BRIDGESTONE AWARD "Best in Ireland 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Tipperary GAA Scene
PRO Joe Bracken
ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE
With last Sunday’s game switched from MacDonagh Park to Semple Stadium, Tipperary recorded their first win of the Allianz Hurling League with a 3-27 to 0-16 victory over Westmeath before an attendance of 2436 and in doing so set the side up nicely for two stern tests coming down the tracks. With captain Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch) showing tremendous leadership in his first start of the campaign, Tipperary’s healthy score differential will help boost the stats should they be required once the league rounds have been completed. Top scorer on the day for Tipp was Jason Forde (Silvermines) with 0-14 (9f, 1 s/l) with the goals coming from Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) 1-3, Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Séamus Callanan 1-1 apiece. Sunday also marked the welcome return of Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney) back on the field of play.
Tipperary are at home again next Sunday where they will play Waterford in round 5, though both counties still have a postponed fixture from round 3 each yet to be considered. So, as it stands Waterford are in second place in the league table on 6 points, the same as Limerick though the Treaty men have the minimum scoring advantage of plus 12 keeping them on top to Waterford’s plus 11. Tipperary are in fourth place with plus 16 on 2 points behind Cork in third on 4 points who have plus 3 scoring in their favour.
Focusing in on Sunday’s game, there have been 46 previous league meetings between Tipperary and Waterford. Tipperary holds a strong advantage having won 34 of these encounters to 9 for Waterford and there were 3 draws. A look at the last ten meetings reveals the following set of results -
2009 at Walsh Park - Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 1-12
2010 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16
2011 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 1-20 Waterford 0-18
2012 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 0-31 Waterford 2-15
2013 at Walsh Park - Waterford 1-14 Tipperary 0-16
2014 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 2-13 Waterford 0-16
2015 at Nowlan Park - Waterford 1-19 Tipperary 2-15 (Semi-final)
2016 at Semple Stadium - Waterford 1-18 Tipperary 1-17
2017 at Walsh Park - Tipperary 1-18 Waterford 0-15
2018 at Semple Stadium - Tipperary 1-20 Waterford 1-11
The scene is set for what should be a somewhat unique occasion as it also represents the first return to Semple Stadium for Liam Cahill since he took over the Déise managerial position.
Best wishes to the Tipperary team and management on Sunday and we appeal to supporters to come out on Sunday behind the team as it really does matter on the day.
Adult pre-purchase tickets are available up to midnight on Saturday night for €15 and adult match day tickets are €20, U16’s go free.
The referee will be Séan Stack (Dublin).
ALLIANZ FOOTBALL LEAGUE
The Tipperary footballers put in a superb effort on Saturday night last as they played out a thriller against Cork in Semple Stadium in round 4 of the Allianz Football League and were most unfortunate not to get something out of it in terms of league points, losing by the minimum on a 3-13 to 0-21 before an attendance of 875.
It’s back to the highway’s on Sunday next as Tipperary travel to Glennon Brothers Pearse Park to play Longford in round 5. While Cork top the table on 8 points, Longford are one of four teams on 5 points with David Power’s side next on 3 points. A win on Sunday would be the perfect tonic for his improving side who are playing a very attractive and attacking brand of football.
Best wishes to the side and management on Sunday and the referee will be Niall Mc Kenna.
Tickets are €10 and U16’s go free.
EIRGRID MUNSTER U20 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Commiserations to the Tipperary U20 football team and management after they bowed out of the EirGrid Munster Championship following a 0-7 to 0-6 loss to Limerick last week.
FBD INSURANCE COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUES
There is plenty of club action from here on in with the commencement of the FBD Insurance County Football Leagues this weekend, with one fixture also down for decision in the FBD Insurance County Hurling League. For up to date fixtures and results please see https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/
Best wishes to all clubs in their competitive action this year.
LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL
The Tipperary ladies drew with Waterford 1-7 to 0-10 in the Lidl Senior National Football League last weekend. Their next game is a Round 5 fixture against Galway on March 8th.
Tipperary recorded a 0-14 to 0-8 victory over Dublin in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Group 2 on Sunday last, while the Tipperary intermediate team also won in Division 2 defeating Laois 1-6 to 0-5. Next up for the seniors is a game against Galway on March 8th, while the intermediates will play Antrim on the same day, both fixtures away from home.
Best wishes to our referees on duty on this weekend, where first up Séan Lonergan (Moyle Rovers) is on duty when he referees the Allianz Football League Rionn 5 fixture between Wexford and Sligo on Saturday. Then on Sunday Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) takes charge of the Allianz Hurling League fixture between Galway and Cork in Pearse Stadium. Elsewhere, Kevin Jordan (Thurles Gaels) is also on duty as he referees the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 3B fixture between Cavan and Sligo in Kingspan Breffni.
Well done to referees on duty in Munster Post Primary Schools finals last weekend. John Butler (Upperchurch-Drombane) took charge of the Corn Sheain Uí Mhaolomhnaigh U19D Football final in Fitzgerald Stadium, while Mark Jordan (Golden-Kilfeacle) looked after the Corn Risteard Uí Mhathuna U19C Hurling final in Ballyagran.
BLOODY SUNDAY COMMEMORATION
The Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee under the chairmanship of Seamus McCarthy launched its series of events in Semple Stadium last Saturday evening. The series features lectures and cultural event culminating later in November with a Tipperary v Dublin football match in Croke Park in conjunction with Commemorations also being organised by Croke Park.
“Bloody Sunday, A Bitter Legacy or a Legacy of Bitterness?”
The first of the Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee’s lecture series takes place on March 9th, at 8pm in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh as historian John Flannery will host a talk entitled “Bloody Sunday, A Bitter Legacy or a Legacy of Bitterness?” This event, in conjunction with the Ormond Historical Society and Nenagh 800, promises to be an entertaining, educational and insightful talk which will discuss the events surrounding that awful day and the long-lasting effects which can be felt to the present day. All are welcome.
Cultural Event – An Dúshlán
On March 27th and 28th, at the Brú Ború Cultural Centre in Cashel, in association with Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Eireann, Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee will host a stage production featuring an evening of music, song and dance entitled An Dúshlán, remembering the events of Bloody Sunday. Tickets for this specially commissioned event are expected to sell out very quickly so early booking is advised.
Tickets can be purchased on the Brú Ború website https://bruboru.ie/whats-on/bru-boru-events/414/
Bloody Sunday Jersey
The Tipperary GAA Bloody Sunday Commemoration Committee which has been working extensively on the programme of events announced on Saturday evening news of the official Tipperary Bloody Sunday jersey which will go on sale in a few weeks’ time. This jersey will be worn by the Tipperary footballers in the commemorative match against Dublin which will take place on the anniversary on November 21st this year in Croke Park. The footballers will wear the jersey during the 2021 Allianz National Football League and will become an alternative jersey should there be a clash of colours. It will also become the goalkeepers’ jersey in 2021. The iconic blue and gold jersey will also feature an image of Michael Hogan.
POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS
Congratulations to Cashel C.S. as they claimed the Corn Thomais Mhic Choilm U19B Hurling title following their 1-18 to 1-15 win over Scoil na Trioniode Doon last Saturday.
Tipperary Coaching and Games will hold a coaching seminar ‘Developing the Youth Coach’ in association with Stakelums Office Supplies on Saturday, 7th March 2020, in LIT Thurles Conference Centre from 9.30am – 1.30pm.
We would appeal to clubs to really encourage mentors and coaches with all juvenile teams, right up to minor to book a place and attend. We would appreciate if you could book in to give us a steer on numbers for catering and logistical reasons for the event.
To book places, click here https://tipperary.gaa.ie/tipperary-coaching-games-development-seminar/ and the cost is €15 per attendee for the course, refreshments and lunch.
It is a timely event and we look forward to welcoming Michael Dempsey, Oisín McConville and Michael Bevans on the day, along with exhibitor display stands offering more information and advice.
It promises to be a very informative event covering the following topics -
The County Final of Scór Sinsear 2020 will take place on Saturday night March 7th in Newport. Clubs are requested to please submit your entries as soon as possible to Máire De Búrca, County Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Josephine Cahill at email@example.com agus Mark Dunne at firstname.lastname@example.org
The disciplines are as usual – Rince Foirne, Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Song), Aithriseoireacht (Recitation), Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group), Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Music), Léiriú - Short Drama and Rince Seite.
All clubs are encouraged to participate, and the children of the county are already leading the way with Scór na bPáistí parish and divisional competitions in progress.
Scór Sinsear Tráth na gCeist - As usual the Question Time will be held in the local primary school adjacent to the Community Hall and all entries to be submitted as soon as possible.
Tipperary was extremely well represented in the Scór na nÓg All Ireland bringing home All Ireland honours and we hope to put the same foot forward with Scór Sinsear. The All-Ireland of Scór Sinsear will take place on the weekend of April 24/25 in the INEC Killarney. We hope to see all clubs and divisions represented so ná dean dearmad ar your entries.
The date set for the County Finals of Scór na bPáistí is Sunday 5th April and we wish the best to all those taking part in club and divisional finals and hope they are enjoying the fun and the excitement of taking part. Mile buíochas to all those involved, we are indebted to you for your support.
It has been a busy couple of weekends with the Cumann na mBunscoil Munster Finals and the Juvenile Championships Munster Finals. The Munster Cumann na mBunscoiul were hosted by Tipperary with Nenagh and Kilcoleman Courts used and despite the bad weather there was a big turnout and some great games of handball played. U13D was won by Katie Mulcahy and Aoife Williams Ardcroney N.S. Tipperary.
Many thanks to Martin Spain, Willie Percy and Breda Conroy who looked after the Nenagh Games and to Pat O’Flaherty, Paddy Collins and David Kyne who looked after the Kilcoleman games.
Cork hosted the Munster Juvenile Finals where Tipperary girls won 3 out of the 4 Munster titles.
Best of luck to all going forward to All-Ireland Semi-finals on Sunday 8th March against Connaught opposition.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB
The 2020 Tipperary Supporters Club Membership has been officially launched and in addition to the membership gift of the special Tipperary Supporters dual trolley token, other features of membership are a special car sticker, membership card and draws for 5 pairs of stand tickets to each of Tipperary’s Munster and All-Ireland SH Championship games as well as entry in the Team Mascot competition for Home matches in the Allianz Hurling League and a vote to decide on the Tipperary Senior Hurler of the Year. Details of all prize winners are on tippsupportersclub.com and many members joined online there. The direct debit payment option is encouraged by the committee, which saves greatly on administration and costs, a major point for any organisation which relies totally on voluntary effort. Just log on to http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/ to get the direct debit form.
Members are entitled to a selection of great discounts. Louis Fitzgerald has kindly provided a very attractive 10% discount on accommodation at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin for Tipperary Supporters Club members, log on to http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/discounts/ for further details on this and other discounts. Another very popular feature of the membership package is the use of social media, email and texting of team announcements as soon as they are made which means that Tipperary Supporters Club members get the team news in to their hand wherever they are in Ireland or abroad. If joining by post please send a cheque or postal order for €40 payable to Tipperary Supporters Club to Jim Reidy, 13 Castleknock Close, Dublin 15.
We want to extend the membership base further and we would urge all supporters to join our Team Tipperary fund raising effort by contacting Supporters Club Membership Officer, Jim Reidy on 086-3580718 or by email at email@example.com Also, we would like to make a special appeal to Tipperary Supporters living abroad who could connect us to other supporters in places like London, Dubai, Australia, USA and Canada or elsewhere to contact us. This is the direct link to join online: http://www.tippsupportersclub.com/join/adult-members/
Tipperary Supporters Club, Supporting Tipperary Hurling.
We express our sympathy to the family and relations of the late Bridget Ryan (nee Stakelum) Borrisoleigh who passed away over the weekend. Steeped in GAA tradition, her late husband Tim and brother Pat were All-Ireland winners with Tipperary. Keeping up that tradition, her sons Pat, Bobby and Aidan all donned the blue and gold jersey, emulating the feats of their father and uncles by winning All-Ireland medals as well.
Ar dheis Dé go raimh a anam.
TIPPERARY GAA CLUB ALL COUNTY MATCH PASS 2020
The match pass for 2020 is currently on sale at the price of €120. This pass gives you access to all adult matches within the County during 2020. Passes can be ordered through the GAA Office Slievenamon Rd., Thurles or by contacting 0504 22702 where you can pay over the phone.