2011 GAA GPA All-Star Hurling Award Nominations announced

GAA Press Release

29.09.2011

The GAA and the GPA in conjunction with sponsors Opel are delighted to name the following 45 players as nominees for 2011 GAA GPA All-Star Hurling Awards sponsored by Opel.

Nominees 2011 GAA GPA Hurling All-Stars sponsored by Opel

Goalkeepers: Gary Maguire (Dublin), David Herity (Kilkenny), Brendan Cummins (Tipperary).

Full Backs: Paul Murphy (Kilkenny), Niall Corcoran (Dublin), Paul Curran (Tipperary), Peter Kelly (Dublin), Jackie Tyrrell (Kilkenny), Michael Cahill (Tipperary), Tom Condon (Limerick), David Collins (Galway), Noel Hickey (Kilkenny).

Half backs: Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny), JJ Delaney (Kilkenny), Pádraic Maher (Tipperary), Brian Hogan (Kilkenny), Joey Boland (Dublin), Michael Walsh (Waterford), Conor O’Mahony (Tipperary), Shane Durkan (Dublin), Tony Browne (Waterford).

Midfielders: Donal O’Grady (Limerick), Michael Fennelly (Kilkenny), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Liam Rushe (Dublin), Gearóid Ryan (Tipperary), Johnny McCaffrey (Dublin).

Half Forwards: Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny), Richie Power (Kilkenny), Patrick Maher (Tipperary), Conal Keaney (Dublin), Ryan O’Dwyer (Dublin), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Michael Rice (Kilkenny), Noel McGrath (Tipperary), Pauric Mahony (Waterford).

Full forwards: Lar Corbett (Tipperary), Richie Hogan (Kilkenny), Colin Fennelly (Kilkenny), Paul Ryan (Dublin), Shane Walsh (Waterford), John Mullane (Waterford), Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny), Eoin Kelly (Tipperary), Joe Canning (Galway).

The county by county breakdown is as follows: Kilkenny 14, Tipperary 10, Dublin 10, Waterford 6, Limerick 3 and Galway 2.

The final team of 15 players will be presented at the banquet event at Convention Centre Dublin on Friday October 21.

The Player of the Month award winners from May to September were also confirmed today.

May: Conal Keaney; June: Pádraic Maher; July: Lar Corbett; August: Michael Fennelly; September: Tommy Walsh.

 

Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Criostóir Ó Cuana congratulated all awards winners on the occasion of the first announcement of both All-Stars nominees and Players of the Month (hurling) under the new joint scheme between the GAA and the GPA.

He said: “Today marks an important milestone in relations between the GAA and our players and I wholeheartedly congratulate the 45 hurlers whose performances have been recognised by their inclusion on the short list and also the five Player of the Month winners who helped light up the summer not only in their own counties, but for hurling in general.

“I would like to thank the GPA and our sponsors Opel for helping us to reach this point and I look forward to their ongoing support and co-operation in the run up to the eagerly awaited announcements of the actual All-Star teams next month.”

GPA CEO Dessie Farrell added: “This is a historic occasion for the GPA and GAA with the coming together of both award schemes and I’d like to acknowledge the work of Uachtarán CLG Criostóir Ó Cuana and Ard Stiúrthóir Páraic Duffy in making that happen.

“Thanks to our sponsors Opel and in particular MD of Opel Ireland Dave Sheeran. Dave and Opel have been great supporters of players for many years and it’s wonderful that they are now associated with the new GAA GPA All-Stars. I’d like to thank the All-Stars committee for their work in producing today’s list of nominations and wish all the nominees the very best of luck. Also congratulations to the five monthly award winners who have been chosen by their peers for their respective contributions during the summer campaign. While an individual award is never a match for a provincial or All-Ireland medal, commanding the respect of your fellow players is nonetheless a very special achievement for any hurler.”

Dave Sheeran MD Opel Ireland said: “Opel are proud to be associated with Gaelic Games and the All Stars Awards. I’d like to congratulate all those shortlisted for an All Star in 2011 and those voted as Player of the Month in what was an outstanding Championship season.”

 

Additional information: The list of 45 names was selected by the same committee of journalists that selected the 2010 awards.

 

The Player of the Month awards were selected using a player vote from a shortlist of players drawn up by the scheme’s Steering Committee.

TG4 Ladies Football Senior Final – Cork 2-7 Monaghan 0-11

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football final

Cork 2-7 Monaghan 0-11

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

GOALS proved crucial for Cork as the Leesiders captured a sixth TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship crown in seven seasons at Croke Park this afternoon. The Munster champions lost to Tyrone at the quarter-final stage last year but have hit back in impressive fashion in 2011, adding the Brendan Martin Cup to the Bord Gáis Energy National League and Munster championship crowns collected earlier in the season.

Cork routed Monaghan by 14 points in the 2008 decider but just two points separated the sides today as the Ulster champions put up a huge fight. Monaghan came from two points down to lead by a point twice in the second half but then the Farney girls conceded a killer penalty in the 43rd minute. Monaghan sub Isobel Kierans hauled down Cork replacement Orla Finn and Rhona Ni Bhuachalla made no mistake to hand the winners a 2-5 to 0-8 advantage.

It was the second time that Monaghan had conceded a goal at a crucial time, as Nollaig Cleary’s 21st minute effort gave Cork a 1-3 to 0-3 lead. And again, it was an avoidable score from a Monaghan perspective as Linda Martin’s mistake was pounced on by Cleary, who lobbed the unfortunate goalkeeper at the Hill 16 end. For much of the game, Monaghan stood toe to toe with their much-vaunted opponents as they chased a first All-Ireland senior crown since 1997.

But ultimately, they were left empty-handed once again; suffering a sixth defeat in their eighth final appearance, but this was a hugely respectable performance by Gregory McGonagle’s team. Experience counted for a huge amount in Cork’s victory but there was a black spot on the afternoon as captain Amy O’Shea suffered suspected cruciate knee ligament damage in the second half. The corner forward has already experienced the dreaded injury in both knees and addressed the media after the game with a protective brace on her right knee. O’Shea scored a hat-trick of goals against Laois in the semi-final and went close to another in the third minute today, with her third minute deflected shot rattling the Monaghan crossbar.

The sides were level three times in the opening twenty minutes before Cleary struck that crucial goal in a low-scoring first half. O’Shea could have added a second but in untypical fashion, she fouled the ball when through on goal in the 23rd minute. At the other end, Ellen McCarron blazed over the crossbar on the stroke of half-time with a goal for the taking.

But Monaghan opened the second half in determined fashion as Ciara McAnespie pointed within 20 seconds of the restart, before Niamh Kindlon added two points to put Monaghan a point clear, 0-7 to 1-3. The sides traded scores as Monaghan edged clear again before Geraldine O’Flynn surged forward for an inspirational Cork score with twenty minutes remaining to level the scores at 1-5 to 0-8. Then, disaster struck for Monaghan when Kierans fouled Finn and from the resultant penalty, Ní Bhuachalla made no mistake.

Monaghan did get back to within a point, 0-11 to 2-6, in the closing minutes but midfielder Rena Buckley banged over a 55th minute point for Cork to restore a two-point buffer. And calling on all of their experience in the game’s dying embers, Cork cleverly used possession to run down the clock. Defensively, this was an impressive display from the Rebelettes, with full-back Angela Walsh and corner back Deirdre O’Reilly outstanding.

Scorers for Cork: N Cleary & R Ní Bhuachalla (pen) 1-0 each, J Murphy 0-3 (2f), G O’Flynn, R Buckley, G Kearney & V Mulcahy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: C McConnell (2f) & N Kindlon (2f) 0-3 each, E McCarron 0-2, C McAnespie, C Mohan & L McEnaney 0-1 each.

CORK: E Harte; A.M. Walsh, Angela Walsh, D O’Reilly; B Corkery, B Stack, G O’Flynn; J Murphy, R Buckley; N Cleary, M Kelly, G Kearney; V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, A O’Shea.

Subs: C O’Sullivan for O’Shea (inj, 38), O Finn for Mulcahy (39), N Kelly for Cleary (46), A Sheehan for Ní Bhuachalla (53), Annie Walsh for Buckley (55).

MONAGHAN: L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; A McAnespie, N Fahy, L Connolly; A Casey, C Courtney; T McNally, E McCarron, C McConnell; C McAnespie, N Kindlon, C Mohan.

Subs: I Kierans for C Courtney (25), L McEnaney for Kindlon (42), C Courtney for McCarron (42), E McElroy for Kierans (50).

Referee: J Niland (Sligo)

 

Match Preview

TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship Finals

Cork v Monaghan, Croke Park, 4.00pm, (J Niland)

In a repeat of the 2008 final, Cork take on Monaghan to determine the winners of the 2011 Senior All-Ireland Championship. Both sides were convincing winners in their respective provincial championships and have continued to impress in the All-Ireland series.

The Rebelettes overcame reigning champions Dublin in the quarter-finals, before defeating Laois in the semi-finals. Monaghan on the other hand, got the better of Meath and Kerry in the All-Ireland series to secure their place in the final, as the Farney County go in search of their first All-Ireland title since 1997.

Both sides have impressed from 1 to 15 this season. Sharon Courtney, Therese McNally and Ciara McAnespie have impressed for Monaghan, while Cork’s Amy O’Shea, Anne Marie Walsh and Rhona Ní Bhuachalla have all stood out.

Monaghan got the better of Cork when the two sides met earlier this season in the league but considering Cork have won five of the past six All-Ireland Senior Championships; it is hard to look past the Munster Champions to claim yet another All-Ireland title.

Cork: E Harte, AM Walsh, A Walsh, D O’ Reilly, B Corkery, B Stack, G O’ Flynn, J Murphy, R Buckley, N Cleary, M Kelly, G Kearney, V Mulcahy, R Ní Bhuachalla, A O’ Shea (c)

Monaghan: L Martin, G McNally, S Courtney (c), C Reilly, A McAnespie, N Fahy, L Connolly, A Casey, C Courtney, T McNally, E McCarron, C McConnell, C McAnespie, N Kindlon, C Mohan

All Ireland Senior Football Final – Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

Dublin end 16 years of hurt as heroic fightback sends capital into ecstasy

Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

By Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper

EMOTION dripping from his voice, Bryan Cullen spoke for the whole of Dublin when he said they had been “to hell and back over the last few years.” But as he stood on the presentation area on the Hogan Stand, clutching the Sam Maguire Cup, he was looking out on a scene which, in the space of 10 whirling minutes, had become blue heaven. Banked all around Croke Park on stand and terrace, thousands of Dublin supporters were inhaling deeply from a sweet-scented air which hadn’t wafted across the capital for all of 16 years, when they last won the All-Ireland football title. Dublin have new heroes, men whose names will be revered for a very long time, thanks to their exploits in an All-Ireland final which appeared all wrapped up in Kerry colours when Colm Cooper casually clipped over a point to put them four clear in the 63rd minute.

Kerry had outscored Dublin by 0-8 to 0-3 in the second half and were cruising at a speed which looked certain to carry them safely to the finish line. Indeed, there was every reason to suspect that Kerry would increase their advantage as Dublin had scored only one point in the previous 22 minutes. Dublin needed a goal to revive them, but where was it to come from?

Enter sub Kevin McManamon, the man who did so much to unpick the Donegal locks in the semi-final. This time, he made an even greater contribution, popping up to take a pass from Alan Brogan and burrowing his way in on the Kerry goal before driving the ball to the net. Kevin Nolan brought the sides level in the 65th minute and three minutes later Bernard Brogan put them ahead. Kieran Donaghy levelled it up in the 70th minute but just when it looked as if the first drawn final since 2000 was about to unfold, McManamon made another crucial intervention, winning a free 38 metres from the Kerry goal. Stephen Cluxton pointed it, crowning Dublin All-Ireland champions for the 23rd time. It was the goalkeeper’s 12th point of the championship campaign, making him Dublin’s fourth-highest scorer.

As the Kerry squad watched in silent misery as Cullen was presented with the cup, their minds were already on rewind as they tried to rationalise why they had been unable to close out the game from such an advantageous position. The answer, partially at least, rests not with them but with a Dublin team whose self-belief never wavered. They had lost only one game (to Cork in the league final) all year and while the odds were stacked against them when Kerry moved four points clear, they never lost faith in their own ability to plot a recovery course. It’s most unusual for any Kerry team to be outscored by 1-3 to 0-1 in the final seven minutes, which is why this success will go down as one of the sweetest in Dublin history.

After all, it’s only two years since they were humiliated by Kerry in the All-Ireland quarter-final and, even since then, they had to endure some very disappointing defeats, including in last year’s semi-final and this year’s NFL final. Significantly, though, they beat Kerry in the league in both 2010 and 2011, wins which may not have looked all that important at the time but which may have played their part in constructing a mental toughness that stood to them yesterday. The first clear evidence that it was underpinning Dublin’s approach came after Cooper had slipped through the narrowest of gaps to score a goal in the 19th minute. It put Kerry two points clear, a small margin in an overall context, but enough perhaps to raise doubt if Dublin were feeling insecure in any way.

Dublin’s response was so positive that Kerry didn’t score for 15 minutes, a period in which they conceded four points. Indeed, it would have been worse for Kerry except for a fine save from Brendan Kealy to deny Alan Brogan. Also, Jack O’Connor deemed it necessary to begin repair work during that period, sending Paul Galvin in for Kieran O’Leary. It was a signal that Kerry were unhappy with the amount of breaking ball which was being snapped up by Dublin in the middle third, thanks mainly to the alertness and hard work of Paul Flynn, Barry Cahill, Cullen, Michael Darragh Macauley, Ger Brennan and Nolan.

Dublin led by 0-6 to 1-2 at half-time and when Bernard Brogan (free) and Denis Bastick scored points in the opening five minutes of the second half, Kerry were facing a real challenge. Typically, they rose to it and began to impose their will on proceedings in a number of areas. Tomas O Se found room to go forward from the half-back line, Bryan Sheehan handled a lot of ball around midfield, while Darran and Declan O’Sullivan, Kieran Donaghy and Cooper increased the menace factor. Dublin’s discipline, which had been excellent in the first half, broke down somewhat under the intense pressure, allowing Sheehan and Cooper to punish them from frees.

At 1-10 to 0-9 in the 63rd minute, Kerry must have felt that their 37th title was on its way — indeed it might have been the case against the Dublin team of last year. The crucial difference this time was that Dublin used the experience gained in the interim in a constructive manner. They stayed with the task, even when it looked as if it might be beyond them, and were rewarded with the match-turning break provided by McManamon’s goal. Even then, they still had a lot of work to do, but they went about it calmly and systematically.

Kerry, in contrast, grew edgy in the closing minutes, losing possession on a few occasions before finally committing the foul on McManamon which gave Cluxton the chance to kick the winner. He held his nerve and steered the ball safely between the posts. Kerry won possession from the kick-out but couldn’t move the ball quickly enough to get into the danger area before referee Joe McQuillan blew the final whistle. Not that Kerry could have any complaints. They gave themselves every opportunity to win the game but were hustled into submission by opponents who refused to take no for an answer.

Scorers — Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (4f), K McManamon 1-0, A Brogan, S Cluxton (2f) 0-2 each, D Bastick, K Nolan 0-1.

Kerry: C Cooper 1-3 (0-2f), B Sheehan 0-4 (2f, 1 ’45’), K Donaghy 0-2, Declan O’Sullivan, P Galvin 0-1 each.

Dublin — S Cluxton; C O’Sullivan, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; J McCarthy, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, MD Macauley; P Flynn, B Cahill, B Cullen; A Brogan, D Connolly, B Brogan. Subs: P McMahon for McCarthy (46), K McManamon for Flynn (51), E O’Gara for Cahill (57), E Fennell for Bastick (63).

Kerry — B Kealy; M O Se, T O’Sullivan, K Young; T O Se, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; A Maher, B Sheehan; D Walsh, Darran O’Sullivan; K Donaghy, C Cooper, Declan O’Sullivan, K O’Leary. Subs: P Galvin for O’Leary (24), BJ Keane for Walsh (51), D Bohan for Brosnan (63).

Ref — J McQuillan (Cavan)

 

Cluxton kick the signal for Dublin party

All-Ireland SFC final: Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

IN a most remarkable gesture of sportsmanship, Tomás Ó Sé handed Stephen Cluxton the match-winning ball following yesterday’s final whistle. The Dublin goalkeeper shook his fallen opponent’s hand but subsequently booted the ball away as he made his way to the dressing room away from his team’s wildest of celebrations. If Cluxton was going to be sentimental about a crowning achievement for 10 years’ worth of service to the cause, it was going to be in private. To score the winning point to end 16 years without an All-Ireland title is one thing but as a goalkeeper it created an almost perfect dichotomy with the fate that befell his predecessor Paddy Cullen against Kerry 33 years ago. It was fitting too that nobody in a Dublin jersey yesterday had lost to Kerry in the championship more than the Parnells man (2001, 04, 07, 09).

Two minutes into injury-time and several seconds after Kevin McManamon had been fouled by Barry John Keane to win the free, Cluxton stepped up and took aim. Watching the kick sail over for what was his second point of the day, he briefly acknowledged its success before rushing back to his unattended goal-line. With it, unbridled and joyful delirium washed over the Dublin-dominated Hill 16 as they knew Joe McQuillan’s last blast was to soon follow. And it did, confirming a first defeat for Kerry against Dublin in 34 years.

Jack O’Connor’s men will be left wondering just where it all went wrong for them. Colm Cooper’s third point of the day in the 63rd minute had them four points to the good (1-10 to 0-9) and, with Dublin showing little in the way of retaliation, seemingly almost home and hosed. One point down at the break (0-6 to 1-2), Kerry bossed the majority of the second half with Bryan Sheehan, Darran O’Sullivan and Cooper doing the lion’s share of the damage. The quality of their football at such a critical juncture was ominous. Darran O’Sullivan won three frees in a row, only one of which wasn’t converted, as the ghosts of Dublin’s demise against Cork last year threatened to haunt them again. But then came the lifeline. Intercepting a Declan O’Sullivan pass, namesake Cian found Alan Brogan clear on the right with his team-mate McManamon for company.

The substitute made light work of O’Sullivan’s attempt to redeem himself to fire the ball past Brendan Kealy and send Dublin supporters into raptures. In the after-glow and driven on by the massive home presence in the 82,300 capacity crowd, the Dublin forwards then forced Tom O’Sullivan into an errant pass. Diarmuid Connolly quickly found Kevin Nolan and he shot confidently to tie up the game. Now gaining little purchase in the centre, Kerry found themselves trailing when Bernard Brogan received a Michael Darragh Macauley pass to split the posts. A towering Kieran Donaghy point in the final minute levelled matters for the sixth time in the game but the parity was short-lived as the menacing McManamon drew the foul from Keane.

A deserving triumph? There is no such thing in sport just as Kerry discovered there is no sure thing. For the first 40 minutes, they were second best as Dublin hounded them, refusing them the opportunity to impose themselves on the game. Kieran Donaghy’s switch to midfield had taken Dublin by surprise and it wasn’t until the 11th minute that they won their first kick-out. Kerry were winning in midfield but it wasn’t identifiable on the scoreboard in the opening 15 minutes. Two excellent Alan Brogan points in retort to Declan O’Sullivan’s opener was a justified reflection on the flow of play. The discipline of the Dublin defence was superb throughout, even if they couldn’t get a paw on Darran O’Sullivan when he sliced through to set up Cooper for Kerry’s 19th-minute goal. It was a fantastic move, indicative of the excellent championship O’Sullivan had, but most importantly it was a score that wasn’t followed up on.

Rather, Dublin responded four minutes later through a Bernard Brogan free when Aidan O’Mahony upended Barry Cahill. Dublin also had a goal chance in the 25th minute but Kealy was equal to Alan Brogan’s point-blank shot after his brother palmed down a ball to him. Paul Galvin had entered the fray for Kieran O’Leary just seconds later, although his opening minutes weren’t remotely auspicious. After Donaghy had beaten Rory O’Carroll in the air only to have his goal-bound shot blocked by O’Sullivan, Cluxton and Brogan fired over frees after Galvin fouled Paul Flynn and Connolly respectively. He repaired some of the damage with the last score of the half, taking a Cooper pass to point, but was counting his blessings a minute later when Brogan kicked wide after he had been deemed to illegitimately tackle Ger Brennan.

Dublin, who were more than good for their one-point lead, carried on in the second half where hey left off in the first with Brogan punishing Sheehan for holding back Macauley and Bastick kicking successfully following an exchange with Bernard Brogan. That put Dublin 0-8 to 1-2 up but for the next 20 minutes Dublin were outscored 0-1 to 0-8. Aside from Bernard Brogan and McManamon half-chances and the former’s free for handling on the ground by Eoin Brosnan, it was all Kerry. Four of their eight scores came from placed balls, one from Cooper and three from Sheehan, one of them a 45 after Cooper cleverly kicked a ball against Michael Fitzsimons’ feet in the 54th minute.

That put Kerry ahead for the first time in the second half and two more frees followed, courtesy of indiscretions on Darran O’Sullivan. Cooper’s point, the end product of a move instigated by Anthony Maher beating Macauley for a Cluxton kick-out, appeared to spell doom for Dublin. A good thing for them they couldn’t read it.

Scorers for Dublin: B Brogan 0-6 (5f); K McManamon 1-0; A Brogan, S Cluxton (2f) 0-2 each; D Bastick, K Nolan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cooper 1-3 (2f); B Sheehan 0-4 (2f, 1 45); K Donaghy 0-2; Declan O’Sullivan, P Galvin 0-1.

Subs for Dublin: P McMahon for McCarthy (46); K McManamon for Flynn (51); E O’Gara for Cahill (57); E Fennell for Bastick (63).

Subs for Kerry: P Galvin for O’Leary (24); BJ Keane for Walsh (51); D Bohan for Brosnan (63).

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

 

Dublin end 16-year wait for Sam

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, September 18, 2011

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final

Dublin 1-12 Kerry 1-11

Dublin ended their long wait for an All-Ireland title in the most dramatic circumstances imaginable, as goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton kicked the winning point in added time to ensure Sam Maguire stays in the capital for the first time in 16 years. Pat Gilroy’s side trailed by four points with seven minutes left and looked set for further heartache, but they dug deep and defied the odds to pull off a stirring comeback in the closing stages. Just when it looked like their race was run, second half sub Kevin McManamon scored a brilliant goal seven minutes from the end. When Kevin Nolan followed it up with the equalising point with five minutes left, the momentum had suddenly and dramatically swung in their favour.

Inevitably, Kerry came back, but the Dublin defence stood firm, showed remarkable discipline in the tackle – having given away far too many frees in the 15 minutes before that – and moved the ball down the other end of the field, where Diarmuid Connolly’s industry opened up space for Bernard Brogan to land his sixth point of the game. But there was more drama to come…Kieran Donaghy looked to have sent the game to a replay when he dropped over a monster of a point from play a minute into added time. The script was written, it appeared, and it looked like Kerry would spoil the Dubs’ big day.

We hadn’t reckoned with the resolve and the character that Gilroy’s side now have in abundance. They went for the win, sensing the chance to make heroes of themselves. And how they did. McManamon was still full of running in the tension-filled, dying minutes and he was rewarded for his industry when he was awarded a free just inside the ’45. Cluxton, who has experienced more heartache than most in his 10 seasons in the Sky Blue jersey, stood up and fulfilled a Dublin dream that was 16 years in the making. “We’ve been to hell and back this year,” Dublin captain Bryan Cullen said when he became the first Dublin captain since John O’Leary to lift the Sam Maguire Cup.

This was a taste of heaven, Dublin’s 23rd All-Ireland title and their first win over their great rivals Kerry in the Championship since 1977. For Kerry, there is bitter taste of a second year without an All-Ireland title for the first time since 2003 and further question marks over whether this is the end of the team that has dominated the game for the last decade. Those questions probably do an injustice to Dublin, who can now become a real force after winning an All-Ireland title with a side that is young in years and lacking big game experience. Not that it showed. Gilroy’s players have always had question marks hanging over them since they were destroyed by 17 points by Kerry in the 2009 All-Ireland final. This, though, is a very different team both in character and confidence. When everyone in Croke Park expected them to capitulate in the last 10 minutes, they came back stronger, calling on the spirit that saw them beat Donegal in similarly trying circumstances.

Kerry made their first incision in the Dublin defence inside the second minute. Darran O’Sullivan’s searing pace was key, as the Glenbeigh man created space for Declan O’Sullivan – stationed at full- forward – to fist over the bar. Dublin’s defending was typically intense in the opening 10 minutes, with Nolan making a vital interception in the eighth minute when Donnchadh Walsh was played through on goal. Having soaked up the early pressure, Dublin went in search of scores and it was their most experienced player, Alan Brogan, who came up trumps, sending over two points from play to nudge Dublin into the lead.

However, on 19 minutes Kerry scored the kind of goal they are always capable of. Darran O’Sullivan lit the touchpaper with another jet-heeled run, shifting into top gear and racing through Dublin’s defence before picking out Kerry’s supreme finisher, Cooper, who picked his spot brilliantly, giving Cluxton no chance. Tight to this point, suddenly gaps started opening at either end. Kerry goalkeeper Brendan Kealy had to make a brilliant save to deny Alan Brogan, who had been played in by his brother, Bernard’s clever knock down. Two minutes later, and it was Kerry’s turn to cause havoc in the Dublin defence. Donaghy, who started at wing-forward, switched with Declan O’Sullivan on the edge of the square and was found with a superb, diagonal ball. Donaghy beat Rory O’Carroll to the high ball and turned sharply, but his shot was blocked by a last-gasp Cian O’Sullivan touch.

Paul Galvin had been brought into the Kerry attack for Kieran O’Leary at this stage, but his entrance didn’t seem to have the effect manager Jack O’Connor would have hoped. Indeed, Dublin hit three points in a row to take over. Bernard Brogan struck a brilliant score from play and added a free, while Cluxton also landed a free from nearly 50 yards out. Dublin led by 0-6 to 1-1 when Galvin made his first real impression, sweeping up the loose ball after Bryan Sheehan’s free fell short and popping over the bar to leave one between the sides at half-time.

Denis Bastick had Dublin three points clear within five minutes of the restart, but it was then that the Kingdom began to click, hitting four points in a row to reclaim the lead by the 50th minute. Bernand Brogan briefly arrested the slide with a point from a free, but it was then that Kerry landed another four points without replay in a nine-minute spell, Bryan Sheehan punishing Dublin’s indiscipline with a string of frees, while Colm Cooper dropped over two more points, the second ensuring he finished as top scorer in the 2011 Championship. It was then that Dublin did what was least expected of them, as McManamon’s goal sparked a never-to-be-forgotten comeback that culminated in Cluxton kicking the winning point in added time.

Dublin Scorers: B Brogan 0-6 (0-4f), K McManamon 1-0, S Cluxton 0-2 (0-2f), A Brogan 0-2, D Bastick 0-1, K Nolan 0-1.

Kerry Scorers: Colm Cooper 1-3 (0-2f), B Sheehan 0-4 (0-3f), K Donaghy 0-2, Declan O’Sullivan 0-1, P Galvin 0-1.

Dublin: S Cluxton; C O’Sullivan, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; J McCarty, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, MD Macauley; P Flynn, B Cahill, B Cullen; A Brogan, D Connolly, B Brogan. Subs: P McMahon for J McCarthy (46), K McManamon for Paul Flynn (51), E O’Gara for B Cahill (57), E Fennell for D Bastick (63)

Kerry: B Kealy; K Young, M Ó Sé, T O’Sullivan; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; A Maher, B Sheehan; D O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, D Walsh; C Cooper, K Donaghy, K O’Leary. Subs: P Galvin for K O’Leary (24), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (44-45), BJ Keane for D Walsh (51), D Bohan for E Brosnan (63)

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)

Attendance: 82,300

Team News

The Kerry Team to play Dublin in the All-Ireland Final on Sunday 18th September is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Killian Young Renard 3. Marc Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht 4. Tom O’Sullivan, Rathmore

5. Tomas Ó Sé An Ghaeltacht 6. Eoin Brosnan Dr Crokes 7. Aidan O’Mahony Rathmore

8. Anthony Maher Duagh 9. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

10. Darran O’Sullivan Glenbeigh/Glencar 11. Declan O’Sullivan Piarsaigh Na Dromada, 12. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

13. Colm Cooper Dr Crokes 14. Kieran Donaghy Austin Stacks 15. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

Subs: 16. Tomas Mac a’tSaoir, An Ghaeltacht, 17. Daniel Bohan, Austin Stacks, 18. Paul Galvin, Finuge, 19. Shane Enright, Tarbert, 20. James O’Donoghue, Legion, 21. Barry John Keane, Kerins O’Rahillys 22. Padraig Reidy, Scartaglin, 23. Peter Crowley, Laune Rangers 24. Tommy Griffin, Daingean Uí Chúis, 25. Johnny Buckley, Dr Crokes 26. Brian McGuire, Listowel Emmet’s 27. Seamus Scanlon, Currow, 28. Niall O’Mahony, Spa , 29. Daithí Ó Geibheannaigh, Daingean Uí Chúis, 30. Adrian O’Connell, St Michaels/Foilmore 31. Daithí Casey, Dr Crokes.

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Physical Coach: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Coach: Donie Buckley (Castleisland Desmonds)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks) & Diarmuid Murphy (Daingean Uí Chúis)

Click here for profiles of the Kerry players

Dublin XV v Kerry in the All-Ireland Football final, Sunday, 18 September at 3.30pm:

Stephen Cluxton, Cian O’Sullivan, Rory O’Carroll, Michael Fitzsimons, James McCarthy, Ger Brennan, Kevin Nolan, Denis Bastick, Michael Darragh MacAuley, Paul Flynn, Barry Cahill, Bryan Cullen, Alan Brogan, Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan.

Paths to the final

Dublin

Dublin 1-16 Laois 0-11 (Leinster quarter-final)

Dublin 1-12 Kildare 1-11 (Leinster semi-final)

Dublin 2-12 Wexford 1-12 (Leinster final)

Dublin 0-22 Tyrone 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Dublin 0-8 Donegal 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 1-14; Average Against: 0-13

Dublin’s Top Scorers

Bernard Brogan…….0-23

Dermot Connolly…..1-10

Alan Brogan………..0-11

Stephen Cluxton……0-10

Paul Flynn…………..1-4

Bryan Cullen………..0-5

Kerry

Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 (Munster quarter-final)

Kerry 1-26 Limerick 3-9 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 1-15 Cork 1-12 (Munster final)

Kerry 1-20 Limerick 0-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Kerry 1-20 Mayo 1-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 1-20; Average Against: 1-11

Kerry’s Top Scorers

Colm Cooper………..1-24

Bryan Sheehan……..2-14

Darran O’Sullivan….3-10

Declan O’Sullivan…0-14

Kieran O’Leary…….0-6

Kieran Donaghy……0-6

Last Championship Clash…

Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (2009 All-Ireland Quarter-final)

Dublin were well fancied after winning the Leinster title for the 5th successive year but were overwhelmed by Kerry right from the start. Kerry led by 1-6 to 0- 1 at the end of the first quarter and by 1-14 to 0-3 at half-time.

Kerry: Diarmuid Murphy; Marc Ó Sé, Tommy Griffin, Tom O’Sullivan (0-1); Tomas Ó Sé (0-2), Mike McCarthy, Killian Young; Darragh Ó Sé, Seamus Scanlon (0-1); Donnacha Walsh (0-1), Tommy Walsh , Paul Galvin (0-2); Colm Cooper (1-7), Declan O’Sullivan (0-3), Darran O’Sullivan (0-3).
Subs: Tadhg Kennelly (0-2), for Tommy Walsh; Paul O’Connor (0-2) for Donnacha Walsh; Sean O’Sullivan for Darran O’Sullivan; Aidan O’Mahony for Young; Micheal Quirke for Darragh Ó Sé.

Dublin: Stephen Cluxton; Paddy Andrews, Denis Bastick, David Henry; Paul Griffin, Barry Cahill (0-1), Bryan Cullen; Ross McConnell, Darren Magee; Paul Flynn, Alan Brogan (0-3), Diarmuid Connolly; Conal Keaney (1-0), Bernard Brogan (0-3), Jason Sherlock.
Subs: Ciaran Whelan for Magee; Pat Burke for Sherlock; Cian O’Sullivan for Cullen; Alan Hubbard for Henry; Shane Ryan for Connolly.

Last Competitive Clash….

Dublin 3-10 Kerry 1-15 (Allianz Football League, 26 February 2011), Croke Park.

Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, S Murray, A Hubbard; D Lally (0-1), J McCarthy, P Casey; D Bastick, B Cahill; P Flynn (0-1), K McManamon (1-1), D Connolly; T Quinn (1-0), B Brogan (0-4), E O’Gara (0-1)
Subs: MD Macauley (1-1) for Bastick; A Brogan (0-1) for Quinn; B Cullen for Connolly; G Brennan for McCarthy; P Andrews for Flynn.

Kerry: B Kealy; P Reidy, M Ó Sé, K Young; T Ó Sé, E Brosnan, A O’Mahony; S Scanlon, B Sheehan (1-5); D Moran (0-1), Darran O’Sullivan (0-2), D Walsh (0-1); C Cooper (0-6), K Donaghy, D Geaney.
Subs: K O’Leary for Geaney; J Lyne for T O Se; A Maher for Brosnan, A O’Connell for O’Mahony.

Dublin v Kerry: Championship History

This will be the 26th championship meeting between the counties since they first met in 1892. Kerry have won 17 times to Dublin’s six while there were two draws.

2009: Kerry 1-24 Dublin 1-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2007: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 0-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)

2004: Kerry 1-15 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2001: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 1-12 (All-Ireland quarter-final replay)

2001: Kerry 1-14 Dublin 2-11 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1985: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 2-8 (All-Ireland final)

1984: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)

1979: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8 (All-Ireland final)

1978: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9 (All-Ireland final)

1977: Dublin 3-12 Kerry 1-13 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1976: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10 (All-Ireland final)

1975: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11 (All-Ireland final)

1965: Kerry 4-8 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1962: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-10 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1959: Kerry 1-10 Dublin 2-5 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1955: Kerry 0-12 Dublin 1-6 (All-Ireland final)

1941: Kerry 2-9 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)

1941: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-4 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1934: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-6 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1932: Kerry 1-3 Dublin 1-1 (All-Ireland semi-final)

1924: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

1923: Dublin 1-5 Kerry 1-3 (All-Ireland final)

1908: Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

1904: Kerry 0-5 Dublin 0-2 (All-Ireland final)

1892 Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3 (All-Ireland final)

Dublin-Kerry All-Ireland Finals

They have met in twelve All-Ireland finals with the score 8-4 in Kerry’s favour.

1985: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 2-8

1984: Kerry 0-14 Dublin 1-6

1979: Kerry 3-13 Dublin 1-8

1978: Kerry 5-11 Dublin 0-9

1976: Dublin 3-8 Kerry 0-10

1975: Kerry 2-12 Dublin 0-11

1955: Kerry 0-12 Dublin 1-6

1924: Kerry 0-4 Dublin 0-3

1923: Dublin 1-5 Kerry 1-3

1908: Dublin 0-10 Kerry 0-3

1904: Kerry 0-5 Dublin 0-2

1892: Dublin 1-4 Kerry 0-3

BEN BROSNAN LEADS SCORING TABLE

Wexford’s Ben Brosnan has a five point lead at the top of the scoring ladder for the 2011 GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship but could be caught on All-Ireland final day. Kerry’s Colm Cooper is best placed to overtake the prolific Wexford man as he is only five points behind. Dublin’s top scorer, Bernard Brogan is nine points behind Brosnan. Johnny Doyle (Kildare), who topped the scoring lists last year is in joint second place with Cooper.

Championship 2011 – Top Scorers

Ben Brosnan (Wexford)……..0-32 (32pts)

Colm Cooper (Kerry)…………1-24 (27pts)

John Doyle (Kildare)………..2-21 (27pts)

Donncha O’Connor (Cork)…4-14 (26pts)

Cian Ward (Meath)………….4-12 (24pts)

Ciaran Lyng (Wexford)………1-21 (24pts)

Bernard Brogan (Dublin).…..0-23 (23pts)

Cillian O’Connor (Mayo)……1-19 (22pts)

Donie Shine (Roscommon)…1-19 (22pts)

Daniel Goulding (Cork)…….2-16 (22pts)

GAA FOOTBALL ALL-IRELAND SENIOR ROLL OF HONOUR

Between them, Kerry and Dublin have won 58 All-Ireland titles as they lead the way comfortably at the top of the honours’ table. Kerry are seeking their 37th title while Dublin are chasing their 23rd crown. Kerry have won six titles since Dublin were last successful in 1995.

36 – KERRY (1903-04-09-13-14-24-26-29-30-31-32-37-39-40-41-46-53-55-59-62-69-70-75-78-79-80-81-84-85-86-97-2000-2004-2006-2007-2009)

22 – DUBLIN (1891-92-97-98-99-1901-02-06-07-08-21-22-23-42-58-63-74-76-77-83-95)

9 – Galway (1925-34-38-56-64-65-66-98-2001)

7 – Meath (1949-54-67-87-88-96-99)

6 – Cork (1890-1911-45-73-89-90)

5 – Down (1960-61-68-91-94)

5 – Cavan (1933-35-47-48-52)

5 – Wexford (1893-1915-16-17-18)

4 – Kildare (1905-19-27-28)

4 – Tipperary (1889-95-1900-1920)

3 – Louth (1910-12-57)

3 – Mayo (1936-50-51)

3 – Offaly (1971-72-82)

3- Tyrone (2003-2005-2008)

2 – Limerick (1887-1896)

2 – Roscommon (1943-44)

1 – Armagh (2002)

All-Ireland Minor Football Final – Tipperary 3-9 Dublin 1-14

Slievenamon in full cry as Tipp storm home 

All-Ireland MFC Final: Dublin 1-14 Tipperary 3-09

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

TIPPERARY’S minor football campaign this year was a stirring tale long before yesterday’s All-Ireland decider in Croke Park. Washing away 16 years of heartache in the provincial arena and toppling a series of established counties ensured 2011 would be recalled with fond memories, whatever the outcome of the decider. And yesterday David Power’s charges ensured their season concluded in a dream fashion as they claimed an astonishing victory over Dublin in a blaze of late drama.

It was an game where Dublin enjoyed a large level of superiority and deservedly led as the clock ticked down. Their two-point advantage with five minutes remaining was not reflective of the level of control they had exerted but they still looked set to secure silverware. However Tipperary have displayed a fearless streak in their play this season and they remained in contention, undaunted by the deficit they faced. They were rewarded for that bravery and grit with their two half-time subs stepping forward late on to make pivotal contributions. Moyle Rovers player Phillip Quirke provided aerial power when introduced at centre-forward and his point-kicking was also hugely impressive. He raised his third white flag in the 55th minute to cut the gap to one before Clonmel Commercials youngster Colman Kennedy demonstrated his super sub credentials moments later.

An errant pass by Dublin goalkeeper Ross O’Hanlon was seized on by hard-working captain Liam McGrath and when the ball fell to Kennedy, he unleashed a stinging 20-yard drive to the net. It was a sensational strike, given the simple option was to tap over a point and tie the game. But Kennedy was rewarded for taking a daring approach and in a frenetic finale Tipperary’s defence only leaked a point when Ciarán Kilkenny converted a free.

Dublin had their chances to secure a replay, yet the wretched shooting that blighted their second-half display surfaced again in injury-time. Tipperary grimly protected their advantage and referee Padraig Hughes full-time whistle delivered their first title at this grade since 1934. That prompted riotous celebrations on the pitch and vociferous renditions of Slievenamon by the large band of Premier supporters congregated in the upper tier of the Hogan Stand. This was a crown to cherish, achieved courtesy of defeats this season over the Big Three in Munster (Cork, Kerry and Limerick), the Big Two in Leinster (Meath and Dublin), and the Connacht champions Roscommon.

It will take Dublin time to fathom how they lost this game. In the first-half they were excellent, hitting the high notes that had been evident throughout their march to this juncture. John Small and Patrick O’Higgins gave them a physical edge around the middle, wing-back Jack McCaffrey was in stellar form while Ciaran Kilkenny starred as he orchestrated Dublin’s attacking movements. Kilkenny kicked five points in that opening period with his pace and poise proving problematic for the Tipperary rearguard. Paul Mannion also got in on the scoring act while Gavin Ivory bounded clear for a terrific sixth minute goal after great work by McCaffrey.

Dublin led 1-10 to 2-2 at the interval yet there was enough in their own first-half display to sustain Tipperary’s hopes at the break. Liam McGrath showed how the Dublin defence could be prised apart, tearing through for a wonderful individual goal in the second minute and then forcing the foul in the 30th minute that lead to Tipperary being awarded a penalty. Facing into a Hill 16 packed with ardent Dublin fans, Michael Quinlivan kept his cool to tuck the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

In the second-half Tipperary plugged the gaps at the back, benefitted from the impact of substitutes like Quirke and Kennedy, and significantly made a purposeful opening. They shot over the first four points after the restart through Kennedy (2), Quirke and Quinlivan, and that burst of scores brought them back into contention. Dublin resumed control in the middle period of the second-half yet tellingly they could never put Tipperary away and the greatest margin they enjoyed on the scoreboard was three points. Tipperary were always within touching distance and when the chances arose late on, they pounced for a famous triumph.

Scorers for Tipperary: C Kennedy (0-2f), L McGrath (0-1f) 1-2 each, M Quinlivan 1-1 (1-0 pen), P Quirke 0-3, B Maher 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: C Kilkenny 0-7 (0-3f), G Ivory 1-1, P Mannion 0-2 (0-1f), J Small, J McCaffrey, E Ó’Conghaile, C Costello 0-1 each.

Subs for Tipperary: P Quirke for J McGrath (half-time), C Kennedy for Ryan (half-time), A McGuire for O’Riordan (43), J Lonergan for Henry (51), J Martin for Maher (55).

Subs for Dublin: D Campbell for Meaney (40), D Byrne for Hannigan (53), N Scully for Fulham (59).

Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)


Power looks to a bright future for the Premier

Tipperary reaction: Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

HE was fresh from steering Tipperary to a rare All-Ireland football triumph but in the midst of the euphoric celebrations in Croke Park yesterday, David Power was already thinking of the future. The Tipperary minor boss believes this victory can be the springboard for the county to enjoy greater days ahead. “We’re after winning a minor All-Ireland and it’s huge,” he said. “It sends home a message that we can back up all the talk. We’re going to enjoy this for the next couple of weeks but the work only begins now. The launchpad is there for us and hopefully after this team winning, the U21s and senior team will take confidence from the achievement. “It’s going to help all the super coaches that are coaching U14, U15, U16 and U17 squads. It’ll give them an extra incentive to do it. “I’m fortunate to lead a great management team and set of players. It’s a whole network. John Evans has been a great help to me. Alan O’Connor my physical coach, my three selectors Pat Murphy, Tadhg Duggan and Fergal McDonnell, and the county football board.”

Power praised the battling qualities of his players who once again persevered until the finish. “At half-time we were up against it again. Something like the Kerry game if not by quite as much. There is great fighting spirit in this team and they never give up. We kept plugging away and our backs were outstanding. Dublin have some great forwards too like Ciaran Kilkenny and Gavin Ivory. We’re after beating a very good team.” Tipperary’s self-belief has been key in pulling them through games this year and Power also revealed that some fathers of the Tipperary players were rewarded for the punt they took on their All-Ireland chances earlier in the year. “A couple of fathers after the Kerry game, I think they got us at 66-1 to win the All-Ireland. It’s brilliant. “I said the three things I always do at half-time before they go out — win the throw-in, get the first score and win the second half. “We didn’t win the throw-in but we got the first score and had no choice but to win the second half. Self-belief got us through.”

The contribution of Tipp’s substitutes was invaluable. Power espoused the virtues of his panel all season and that was reflected in the dazzling scoring of Phillip Quirke and Colman Kennedy. Yet the decision of match-winner Kennedy to attempt that late goal took his manager by surprise. “I’ll be honest I was hoping he’d go for the point. If he’d missed it I would have killed him. But he scored a goal like it against Kerry too. It’s all about the panel of 34. I said we’d need five subs and by God we did.” Meanwhile captain Liam McGrath paid tribute to camaraderie in the Tipp football camp and believed it was key to their success this year. “The panel is unbelievable, there’s a real family atmosphere there. Everyone knows each other and has the craic together. For myself, it’s just incredible to win a football medal. At home in Loughmore, football would mean more to a lot of people than hurling would. There’s some lads there, the old lads in the club, that would be delighted by that. It’s a great feeling.”


Late wonder-goal Tipps scales to break young Dub’s hearts

Tipperary 3-9 Dublin 1-14

By Cliona Foley for the Irish Independent newspaper

TIPPERARY may not have retained hurling’s big gong this season but their minor footballers captured a historic All-Ireland yesterday that will surely accelerate the county’s burgeoning football revolution. The way they snatched it at the death — a 57th-minute wonder-goal from super-sub Colman Kennedy to steal it by a point — only added to the conclusion of their fairytale season. Flying starts to both halves, a gutsy second-half comeback and Kennedy’s fantastic strike left the heavily fancied Baby Dubs in tears. And it was particularly heartbreaking for the quartet of losing dual starters, who also lost the minor hurling final two weeks ago. But a late defensive blunder, and getting hit by a bad dose of the yips in the second half, cost Dessie Farrell’s side heavily and underlined, yet again, the mental frailty that affects inexperienced teenagers when the sporting spotlight searches them out.

For Tipp’s giantkillers, and particularly Kennedy, this was Roy of the Rovers stuff. It was all of 77 years since the county’s last and only minor football victory, but that 1934 title was won in the boardroom. This was the first All-Ireland they won on the field of play and confirmed they are an emerging football force. They had taken out Munster’s ‘big three’ this summer and this had distinct echoes of their 11-point semi-final comeback against Kerry.

That memory was used at half-time by manager David Power when they trailed by five points, 1-10 to 2-2. “Yeah, I said to the lads, ‘this is just like the Kerry game all over again, we just have to come back and fight.’ And we did, we really showed our steel,” grinned Power (28). No sooner had they made history than he declared: “This is just the start. It sends home a message that we can back up all the talk, we’re after winning a minor All-Ireland, that’s huge. It is going to help all the super underage coaches we have, but the work only begins now.”

Power was quick to stress that it was a team effort, both on the field and on the sideline, and the latter certainly made some crucial calls. The underdogs blasted out of the traps, scoring 1-1 within 99 seconds of throw-in, the goal coming from captain Liam McGrath. But they didn’t score again for 18 minutes as Dublin hit them with an unanswered 1-7, goaling themselves after just six minutes when Jack McCaffrey put Gavin Ivory through to finish.

Tipp folk looked like they were going to be haunted by ‘Kilkenny’ for a second final in a row, as Ciaran Kilkenny was totally controlling the game, scoring 0-5 (2f) by half-time despite some tight marking from John Meagher. Dublin were also on top in midfield and their pressure game was swamping Tipp in every sector. But somehow Tipp didn’t panic and their second goal, created and scored by full-forward Michael Quinlivan, was vital. He floated in a perfect line-ball to McGrath, who was taken down by Dublin ‘keeper Ross O’Hanlon for a penalty. Quinlivan faced the wrath of The Hill and slotted it home.

Then Tipp’s management made some vital switches. They started John McGrath (brother of senior hurler Noel), who did well, yet replaced him at half-time with their regular centre-forward Philip Quirke, and also threw Kennedy into the mix. The result was explosive, as within 90 seconds of the restart they had both scored. Kennedy would end with 1-2 (2f), their joint top scorer. Quirke wrestled back midfield and finished with 0-3 from play, two of them long-range boomers.

Tipp scored the first four points of the second half to cut the deficit to a point and had the gap to a minimum three times in the next 25 minutes. Yet Dublin managed to edge ahead each time even though, with the finish-line in sight, they got hit terribly by nerves and shot 10 second-half wides. Then came a two-minute spell that proved particularly costly. Scott Fulham went for a goal when a point would have put them two clear again, and was blocked.

Tipp swept downfield and then Dublin goalkeeper O’Hanlon made a bad pass to Rutherson Real. Kennedy nipped in to rob the ball and shot that wonder-goal from all of 20 yards out. Kilkenny got a free to cut the gap back to one again, but in those dying minutes Dublin kicked two more wides and wasted another ball over the sideline as their composure deserted them. Like any good minor manager, Farrell didn’t single out any individual but blamed their collective loss of composure and exhaustion. “We had a very bad start, and to get that back, and get our heads in front at half-time, we expended an awful lot of energy,” he said. “That meant a lot of weary limbs and tired bodies late in the game and a lot of bad decisions were taken, but I’m immensely proud of the journey these lads have taken. “Tipperary just deserve great credit, they’ve been digging it out all year.”

Scorers — Tipperary: L McGrath (0-1f), C Kennedy (0-2f) 1-2 each, M Quinlivan 1-1 (1-0 pen), P Quirke 0-3, B Maher 0-1. Dublin: C Kilkenny 0-7 (3f), G Ivory 1-1, P Mannion 0-2(1f), J Small, J McCaffrey, E O’Conghaile, C Costello 0-1 each.

Tipperary — E Comerford 7; N O’Sullivan 6, J Meagher 7, C O’Sullivan 7; C O’Riordan 6, D Fitzelle 7, S Kennedy 6; S O’Brien 6, I Fahey 6; G Henry 8, J McGrath 8, B Maher 7; L McGrath (Capt) 8, M Quinlivan 9, TJ Ryan 6. Subs: P Quirke 9 for J McGrath (half-time), C Kennedy 9 for Ryan (h-t), A McGuire 7 for O’Riordan (43), J Lonergan 7 for Henry (51), J Martin 6 for Maher (55).

Dublin — R O’Hanlon 6; G Hannigan 6, R McDaid (Capt) 7, R Real 8; E Lowndes 6, J Small 7, J McCaffrey 7; P O’Higgins 8, E O’Conghaile 6; C Costello 6, C Kilkenny 9, G Ivory 7; S Fulham 6, P Mannion 7, C Meaney 7. Subs: D Campbell 8 for Meaney (39), D Byrne 7 for Hannigan (inj, 53), N Scully for Fulham (59).

Ref — P Hughes (Armagh)


Tipperary claim first Minor title since 1934

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, September 18, 2011

GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Final

Dublin 1-14 Tipperary 3-9

Tipperary are All-Ireland Minor champions for the first time since 1934 following a dramatic victory over Dublin in a thrilling final at Croke Park on Sunday. After a brilliant start – they scored 1-1 in the first two minutes – Tipperary trailed until the closing stages of the game when Colman Kennedy smashed home a 57th minute goal that effectively won them the title. Dublin responded well to the concession of that early goal and a purple patch which yielded 1-7 without reply, including a Gavin Ivory wonder strike, left them comfortably ahead, 1-10 to 2-2, at the break.

However, the Dubs probably should have led by more at that stage but for a Michael Quinlivan penalty just before half-time, which gave Tipperary a cause to rally around. And rally they did, kicking the first four points of the second half to cut the gap back to a single point within seven minutes of the restart. Philip Quirke, who was brought on as a sub at half-time, made a massive impact in the second half, scoring three points from play and keeping Tipperary in the game as the clock counted down.

Then, with three minutes left Dublin goalkeeper Ross O’Hanlon unwisely sent a hand pass to full-back Robert McDaid, who was stripped of the ball and substitute Kennedy rifled it into the top corner. Although Ciarán Kilkenny kicked his seventh point of the game in injury time to close the gap to one, Dublin failed to find an equaliser and the victory went to the Premier County, just their second ever in the grade.

As rank outsiders to win a first Minor title in 77 years, Tipperary needed a good start. They got a great one, Bill Maher sending over a point at the end of the first move of the game, before danger man Liam McGrath scored a quite remarkable goal a minute later. McGrath sliced through the entire Dublin defence and finished neatly past O’Hanlon to give his side a 1-1 to 0-0 lead. Dublin, clearly the bigger and stronger side, soon got on top after that poor start and two Paul Mannion points did a lot to settle their nerves. After that the powerful Dublin midfield of Emmet Ó Conghaile and Patrick O’Higgins began to dominate and it was one-way traffic for the next 15 minutes.

Just six minutes in, Dublin had scrubbed Tipp’s lead, as Gavin Ivory did his very best to outdo Liam McGrath by scoring an equally stunning goal. Ivory profited from Dublin’s ability to win primary ball, took a pass in his stride and unleashed a superb shot into the top corner. With Ciarán Kilkenny and Cormac Costello shining in attack, Dublin racked up 1-7 without reply in an electrifying 14-minute spell. Tipperary were struggling without any real target in attack and they continually coughed up possession.

However, they might well have come right back into the game when Ian Fahey was presented with a great chance after good work by Maher, but the giant midfielder skewed his shot badly wide. Tipperary had a goal just before the break, though, when Liam McGrath was taken down by Dublin goalkeeper O’Hanlon and referee Pádraig Hughes pointed to the spot. Quinlivan smashed home from the spot. Five down at the break, that gap was cut to one within seven minutes of the second half, as Kennedy and Quirke, half-time subs, mad a huge impact in the Tipperary attack. It was nip and tuck until the closing stages when Kennedy stepped up to inscribe his name in Tipperary folklore with a brilliantly-taken goal.

Dublin Scorers: C Kilkenny 0-7 (0-3f), G Ivory 1-1, P Mannion 0-2 (0-1f), C Costello 0-1, E Ó Conghaile 0-1, J McCaffrey 0-1, J Small 0-1.

Tipperary Scorers: L McGrath 1-2, C Kennedy 1-2, M Quinlivan 1-1 (1-0 pen), P Quirke 0-3, B Maher 0-1.

Dublin: R O’Hanlon; G Hannigan, R McDaid, R Real; E Lowndes, J Small, J McCaffrey; P O’Higgins, E Ó Conghaile; C Costello, C Kilkenny, G Ivory; S Fulham, P Mannion, C Meaney. Subs: D Campbell for C Meaney (40), D Byrne for G Hannigan (53), N Scully for S Fulham (60).

Tipperary: E Comerford; N O’Sullivan, J Meagher, C O’Sullivan; C O’Riordan, D Fitzelle, S Kennedy; S O’Brien, I Fahey; G Henry, P Quirke, B Maher; L McGrath, M Quinlivan, TJ Ryan. Subs: P Quirke for J McGrath (HT), C Kennedy for TJ Ryan (HT), A McGuire for C O’Riordan (44), J Lonergan for G Henry (51), J Martin for B Maher (55).

Referee: P Hughes (Armagh)


Power pays tribute to Tipp’s fighting spirit

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Tipperary Minor manager David Power believes that the spirit within his team was the difference come the final whistle as his players overcame a well-fancied Dublin side at Croke Park earlier today to claim a first All-Ireland title for the county in the grade since 1934. Tipp were trailing by a single point coming towards the final stages of the game but a goal from Colman Kennedy with two minutes remaining on the clock was crucial to the outcome.

“I suppose at half-time we were up against it, just like the Kerry game,” said Power. “But there is fighting spirit and steel in this team. They never give up and that showed in the last two minutes when we got that goal. It’s just fantastic just fantastic.” Both sides were guilty of missing chances but the Premier County boss believes a lot of credit must go to his defenders who held out under some fierce pressure throughout the 60 minutes. “Tipp and Dublin missed easy chances and maybe on another day they would have went over but we kept plugging away. The backs were outstanding as they blocked and tackled and this Dublin team has some great forwards. Kilkenny, Ivory, the list goes on.

“I’ve been saying that it’s all about the panel of 34 and I can’t name the 34 or tog out the 34 of the players that are our panel and I said it that we needed five subs and by God did we need the five subs. The players that came on were just brilliant and they worked so hard.” He joked that his heart was in his mouth when Kennedy was preparing to take the shot that won the game. There was only one point between the sides and most would have taken their point but the second half sub made sure of the win with his fine finish. “To be honest I was going to kill him if he missed but Colman Kennedy scored a goal like that against Kerry so I wasn’t that surprised in the end,” he added.

The structure that has been put in place in Tipperary has started to pay dividends and almost half of the panel is able to play again next year, but Power is not looking that far down the road just yet. “Eighteen of this panel of 34 is able to play again next year and I know that doesn’t mean anything but we’re just going to enjoy this because we’ve worked so hard for this.”

 

Team News

The Tipperary minor football team to play Dublin in Sunday’s All Ireland minor final is unchanged from the team which defeated Roscommon in the semi- final at Croke Park on Sunday August 21. The team is:

  1. Evan Comerford (Clonmel Commercials)
  2. Niall O’Sullivan (Moycarkey-Borris)
  3. John Meagher (Loughmore Castleiney)
  4. Conor O’Sullivan (Galtee Rovers)
  5. Colin O’Riordan (JK Brackens)
  6. Dylan Fitzelle (Cashel King Cormacs)
  7. Seamus Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials)
  8. Stephen O’Brien (Ballina)
  9. Ian Fahey (Clonmel Commercials)
  10. Greg Henry (Killenaule)
  11. Philip Quirke (Moyle Rovers)
  12. Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
  13. Liam McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney) Captain
  14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)
  15. TJ Ryan (Rockwell Rovers)

 

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TV3 & 3e

Paths to the final

Dublin

Dublin 4-15 Westmeath 0-8

Dublin 0-10 Longford 0-5

Dublin 2-18 Meath 1-11 (Leinster final)

Dublin 1-11 Cork 1-3 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Dublin 1-11 Galway 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 1-15 Average Against: 0-9

Tipperary

Tipperary 1-13 Limerick 0-9

Tipperary 2-12 Kerry 3-8

Tipperary3-11 Cork 1-9 (Munster final)

Tipperary 0-11 Meath 0-7 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Tipperary 1-11 Roscommon 0-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 1-13; Average Against: 0-12

GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Roll of Honour

11 – Kerry (1931-32-33-46-50-62-63-75-80-88-94)

10 – Cork (1961-67-68-69-72-74-81-91-93-2000)

10 – DUBLIN (1930-45-54-55-56-58-59-79-82-84)

7 – Tyrone (1947-48-73-98-2001-2004-2008-2010)

6 – Galway (1952-60-70-76-86-2007)

6 – Mayo (1935-53-66-71-78-85)

4 – Derry (1965-83-89-2002)

4 – Down (1977-87-99-2005)

4 – Roscommon (1939-41-51-2006)

3 – Laois (1996-97-2003)

3 – Meath (1957-90-92)

2 – Cavan (1937-38)

2 – Louth (1936-40)

2 – Armagh (1949)

1 – Clare (1929)

1 – Offaly (1964)

1 – TIPPERARY (1934)

1 – Westmeath (1995)

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling All Ireland U21 B Championship Final – Kerry 0-16 Westmeath 1-9

NOLAN STARS AS KERRY COMPLETE HISTORIC 3 IN A ROW U-21 WINS

All-Ireland U-21 B Hurling Final

Kerry 0-16 Westmeath 1-9

By Murt Murphy for the Kerry GAA web site

Kerry produced a superb performance to capture the All-Ireland U-21 B Hurling title for the third year on the trot with a four point win over Westmeath at Semple Stadium Thurles this evening. Kerry led 0-9 to 0-7 and despite shooting sixteen wides, John Meyler’s young guns never looked in any danger of losing with Shane Nolan giving a Man of the match display. The Crotta O’Neill’s forward, , scored 0-11 as the Kingdom secured a four-point victory against Westmeath. Remarkably, Nolan has played in each of the last three years for Kerry’s successful under 21 teams and is eligible once again for this grade next year, but overall Kerry dominated in most sectors of the pitch.

However they could never relax against this Westmeath side because of some very wayward shooting but Kerry boss John Meyler will be pleased that the players that he hoped would step up to the plate, did exactly that. Martin Stackpoole, was ultra reliable in goal, making a number of crucial saves and his lengthy puck-outs were also a big bonus. He would appear to have leapfrogged JB O’Halloran as number two to Bernard Rochford on the senior squad and looks to have a bright future. Westmeath came with a big reputation in their full-forward but they were met head on by Kerry’s best line, which just like the semi final against Roscommon, was the fullback line.

Brian Murphy from Causeway, continues the catch the eye at fullback with another superb display of defending. His bravery under the dropping ball, his ability to read the game and his blocking were once again superb and he will be a senior in the near future. He got great help from his two cornerbacks, James O’Connor and captain Jason Bowler who hurled magnificently throughout, clearing their lines time and time again while they also swept up behind their fullback.

Centre back Anthony Fealy is improving with every outing and is developing into a top class defender, another with a tremendous positional sense. The diminutive PJ Keane was tenacious throughout ands got his stick in to effect some vital blocks, while Jason Leahy, was tight and cleared some great ball in the second half. Overall the Kerry defence, was superb in both games and John Meyler and his management team will be looking to get three or four players for next years senior squad, and should have little difficulty in finding them.

The selection of Sean Dowling at midfield with Brendan Brosnan might well have seen as a risk but Dowling hurled admirably and god in some great work for his team with Brosnan being his assured self after a torrid ten minutes before half time against Clarke. The Kerry attack was superbly led by Shane Nolan who was always threat, and his point taking from the wings was most impressive. He rallied his side when Westmeath threatened to spoil the party and he is fast developing into a classy performer.

Darragh O’Connell missed some frees early on, which may have affected his performance but when the game was getting tight, O’Connell showed his class with some great fetching and running at opponents. Ronan Kenny tried hard and got in some useful work, while young Pa Joe Connolly showed glimpses of the young talent that he is, and though Colm Harty and Patrick O’Keeffe have had better outings, they still played a part. Two of the substitutes who cam in early showed up well with Sean Weir adding pace to the attack while Alan O’Leary got stuck with some excellent defensive work late on.

Kerry were on top from the very outset and raced 0-5 to 0-1 clear by the 17th minute but Kerry shot six wides also. Darragh O’Connell at the fourth attempt posted Kerry’s first score in the 6th minute from a free, and points followed from Ronan Kenny, Brendan Brosnan, Pat Joe Connelly, and Shane Nolan with Barry O’Meara opening Westmeath’s account in the 14th minute. Kerry continued to rack up the wides but still led 0-6 to 0-3 after twenty three minutes, with Nolan adding another point. Kerry then lost their way a little coming up to half time with Westmeath’s John Gilligan and both midfielders winning vital possession, and points flowed from O’Meara, Boyle, McGrath and Dowdall. Kerry responded with three from Nolan, one from a ‘65, and Nolan and Kenny had by now swapped positions.

Kerry led 0-9 to 0-7 at the interval but had shot eight wides so nothing was secured as the teams retired to the dressing rooms. The introduction of Sean Weir gave Kerry more penetration in attack and if they had taken their chances in the third quarter, they would have been home and hosed. Westmeath might have goaled in the 38th minute when Dowdall shot across Stackpoole but outside the right hand post, as Kerry had to wait until the 40th minute for their score of the half from Shane Nolan who followed quickly with another class effort. When Pa Joe Connolly made it 0-12 to 0-7, it was almost game over considering r the way Brian Murphy and the Kerry defence were playing.

However by the 46th minute Kerry had amassed 13 wides and then Martin Stackpoole made a great save from McGrath in the 47th minute but Boyle pointed the ’65 and followed up with another from play and suddenly with twelve minutes left, the gap was three. There was to be no comeback by Westmeath however as Shane Nolan took over with Darragh O’Connor and Sean Weir providing the assists , he added three more points to push Kerry six in front.

It was now back to wall stuff by Kerry with some heroic defending as Keane denied O’Meara, and Stackpoole denied Boyle with a stunning save. O’Connor, Murphy, Leahy and Fealy all cleared dangerous situations. In the final minute Westmeath did get a goal from McGrath after a free had been blocked – but a superb Darragh O’Connell led to a free that Nolan converted and Kerry were All-Ireland Champions for the third year in a row. It has been a great year for Kerry hurling, with a Chritsy Ring Cup and All-Ireland U-21 title plus retention of Div 2 status so well done to John Meyler and his management team, for continuing to point Kerry hurling in the

Scorers — Kerry: S Nolan 0-11 (5f, 1 ’65’), PJ Connolly 0-2, B Brosnan, R Kenny, D O’Connell (f) 0-1 each.

Westmeath: A Clarke 1-1, C Boyle 0-3 (1 ’65’), B O’Meara 0-2 (1f), N Dowdall, A McGrath, C Murphy 0-1 each.

Kerry: M Stackpoole; J O’Connor, B Murphy, J Bowler; PJ Keane, A Fealy, J Leahy; B Brosnan, S Dowling; D O’Connell, R Kenny, P O’Keeffe; C Harty, S Nolan, PJ Connolly. Subs: S Weir for O’Keeffe (h-t), A O’Leary for Harty (38), S Leen for Connolly (59), B Leen for Kenny (60+2).

Westmeath: S McGovern; S Fagan, C Slator, A Fitzsimons; N Dowdall, J Gilligan, P Dermody; A Clarke, C Boyle; K Martin, A McGrath, T Doyle; C Murphy, S Boylan, B O’Meara. Subs: M Heffernan for Murphy (41), C Scally for McGrath (49).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Team News

KERRY U21 HURLING TEAM FOR ALL IRELAND FINAL

The Kerry U21 team V Westmeath on Saturday 10th September has been announced and is as follows:

1. Martin Stackpoole (Lixnaw)
2. James O Connor (Abbeydorney) 3. Brian Murphy (Causeway) 4. Jason Bowler, Captain (Ballyduff)
5. PJ Keane (Abbeydorney) 6. Anthony Fealy (Causeway) 7. Jason Leahy (Causeway)
8. Brendan Brosnan (Lixnaw) 9. Sean Dowling (Kilmoyley)
10. Darragh O’Connell (Abbeydorney) 11. Ronan Kenny (Ballyheigue) 12. Patrick O’Keeffe (Glenflesk)
13. Colm Harty (Causeway) 14. Shane Nolan (Crotta O’Neills) 15. Pa Joe Connolly (Ballyduff)

Substitutes : 16. Nicholas Leen (Ballyduff) 17. Stephen Leen (Ardfert) 18.Anthony Carroll (Ballyduff) 19. Brian Leen (Abbeydorney) 20. Kevin Orpen (Ardfert) 21. Sean Weir (Crotta O’Neills) 22. Alan O’Leary (Kenmare) 23. Adam White (Causeway) 24. John Brendan O’Halloran (Kilmoyley) 25. Conor Fitzelle (Kilmoyley) 26. Micheal O Sullivan (Kilgarvan) 27. Gary Marshall , Douglas 28.Thomas Quill, Crotta O’Neills

Bainisteoir John Meyler

Trainer Joe O’Connor

Maor Foirne Frank Flannery

Selector John Hennessey

Selector Sean O’Shea

Physiotherapist Trudy Tait

2011 MBNA Kick Fada

Big boot: Duffy lifts Kick Fada title

Monaghan goalkeeper Shane Duffy lifted the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada title on Saturday afternoon. Duffy held off competition from Crossmaglen Rangers and Armagh star Paul Hearty and Paul Flood, from Maynooth in Co Kildare, to win the crown.

The Magheracloone man won with a 60-metre kick, edging out Hearty and Flood by a tight margin in windy conditions at the Bray Emmets club in Co Wicklow at the weekend. The Kick Fada competition is a relatively recent addition to the GAA calendar, as football’s version of the age-old Poc Fada which takes place over the Cooley Mountains on August Bank Holiday weekend.

The MBNA-sponsored event determines the longest and most accurate kicker in Gaelic football, with contestants required to kick the ball over the bar through specific competition goalposts which are twice the width of conventional goal sizes. Twice the width of conventional goal-posts? Duffy’s teammates in the Monaghan forward line could do with something like that to give them a chance of ending their 24-year wait for an Ulster football title.

 

 

Donegal’s Brian McEniff Recognised by Hall of Fame Award

GAA Stars Urged to Break 10 year Record at the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada

24th August 2011 – Donegal’s Brian McEniff today joined the ranks of the great and the good of Gaelic Football as he was inducted into the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame at a special presentation ceremony in Croke Park.

Brian was joined in Croke Park for the announcement by former MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame recipients including Billy Morgan (2010), Frank McGuigan (2009), Jimmy Keaveney (2006), Donie O’Sullivan (2004), Paddy Doherty (2008), and Peter Nolan (2003).

A legend in both the Donegal and wider GAA community, Brian has enjoyed an outstanding career both as a player and manager for over forty years. An All-Star in 1972, he featured in the first Donegal team to win an Ulster Championship that year. A member of St Joseph’s GAA Club (a combination of Bundoran and Ballyshannon) Brian also won numerous club titles in both Donegal and Ulster.

It was his move into management where Brian really made his mark, leading Donegal to an All Ireland in 1992, Ulster to 10 Railway Cups between 1983-2007, a member of the management team when Sligo claimed a Connaught Championship in 1975 and also as Ireland Manager where he lead Irish Compromise Rules Teams in 2000 and 2001.

Commenting at the presentation, Suzanne Holmes communications director, MBNA said, “Brian’s achievements as both a player and a manager are matched only by his love and commitment to Gaelic Football and to the GAA as a whole. We are delighted and honoured to recognise Brian’s achievements and welcome him into the MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame. We have no doubt that Brian will continue to play an influential role within the GAA in the years ahead and we wish him every success.”

MBNA Kick Fada Hall of Fame

2010 Billy Morgan Cork

2009 Frank McGuigan Tyrone

2008 Paddy Doherty Down

2007 Mick O’Dwyer Kerry

2006 Jimmy Keaveney Dublin

2005 Dermot Earley (RIP) Roscommon

2004 Donie O’Sullivan Kerry

2003 Peter Nolan Offaly & New York

Now in its tenth year the MBNA Hall of Fame Award has recognised many of the greats of Gaelic Football and forms part of MBNA’s sponsorship of the Kick Fada competition which will be held at Bray Emmet’s GAA Club on Saturday September 10th 2011.

GAA players from across Ireland will be attempting to break the Kick Fada distance records for both male and female players which now stand for a decade.

The Kick Fada records which stand at 73m for men and 52m for women were set in 2001 by Mark Herbert from Kildare and Suzanne Hughes from Dublin.

Any GAA players interested in taking part in the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada competition can contact PJ Cunningham of Bray Emmet’s GAA Club on 086 8217631 or go to www.brayemmets.com and become a fan on facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/people/Bray-Emmets/100001032670648#!/people/Bray-Emmets/100001032670648?sk=wall

Fans can also follow the latest news from the MBNA Kick Fada competition on www.mbna.ie/kickfada

 

GAA Stars Urged to Break 10-Year Record at the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada

Male and Female Club Players Nationwide Urged to Compete!

Dublin, 27 July 2011: Placed ball specialists Bryan Sheehan of Kerry and Paul Durcan of Donegal took time out in advance of the eagerly anticipated all-Ireland Football Quarter Finals this weekend to launch the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada competition. They were joined in Croke Park by members of Bray Emmets GAA club and MBNA and current record holder Mark Herbert from Kildare where they issued a challenge to GAA players from both club and county to take part in the 2011 competition and break the Kick Fada distance records which now stand for a decade.

The Kick Fada records which stand at 73m for men and 52m for women were set in 2001 by four-time MBNA Kick Fada Champion Mark Herbert from the Ballyteague GAA Club and Suzanne Hughes from Ballyboden St Endas GAA Club in Dublin. Over 20 inter-county stars are expected to accept the record-breaking challenge and take part in the 2011 competition, which takes place in Bray Emmets GAA Club on Saturday, 10 September.

Speaking at the launch, Suzanne Holmes, communications director, MBNA, outlined the challenge facing 2011 competitors, “Breaking the 10-year record will be a considerable feat for any player. For the men, the distance required is equal to one and half times that of an Olympic swimming pool or placing 18 cars end to end! We are confident however that the 2011 competitors for the MBNA Kick Fada will have what it takes, and we are looking forward to the competition in September.”

The MBNA Kick Fada determines who is the longest and most accurate kicker of a Gaelic football in Ireland. Competitors must kick the ball over the bar through specific competition goalposts twice the width of conventional goal sizes.

Explaining the considerable interest in the MBNA Kick Fada competition among established GAA inter-county stars, competition organiser Dermot O’Brien of Bray Emmets GAA Club said, “Over the last 11 years, a huge array of inter-county stars have taken part annually in the competition. Ultimately, any player at inter-county level is a serious competitor at heart and the opportunity to test the core skill of kicking a Gaelic football against top quality opposition in a novel fashion becomes addictive. In 2010, we had players from over 15 counties represented, including 2010 Player of the Year Bernard Brogan, and our aim is to have every county in Ireland represented.”

Over the last decade, MBNA has contributed to the grass roots of Gaelic Games through their NUI Maynooth Scholarship programme; paid tribute to some of the greatest football players to have played the game with their Hall of Fame awards; and stimulated friendly inter-county rivalry with the hotly contested annual MBNA Kick Fada competition.

The MBNA ‘Hall of Fame’ will induct a new GAA legend into its ranks later this summer to join past inductees Cork’s Billy Morgan, Kerry’s Mick O’Dwyer and Donie O’Sullivan, Dublin’s Jimmy Keaveney, Offaly’s Peter Nolan and the late Dermot Earley of Roscommon.

Any GAA players interested in taking part in the 2011 MBNA Kick Fada competition can contact PJ Cunningham of Bray Emmet’s GAA Club or go to www.brayemmets.com and become a fan on facebook at

http://www.facebook.com/people/Bray-Emmets/100001032670648#!/people/Bray-Emmets/100001032670648?sk=wall.

Fans can also follow the latest news from the MBNA Kick Fada competition on www.mbna.ie/kickfada.

 

 

Waterford GAA Press Release – Davy Fitzgerald resigns

Press Release

By Tom Cunningham

Cathaoirleach Cumann Lúthchleas Gael Phort Láirge

As Chairman of the Waterford County GAA Committee, it is with regret and great disappointment that I have been informed by Davy Fitzgerald of his decision to stand down as manager of the Waterford Senior Hurling Team.

Davy Fitzgerald accepted the challenging role of Bainisteoir in 2008 during a very difficult time, and subsequently guided our Senior Hurlers to their first All-Ireland Final appearance in forty five years, as well as three Munster Final appearances, winning the coveted title in 2010. Davy has given tirelessly of his time to the cause of Waterford Hurling since his appointment, and his passion and desire to see Waterford achieve at every level from Underage to Senior could never be questioned. It would be difficult to put into words the deep sense of pride that Davy instilled in our Hurlers during his time in charge.

This has been a time of great transition within the Waterford Senior Hurling Team. With the departure of so many great players from our setup over a short period of time, the role of Bainisteoir during Davy’s four seasons in charge required extraordinary leadership and commitment. Davy Fitzgerald’s ability to bring new players into the Waterford set-up and to successfully manage them into becoming highly rated intercounty hurlers was the principle reason as to how we managed to hold our position as one of the top four Hurling Teams in the land. It is ironic that our only championship defeats during his time in charge were to All-Ireland Champions Kilkenny and Tipperary.

On behalf of the County GAA Committee, I wish to express my sincere thanks to Davy Fitzgerald for all his work on behalf of our County Senior Hurlers for over 3 years. At this point, I would also like to express my gratitude to all those who worked as Selectors or as part of the Backroom Team with the Waterford Senior Hurlers during Davy’s time in charge.

On behalf of the Waterford County GAA Committee, I would like to wish Davy Fitzgerald the very best in any future roles he may take up, and I have no doubt that he will continue to be a fantastic ambassador for both Hurling and the Gaelic Athletic Association for many years to come.

A process by which to consider the appointment of a new Waterford Senior Hurling Manager will be discussed by the County Committee on Monday night next, September 12th 2011.

 

All Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16

Kilkenny reclaim Liam MacCarthy Cup

From the GAA.ie web site

Sunday, September 04, 2011

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16

Kilkenny regained the Liam MacCarthy Cup with a performance borne of pure desire, clearly motivated by the pain of having it snatched from their possession by Tipperary 12 months ago. The coveted trophy returns to Noreside for the fifth time in six years and the 33rd in total, but few of their victories will have felt as sweet as this. They hurled like their lives depended on it and delivered the perfect answer to the critics who had predicted their demise as the premier hurling force in the country after their five-in-a-row dreams were shattered by Tipperary last year.

Fifteen minutes in, they led by five points to no score and at no point in the game did they really look like losing – not even when Tipperary came thundering back in the final quarter. They sucked the life out of Tipperary in the first half and the champions never really seemed to recover from that early onslaught. Tipperary had scored 15 goals en route to today’s final, but their forwards were denied the oxygen of space and any sort of decent ball for most of the game. The Kilkenny defence was awesome. Tommy Walsh had one of his finest days in a black and amber shirt, dominating Patrick Maher and inspiring those around him with some majestic catches and ferocious tackles.

All of Kilkenny’s big players shone. Henry Shefflin had a barnstorming first half, working himself into the ground and forcing Tipperary manager Declan Ryan to bring on Brendan Maher for the ailing John O’Keeffe after 25 minutes. Michael Fennelly, too, capped a fine season with a typically powerful run and superb finish that helped the Cats to a 1-8 to 0-6 lead at half-time.

Lar Corbett, with 7-9 to his name this season, was held scoreless, Jackie Tyrrell shadowing the Hurler of the Year brilliantly, while Eoin Kelly failed to register a single point from play. Kilkenny did it without resorting to any major tactical rethink. They simply went man for man and won the individual battles. With Brian Hogan back anchoring the defence from centre-back Kilkenny were far more solid and none of the cracks that appeared in last year’s final resurfaced. And yet after Kilkenny appeared to have killed the game off with their second goal after 49 minutes, Tipperary reshaped their team and came back to make a game of it in the final quarter.

Pa Bourke drove a shot through David Herity’s legs in the 55th minute and it looked like the drama that had been absent to that point was about to unfold in the final quarter. However, three points was as close as Tipperary came to them in the closing stages and Eoin Larkin’s point in added time gave the Cats a four-point cushion in the end. Kilkenny made the perfect start, Shefflin opening their account in the second minute. However, it could have been so much better had Larkin made the most of a brilliant chance. The Kilkenny full-forward was through on goal, but Michael Cahill saved the day for the champions, robbing him of the ball with a last-ditch tackle.

Undeterred, Larkin got out in front of his marker, Paul Curran, and slotted over his first of the day and the second in a sequence of five unanswered Kilkenny points. In the middle of that spree, Kilkenny were denied a second time, as Curran clawed the ball off the line after Larkin and Tipperary goalkeeper Brendan Cummins had clashed under a high ball. Kilkenny were playing with the greater intensity, winning ball in defence and denying Tipperary space. Richie Hogan, Richie Power and Shefflin all scored points from play as the Cats built a 0-5 to 0-0 lead by the 15th minute. Noel McGrath finally got Tipperary off the mark two minutes later, while two Eoin Kelly frees reduced the gap. However, Tipperary were struggling and manager Ryan decided to make a change in the 25th minute, bringing in Brendan Maher for O’Keeffe in the half-back line.

Tipperary, though, were in even bigger trouble just before half-time when Kilkenny worked a brilliant team goal. Shefflin beat his man to the ball, found Richie Hogan who laid it off quickly to the Michael Fennelly and the Ballyhale man slammed the ball home expertly to help Kilkenny to a 1-8 to 0-6 half-time lead. Nothing had worked for Tipperary in the first half and they made two more changes at the break, as Pa Bourke and Benny Dunne were brought in to see if they could make some difference. Dunne scored immediately after the restart, but Kilkenny answered with three points in a row in a three-minute spell.

Colin Fennelly finished with three points from play in his first All-Ireland final, while Brennan justified his selection with a point and the pass that set up Kilkenny’s second goal. It came on 49 minutes, and it was a sweet move, started – as so much of Kilkenny’s good work did – when they won ball in the half back line. Michael Rice’s clearance found Brennan and the veteran appeared to have taken too much out of the ball, but Richie Hogan controlled his pass expertly and planted his shot in the top corner. Kilkenny were eight points up and seemingly cruising. But it was around the three-quarter marker that their intensity levels inevitably dropped. Shefflin and Brennan were tiring after putting in Trojan shifts and the Cats started turning over ball for the first time.

Tipp’s goal arrived one of the few times Corbett managed to get his hands on the ball. He beat Tyrrell for pace and offloaded to Pa Bourke, who looked to have shot from too far out but the ball went through Herity’s legs. With 15 minutes left, the champions were just four points down and they were finally starting to play. Noel McGrath finished a fine move and Eoin Kelly sent over his sixth placed ball of the day to cut the arrears to just three with six minutes left.

Kilkenny dug deep and called on all their reserves of strength. Walsh, their inspirational wing-back, and JJ Delaney stood out like pillars. Shefflin, too, scored his seventh of the day to help erase the memories of last year. They weren’t about to let it slip. Not now. Kelly and Gearóid Ryan made it a three-point game in added time, but it was Eoin Larkin who secured the Cats’ 33rd title two minutes into added time.

Kilkenny Scorers: H Shefflin 0-7 (0-5f), R Hogan 1-1, M Fennelly 1-0, C Fennelly 0-3, E Larkin 0-2, R Power 0-2, E Brennan 0-1, M Rice 0-1.

Tipperary Scorers: E Kelly 0-8 (0-7f), P Bourke 1-0, N McGrath 0-3 (0-1sl), G Ryan 0-2, C O’Mahony 0-1, B Dunne 0-1, J O’Brien 0-1.

Kilkenny: D Herity, P Murphy, N Hickey, J Tyrrell, T Walsh, B Hogan, JJ Delaney, M Fennelly, M Rice, E Brennan, R Power, H Shefflin, C Fennelly, E Larkin, R Hogan. Subs: TJ Reid for C Fennelly (38-HT), TJ Reid for E Brennan (60), J Mulhall for R Hogan (65).

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, P Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, P Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett. Subs: B Maher for J O’Keeffe (25), P Bourke for Callanan (HT), B Dunne for S McGrath (HT), D Young for C O’Mahony (58), J O’Neill for J O’Brien (66).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)

Attendance: 81, 214

 

All Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2011

Tipperary V Kilkenny

Croke Park Sunday, September 4th at 3.30pm

Team News

The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Kilkenny in the All Ireland senior hurling final next Sunday has no changes in personnel from the team which started the semi-final against Dublin. There is one positional switch with Seamus Callanan at number 10 and Noel McGrath at number 11.

The team is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

10. Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)

11. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

12. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)

13. Eoin Kelly (Mullinahone) Captain

14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

15. Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

 

Tipperary Press Pack

Welcome and Introduction

Welcome to the Tipperary Press Pack for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final 2011.

The purpose of this press pack is to provide you with some useful background information about the Tipperary team and the Tipperary Kilkenny rivalry over the years.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all sections of the media for their co-operation and support during the year and the generally fair manner in which they do their work.

I want to thank the Tipperary Manager, Declan Ryan, his colleagues on the management team, the Tipperary players and my fellow officers of Tipperary County Board for providing information for the Press Pack.

I also want to thank most sincerely Seamus O’Doherty and Ed Donnelly for their assistance preparing this Press Pack and the work they do on an on-going basis in relation to media and communications matters for Tipperary GAA. It would not have been possible without their research, input and hard work.

Ger Ryan

PRO, Tipperary County Board

Email: pro.tipperary@gaa.ie

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio no later than 9pm on Thursday September 1st. The team may be announced on Tuesday August 30th. It will subsequently be published on the Tipperary GAA website (www.tipperary.gaa.ie)

Player Profiles

Eoin Kelly (Captain, Mullinahone)

Age 29 Height 5ft 10in Weight 13st 12lbs Occupation: Finance Rep,

Bank of Ireland Finance

 

Team captain Eoin, who was born on January 6, 1982, plays for the Mullinahone club. Eoin made his Senior championship debut vs. Galway in the 2000 All-Ireland Quarter-Final as a forward substitute – he was also sub-goalie on that occasion if required. Eoin won an All-Ireland Colleges medal with St. Kieran’s of Kilkenny in 2000 and has 2 Munster Minor Hurling medals – 1997 and 1999 and 2 Munster Under 21 medals in 1999 and 2003 (as captain). Eoin has won 2 National Hurling League medals, 4 Munster Senior Hurling medals (2008 and 2011 as captain) and 2 All-Ireland Senior Hurling medals (2001 and 2010 as captain). Eoin has played in goal for the Tipp minors and Mullinahone in the past but is better known as an excellent forward, one of the best in the modern game. Eoin is a brother of former All-Star Paul Kelly.

 

Eoin won a Railway Cup medal with Munster in 2001 and captained Munster in the 2006 semi-final defeat to Connacht, scoring 1-6 in the process. Eoin won an All-Star award at corner-forward and also won the Eircell Vodafone Young Hurler of the Year in 2001. He repeated both of these feats in 2002 and also won All-Stars in 2004, 2005 and 2006 to become only the second player ever to win 5 All-Star awards at the age of 24 (Pat Hartigan of Limerick was the other). Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny) subsequently equalled this achievement. Eoin won his sixth All-Star award in 2010 at left corner-forward.

 

Eoin is Tipperary’s all-time leading scorer in Senior Hurling Championship history and finished as top scorer in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Eoin was vice-captain to Paul Ormond in 2008 and captained Tipperary to win the 2008 Waterford Crystal Cup, the 2008 National Hurling League title and the Munster Senior Hurling title. Eoin won a County Senior Hurling medal with his club Mullinahone in 2002, scoring 2-7 in the replay and winning the man of the match award. Eoin has won 7 South Senior Hurling titles with Mullinahone in 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2009.

 

Eoin later studied civil engineering at Limerick Institute of Technology and graduated in 2006. He won a Fitzgibbon Cup medal with the college in 2005 as team captain. Eoin finished a credible third behind team mate Brendan Cummins in the 2006 All-Ireland Poc Fada Final in the Cooley Mountains.

 

Championship debut – 2000 vs. Galway

Number of Appearances – 53

Scored – 21-348

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Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

 

Age 26 Height: 6ft 1in Weight: 14st Occupation: Sales Rep

 

Conor was born on October 18th, 1984 and plays for the Newport club. Conor is the vice-captain of the Tipperary Senior Hurlers for 2011. Conor made his competitive debut for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers against Antrim in the 2005 National Hurling League. Conor is a very versatile player. Conor won 2 Munster Minor Hurling medals in 2001 (at midfield) and 2002 (at centre-forward). Conor helped Tipperary to win the 2003 Munster U-21 final by coming off the bench to score a goal in extra time against Cork while he won his second Munster U-21 medal at full-back in 2004 before also lining out at full-back in the 2005 Munster U-21 Final. He won Fitzgibbon Cup medals with Limerick Institute of Technology in 2005 (at corner-back) and 2007 (at centre-back). Conor was nominated for an All-Star at centre-back in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning an All-Star award in 2008 at centre-back and in 2009 at left half-back to accommodate Michael Walsh (Waterford).

 

Conor won a National Hurling League medal in 2008 at centre-back, scoring 9 points from long range frees in that NHL campaign. Conor won the RTE man of the match for his performance at centre-back against Cork in the 2008 Munster Semi-Final and captured his first Munster Senior Hurling Championship medal in 2008 against Clare, winning further Munster SH medals in 2009 and 2011. Conor’s first score in the Championship came from a long range free against Waterford in the 2008 All-Ireland semi-final. Conor has been selected as vice-captain of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team for 2009 and led out the team from centre-back in 5 matches played including the All-Ireland Final. Conor won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal in 2010, lining out at centre-back in the 6 match campaign which ended with a defeat of Kilkenny in the final.

 

Championship debut – 2005 vs. Limerick (replay)

Number of Appearances – 32

Scored – 0-6

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Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)

 

Age 23 Height 6ft Weight 13st Occupation: Apprentice Carpenter

 

Pa was born on May 18th, 1988 and plays with the Thurles Sarsfields club. Pa played with the Tipperary Minor hurlers in 2005 and 2006, finishing as top scorer in 2006 with 3-35 as he helped the Premier County win the All-Ireland Minor Hurling title. Pa also won a County Minor Hurling medal with Sarsfields in 2006 and won back to back County Minor Football titles with Sarsfields in 2005 and 2006, winning the man of the match award in the 2006 County Minor Football final. Pa won a County Senior Hurling medal with Thurles Sarsfields in 2009, scoring four points in the final against Drom & Inch and also in 2010. Pa has won 2 County Under 21 “A” Hurling Championship medals in 2008 and 2009 (as captain). Pa was a key member of the Thurles CBS team which lost to St. Flannan’s in the 2005 Dr. Harty Cup Final.

 

Pa made his competitive debut with the Senior Hurlers in the preliminary round of the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling competition in January 2007, scoring 4 points, 3 from play at corner-forward. Pa made his League debut against Antrim in March 2007, scoring 1-1. Pa made his championship debut at corner-forward against Limerick in the first drawn game in the Munster semi-final in June 2007. Pa won a National Hurling League medal in 2008, 3 Munster Senior Hurling Championship medals in 2008, 2009 and 2011 and an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship medal in 2010. Pa is a grandson of John Maher of Killinan, Tipperary All-Ireland winning captain in 1945.

 

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Limerick (first drawn game)

Number of Appearances – 13

Scored – 0-6

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Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

 

Age 22 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st Occupation: Student, UCC

 

Shane was born on November 9th 1988 and plays for the JK Brackens GAA club. Shane won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2006. Shane played Under 21 Hurling with Tipperary in 2008 and 2009, winning a Munster Under 21 medal in 2008. Shane made his National Hurling League debut as a substitute against Waterford in March 2011. Shane won the man of the match award against Galway in the 2011 Allianz Hurling League, scoring 3-4 from play. Shane won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2011, making his Championship debut in the victory over Waterford.

 

Shane is a final year Arts student at UCC and was part of the team which won UCC’s 40th Fitzgibbon Cup title in 2009. Shane is a nephew of Seamus Bourke who represented Tipperary at Minor, Under 21, Junior and Senior Hurling level in the 1970s and 1980s. Shane’s father Paddy also played senior hurling for Tipperary.

 

Championship debut – 2011 vs. Waterford

Number of Appearances – 2

Scored – 0-1

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Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

 

Age 22 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st Occupation: Student, UCC

 

Michael was born on January 3rd 1989 and plays for the Thurles Sarsfields club. Michael won All-Ireland medals at Senior and Under 21 Hurling in 2010. Michael won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2006 and 2007 as well as winning Munster Minor (2007), Munster Under 21 (2008 and 2010) and Munster Senior (2011) Hurling medals. Michael was a key member of the Thurles CBS team which lost to St. Flannan’s in the 2005 Dr. Harty Cup Final.

 

Michael made his debut with the Thurles Sarsfields Senior Hurling team in 2006. Michael has won 2 County U16 A Hurling medals with Durlas Og (2004, 2005). He has also won 2 County Minor “A” Hurling medals (2006 and 2007), 2 County Minor “A” Football medals (2005, 2006) and 2 County Under 21 “A” Hurling medals (2008 and 2009). Michael won County Senior Hurling medals with Thurles Sarsfields in 2009 and 2010. Michael played Fitzgibbon Cup Hurling with UCC in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning a Fitzgibbon Cup medal in 2009. Michael made his Senior inter-county debut as a substitute in the 2009 National Hurling League against Limerick. Michael made his Championship debut at left half back against Cork in May 2010. Michael was nominated for an All-Star award in 2010.

 

Championship debut – 2010 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 10

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Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)

 

Age 22 Height 6ft 3in Weight 13st 11lbs Occupation: Student, LIT

 

Seamus was born on September 15th, 1988. Seamus won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Medal in 2010 as a substitute against Kilkenny, scoring 2 points from play. Seamus won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2006, scoring the winning point as a substitute in the 2006 All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final against Kilkenny. Seamus helped his club Drom & Inch win Mid Senior Hurling titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Seamus made his National League debut as a substitute against Offaly in 2008, scoring 0-3. Seamus won a National Hurling League medal as a late forward substitute in 2008.

 

Seamus made his Championship debut against Cork in the 2008 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, scoring 3 points from play. In his next 5 Championship matches, Seamus scored a goal in each game. Seamus has won 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals in 2008, 2009 and 2011. Seamus was nominated for an All-Star award in 2008 and 2009 as well as being nominated as Young Hurler of the Year in 2008.

 

Championship debut – 2008 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 18

Scored – 8-33

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John Coghlan (Moyne Templetuohy)

 

Age 22 Height 6ft Weight 13st 7lbs Occupation: Primary School Teacher

 

John was born on January 6th 1989 and is a member of the Moyne-Templetuohy GAA club. John has won All-Ireland Hurling medals with Tipperary at Minor (2007) and Under 21 (2010). John was part of the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel in 2009 and 2010.

 

John also played Minor Football with Tipperary for 2 years (2006 and 2007) and played inter-county Under 21 Football for 4 years (2007 to 2010), winning Munster Under 21 Football honours in 2010. John made his National Hurling League debut as a second half sub against Offaly in March 2011. John made his Championship debut as a substitute against Clare in the 2011 Munster Semi-Final. John won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2011. John is a Primary school teacher in Roscrea. His brother, Hugh, is a member of the Tipperary senior football team and his father, also Hugh, is PRO of the Tipperary Football Board.

 

Championship debut – 2011 vs. Clare

Number of Appearances – 1

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Lar Corbett (Thurles Sarsfields)

 

Age 30 Height 6ft 2in Weight 13st 3lbs Occupation: Electrician & Publican

 

2010 Hurler of the Year, Lar was born on March 16th 1981 and plays for the Thurles Sarsfields club. Lar joined the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel at the age of 19, having never played minor hurling or Under-21 hurling for Tipperary up to that stage. Lar represented Tipperary at Under 21 level in 2001 and 2002. He made his Senior inter-county debut vs. Clare in the 2000 South East Hurling League playing at corner-forward. Lar won a National Hurling League medal in 2001, scoring 4 points in the final and 4-11 in 6 games in the 2001 NHL competition. Lar won his second National Hurling League medal in 2008, scoring 1-3 in the final to earn the man of the match award. Lar scored 5 goals and 10 points in the 2008 NHL campaign. Lar also won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2008, scoring 2 points in the final while he scored 2-2 in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Final while capturing his third medal. Lar’s fourth Munster Senior Hurling medal came with a memorable man of the match performance, scoring 4-4 from play against Waterford in the 2011 Munster Final.

 

Lar won an All-Ireland and Munster Senior medal in 2001, scoring 1-1 in the Munster Final against Limerick and 2 points in the All-Ireland Final. Lar won his second All-Ireland Senior medal in 2010, scoring 3 goals in the Final and winning the RTE man of the match award. Lar scored 6-11 in total during the 2010 Championship. Lar won the 2010 GAA Player of the Month award for September, sponsored by Vodafone following his man of the match performance in the All-Ireland Final.

 

Lar won a County minor medal with Thurles Sarsfields in 1999 and County Senior medals in 2005, 2009 and 2010. Lar captained Tipperary against Waterford in the 2006 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final. Lar won an Inter Provincial Hurling medal in 2007, scoring two points from play at corner-forward for Munster in their victory over Connacht. Lar was nominated for All-Star awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010, winning an All-Star at right half forward in 2009 and another at left-half forward in 2010. Lar was nominated along with Kilkenny duo Henry Shefflin and Tommy Walsh for the 2009 Hurler of the Year award and won the Hurler of the Year award in 2010.

 

Championship debut – 2001 vs. Clare

Number of Appearances – 47

Scored – 26-67

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Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon Grange)

 

Age 35 Height 6ft 1in Weight 15st Occupation: Financial Planning

Consultant, AIB

 

Brendan who was born on May 11, 1975 plays for Ballybacon-Grange. A bank official by profession, he has won 2 All-Ireland medals, 4 Munster SH medals, 4 National League medals and an All-Ireland Under-21 medal in 1995. Brendan won a Railway Cup medal with Munster hurlers when he captained them to victory in 2001. He has been on the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel since 1993. Brendan was selected as goalie on the 2000, 2001, 2003, 2008 and 2010 All-Star teams and won man of the match in the 2001 National Hurling League final. Brendan scored a point from a long range free in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final against Kilkenny.

 

Brendan has won the All-Ireland Poc Fada title in the Cooley Mountains on five occasions in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011. He is also an accomplished footballer and played for a number of years as a forward with the Tipperary Senior football team, playing in 16 Championship matches. His father John played for Tipp and Munster footballers and coached Waterford senior footballers in 1999. Brendan has kept 19 clean sheets in his championship career to date. Brendan has more Inter-County Senior Hurling Championship appearances than any other player, passing Christy Ring’s total of 65 appearances in the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final against Dublin.

 

Championship debut – 1995 vs. Waterford

Number of Appearances – 66 (hurling championship record)

Scored – 0-1

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Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

 

Age 29 Height 6ft 1in Weight 13st 11lbs Occupation: Primary School Teacher

 

Paul was born on November 11th 1981 and plays for the Mullinahone club. He made his Senior inter-county debut vs. Cork in the 2001 National League. Paul won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal at full-back in 2010. Paul has won 2 National League and 4 Munster Senior Hurling medals. His Senior championship debut came as a sub in 2002 vs. Offaly. Paul won a County Senior Hurling medal with his club Mullinahone in 2002 and captained them to South Senior Hurling Championship honours in 2009.

 

Paul captained the Waterford Institute of Technology to Fitzgibbon Cup honours in 2003. He played full-back for Tipperary in the 2003 championship and after playing at corner-back in 2004 and 2005, he has returned to the position of full-back since the 2006 Munster Final. Paul was nominated for All-Star awards in the full-back position in 2008 and won an All-Star at No. 3 in 2010.

 

Championship debut – 2002 vs. Offaly

Number of Appearances – 37

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Benny Dunne (Toomevara)

 

Age 30 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st 9lbs Occupation: Sales Rep, Britvic Irl.

 

Benny was born on September 22nd 1980 and plays for the Toomevara club. Benny captained the Tipperary Senior Hurling team in 2005 and 2007. He has won 8 County Senior Hurling medals and 2 Munster Club medals playing in defence, mainly at centre-back, for his club. Benny won a National Hurling League medal at midfield in 2008 and a Munster Senior Hurling medal as a sub later that summer. Benny scored a point from play as a sub in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Final won by Tipperary over Waterford and also came on as a sub in the 2011 Munster Final win over Waterford. Benny won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal in 2010, scoring a point from play after coming on as a sub in the second half.

 

Benny has lined out in every line of the field at inter-county level with the exception of goal-keeper. Benny, who is a younger brother of All-Ireland SH medalists Tommy (Tipp’s current coach) and Terry, played U-21 hurling with Tipperary in 2000 and 2001. Benny made his competitive debut for Tipperary against Derry in March 2002. Benny won Dr. Harty Cup Munster and All-Ireland Colleges hurling medals with St. Flannan’s College, Ennis.

 

Championship debut – 2002 vs. Clare

Number of Appearances – 38

Scored – 5-30

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Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

 

Age 30 Height 6ft 2in Weight 15st 5lbs Occupation: Financial Adviser,

Canada Life

 

Darren was born on March 19th 1981 and plays for the Portroe club. Darren joined the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel in 2008 having had previous inter-county experience as sub-goalie on the 2002 Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel. Darren won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Darren has won 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Darren made his National League debut against Galway in the 2009 National Hurling League. Darren made his Championship debut as a 10 minute blood sub against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship and also came on as a sub in the 2011 Munster final against Waterford. Darren was sub-goalie on the 2010 Tipperary Senior Hurling panel which captured All-Ireland honours.

 

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 2

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Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields)

 

Age 23 Height 5ft 8in Weight 11st 9lbs Occupation: Accountant

 

Michael was born on April 14th 1988 and plays for the Thurles Sarsfields GAA club. Michael won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 2006 and played Under 21 Hurling for the county for three years (2007 to 2009), winning a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2008. Michael made his National Hurling League debut at midfield against Dublin in February 2011. Michael won a Munster Senior Hurling medal as a sub in 2011. Michael has won County Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2009 and 2010. Michael works as an Accountant. His father, also Michael, is a selector with the Tipperary senior hurling team.

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Seamus Hennessy (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

 

Age 21 Height 6ft 2in Weight 14st 12lbs Occupation: Student, NUIG

 

Seamus was born on October 9th, 1989. Seamus plays for the Kilruane MacDonaghs club. Seamus made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Waterford in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup, scoring 3 points from right half-forward in a Tipperary victory. Seamus scored 6 points in total in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup competition. Seamus made his National League debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 League campaign, scoring two points from play after being introduced. Seamus made his Championship debut against Cork in May 2010. Seamus won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal in 2010 as a substitute, scoring a point from play in the final against Kilkenny. Seamus won the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award.

 

Seamus won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2006 and 2007 at wing-forward. Seamus won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007 and captained Tipperary to win the Munster Under 21 Hurling title in 2008 and won another Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2010. Seamus has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals.

 

Seamus won an All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling medal in 2010 at midfield, scoring 0-3 in the final against Galway. Seamus was the reliable free-taker for the 2007 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship, scoring a total of 33 points in 5 matches playing at right half-forward. At club level, Seamus has won County medals at Minor “A” Hurling, Under 21 “A” Hurling (2) and Junior “B” Football as well as numerous North Divisional medals with Kilruane MacDonaghs. Seamus is the youngest player to play Senior for his club.

 

Championship debut – 2010 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 4

Scored – 0-1

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Pat Kerwick (Killenaule)

 

Age 29 Height: 5ft 11in Weight: 12st 6lbs Occupation: Bricklayer

 

Pat “Festy” Kerwick was born on May 18th 1982 and plays for the Killenaule club. Pat made his Senior competitive debut for Tipperary in 2006 Waterford Crystal Cup against Limerick. Pat made his National Hurling League debut against Offaly in 2008, lining out at right half-forward scoring 1-1 from play. Pat won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Pat made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2008 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final, scoring a point from play. Pat has won 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals and was a member of the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel in 2010 which captured All-Ireland honours, although his season was heavily disrupted by injury.

 

Pat never played Minor, Under 21 or Intermediate hurling with Tipperary. Pat has won South Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2005, 2007 and 2008. Pat was nominated for an All-Star award at wing-forward in 2009.

 

Championship debut – 2008 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 8

Scored – 1-10

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Stephen Lillis (Thurles Sarsfields)

 

Age 25 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st 7lbs Occupation: Barman

 

Stephen was born on January 10th 1986 and plays with the Thurles Sarsfields club. Stephen made his Championship debut as a substitute against Clare in the 2011 Munster Semi-Final. Stephen has 1 Munster Senior Hurling medal. Stephen was also on the senior hurling panel in 2007. He was on the minor hurling panel in 2004 and the under 21 panel in 2006 and 2007. He has won three county senior hurling titles with Thurles Sarsfields in 2005, 2009 and 2010.

 

Championship debut – 2011 vs. Clare

Number of Appearances – 1

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Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

 

Age 22 Height 5ft 11in Weight 12st 11lbs Occupation Primary School Teacher

 

Brendan was born on January 5th, 1989. Brendan plays for the Borris-Ileigh club. Brendan made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Waterford in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup, lining out at left corner-back in a Tipperary victory. Brendan made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, lining out at wing-back. Brendan made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Brendan’s first Championship start came at left half-back in the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final vs. Limerick. Brendan was an ever present at midfield in the 2010 All-Ireland Championship, helping Tipperary to capture the All-Ireland title at the expense of Kilkenny with Brendan scoring 2 points from play in the final.

 

Brendan played for the Tipperary Minor Hurlers for three years, winning 2 All-Ireland Minor medals in 2006 and in 2007 (as captain). Brendan has also a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007 and 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals (2009 and 2011). Brendan scored 0-12 from play in the 2007 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship campaign following up from his contribution of 1-4 in the 2006 campaign. Brendan was the second player from the Borris-Ileigh club to captain a Tipperary Minor team to All-Ireland success, following in the footsteps of Paddy Kenny in 1947. Brendan lined out with the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, winning Munster medals in 2008 and 2010 and an All-Ireland medal in 2010, playing at centre-back in the final. Brendan was won an All Star award at midfield in 2010 and also captured the 2010 Young Hurler of the Year award. He was also nominated for the hurler of the year award. Brendan was shortlisted for the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award. He suffered a broken ankle earlier this year and made his first championship appearance of 2011 as a substitute in the Munster final.

 

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 13

Scored – 0-7

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Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

 

Age 22 Height 6ft 1in Weight 14st 11lbs Occupation: Student

 

Padraic was born on February 9th 1989. Padraic plays for the Thurles Sarsfields club and made his Senior debut with the club in 2006. Padraic won All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals as a full-back in 2006 and 2007. Padraic also won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007, Munster Under 21 Hurling medals in 2008 and 2010 (as Captain) and 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals (2009 and 2011). In 2010, Padraic won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal playing at left half-back in the final against Kilkenny. Padraic captained Tipperary to Munster and All-Ireland Under 21 honours in 2010, playing at centre-back in the Munster Final and at full-back in the All-Ireland Final.

 

With Durlas Og, Padraic won two County Under 16 A Hurling medals (2004 and 2005). He has also won 2 County Minor “A” Hurling medals (2006 and 2007), 2 County Minor “A” Football medals (2005 and 2006), 2 County Under 21 “A” Hurling medals (2008 and 2009) and a County Senior Hurling medal (2009), winning the man of the match award in the 2009 County Senior Hurling Final. Padraic won the Corn Na Mac Leinn All Ireland Football title in 2007 with the Tipperary Institute. Padraic’s father Paddy won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 1980. Padraic made his National League debut as a substitute against Dublin in March 2009. Padraic made his Championship debut at wing-back against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Padraic was nominated for All-Star awards in 2009 and 2010, winning an award at full-back in 2009. Padraic was also nominated for the 2009 Young Hurler of the Year award along with Noel McGrath and Joe Canning (Galway).

 

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 15

Scored – 0-4

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Patrick Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha)

 

Age 21 Height 5ft 11in Weight 12st 8lbs Occupation: Leisure Centre Employee

 

Patrick “Bonner” Maher was born on October 12th, 1989. Patrick plays for the Lorrha club. Patrick made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Waterford in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup, lining out at left half-forward. Patrick scored a goal against Clare in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup Final. Patrick made his debut in the National Hurling League in February 2009, lining out at centre-forward against Waterford and scoring a point in a 2-13 to 1-12 Tipperary victory. Patrick made his Championship debut at left half-forward against Wexford in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers, scoring two points from play. Patrick lined out at left half-forward in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final, helping Tipperary to defeat Kilkenny. Patrick also won an All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling medal in 2010, lining out in the half-forward line and scoring a goal in the All-Ireland final against Galway.

 

Patrick won Munster and All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2007, scoring 3-2 from play in the 2007 Minor Championship. Patrick won a County Intermediate Hurling title with his club in 2007 and helped Banagher Colleges win the Leinster Vocational schools title in 2007. Patrick was also on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel which lost the 2008 Munster Final to Limerick. Patrick won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals (2009 and 2011) and a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2010. Patrick was nominated for an All-Star award in 2010 in the half-forward line.

 

Championship debut – 2010 vs. Wexford

Number of Appearances – 9

Scored – 1-3

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Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

 

Age 20 Height 6ft Weight 13st 11lbs Occupation: Student, UCD

 

Noel was born on December 17th, 1990. Noel plays for the Loughmore-Castleiney club. Noel made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Clare in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup Final, scoring a point from play at right corner-forward. Noel made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009. Noel made his Championship debut at corner-forward against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 3 points from play. Noel won a Munster Senior Hurling Medal in 2009, scoring 0-13 in three matches in that year’s Munster championship. Noel won his second Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2011.

 

Noel won the RTE man of the match award in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final versus Waterford, scoring 7 points, 5 from play in the centre-forward position. Noel won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal in 2010, scoring a goal in the final against Kilkenny. Noel won an All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling medal in 2010, scoring 1-3 in the All-Ireland final defeat of Galway. Noel won the 2010 GAA Player of the Month award for August, sponsored by Vodafone. The award followed McGrath’s stunning display in Tipp’s impressive 3-19 to 1-18 victory over Waterford. McGrath hit five outstanding points from play against the Deise as he won a crucial battle against Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh.

 

Noel lined out with the Tipperary Minor Hurlers for three seasons, winning All-Ireland medals in 2006 and 2007, a Munster Minor medal in 2007 and a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2010. Noel won the RTE man of the match award in the 2007 All-Ireland semi-final victory over Kilkenny. He played an impressive role as a second half substitute at wing-back in the 2006 All-Ireland semi-final defeat over Kilkenny. In all, Noel played 11 Championship matches for the Tipperary Minor hurlers, scoring 1-34 (0-15 frees, 0-2 sideline cuts, 1-17 from play) in total.

 

Noel won an All-Ireland Under 16 Hurling medal in 2006 and a Dean Ryan Cup medal with Our Lady’s Templemore in 2007. Noel helped his club to win County and Munster Club Senior Hurling medals in 2007 and won a Mid Senior Hurling medal in 2011. Noel’s father Pat played for Tipperary at Minor, Under 21 and Senior level. Noel won All-Star awards in 2009 (right corner-forward) and 2010 (centre-forward). Noel was also voted as the 2009 Young Hurler of the Year. His first cousin Liam McGrath is captain of the Tipperary minor football team which has qualified for this year’s All Ireland final and his brother, John is also on the panel.

 

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 15

Scored – 2-41

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Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)

 

Age 26 Height 5ft 11in Weight 12st 9lbs Occupation: Primary School Teacher

 

Shane was born on September 12th, 1984 and plays for the Ballinahinch club in North Tipperary. Shane won a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2004 as a substitute and he started at wing-forward against Down in the 2005 All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling semi-final. Shane won Fitzgibbon Cup medals with Limerick Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2007.

 

Shane made his National Hurling League debut for the Tipperary Senior Hurling team at wing-forward against Limerick in February 2006. Shane made his championship debut at midfield against Limerick in the first round of the 2006 Munster championship. Shane played with Munster hurlers in the 2006, 2007 and 2009 Inter Provincial Championships, winning a medal in 2007 at right half forward. Shane won a National Hurling League medal at midfield in 2008, scoring a point in the final and ten points during the 2008 NHL campaign. Shane has won 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Shane lined out at midfield for the Tipperary Senior Hurlers in 2010 as they captured All-Ireland honours, defeating Kilkenny in the final. Shane was selected at midfield in the 2008 All-Star team and was an All Star nominee in 2009 and 2010.

 

Championship debut – 2006 vs. Limerick

Number of Appearances – 28

Scored – 0-20

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Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Éire Óg)

 

Age 21 Height 6ft 2in Weight 13st 13lbs Occupation: Student, UL

 

Paddy plays for the Nenagh Eire Óg club and was born on March 26th 1990. Paddy won an All-Ireland minor hurling medal with Tipperary in 2007 and won Munster and All Ireland under 21 hurling medals in 2010. Paddy won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2011.

 

Paddy made his National Hurling League debut against Wexford in this year’s Allianz Hurling League. He won a North SHC medal with Nenagh Eire Óg in 2009. Paddy is a student in UL and played on their Fitzgibbon cup team in 2011 as they won the title.

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John O’Brien (Toomevara)

 

Age 29 Height 6ft 2in Weight 13st 7lbs Occupation: Sales Rep

 

John was born on January 1st 1982 and plays for the Toomevara club. He made his Senior inter-county debut vs. Laois in the 2001 National League. John has won a Munster minor hurling medal (1999), an All-Ireland Senior Hurling medal (2001), 4 Munster Senior medals (2001, 2008, 2009, 2011) and a Munster Under 21 hurling medal (2003). John won the RTE Man of the Match award in the 2008 Munster Senior Hurling Final, scoring 1-4 from wing-forward. John lined out at corner-forward for the Tipperary Senior Hurling team which won the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling title, scoring 2 points from play in the final.

 

John has won 7 County medals with Toomevara and 2 Munster Club medals in 2004 and 2006. He is a brother of Paddy who first made an appearance on the Tipp team in 2000. John won the man of the match award in the 2000, 2001 and 2006 County Senior Hurling Finals, scoring 2-1, 1-5 and 1-6 respectively. John won a National Hurling League medal as a second half forward substitute in 2008. John was nominated for an All-Star in 2010.

 

Championship debut – 2001 vs. Limerick

Number of Appearances – 26

Scored – 2-35

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John O’Keeffe (Clonoulty Rossmore)

 

Age 22 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st 8lbs Occupation: Student, LIT

 

John was born on November 17th 1988 and is a member of the Clonoulty-Rossmore GAA club. John won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2006 and played Under 21 Hurling for the county for 3 years (2007 to 2009), winning a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2008. John won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2011, lining out a right half-back in the Munster Final victory over Waterford. John is a student at the Limerick Institute of Technology and was a member of their 2010/2011 Fitzgibbon Cup team.

 

John made his National Hurling League debut at wing-back against Waterford in March 2011. John’s Championship debut came against Cork in the first round of the 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

 

Championship debut – 2011 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 4

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Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)

 

Age 21 Height 6ft 2in Weight 15st 2lbs Occupation: Student, WIT

 

Brian “Buggy” O’Meara plays for the Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA club. Brian was a member of the County Minor Hurling panel in 2008 and won Munster Under 21 medals in Hurling and Football in 2010, lining out at full-forward in both finals, winning the man of the match award in the Munster Under 21 Hurling Final. Brian made his Senior Hurling Inter-County Championship debut against Cork in May 2010. Brian made his National Hurling League debut as a second half substitute against Kilkenny in February 2011. Brian won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2011. Brian lined out at full-forward in the 2010 All-Ireland Under 21 Hurling Final, scoring 1-3 and winning the man of the match award. Brian was shortlisted for the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award. Brian was a member of the 2010 Tipperary Senior Hurling panel which won All-Ireland honours.

 

Championship debut – 2010 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 3

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John O’Neill

 

Age 21 Height 5ft 7in Weight 12st 8lbs Occupation: Student

 

John was born on July 13th 1990 and is a member of the Clonoulty-Rossmore GAA club. John played Minor Hurling for Tipperary in 2007 and 2008, winning Munster and All-Ireland Minor Hurling medals in 2007. John played with the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers in 2009 and 2010, winning Munster and All-Ireland medals in 2010. John won a Munster Senior Hurling medal in 2011. John made his National Hurling League debut for Tipperary at right corner-forward against Kilkenny in February 2011, scoring 1 point from play. John made his Championship debut against Dublin as a substitute in the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-Final.

 

Championship debut – 2011 vs. Dublin

Number of Appearances – 1

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Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)

 

Age 23 Height 5ft 9in Weight 12st 12lbs Occupation: Plumber

 

Gearoid was born on August 26th, 1988. Gearoid plays for the Templederry Kenyons club. Gearoid made his National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, scoring a point from play. Gearoid won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal with Tipperary in 2006, lining out at midfield in the final. Gearoid was also on the Tipperary Intermediate Hurling panel in 2007 and 2008 Gearoid was part of the Tipperary Under 21 Hurling panel in 2007, 2008 and 2009, winning a Munster medal in 2008. Gearoid made his Championship debut as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Gearoid has won 2 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Gearoid Ryan won the man of the match award in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final against Galway, scoring 1-2 from play. Gearoid played wing-forward on the Tipperary team which captured the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling title, scoring a point in the final. Gearoid was nominated for an All-Star award in 2010 in the half-forward line.

 

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 12

Scored – 1-15

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Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

 

Age 26 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st 2lbs Occupation: Student UL

 

Paddy was born on August 3rd, 1985. Paddy plays for the Borris-Ileigh club and made his Senior competitive debut for Tipperary in the 2006 Waterford Crystal Shield against Waterford. Paddy made his National League debut against Limerick in 2008 coming on as a substitute. Paddy won a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2006 at right corner-back and won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2003, lining out at centre-back. Paddy won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008. Paddy has won 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Paddy made his Championship debut as a blood substitute in the 2008 All-Ireland Semi-Final against Waterford. Paddy made his first Championship start at right corner-back in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship vs. Cork. Paddy lined out at right corner back in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final victory over Kilkenny. Paddy has won 2 North Senior Hurling medals with his club in 2005 and 2007. Paddy was nominated for an All-Star award in 2009 and 2010 at corner-back.

 

Championship debut – 2008 vs. Waterford

Number of Appearances – 15

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Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

 

Age 23 Height 6ft 1in Weight 13st 7lbs Occupation: Office administrator

 

Thomas was born on February 21st, 1988 and plays with the Templederry Kenyons club. Thomas played at wing-back for the 2005 Tipperary Minor team before moving to centre-back in 2006 as Tipperary won the All-Ireland title. Thomas’s father Michael won an All-Ireland Minor Hurling medal in 1976. Thomas made his League debut for Tipperary against Dublin in the 2007 National Hurling League scoring a point from midfield. Thomas made his Championship debut as a substitute in the first replay against Limerick in the 2007 Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final. Thomas won a National Hurling League medal as a substitute in 2008 and he won a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in the same year lining out at centre-back. Thomas has won 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals. Thomas played for the Tipperary Intermediate Hurlers in 2011 against Cork, lining out at centre-back.

 

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Limerick (1st replay)

Number of Appearances – 4

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James Woodlock (Drom and Inch)

 

Age 25 Height 5ft 10in Weight 12st 6lbs Occupation: Garda

 

James was born on March 24th, 1986 and is from the Drom & Inch club. He spent most of the 2010 season recovering from a serious leg break which he incurred in the 2009 Tipperary County Senior Hurling final. James won a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2003 and a Munster Under 21 Hurling medal in 2006. James won Mid Senior Hurling titles in 2006, 2008 and 2009. James lined out for the Garda College in the 2006 Fitzgibbon Cup competition. James made his National Hurling League debut as a substitute against Limerick in February 2006. His championship debut came when he lined out at midfield against Limerick in the first drawn game in the 2007 Munster semi-final, scoring 2 points from play. James won a National Hurling League medal playing at wing-forward in 2008. James has won 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals.

 

Championship debut – 2007 vs. Limerick (first drawn game)

Number of Appearances – 13

Scored – 0-6

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David Young (Toomevara)

 

Age 26 Height 6ft Weight 14st 5lbs Occupation: Sec School Teacher

 

David was born on July 13th 1985. David won a Munster minor hurling title in 2003 and an under 21 title as captain in 2006. He joined the Senior Hurling panel in 2010. David made his National Hurling League debut vs. Limerick in March 2010. David made his Championship debut against Wexford in the 2010 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers, scoring 3 points from right half back in a man of the match performance. He has won 4 county senior hurling titles with his club, 2 Munster club championships (2004 and 2006) and 1 county under 21 championship. David won a Munster Senor Hurling medal in 2011.

 

Championship debut – 2010 vs. Wexford

Number of Appearances – 6

Scored – 0-4

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Photographs of all the Tipperary players can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information –

http://tipperary.gaa.ie/seniorhurlingplayerprofiles.html

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Management Profiles

Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their first season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Declan Ryan was Manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2007 when they won the All-Ireland title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won last year’s All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team last year. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.

Declan Ryan won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 levels and captained the under 21 team to win Munster and All Ireland titles in 1989. He also won 4 National Hurling League medals, 5 Munster senior hurling championship medals, 2 All Star awards and 2 county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.

Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to win the All-Ireland senior hurling title in 2001 and was named Hurler of the Year in 2001. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, 4 draws and 16 defeats. He won an All-Ireland under 21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won 10 Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club, Toomevara, including 2 as captain and 3 Munster club championship medals. He also won 3 National Hurling League medals, 2 as captain, 2 Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and 3 All Star awards.

Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for 10 years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and 3 Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.

Trainer

Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is in his fourth year as the team trainer. He has extensive experience training and coaching club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers and Kildare minor footballers.

Tipperary in 2011 Championship

Tipperary Path to Final:

Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18 Croke Park All Ireland SHC S/f 14/8/11

Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19 Páirc Uí Chaoimh Munster SHC Final 10/7/11

Tipperary 4-19 Clare 1-19 Páirc na nGael, Limerick Munster SHC S/F 19/6/11

Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 Semple Stadium Munster SHC Q/F 29/5/11

Tipperary team v Dublin 14/8/11

 

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, Patrick Maher; E Kelly (capt), J O’Brien, L Corbett.

 

Subs: B Maher for Callanan (h-t), P Bourke for Patrick Maher (56), B O’Meara for Ryan (65), S Bourke for Kelly (69), J O’Neill for O’Brien (72). T Stapleton (blood sub) for P Stapleton (first half).

 

Scorers: E Kelly 0-6 (2f, 3 ’65s’), L Corbett 1-3, N McGrath 0-3 (1 s/l), Padraic Maher, G Ryan 0-2 each, S Callanan, P Bourke (f), S McGrath 0-1 each

 

Tipperary team v Waterford 10/7/11

 

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly (capt), J O’Brien, L Corbett.

 

Subs: B Maher for O’Keeffe (35+1 mins-half-time, blood sub), P Bourke for Callanan (50), B Dunne for Ryan (54), S Bourke for N McGrath (61), B Maher for Padraic Maher (63), D Gleeson for Cummins (64).

 

Scorers: L Corbett 4-4, E Kelly 2-6 (0-3f), S Callanan 1-0, J O’Brien 0-3, N McGrath (0-1sl), P Bourke 0-2 each, G Ryan, S Bourke 0-1 each

 

Tipperary team v Clare 19/6/11

 

Tipperary: B Cummins; J O’Keeffe, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.

 

Subs: S Lillis for Young (h-t), P Stapleton for O’Keeffe (h-t), P Bourke for O’Brien, J Woodlock for Ryan (62), J Coghlan for Curran (70).

 

Scorers: S Callanan 1-5, E Kelly 1-3 (2f), N McGrath 0-3, Patrick Maher, L Corbett 1-0 each, Padraic Maher, G Ryan, S McGrath, P Bourke all 0-2 each.

 

Tipperary team v Cork 29/5/11

 

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Pádraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.

 

Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath ’40, C O’Mahony for Young ’59, B Dunne for O’Brien ’62, P Bourke for Ryan ’66.

 

Scorers: E Kelly 1-07 (0-5f), L Corbett 1-2, S Callanan 0-5, N McGrath 0-4 (0-2 sl), B Dunne 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, Patrick Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1.

Appearances

27 players lined out for Tipperary during the 4 championship matches to date

Scorers

13 players have scored to date in the championship as follows:

Eoin Kelly (4-22) Lar Corbett (7-9), Seamus Callanan (2-11), Noel McGrath (0-12), Gearóid Ryan (0-5), John O’Brien (0-5), Pa Bourke (0-5), Padraic Maher (0-4), Patrick Maher (1-1), Benny Dunne (1-0), Shane McGrath (0-3), Shane Bourke (0-1), James Woodlock (0-1).

Tipperary have scored 15-79 and conceded 1-79 in this year’s championship.

Tipperary V Kilkenny: Previous Championship Meetings

Tipperary and Kilkenny have met 21 times previously in the championship with Tipperary winning 13 times, Kilkenny 8 times and no draws.

Date Stage Result Tipp Top Scorer

2010 All Ireland Final Tipperary 4-17

Kilkenny 1-18 Lar Corbett

3-0

 

2009 All Ireland Final Kilkenny 2-22

Tipperary 0-23

Eoin Kelly

0-13

2003 All Ireland Semi-final Kilkenny 3 -18

Tipperary 0-15 Eoin Kelly

0-8

 

2002 All Ireland Semi-final Kilkenny 1-20

Tipperary 1-16 Eoin Kelly

0-4

 

1991 All Ireland Final Tipperary 1-16

Kilkenny 0-15 Michael Cleary

1-6

 

1971 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-17

Kilkenny 5-14 Michael “Babs” Keating 0-7

 

1967 All Ireland Final Kilkenny 3-8

Tipperary 2-7 Donie Nealon

2-0

 

1964 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-13

Kilkenny 2-8 Jimmy Doyle

0-10

 

1958 All Ireland Semi-final Tipperary 1-13

Kilkenny 1-8 Jimmy Doyle

1-8

 

1950 All Ireland Final Tipperary 1-9

Kilkenny 1-8 Paddy Kenny

1-2

 

1945 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-6

Kilkenny 3-6 Eddie Gleeson

2-0

 

1937 All Ireland Final

(played in Killarney) Tipperary 3-11

Kilkenny 0-3

Denis “Bunny” Murphy

2-0

 

 

1922 All Ireland Final Kilkenny 4-2

Tipperary 2-6

Paddy Power

2-0

1916

All Ireland Final Tipperary (Boherlahan) 5-4 Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 3-2

 

1913 All Ireland Final

(first 15 a side final) Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 2-4

Tipperary (Toomevara) 1-2

 

1911 All Ireland Final

(Limerick withdrew and Tipp were nominated to replace them in an unofficial final)

Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 3-3

Tipperary(Thurles) 1-2

1909 All Ireland Final

Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 4-6

Tipperary (Thurles) 0-12

Patsy Brolan

0-4

1900 All Ireland Semi-Final

Tipperary (Two Mile Borris) 1-11

Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 1-8

 

1898 All Ireland Final

Tipperary (Tubberadora) 7-13

Kilkenny (Threecastles) 3-10

1895 All Ireland Final

Tipperary (Tubberadora) 6-8

Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 1-0

First final at Jones Road

1887 All Ireland Semi-Final

Tipperary (Thurles) 4-7

Kilkenny (Tuillaroan) 0-0

Last Championship Meetings

All Ireland SH Final September 5th 2010

Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18

Tipperary: Brendan Cummins (0-1); Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill; Declan Fanning, Conor O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher (0-2), Shane McGrath; Gearóid Ryan (0-1), Patrick Maher, John O’Brien (0-2); Noel McGrath (1-0), Eoin Kelly (0-7), Lar Corbett (3-0).

Subs: Conor O’Brien for O’Mahony (57), Seamus Callanan (0-2) for John O’Brien (58), Benny Dunne (0-1) for McGrath (62), David Young for Fanning (68), Seamus Hennessy (0-1) for B Maher (69).

Kilkenny: PJ Ryan; John Dalton, Noel Hickey, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, John Tennyson, JJ Delaney; James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick, Michael Fennelly; TJ Reid (0-4), Henry Shefflin (0-1), Eoin Larkin; Eddie Brennan, Richie Power (1-9), Aidan Fogarty (0-1).

Subs: Michael Rice (0-1) for Shefflin (13), Derek Lyng (0-1) for Fitzpatrick (51), Martin Comerford for Brennan (51), Richie Hogan for Fogarty (55), John Mulhall (0-1) for Reid (62).

Referee: M Wadding (Waterford) Attendance: 81,765

 

 

All Ireland SH Final September 6th 2009

 

Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23

 

Kilkenny: PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell (0-1); T Walsh (0-1), B Hogan, J Tennyson; D Lyng (0-1), M Rice; R Hogan (0-2), H Shefflin (1-9, 0-8f, 1-0 pen), E Larkin (0-3); E Brennan (0-2), R Power (0-1), A Fogarty.

 

Subs: TJ Reid (0-1) for A Fogarty ’50, M Fennelly (0-1) for D Lyng ’50, M Comerford (1-0) for R Hogan ’55.

 

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Maher, P Curran; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, B Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath (0-1); P Kerwick, S Callanan (0-3), J O’Brien; N McGrath (0-2), E Kelly (0-13, 0-8f, 0-3 ’65), L Corbett (0-4).

 

Subs: B Dunne for J O’Brien ’47, W Ryan for P Kerwick ’66, M Webster for J Woodlock ’68.

 

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork) Attendance: 82,106

Snippets

Club Representation on Tipperary Panel

The 31 players on the Tipperary Senior Hurling panel represent 18 clubs between them as follows:

Thurles Sarsfields – 6, Toomevara – 3, Borris-Ileigh – 2, Clonoulty Rossmore – 2, Drom and Inch – 2, Kilruane MacDonaghs – 2, Mullinahone – 2, Templederry Kenyons – 2, Ballinahinch – 1, Ballybacon Grange – 1, JK Brackens – 1, Killenaule – 1, Loughmore-Castleiney – 1, Lorrha and Dorrha – 1, Moyne –Templetuohy – 1, Nenagh Éire Óg – 1, Newport – 1, Portroe – 1.

Average Age of Tipperary Players

The average age of the Tipperary panel is 24 years and 9 months. The average age of the last year’s panel was 25 years and 8 months. Brendan Cummins is the oldest player on the Tipperary panel aged 36 years and 4 months. Noel McGrath is the youngest at 20 years and 9 months.

3 Years in a Row

The last time Tipperary appeared in an All-Ireland final for the third year in succession was in 1962 when they defeated Wexford by 3-10 to 2-11. In 1961 they defeated Dublin by 0-16 to 1-12 and in 1960 they lost to Wexford by 2-15 to 0-11.

Same finalists 3 in a row

It is the first time since 1903 that the same opponents will meet for the 3rd year in a row in the All-Ireland final. Cork and London met in 1901, 02 and 03 with London winning in 01 and Cork in 02 and 03. One important distinction is that London automatically qualified for the final in those days.

Best attended Tipp v Kilkenny championship games

2009 Final 82,106

2010 Final 81,765

1964 Final 71,282.

1945 Final 69,459

1950 Final 67,629

1991 Final 64,500

1967 Final 64,241

1971 Final 61,393

2003 Semi Final 60,087

First and Last

When Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the 1922 Final, played on September 9th 1923, it was the last occasion that the counties played without numbers on their jerseys. If identification wasn’t hard enough, many of the players wore caps in the fashion of the time. Played with the Tipperary v Sligo All Ireland Football Semi Final of 1922, the crowd was calculated at 26,000. Kilkenny’s two late goals by Paddy O’Donoghue and Dick Tobin won the day, after the teams had been level at half time. Team captain, Wattie Dunphy, became the first Kilkenny man to receive the Liam MacCarthy cup.

Only Once

Tipperary have won 26 All Ireland titles and lost 10 finals, but despite several close games, the Premier County has only once featured in a drawn Final – 1908 against Dublin. There has never been a drawn championship game, between Tipperary and Kilkenny.

Half Full

Tipperary / Kilkenny Finals are generally hard won but a good first half sets the tone. In the 15 Finals between the counties (excluding the substitute contest in 1911, when Limerick withdrew) Tipperary won 10 and Kilkenny 5. Only twice in those Finals, did the team which led at half time, lose the match. Tipperary won eight finals (1895, 1898, 1916, 1937, 1945, 1964, 1971, 2010) having led at half time, one after being level at the break (1991) and one (1950) despite Kilkenny leading at half way. Kilkenny won three (1909, 1913, 2009) after going in ahead at half time, one (1967) after trailing and one (1922) from a half time position of equality.

Tourist trail

In the earlier years of Tipp /Kilkenny rivalry, supporters travelled to some unusual venues but they were probably practical at the time, insofar as public transport often determined where people could go, while bicycles and the ass and cart were used for shorter journeys. The first meeting –an All-Ireland Semi Final (1887 c/ship) was played at Urlingford, in North West Kilkenny. The 1900 Semi Final went to Carrick on Suir, in South East Tipperary. The 1909 Final was played in Cork, with the unofficial 1911 game sited in Dungarvan. The picturesque Killarney played host for the 1937 Final when a builders’ strike delayed construction of the Cusack Stand at Croke Park. Apart from those all other Championship meetings between the counties have been played at Croke Park or, as it was previously named, Jones’ Road.

Easy in Munster but not outside it

On 17 occasions between 1960 and 2010, a county won the Munster Final, by eight points or more, but failed to add the All-Ireland title. On eight occasions, the winner fell at the semi-final stage and on nine occasions the Munster Champion lost in the All-Ireland Final.

Summary by county;

Tipperary:

1967 beat Clare in Munster Final by 12 points …..lost All Ireland Final to Kilkenny by 4 points

1968 Cork by 9 points …….lost All Ireland Final to Wexford by 2 points

1987 Cork by 9 points …….lost All Irl Semi Final to Galway by 6 points

1988 Cork by 9 points …….lost All Ireland Final to Galway by 4 points

1993 Clare by 18 points……lost All Irl Semi Final to Galway by 2 points

2008 Clare by 8 points …….lost All Irl Semi Final to Waterford by 2 points

 

Cork

1969 beat Tipp in Munster Final by 9 points….lost All Ireland Final to Kilkenny by 6 points

1972 Clare by 22 points …lost All Ireland Final to Kilkenny by 7 points

1975 Limerick by 11 points….lost All Irl Semi-final to Galway by 2 points

1979 Limerick by 11points ….lost All Irl Semi Final to Galway by 4 points

1982 Waterford by 31 points …lost All Ireland Final to Kilkenny by 11 points

1983 Waterford by 19 points ….lost All Ireland Final to Kilkenny by 2 points

 

Limerick

1974 beat Clare in Munster Final by 14 points…lost All Ireland Final to Kilkenny by 12 points

1994 Clare by 9 points …lost All Ireland Final to Offaly by 6 points

 

Waterford

2002 beat Tipperary in Munster Final by 8 points….lost All Irl Semi Final to Clare by 3 points

2007 Limerick by 9 points …lost All Irl Semi Final to Limerick by 5 points

 

Clare

1998 beat Waterford in Munster Final by 12 points…lost All Irl Semi Final to Offaly by 3 points

 

Both Sides

The last hurler to play in the Senior Championship with Tipperary and Kilkenny was Denis Byrne (Graigue/Ballycallan (Kilkenny) & Mullinahone (Tipperary). Having played with Kilkenny and captained them to the Leinster title in 1999, he changed club and county allegiance in 2003, making his championship debut for Tipperary v. Laois, at Portlaoise, in a qualifier game on June 14th. Denis lined out at full forward and scored 0-6. He also played against Galway in the next round and came on as a substitute against Offaly in the Quarter Final victory at Croke Park. He didn’t play against Kilkenny in the semi-final.

Winning the Toss – point to ponder

Tipp have won 3 of their last five All Ireland titles playing into Hill 16 in 2nd half. Kilkenny have won 4 of their last five titles ditto. Five of the last eight c/ship meetings between the counties have been won ditto.

Dethroning the champions

When Kilkenny met Tipp in the 1964 All Ireland final they were defending the title, won against Waterford in a high scoring decider (4-17 to 6-8) the previous year. The Leinster champions were favourites to win the game, but were beaten by double scores 5-13 to 2-8. Tipperary led by 1-8 to 0-6 at half time. The game was refereed by Aubrey Higgins from Galway – the last time a Connacht man refereed the All-Ireland final. Tipperary had previously dethroned Kilkenny in the 1958 semi-final, again after the black and amber had beaten Waterford in the previous decider. Tipperary’s win last year was their third time to dethrone Kilkenny.

Kilkenny have dethroned Tipperary on two occasions, the 1909 Final and the 2002 All Ireland semi-final.

Hurling Hotbed

During his time as a student, at St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny, Eoin Kelly played in two Colleges’ All Ireland Finals. Despite scoring 1-7 in the 1999 final at Croke Park, he lost to a St Flannan’s College team, captained by Ballinahinch’s Dermot Gleeson and powered by Toomevara’s Benny Dunne, who scored 0-3. There was a happy ending to the 2000 Final at Nenagh, when Eoin, who lined out at centre forward and scored 0-7, avenged the previous year’s defeat. His colleagues on that winning team included current Kilkenny senior hurlers Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Jackie Tyrrell and Michael Rice, who is now a teacher in the college.

Golden Gate

Tipperary’s victory over Kilkenny in the 1950 decider might not have produced the highest final attendance but the gate receipts of £6,103 -14 -2 set a new record for a hurling final.

Overdrawn

It is fifty two years since the All-Ireland Hurling final ended in a draw and it was a Waterford man, Seamus Power, a North Tipp Senior Hurling Championship winner with Roscrea in 1949 who scored the equalising goal. The Decies beat Kilkenny in the 1959 Final replay by 3-12 to 1-10 for their last All Ireland success.

A Star Trio of Counties

The late Mick Ryan (Roscrea) won a Kilkenny County Senior Hurling title with Dicksboro in 1950. They beat Éire Óg (city) in a final replay by 4-6 to 1-5. He lined out at centre forward in the club’s first victory for twenty four years. His team mates included Dan Kennedy, who had faced Mick in the All-Ireland final a couple of months earlier. Mick died in 2007, but is remembered fondly in Tipperary, Kilkenny and Cork, where he played successfully with Blackrock and St. Finbarrs in hurling and Clonakilty in football.

Marksmen Supreme

When you consider that Kilkenny’s Eddie Keher shot an amazing 0-14 in the sixty minute 1963 All Ireland Final against Waterford, it was always possible that he would surpass it in the years ahead. The introduction of the eighty minute games (1970) improved his chances and in the 1971 Final against Tipperary, Eddie scored 2-11 in Kilkenny’s three point loss to establish a new record. The games were reduced to seventy minutes for the 1975 championship and it took a tour de force from Nicky English in the 1989 Final when he scored 2-12 against Antrim to break Keher’s eighteen year old record. Eoin Kelly’s performance in the 2009 70 minute final with 0-13 is very worthy of mention among impressive final scoring achievements.

Final referees

Both counties have provided several referees for the All-Ireland Senior Hurling final and the details are-

Tipperary –

Seamus Roche 2005

Willie Barrett 1994 & 2000

George Ryan 1979 & 1985

John Moloney 1974

Bob Stakelum 1955

Phil Purcell 1947

Willie O’ Donnell 1941

JJ Callanan 1940

 

Kilkenny-

Paschal Long 1984

Paddy Johnson 1976

Jack Mulcahy 1954

John Lalor 1914

John Mc Carthy 1900, 01 & 03

 

JJ Callanan was the only All-Ireland winning captain (1930), who also refereed an All-Ireland Final.

Middle man

The appointment of Offaly’s Brian Gavin to referee the All-Ireland final had been anticipated since early season. Several impressive performances in the championship, including Tipperary’s games against Cork and Waterford, made his selection easier. Brian’s pathway to the big day has touched all of the milestones, with All Ireland Final appointments at Minor level ( 2004) Under 21 (2006) , Munster Senior Finals (2010/2011), All Ireland Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and last year he was standby referee/linesman for the Final.

Unusually, the competitive 2011 season started with a Tipperary v Kilkenny Allianz NHL game at Semple Stadium on February 12th last and it will finish with the same pairing trying to win the Mac Carthy Cup. Brian Gavin also refereed the NHL game and now he is preparing for the biggest assignment of his career.

 

Brian’s club, Clara, is steeped in GAA history and was established a mere six weeks after the GAA itself held its foundation meeting, in the billiard room of Lizzy Hayes’ Hotel, in Thurles.

 

Offaly has produced its fair share of All Ireland Hurling Final referees over the years, with John Dowling, who was Uachtaran CLCG 1988-1991 probably the most famous.

 

The Faithful county’s Final referees were;

 

1887 Pat White (a native of Blakefield, Toomevara, based in Birr and representing Offaly).

1928/1929/1931(draw and first replay) Sean Robbins

1937/1939 Jim Flaherty

1953 Pat Connell

1958 Matt Spain

1960/1962/1968 John Dowling

1972 Mick Spain

1988 Gerry Kirwan

1996 Pat Horan

2009 Diarmuid Kirwan (a native of Ballyskenagh, based in Ovens and representing Cork, son of 88 final referee, Gerry).

Hard to believe

These days All Ireland Hurling Semi Finals are played at Croke Park (the last exception was the Offaly v Clare Saturday refixture in 1998, which was played at Semple Stadium).

So, it is hard to believe that the first ever championship meeting, between Tipperary and Kilkenny, was played at Urlingford on October 27th 1887. That Semi Final was played on a Thursday and the reason was that when the teams went to Clonmel to play the game on the previous Sunday, other games were in progress and planned as the South Tipperary Board was in dispute with the Central Council. In the circumstances, the teams arranged to play on the following Thursday in Urlingford. Interestingly, Tullaroan objected to some of the Thurles players before the game started on the grounds that they were not from the parish. This was accepted but Thurles had no difficulty getting replacements from among their supporters. There were plenty willing to take the place of those who could not play. It was reported that Frank Moloney ’’ refereed with much difficulty’’. The venue minimised travel for the teams, but you wonder how much difficulty players and supporters had in getting time off work, for the most important hurling game played in Ireland under the auspices of the GAA up to then.

Unsatisfactory Final

The 1895 All Ireland final, which was played at Jones’ Road, did not impress a writer from ‘‘The Freeman’s Journal ’’ whose report in their publication dated 16/3/1896, was as follows-

‘’There is not much to be said about the hurling match and for an All-Ireland championship, the display was a very poor one. This may be accounted for by the very weak team Tullaroan placed on the field and by the very unsuitable ground Jones’ Road is for hurling. The Tubberadora men proved themselves masters of the situation early in the match, a lengthy description of which is impossible, with such a score as

Tipperary 6 goals 8 points Kilkenny 1 goal.

JJ Kenny, Dublin, refereed to the entire satisfaction of all concerned”

While there was no account of who scored, the Tipperary GAA Yearbook 1971 offered this comment.

‘’It is said that JP O’ Riordan from Drombane registered all Tipperary’s scores in the 1895 All Ireland Final, when Tipperary beat Kilkenny 6-8 to 1-0, the largest margin between these famed rivals in a final.’’

Fourth Day

Tipperary and Kilkenny have never before played on September 4th. The counties have played in finals on September 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 9th. The 4th might serve as a warning to Tipperary, who previously lost finals on that date to Wexford (1960) and Galway (1988). Their only final win on that date was against Laois in 1949.

All Time Greats

Tipperary and Kilkenny were honoured in two selections of all time Hurling greats. In 1984, the Centenary Year of the GAA, a Hurling Team of The Century was selected. It included four Tipperary players –Tony Reddin, John Doyle, Jimmy Finn and Jimmy Doyle respectively. Kilkenny also had four players chosen – Paddy Phelan, Lory Meagher, Jim Langton and Eddie Keher.

In 2000, the GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium produced a Tipperary ‘loss’ of Jimmy Finn (1984) to Brian Whelehan (Offaly) , which reduced their number to three, while the Kilkenny quartet ‘retained’ their positions . So there it stands, until the next review !

Number Ones

While both Tipperary and Kilkenny have produced their fair share of hurling stylists , including tenacious defenders, competitive midfielders and deadly accurate forwards the quality of goalkeepers minding the net over the years has also been impressive.

Kilkenny produced the flamboyant Ollie Walsh from Thomastown, who not only won the Texaco Hurler of the Year Award in 1967, but inspired his team like nobody else. The late Ollie played against Tipperary in the 1964 ,1967 and 1971 finals and subsequently Managed his county to Senior All Ireland wins in 1992/93. He played 42 championship games for his county. His successor Noel Skehan captained Kilkenny to the All-Ireland title in 1972 and was Texaco Hurler of the Year in 1982 .The Bennettsbridge man also played 42 championship games for his county winning nine All Ireland Medals – six on the field of play.

James Mc Garry, who retired after the 2008 All Ireland Final, kept an amazing three clean sheets in All Ireland finals – no doubt inspired by the exploits and advice of his club mate Noel Skehan.

Tipperary’s number ones have earned their reputations nationally. Among them are:

Brendan Cummins from Ballybacon/Grange who recently set a new national record of 66 championship appearances and with 19 clean sheets, his value and inspiration have been critical since making his championship debut in 1995.

 

Ken Hogan from Lorrha was the championship goalkeeper from 1987 to 1993 and his second half save against Cork in the drawn Munster Final of 1987 ensured that Tipperary’s revival was not derailed. Ken, who won his first All-Ireland in 1989, kept a clean sheet in Tipp’s 1991 success over Kilkenny. He served as a selector when Tipperary won the 2001 All Ireland title and was Bainisteoir for the 2004 /2005 campaigns.

 

Tony Reddin also from Lorrha –and Galway’s gift to Tipp – was top man, when the Premier county won the three in a row, from 1949 to 1951. He was chosen on the Team of The Millennium and The Team of The Century, so his contribution is known to all. His performances in the hectic Munster championship games ,against Cork, secured his place in hurling folklore.

 

John O’Donoghue from Arravale Rovers, via UCC, was Tipperary’s championship goalkeeper from 1964 to 1970 inclusive. In 1964/65, he won every honour available with Tipperary and kept a clean sheet in the Munster and All Ireland finals of 1965. He was a selector, when Tipperary won the 1991 All Ireland final against Kilkenny. John was also the Tipperary football goalkeeper for many years.

 

James ‘Hawk’ O’ Brien from Thurles Blues and the All-Ireland Tipperary winning teams of 1906 & 1908, was reputed to have such a keen eye, that he could block grass seed ! Without the benefit of match footage, it is hard to be sure, but there is no doubt that he was the original HAWK EYE.

 

One for the Exiles

With so many people leaving Ireland once again to find work, the GAA abroad is growing stronger. There was a strong Tipperary presence when London’s latest hurling club made its debut on Sunday April 3rd 2011 in Mitcham. Five years since the establishment of their successful football club, Fulham Irish hurlers lined out against Clann na nGael – one of the longest established clubs in south London and managed for many years by Dualla native Tommy Dargan. Fulham Irish who become the fourth south London-based club are managed by former Sean Treacy’s stalwart Martin Carroll. The club is based in Earlsfield.. The Roscrea native, who has played for London for many years and is an uncle of former Tipperary All-Star hurler, John Carroll, said he was very encouraged by the reaction he has received since the club decided to affiliate a hurling team this year after five successful years as a football club which included reaching an All-Ireland club semi-final two years ago. Although the new club’s playing panel is drawn from a wide cross-section of counties there are a number from the Premier county including such as Ballingarry brothers, Declan and David O’Connell, Sean Purcell also from Ballingarry, Colm Kennedy (Cahir), Philip Dalton (Carrick-on-Suir) and Tom O’Keefe.

Minor Final Referee

For the first time since 1990 when Ardfinnan’s Willie Barrett was in charge, a Tipperary man will referee the All-Ireland minor final. Johnny Ryan of Boherlahan Dualla has deservedly been given the honour of taking charge of the much awaited clash between Dublin and Galway. Johnny’s umpires will be Willie Cross, Tony Lacey, Seamus Manton and JC Ryan.

TG4 Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi Final – Monaghan 4-15 Kerry 2-12

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship semi-final

KERRY 2-12 MONAGHAN 4-15

By Jackie Cahill at St Brendan’s Park, Birr

ULSTER champions Monaghan produced a devastating final quarter against Kerry in Saturday’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football championship semi-final to set up a final meeting with Cork on September 25. The showpiece decider will be a repeat of the 2008 final between the two counties, which Cork won comfortably, but Monaghan will fancy their chances of gaining revenge at GAA HQ. When their character was questioned in a hugely-entertaining semi-final, Monaghan found the answers and eventually cruised to a nine-point win.

Monaghan had led by eight points at one stage in the first half but gritty Kerry kept chipping away and were ahead by a point twice in the second half. But ultimately, it was a run of 2-5 without reply which sealed the deal for the Farney County, as Kerry also lost the services of centre back Aisling Desmond in the final ten minutes, after she was yellow-carded. Caoimhe Mohan’s late brace of goals, in the 48th and 55th minutes, provided Monaghan with the breathing space they craved and shellshocked Kerry, a player light, had no answer down the home straight.

But the beaten Munster finalists, who lost at the All-Ireland semi-final stage for the second successive year, emerged with their heads held high after giving free-scoring Monaghan a real fight. The winners have lost just one competitive game all year, in the Bord Gáis Energy Division 1 semi-final, and have forwards that are capable of wreaking havoc with a regular supply of ball. Cathriona McConnell scored 1-6, Mohan 2-1 and Therese McNally collected 1-3 but captain Sharon Courtney claimed the player of the match award following a powerhouse performance at full-back. And at corner forward, Ciara McAnespie may not have scored but she was a constant thorn in Kerry’s side with her direct running and eye for a pass.

Indeed, it was McAnespie who helped to create Monaghan’s two first half goals, as McNally and McConnell profited from the Emyvale dynamo’s industry in the opening ten minutes. At half-time, Monaghan led by 2-7 to 0-8, having played against the breeze, with Sarah Houlihan’s six first half points keeping Kerry in touch. Within 28 seconds of the restart, Deirdre Corridan banged home a superb Kerry goal and suddenly, it was very much game on.

And when corner forward Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh goaled in the 38th minute, Kerry were a point clear, 2-9 to 2-8. The sides were level twice more before Monaghan stepped on the gas, with Kerry left to rue Desmond’s ten minute spell in the sin bin. Huge gaps opened up in the Kingdom’s rearguard and Monaghan were ruthless enough to exploit them.

Scorers for Kerry: S Houlihan 0-6 (4f), L Ní Mhuircheartaigh 1-2, D Corridan 1-0, B Breen, M O’Donoghue, L Cronin & S Corkery 0-1 each.

Scorers for Monaghan: C McConnell 1-6 (0-3f), C Mohan 2-1, T McNally 1-3, E McCarron 0-3, N Kindlon (f) & L McEnaney 0-1 each.

KERRY: E Murphy; C Kelly, A Leonard, A Lyons; D Hallissey, A Desmond, SJ Joy; L Scanlon, B Breen; D Corridan, M O’Donoghue, L Galvin; S Houlihan, P Dennehy, L Ní Mhuircheartaigh.

Subs: L Cronin for Dennehy (21), M O’Connell for O’Donoghue (53), S Corkery for Corridan (56), L O’Sullivan for Lyons (60+2).

MONAGHAN: L Martin; G McNally, S Courtney, C Reilly; A McAnespie, N Fahy, L Connolly; A Casey, C Courtney; T McNally, E McCarron, C McConnell; C McAnespie, N Kindlon, C Mohan.

Subs: I Kierans for C Courtney (37), L McEnaney for Kindlon (40), E McElroy for Connolly (58), N Mohan for McConnell (60+1).

Referee: K Tighe (Dublin)

Cork Senior Hurling Selectors for recommendation

Jimmy Barry Murphy has recommended the appointment of the following as selectors with the Cork Senior Hurling team, pending ratification by the Cork County Board at its Meeting next Tuesday, Sept 6th.

All four are former inter-county players and All-Ireland medal winners with Cork.

Kieran Kingston (Tracton)

A member of the Cork Senior Hurling panel in the late 1980s, Kieran Kingston hails from the Tracton club based in Minane Bridge. He won Munster and All-Ireland Senior Hurling medals with Cork in 1986, and has been heavily involved in coaching in his club.

Johnny Crowley (Bishopstown)

Johnny Crowley played hurling with his local club Bishopstown and was a member of the Cork Senior Hurling team from 1976 until 1987, winning 9 Munster titles and 5 All-Irelands. He previously served as a selector with Jimmy Barry-Murphy from 1996-2000, including Cork’s All-Ireland victory in 1999.

Ger Cunningham (St. Finbarr’s)

Cunningham’s status as one of Cork’s all-time greats is self-evident. In a senior inter-county career that lasted for eighteen years, he won three All-Ireland titles, seven Munster titles, three National Hurling League titles and three Railway Cup titles with Munster. Cunningham also won an unprecedented seven consecutive All-Ireland Poc Fada titles between 1984 and 1990. He later served as a selector and goalkeeping coach to the Cork team under the managerial reigns of both Donal O’Grady and John Allen from 2003 until 2006.

Seánie McGrath (Glen Rovers)

From the Glen Rovers club in Cork city, McGrath was a member of the Cork Senior Hurling panel from 1997 to 2003, winning two Munster titles, one All-Ireland (1999) and an All-Star award. He also won back-to-back Fitzgibbon Cup titles wih UCC in 1997 and 1998. He was a Cork Minor Hurling selector for the past two years.

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