BRIDGESTONE AWARD "Best in Ireland 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Tipperary GAA Scene
By PRO Joe Bracken
The draw for the quarter-finals of the Seamus Ó Riain Cup were made on Monday night last at the County C.C.C. meeting and resulted as follows; Holycross-Ballycahill v Clonakenny, J.K. Brackens v Lorrha-Dorrha, Templederry Kenyons v Roscrea and Toomevara v Silvermines. These games are scheduled for the weekend of September 9th/10th.
Also that same weekend, matches in the following relegations are scheduled to take place; Senior Hurling Relegation to Seamus Ó Riain; Seamus Ó Riain Relegation to Intermediate and Intermediate Hurling Relegation to Junior.
The games above maybe subject to change, only in the event of competitions proper to them not been finalised
There is one county fixture down for decision this weekend in the Tipperary Water County Hurling League (Division 3) Semi-Final Replay in Newport as the home side welcome Sean Treacys on Saturday evening next, August 26th with a 6.45pm start.
Elsewhere on the fixtures front it is full steam ahead at divisional level with full schedules in play across the county.
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.
ALL-IRELAND FINAL REFEREE
Congratulations to Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) who has been handed the prestigious honour of refereeing this year's All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final between Galway and Waterford on September 3rd next. He becomes the first Tipperary official to take charge of the annual showpiece since Seamus Roche in 2005 and the first Munster referee since 2010.
In what is a tremendous honour for Fergal, his family and his club, the All-Ireland Final experience will sure to be the highlight to date on his refereeing CV including already his first officiating as Munster Final referee back on July 9th last. In doing so Fergal completed the set of three major provincial hurling finals as referee, having previously being in charge of the 2016 Leinster SH Championship Final between Kilkenny and Galway and the Ulster SH Championship Final in 2014 between Derry and Antrim.
Best wishes to Sean Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) as he is in charge of the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final between Dublin and Derry in Croke Park on Sunday next.
COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
As clubs head towards the business end of the County Senior Football Championship, the Group winners, with one still to be decided are as follows; Killenaule, Moyle Rovers, Loughmore-Castleiney/Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill, Clonmel Commercials. The outstanding fixture between Loughmore-Castleiney and Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill is fixed for next Tuesday night, August 29th in Dr. Morris Park with an 8pm throw in.
The Group runners up, again with the aforementioned match to be decided are also as follows; Kilsheelan-Kilcash, Aherlow Gaels, Loughmore-Castleiney/ Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill, Ballyporeen
Group winners play group runners up except where a club wins its division but does not come through the county system. In this case that team(s) will play a group runner up in a preliminary Quarter-Final(s)
The four teams heading into the relegation series are as follows; Drom & Inch, Fethard, Ardfinnan and Cahir.
The format for relegation will see the four teams play off in a round robin format with the bottom team relegated to intermediate. If one of these four teams wins their division they are excluded from the relegation games.
When news spread last week of the passing of Liam Devaney, Tipperary was mourning the loss of another great character and member of the iconic 1960's era for Tipperary hurling. With a vast array of talent, his medal haul was equally impressive, epitomising the impact Liam made to hurling fortunes for the County.
A brief summary of his honours reads as follows; All Ireland Senior Hurling (5), Munster Senior Hurling (8), Caltex Hurler of the Year (1), National Hurling League (8), Oireachtas Cup (6), Railway Cup with Munster (3), All Ireland Minor Hurling (2), Munster Minor Hurling (2), Co Senior Hurling (1), North Tipp Senior Hurling (4), Knocknagow Award -2015, Cu Chulainn Award Winner - 1963.
Tipperary Co. Board on behalf of all supporters extends sympathy to Liam's wife Hannie, daughters Siobhan, Louise, Carolanne, Valerie and Claire, son Seamus, grandchildren, great grandchild, family members, relatives and friends, R.I.P.
TIPPERARY UNDER AGE HURLING SQUADS TOURNAMENTS
This Saturday, August 26th, sees a busy day for all Tipperary Development Hurling squads as all inter county hurling tournaments take place.
Tipperary again this year will host the Under 16 A and B competitions when teams will battle it out for the Arrabawn Cup in the A and The John Doyle Cup in the B. These tournaments will be held in various venues in South Tipperary with the finals being played in Clonmel Sportsfield on Saturday evening.
Elsewhere, the Tipperary Under 15 A squad will take part in the Carrigdhoun Tournament in Cork and the U 15 B squad will be competing in Munster B Tournament in Clarecastle.
As in previous years the Under 14 A squad will take part in Tony Forrestal Tournament and the U14 B squad in the Sonny Walsh Tournament both of which are held in Waterford.
Best wishes to all Tipperary teams on Saturday as they have being preparing well over the last number of weeks with various coaching sessions and challenge games ahead of their respective tournament.
Thanks again this year to Thurles Fresh Milk for their sponsorship of all Tipperary development squads.
ARRABAWN CO-OP & JOHN DOYLE U16 TOURNAMENTS
As indicated above all roads head to South Tipperary for the annual Arrabawn Co-Op and John Doyle U16 Tournaments which takes place this Saturday at various venues in south Tipperary. Always an entertaining days play, supporters and family members are expected to converge at all venues to shout on their county as the contest for honours at the end of the day's play.
In the Arrabawn Co-Op U16 A, Tipperary are in Group 1 and play their 3 round games in Moyle Rovers grounds at Monroe, joined by Offaly, Clare and Dublin starting at 10am. At 3.45pm in Kilsheelan the Group 1 runners up will play Group 4 winner (either Limerick/Kilkenny/Wexford) in a Cup Semi-Final, while at the same time in Monroe in the other Cup Semi-Final - Group 1 winner will play Group 3 winner (Waterford/Cork/Galway). The finals will be held in Clonmel Sportsfield with the Shield Final between both semi-final losers and the Cup Final following at 6.30pm.
Contesting the John Doyle Cup U16 B, Tipperary are in Group 3 along with Carlow, Westmeath and Clare with their base being Fr. Sheehy's GAA grounds in Clogheen. The action starts here at 10:30am with Tipperary playing Carlow first. At 12 noon Tipperary play Westmeath and wrap up the league rounds with a match against Clare at 1:30pm.
The Semi-Finals are scheduled to throw in at 3:15pm with Group 3 winners playing Group 2 winners (Galway/Kilkenny/Waterford/Cork) in Ballylooby while the other Semi-Final takes place in Cahir between Group 1 winner (Limerick/Kerry/Meath/Laois) and the first runner up. The final will also be played in Clonmel Sportsfield with a 5pm throw in. All games 20 minutes per half.
Best wishes to the Tipperary Ladies Football Intermediate team in the TG4 All-Ireland Semi-Final against Meath this Saturday, August 26th.
The Ballina Club hosted the Munster Juvenile U13 and U15 Inter Club Championships on Saturday last, August 19th. With some of the top juveniles in Munster displaying their skills, all present were treated to some great games of handball.
In the U13 Competition the Lahorna team comprising of Jack Mulcahy and Hannah Grace; Ryan Gillick and Eoin Carroll beat Ballydemond team (Eoin Daly and Dara Murphy; Jack Vaughan and John Cronin & Colm Brosnan) 15/12, 15/14, 15/0, 15/1. They met a very balanced Fermoy team (Hayden Supple and Cameron Sullivan; Ben Sullivan and Cian Cronin O’Neill) in the final and were beaten 15/5, 13/15, 15/6, 8/15 to lose out overall by 51-41.
The U15 Final was between local clubs Ballina and Lahorna. The Lahorna team (Rory Grace and Áine Spain; Cormac Doheny and Anna Mulcahy) came out on top beating the Ballina team (Siobhán Prentice and Isabel Farnan, Amy McKeogh and Adam Fogarty) 15/6, 15/10, 15/14, 15/7. Well done to all in Ballina for running the finals and providing refreshments for all.
In the Community Games 1 Wall All-Ireland Finals hosted by St. Bridget's Castleknock GAA Club, Ballina represented Munster in the U13 Finals. Ballina unfortunately were beaten in the semi-final by the eventual winners Ulster. They bounced back after that defeat and beat Leinster to win bronze medals and take 3rd place. The Ballina team was made up by Jack Collins, Evan Carey, Charlie Grace, Sean Lyons and Brian Bourke. Well done to all the players and all the supporters who travelled to Dublin.
Also, at the weekend the Senior Singles semi-finals saw Eoin Kennedy and Robbie McCarthy once again coming through to contest the final on Saturday, Sept 2nd. There will be a local interest at this year’s finals as James Prentice (Ballina) will contest the Minor final against Diarmid Mulkerrins from Galway.
This coming weekend Tipp will contest All-Ireland Singles Finals and also have Senior Doubles hoping to get through to the final stages in their competition.
Hidden Tipperary, the umbrella group of visitor centres, including Lár na Páirce and Semple Stadium, in the Mid-Tipperary area are holding a fundraising BBQ at Jim O' the Mill’s on this Saturday, August 26 at 6 pm. The evening of fun will include food, a duck race on the Owenbeg River, skittles, bouncy castle and face painting, plus plenty of music in one of the most iconic pubs in Ireland. The group are looking to see as many as possible attend over the course of the evening.
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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