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Following the country's move to Level 5 restrictions and the Croke Park update to counties and clubs on Wednesday last, the Management Committee of Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann having met virtually on Wednesday night confirmed the following.
MINOR AND U20 INTER-COUNTY
With the decision to 'pause' the Intercounty Minor and U20 Championships, training for Tipperary minor hurling, minor football and U20 hurling teams has ceased from Wednesday October 22nd until further notice.
ADULT CLUB TRAINING AND GAMES
As adult club training and games cannot take place between now and December 1st at the earliest, all unfinished adult Tipperary club championships will not re-commence until February 1st, 2021 at the earliest. It was also decided to cancel the 2020 Tipperary U21H 'A' and 'B' championships due to the time constraints. All other unfinished club competitions will recommence after February 1st at the discretion of Co. CCC.
JUVENILE CLUB TRAINING
As club training (non-contact) for juveniles is still permitted in pods of 15 under the guidelines, our full-time coaching staff are available to clubs and schools during the coming months. Most schools have been in contact to confirm their desire for our coaches to continue their work in our schools and this wish is supported by the Dept. of Education which is anxious to keep this activity going.
NOVEMBER CO. COMMITTEE MEETING
The November Co. Committee meeting which normally decides the format of our Co. Competitions will not go ahead due to the uncertainty of the format and timing of the inter-county competitions in 2021. Whilst we operate in this vacuum the status quo remains for all competitions until further notice.
Tipperary Co. Convention 2020 will go ahead virtually on Tuesday, December 15th, 2020. Nominations/Motions papers will be sent out on November 17th with December 1st as the closing date for returns. Following that nominations will be notified to all delegates with details for postal voting and a closing date for returns as set by an Independent Returning Officer. All reports will be posted out in advance for deliberation virtually at Convention on December 15th.
On behalf of Coiste Chontae Thiobraid Árann, the officers of Tipperary Co. Board are asking all our club members and supporters to please observe the restrictions as outlined by the government for the next six weeks. And that we all work together to wipe out this virus in our communities so we can return to normality in safety.
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Tipperary got back into action last Sunday with a solid win over Offaly in round 6 of the Allianz Football League on a 1-16 to 0-16 score line. It was great to see inter-county action return to the Field of Legends under the various Covid-19 restrictions. Thanks to Semple Stadium management and staff, this was achieved with all necessary protocols in place.
Tipperary's goal came courtesy of a penalty from captain Conor Sweeney after Michael Quinlivan had been fouled in the square. Congratulations to Conor Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney) on making his inter-county debut, a fitting reward for his fine displays in the recent club championship.
This Sunday, October 25th, Tipperary make the journey to Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada to play Leitrim in the final league round where throw-in is at 2pm.
David Power's side know a win or a draw will be enough to ensure safety in Division 3. As it stands Tipperary are in 5th place with 5 points, ahead of Offaly on scoring difference. Leitrim are in 7th place on 3 points above Louth who are already relegated. So, it's all to play for in Carrick-on-Shannon in what is a hugely important game for Tipperary.
Ahead of the game, the Tipperary team has been announced by manager David Power. He has to plan without the services, through injury, of Steven O'Brien and Philip Austin and has named the following panel for the trip to Avantcard Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.
The team lines out as follows;
1. Evan Comerford - Kilsheelan-Kilcash
2. Alan Campbell - Moyle Rovers
3. Jimmy Feehan - Killenaule
4. Colm O’Shaughnessy - Ardfinnan
5. Bill Maher - Kilsheelan-Kilcash
6. Kevin Fahey - Clonmel Commercials
7. Robbie Kiely - Carbery Rangers
8. Conal Kennedy - Clonmel Commercials
9. Liam Casey - Cahir
10. Jack Kennedy - Clonmel Commercials
11. Michael Quinlivan - Clonmel Commercials
12. Brian Fox - Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill
13. Kevin O'Halloran - Portroe
14. Conor Sweeney (Capt.) - Ballyporeen
15. Riain Quigley - Moyle Rovers
16. Michael O'Reilly - Clonmel Commercials
17. Tadhg Fitzgerald - Moyle Rovers
18. Emmet Moloney - Drom & Inch
19. Paudie Feehan - Killenaule
20. Padraic Looram - Clonmel Commercials
21. Colman Kennedy - Clonmel Commercials
22. Alan Moloney - Rockwell Rovers
23. Shane Foley - Moyle Rovers
24. Conor Ryan - Loughmore-Castleiney
25. Jason Lonergan - Clonmel Commercials
26. Liam Boland - Moyle Rovers
We send best wishes to the team on Sunday and hope they can close out the league with another successful result. The referee will be Padraig Hughes (Armagh)
Supporters can watch the game live at a cost of €5 on GAAGO https://www.gaago.ie/fixture/PL5-20-F-W10O
PAUSING OF INTER-COUNTY U20 & MINOR
Following clarification from the Department of Sport around the staging of inter-county fixtures, and as indicated above, the GAA confirmed that as of midnight Wednesday, October 21, all minor and U20 inter-county competitions are paused until further notice.
The GAA will issue further advice in relation to when these competitions will now take place in due course.
BORD GAIS ENERGY MUNSTER U20 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
A dominant second half display in the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U20 Hurling Championship quarter final saw Tipperary defeat Clare by 1-19 to 0-12 to progress to the Munster semi-final, which, as we unfortunately now know, is paused until further notice.
In difficult conditions the first half performance was mixed from a Tipperary point of view. Following the half time break Tipperary powered into gear in the second half, scoring eleven points without reply from where the result was never in doubt. Tipperary's goal came from a penalty taken by Devon Ryan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams). Man of the match with 0-7 from play was Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetuohy).
When the pause button will be released remains to be seen, so for now the panel will have to wait for further guidance from Croke Park.
ELECTRIC IRELAND MUNSTER MINOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Tipperary minor hurlers got the weekend off to a great start for the Premier County by winning their Electric Ireland Munster Championship quarter-final with a 0-32 to 0-9 win over Kerry.
That result pairs Tipperary with Waterford in the Munster semi-final but when this game takes place will again depend on guidance from Croke Park.
Best wishes to our referees on duty this weekend. Derek O'Mahoney (Ardfinnan) takes charge of the Allianz Football League Roinn 2 clash between Clare and Armagh in Cusack Park, Ennis on Saturday. Then on Sunday in Semple Stadium, Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) is in the middle when Limerick and Clare meet in the Munster GAA Hurling Senior Championship quarter-final, the winners of which will play Tipperary the following Sunday. Also, on Sunday next, Kevin Jordan (Thurles Gaels) will referee the Christy Ring Cup fixture between Roscommon and Wicklow in Dr. Hyde Park.
Well done to the Tipperary senior camogie team who got their Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Championship underway with a 0-20 to 1-8 defeat of Clare in Group 3 last Sunday.
Best wishes to the ladies who play Dublin on Sunday in the next round in Parnells GAA/Coolock. Throw-in is at 2pm and the match will be streamed live on Dublin Camogie Facebook Page.
The 2021 Tipperary GAA Yearbook is being compiled at present and the Yearbook committee is seeking articles and information for inclusion.
We are all too familiar with the year this far, so, it is fundamentally important that in this unprecedented year clubs record and document the tremendous charity and fundraising events they undertook, which epitomised the heart and soul of the GAA in every parish and their community across the Premier County.
Similarly, clubs that have accomplished any unique achievement in 2020 are requested to send through an appropriate article for inclusion.
The Yearbook committee are looking to all clubs to submit any obituaries of their deceased members in the last 12 months. The maximum number of words for an obituary is 150 and please include the club name and the years also, e.g. 1939-2020, as well as his/her G.A.A. achievements and a photograph of the deceased person.
The deadline for sending information is 8th November. Please e-mail information and photographs which must be named to Tipperary Yearbook Committee at email@example.com
THIRD TIPPERARY GAA CLUBS DRAW
The third of eleven Tipperary GAA Draws will be held next Friday night, October 30th, and it can be heard live on Tipp FM from Lár na Páirce at 8.30pm.
Philip Ryan vice president of Boherlahan-Dualla GAA club passed away this week and he represented Tipperary in both hurling and football, winning National League honours in hurling and Munster honours in junior football. We express our sympathy to his wife Kitty and family.
Condolences also to former Sean Treacy's Chairman and Co. Board delegate Pat Stapleton and the Stapleton family on the death of their mother, Mary Stapleton in Piper Hill, Hollyford.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.