tyrone) in the GMAD while In U21 Doubles Daniel Hayes and Pauric O'Donoghue are up against Sean Kerr and Ryan Mullen. Already through to All-Ireland finals are Tipp minor doubles pairing James Prentice and Jerome Cahill, MAD Paul Mullins and Eddie Farrell, MBD Willie Cahill and Kevin Timmons and in the DMAD are Billy and Pakie Mullins.
Tipperary juveniles have accounted for themselves well winning 8 Munster titles. U14 to U17 go forward to All-Ireland Semi-Finals on Sunday, October 1st again against Ulster opposition. The All-Ireland Finals are fixed for Sunday 15th October in Leinster venues.
In the boys competition the following are the Tipp representation, U13D Eoin Carroll and Jack Mulcahy (Lahorna), U14S Rory Grace (Lahorna) and U15S Cormac Doheny (Lahorna). While in the girls competition the following are the Tipp representation, U12D Leanne Gould and Christine Percy (Lahorna), U12S Hannah Grace (Lahorna), U14S Amy McKeogh (Ballina), U16D Siobhan Prentice and Isobel Farnan (Ballina) and finally U16S Laura Shinners (Lahorna). Best of luck to all the Tipperary players in action in the coming weeks and congratulations on all your success to date.
Tipperary GAA has launched a loyalty CashBack Card which as a Tipperary supporter each individual that registers is doing their small bit in support of the county cause. Loyalty cards were sent out with club draw receipts to all members and as there is no charge in registering you can opt in immediately. If anyone who doesn't have a loyalty card and flyer please call to Lár na Páirce to pick up one. Register as per details on the CashBack flyer. To activate the card, holders must complete the registration and then please email, post or drop off your registration details to Lar na Páirce, Slievenamon Road, Thurles or firstname.lastname@example.org
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