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Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football Notes – June 30th 2014

Tipperary travelled to Claughaun GAA Club, Limerick to take on the hosts in Round 2 of the TG4 Munster Ladies Football Championship on Saturday last. Limerick gave a great performance against Waterford in Round 1 played at Adare, keeping Waterford under pressure for most of the game until the final minutes. For Tipperary this was their first game in the Munster Championship with a new young team.

Limerick settled from the throw in and started the scoring at a fast pace putting Tipperary on the back foot straight away. A chance to put Tipperary on the score board came when Aisling McCarthy received a penalty in the third minute but the Limerick goalie Kristina Hennessy made a good save. Tipperary suffered another blow when their full back, Jessica Newman was injured and had to be substituted in the sixth minute. Limerick had two goals and a point on the score board before Tipperary secured their first point of the game by Lorraine O’Shea in the seventh minute. Limerick’s purple patch continued for another ten minutes scoring another four goals and three points to Tipperary’s two points. In the final quarter of the first half Tipperary settled and added five points and a Laura Dillon goal to Limerick’s three points. Limerick 6-7 Tipperary 1-8.

Tipperary regrouped at half-time, making a number of positional changes and competed much better as a result. Limerick started the scoring in the thirty fifth minute with a Claire O’Riordan point but Tipperary’s Gillian O’Brien counteracted that score with a point of her own. The flow of the game had changed with both sides battling hard to maintain possession of the ball. Tipperary’s Lauren Fitzpatrick guarded her goals brilliantly with some excellent saves in the second half while Limerick’s goalie made it very difficult for the Tipperary forwards to raise the green flag. With both goalkeepers doing well, the second half scoring was limited to point scoring with Limerick adding six points to Tipperary’s five. As the final whistle blew Limerick emerged winners by 6-13 to 1-13.

Tipperary return to the field on Wednesday July 2nd against Waterford in Davin Park, Carrick-on-Suir at 8.00pm.

Tipperary Team:- Lauren Fitzpatrick (Ardfinnan), Sinead Delahunty (Foxrock/Cabinteely), Jessica Newman (Clonmel Commercials), Elaine Kelly (Cappawhite), Gemma O’Dwyer (Moyle Rovers), Barbara Ryan (Moyle Rovers), Niamh Lonergan (Moyle Rovers), Gillian O’Brien (Moyle Rovers), Bernie Ryan (Upperchurch), Laura Dillon (Ardfinnan), Lorraine O’Shea (Mullinahone), Sarah Everard (Moyle Rovers), Elaine Butler (Moyle Rovers), Aisling McCarthy (Cahir), Caoimhe Boles (Clonmel Commercials)
Scorers:- Gillian O’Brien 0-6, Laura Dillon 1-1, Lorraine O’Shea 0-3, Sarah Everard 0-1, Niamh Lonergan 0-1, Aisling McCarthy 0-1.
Subs Used:- Emma Buckley (Cahir) for Jessica Newman, Marie Curley (Templemore) for Elaine Butler, Emma Whelan (Ardfinnan) for Sinead Delahunty, Aisling Byrne (Thurles Gaels) for Caoimhe Boles

The All Ireland Minor Semi Final between Tipperary and Armagh will take place in St Peregrines, Dublin on Saturday July 19th at 2.00pm. Extra time will be played if necessary. Admission Prices on the day are determined by the games at the venue – Single Games: Adult €8, Senior Citizen’s €3/Double Game: Adult €10, Senior Citizen’s €5. U14, U16 are Free.

Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football launched their Johnny Murtagh sponsored Golf Classic in the Horse & Jockey Hotel on Tuesday last. The Golf Classic will take place on Thursday July 17th at Tipperary Town Golf Course. A team of four costs €200 (meal included) and to book your tee you can call Janet on 083 4199628. Every team member will also receive a voucher for the Lemongrass Restaurant which can be used in any of their restaurants in Clonmel, Kilkenny, Carlow or Liffey Valley.

Sponsorship of Tee boxes is also available by contacting any of the committee members – Tommie Campbell, Siobhan Condon, Biddy Ryan, Michelle Donnelly, Paddy McMeel, Tom Egan, John Leahy, Pat Morrissey, Janet Gleeson, Ml (Babs Keating).

Congratulations to Clonmel Commercials who overcame Cappawhite in the Under 12 B Championship on Sunday last in Bansha. In the Under 12 C Championship Clerihan overcame St. Pat’s in Clonmel Sportsfield.

Well done to Thurles Sarsfields who travelled to Féile Na Peile last weekend. On their arrival on the Friday evening they were defeated by Padraig Pearses, Roscommon and in their second game they overcame Old Mills, Limerick on the same evening. The following morning the football began early and Thurles Sarsfields were defeated by Clann na Gael. Following all the round games Thurles Sarsfields had earned a place in the Shield Quarter Final later Saturday evening at 4.00pm where they would meet St. Faithleachs, Roscommon.

The Thurles Sarsfields team members were as follows: Sadhbh Leahy (Joint Captain), Lauren McCormack (Joint Captain), Grace Cummins, Marie Creedon, Caroline Tobin, Ciara Maher, Lauren Murphy, Eva Noonan, Emma Jordan, Roisin Ryan, Sophie Rafter, Aoife Keogh, Jade Byrne, Jenny Irwin, Ciara Cosgrave, Katelyn Ruddy, Eimear McGrath, Kaylen Kane Harris and Michelle Stapleton. The Thurles Sarsfields Management team was Fergus O’Brien, Laura Maher, Paul Murphy and Paul Stapleton.

Tipperary Ladies Football would like to wish all clubs competing in the Enda McDonnell Cup the very best of luck and to the clubs travelling to Tipperary to compete we hope you have a wonderful day.

Commiserations to Moyle Rovers who were defeated in the Regional Feile Shield Final by the Banner Ladies Football Club after extra time.

Tipperary Ladies Football is due to start its Under 12 Academy on the 26th of July at a venue to be confirmed later. The first day will involve registration, a talk, skills challenge and a 9 a side blitz between all players.

The Academy is open to all girls born in 2002 and will run for 12 weeks. There will be one home Inter County blitz day and at least one away Inter County blitz day.

*The emphasis is on getting players to achieve their potential and getting them all playing at a higher intensity.
*Players will be split into groups of 15-20 so as to maximize ball contact time with each player.
*Players will be grouped with players of a similar level of ability.
*Groups may change over the course of the academy.
*All groups will be completing the same drills and activities throughout the duration of the academy.
*Academy will cost €10 per child which must be paid on the first day
*O’Neills Tipperary Ladies Gaelic Football Association crested T-Shirt will be available for a cost of €20 extra

This academy will be used as a feeder system for a Tipperary U13 team which will run from January to May in 2015.
Any player interested please email or text Ed Burke, Development Officer the following info to or 086 0585932; Name, Date of Birth, Club, Preferred Position.

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