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FBD Insurance County Championships
Hurling took centre stage last weekend with games being played at Senior, Premier Intermediate, Intermediate and Junior levels at venues right across the county. In the senior hurling championship the action commenced on Saturday afternoon in FBD Semple Stadium when Loughmore-Castleiney and Drom & Inch met for in the first of the weekends Quarter Finals. This game was billed as the tie of the round, and while there were some intense periods of play during the match, in reality the game never really sparked into life. In the end it was Drom & Inch who emerged as deserving winners by 0-21 to 0-18 over a Loughmore-Castleiney side who will be very disappointed with their performance and in particular their inaccuracy in front of goals. The second game in Thurles on Saturday was the meeting of North Tipperary neighbours Toomevara and Kilruane MacDonaghs. This was a game that failed to spark in the first half, however the second 30 was a much different experience for players and supporters as the intensity levels and work rate of all players hit a different level. As the game entered the closing stages it looked as if extra time could be on the cards, however Kilruane MacDonaghs held out to secure a win on a full time score of 2-17 to 2-15.
On Sunday the third game of the quartet threw in at 2pm and what a game it turned out to be, it had everything one would expect from the game of hurling at this level, including end to end action, fantastic scores from play placed balls and side line cuts. Having come into the game with the added bonus of having defeated their opponents in the football equivalent a week earlier, Upperchurch Drombane came from what looked like an impossible place to claim victory in the game, outscoring JK Brackens by 8 points to nil in the last 10 minutes of the game to win by 2-21 to 1-21. In the last of the Quarter Finals, Clonoulty Rossmore really started at a rip roaring pace as they took a an early 7 points to 1 lead. However they were reduced to 14 players in the 20th minute and one felt that this was going to have a major impact on the game, and it did. Kiladangan slowly got back into the match and by half time were right back in the mix. The 2020 champions took the lead early in the second half and they stayed in front for the remainder of the game to win by 1-14 to 0-12. The full time whistle signalled the end of this year’s campaign for Clonoulty Rossmore, but to their credit they fought to the very end and did themselves and their parish proud.