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Tipperary GAA Scene
By PRO Joe Bracken
With four senior divisional finals next weekend there is sure to plenty of entertainment value across the county as the Mid, North and South divisions host hurling finals while the West division will hold their football final.
Starting in the Mid where the current county champions Thurles Sarsfields line out against Upperchurch-Drombane in the Centenary Agri Senior Hurling Final in the Ragg on Sunday evening next, September 3rd at 6pm. Sarsfields saw off Holycross-Ballycahill in their semi-final last Sunday evening while a result that many may consider as a shock defeat, the 'Church overcame Loughmore-Castleiney in their semi-final last Saturday evening in the Ragg.
In the North Division, Borris-Ileigh travel to MacDonagh Park to meet Nenagh Éire Óg in the Hibernian Inn North Senior Final showpiece on Saturday evening next, September 2nd with a 6pm throw-in. In their respective semi-finals played the weekend before last, Borris had to dig deep to turn over Templederry Kenyons while Nenagh knocked out last year's champions Kiladangan following a four point victory.
The Clonmel Oil South Senior Final pairs Killenaule against Carrick Swan also on Saturday evening next in Fethard GAA Park with thrown-in at 5.30pm. The Swan progressed to the final last Sunday when seeing off the challenge of Ballingarry to ensure their shot at the South title while the weekend previous Killenaule secured safe passage to the final when they accounted for the stiff Ballingarry challenge in Monroe.
To senior football, where the Shane Hennessy Agri-Advisor West Senior Football Championship Final takes place this Saturday September 2nd in Annacarty at 3pm as Galtee Rovers/St. Pecaun and Arravale Rovers go head to head.
In the only County fixture played last weekend in the Tipperary Water County Hurling League (Division 3) Semi-Final Replay, Newport defeated Sean Treacys 0-21 to 1-13 to progress to the final.
Elsewhere on the fixtures front there are two Tipperary Water County Hurling League finals fixed for next Sunday September 3rd.
In Division 4 in Golden at 12 noon, Cappawhite take on Cashel King Cormacs, while in Division 6 in Littleton at 12.30pm Boherlahan-Dualla meet Thurles Gaels, with extra time to be played in both finals in the event of a draw at end of normal time.
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 Fergal Horgan (Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams) and his set of officials, as he takes charge of his first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday next between Galway and Waterford in Croke Park.
2017 DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
With time moving on the following is a short reminder to all clubs that the closing date for applications for the 2017 Development Grants is September 15th next, as outlined at the County Board meeting in July.
Applications should be forwarded to the County Development Officer, PJ Maher (087-2489064 and firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kieran Leddy of Munster Council outlined the procedures at the July meeting and guidelines on development grant procedures and application forms are available on the Munster Council website http://munster.gaa.ie/clubs/munstergaa-development-grants/
TIPPERARY GAA MEMBERS DRAW
The September Draw will be held on Friday night week, September 9th in the north of the county at Noonan's Bar, Ballingarry with Knockshegowna GAA Club.
TIPPERARY UNDER AGE HURLING SQUADS TOURNAMENTS
Last Saturday at various venues in South Tipperary as well as in Waterford, Cork and Clare, the Tipperary Development Hurling squads were most prominent throughout the day with congratulations going to the U14A panel on winning the Tony Forrestal competition in Waterford by defeated Galway 1-13 to 1-9. The U14B panel exited the Sonny Walsh tournament at the semi-final stage having lost to Cork 0-14 to 1-7.
In the U15A Carrigdhoun Tournament in Cork, Tipperary won the Plate Final defeating Waterford 2-9 to 1-6 while the U15B panel lost the Munster B Tournament shield final in Clarecastle to Kerry 3-5 to 1-7.
With the South Tipp Division hosting the Arrabawn Cup Under 16 A and John Doyle Cup Under 16 B competitions it was great to see Tipperary to the fore in both tournaments. The U16 A panel after 4 hard games made it through to the final where they unfortunately lost out to Kilkenny 3-12 to 2-10. There was also heartbreak for the U16 B panel who lost their final to Cork on penalty's when both sides couldn't be separated after extra time in their encounter.
In all Tipperary won 16 out of 22 matches on Saturday, drew 2 and lost in 4 which augurs well for the future.
A special word of thanks to Andy Ryan (GDA) as co-ordinator for Saturday and to his fellow Games Development Administrators, all the coaches and mentors involved with the various panels and of course parents whose valuable help and assistance could not be done without.
Congratulations to the Tipperary Ladies Football Intermediate team who are now Croke Park bound after they defeated Meath in the TG4 All-Ireland Semi-Final last Saturday on a score-line of 3-19 to 2-19. They now await the winners of the second semi-final between Sligo and Tyrone which goes ahead next Saturday.
Tipperary handball players were in 4 All-Ireland Finals at the weekend between Tinahealy in Co. Wicklow and Hospital in Co. Limerick.
In Tinahealy, Billy Mullins from Clonmel had a convincing victory over Tony Breen from Wexford in DMAS. After taking the first game 21/2 Billy went on to a 21/10 victory in the second. In the O35B Kevin Dempsey from Clonmel defeated Noel Holohan from Wexford in a tight first game 21/19. Kevin took command in the second and eased out to a 21/10 Victory. In the Masters A Doubles David Moloney (Cashel) made it 3 out of 3 in Tinahealy when he beat Gavin Buggy from Wexford 21/8, 21/19.
In Hospital, Willie Cahill had a good win over Conor O'Brien from Offaly in the Master B Singles. In the last 16 of the Senior Doubles, Ger Coonan and David Hickey from Ballina had a good win over Michael Gregan and Johnny Willoughby from Wicklow.
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 email@example.com
NOSTALGIC 'TRIP TO TIPP'
Next Sunday's All-Ireland SH Final referee and former club member - Fergal Horgan will be the special guest at this Friday evening’s Sean Treacy GAA Club’s 60th Anniversary Reunion function in Tipperary. The function will be the highlight of the south London-based hurling club who are undertaking a nostalgic ‘Trip to Tipp’ at the Ballykisteen Golf Hotel at the start of All-Ireland final weekend.
Where better and more appropriate a location for the club to assemble for such a very special occasion than in ‘Sean Treacy country’ itself at Ballykisteen right in the heart of the Limerick Junction/Solohead area near Tipperary town. However, earlier hopes of organising a match in Sean Treacy Park this Friday afternoon had to be shelved due to a number of players who were unable to travel.
Club officials and players who are travelling will be staying at the Ballykisteen Golf Hotel where it will also be possible for members to get in a round of golf this Friday afternoon from 3.30pm. The climax of the Club’s Reunion Day will be later that evening at the hotel with a reception presentation buffet in the Ballykisteen Suite. Golf/buffet tickets are available for €35 or just €15 for the buffet only.
Since the club has enjoyed such a very strong affinity with players from this Tipperary-Limerick region over the past six decades, the occasion will also be a rare opportunity for former members, who have since returned to live in Ireland, to meet up with many of the friends they met through the club during their own time in London. The club is also delighted to welcome All-Ireland Final referee Fergal Horgan who has taken time out at the start of what will be a memorable weekend for the Knockavilla-Donaskeigh Kickhams GAA clubman. Fergal spent three years of his early playing career in London when he lined out for Sean Treacy’s hurlers. Roscrea native and Tipperary hurling legend John Carroll will also be a special guest of the club as will representatives of the Arravale Rovers GAA club.
Finally for anyone thinking of emigrating and wishing to get involved in hurling in London this event would be an ideal opportunity to meet and network with some of the club officials and playing members.
Further information on this weekend’s Sean Treacy’s GAA Reunion Day function or golf afternoon on Friday evening can be obtained by contacting: Martin Carroll (Chief Organiser) 0044 7885459080 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Brian Leonard (Chairman) 0044 7944435811, Michael Walsh (Secretary) 0044 7709119471, Liam Barron (Team Manager) 0044 752883490, Mick Maunsell 087 2492541and Larry Cooney 087 9389946. Also on Facebook: Sean Treacy's and Twitter: @SeanTreacysLon
TIPPERARY GAA SCENE
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