Bord Gais Energy GAA All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Championship S-Final – Clare v Galway

Munster champions Clare defeated Galway by 3-23 to 5-15 after extra time in the Bord Gais Energy GAA All-Ireland U-21 Hurling Championship S-Final on Saturday in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Magic moments as Clare prove extra special

Clare 3-23 Galway 5-15

By Diarmuid O’Flynn from the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 24, 2009

AH, friends, after a match such as this – nay, after living, breathing life theatre such as this, pity us poor scribes! Coming to the end of a hurling season that has never really taken off, those of us among the 5,741 live audience in Semple Stadium for this All-Ireland U-21 hurling semi-final, those who followed the drama on TG4, witnessed 80 minutes of non-stop action, yes, but we also witnessed so much more. There was another chapter added to the Cinderella hurling story of Clare who won their first Munster crown in this grade a few weeks ago; there was the quality of hurling from first ball to last by two superbly prepared teams; there was the individual genius on display at either end of the field, Galway’s Joe Canning adding to an ever-growing reputation with a 4-7 haul while Clare’s Darach Honan added light to an already bright afternoon.

Then there was the Clare support. With every under-pressure defensive clearance from the likes of captain Ciarán O’Doherty and centre-back Nicky O’Connell, with every winged score from the likes of John Conlon and Seán Collins, came a wall of sound from the thousands supporting the saffron and blue. On that note, and not for the first time at this grade in a big match, Galway were like an orphaned child, abandoned to their fate by a fickle hurling public, but they found their inspiration from within. And finally, of course, we had the fairytale ending, Clare surging to victory with three points from John Conlon, Darach Honan and Colin Ryan after yet another Joe Canning goal – his fourth of the match – had put Galway a point ahead with only four minutes remaining.

After all that, my friends, the Book of Superlatives rendered obsolete, where do you reach for description? The tone for the day was set in the first minute, a point from Clare wing-forward Seán Collins within 10 seconds which was quickly answered by Galway corner-forward Alan Dolan after a fine pass from Niall Quinn in the opposite corner. Already, then, we were seeing skill, awareness, intelligence, team play, and this was before either Joe Canning or Darach Honan entered the picture. Centre-forward Aodan Harte was next on the board, a point for Galway, Colin Ryan and Caimin Morey replying for Clare. Instantly Galway hit back, midfielder David Burke with a point, before big Joe registered his first of the game, a tap-over free (for him) from a mere 50m out on the left, putting Galway ahead 0-4 to 0-3 after nine minutes. Breathless stuff, but surely, we felt, they couldn’t sustain that pace for the full 60 minutes. Well, they did, and beyond. There isn’t space here to describe minutely, on a score-by-score basis, what happened thereafter; a further 23 scores for Clare, 16 for Galway, eight goals shared between them – where do you start? Where do you finish?

Suffice to say that at the first interval, courtesy of two goals from Joe Canning – one from an ordinary 22m free, the second from a penalty, for both of which he was the man fouled, the goal at his mercy on each occasion – Galway led by four points, 2-7 to 0-9. We could have had a couple of more goals, for both sides, but vigilant defence and some outstanding keeping from Donal Touhy (Clare) and Galway’s James Skehill (especially, and what a game he had overall, two absolutely breathtaking saves) kept the scores down. In that first-half, Galway had the assistance of the breeze; in the second, Darach Honan now operating on the edge of the square, Clare came back into it. The giant Clonlara youngster (son of former Clare star Colm) had already shown flashes of his potential from his earlier position in the corner – now, he set the game on fire. He scored 1-1 in the first four minutes of the second half, and every time the ball came near him – and just as was the case at the other end with Joe Canning – the buzz from the stands was palpable. Those scores lifted Clare and in the 46th minute, subs Conor Tierney and Conor McGrath combined to goal, the latter with the final touch and the Munster champions took the lead, 2-12 to 2-9. Back came Galway, however, and they were level again in the 58th minute at 2-15 to 3-12, level again at the end of normal time, 2-16 to 3-13.

Into extra-time then, in a match that no-one deserved to lose, and surely, surely, they couldn’t keep this up? But maintain it they did. Clare it was setting the early pace, going five points clear after Darach had again goaled after a powerful long-striding ground-devouring solo run. That should have signalled the end for Galway, would have signalled the end of most any other side, but Galway had Joe, and Joe had other ideas. An over-shoulder pass to Aodan Harte set up the comeback, a sideline cut from 45m right (his second such), and they were back to within two points at the third break, 3-19 to 4-14. After the restart Conor Tierney extended the Clare lead to two with his second point, but again came Joe, his final goal, and a score worthy of winning any contest – a long free from the brilliant Skehill was doubled on one-handed from the midst of the crowd by treble-teamed Joe and it whizzed to the net. Galway now went one point ahead and it was Clare’s turn to show character. After Conor McGrath had nonchalantly slotted over the equaliser, from distance, fittingly, it fell to the other man of the afternoon, Darach Honan, to score the next. Blocked into the right-side corner, nowhere to go, he kept his patience, turned, twisted, made just enough room for himself to squeeze into space, squeeze off an angled drive – point. Colin Ryan added the insurance point a couple of minutes later. A just result, just about, and Clare had so many heroes on the day, including Ciarán O’Doherty, with two goal-saving hooks in extra-time, but oh, what drama, what drama!

Scorers for Clare: D. Honan 2-4; C. Ryan 0-8 (0-4 frees, 0-2 65’s); C. McGrath 1-1; J. Conlon 0-3; C. Tierney 0-2; S. Collins 0-2; N. O’Connell (free), C. O’Donovan, C. Morey, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: J. Canning 4-7 (2-0 pens, 1-3 frees, 0-1 65, 0-2 s/l); A. Harte 1-2; E. Forde 0-3; D. Burke, A. Dolan, N. Quinn, 0-1 each.

Subs for Clare: C. Dillon (Gunning 20); C. McGrath (O’Connor 30); C. Tierney (Morey 44); P. Kelly (Collins inj. 79).

Subs for Galway: K. Killilea (Dolan 40); B. Daly (Linnane 47); G. Burke (Keehan 52); J. Ryan (S. Quinn inj. 69); S. Óg Linnane (Forde 80).

Referee: C. McAllister (Cork)

All Ireland Junior Football Championship Final – Cork v Roscommon

Cork defeated Roscommon by 0-15 to 0-12 in the GAA All Ireland Junior Football Championship Final on Saturday in O’Moore Park Portlaoise.

More glory for steely Rebels

Cork 0-15 Roscommon 0-12

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 24, 2009

THE happy relationship between Cork and the All-Ireland junior football grade shows no signs of ending, after Mossie Barrett steered another band of Rebel footballers to national glory in Portlaoise on Saturday. Victory maintained Cork’s dominance at this level, securing their fourth title of the decade and the third in the space of five years. The latest success was a merited one, albeit after a tough test from the Connacht champions. The win shared neat similarities with Cork’s triumph over Louth in the semi-final, as they needed to be calm and composed to eke out the right result. After a series of strolls through the Munster championship, Cork have been rigorously tested on the All-Ireland stage and their manager Barrett praised his side for grinding out the victory.

He said: “It’s a great feeling after such a battle. There’s no such thing as an easy All-Ireland and we knew that at half-time. Roscommon played very well against the wind in the second half and there’s a bit of relief at winning. “It’s as sweet as any of the ones we’ve won previously. A lot of the lads from previous teams have progressed on to senior and I’d see no reason why these lads can’t either. There’s great potential there.” For all of Roscommon’s persistence, Cork had the necessary touch of panache and class when required. They wobbled slightly at the start of the game, trailing 0-2 to 0-0 after 10 minutes and it was notable how Roscommon were bossing the midfield exchanges in the air and on the ground. Yet Cork never panicked and as the match progressed they strung together the incisive moves to forge ahead.

In each half Cork had an attacker whose contribution left a deep imprint on the game. In the opening period Robert O’Mahony was the go-to guy at full-forward. The St Finbarr’s man was a bundle of tricks and pace, and whenever he evaded the Roscommon backs, his shooting was spot on. He sent four balls over the bar in the first half and that was central to Cork’s 0-8 to 0-4 interval lead. In the second half wing-forward Daniel O’Donovan hit the high notes, illustrating his point-kicking prowess by supplying rousing scores at crucial stages. He kicked over two mighty points from placed balls, hit a fabulous shot with his weaker leg just after the interval and then applied the finishing touches to Cork’s success when lofting over a beauty in injury-time. There were other admirable facets to Cork’s game as well. Wing-forward Colm O’Driscoll was typically industrious throughout, while midfield duo Andrew O’Sullivan and Chris O’Donovan refused to wilt in that rocky opening and their influence grew as the game progressed. The defence had some leading exponents as well; John McLoughlin was neat and tidy in his corner-back play, while Richard O’Sullivan burned up and down the right flank to great effect all afternoon.

Roscommon suffered from their full-back line malfunctioning early on, as they shipped scores that transpired to be fatal to their hopes of success. At half-time the match was slipping away from them but they stuck to their task manfully in the second half. Wing-back Cathal Dineen and midfielder Martin Reynolds led the fight, while in attack Paul Garvey and Darren McDermott figured prominently. The problem was that Garvey only prospered in the second half when switched to wing-forward, while McDermott was never serviced regularly enough to inflict damage on the Cork defence. The second half followed a repetitive trend, Roscommon clawing back Cork’s advantage to be within touching distance before the Rebels then pressed on the accelerator to shoot away again. By the 35th minute Roscommon only trailed 0-9 to 0-7, but Cork were 0-12 to 0-7 ahead entering the final quarter. Again Roscommon responded and by the 55th minute were only 0-14 to 0-12 adrift. Yet they needed a goal to seal their comeback and the assured Cork goalkeeper Paddy O’Shea never looked like being beaten.

For Cork captain Chris O’Donovan, it was a sweet success, as he secured another All-Ireland medal to accompany the U21 bauble he won back in May. “It’s an outstanding feeling. I’ve yet to come to this pitch and have an easy victory, but that shows the character of the lads we have. It’s very special to be captain of an All-Ireland winning Cork team as well, something you dream about when you’re a young fella. Hopefully this can be a stepping stone to greater things.” Defender Richard O’Sullivan echoed O’Donovan’s sentiments. “It’s fantastic. We played very well in the first half but even when they came back in the second half, we never panicked and stuck with it. They’ve been in a lot of All-Ireland finals recently, so they’re a good side. So it’s great to beat a team like that. To have an All-Ireland medal is a great feeling. I’m delighted.”

Scorers for Cork: D O’Donovan 0-6 (0-2f, 0-1 ‘45), R O’Mahony 0-4, C O’Driscoll 0-2, A O’Sullivan, V Hurley, J P Murphy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Roscommon: D McDermott 0-5 (0-2f), P Garvey 0-3 (0-1f), D Keenehan, M Reynolds (0-1f), R Cox, C Dineen 0-1 each.

Subs for Cork: M Prout for Fehilly (50), P Cahill for Hurley (55), N O’Riordan for A O’Sullivan (57).

Subs for Roscommon: S Ormsby for McGarry (29), T Mahon for McCormack (h/t), B Mullen for Kelly (54).

Referee: Tomás Quigley (Dublin)

Fé14 Óg Pheil 2009 at CIT

Comhairle na Mumhan Fé14 Óg Pheil 2009

August 19th /20th

Schedule

Wednesday August 19th

9.30 Arrive in Cork Institute of Technology

9.30 – 10.15 Breakfast @ CIT Canteen

10.30 – 11.15 Session 1 Technical Skill Development-All Skills

11.15 – 11.45 Game Assess Technical Skills in Game Situation

11.45 – 12.30 Session 2 Individual Defence

12.30 – 1.00 Game Assess Individual Defence Game Situation

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch @ CIT Canteen

2.00 – 2.15 Warm Up Stretching & Developing Flexibility

2.15 – 3.00 Session 3 Individual Attack

3.00 – 3.30 Game Assess Individual Attack in Game Situation

3.30 – 4.15 Session 4 Team Defence

4.15 – 4.45 Game Assess Team Defence in a Game Situation

5.00 – 6.00 Dinner @ CIT Canteen

6.00 – 6.45 Guest Speaker @ CIT Sports Stand Meeting Room

7.00 – 8.15 Team Building Exercises

8.15 – 8.45 Allocation of Rooms @ Parchment Square

8.15 – 10.00 Free Time

10.00 Roll Call

11.00 Lights Out

Thursday August 20th

8.30 – 9.15 Breakfast @ CIT Canteen

9.30 – 10.00 Warm Up Stretching & Developing Flexibility

10.00 – 10.45 Session 5 Team Attack

10.45 – 11.15 Game Assess Team Attack in a Game Situation

11.15 – 11.45 Inter County Games 15-a-side

11.45 – 12.15 Inter County Games 15-a-side

12.15 – 1.00 Inter County Games 15-a-side

1.00 – 2.00 Lunch

2.00 – 4.00 10-a-side Football Blitz

4.00 – 5.00 Dinner

5.00 Slán Abhaile

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Q-Final – Cork v Kildare

Cork will play Kildare in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 22nd at 6:00pm in Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Q-Final – Kerry v Dublin

Kerry will play Dublin in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Quarter-Final on Saturday August 22nd at 4:15pm in Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

All-Ireland SHC S-Final – Tipperary v Limerick

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 6-19 to 2-7 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday at Croke Park.

Match Reports

Tipp trounce Limerick to reach final

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, August 16

Tipperary hammered home six goals as they destroyed a completely outclassed Limerick side to set up an All Ireland final date to savour with Kilkenny on the first Sunday in September. The Premier men have proven to be the goal kings in the 2009 Championship, and their attack snaffled three goals in the first 17 minutes before Lar Corbett hit a second-half hat-trick to seal the most comprehensive of victories. In one of the most one-sided semi-finals ever seen at Headquarters, Limerick failed to come to terms with a youthful Tipperary attack, while their defence, which was led by brilliantly youngsters Padraic Maher and Paddy Stapleton, gave the Treaty men few opportunities and even less space. Limerick were guilty of making basic errors throughout and the quality of their striking and first touch was second rate compared to their opponents, who look like they could give four-in-a-row seekers Kilkenny a thorough test in the final.

Tipperary answered many of the questions that had been asked of them in the build-up to the game – especially the continuing accusation that they have a tendency to lose concentration when they are in control of a game. While they did allow Limerick a brief period of dominance ten minutes into the second half, they hit back ferociously in the final 15 to score three well-taken goals. Tipperary led by 3-8 to 0-4 at the break after goals by Eoin Kelly, Noel McGrath and Pat Kerwick, but they allowed Limerick back to within 12 points after 54 minutes. Brian Murray had sparked a brief Limerick revival with a goal from the penalty spot before substitute Brian O’Sullivan added a second from a long-range effort. Tipperary hit back with an incredible ferocity and Corbett’s three goals in the final 13 minutes gave them a 24-point win.

Tipperary’s first goal came inside five minutes, and it came from another sloppy mistake in the Limerick defence. Stephen Lucey beat his man, Eoin Kelly, to John O’Brien’s low ball, but he misjudged its flight and gifted the Tipperary full-forward possession. Kelly had a clear run on goal and he drove the ball to the back of the net for a soft goal. The portents did not look good for Justin McCarthy’s side as they were guilty of making basic errors all over the field and Tipperary were in the mood to punish any slovenly play. Limerick didn’t get off the mark until the tenth minute, when David Breen slotted over a lovely score from the right wing. Pat Kerwick put the Premier men 1-2 to 1-1 ahead when he struck for his first score of the game.

Tipperary delivered the fatal blow after just 15 minutes. Corbett won a great ball in the corner and rounded his marker with a trademark run, before he flicked the ball across the goal to the awaiting Noel McGrath, who batted to the back of the net to give Tipperary a six-point – 2-2 to 0-2 – lead. Limerick’s hopes of making a game of it were all but extinguished two minutes later when Kerwick picked Mark Foley’s pocket and stole in on goal before he unleashed a low shot which goalkeeper Brian Murray allowed to slide under his body. Tipperary led by a massive nine points and, remarkably, they had more goals than points after 17 minutes.

And they didn’t let up there – as they have been accused of in previous games – as they struck the next four points without reply. Conor O’Mahony and Eoin Kelly hit two frees apiece in that period as Limerick were continually punished for giving away silly frees as their defence struggled to cope with a rampant Tipperary attack. Gavin O’Mahony pulled one back from a free after 28 minutes, but it was to be frustrating afternoon for the Limerick midfielder, who struggled to rediscover the form the accuracy he showed from placed balls in the semi-final win over Dublin. It was more of the same after the break as Tipperary hit five points on the trot to lead by 3-13 to 0-4. Limerick had a brief period in the ascendancy as Murray and O’Sullivan snatched goals inside six minutes.

However, Tipperary crushed Limerick’s resistance as easily as an elephant might a bug as their attack once again went on the rampage in the closing stages. Corbett’s first goal was a real beauty as Noel McGrath, who finished with 1-3 to his name, set up the Thurles man for a simple finish. He added another three minutes later before he put the icing on the cake with his third after clever work from Seamus Callanan and substitute Michael Webster.

Limerick: B Murray (1-0, 1-0 pen); D Reale, S Lucey, M O’Riordan; S Hickey (0-1), B Geary, M Foley; D O’Grady, G O’Mahony (0-2, 0-1f); J Ryan, N Moran, P Browne; D Breen (0-1), P McNamara, A O’Shaughnessy (0-2, 0-2f).
Subs: J O’Brien for N Moran ‘32, B O’Sullivan (1-1) for P Browne (HT), O Moran for J Ryan (HT), M O’Brien for P McNamara ’58.

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Maher, P Curran; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (0-3, 0-3f), B Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick (1-3), S Callanan (0-3), J O’Brien (0-1); N McGrath (1-3), E Kelly (1-5, 0-5f) , L Corbett (3-1).
Subs: B Dunne for S McGrath ’55, G Ryan for J Woodlock ’62, M Webster for P Kerwick ’62, P Kelly for E Kelly ’66, W Ryan for L Corbett ’66.

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

Attendance: 43,808
Corbett adds insult to Limerick humiliation

Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday August 17 2009

LIMERICK goalkeeper Brian Murray scored as much as all of the Treaty men’s starting forwards combined, which encapsulates the extent of the misery heaped on the green and white at Croke Park yesterday. Limerick would have to trawl a long way back into history to locate such an embarrassing occasion, which left them looking for an escape chute from quite early on after it became apparent that Tipperary were vastly superior to them in every facet of the game. It was the ultimate humiliation for Limerick as they lurched from crisis to disaster to destruction as Tipperary imposed their wide range of skills with devastating effect. They posted 25 scores — including six goals — as they recorded the biggest All-Ireland semi-final win since Cork flattened Antrim in 1984.

Limerick went into yesterday’s game as outsiders to dislodge the Munster champions, but nobody could possibly have envisaged the extent of the gulf which would open up between the sides. Granted, Limerick had reached the last four off the easier route — beating Wexford, Laois and Dublin — and while it was felt they wouldn’t be able to cope with the step up in class, it was assumed that their battling qualities would worry Tipperary most of the way. The reality turned out to be a whole lot different, much to the disappointment of the 43,808 crowd. The first decisive break came in the fifth minute when John O’Brien’s chopped delivery towards goal skidded past Limerick full-back Stephen Lucey and into the path of Eoin Kelly. Presenting Kelly with a one-on-one isn’t recommended at any time, and certainly not on a balmy August Sunday at Croke Park. The umpire was reaching for the green flag even before Kelly picked his spot well to Murray’s right. Tipperary weren’t just up and running, they were already well on their way to booking a first All-Ireland final clash with Kilkenny since 1991.

The missiles just kept on bombing down on Limerick, who were hit with further goals from Noel McGrath (16 mins) and Pat Kerwick a minute later to leave Tipperary nine points clear with three-quarters of the game still to play. Limerick’s fate was already sealed, but they still had another 53 minutes of torture ahead on a day when they had to face up to the unmistakable reality that those qualifier wins left them hopelessly ill-prepared for the latest challenge. Tipp’s touch and timing was so superior to Limerick’s that it looked like seniors against juniors. Limerick’s half-forwards were wiped out by Declan Fanning, Conor O’Mahony and Brendan Maher, while the deliveries from further out were poorly directed. That enabled the Tipperary full-back line to impose themselves almost effortlessly, while goalkeeper Brendan Cummins was able to pick out unchallenged colleagues with his puck-outs.

To add to Limerick’s mounting problems, they wasted several precious scoring chances from open play and placed balls. Gavin O’Mahony, who had been so accurate against Dublin in the quarter-final, had a poor day with his shooting, blasting no fewer than seven wides from long-range efforts. Niall Moran might have thought he had played himself into the game when he pointed in the 32nd minute, but as he ran out to resume his position, his name was called out as the first player to be replaced. In fairness to Moran, any one of his five forward colleagues could have been taken off at that stage.

Secured

Justin McCarthy removed two more of them — James Ryan and Paul Browne — at half-time and summoned full-forward Paudie McNamara ashore in the 57th minute. It made no difference whatsoever, as the Tipperary defence had everything so tightly secured that Limerick probably wouldn’t have made any more progress if they had three extra men on duty. Tipperary led by 3-8 to 0-4 at half-time and Limerick didn’t score in the second half until the 47th minute, when goalkeeper Murray sent a penalty whizzing to the net. Substitute Brian O’Sullivan scored Limerick’s second goal in the 54th minute but all it succeeded in doing was provoke Tipperary into a furious surge. Lar Corbett scored three goals in 10 minutes and, as Tipperary kept the points ticking along nicely too, they took their tally to 6-19, of which 6-10 came from open play.

Corbett (3-1), Kerwick (1-3) and Noel McGrath (1-2) all prospered amid the debris of a Limerick defence which were left mesmerised by the pace and movement of their torturers. Mark Foley battled all the way to the finish but it was very much a lost cause against vastly superior powers. So, were Limerick all that bad or was this an awesome display by Tipperary which will send tremors of apprehension wafting across the border into Kilkenny as they prepare for the final on September 6? There’s no doubt that Tipperary have an awful lot to recommend them, especially in an attack which combines the experience and cunning of Kelly, Corbett and O’Brien with the enterprise and energy of Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan and Kerwick. Kerwick had probably the best game of his career so far, while McGrath continues to improve with every outing. He has a lovely economical style and his ability to make room in tight situations is a major plus, which will stand to him in what looks certain to be a long career in the blue and gold.

However, it must be said that, apart from the first few minutes, the Limerick defence offered no real resistance. It was surprising to see so many experienced players beaten quite comprehensively, but then they were up against by far the best forward line they have encountered all year. Limerick’s arrival at the semi-final stage suggested they were in the top four in the country but, in reality, they weren’t. The vagaries of the draw despatched Cork, Galway and Waterford on one side while Limerick enjoyed a much easier passage on the other route. It earned them a semi-final shot, but they were clearly out of their depth against a Tipperary team which, Kilkenny apart, has been the most consistent in the country for the past two seasons.

Tipperary couldn’t find any downsides in yesterday’s performance, except perhaps that they would probably have been much better off if they had a more competitive outing. An easy win in a semi-final isn’t always the best preparation for the final, especially when the opposition happens to be the team of the decade. Still, there wasn’t anything Tipp could do about that, as once they went about their business in a highly efficient manner, they must have been surprised to discover just how anaemic the Limerick challenge was. Remarkably, there were no frees in the game until the 12th minute, when Limerick were awarded one while Tipperary had to wait until the 20th minute for their first free. By then, they were well on their way to a first All-Ireland final since 2001, while Limerick were left wondering how they could be so far off the pace. This really was a shocking day in Limerick hurling history, one which leaves them facing a critical self-analysis. The record books will show that they reached the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final, but they certainly aren’t in the top four by a long stretch. And now they have the added problem of how to cope with the psychological damage suffered in yesterday’s humiliation.

Scorers — Tipperary: L Corbett 3-1, E Kelly 1-6 (6f), P Kerwick 1-3, N McGrath 1-2, S Callanan, C O’Mahony (2f 1 ’65) 0-3 each, J O’Brien 0-1. Limerick: B O’Sullivan 1-1, B Murray 1-0 (pen), G O’Mahony 0-2 (1f), D Breen, N Moran, A O’Shaughnessy (1f), S Hickey 0-1 each.

Tipperary — B Cummins 7; P Stapleton 8, P Maher 8, P Curran 8; D Fanning 8, C O’Mahony 9, B Maher 8; J Woodlock 7, S McGrath 7; P Kerwick 9, S Callanan 7, J O’Brien 7; N McGrath 9, E Kelly 7, L Corbett 8. Subs: B Dunne 7 for S McGrath (54), G Ryan 6 for Woodlock (62), M Webster 6 for Kerwick (63), P Kelly 6 for E Kelly (65), W Ryan 6 for Corbett (67).

Limerick — B Murray 6; D Reale 5, S Lucey 4, M O’Riordan 4; S Hickey 5, B Geary 5, M Foley 6; D O’Grady 5, G O’Mahony 5; P Browne 4, J Ryan 4, N Moran 4; D Breen 4, P McNamara 4, A O’Shaughnessy 4. Subs: J O’Brien 4 for Moran (32), B O’Sullivan 7 for Browne (ht), O Moran 4 for Ryan (ht), M O’Brien 5 for McNamara (57), S Walsh 5 for Lucey (62).

Ref — B Gavin (Offaly).

Limerick’s tame effort does Tipp no favours

Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-07

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 17, 2009

THREE months ago to the day, May 16th, their league campaign over, Munster championship opener against Waterford still several weeks away, Limerick played Cork in a senior hurling challenge match. It was in Castletownroche, the storied north Cork club opening a new stand in time-honoured GAA fashion with what looked on paper to be an attractive pairing. On the night, however, a young and experimental Cork team gave Limerick an absolute drubbing, 1-32 to 2-15. In a manner that is absolutely atypical of the county at any stage and at any level, Limerick weren’t just without heart and passion on the night, they were without soul. At the time it was dismissed by the Limerick faithful as an aberration, one of those days – sure what was it, only a challenge match.

Well, yesterday was no challenge match – this was an All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final, the whole GAA world watching. And yet, there it was again. Yesterday in Croke Park, tens of thousands of their own supporters having travelled yet again with high hopes that even if they couldn’t overcome the odds, their team would at least put in a worthy challenge, give Tipperary a run for their money, again Limerick were a team without passion, again a team without soul – lifeless, bloodless. Consider this – not until the 20th minute did Limerick concede a free, not ‘til the 24th minute was there a yellow card. Now in any other circumstance you would point to their discipline here, their control, perhaps even their sportsmanship; at that stage, however, they already trailed 3-2 to 0-2. Where was the hurt? Where was the passion, the fire, the urge – primal, admittedly – to lash out, to get stuck in? This is not to suggest that Limerick should have been out to do physical damage to any Tipperary player, but hurling isn’t a non-contact sport either; yet, for all 70-plus minutes, Limerick played as though it were, Tipp doing most of the heavy hitting. In that context, then, they did hurling no favours yesterday, they did themselves no favours, and – paradoxically – they did Tipperary no favours. True, the Premier county is in an All-Ireland final, which is where they set out to be from the beginning of this season, but they learned nothing about themselves in this game, merely raised expectation levels again inside the county. Terrible, terrible fare.

In all their previous big games this year, starting with the league final against Kilkenny, Tipperary have hit the ground running, built up big early leads while hurling with real fluency; what Limerick needed to do, then, to give themselves any chance, was to counter that, hold Tipp early on, ask some questions. For four minutes they managed that, no score, and even then, an error by full-back Stephen Lucey – who had been having a sterling season – that allowed Eoin Kelly in for a gift of a goal didn’t seem to faze them. Quarter of an hour gone it was still only a four-point game, 1-2 to 0-1, that error the difference – then, in rapid succession, came Tipp goals numbers two and three, and again, it was poor defending. After 16 minutes, Lar Corbett used his searing pace to round his marker, but, as he shaped to square the ball across the square, Tipp had not one, but two men standing in the clear, either of whom could have got the final touch. Young Noel McGrath did the honours, got in before Seamus Callanan, but it said much about the slack marking by Limerick. A minute later, two defensive errors (and enough pain, let’s not name any more names) and it was Pat Kerwick in the clear, third Tipperary goal, 3-2 to 0-2, and the rout was on. Six points Tipp added before the break, against two for Limerick, leaving it 3-8 to 0-4 as the teams headed for the dressing-rooms.

Cold comfort for Limerick, surely, inside those walls, but whatever was said, it didn’t work. Tipp’s Achilles heel so far this year in all those big games we mentioned above has been a second half lapse in concentration that allowed the opposition back into contention, and that surely would have been on Limerick minds as they came back out on the field. A couple of changes made, two new half-forwards, meaning that with the earlier introduction of James O’Brien for Niall Moran (immediately after the Ahane-man had scored a point, one of only two Limerick forwards to do so in the first half), Limerick now had an entirely new trio under their own puck-out. Didn’t make a whit of difference. That Tipp frailty was absent yesterday, or perhaps simply wasn’t tested; the second half was a procession of Tipperary scores, their first-half tally more than doubled. Limerick did manage a couple of goals, one apiece from sub Brian O’Sullivan and a penalty by keeper Brian Murray, and the likes of Mark Foley, Seamus Hickey and Brian Geary battled gamely against wave after wave of attack, but this was a massacre. Six points to start with, from Tipp, then goals number four and five, both by Lar Corbett, both from sublime Noel McGrath passes, the second of which, in the 60th minute, made the score 5-15 to 2-5.

An embarrassment for the Limerick supporters, made even worse before the end. Pick of the Tipperary goals was probably the sixth, even if the match was indeed long over as a contest; five players involved, Noel McGrath, Paul Kelly, Seamus Callanan, Michael Webster and finally, shooting to an empty net and completing his hat-trick, Lar Corbett, every pass on the money. The luck of the draw was partially responsible for Limerick’s run to this All-Ireland semi-final, and no-one can quibble with that – having beaten Wexford in Wexford on an atrocious evening, having overcome Leinster finalists Dublin in the quarter-final, Limerick had earned the right to be in Croke Park yesterday. With that right, however, comes responsibility, comes expectation – Limerick froze yesterday, were caught in the headlights of the Tipperary express. It was a terrible spectacle.

As for Tipperary, where does this leave them? In an All-Ireland final, the obvious reply, and they’ll certainly settle for that, for the moment, but oh, what they’d have given for a real test. Paraic Maher did superbly at full-back yesterday, but how will he do against Henry Shefflin? We don’t know. The defence overall was magnificent, conceded just two points from play to the starting Limerick sextet (though Brian O’Sullivan did add 1-1 on his introduction), but how good are they, really? One thing for certain – the Tipperary training matches in Semple Stadium over the next three weeks will have more intensity, more fire, more brimstone, than anything we saw in Croke Park yesterday. You can be damn sure that whoever is on the whistle, he’ll be kept a sight busier than Brian Gavin was yesterday, when this game was still alive.

Scorers for Tipperary: L. Corbett 3-1; E. Kelly 1-6 (0-6 frees); P. Kerwick 1-3; N. McGrath 1-2; S. Callanan 0-3; C. O’Mahony 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 65); J. O’Brien 0-1.

Scorers for Limerick: B. O’Sullivan 1-1; B. Murray 1-0; G. O’Mahony 0-2 (0-1 free); A. O’Shaughnessy (free), D. Breen, N. Moran, S. Hickey, 0-1 each.

Tipperary subs: B. Dunne (S. McGrath 55); G. Ryan (Woodlock 62); M. Webster (Kerwick inj. 63); W. Ryan (Corbett 63); P. Kelly (E. Kelly 64).

Limerick subs: J. O’Brien (N. Moran 32); O. Moran (J. Ryan 35); B. O’Sullivan (Browne 35); M. O’Brien (McNamara 57); S. Walsh (Lucey 62).

Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly)

Team News

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Limerick in Sunday’s All Ireland senior hurling semi-final shows just one change from the team which started against Waterford in the Munster Final. Brendan Maher comes into the side in place of Conor O’Brien. The reshuffled defence will have Padraic Maher at full back, Paul Curran at left corner back and Brendan Maher at left wing back.

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

4. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

5. Declan Fanning (Killenaule)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport) (Captain)

7. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)

8. James Woodlock (Drom & Inch)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Pat Kerwick (Killenaule)

11. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

12. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

13. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

14. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone)

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

Limerick (SH v Tipperary) – Brian Murray (Patrickswell), Damien Reale (Hospital-Herbertstown), Stephen Lucey (Croom), Mark O’Riordan (Croom), Seamus Hickey (Murroe-Boher), Brian Geary (Monaleen), Mark Foley (captain, Adare), Donal O’Grady (Granagh-Ballingarry), Gavin O’Mahoney (Kilmallock), James Ryan (Garryspillane), Ollie Moran (Ahane), Paul Browne (Bruff), David Breen (Na Piarsaigh), Paudie McNamara (Murroe-Boher), Andrew O’Shaughnessy (Kilmallock)

Ticket Details

Prices – Adult Stand €45, Juvenile Stand €5 (only available in the Cusack and Davin Stands)
Student & OAP at the Concession Stile (Purchase Adult ticket first) Cusack and Davin Stands only Block D.
Season Ticket through Stile C1 Cusack Stand
Terrace €30
Wheelchair Passes Available €45 incl Carer
Special Group/Team tickets available also. Juvenile €3 and one adult FOC in Ten (clubs only).

Match Preview

This is the first time that Limerick and Tipperary have clashed in the All-Ireland semifinal but it has certainly been a regular fixture on the Munster championship schedule throughout this decade. They also met once in the All-Ireland qualifiers. Next Sunday’s game will, in fact, be the tenth clash between them since 2000. That includes three replays. It took extra-time to separate them in the first replay in 2005 and two years later it took extra-time in the second replay to separate the teams. Limerick won that game but it was their only success against Tipperary this decade.

Tipperary have won five times while there were three draws.

2007: Limerick 0-22 Tipperary 2-13 (Munster semi-final) (After extra-time)

2007: Limerick 1-24 Tipperary 2-21 (Munster semi-final) (After extra-time)

2007: Limerick 1-19 Tipperary 1-19 (Munster semi-final) Draw

2006: Tipperary 0-22 Limerick 2-12 (Munster quarter-final)

2005: Tipperary 2-13 Limerick 0-18 (Munster quarter-final) (After extra-time).

2005: Tipperary 2-14 Limerick 2-14 (Munster quarter-final) Draw

2004: Tipperary 3-10 Limerick 2-12 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

2002: Tipperary 1-20 Limerick 1-13 (Munster semi-final)

2001: Tipperary 2-16 Limerick 1-17 (Munster final)

Tipperary 5, Limerick 1, Draws 3.

Paths to the semi-final

Tipperary

Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 (Munster quarter-final)

Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 (Munster semi-final)

Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16 (Munster final)

Average For: 3-16; Average Against: 1-19

Tipperary Scorers

Lar Corbett……………….3-6

Seamus Callinan………..3-4

Eoin Kelly…………………1-11 (0-9 frees)

Noel McGrath……………0-13 (0-2 frees, 0-1 line ball)

John O’Brien…………….1-4

Pat Kerwick………………0-4

Benny Dunne…………….0-3

Shane McGrath…………0-3 (0-1 line ball)

James Woodlock……….0-1

Declan Fanning…………0-1

Conor O’Mahony……0-1 (free)

Limerick

Limerick 1-8 Waterford 0-11 (Munster semi-final) Draw

Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17 (Munster semi-final) Replay

Limerick 1-13 Wexford 0-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Limerick 0-20 Laois 1-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Average For: 1-15; Average Against: 1-15

Limerick scorers:

Andrew O’Shaughnessy…… 1-19 (0-17 frees)

Gavin O’Mahony………………0-12 (0-8 frees, 0-2 line balls)

Niall Moran………………………0-10 (0-4 frees)

James Ryan………………………..0-9

Paudie McNamara……………..1-6

David Breen……………………….1-3

Seamus Hickey……………………0-5

Paul Browne……………………….0-4

James O’Brien…………………….0-3

Brian Murray………………………1-0 (pen)

Donal O’Grady……………………0-2

Donncha Sheehan………………..0-2

Donie Ryan………………………….0-1

Last Championship Clash

Limerick 0-22 Tipperary 2-13 – After extra-time (2007 Munster semi-final replay)

A crowd of 30,608 saw Limerick edge to victory in extra-time in the second replay of a fascinating triple saga. It was all square at the end of normal time but a goal by Willie Ryan in the first period of extra-time appeared to give Tipperary the edge. However, Limerick dominated the second period, out-scoring Tipp by 0-5 to 0-0 to finally decide the outcome after 250 minutes of high-quality action.

Last Competitive Clash

Tipperary 1-17 Limerick 1-11 (NHL, 19 April 2009, Thurles)

Gearoid Ryan scored 1-3 for Tipperary as they raced to a comfortable win. They led by 0-12 to 0-4 at half-time and while Limerick did better in the second half, they were always struggling against sharper opponents.

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; Padraic Maher, D Fanning, S Maher; T Stapleton (0-2), B Dunne; G Ryan (1-3), J Devane (0-1), L Corbett (0-3); P Bourke (0-6, 5 frees), J O’Brien (0-2), Patrick Maher.

Subs: B Maher for S Maher, S Hennessy for Dunne, M Webster for Patrick Maher, T Scroope for J O’Brien, M Cahill for Curran, J Woodlock for Stapleton.

Limerick: B Murray; D Reale, S Lucey, S Walsh; M O’Riordan, S Hickey, G O’Mahony; D O’Grady (0-1), P Browne (1-0); M O’Brien, J Ryan (0-1), N Moran (0-9, 4 frees, 2 ‘65s); D Sheehan, D Breen, P McNamara.

Subs: D Moloney for O’Riordan (yellow card), B O’Sullivan for O’Brien, A O’Shaughnessy for McNamara, R McCarthy for Lucey, T Condon for O’Sullivan, D Ryan for Sheehan.

Last Five All-Ireland semi-final appearances

Limerick

2007: Limerick 5-11 Waterford 2-15

1996: Limerick 1-17 Antrim 0-13

1994: Limerick 2-23 Antrim 0-11

1981: Galway 4-16 Limerick 2-17 (Replay)

1981: Galway 1-8 Limerick 0-11 (Draw)

Tipperary

2008: Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18

2003: Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15

2002: Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16

2001: Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 0-10 (replay)

2001: Tipperary 1-16 Wexford 3-10 (draw)

Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel

2009 All Ireland Hurling Sem-Final

Tipperary V Limerick

In Croke Park on Sunday, August 16th at 3:30pm

Team Announcement

The Tipperary team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday August 13th. It will subsequently be published on the Tipperary GAA website ( www.tipperary.gaa.ie)

Player Profiles

A full list of Tipperary player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information – http://tipperary.gaa.ie/seniorhurlingplayerprofiles.html.

Management Profiles

Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Eamon O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) are in their second season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Liam Sheedy who is team manager, was previously a senior hurling selector in 2003 and was Manager of the Tipperary Minor Hurling team in 2005 and 2006, winning an All-Ireland title in 2006. He also served as Manager of the Intermediate Hurling team. He played 7 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1997 and 1999. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He won a NHL title in 1999. He also won Munster and All-Ireland junior hurling championship medals in 1989 and 1991.

Eamon O’Shea who is team coach, played 5 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986. He also played senior inter-county hurling with Dublin. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a NHL title in 1979. He won 4 County SH championships with Kilruane MacDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title with them in the 1985/86 season.

Michael Ryan played 24 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Limerick and ended with his retirement in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999.

Tipperary Path to Semi-Final

Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16 Semple Stadium Thurles Munster Final 12/7/09

Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 Páirc na nGael Limerick Munster S/F 21/6/09

Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 Semple Stadium Thurles Munster Q/F 31/5/09

Tipperary Team v Waterford 12/7/09

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; N McGrath, E Kelly, L Corbett.

Subs: B Maher for Curran (35 mins), W Ryan for Kelly (half-time), B Dunne for Woodlock (46), H Maloney for Kerwick (56), M Webster for O’Brien (69).

Scorers: L Corbett 2-02, E Kelly 1-03 (0-02f), S Callanan 1-01, N McGrath 0-03 (0-01f), P Kerwick, C O’Mahony (0-01f), S McGrath, J O’Brien, B Dunne 0-01 each

Tipperary Team v Clare 21/6/09:

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, N McGrath.

Subs: B Maher for O’Mahony (ht), W Ryan for Kerwick (53), B Dunne for S McGrath (62), H Maloney for Callanan (63), P Kelly for E Kelly (66).

Scorers: N McGrath 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 s/l), J O’Brien 1-2, L Corbett 1-1, P Kerwick, E Kelly (0-3f) 0-3 each, S Callanan 1-0, J Woodlock, D Fanning 0-1 each

Tipperary Team v Cork 31/5//09:

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, M Webster.

Subs: P Kerwick for Webster (51), B Maher for O’Mahony (55), D Gleeson for Cummins (blood-sub 60), G Ryan for N McGrath (63), B Dunne for Woodlock (65), P Kelly for Callanan (68).

Scorers: S Callanan 1-3, E Kelly 0-5 (4f), N McGrath, L Corbett 0-3 each, B Dunne, S McGrath (1 line ball) 0-2 each, J O’Brien 0-1.

Tipperary V Limerick: Previous Championship Meetings

Played 62, Tipperary won 31, Waterford won 21 and there have been 10 draws. Tipperary also received 2 walk overs in the Munster semi-finals of 1899 and 1902.

Apart from the 10 championship draws, Tipp won 9 of their 31 successes by a goal or less, while Limerick won 7 of their 21 by the same margin.

The 2007 saga is still fresh in people’s minds –Limerick eventually won by three points, 0-22 to 2-13, after three games and two periods of extra time. It was the first time since 1926, that a Munster Senior Hurling championship game had taken three games to produce a winner

Last 12 meetings

Date Venue Stage Result Tipp Top Scorer
June 24th 2007 Gaelic Grounds Limerick Munster S/f

2nd replay

Limerick 0-22

Tipperary 2-13

Eoin Kelly

0-9

June 16th 2007 Semple Stadium Munster S/f

1st replay

Limerick 1-24

Tipperary 2-21

Eoin Kelly

0-9

June 10th 2007 Gaelic Grounds

Limerick

Munster S/f Limerick 1-19

Tipperary 1-19

Willie Ryan

0-7

May 14th 2006 Semple Stadium Munster 1st Rd Tipperary 0-22

Limerick 2-12

Eoin Kelly

0-14

May 21st 2005 Gaelic Grounds, Limerick Munster 1st Rd

Replay

Tipperary 2-13

Limerick 0-18

Eoin Kelly

0-7

May 15th 2005 Semple Stadium Munster1st Rd. Tipperary 2-14

Limerick 2-14

Eoin Kelly

0-7

June 26th 2004 Gaelic Grounds Limerick SH Qualifier Tipperary 3-10

Limerick 2-12

Seamus Butler

1-2

June 2nd 2002 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster S/f Tipperary 1-20

Limerick 1-13

Eoin Kelly

0-12

July 1st 2001 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster Final Tipperary 2-16

Limerick 1-17

Declan Ryan & Lar Corbett

1-1 each

June 15th 1997 Semple Stadium Munster S/f Tipperary 1-20

Limerick 0-13

Michael Cleary

1-3

July 14th 1996 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster Final

Replay

Limerick 4-7

Tipperary 0-16

Michael Cleary

0-6

July 7th 1996 Gaelic Grounds

Limerick

Munster Final Limerick 0-19

Tipperary 1-16

Liam Cahill

1-3

Last Championship Meeting

Munster SH Semi Final 2nd Replay June 24th 2007

Limerick 0-22 Tipperary 2-13 aet

LIMERICK: B. Murray; S. Lucey, D. Reale (c), S. Hickey; M. O’Riordan, B. Geary, M. Foley; Mike O’Brien, D. O’Grady; M. Fitzgerald, O. Moran, N. Moran; A. O’Shaughnessy, B. Begley, K. Tobin.

Subs: P. Lawlor (Reale inj. 10); J. O’Brien (Begley 48); P. Tobin (K. Tobin 70). Extra-time subs: B. Foley (Fitzgerald 80); H. Flavin (P. Tobin 83).

TIPPERARY: G. Kennedy; E. Buckley, D. Fanning, D. Fitzgerald; E. Corcoran, C. O’Mahony, H. Maloney; S. McGrath, J. Woodlock; J. Carroll, D. Egan, B. Dunne (c); S. Butler, E. Kelly, L. Corbett.

Subs: T. Stapleton (McGrath inj. 55); P. Bourke (Carroll 64); W. Ryan (Dunne 68).

Scorers for Limerick: A. O’Shaughnessy 0-6 (0-3 frees 0-1 65); N. Moran 0-5; B. Geary 0-3 (0-1 free 0-1 65); O. Moran 0-3; M. Fitzgerald 0-2; K. Tobin 0-2; D. O’Grady 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: E. Kelly 0-9 (0-7 frees); D. Egan 1-0; W. Ryan 1-0; S. Butler 0-2; S. McGrath, P. Bourke, 0-1 each.

Referee: S. McMahon (Clare).

Tipperary in All Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals

Tipperary have played in 28 All Ireland Hurling semi finals, winning 22 and losing 6. The details are;

Victories

2001 Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 0-10 (Replay)

Tipperary 1-16 Wexford 3-10 (Draw)

1997 Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-15

1991 Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9

1989 Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11

1988 Tipperary 3-15 Antrim 2-10

1971 Tipperary 3-26 Galway 6-8

1958 Tipperary 1-13 Kilkenny 1-8

1950 Tipperary 4-7 Galway 2-6

1949 Tipperary 6-18 Antrim 1-4

1945 Tipperary 5-9 Antrim 1-6

1930 Tipperary 6-8 Galway 2-4

1925 Tipperary 12-9 Antrim 2-3

1922 Tipperary 3-2 Galway 1-3

1916 Tipperary (Boherlahan) 8-1 Galway 0-0 (Galway conceded at half time)

1913 Tipperary (Toomevara) 10-0 Roscommon 0-1

1909 Tipperary (Thurles) 6-7 Galway 5-7

1908 Tipperary (Thurles) 5-15 Galway 1-0

1906 Tipperary (Thurles) 7-14 Galway 0-2

1900 Tipperary (Two Mile Borris) 1-11 Kilkenny 1-8

1898 Tipperary (Tubberadora) 3-14 Galway1-3

1896 Tipperary (Tubberadora) 7-11 Galway 0-4

1887 Tipperary (Thurles) 4-7 Kilkenny 0-0

Defeats:

2008 Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18

2003 Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15

2002 Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16

1993 Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14

1987 Galway 3-20 Tipperary 2-17

1924 Galway 3-1 Tipperary 2-3

Snippets

Appearances in 09

Paul Curran is the only played who has started all 11 games Tipperary have played in League and Championship this year. Benny Dunne, John O’Brien and James Woodlock have played in all 11 games either starting or coming on as a substitute.

Championship Scorers in 09

After the Munster Championship campaign Lar Corbett is Tipp’s top scorer with 3-6, all from play. Eoin Kelly is next with 1-11 (0-9f). He is followed jointly by Noel McGrath with 0-13 (0-2f, 0-1s/l) and Seamus Callanan with 3-4.

Championship Debutants under Liam Sheedy

Liam Sheedy has given 9 players championship debuts in his 2 seasons as Tipp SH Manager: Seamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Pat Kerwick, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath, Conor O’Brien, Gearóid Ryan and Paddy Stapleton.

Tipperary v Limerick NHL April 19th 2009

The most recent competitive meeting of the counties was the National League clash at Semple Stadium on April 19th last. Tipperary won by 1-17 to 1-11, having led at half time by 0-12 to 0-4. The attendance was a modest 2,603 and Dickie Murphy (Wexford) refereed. Tipperary’s top scorers were Pa Bourke 0-6, 5 frees and Gearoid Ryan 1-3. Limerick’s main marksman was Niall Moran, who registered 0-9, 4 frees and 2 ‘65s’.

1981 Links to Current Management and Team

Current Tipp Coach Eamon O’ Shea played at left half forward for Tipp in the draw and replay of the 1981 Munster Championship semi final against Limerick. He scored 0-3 in the drawn game at Semple Stadium and 0-2 in the replay, at the Gaelic Grounds. Among his colleagues in both games was Pat Mc Grath, whose son, Noel, is a member of the present Tipperary team.

Tipp Management’s Playing Record v Limerick

Tipperary Manager Liam Sheedy never played against Limerick in Senior championship hurling. Eamonn O’ Shea played twice – 1 draw and 1 defeat. Michael Ryan, who made his debut as a substitute against Limerick in the 1991 Munster semi final at Semple Stadium, is the only member of the Tipp management to have been successful as a player against the green and white. Michael played against Limerick on four occasions, winning in 1991 and 1997, drawing in the 1996 Munster Final but losing the replay in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Last Meeting at Croke Park

The last competitive meeting of Tipperary and Limerick at Croke Park took place on April 25th 1971. The Shannonsiders won a tremendous League play off game by 2-15 to 1-15 and subsequently beat Tipp by a point in the Final at Cork on May 23rd. The teams had also met in a group match earlier in the campaign, which Limerick won by 0-13 to 1-8 .That Croke Park fixture was the only time the counties played at the venue in their sixty National League games. They have never played a championship game outside of Munster.

Eoin’s Quest for a Green Flag against the Green and White

One of the surprising aspects of Eoin Kelly’s Tipperary career, since making his senior debut at Croke Park in 2000, is that he has not scored a championship goal against Limerick. However, in nine meetings between 2001 and 2007, he has recorded a total of 0-65 for a splendid average of 7.22 points per game.

Goals Against Limerick

Over their past 12 championship meetings Tipperary have scored a total of 17 goals against Limerick. They were scored by John Carroll(3); Darragh Egan, Seamus Butler and Ger “Redser” O’Grady (2 each); and Willie Ryan, Evan Sweeney, John Devane, Thomas Dunne, Declan Ryan , Lar Corbett, Liam Cahill and Michael Cleary (1 each).

Venues for Tipp v Limerick

The most popular venue for championship games between the counties has been Cork, with a total of thirty played between the old Athletic Grounds (23) and Pairc Ui Chaoimh (7). Thurles has hosted 13 games – the first on July 1st, 1923 ended in a 2-2 each draw and the most recent, on June 16th 2007, also ended in a draw and was still level after extra time!

Last Tipp victory in Croke Park

Tipperary’s last Senior championship victory at Croke Park was their 2-16 to 2-11 quarter final success over Offaly on July 27th, 2003. The goal scorers were John Carroll and Brian O’ Meara.

Record Winning Margins

Tipperary’s biggest win in championship hurling against Limerick was achieved on July 3rd 1960, when they won a first round game by 10-9 to 2-1, at the Cork Athletic Grounds.

Limerick’s highest winning margin was claimed on June 22nd 1947 when they won a semi final clash at Cork Athletic Grounds by 6-8 to 2-3.

The most significant turnaround occurred in 1962 when the counties drew a semi final in Cork on July 1st and three weeks later Tipp won the replay by 5-13 to 2-4!

Goalless Games

While goals have been a feature of Tipp v Limerick clashes over the years, there were two occasions when neither team could raise a green flag. It first happened at Pairc Ui Chaoimh in their 1988 Semi Final meeting, which Tipp won by 0-15 to 0-8. The second occasion was at the same stage and venue in 1995, when Limerick just made it to the final by 0-16 to 0-15.

School Colleagues in Opposition!

On April 13th 1997, Cistercian College, Roscrea, (Leinster Champions) lined out against St. Cuan’s Castleblakeny, Galway (Connacht Champions) in the All Ireland Colleges ‘B’ Hurling semi final, at Nenagh. Their full back was Stephen Lucey from Croom in Limerick, while the goalkeeper was John O’ Brien from Toomevara in Tipperary. The CCR team was captained by John’s brother, Paddy, at centre forward, and his ten point contribution helped them to reach the decider on a 1-14 to 1-5 scoreline. The Connacht Tribune match report paid tribute to ‘’..an uncompromising Roscrea defence based around the prowess of Toomevara’s John O’ Brien and the power hurling of No. 3, Stephen Lucey, who gave an exhibition of full back play’’.

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a happy ending to the story, as CCR lost the final two weeks later at Nenagh to the Munster Champions, St. Clement’s College, Limerick, whose line out included Stephen Lucey’s future Limerick colleagues Dave Bulfin, Brian Begley and Conor Fitzgerald. The final score was 1-8 to 0-7. It is unlikely that Dr. Lucey will be as supportive of his former CCR colleague, Mr. O’Brien, on August 16th.

Limerick Men Playing with Tipperary

Over the years there has been a tradition of players lining out with counties other than their own. In the modern era, Limerick have given three notable players to Tipperary.

On June 7th 1981, Mossie Carroll (Garryspillane/ St Mary’s, Clonmel) who had played for Limerick, in the 1980 All Ireland final loss to Galway, lined out at centre back for Tipperary in the Munster semi final against Limerick at Semple Stadium. In opposition was his brother Brian ‘Bomber’ Carroll, who played at midfield. Mossie scored a point from a free for Tipp while Brian scored a vital second half goal, as Limerick came back from an early second half deficit of 2-11 to 0-3 to earn a draw, with Joe Mc Kenna’s late point. John Grogan was top scorer for Tipp with 2-6 (0-5f) while Joe Mc Kenna with 3-1 was Limerick’s leading marksman. Limerick won the replay comfortably, in the Gaelic Grounds, two weeks later and this time the top scorers were Eamon Cregan on 1-5, (1-0 pen, 0-1f) and Seamus Bourke on 2-3 (0-2f). Mossie later served as a Limerick senior hurling selector.

The following year Brian Carroll lined out for Tipp at wing forward in the Munster championship against Cork, joining Mossie, who was again at centre back. Cork won by eight points and that was the last time the Carroll brothers wore the blue and gold in championship hurling .

Conor O’Donovan (Effin/ Nenagh Éire Óg) played for Limerick in their losing Munster Minor finals of 1979 and 1980. On the latter occasion, he lined out at right half forward and was marked by Denis Finnerty (Eire Og, Nenagh as it was then known) who soon became a club colleague. Conor played at midfield for the Tipp under 21s in their 1982 loss to Limerick, which brought the quest for a four in a row to an end. In 1983 he was at centre forward on the Tipp under 21 team, which won Munster but lost the All Ireland final to Galway. He subsequently represented Tipp at senior level and his versatility was well proven with stints at left half back (Open Draw Cup 1985), right full back (1988 NHL victory) and full back (1989 All Ireland success). Conor captained his club to victory, from full back, in the 1995 Tipp Senior Hurling championship .

Joe McKenna’s Tipp connections

Joe Mc Kenna ,a native of Shinrone, Co. Offaly, who enjoyed many successful championship days for Limerick against Tipperary is the uncle of Owen and Darragh Maher from Roscrea, both of whom played Minor Hurling for Tipperary. Owen was involved with the 1988 team, while Darragh was with the 1989 edition. Owen was also a Tipp under 21 for two seasons, 1990 (Munster champions) and 1991. Owen and Darragh have another legendary uncle in Brendan Maher, who won six Co. SHC medals with Roscrea, between 1968 and 1980, along with the first ever All Ireland club title in 1971. Brendan now resides in New York where he remains involved in GAA affairs.

The Cummins File

Brendan Cummins made his 54th championship appearance for Tipperary and equalled John Doyle’s championship appearances record, which stood since 1967, when lining out against Waterford in the Munster Final on 12/7/2009.

Date of Birth 11/5/1975

Club Ballybacon-Grange

Senior Championship Debut 21/5/1995, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Tipperary 4-23 Waterford 1-11, Munster First Round game.

Senior Championship Statistics: Played 54 , Won 30, Drew 5 and lost 19.

Hasn’t scored yet in the championship, but has contributed in a few League Games, most recently a point from a free v. Kilkenny in the 3/5/2009 Final at Semple Stadium.

Tipp goalkeeper for 48 consecutive championship games from 1995 until the first drawn game v Limerick in 2007. Was overlooked for the first replay, second replay, as well as the subsequent Qualifier games v. Offaly, Dublin and Cork and the Quarter Final v. Wexford. Regained his place in 2008 for the Munster Semi Final v Cork and played in the following games v Clare and Waterford. Played in three games v. Cork, v. Clare, v. Waterford – 2009 championship.

Record in Championship

v. Cork Played 6, Won 2 (2008/2009) Lost 4, (2000, 2004, 2005, 2006). Kept a clean sheet in the 2000 Munster Final and 2009 first round game, both at Semple Stadium.

v. Clare Played 11, Won 6 (2000,2001,2002,2005,2008,2009), Drew 1 (1999), Lost 4 (1997 x2, 1999,2003). Clean sheets in 1997 All Irl Final, 2001,2005,2008.

v. Waterford Played 10, Won 5 (1995,1996,2000,2006, 2009), Lost 5 (1998,2002, 2004,2006 2008) .Clean sheets 1998, 2000.

v. Limerick Played 11, Won 6 (1997,2001, 2002,2004,2005,2006), Lost 2 (1995,1996) Drew 3 (1996, 2005, 2007). Clean sheets 1995, 1996 (Draw), 1997, 2005 (Replay).

Championship opponents:

Limerick 11, Clare 11, Waterford 10,Cork 6, Galway 4, Wexford 3, ,Kerry ,Kilkenny and Offaly 2, Down, Antrim and Laois 1.

Most wins v Limerick and Clare, 6 against each, Most draws v Limerick 3, Most defeats v. Waterford 5.

The 15 clean sheets were kept against Clare and Limerick 4 each ,Wexford, Cork, Waterford 2 each, Laois 1 .

No championship win over Kilkenny – only met twice in the All Ireland Semi finals of 2002 and 2003. Brendan’s performance in that 2003 semi final is still considered by many people to have been the most impressive in his career, even though Tipp lost. It was good enough for the All Star selectors too!

The only county, which participated in this year’s McCarthy Cup, against which Brendan has not played Championship hurling is Dublin.

Full Backs

While he has looked out from the Tipp goal since 1995, his full backs have changed considerably over the years. A total of eight players have lined out at full back in championship games (excluding switches during games) in the fifteen seasons 1995 to 2009. The No 3 jersey was worn by ; Noel Sheehy, 7 times (1995, 1997); Paul Shelly, 4 times (1996); Mick Ryan, once (1998); Fergal Heaney, 3 times (1999); Philip Maher, 24 times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006); Paul Curran, 13 times (2003, 2006, 2008, 2009); John Devane once (2005); and Declan Fanning once (2007).

Feel free to use any of this information as appropriate. My thanks to Seamus O’Doherty for his assistance in preparing this Press Pack.

Ger Ryan

PRO, Tipperary County Board

Tel: 086 8149146

Email: pro.tipperary@gaa.ie

All-Ireland GAA ESB MHC S-Final – Waterford v Galway

ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Semi Final

Galway defeated Waterford by 2-22 to 1-18 in the ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Semi Final on Sunday in Croke Park.

Fixture Details

16.08.2009 (Sun)

ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Semi Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 1.30pm
Port Láirge v Gaillimh

Referee: Tony Carroll (Uíbh Fhailí)

(E.T. if Necessary)

Match Coverage

This match will be shown live on RTE2

Team News

GALWAY (MHC v Waterford): F Flannery; J Coen, D Burke, C Burke; J Brehony, D Fox, J Cooney; J Regan, D Glennon; B Flaherty, N Burke, J Grealish; R Cummins, R Badger, S Moloney

WATERFORD (MHC): S O’Keeffe; L Egan, T Costello, M Wyse; J Dee, Philip Mahony, D Fives; F Murray, M O’Neill; Paudie Mahony, B O’Halloran, R Cahill; P Prendergast, J Dillon, I Galey

Gala Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final – Cork v Wexford

Gala Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final – O’ Duffy Cup

Cork defeated Wexford by 2-13 to 1-10 on Saturday at Nowlan Park Kilkenny in the Gala Senior Camogie Championship Semi Final. Cork will now play Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final.

Champions Cork overturned a half-time shortfall of 1-5 to 0-6 to go on and triumph over National League holders Wexford, 2-13 to 1-10. The Slaneysiders were full value for their interval advantage holding the upper hand in vital sectors. Leaving Cert student Kartrina Parrock was impressive in the half forward line and it was her shot which was initially saved by Aoife Murray that was eventually finished to the net by Ursula Jacob on 19 minutes.

However, and probably after a stern telling off from manager Denise Cronin, Cork emerged a different team for the second 30 minutes. Playing into the wind, they had to survive a tough opening five minutes before finding top gear themselves. The lion-hearted Briege Corkery roared into action. Her surge forward on 40 minutes which yielded Cork’s first goal levelled matters, 1-8 apiece. Three minutes later following good work by Rachel Moloney and sub Julia White, Emer O’Farrell whipped home their second goal. From there to the end the Rebels outscored Wexford four points to two to qualify for a remarkable eighth consecutive final appearance.

Cork 2-13, B Corkery 1-1, E O’Farrell 1-0, R Moloney 0-7f,O Cotter, G O’Connor,U O’Donoghue, K Mackey, S Burns, 0-1 each

Wexford 1-10,U Jacob 1-2, K Kelly 0 -4(0-2f, 0-1’45),K Parrock 0-2,C Murphy R Breen 0-1 each

Therese O’Callaghan
Camogie Association PR and Media
Corkery’s class fires Rebelettes to final

Cork 2-13 Wexford 1-10

By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, August 17, 2009

NOT WITH STANDING the magnificent Briege Corkery, the other key reason why holders Cork won through to meet Kilkenny in the Gala All-Ireland senior camogie decider was simply that as a unit, they responded so effectively to a below par first-half display. At half-time in Saturday’s semi-final in Nowlan Park, their prospects of making it to the final looked decidedly shaky when they trailed by two points after having enjoyed the advantage of the wind. But, drawing inspiration from a 40th minute goal from midfielder Corkery – and further boosted minutes later by a second from Emer O’Farrell which was made by outstanding substitute Julia White – they outplayed a Wexford side which had beaten them in the 2007 final. “I don’t think we played well in the first half and we knew that ourselves in the dressing room,” said Cork manager Denise Cronin – the winning captain 14 years ago when Cork last met Kilkenny in a final. “We spoke about what we needed to do in each position and the players all worked harder in the second half.”

Scores were level three times in the opening quarter before Ursula Jacob (daughter of former great Mick Jacob) goaled for Wexford in the 19th minute. On balance, they looked stronger in attack – with Katrina Parrock very impressive – and comfortable at the back against a Cork attack dependent on the free-taking of Rachel Moloney. Dual star Corkery was a dynamo and contributed two points from play. At the break, it was 1-5 to 0-6 and while Cork showed a steady improvement in the early stages of the second half, Wexford’s confident play enabled them to stay in front. But, then came Corkery’s goal. It levelled the scores and changed the course of the game.

“It maybe went away from us in the second half,” said a devastated Wexford manager Stella Sinnott. “Cork are hugely experienced and when the going got tough, their big players came up to the mark. The first goal probably killed the game and when they got the next one very quickly after that, heads maybe dropped.” Corkery’s recall of her goal was characteristically humorous. “Gemma (O’Connor) gave me a ball through the centre and it was normally a ball that I’d miss – and when I get near the goals I normally miss as well. One night at training (goalkeeper) Aoife Murray gave out to me because I’d be laughing every time I’d go in for a goal. “She told me to ‘cop’ myself on, that if I put my mind to it, I could do it. And that’s exactly what I was thinking about as I was going in!”

Wexford competed gamely all the way to the finish but they were fighting a losing battle from the time O’Farrell’s goal went in. Cork’s full-back line was heroic, Murray was inspirational in goal and Mary O’Connor was every bit as strong at centre-back as was Cathríona Foley at the edge of the square. Additionally, Orla Connor, Gemma O’Connor and an improved Rachel Moloney made important contributions, as did substitutes Linda O’Connell and Julia White in particular. Cronin acknowledged the greater return from the forwards as a group once they opened up the play, saying: “I knew once we got the lead we weren’t going to let it behind.” Meanwhile, the Wexford boss Sinnott gives Kilkenny a good chance in the final: “I don’t think they will have any fear – they showed that against Galway. It will need a huge performance, but I’d still fancy their chances. Cork won’t like playing them. They’re a young fast team.”

Scorers for Cork: R. Moloney 0-8 (0-6 frees); B. Corkery 1-2; E. O’Farrell 1-0; S. Burns, U. O’Donoghue and G. O’Connor 0-1 each.

Wexford: U. Jacob 1-2; K. Kelly 0-4 (0-3 frees); K. Parrock 0-2; C. Murphy and R.M. Breen 0-1 each.

CORK: A. Murray; J. O’Callaghan, C. Foley, R. Buckley; J. Duffy, M. O’Connor, S. Hayes; B. Corkery, O. Cotter; E. Dillon, G. O’Connor, U. O’Donoghue; S. Burns, E. O’Farrell, R. Moloney
Subs: L. O’Connell for Duffy (23rd minute); J. White for Dillon (28); K. Mackey for O’Farrell (54); E. O’Sullivan for O’Donoghue (52).

WEXFORD: M. Darcy; D. Codd, C. O’Loughlin, C. O’Connor; A. Codd, M. Leacy, A. O’Connor (capt.); C. Murphy, K. Kelly; M. O’Leary, R.M. Breen, K. Parrock; U. Leacy, U. Jacob, J. Dwyer
Subs: L. Holohan for Murphy (47); M. Hearne for U. Leacy (59).

Referee: Una Kearney (Armagh)

Match Preview

Apprehensive best describes the mood in these two camps. Cork are the reigning champions and are unbeaten in the championship thus far. There is massive competition for places down Leeside resulting in Emer O’Farrell denying captain Amanda O’Regan her place at full forward.

Catherine O’Loughlin is lining out at full back for Wexford after missing most of the league because of travelling, while Katrina Parrock will be hoping to celebrate on the double this week after receiving her Leaving Cert results on Wednesday.

Verdict: Cork

Team News

Cork: A Murray; J O’Callaghan, C Foley, R Buckley; J Duffy, M O’Connor, S Hayes; B Corkery, O Cotter; E Dillon, G O’Connor, U O’Donoghue; S Burns, E O’Farrell, R Moloney.

Wexford: M D’Arcy; D Codd, C O’Loughlin, C O’Connor; Á Codd, M Leacy, A O’Connor (Capt); C Murphy, M O’Leary; U Leacy, R M Breen, K Parrock; U Jacob, K Kelly, J Dwyer.

Munster U16 A Camogie Final – Tipperary v Clare

Clare defeated Tipperary by 4-7 to 2-10 in the Munster Under 16 “A” Camogie Final on Wednesday at Monaleen, Co. Limerick.

Match Report

U16A Munster Camogie Final

Clare 4-7 v 2-10 Tipperary

A thriller was expected and what these two young teams delivered on the night was nothing less. Tipperary led at the break 1-8 to 1-3. This may led to think of a Tipperary dominated first half, but the Premier didn’t have it all their own way. Clare were the first of the mark and with a free from captain Chloe Morey answered by her opposing captain Nichole Walsh the sides were level. The game was fast and furious though and after great work from Niki Kaiser and Vera Loughnane the ball fell to Susan Fahy at full forward the Banner were a goal up. Morey added to this again with a fine point from play after Niamh O’Dea magnificently fielded a high ball and laid it into her centre forward and Clare look very well.

The Tipperary half back line stepped up though and Aisling Carroll and Maireád Barry with their strong physical presence and hurling ability and fielding to boot held the Clare onslaught. Indeed they set up many attacks from this launching pad and this lead to points from Walsh again from a free and Brid Quinn, Aoife Ryan and Clare Kennedy. This had the sides level mid way through the half. Tipperary were opening up the Clare defence with ease and made the most of this when Sarah Fryday goaled to give a three point cushion. Nichole Walsh, clinical from the spot all night, added a brace of frees and Tipperary were pulling away nicely. Walsh was giving the Clare forwards much trouble with her pace and the ability of the Tipperary forwards to pick each other out. Morey had a free for Clare but this was cancelled out by a similar score from Walsh just before the break to leave a five point gap. Tipperary were in control in most sectors and Clare would be thankful of the presence of Máire McGrath at full back for not being further behind, she stood firm to the Tipperary challenge.

The second half was a bruising 30 minutes for both sides as they gave it their all. Clare had the gap reduced to a goal after Morey had converted a 45 and a free within the opening 2 minutes. Indeed the sides were level again within five after Niki Kaiser goaled for the Banner. Clare were now beginning to win the mid-field battle and getting the supply of ball through, it was this possession the inside forward line were starved of in the first half. This became evident when substitute Sinead Tuohy goaled from a Kaiser line ball which was sent across the goal from Vera Loughnane. Walsh answered the call and converted a free for the premier and followed up with a goal by the tenth minute. This has Tipperary to the fore by the minimum again as scores were coming fast and furious. Morey again levelled matters with a free before Susan Fahy got her second in the 16th minute and Clare were a goal to the good again. Morey then put over a magnificent score when she pointed from half way before Suzie O’Shea was called upon in the Clare goal to save from Walsh who converted the resulting ’45.

Clare: Suzie O’Shea, Caroline Feehily, Máire McGrath, Niamh Cahill, Helen Hehir, Christina Glynn, Laura McMahon, Ellen Horgan, Niamh O’Dea, Orlaith Duggan, Chloe Morey(C)(0-07, 0-04f 1’45), Vera Loughnane, Niki Kaiser(1-00), Susan Fahy(2-00), Katie Cahill. Subs: Ciara Whelan for Hehir, Sinéad Tuohy(1-00) for Horgan, Aisling Darcy for Loughnane, Leanne Boyle for Feehily

Tipperary: Orla McEnrey, Moira Ryan, Sheila Ryan, Louise McLoughlin, Aisling Carroll, Caoimhe Maher, Mairéad Barry, Theresa Ryan, Bríd Quinn(0-01), Sarah Fryday(1-00), Alice Fogarty, Clare Kennedy(0-01), Nichole Walsh(C)(1-07, 0-05f, 1’45), Aoife Ryan, Sarah Cunneen. Subs: Edwina King for McLoughlin, Micheala Graham for Fogarty, Niamh O’Donoghue for Quinn

Match Official: Joe O’Donnell, Luimneach

Match Preview

This is sure to be an interesting game with a tight finish in store if past experience is to judge by. These two sides met already this year in the U16 All-Ireland semi-final where Tipperary were 1 point victory over the Clare girls.

That was a tight game where Tipperary led all the way through but Clare had pushed them all the way. It was an open game with all the skills of the game on display. Since then Tipperary went on to contest the All-Ireland final narrowly losing out to Galway. They will have gained huge expereince though and added to this will be the fact that some of these girls are playing for the Tipperary Intermediate team and so they will be still as sharp as they were in May.

The Clare squad will have girls fresh from their U18 All-Ireland panel where they lost to Kilkenny, but five of the finishing 15 that day were 16 years of age and the experience gained from that campgain, where Davy Fitzgerald coached the girls will have benefited the girls no end.

These two sides have worked hard and after Clare recording their second win over Cork in the semi-final to make the final and Tipperary winning over Limerick both sides will be keen for a win. Cork and Clare have shared this title for the last four years and Clare will be looking to avenge the All-Ireland semi-final defeat and maintain the belt of young players coming through the ranks. Tipperary will be pushing all the way for thier first title in a number of years and will want to repeat the victory of earlier in the year, as Clare have had the upperhand in this age group over the Premier in the last number of years.

Team News

Tipperary Panel Orla McEnriy,Miora Ryan,Sheila Ryan,Louise McLoughlin,Aisling Carroll,Caoimhe Maher,Mairéad Barry,Theresa Ryan,Brid Quinn,Sarah Fryday,Alice Fogarty,Clare Kennedy,Nichole Walsh(C),Aoife Ryan,Sarah Cunneen,Siobhan Hennessey,Kate Aherne,Niamh O’Donoghue,Micheala Graham,Edwina King,Michelle Ryan,Ciara McGrath,Paula Kelly,Niamh Maher,Marianne Murphy,Elizabeth Cahill,Katrina Kenny, Geraldine Kelly,Rachel Kennedy,Andrea Loughrane

Clare Panel: Suzie O’Shea, Niamh Cahill, Máire McGrath, Caroline Feehily, Helen Hehir, Christina Glynn, Laura McMahon, Ellen Horgan, Niamh O’Dea, Vera Loughnane, Chloe Morey(c), Orlaith Duggan, Niki Kaiser, Susan Fahy, Katie Cahill, Clodagh Gray,Sinead Hyland,Mairead Hyland,Rachel O’Halloran,Ciara Whelan,Sinead Tuohy,Ciara Minogue,Leanne Boyle, Rachel Mulcaire,Rachel Bleech,Siadbh Corbett,Ali Quinlan Shauna Moloney,Aisling Darcy,Clodagh Lawlor

Match Official: Joe O’Donnell, Luimneach

ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship S-Final – Kerry v Meath

Kerry will play Meath in the ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship Semi Final on Saturday August 15th at 3:30pm in Toomevara.

Fixture Details

Saturday August 15th
ESB GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor ‘B’ Championship Semi Finals
Toomevara (note change of venue)
@ 3.30pm
Ciarraí v An Mhí
Referee: TBC
(E.T. if Necessary)