By PRO Joe Bracken
ALL-IRELAND SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The All-Ireland Hurling Championship quarter finals return to Croke Park after a brief hiatus this Sunday and Tipperary will be in the thick of the action when the team lines out against Laois in the second of the fixtures which throws in at 4pm. Cork and Kilkenny meet at 2pm in the first of the quarter-finals.
Championship history between the sides is limited as there has been just two previous meetings of Tipperary and Laois in championship hurling. The Premier County won both encounters, the first of which was the 1949 All-Ireland Final which was played on September 4th of that year. Tipperary led by captain Pat Stakelum (Holycross-Ballycahill) took the title on a 3-11 to 0-3 score line.
It would be over half a century before the sides would meet again this time on June 14th, 2003 at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, in the All-Ireland Round 1 Qualifier. Tipperary once again found the net on three occasions as they progressed to Round 2 on a 3-28 to 0-13 result. Brian O’Meara (Mullinahone) was the captain on this occasion.
Switching attention therefore to the National Hurling League, which shows greater rivalry in this competition, where the counties have met on 35 occasions. Tipperary won 26 of these games and Laois won 6, with 3 draws balancing the books. The last fixture between the sides was in Leahy Park, Cashel on March 23rd, 2008 which Tipperary, with Liam Sheedy as manager, won 4-17 to 1-12. The last time Laois were victorious was in Thurles on October 26th, 1986, when they had a 3-15 to 3-7 win. The last draw between the sides was in Portlaoise on March 23rd, 1998, when the sides finished 1-13 apiece.
However, all that went before will count for little on Sunday as the main aim for Tipperary will be to successfully overcome a Laois side on the way up, buoyed by their recent triumphs, notably the defeat of Dublin last Sunday and the earlier Joe McDonagh Cup victory.
We send best wishes to the team and management as they look to get the Premier ship moving forward with great momentum again following the recent hiccup in the Limerick port. Now that the side are heading to Croke Park we appeal to all Tipperary supporters to rally in fantastic numbers behind the side on Sunday and nail your Tipperary colours to the Premier mast.
Tickets are available on gaa.ie/tickets and selected Centra/SuperValu stores. Prices as follows: Hogan Stand (No Concessions) – €40; Cusack Stand – €40; Family Tickets- Cusack and Davin Stands Only: Adults – €40 and Juveniles – €5; Terrace – €30. Student/OAP €10 rebate on full price Cusack/Davin stand tickets via block D Cusack Stand with Valid ID.
The referee on Sunday will be Colm Lyons (Cork).
MUNSTER U20 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Tipperary got their Bord Gais Energy Munster U20 Hurling Championship off to a solid start in the semi-final on Tuesday night, defeating Waterford 3-23 to 0-10. After a sluggish first half, Tipp motored better in the second half to secure safe passage to the Munster final firstly, but also a place in the knockout stages of the All-Ireland Championship in early August.
The Tipperary goals came in the second half, two from Conor Bowe (Moyne-Templetuohy) who was also named BGE Man of the Match and one from Joe Fogarty (Moneygall), while Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg) was Tipp’s top scorer on the night shooting 0-13 (11f).
The Bord Gais Energy Munster U20 Hurling Championship Final will be played in Semple Stadium on Tuesday week, July 23rd where Tipperary will play the winners of the Cork/Clare semi-final. Throw-in will be 7:30pm.
Best wishes to Kevin Jordan (Thurles Gaels) who will referee the EirGrid U20 Munster Hurling Championship semi-final between Cork and Clare in Páirc Uí Rinn this Wednesday, July 10th.
They finalists are now known in Tipperary Water ‘Johnny Ryan Cup’ County Hurling League Division 1 following last weekend’s semi-finals which resulted as follows; Drom and Inch 2-30 Nenagh Éire Óg 1-19 and Upperchurch-Drombane 1-18 Roscrea 0-14. The final is set for July 21st.
In the second of the Tipperary Water County Minor ‘A’ Football Championship semi-finals Grangemockler-Ballyneale defeated Ballina 3-17 to 2-5 and will now meet Na Sairsealaigh Óg in the final.
In the Tipperary Water County Minor ‘B’ Football Championship both semi-finals will go ahead this Wednesday, July 10th. County fixtures for the coming weekend are as follows where the minor football finals will be the main attraction.
Tipperary Water County Minor (A) Football Championship
13-07-2019 Final – Leahy Park Cashel at 7pm Na Sairsealaigh Óg v Grangemockler-Ballyneale
Tipperary Water County Minor (B) Football Championship
10-07-2019 Semi Final – Littleton at 7:30pm, Borrisokane v Kilsheelan-Kilcash
10-07-2019 Semi Final Replay – Leahy Park Cashel at 7:30pm, Boherlahan-Dualla v Aherlow Gaels
13-07-2019 Final 5:30pm, Boherlahan-Dualla/Aherlow Gaels v Borrisokane/Kilsheelan-Kilcash
Fixture Notes: Templemore if Borrisokane involved – Cahir if Borrisokane not involved.
Tipperary Water County Hurling League Div. 6 (Pauline Coonan Plaque)
12-07-2019 Semi Final – Killea at 7:45pm, Killea v Clerihan
12-07-2019 Semi Final – Golden at 8pm, Rosegreen v Solohead
Tipperary Water County Football League Div. 1 (Dr. Clifford Cup)
13/07/2019 Semi Final – Ardfinnan at 7:45pm, Moyle Rovers v Ardfinnan
16-07-2019 Semi Final – Clonmel Sportsfield at 8pm, Clonmel Commercials v Moyne-Templetuohy
Tipperary Water County Football League (Board Shield) Div. 3
12-07-2019 Semi Final – Kilcommon at 7:45pm, Sean Treacys v Newcastle
16-07-2019 Semi Final – Killenaule at 8pm, Killenaule v St Patrick’s
For results of all games and forthcoming fixtures please check https://tipperary.gaa.ie/fixtures-results/
TIPPERARY GAA CLUBS DRAW
Congratulations to all the July Tipperary GAA Clubs Draw winners which was held in Mackey’s Bar Bohernanave in association with Durlas Óg GAA Club last Friday night. First prize of a Skoda Fabia / Renault Clio or €15,000 went to Paddy and Eileen Coman, with Moycarkey-Borris the promoting club. Second prize of a holiday or €5,000 was won by Kevin Gleeson where Ballina GAA was the promoting club.
KELLOGG’S CÚL CAMPS
The Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps continue this week and are in seven locations across the county which are as follows – Ballylooby-Castlegrace, Portroe, Rosegreen, Silvermines, St. Patrick’s, Toomevara and Upperchurch-Drombane.
The Tipperary Cúl Camp ambassadors are Jason Forde and Michael Breen, best wishes to all clubs running camps this week.
TEAM TIPPERARY GAA RACE DAY
The Team Tipperary GAA Race Day at the Galway Races is on Monday, July 29th and is the fifth Galway Races venture continuing very successful outings for the past 4 years.
The Galway Races Summer Festival is renowned as a premier and most colourful racing festival. While it is a major sporting event, it also appeals to a much wider audience than just the racing fans. With the Killanin Stand Suites, there is something for everyone whether you are entertaining family, friends or business clients. This is the ideal format for mixing business with pleasure, whilst surrounded by the atmosphere and excitement that is the Galway Races.
Past fundraising from the Galway Race Day has gone towards the completion of astro turf and floodlighting on the hurling wall in Dr. Morris Park in 2017 and new car parking facilities catering for 120 cars at the same venue in 2018.
Development plans for 2019 and onwards are in progress and the Team Tipperary GAA Race Day is now firmly established as a successful fundraising venture.
The planning application has been submitted for new facilities in the Kinane (Old) Stand as part of the Centre of Excellence adjacent to Dr. Morris Park and we await approval. Plans for extension and revamping of dressing rooms in Dr. Morris Park are currently being prepared for planning and it is hoped that work will commence before the end of 2019. With planning permission granted Tipperary GAA in partnership with LIT await grant approval for the new all-weather pitch on their Thurles Campus. Great work done and much more to do, all thanks to the tremendous support of our patrons.
If you or anyone you know is interested in racing, or just a good day out and who might take a seat or two or a table and support our fundraising efforts, please contact Tim Floyd, County Secretary, 087 2591747 [email protected] for bookings and further details.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Munster Inter Provincial Wheelchair Hurling.
It has been confirmed that the rescheduled date for this event is September 14th in Newport and as soon as information becomes available it will be forwarded to all clubs in the county.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB
Ahead of Tipperary’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Laois on Sunday next, supporters can still join the Tipperary Supporters Club at www.tippsupportersclub.com or by calling Jim Reidy, Membership Officer on 086 3580718.
The membership pack includes the following benefits:
All members are entered into a prize draw for championship match tickets for all Tipperary Senior games.
A specially designed Tipperary Supporters Club pen with stylus for use on touch-screen devices
2019 Car Sticker
Text alerts for all Championship team news
Regular news to your email about all the latest in Tipperary GAA circles.