Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship – Carrick Davins (Tipperary) v Whitegate (Clare)

Whitegate (Clare) defeated Carrick Davins (Tipperary) by 1-13 to 0-10 in the Munster Club Intermediate Hurling Championship on Saturday in Whitegate.

Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final – Cashel (Tipperary) v St. Catherine’s (Cork)

Cashel (Tipperary) defeated St. Catherine’s (Cork) by 4-20 to 0-12 in the Munster Senior Camogie Championship Final on Saturday in Mallow.

Senior Club Munster Final

Cashel 4.20, St. Catherine’s (Cork) 0.12.

Cashel laid down a firm marker to the rest of the clubs still involved in the All Ireland series when they destroyed Cork champions St. Catherine’s last weekend. Not only did their win give them their 6th Munster title, but it also means that Tipperary clubs have won the title 5 years in a row; Cashel – `05, `06, `07,`09 while Drom claimed the title in `08. From the throw in Cashel launched their attack & when Alison Lonergan latched onto a clearance from mid field to score a goal for Cashel within the first minute it looked as if Cashel were not going to be stopped. Three more points from Cashel before St. Catherine’s pointed. However, Cashel were not leaving Mallow without the title & they piled on the pressure. Their 6 forwards all found the target from play, & notably a lot of scores were achieved from long range. St Catherine’s themselves tried hard to find the target but Cashel were too strong in defence, aided with a player of the match display from Philly Fogarty. At half time Cashel were 3.11 to 0.07 ahead, with goals from Alison Lonergan & Emily Hayden.

With this margin there was no doubt about the result, but Cashel emerged determined not to rest on their laurels. They continued to press on & the subs introduced in the second half were also determined to push for a starting place in the next game. Claire Grogan had what looked a legitimate goal disallowed in the second half. Eventually, Cashel had too much class & skill for their opponents & finished with an admirable tally of scores. This was a superb team display, but Philly Fogarty earned her player of match award, while up front Alison Lonergan was ruthless in front of goal. Cora Hennessey’s ability to find the target from 50yrds was also noteworthy.

Cashel now have a two week preparation period before they make the journey to Wexford to play Oulart the Ballagh in the All Ireland semi final on the weekend 14th November.

Scorers –

Cashel: C Grogan 1-9 (0-4 frees), A Lonergan 2-1, E Hayden 1-1, C Hennessy 0-3, C Dwyer 0-3, S Hayes, L Grogan, J Horan 0-1 each.

St Catherine’s: O Cotter 0-7 (frees), Denise Twomey 0-3, Deirdre Twomey 0-2.

Munster Junior Camogie Championship Final – St. Anne’s (Waterford) v Clonakilty (Cork)

St. Anne’s (Waterford) defeated Clonakilty (Cork) by 3-6 to 0-9 in the Munster Camogie Junior Club Final on Saturday in Mallow.

Scorers –

St Anne’s: K Kelly 1-5 (0-4 frees), K Rockett, Z Donoghue 1-0 each, J Simpson 0-1.

Clonakilty: S Whelton 0-7 (0-5 frees), S O’Neill 0-2.

Munster Junior Camogie Club Semi-final – Clonakilty (Cork) vs. Kilkishen (Clare)

Munster Junior Camogie Club Semi-final

Clonakilty (Cork) 3-04 Kilkishen (Clare) 0-07

The home side opened this game brightly as they had two points on the board inside the opening five minutes as the visitors took their time in settling. They were well and truly brought back into the game though by the seventh minute as they made good advantage of the swirling wind that was present. the full forward line pulled the Kilkishen back line out from goal and when a long ball from Clare O’Mahony dropped in over their heads Sharon Weldon was fastest to react and breaking on to the ball left Claire Baker, in the Kilkishen goal, with no chance when crashing the ball to the net. This score was against the run of play at the time but settled the visitors and they were to come more and more into the game.

Conditions were very poor for both sides with swirling driving wind and rain which had earlier left much surface water on the field. Clonakilty were gaining the upper hand around the middle of the field and were piling on the pressure making life very difficult for the Kilkishen backs. They Clonakilty plan of leaving room for the full forward line certainly paid off as Baker was getting more than her share of work in the Kilkishen goal and was lucky to kick a ball out over the line for a ’45 this was pulled just wide however by Welton. Kilkishen had a poor wide of their own from in front of the goal when a free on the 21 was pulled wide by the swirling wind. Baker was again called on in the Kilkishen goal to come of the line and after batting down the ball the pacey Clonakilty forwards were on hand and Marie O’Donovan scooped the ball to the net. This gave Clonakilty some comfort as scores were hard to come by in the conditions. Sharon Welton added a point for the visitors. They well on their way by the 24th minute when a shot for a point from Sharon Welton hit the top of the upright and bounced back into the path of Hannah Coughlan who pounced for her goal, to have all of the full forward line on the board. this had the visitors 3-01 to 0-02 ahead at the break.

Welton had the lead increased on the resumption with a point on the board. Kilkishen fought bravely though and began to pick their way back with a pointed free from Kate Lynch and two from play from Elaine Hannon introduced at half time and Marie Collins with a fine point from the corner. Hannah Coughlan had one back for Clonakilty though on a rare attack in the second half. This as a result of Kilkishen dominance in this period. but however much possession they had they were not able to break down the Clonakilty defense and never looked at grabbing that goal which would really have brought the game alive. Junnita Brennan dropped into the back line and acting as sweeper never let play develop with Clare O’Mahony outside her a towering force. Kate Lynch had a second free for Kilkishen and Marie Collins added another from play but Sharon Welton had the last score of the game with a point from play.

Clonakilty were winners on the day where the weather spoiled the game as a spectacle but it was a tough encounter which was hard fought to the very end.

Clonakilty now go on to play St. Ann’s Dunhill of Waterford in the Munster Junior Club Final on Saturday next in Mallow.

Clonakilty: Aoife Deasy, Nicola O’Donovan, Sinead O’Brien, Susan Forristal, Aileen Kearns, Clare O’Mahony, Lisa O’Flynn, Hazel O’Regan, Cliodna O’Regan, Sinead O’Neill, Erica Jennings, Juanita Brennan, Hannah Coughlan(1-1), Marie O’Donovan(1-00), Sharon Whelton(1-03). Sub Ciara Nagle for C O’Regan(inj)

Kilkishen: Claire Baker, Michelle Moroney, Nollaig Baker, Marie Nash, Sorcha Loughnane, Kate Lynch(2frs), Cushla Hehir, Monica Moroney, Lisa Loughnane, Sarah Donnellan(1fr), Caroline Sheedy, Claire McGrath, Noelle McNamara, Nora Murphy, Marie Collins(0-3). Subs: Elaine Hannon(0-1) for C McGrath, Ciara Ryan for C Sheedy, Laura McNamara for N McNamara

Ref: Donal Leahy, Tipperary

Player of the game: Clare O’Mahony

Tipperary SFC Final – Moyle Rovers v Aherlow

Moyle Rovers defeated Aherlow by 3-6 to 1-11 in the Tipperary County Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday October 25th at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Moyle Rovers triumph in Tipperary decider

Moyle Rovers 3-6 Aherlow 1-11

Two-time All-Star forward Declan Browne hit a brace of goals as Moyle Rovers prevailed in an exciting Tipperary Senior Football Championship final this afternoon, outlasting Aherlow for a 3-6 to 1-11 win. Watched by a Semple Stadium crowd numbering 1,933, Moyle Rovers won their second county title in three years with goals from Browne and substitute Diarmuid Foley proving vital in the end. Aherlow, who beat Moyle Rovers in the 2006 decider, closed the gap to a single point with two late frees from Barry Grogan. In a frantic finish, Moyles Rovers midfielder Paul Johnson was sent off but Aherlow’s Seamus Grogan missed a subsequent point attempt in deepest injury-time and the Jim Cahill-managed Moyle side edged home.

Wind-backed Aherlow grabbed three early points through Barry and Seamus Grogan, before Padraig Foley was fouled for a seventh minute penalty and Browne stepped up to slot the ball past goalkeeper Shane Leonard. Bernard O’Brien levelled for Aherlow at 0-4 to 1-1 and Liam Kearns’ charges managed to pull clear for a 1-7 to 1-3 half-time lead, with Thomas Hanley fisting home a superb 25th minute goal. Barry Grogan made a terrific catch near the new stand and his floated ball into the centre was finished well to the net by corner forward Hanley.

In worsening conditions, two points from Browne helped Rovers claw the deficit back to 1-7 to 1-5 at the start of the second half – only for Seamus Grogan and Laurence Coskeran to quickly reply at the other end. Now having the better of possession, Moyle registered their second goal in the 46th minute when Foley slipped his marker and struck a rising shot to the net, making it 1-9 to 2-5. Foley missed a decent goal chance, with eight minutes remaining, but Browne was able to raise his second green flag soon after when he beat net minder Leonard in a one-on-one situation. A pointed free from former Tipperary ace Browne nudged his side into a three-point lead and Moyle had just enough to stave off Aherlow’s late revival, becoming county champions once again. Afterwards, Tipperary Football Board Chairman Noel Morris presented the cup to Moyle Rovers captain Liam Cronin.

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Munster Football team of the last 25 years

The Munster Football team of the last 25 years (1984-2009) has been selected as follows –

John Kerins (Cork); Marc O’Se (Kerry), Sean Walsh (Kerry), Niall Cahalane (Cork); Seamus Moynihan (Kerry), Conor Counihan (Cork), Stephen O’Brien (Cork); Jack O’Shea (Kerry), Darragh O’Se (Kerry); Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry), Larry Tompkins (Cork), Pat Spillane (Kerry); Colm Cooper (Kerry), Eoin Liston (Kerry), Maurice Fitzgerald (Kerry)

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Munster Teams of last 25 years

Munster Teams of last 25 years

M Donnelly Interprovincial Football S-Final – Munster v Connacht

Munster defeated Connacht by 1-16 to 1-13 in the GAA M Donnelly Interprovincial Football Championship Semi-Final on Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick. Munster will now play Ulster in the Final.

O’Sullivan praises Munster resolve

Munster 1-13 Connacht 1-10

By Jim O’Sullivan for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 26, 2009

BETTER for sponsor extraordinaire Martin Donnelly that he attended the other inter-provincial football semi-final in Crossmaglen. The paltry attendance of 350 at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night was symptomatic of the ills of a competition struggling to survive. It means its future – and the Clareman’s involvement – will be up for debate after the final in London in a fortnight, when Munster defend their title against Joe Kernan’s Ulster. Despite unfavourable weather and a lack of atmosphere this was still a competitive tie. And, therein lies the primary reason why the once mighty Railway Cups remain part of the GAA calendar in its 125th year – the enthusiasm of a majority of inter-county players in overcoming obstacles like the clash with club fixtures. Connacht manager John O’Mahony highlighted another difficulty, with players availing of the ‘break’ to overcome injury problems. “With no International Rules this year I thought we would have a few more players available to us,’’ he said. In contrast, manger Gerard O’Sullivan pointed out that Munster had three sessions and a match against UCC. O’Mahony added: “it is frustrating, but I would have to say I was very pleased with the effort and commitment of the squad. There is a core of players who are always ‘willing’ and there is always the few that are unavailable as well. We are at each other’s throats all year, so from the point of view of the different counties coming together it is a good exercise. It’s a social exercise if nothing else.’’

O’Sullivan admitted to being ‘happy enough’ with the display from a team comprising six Cork players, four from Waterford, two each from Tipperary and Limerick and sole Kerry representative Padraig Reidy. O’Sullivan said: “Every one of the players contacted wanted to play. It was unfortunate that at the moment the Kerry championship is on and it would be unfair to ask to them to get stuck into training again,’’ he stated. “We were up six points at half time, and I felt if we did not give away easy frees we would hold out. But, we did give away the frees which brought them back into it.’’ That Munster interval advantage (1-9 to 1-3) came about mainly as a result of a dominant second quarter during which Cork forward Donncha O’Connor hit five points and late replacement Pa Ranahan from Limerick netted a tremendous goal. While the visitors were slow to start, they went in front with an eighth minute goal from Sligo’s David Kelly after his penalty kick was saved by Paul Fitzgerald. This was the player who lost the opportunity of putting Kerry out of the championship in the qualifiers, but on this occasion he finished the ball to the net at the second attempt. Earlier, Paul Conroy was denied a Connacht goal by the upright and, before O’Connor brought Munster level in the 18th minute, Waterford players Gary Hurney and Liam O Lionnáin each wasted goal chances.

The second half was more closely contested, with Connacht substitutes James Glancy, Matthew Clancy (2) and Declan Meehan all pointing to reduce the deficit to a mere three with eight minutes remaining. However, after Clancy missed a scoreable free, Donncha O’Connor scored for Munster and they were able to hold on for a merited victory. Gerard O’Sullivan says that while the Munster management would like to ‘extend’ their panel for the final, they owe a loyalty to the players who have given them a commitment. “We can only take 24 to London, but there might be room for one or two more.’’ Meanwhile, the Corkman is adamant that the competition has a future, commenting: “all they need to do is tweak the dates a small bit, maybe play the semi-final before the League and the final around the St Patrick’s weekend”.

Scorers for Munster: D O’Connor 0-6 (0-1 free, 0-1 sideline); P Ranahan 1-0; C O’Neill 0-3 (0-1 free); G Hurney 0-2; P Kelly and L O Lionnain 0-1 each.

Scorers for Connacht: D Kelly 1-3 (0-2 frees); M Clancy 0-3 (0-2 frees); M Breheny, P Gardiner, D Meehan and J Glancy 0-1 each.

MUNSTER: P Fitzgerald (Tipperary); T O’Gorman (Waterford), J McCarthy (Limerick), P Reidy (Kerry); R Costigan (Tipperary), M Shields (Cork), P Ranahan (Limerick); A O’Connor (Cork), P Kelly (do); M O’Gorman (Waterford), D O’Connor (Cork), P Kerrigan (do); G Hurney (Waterford), C O’Neill (Cork), L O Lionnain (Waterford).

Subs: S Walsh (Waterford) for Kerrigan (50); G Quinlan (Clare) for Hurney (54); J Ryan (Limerick) for Kelly (58).

CONNACHT: D Clarke (Mayo); C Harrison (Sligo), N Maguire (Sligo), J McKeon (Leitrim); P Gardiner (Mayo, capt), D Blake (Galway), G Bradshaw (do); J Bergin (do), N Coleman (do); M Breheny (Sligo), B Moran (Mayo), P Conroy (Galway); S Kilbride (Roscommon), A O’Shea (Mayo), D Kelly (Sligo).

Subs: J Glancy (Leitrim) for Kilbride (35); M Clancy (Galway) for Breheny (40); D Meehan (Galway) for Bradshaw (46); S Davey (Sligo) for Conroy (57).

Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)

The Munster Football Team to play Connacht in the Martin Donnelly Interprovincial Championship is as follows –

1 Paul Fitzgerald Tipperary

2 Tomas O Gorman Waterford

3 Johnny McCarthy Limerick

4 Padraig Reidy Kerry

5 Maurice O’Gorman Waterford

6 Michael Shields Cork

7 John Miskella Cork

8 Alan O Connor Cork

9 Robbie Costigan Tipperary

10 Patrick Kelly Cork

11 DonnchaOConnor Cork

12 Paul Kerrigan Cork

13 Gary Hurney Waterford

14 Colm O Neill Cork

15 Liam O Lionnain Waterford

16 Joe Hayes Clare

17 Ger Quinlan Clare

18 Pa Ranahan Limerick

19 Paul O Flynn Cork

20 Aidan Walsh Cork

21 Sean O Sullivan Kerry

22 Ian Ryan Limerick

Launch of M. Donnelly Interprovincial Championships

GAA Press Release

2 October 20009

Ulster and recently appointed Galway football manager Joe Kernan travelled to London this week to unveil the GAA’s plans to host this year’s M Donnelly Inter-Provincial Football Final in the British capital on Sunday November 8. The GAA has confirmed that defending champions Munster will face Connacht at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on October 24 when new lights at that venue are used for the first time. On the same day, Crossmaglen will host the meeting of Ulster and Leinster. The winners will proceed to a Ruislip decider two weeks later. GAA President Críostóir Ó Cuana thanked Irish Ambassador His Excellence Bobby McDonagh and his wife Mary for hosting this week’s launch event and expressed hope that the Ruislip final will provide a fitting acknowledgement of Britain and London’s role in the GAA over such a prolonged period.

He said: “We had a wonderful launch in the Irish Embassy in London and for that we thank the Irish Ambassador Bobby McDonagh. It was an event that exemplified everything that is good about the GAA in Britain and underlined the terrific work that is ongoing not only in London but all over the country. “I look forward to a wonderful weekend that will showcase the best of Gaelic football and if our launch event is anything to go by it should be an event to remember.” The GAA President was joined by Kernan and Munster football manager Ger O’Sullivan who will both hope to be involved in the final next month.

Kernan will oversee the Ulster challenge for the second consecutive season and the 2002 All-Ireland winning manager stresses that he derives as much satisfaction from managing his provincial team as he did playing for it during the 1970s and ‘80s. “There are three what were then Railway Cup medals in my house and I am proud to be able to say that I represented Ulster for nine years under the guidance of Seán O’Neill and Brian McEniff,” said Kernan. “Seán was a superb player and he brought great drive to the set up and we all know Brian’s commitment to the competition so when I got the call from Tom Daly asking me would I be interested I was thrilled. “Even when I took on the Galway job I outlined my intention to see this through and given the fact that we are tied with Leinster on 19 wins this is a big year for Ulster in this competition.” Kernan revealed that work had already started in South Armagh in an effort to raise interest in their semi-final clash with Leinster. Although injury will deny the former All-Star the services of Seán Cavanagh and Marty McGrath, he is not surprised by the interest levels of those he has contacted to date. “There is no International Rules Series this year meaning that this is the only forum for people to see inter-county players in a representative setting for the remainder of 2009. “I remember speaking to the Ulster players last year at the Carrickdale Hotel after we had lost to Munster on a wet day in Cork and the one thing that struck a chord with me was Davy Harte’s determination to try and win a medal in this competition as it’s one he doesn’t have. “The decision of the GAA to bring it to London with Martin Donnelly’s support will come as a boost to the huge amount of Irish people in England and adds to the competition but for the time being our only focus is on the semi-final and trying to book a final date.”

For Munster manager O’Sullivan targeting back to back titles with a line up that includes a spread of players from across the province is the priority. “As a province Munster have only won this competition three times since 1982 and we have not retained it over that period so you could hardly call us kingpins,” explained O’Sullivan. “Last year we had a great spread of players on the winning team and that was a real source of satisfaction and I have got a great response from players who were approached this year and it’s obvious to me that they value their involvement in this competition greatly.” O’Sullivan, a selector with Conor Counihan points to Tomás Ó Sé’s role in the 2008 success at a time when his partner was expecting a child as further evidence of the special place the medal holds in players’ collections. He added: “Everyone who has been approached from the 2008 panel has been delighted to be asked and the fact that the final will take place in London adds further to the attraction. “It will be a chance for the Cork lads on the team to get their heads down and concentrate on football at this level again and I’m personally honoured that Conor gave me the chance to fill this role last year when the province came calling.”

M Donnelly Inter-Provincial Football Championship 2009 Fixtures

Saturday October 24

Semi-finals

Ulster v Leinster, Crossmaglen 2.30;
Munster v Connacht, 7.30.

Final

Sunday November 8

Ruislip 2.0

Munster Senior Camogie Semi-Final – Kilmayley (Clare) v St. Catherine’s (Cork)

Munster Senior Camogie Club Semi-final

St Catherines (Cork) 1-7 Kilmaley (Clare) 1-3

Cork representatives St Catherine’s booked their place in the Munster club championship final and set up a meeting with holders Cashel as they recorded a four point victory over Clare representatives Kilmaley in Ballynoe on Saturday. St Catherine’s playing against the strong wind led at the break 0-4 to 0-1 Orla Cotter and Maeve O Keeffe at mid field working hard to keep the ball moving to their inside lines. Orla Cotter and Lisa Higgins were on target with points as the St Catherines defence stood firm under pressure form the Kilmaley attack Sandra Noonan, Liz Power and Orna Neville prominent for St Catherine’s. Orla Cotter and Evelyn Roynane added points to the St Catherine’s tally before Maria Hehir found the range with a point after Kilmaley had hit five wide’s. Denise Leahy was called on to make a difficult save to deny Shonagh Enright’s a goal just before the break as Kilmaley tested the St Catherine’s defence.

St. Catherines extended their lead with a Denise Twomey point from the restart and three minutes later Orla Cotter sent a long range shot to the net, Kilmaley battled hard forcing Denise Leahy to bat the ball to safety on a number of occasions but with Orla Cotter pointing two frees St Catherine’s continued to hold the upper hand. With eight minutes remaining Shonagh Enright pointed and still working hard they grabbed a goal Denise Lynch sending a high shot to the net from a free thirty metres out, on the puck out came the full time whistle and a place in the final for St Catherines was secure.

Scorers for St Catherine’s : O Cotter 1-3 (0-3f), E Roynane, L Higgins, Denise Twomey Deirdre Twomey 0-1 each.Kilmaley: D Lynch 1-0 (f), S Enright 0-2 (0-1f), M Hehir 0-1.

St Catherine’s: D Leahy; S Noonan, F Noonan (c), Y O’ Neill; O Neville, L Power, C Motherway; O Cotter, M O’ Keeffe, A M Hayes, E Roynane, R O’ Callaghan; Deirdre Twomey, L Higgins, Denise Twomey.

Sub: D Mulcahy for E Roynane (52).

Kilmaley :E Giffey; S Reidy, D Lynch, S O’ Halloran; L Higgins, E Considine, A Giffey S Maher, E O’Connor; S Enright, E O Driscoll( c), H Mc Mahon; A Darcy, M Hehir, K Cahill.

Sub: N Cahill for L Higgins (59).

Ref: Eamonn Browne (Tipperary).

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Cork star midfielder Orla Cotter is eagerly looking forward to St Catherine’s first Munster senior club final appearance when they meet 2007 All Ireland club champions Cashel at Mallow next weekend following their defeat of Clare outfit Kilmaley in the semi-final, 1-7 to 1-3, at Ballynoe on Saturday.

Building on their recent historic first Cork County championship victory, 21-year-old Cotter says the east Cork club which is home to Cork senior hurling manager Denis Walsh, is now entering bonus territory.

“When we won the Cork county final that was everything, it was our first time in the final so we were all on a high. But now that we have progressed to a Munster final, we realise there is more to achieve. We are representing Cork and for that reason alone we want to do our best,” she said.

“Since winning the county final a week ago we have been busy going around with the Cup, but when we went back training, our next goal was the provincial championship. We are delighted to be in the Munster final, and to have got there short three of our players is encouraging.”

Cotter’s sister Fiona, and Finola Neville were on school tour in Paris, and full back Noreen Mulcahy has departed to Australia since their county final triumph. Cotter and Neville will be available next weekend.

In very difficult conditions the Cork side, after playing against the cross wind, led at half time, 0-4 to 0-1, and it was Cotter’s goal in the second half that finally saw off the visitors, whose green flag came in the dying stages.

Munster Hurling team of the last 25 years

The Munster Hurling team of the last 25 years (1984-2009) has been selected as follows –

Ger Cunningham (Cork); Stephen McDonagh (Limerick), Brian Lohan (Clare), Frank Lohan (Clare); Tony Browne (Waterford), Sean McMahon (Clare), Sean Og O Halpin (Cork); John Fenton (Cork), Jerry O’Connor (Cork); Ben O’Connor (Cork), Gary Kirby (Limerick), John Leahy (Tipperary); Eoin Kelly (Tipperary), Jimmy Barry Murphy (Cork), Nicky English (Tipperary)

Munster Hurling Team of the last 25 years

Munster Hurling Team of the last 25 years

Munster Teams of the last 25 years

Munster Teams of the last 25 years

2010 Munster GAA Senior Championship Draws

SHC Draws: Tipp begin against Rebels in Munster

From the GAA.ie web site

All-Ireland runners-up Tipperary will face perennial foes Cork in their Munster Senior Hurling Championship opener after all the hurling provincial draws for the 2009 Championship were made on Thursday evening. The draws were conducted at Croke Park and broadcast live on RTÉ Two television, as well as being available live worldwide on RTÉ.ie. Munster champions Tipp came so close to winning Liam McCarthy in 2009 but will have to start from scratch again, and the ganme drawn to be their first Championship outing was arguably the tie of the hurling draw as they face up to a Cork team keen to bounce back under Denis Walsh after a disappointing 2009 campaign. The winners of that mouthwatering clash will face Limerick in the Munster semi-final with the other pairing seeing Waterford manager Davy Fitzgerald facing the side he kept goal for for so often as the Deise were drawn out against Clare.

Meanwhile in Leinster, All-Ireland champions for the last four seasons Kilkenny will sit back and wait for the other seven counties participating in the province to get things going until they face either Carlow, Laois or Dublin in their semi-final. Carlow, playing in the Liam McCarthy Cup as a result of their success in the Christy Ring Cup, will play in a Preliminary Round against Laois with the winners drawn to face last year’s Leinster runners-up, Anthony Daly’s Dublin, in the quarter-finals. The winners of that then go on to face Kilkenny, who received a bye to the last four. The other side of the draw sees Wexford drawn to face Galway and Antrim taking on Offaly with the winners of those two games to meet in the provincial last four.

All-Ireland Hurling Championship Provincial Draws:

Munster SHC:

Quarter-Finals:

Tipperary v Cork

Semi-Finals:

Clare v Waterford

Limerick v Tipperary OR Cork
Leinster SHC:

Preliminary Round:

Carlow v Laois

Quarter-Finals:

A. Dublin v Carlow OR Laois

B. Wexford v Galway

C. Antrim v Offaly

Semi-Finals:

Winners Quarter-Final A v Kilkenny

Winners Quarter-Final B v Winners Quarter-Final C

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SFC Draws: Kerry could face Cork early

From the GAA.ie web site

All-Ireland champions Kerry will have to beat Cork once again if they want to reclaim the Munster SFC crown after all four provincial draws for the 2009 Championship were made on Thursday evening. The draws were conducted at Croke Park and broadcast live on RTÉ Two television, as well as being available live worldwide on RTÉ.ie. Jack O’Connor’s Sam Maguire holders begin next year’s provincial campaign at the quarter-final stage against John Evans’ Tipperary, a side who made very decent strides in 2009. The reward for the winners – if that is the right word – is a clash with Munster champions Cork in the provincial semi-final where Conor Counihan’s charges will no doubt want to hit the ground running after performing so magnificently this year only to fall at the final hurdle. They defeated Kerry after a replay in last year’s Munster semi-final and last month’s loss at Croke Park only adds another motive to their desire to want to repeat that. The other side of the draw sees Clare and Waterford paired off in a quarter-final with last year’s unfortunate Munster runners-up Limerick awaiting the victors of that contest in the last four.

In Leinster, Wexford will provide the first opposition for a Dublin side gunning for a sixth successive provincial crown. Those teams meet in a quarter-final and should the Dubs progress they could once again meet old foes Meath en route to the decider. That pairing would need the right results though with the Royals drawn to play in the Preliminary Round against Offaly. The winners of that then go on to face Laois in the quarter-final and whoever emerges victorious there will face Wexford or Dublin. On the other side of the draw Mick O’Dwyer’s Wicklow take on Carlow with the winners meeting Westmeath, while the other quarter-final sees Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare – Leinster runners-up last year – lying in store for either Louth or Longford.

The Ulster Championship begins with a cracking-looking Preliminary Round encounter between Derry and Armagh and a further intriguing fixture awaits the winners who will take on Monaghan, while Cavan will begin their campaign against Fermanagh also on that side of the draw. Ulster champions Tyrone – who lost their All-Ireland crown when ousted at the semi-final stage by Cork in 2009 – start with a repeat of last year’s provincial decider when they face Antrim, with the winners in line to take on the victors of an attractive looking quarter-final pairing between Donegal and Down. Finally, 2009 runners-up Galway and winners Mayo have been paired on the same side of the Connacht draw. Galway and Roscommon were already aware that they faced Quarter-Final trips to New York and London respectively, the Tribesmen just recently having won the 2009 FBD League in the Big Apple. The third quarter-final sees a very exciting looking clash between Sligo and Mayo. The winners of that then face either New York or Galway with Leitrim already in a semi-final where they await London or Roscommon.

2010 All-Ireland Football Championship Provincial Draws:

Munster SFC:

Quarter-Final:

A: Clare v Waterford

B: Kerry v Tipperary

Semi-Finals:

Limerick v Winner Quarter-Final A

Cork v Winners Quarter-Final B

Leinster SFC:

Preliminary Round:

1: Louth v Longford

2: Wicklow v Carlow

3: Meath v Offaly

Quarter-Finals:

A. Winner Game 1 v Kildare

B. Winner Game 2 v Westmeath

C: Winner Game 3 v Laois

D: Wexford v Dublin

Semi-Finals:

Winners Quarter-Final A v Winners Quarter-Final B

Winners Quarter-Final C v Winners Quarter-Final D

Ulster SFC:

Preliminary Round:

Derry v Armagh

Quarter-Finals:

A: Antrim v Tyrone

B: Donegal v Down

C: Cavan v Fermanagh

D: Monaghan v Derry OR Armagh

Semi-Finals:

Winners Quarter-Final A v Winners Quarter-Final B

Winners Quarter-Final C v Winners Quarter-Final D

Connacht SFC:

Quarter-Finals:

A: New York v Galway

B; London v Roscommon

C: Sligo v Mayo

Semi-Finals:

Winner Quarter-Final C v Winner Quarter-Final A

Leitrim v Winner Quarter-Final B