Were you in Semple Stadium on May 27th

On a sunny Sunday in Semple Stadium, Thurles there was a Tipperary double header. The footballers took on Kerry while the hurlers triumphed over Limerick. Below is a postcard of the day’s events.

 

Munster GAA SHC Quarter Final – Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 2-20 to 1-19 in the Quarter Final of the Munster GAA Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday at Semple Stadium, Thurles.


Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Munster champions Tipperary staged a remarkable comeback to break Limerick hearts, 2-20 to 1-19, in a thriller at Semple Stadium. Limerick seemed set for a shock win when they built on a 1-9 to 1-8 interval lead by hitting six points without reply against the wind in the opening 13 minutes of the seconds-half. But the All-Ireland finalists never panicked and Tipp clawed their way back into contention and hit the front seven minutes from time when Brian O’Meara flicked home a goal. Tipp powered on from there to set up a Munster semi-final with Cork.

Limerick opened at a blistering pace with teenage debutant Shane Dowling leading the way as he landed four points, two of them from play, in the opening ten minutes. Tipperary captain Paul Curran had opted to play against the wind and the Limerick fans in the crowd of 22,068 must have been given great hope by their impressive start, with only Tipp’s only response being a long-range effort from Thomas Stapleton. But Tipperary refused to panic, even when Eoin Kelly missed a couple of frees, and Pa Bourke and the hard-working Brian O’Meara reduced the deficit.

Then John O’Brien found O’Meara in space and rather than pick off a point the full-forward found the unmarked Bourke who drove low into the bottom left corner to level the match at 1-03 to 0-06, after Dowling and Graeme Mulcahy had increased Limerick’s lead. Conor Allis and Noel McGrath exchanged points before Kevin Downes restored Limerick’s lead after 23 minutes. A minute later Mulcahy, having been denied by Brendan Cummins, blasted to the net to put Limerick 1-08 to 1-04 in front.

The response from Tipp against the wind was good with O’Meara getting his second point as they hit four on the spin as Bourke, Kelly and McGrath found the range, although Limerick led 1-09 to 1-08 at the break when Sean Tobin pointed in stoppage time. Tipp were clearly rattled as Kevin Downes, Dowling, David Breen, Mulcahy, Sean Tobin and Conor Allis all found the range to lead by 1-15 to 1-08 after 48 minutes. But Pa Bourke settled them with a couple of points and they got the margin down to two before O’Meara struck for the decisive goal to break Limerick hearts in a gripping contest.

Tipperary scorers: P Bourke 1-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), B O’Meara 1-2, N McGrath 0-3, S Callinan 0-2 (0-1 free), E Kelly 0-1f, T Stapleton 0-1, J O’Brien 0-1, S Bourke 0-1, S McGrath 0-1, C O’Brien 0-1.

Limerick scorers: S Dowling 0-8 (4f), G Mulcahy 1-2, S Tobin 0-3, K Downes 0-2, C Allis 0-2, D Breen 0-1, D Hannon 0-1.

Tipperary: B Cummins; D Maher (C O’Brien 48), P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; J Woodlock (S McGrath 28), B Maher; G Ryan (S Callinan 50), N McGrath, P Bourke; E Kelly (Patrick Maher 42), B O’Meara, J O’Brien (S Bourke 63).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara (T Ryan 68), D O’Grady, G O’Mahoney; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen, C Allis (B Geary 63), S Dowling; S Tobin (N Moran 65), K Downes (D Hannon 50), G Mulcahy.

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

 

Tipperary have just about enough in reserve

SEÁN MORAN at Semple Stadium for the Irish Times newspaper

Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19: QUALIFIERS notwithstanding, yesterday must have been a time of great stress for Tipperary connections. Trailing by seven points heading into the last quarter, the GAA Munster hurling champions were staring down the barrel of the biggest surprise in the province for a while.

Their misfiring team, groomed for a few years as the only serious contenders in the world of Kilkenny and the team that interrupted the gilded sequence of the All-Ireland champions two years ago, were on the verge of elimination by a wholehearted, young Limerick side. Somehow, Tipp found a response and in the final 15 minutes doubled their score from 1-10 to 2-20, sufficient to take them past and keep them in front of the by now faltering challenge.

There will, by the time postmortems have been concluded, be something for everyone in this provincial quarter-final. Limerick were under pressure after a disappointing but hamstrung league campaign had failed to deliver promotion, whereas Tipp had not impressed in Division One A. They proceeded to come out sluggishly on to what should have been a perfect afternoon – Semple Stadium’s broad expanses glistening in the hot summer sun. But it was the outsiders that struck the early tempo and Tipperary struggled.

By the time the match headed into its endgame from the 55th minute, Declan Ryan had thrown in a full complement of replacements and, as acknowledged by both sides, the quality of the Tipp bench made a sufficient impact to shift the match on to a different track. Balancing the feeling of satisfaction for Ryan and his management must have been the underperforming display of the selected 15.

They took a long time to get settled, as both teams shuffled their starting line-ups around with Tipp’s forward zipping in and out of various positions and it was Limerick, chiefly through the efforts of Shane Dowling, who had a most impressive debut, who pushed into early command of the match. Their movement was good and their shooting economical – two wides in each half, one of which wasn’t an attempt at a score – but the home side played into their hands with sloppy defending and some poor clearances.

Dowling capitalised with the first five of Limerick’s points, two from play, to the two that Tipp could muster. Despite all of this adversity, the favourites were hanging on and in the 18th minute closed the three-point gap when Brian O’Meara, the only starting forward to impress consistently and who had just hit a nice point, laid off neatly to Pa Bourke in support and his low shot across Nicky Quaid arrowed into the bottom corner of the net.

Tipperary’s forwards were still far from clicking and Eoin Kelly was wide with a couple of shots and Noel McGrath’s input was intermittent, but they managed to stay in touch after Graeme Mulcahy had been gifted a second chance – after Brendan Cummins had saved his first shot, but the defence failed to clear – to put Limerick 1-8 to 1-4 ahead.

At the other end, Limerick’s defence were enthusiastically throwing themselves around at every assault – one passage of play just after the half-hour featuring four separate blocks on Tipp attackers. Again, though, Limerick didn’t pull away and the champions presumably felt happy to be just a point behind, 1-8 to 1-9, at the break.

Nonetheless, the third quarter was the stuff of nightmares for Tipperary. Far from exploiting their proximity to the challengers they watched as six unanswered points rained over from all points, as Kevin Downes, Dowling, David Breen, Mulcahy and Seán Tobin converted chances with a crisp aplomb. Eoin Kelly was replaced – his last action to be fouled a couple of times without reward on a run through the middle – and significantly Patrick Maher made his reappearance, the first since last year’s All-Ireland final.

It nearly got worse for Tipperary in the 50th minute when trailing, 1-9 to 1-15, they watched as Kevin Downes took possession immediately after Limerick had conceded the first score of the second half and flicked the ball into David Breen but, with a goal at his mercy, the wing forward fumbled and Paul Curran cleared. The match turned as Patrick Maher began to make a nuisance of himself and Limerick mysteriously withdrew Downes, allowing Conor O’Mahony to get into his stride and mop up a succession of dropping ball.

Referee Barry Kelly emerged from his reluctant period with the whistle and began to call fouls and Tipp began to cut the deficit – hitting six points to one in the 10 minutes until the 65th when the vital breach was made. Patrick Maher was instrumental but could have been penalised for charging; instead O’Meara came in behind the ruck and clipped the ball into the net to put Tipp ahead at 2-15 to 1-17. From then on, they outscored Limerick by 0-5 to 0-2 and Tipperary had effected their escape. Cork are next up and are unlikely to be as accommodating, but the outing will stand to the winners.

TIPPERARY: B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton (0-1), C O’Mahony, P Maher; J Woodlock, B Maher; G Ryan, N McGrath (0-3), P Bourke (1-7, four points frees and one 65); E Kelly (0-1, free), B O’Meara (1-2), J O’Brien (0-1). Subs: S McGrath (0-1) for Woodlock (28 mins), Patrick Maher for Kelly (42 mins), C O’Brien (0-1) for D Maher (49 mins), S Callanan (0-2, one free) for Ryan (52 mins), S Bourke (0-1) for J O’Brien (64). Yellow card: Cahill (15).

LIMERICK: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahony; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen (0-1), C Allis (0-2), S Dowling (0-8, four frees); G Mulcahy (1-2), K Downes (0-2), S Tobin (0-3). Subs: D Hannon (0-1) for Downes (51 mins), B Geary for Allis (64 mins), N Moran for Tobin (65 mins), T Ryan for McNamara (70 mins). Yellow cards: Condon (19 mins), Dowling (42 mins), Walsh (48 mins), Mulcahy (50 mins), McCarthy (59 mins).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath).

 

THE SUBSTITUTIONS WE MADE WORKED’

BEING AS he is, unflappable, Declan Ryan’s demeanour bore little witness to the fact that he had been very tight margins from having to conduct an altogether more disagreeable post-match media scrum. Instead, he was able to reflect on a late deliverance, chiefly the work of his extensive list of replacements. “The substitutions we made worked reasonably well, all the lads that came on made a huge contribution, they added a lot of energy to the game. It was very warm out there and it was great they had the impact they did,” said Ryan.

Although there were improvements all over the pitch – replacement corner back Conor O’Brien even got up for a point and Shane McGrath energised a static centrefield – it was the first appearance of the season by Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher that really got the crowd buzzing. “Patrick has great energy about him,” said Ryan, “Shane (McGrath) has been going very well in training in the last three weeks. Im just delighted with what they added when they came on.”

Captain Paul Curran was just relieved. “It was looking dodgy because you could hear the Limerick supporters in full voice and I suppose we just dug deep. There were seven points in it at one stage and it ended up four so we were lucky.” Limerick manager John Allen was torn between satisfaction with his young side’s storming attempt at a major upset and regret at what, trimmings aside, was a championship defeat. “Well you see I thought we were going to win the game and I went to the bookies yesterday to prove it. Our training in the past six weeks had been really good. We had a game last Friday night, a green versus white we’ll call it, where a number of altercations took place which kind of was really the way our training had gone all along. “There was a real intensity in training. The team on Wednesday night wasn’t a foregone conclusion. There were players who certainly weren’t sure that they were going to get on the team. I’m extremely proud of the team. They were heroic really, but this game is about winning. “This game will bring us on, but championship games are all about winning. Today’s performance is great for confidence – I’m sure the Limerick public will have been impressed so yes, it will bring us on.”

 

Premier making the right moves

Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

What a close call for champions Tipperary in this first-round Munster senior hurling championship clash in baking heat in Thurles yesterday. But what a heroic performance by a precocious Limerick side also. With only 15 minutes remaining the youngsters in green were seven points ahead (1-16 to 1-9), their hosts having been held to just a point in the second-half, and a shock of major proportions looked on the cards. And Limerick were full value for that seven-point lead, had hit the ground with an intensity that seemed to catch Tipperary completely off guard but more importantly, they had maintained that intensity right through those 55 minutes.

Their defence was hurling superbly, hooking/blocking/harassing the Tipperary attack to complete distraction, tigerish corner-backs Stephen Walsh and Tom Condon typifying the visiting effort. Midfielders James Ryan and Paul Browne were more than holding their own, while up front teenage championship debutant Shane Dowling was playing like a veteran, aided and abetted by David Breen and Conor Allis alongside him in the half-forward line, the flying trio of Graeme Mulcahy, Kevin Downes and Seanie Tobin doing damage inside.

It was a magnificent team effort from Limerick and the champions were on the ropes — one big punch and it was all over. However Tipperary are champions for a reason with a deep well of self belief and strength developed over the last four years during which time they’ve gone toe-to-toe with Kilkenny. In those final 15 minutes that talent finally surfaced and when it did, a tiring Limerick had no answer.

Onto the pitch came Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher, Conor O’Brien, Seamus Callanan and Shane Bourke, to join Shane McGrath who had been brought on in the first half. Oh, what an impact those five had on the game in those final minutes, what an impact made by Bonner Maher especially. He’s been missing for a while due to injury, and though it took him a while to get to the pace of the game, when he did he was like a fox among the hens, creating panic every time he was on the ball.

Maher inspired the Tipperary comeback. He didn’t score but then that isn’t really his forte; he drew two fouls for pointed frees and gave a scoring pass to start Tipperary on a 1-11 to 0-3 run in that final quarter, a run that saw them turn a seven-point deficit to a four-point win.

Even the goal — Bonner it was who won possession and ran straight at Nicky Quaid (did very well overall, the Limerick keeper), drew a crowd of defenders, dropped the ball to the sod (after what seemed an age!), to be pounced on by Brian O’Meara. Delight at the end then for the huge Tipperary contingent in the 22,068 attendance, heartbreak for Limerick. And it is heartbreak; forget the patronising, the consolation talk about great effort — this is a game Limerick should have won.

Right from the start they were in control. After 17 minutes they led by three (0-6 to 0-3, the deadly Dowling with five of those points). They were then caught by a sucker-punch, John O’Brien and Brian O’Meara (lovely stick pass) combining to set up Pa Bourke for Tipperary’s first goal — didn’t matter. Back they came again and a goal of their own, rocketed home by Graeme Mulcahy moments after he had been denied by a miracle point-blank Brendan Cummins save, had them back in charge in the 26th minute, four in front (1-8 to 1-4).

Tipp pulled it back to one by the break (featuring a superb O’Meara point — Richie McCarthy did as good a job as any one man could have managed on the Tipp giant), 1-9 to 1-8, but with the breeze now going to favour Limerick, things were looking rosy for the visitors. Things were looking even rosier 20 minutes after the restart. Six points to start the new half, one each from all six forwards and the game seemed gone from Tipperary. Then came the cavalry and that late charge.

Great showing from Limerick but it must also be said — while Tipperary did so much right on the sideline, Limerick’s substitutions and switches were somewhat baffling, taking off guys who were still full of running (Tobin particularly), bringing out a man who was causing problems inside (Mulcahy), leaving on a guy who had run himself to a standstill (Dowling). If they learn from this, however, on and off the pitch, they will be a force yet this year. Either way they’ll be a force in a year or two.

Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 1-7 (4fs, 1 65), B O’Meara 1-2, N McGrath 0-3, S Callanan 0-2 (1f), T Stapleton, E Kelly (f), J O’Brien, S Bourke, S McGrath, C O’Brien, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: S Dowling 0-8 (4fs), G Mulcahy 1-2, S Tobin 0-3, C Allis, K Downes 0-2 each, D Breen, D Hannon 0-1 each.

Subs for Tipperary: S McGrath for Woodlock (28), Patrick Maher for Kelly (42), C O’Brien for D Maher (49), S Callanan for Ryan (51), S Bourke for J O’Brien (64).

Subs for Limerick: D Hannon for Downes (65), N Moran for Tobin (65), B Geary for Allis (65), T Ryan for McNamara (69).

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

Team News
Tipperary (SH v Limerick): B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, P Maher; J Woodlock, B Maher; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; E Kelly, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.Limerick (SH v Tipperary): N Quaid: S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara, D O’Grady, G O’Mahony; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen, C Allis, S Dowling; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin. 

Munster GAA / Irish Rail discounts for Limerick supporters

Munster GAA have teamed up with Iarnród Éireann to provide Limerick supporters with discounts of up to 70% on their Match and Train tickets!!

How do I get my tickets?

Step 1 – Log on to Irish Rail Website and look for the “Special Fares” button under the “Fares and Tickets” Tab or Click here

Step 2 – Book your train ticket.

Step 3 – Once you receive your reservation number you will also receive an individualized promotional code to use to purchase match tickets.

Step 4 – Click on the link to purchase Match tickets.

Step 5 – Relax and Enjoy the game!!!

Munster GAA Match Promotions

Munster GAA’s ticket promotion strategy for the 2012 Munster Championships focuses on value for GAA club members and families.

For ticketed matches beginning with the May 27th double-header in Semple Stadium Thurles, clubs who purchase a minimum of 20 Terrace tickets will avail of a €5 reduction on each ticket. This means that patrons can attend all Munster ¼ and Semi Finals for €10. Similarly, clubs can purchase Stand tickets in advance (minimum of 50 per club) and receive a 20% discount for seats in specific sections of the stand. These ticket offers for clubs will allow our club membership to receive a benefit not available to any other supporters.

Munster GAA will offer attractive Family packages for supporters. In 2011, over 30,000 family tickets were sold for Munster Championship matches. For the upcoming Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final and Semi-Finals, a family package of 2 adults and 2 children will cost €60 (Uncovered). The same family package will cost €70 for both of the Munster Senior Championship Finals and an increased allocation of family tickets for all ticketed games will be made available.

Munster GAA in conjunction with our sponsors will provide Family Zones complete with Face Painting and other fun activities to enhance the experience for both parents and children attending our games. Watch out for our Match Day Greeters (Munster Guides) who will be on hand to help you at every venue. Details will be confirmed in advance of selected matches. Concessions for OAP’s and Students will continue to be available for purchase following the sale of 6,500 Concession tickets in 2011. Juvenile Group tickets will be available for all matches.

Munster GAA will work through a number of channels to promote our games successfully in the coming weeks through the normal media outlets in addition to in-store promotions through the GAA sponsors Centra and Supervalu. Our games will be promoted via online advertising with Google and Facebook and also through Failte Ireland, Tickets.ie, Ticketmaster and many others.

Family Packages– 2 Adults and 2 Kids total price €60 (Uncovered), (€70 for Final) – Available from Clubs and County Boards. Limited numbers available online.

Terrace Group Tickets– Minimum order 20 – Order 20 get 7 free €10 per ticket, (€15 for Final) – Available from Clubs. FOR ALL MATCHES.

Stand Group Tickets – Minimum order 15 – Buy 8 get 2 free €25/€20 per ticket, (€30/€25 for Final)- Available from Clubs Only (Tickets in selected sections)

Juvenile Group Tickets – Minimum order 20 – 20 Kids and 2 Adults €60 (All Matches) – Available from Clubs Only

Contact your club today to ensure you avail of the discounts provided for club members ahead of May 27th

Admission Prices (excluding discounts)

Adult Covered Stand – €30

Adult Uncovered Stand – €25

Adult Terrace – €15

Family (juvenile) – €5

Ticket Details

Click here to purchase tickets for this game

When – Sunday May 27th at 4:00pm

Where – Semple Stadium Thurles

Referee – Barry Kelly (Westmeath)
Stand By Referee – James Owens (Wexford)
Linesman – Pat Casey (Waterford)
Sideline Official – John Keenan (Wicklow)

Replay date – Saturday June 2nd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick

Next Round
– the winners qualify for the Munster Semi-Final against Cork on Sunday June 24th

Match Promotions

Family Packages – 2 Adults and 2 Kids total price €60 (Uncovered) – Available from Clubs and County Boards. Limited numbers available online.
Terrace Group Tickets – Minimum order 20 – Order 20 get 7 free €10 per ticket – Available from Clubs
Stand Group Tickets – Minimum order 15 – Buy 8 get 2 free €25/€20 per ticket – Available from Clubs Only (Tickets in selected sections)
Juvenile Group Tickets – Minimum order 20 – 20 Kids and 2 Adults €60 (All Matches) – Available from Clubs Only

Admission Prices (excluding discounts)
Adult Covered Stand – €30 (€25 via clubs)
Adult Uncovered Stand – €25
Adult Terrace – €15
Family (juvenile) – €5

For the Record

Limerick Tipperary
2012 Team Manager John Allen Declan Ryan
2012 Team Captain David Breen Paul Curran
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Waterford in the Munster Semi-Final by 3-15 to 3-14. Defeated Wexford and Antrim in the Qualifiers before losing to Dublin by 3-13 to 0-18 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. Defeated Cork, Clare and Waterford to win the Munster Final. Defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 18 39
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 1996 2011
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 20
Won – 3
Lost –  12
Drawn – 5
Played – 29
Won – 18
Lost –  8
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship June 24th 2007 at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick – Munster Semi-Final 2nd Replay (after extra time) – Limerick 0-22 Tipperary 2-13 – Limerick qualified for the Munster Final after 250 minutes of hurling over 3 matches in June 2007.
Last meeting in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship August 16th 2009 at Croke Park – All-Ireland Semi-Final – Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7 – Goals from Lar Corbett (3), Eoin Kelly, Noel McGrath and Pat Kerwick helped Tipperary to a comfortable 24 point victory.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Final

Sunday May 27th (Replay date – June 2nd)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Limerick @ 4:00pm


Semi-Finals
Sunday June 17th (Replay date – June 23rd)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Clare v Waterford @ 4:00pm

Sunday June 24th (Replay date – June 30th)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Cork v Limerick or Tipperary                  @ 4:00pm

or Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Final

Sunday July 15th (Replay date – July 21st)

4:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

Limerick have won 1 of the last 16 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches they have played, an extra-time victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at the Gaelic Grounds. During that period, Limerick have drawn 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Tipperary have won 7 of their last 8 matches in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship dating back to 2008, winning 3 of the 4 Munster titles on offer in that period. Their only defeat came at the hands of Cork in May 2010, a 3-15 to 0-14 defeat at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Tipperary and Limerick have met in the Championship on 63 occasions with Tipperary winning 32, Limerick 21 and there have been 10 draws. Seven of those draws have come since 1962 and in each of the last 5 decades, the counties have drawn at least 1 Championship encounter. This is their first Championship meeting this decade so they have another 8 seasons to keep trend of drawing games alive. In 5 of the last 6 decades, Tipperary have secured more victories than Limerick, the exception being the 1970s when Tipperary were in the midst of a famine period.  See below the record by decade of the Tipp v Limerick Championship encounters –

2000s (Tipperary 5, Drawn 3, Limerick 1)

1990s (Tipperary 3, Drawn 1, Limerick 2)
1980s (Tipperary 2, Drawn 1, Limerick 1)

1970s (Tipperary 1, Drawn 1, Limerick 3)

1960s (Tipperary 3, Drawn 1, Limerick 1)

1950s (Tipperary 4, Drawn 0, Limerick 0)

1940s (Tipperary 2, Drawn 0, Limerick 3)

1930s (Tipperary 2, Drawn 0, Limerick 3)

1920s (Tipperary 4, Drawn 1, Limerick 3)

1910s (Tipperary 2, Drawn 2, Limerick 3)

Pre-1910  (Tipperary 3, Drawn 0, Limerick 0)

In Division 1A of the 2012 Allianz Hurling League, Tipperary racked up the second highest total of scores, an aggregate of 119 points (3 goals and 110 points). On the flip side, Tipperary conceded the most scores, an aggregate of 115 points followed by the concession of 1-25 in the semi-final defeat by Cork. Waterford recorded the lowest number of scores, an aggregate of 91 points. Clare conceded just 84 points on aggregate in their 5 games in Division 1B, the lowest total conceded by any of the 12 Division 1 teams.

Over the last 3 seasons, Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 9 of the 14 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 3 matches while Pairc na nGael in Limerick hosted 2 games.

The 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship saw an increase in the number of scores per game for the first time in 4 years. The average number of scores per match in 2011 was 43, a significant increase of 9 scores per match on the 2010 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. The highest scoring game yielded 48 scores, the first round victory of Tipperary over Cork by 3-22 to 0-23.

Since 1966, 14 teams have won the Hurling League Division 1 Final by 8+ points. Strangely, none went on to win the All-Ireland later that summer. Similarly dating back to 1991, of the last 7 teams to win the Munster Senior Hurling Final by 8 or more points, only one of them have won the All-Ireland two months later – Clare in 1995 following their 1-17 to 0-11 Munster Final victory over Limerick.

Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly was the top scorer in the 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 4-16 (0-10 from frees) in 3 matches. Lar Corbett (Tipperary) was 2nd with 6 goals and 6 points from play including 4-4 in the Munster Final v Waterford. Pauric Mahony (Waterford) was third on the scoring charts with 0-20 (0-16 from frees) in two matches. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) scored 2-10 from play to finish fourth.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (39) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011

Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 –http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sh_teams/

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 2 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles and are the defending champions. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information


Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel

2012 Munster SH Championship QF

Tipperary V Limerick

In Semple Stadium on Sunday, May 27th 2012 at 4pm

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday May 24th. It will be posted on the Tipperary GAA website shortly after 9pm.

Player Profiles

A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie.

New Players on panel for 2012:

Sean Curran (Mullinahone) –  forward

Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward

Donagh Maher (Burgess) – defender

Shane Maher (Burgess) – defender

Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill) – defender

Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) – forward

Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch) – forward

Timmy Hammersley, Conor O’Brien and Shane Maher were on the 2010 panel.

Injured Players

Adrian Ryan – recovering from broken collar bone – out for game v Limerick

Paddy Stapleton – groin strain – may be out for game v Limerick

Management Profiles

Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their second 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 Irleand title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won the 2010 All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team in 2010. 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

Ross Dunphy is in his first year as Strength and Conditioning Coach (Trainer) to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team. 33-year-old Ross is a native of Wexford and holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick. Ross is from the Clonard GAA Club in Wexford town and has represented Wexford at all levels of Gaelic Football.

Ross has been involved in coaching both hurling and Gaelic football since 2004. He trained the Toomevara senior hurling team for three seasons and the Kildare U21’s in 2009. He has also been on the coaching and management team with Sarsfields GAA club in Newbridge County Kildare over the past few seasons

Captain and Vice Captain

The Tipperary captain for 2012 is Paul Curran of Mullinahone and the vice captain is Padraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields. They succeeded Eoin Kelly and Conor O’Mahony respectively.

Allianz Hurling League 2012

Results

Sunday February 26th at Nowlan Park                              Kilkenny 2-17    Tipperary 0-15

Sunday March 11th at Semple Stadium                            Tipperary 2-20    Galway 2-18

Sunday March 18th at Semple Stadium                            Tipperary 0-31    Waterford 2-15

Satruday March 24th at Croke Park                                 Dublin 2-15        Tipperary 0-21 Sunday April 1st at Semple Stadium                                   Tipperary 1-23    Cork 1-23

Sunday April 22nd semi-final at Semple Stadium                Cork 1-25          Tipperary 2-15

Appearances

28 players lined out for Tipperary during the 6 matches compared with 35 for 7 matches in 2011.

Scorers

Tipperary played 6 games in this year’s Allianz hurling league campaign scoring a total of 140 points (5-125) and conceding a total of 143 (10-113). 15 players in total scored with the top scorers being: Pa Bourke (2-38), Noel McGrath (1-23), Brian O’Meara (1-11) and Shane Bourke (0-12).

League Debuts

4 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Sean Curran (Mullinahone), Donagh Maher (Burgess), Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) and Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch).

Clubs represented on panel

There are 32 players on Tipperary’s training panel at present representing 18 clubs. Thurles Sarsfields have most representatives with 4, followed by Clonoulty Rossmore, county SH champions 2011, Drom and Inch, Mullinahone and Templederry Kenyons with 3 each, and Borris-Ileigh, Burgess and Toomevara with 2 each. 10 clubs have 1 representative each – Ballinahinch, Ballybacon Grange, Eire Og Annacarty Donohill, JK Brackens, Kilruane MacDonagh, Lorrha and Dorrha, Loughmore Castleiney, Moyne Templetuohy, Newport, and Portroe.

Tipperary V Limerick: Previous Championship Meetings

Tipperary and Limerick have met on 63 previous occasions in the Senior Hurling Championship. All but two of those meetings – the 2009 All Ireland Semi final at Croke Park and the 2004 Qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds – were Munster Championship fixtures.

Tipperary leads the way on 32 wins to Limerick’s 21, with 10 games drawn. Tipperary also received a walk over in the Munster semi final of 1899 and Limerick had a similar experience in 1902.

Tipp won 9 of their 32 successes by a goal or less while Limerick won 7 of their 21 by a goal or less.

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

The following are the results of their previous meetings:

23/2/1896  at Kilmallock, Tipperary 7-8 Limerick 0-2, Munster Final 1895

1/10/1905  at Tipperary, Tipperary 2-12 Limerick 3-8, Munster S/F 1904

23/6/1907, at Cork Athletic Grounds, Tipperary 2-12 Limerick 0-4, Munster R1 1906

19/11/1911 at Cork Ath Grds, Limerick 5-3 Tipperary 4-3 , Munster Final

5/7/1914, at Dungarvan, Limerick 8-0 Tipperary 3-1, Munster R1

 

10/9/1916 at Dungarvan, Tipperary 4-4 Limerick 2-4, Munster S/F

9/9/1917 at Cork Ath Grds,Tipperary 3-4 Limerick 3-4, Munster Final

7/10/1917 at Cork Ath. Grds. Tipperary 6-4 Limerick 3-1, Munster Final (Replay)

7/7/1918 at Limerick, Limerick 5-2 Tipperary 5-2, Munster S/F

18/8/1918 at Cork Ath. Grds.Limerick 3-2 Tipperary 2-2 Munster S/F (Replay)

 

8/8/1920 at Riverstown, Limerick 5-7 Tipperary 3-3, Munster S/F

1/7/1923 at Thurles, Tipperary 2-2 Limerick 2-2, Munster Final (1922)

12/8/1923 at Limerick , Tipperary 4-2 Limerick 1-4, Munster Final (Replay)

16/3/1924 at Cork Ath Grds. Limerick 2-3 Tipperary 1-0, Munster Final (1923)

5/10/1924 at Dungarvan, Tipperary 3-1 Limerick 2-2, Munster Final

 

22/8/1926 at Dungarvan, Tipperary 6-5 Limerick 4-6, Munster S/F

3/7/1927 at Cork Ath Grds. Limerick 3-4 Tipperary 3-1, Munster R1

3/6/1928 at Cork Ath Grds. Tipperary 4-2 Limerick 2-6, Munster R1

10/5/1931 at Cork Ath Grds. Tipperary 3-4 Limerick 0-2, Munster R1

29/5/1932 atCork Ath. Grds. Limerick 4-2 Tipperary 1-5, Munster R1

 

11/8/1935 at Cork Ath Grds. Limerick 5-5 Tipperary 1-4, Munster Final

2/8/1936 at Thurles, Limerick 8-5 Tipperary 4-6, Munster Final

25/7/1937, at Cork Ath Grds. Tipperary 6-3 Limerick 4-3, Munster Final

21/5/1939 at Thurles, Limerick 3-3 Tipperary 2-0, Munster R1

15/7/1945 at Thurles, Tipperary 4-3 Limerick 2-6, Munster Final

 

16/6/1946 at Cork Ath Grds. Limerick 3-5 Tipperary 2-2, Munster S/F

22/6/1947 at Cork Ath Grds. Limerick 6-8 Tipperary 2-3, Munster S/F

27/6/1948 at Cork Ath Grds. Limerick 8-4 Tipperary 6-4, Munster R1

17/7/1949 at Cork Ath Grds, Tipperary 1-16 Limerick 2-10, Munster Final

18/6/1950 at Limerick, Tipperary 4-8 Limerick 0-8, Munster R1

 

8/7/1951 at Thurles, Tipperary 3-8 Limerick 1-6, Munster S/F

1/6/1958 at Cork Ath Grds. Tipperary 2-10 limerick 1-5, Munster R1

24/5/1959 at Cork Ath Grds, Tipperary 2-9 Limerick 1-7, Munster R1

3/7/1960 at Cork Ath Grds.Tipperary 10-9 Limerick 2-1, Munster R1

1/7/1962 at Cork ath Grds.Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 4-9, Munster S/F

 

22/7/1962 at Cork Ath Grds. Tipperary 5-13 Limerick 2-4, Munster S/F (Replay)

5/6/1966 at Cork Ath Grds. Limerick 4-12 Tipperary 2-9, Munster R1

22/6/1969 at Cork Ath Grds.Tipperary 0-14 Limerick 2-5,Munster S/F

25/7/1971 at Killarney, Tipperary 4-16 Limerick 3-18, Munster Final

29/7/1973 at Thurles, Limerick 6-7 Tipperary 2-18, Munster Final

 

6/7/1975 at Thurles, Limerick 2-16 Tipperary 3-13 , Munster S/F

20/7/1975 at Limerick , Limerick 0-17 Tipperary 1-10, Munster S/F ( Replay)

11/6/1978, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Limerick 1-14 Tipperary 0-9, Munster R1

7/6/1981 at Thurles Limerick 4-10 Tipperary 3-13 , Munster S/F

21/6/1981 at Limerick, Limerick 3-17 Tipperary 2-12, Munster S/F ( Replay)

 

5/6/1988 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh , Tipperary 0-15 Limerick 0-8, Munster S/F

11/6/1989 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh , Tipperary 4-18 Limerick 2-11, Munster S/F

10/6/1990 at Limerick, Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-17, Munster S/F

9/6/1991 at Thurles, Tipperary 2-18 Limerick 0-10, Munster S/F

18/6/1995 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Limerick 0-16 Tipperary 0-15, Munster S/F

 

7/7/1996 at Limerick, Limerick 0-19 Tipperary 1-16 , Munster Final

14/7/1996 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Limerick 4-7 Tipperary 0-16, Munster Final ( Replay)

15/6/1997 at Thurles, Tipperary 1-20 Limerick 0-13, Munster S/F

1/7/2001 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Tipperary 2-16 Limerick 1-17 , Munster Final

2/6/2002 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh , Tipperary 1-20 Limerick 1-13, Munster S/F

 

26/6/2004 at Limerick , Tipperary 3-10 Limerick 2-12 ,Qualifier R1

15/5/2005 at Thurles, Tipperary 2-14 Limerick 2-14, Munster R1

21/5/2005, at Limerick, Tipperary 2-13 Limerick 0-18 Munster R1 (Replay ,AET)

14/5/2006, at Thurles, Tipperary 0-22 Limerick 2-12  Munster R1

10/6/2007 at Limerick, Limerick 1-19 Tipperary 1-19, Munster S/F

 

16/6/2007 at Thurles , Limerick 1-24 Tipperary 2-21,Munster S/F ( Replay AET)

24/6/2007 at Limerick, Limerick 0-22 Tipperary 2-13, Munster S/F (2nd Replay AET)

16/8/2009 at Croke Park , Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7, All Irl S/F

Last Championship Meeting 16/8/2009:  Tipperary Team and Scorers:

Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Padraic Maher, Paul Curran, Declan Fanning, Conor O’Mahony (Capt), Brendan Maher; James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Pat Kerwick, Seamus Callanan, John O’Brien; Noel McGrath, Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett.

Subs: Benny Dunne for S McGrath (54), Gearoid Ryan for Woodlock (62), Micheal Webster for Kerwick (63), Paul Kelly for E Kelly (65), Willie Ryan for Corbett (67).

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

Last Munster Championship Meeting Munster SH Semi Final 2nd Replay June 24th 2007

Limerick 0-22   Tipperary 2-13 aet

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

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

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

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

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

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

Referee: S. McMahon (Clare).

Tipp Top Scorers v Limerick

Tipperary’s top scorers in their last 15 championship meetings with Limerick were:

1991     Nicky English 1-2 & Michael Cleary 0-5

1995     Michael Cleary 0-4

1996     Liam Cahill 1-3

1996(2) Michael Cleary 0-6

1997     Michael Cleary 1-3

2001     Declan Ryan & Lar Corbett 1-1 each

2002     Eoin Kelly 0-12

2004     Seamus Butler 1-2

2005     Eoin Kelly 0-7

2005(2) Eoin Kelly 0-7

2006     Eoin Kelly 0-14

2007     Willie Ryan 0-7

2007(2) Eoin Kelly 0-9

2007(3) Eoin Kelly 0-9

2009     Lar Corbett 3-1

Snippets

Championship Debutants under Declan Ryan

Declan Ryan gave 4 players championship debuts in 2011 – Shane Bourke v Waterford, John Coghlan v Clare, John O’Keeffe v Cork and John O’Neill v Dublin.

Youngest on the Panel

Noel McGrath for the first time since he joined the Tipp SH panel in 2009 is no longer the youngest player on the panel – that honour now falls to Sean Curran of Mullinahone who was born on September 15th 1991 compared with McGrath’s birth date of December 17th 1990.

The Older Brigade

Now in his 20th season on the Tipp SH panel, goalkeeper Brendan Cummins is comfortably the oldest player on the panel at 37. The second oldest is Lar Corbett who was 31 on March 16th and he narrowly holds this position ahead of the squad’s other goalkeeper, Darren Gleeson who was 31 on March 19th. The other over 30s on the panel are Shane Maher, Paul Curran, John O’Brien and Eoin Kelly.

Family Affairs

There are two sets of brothers on the Tipp panel – Paul and Sean Curran of Mullinahone and Shane and Donagh Maher of Burgess. Pa Bourke is a first cousin of Johnny Ryan and they are both second cousins of Padraic Maher. Gearoid Ryan and Adrian Ryan are first cousins.

Limerick Management Connections to Tipperary

Limerick hurling selector, John Kiely is a teacher at the Abbey CBS in Tipperary Town and Limerick trainer Donach O’Donnell was manager of the Nenagh CBS team which won this year’s All Ireland Colleges A hurling final.

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

One of the surprising aspects of Eoin Kelly’s Tipperary career since making his senior debut at Croke Park in 2000 is that he has only scored one goal against Limerick and that was in their most recent meeting in the 2009 All Ireland semi-final. However, in ten meetings between 2001 and 2009, he has recorded a total of 1-71 for a splendid average of 7.4 points per game.

Goals Against Limerick

Over their past 12 championship meetings Tipperary have scored a total of 22 goals against Limerick. They were scored by Lar Corbett (4), John Carroll(3); Darragh Egan, Seamus Butler and Ger “Redser” O’Grady (2 each); and Eoin Kelly, Pat Kerwick, Noel McGrath, Willie Ryan, Evan Sweeney, John Devane, Tommy Dunne, Declan Ryan and Michael Cleary (1 each).

Venues for Tipp v Limerick

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

Record Winning Margins

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

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

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

Goalless Games

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

School Colleagues from Tipperary and Limerick

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

Unfortunately, there wasn’t a happy ending to the story, as CCR lost the final two weeks later at Nenagh to the Munster Champions, St. Clement’s College, Limerick, whose line out included Stephen Lucey’s future Limerick colleagues Dave Bulfin, Brian Begley and Conor Fitzgerald. The final score was 1-8 to 0-7.

Limerick Men Playing with Tipperary

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

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

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

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

Joe McKenna’s Tipp connections

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

Next game

The winners of the Tipperary v Limerick game will play Cork in the Munster SH Championship semi-final on Sunday June 24th. The losers go to the qualifiers.

Feel free to use any of this information as appropriate.

For further information, please refer to the Tipperary GAA website, www.tipperary.gaa.ie or the Tipperary GAA archives website,www.tippgaaarchives.com

Ger Ryan

PRO, Tipperary County Board

Email: pro.tipperary@gaa.ie


Munster GAA SFC Quarter-Final – Kerry 0-16 Tipperary 0-10

Kerry defeated Tipperary by 0-16 to 0-10 in the Quarter Final of the Munster GAA Senior Football Championship on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Wake-up call for sloppy Kerry

Tipperary 0-10 Kerry 0-16

By Fintan O’Toole for the Irish Examiner newspaper

They ultimately claimed victory but Kerry’s opening championship salvo was rather low-key and lacklustre in Semple Stadium yesterday. For the third successive year they squared off against Tipperary at the end of May and while they maintained their run of wins against the Premier opponents, this Munster SFC quarter-final was not the carefree stroll of previous clashes.

Kerry duly established a meeting with rivals Cork in the Munster semi-final with a six-point winning margin to reflect on at the final whistle. Yet they could never quite shake off the determined challenge of Tipperary. In the past two seasons a dispiriting trend has emerged of Tipperary being competitive for three quarters of the match before fading in the final quarter with Kerry flexing their muscle and exerting superiority. However, yesterday Tipperary refused to thrown in the towel and hung in bravely until the final whistle.

Over the next fortnight, Kerry will look to sharpen their play and erase the flaws evident in this encounter. Jack O’Connor admitted their football was sloppy and it was odd, particularly in the opening stages, to witness Kerry players making poor decisions in possession, demonstrating below-par handling and kicking wayward passes. It added up to a frustrating afternoon for the likes of Declan O’Sullivan and Colm Cooper with the supply of ball into those inside danger men lacking in quality.

In addition, Kerry found it difficult to service them due to some outstanding Tipperary defending. Killenaule man Paddy Codd had plenty reason to be pleased with his afternoon’s work at full-back. Restricting one of the game’s most celebrated talents, Declan O’Sullivan, to a point from play was a reflection of the diligence of Codd’s defending.

It is salient to point out that a portion of Kerry’s rustiness can be attributed to the six-week lay-off from competitive action they have endured since their league semi-final loss to Mayo in April. On any opening championship day out there will be a degree of lethargy and this match is bound to sharpen Kerry’s senses. Their defence was a solid and compact unit, with Daniel Bohan anchoring things well at full-back while Peter Crowley settled in comfortably on his senior championship debut.

The return of Marc Ó Sé in a fortnight will be a boost to their defensive resources while that team selection will be challenged also by Kieran Donaghy who made an important contribution when drafted in after 45 minutes. Donaghy succeeded in bringing a calming influence to Kerry’s play at a time when they were only two points ahead, 0-11 to 0-9. He made a couple of fine catches from kickouts and used possession intelligently.

Tipperary had plenty to be pleased about. They began without Brian Jones and Barry Grogan, after the duo have decamped to Boston for the summer, attackers Brian Mulvihill and Conor Sweeney, sidelined with injuries, and then saw centre-back Robbie Costigan limp off in the 26th minute. Yet despite having only seven weeks to work with the team, manager Peter Creedon succeeded in producing a cohesive and spirited performance from his charges.

There were a few stellar individual showings, from Codd, wing-back Brian Fox, whose influence became more pronounced as the action developed, and midfielder Hugh Coghlan. In attack, Michael Quinlivan, the first from last year’s batch of All-Ireland winning minors to graduate to the senior stage, looked lively and inventive, even though his shooting from play betrayed his approach work at times and he also saw a straightforward attempt from a free in the 47th minute rebound off an upright. Alongside him in attack Alan Maloney displayed a superb ability from placed ball positions while the dynamism of Peter Acheson did succeed in stretching the Kerry half-back line.

Tipperary were 0-9 to 0-6 adrift at the interval and still in the hunt at 0-14 to 0-10 with 12 minutes remaining. There was a distinct sense though that they required a goal to ignite their challenge. Kerry were alert to this and protected Brendan Kealy’s goalmouth by erecting strong defensive barriers that Tipperary found tough to break through. Even when they did pierce the rearguard, Brendan Kealy was unbeatable in goal as he tipped over a stinging drive by Hugh Coghlan after half-time and smothered a close-range shot by Philip Austin in injury-time.

Kerry had the necessary experience and guile to survive this challenge. They displayed greater urgency at vital phases, best demonstrated when they strung together five successive points between the 23rd and 31st minutes. Before being withdrawn in the 45th minute Paul Galvin had showed the best appetite and ability to claim breaks during the match while Darran O’Sullivan made a few telling incisive runs. Substitute James O’Donoghue chipped over a point in the finale and when Bryan Sheehan tapped over an injury-time free, minds were already drifting to a trip to Páirc Uí Chaoimh in a fortnight.

Scorers for Kerry: B Sheehan 0-6 (0-5f), C Cooper 0-4 (0-2f), T O Sé, A Maher, Darran O’Sullivan, Declan O’Sullivan, K O’Leary, J O’Donoghue 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: A Moloney 0-4 (0-3f), M Quinlivan (0-2f), P Acheson 0-2 each, H Coghlan, P Austin 0-1 each.

Subs for Kerry: K Donaghy for Galvin (45), B Maguire for Young (48), BJ Keane for Curtin (50), J O’Donoghue for O’Leary (50), A O’Mahony for Brosnan (62)

Subs for Tipperary: D Leahy for Costigan (inj) (26), R Ryan for Scully (48), B O’Brien for Quinlivan (64), A Matassa for Hannigan (71)

Referee: Marty Duffy (Sligo)

 

Click here to view a video of Tipperary Senior Footballer Philip Austin speaking ahead of the game

Click here to view a video of Kerry Senior Footballer Eoin Brosnan

 

When – Sunday May 27th at 2:00pm

Where – Semple Stadium Thurles

Referee – Marty Duffy (Sligo)
Stand By Referee – Rory Hickey (Clare)
Linesman – Jerome Henry (Galway)
Sideline Official – Richard Moloney (Limerick)

Replay date – June 2nd at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney

Next Round – the winners play Cork in the Munster Semi-Final on Sunday June 10th at 2:00pm

Match Promotions

Family Packages – 2 Adults and 2 Kids total price €60 (Uncovered) – Available from Clubs and County Boards. Limited numbers available online.
Terrace Group Tickets – Minimum order 20 – Order 20 get 7 free €10 per ticket – Available from Clubs
Stand Group Tickets – Minimum order 15 – Buy 8 get 2 free €25/€20 per ticket – Available from Clubs Only (Tickets in selected sections)
Juvenile Group Tickets – Minimum order 20 – 20 Kids and 2 Adults €60 (All Matches) – Available from Clubs Only

Admission Prices (excluding discounts)
Adult Covered Stand – €30 (€25 via clubs)
Adult Uncovered Stand – €25
Adult Terrace – €15
Family (juvenile) – €5

Team News

The Tipperary senior football team to play Kerry in the Munster Senior Football championship on Sunday next is:

1. Paul Fitzgerald (Fethard)

2. Andrew Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)

3. Paddy Codd (Killenaule)

4. Ciarán McDonald (Aherlow)

5. Brian Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty Donohill)

6. Robbie Costigan (Cahir)

7. Alan Campbell (Moyle Rovers)

8. George Hannigan (Shannon Rovers)

9. Hugh Coghlan (Portlaoise, Laois)

10. Lorcan Egan (JK Brackens)

11. Peter Acheson (Moyle Rovers)

12. Shane Scully (JK Brackens)

13. Alan Maloney (Rockwell Rovers)

14. Michael Quinlivan (Clonmel Commercials)

15. Philip Austin (Borrisokane – Captain)

The Kerry Senior Football team to play Tipperary on Sunday 27th May is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2. Shane Enright (Tarbert)

3. Daniel Bohan (Austin Stacks)

4. Killian Young (Renard)

5. Tomás Ó Sé (An Ghaeltacht)

6. Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)

7. Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

8. Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9. Bryan Sheehan (St. Mary’s)

10. Paul Galvin (Finuge)

11. Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

12. Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

13. Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)

14. Declan O’Sullivan (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

15. Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

Substitutes:

16. Brian Kelly (Legion)

17. Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

18. Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

19. James O’Donoghue (Legion)

20. Brian Maguire (Listowel Emmett’s)

21. Barry John Keane (Kerins O’Rahillys)

22. Seamus Scanlon (Currow)

23. Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

24. Jonathan Lyne (Legion)

25. Michael Geaney (Daingean Ui Chuis)

26. Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

Bainisteóir: Jack O’Connor (Piarsaigh Na Dromada)

Traenálaí: Alan O’Sullivan (Kerins O’Rahillys)

Roghnóirí: Ger O’Keeffe (Austin Stacks)

Diarmuid Ó Murchú (Daingean Uí Chúis)

Click here for Kerry Team that played in Allianz League Semi Final 2012:

http://www.kerrygaa.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2813:kerry-team-v-mayo-afl-sf-&catid=46:team-news-senior-football&Itemid=100048

Click here for Kerry team V Dublin in All Ireland Final 2011

http://www.kerrygaa.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2441:kerry-senior-football-team-to-play-dublin-&catid=46:team-news-senior-football&Itemid=100048

For the Record

Tipperary Kerry
2012 Team Manager Peter Creedon Jack O’Connor
2012 Team Captain Philip Austin Colm Cooper
2011 Championship Performance Lost to Kerry in the first round by 2-16 to 0-11 before losing to Laois by the same score in the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers Defeated Tipperary, Limerick and Cork to win the Munster Final. Defeated Limerick and Mayo to qualify for the All-Ireland Final where they lost to Dublin by 1-12 to 1-11.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 9 74
Last Munster Senior Football Title 1935 2011
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 16
Won – 2
Lost – 12
Drawn – 2
Played – 33
Won – 24
Lost – 4
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship May 22nd 2011 at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final) – Kerry 2-16 Tipperary 0-11 – Two Bryan Sheehan goals and five points from Colm Cooper helped Kerry to an 11 point victory over Tipperary. 

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Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Finals

Sunday May 20th

@ Pairc na nGael                             Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7

Sunday May 27th (Replay date – June 2nd)

@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary v Kerry @ 2:00pm

Semi-Finals
Saturday June 9th (Replay date – June 16th)

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick            Clare v Limerick @ 7:00pm

Sunday June 10th (Replay date – June 16th)

@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh                        Cork v Tipperary or Kerry @ 2:00pm

Final

Sunday July 8th (Replay date – July 14th)

2:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn more matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (all v Cork) as compared to 4 defeats in 33 matches played.

Tipperary have lost their first game in the Munster Senior Football Championship in the last 8 seasons. Tipperary’s last Munster SFC victory came in the first round in 2003 when helped by 11 points by Declan Browne, the Premier County defeated Waterford at Walsh Park by 0-18 to 1-12. Cork native Denis Walsh was the Waterford manager on the day.

There has been a 57% increase in the number of scores in the last 4 Munster Senior Football Championships – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game).

Cork have won both competitions entered thus far in 2012, Cork won the McGrath Cup in January with victories over Clare, CIT and Tipperary, conceding a total of 20 points in 210 minutes of action. Cork then progressed to win the Allianz Football League Division 1 title for the third consecutive year. During the 7 group matches in Division 1, Cork conceded the least amount of scores (an aggregate of 78 points). Kerry had the second best defensive record with a concession of 86 points on aggregate. Cork’s defensive record in the 12 competitive matches played in 2012 has seen them concede an average of 8.16 points per game.

Since 2000, Limerick have won as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship (9) than Tipperary (2), Clare (5) and Waterford (2) combined. Only 2 of those 9 Limerick victories have come at home, against Waterford in 2004 (1-18 to 0-7) and against Clare in 2006 (2-5 to 0-8).  Limerick have a home tie with Waterford in the 2012 first round on May 20th at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Clare have won 1 of their last 7 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship, a 0-9 to 0-7 victory over Waterford at Cusack Park Ennis in May 2008.

Waterford have won 2 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 1988. Both victories have come at the expense of Clare in games played at Fraher Field Dungarvan – a 1-6 to 0-7 victory in 2007 and a 1-10 to 0-9 win in 2010.

Cork’s Daniel Goulding was the top scorer in the 2011 Munster Senior Football Championship with 2-16 (0-9 from frees) in three matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) was second with 0-14 (0-5 frees) while there was a three-way tie for 3rd place involving Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry – 2-6), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry – 0-12) and Donnacha O’Connor (Cork – 2-6, 0-3 frees, 1-0 penalty).

2012 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Limerick 2-12 Waterford 0-7 – May 20th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Limerick: B Scanlon; J McCarthy, P Browne, L O’Dwyer; S Lavin, J Riordan, P Ranahan; T Lee, P Kinnerk; E Barry, E O’Connor, S Buckley; G Collins, S O’Carroll, I Ryan
Subs used: I Corbett for Barry (34 mins), J O’Meara for Kinnerk (48), S Kelly for O’Carroll (54), J Cooke for Lee (63), S Lucey for Ranahan (68).

Waterford: K Cotter; M O’Gorman, T O’Gorman, K Connery; W Hennessy, T Grey, S Briggs; S Ahearne, S O’Hare; P Hurney, S Dempsey, C O’Keeffe; T Prendergast, JJ Hutchinson, M Ferncombe
Subs used: J Veale for Ferncombe, P Whyte for Dempsey, S Fleming for Hutchinson (all 60 mins).

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

Ian Ryan (Limerick) – 1-7 (0-6 frees)
Seamus O’Carroll (Limerick) – 1-1
Ger Collins (Limerick) – 0-2
JJ Hutchinson (Waterford) – 0-2
Tony Grey (Waterford) – 0-2
Mark Ferncombe (Waterford) – 0-2

Stephen Kelly (Limerick), John Cooke (Limerick), Shane Ahearne (Waterford)  – 0-1 each

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (74) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011

Cork (36) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/sf_teams/

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

 

Munster GAA Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final – Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-11

Premier pound 14-man Limerick

Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-11

By James Hayden for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Tipperary cruised to victory over a disappointing Limerick side in the Munster IHC quarter-final in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Saturday. Tipp went into the encounter red hot favourites and, with the aid of a stiff breeze, blitzed their neighbours with points from Evan Sweeney, Paudie White, Johnny Ryan and a well-taken 18th minute David Butler goal. Further points from Damian O’Brien, Kieran Morris and Sean Carey extended Tipp’s lead as Limerick struggled to reach the pace of the game. A sweet point late in the half from Limerick’s Michael Ryan coupled with a Robert O’Donnell free cut the gap slightly, but the Treatymen still trailed by 1-10 to 0-4 at the break.

Within minutes of the re-start Limerick’s aspirations were dealt a further blow when full-forward, O’Donnell was dismissed for a second off-the-ball incident involving Tipp full-back, Kevin O’Gorman. However, Tipp struggled to utilise the extra man and, although short-handed, the Limerick forwards thrived, a 37th minute Eamonn Gleeson goal added to points from John Fitzgibbon and Eoin Ryan narrowed the deficit to five by midway through the half.

It was the closest Natal O’Grady’s side were to get though, as Tipp upped a gear and surged clear in the closing quarter with a raft of points from Richie Ruth, Kieran Morris, Sean Carey and John Sheedy. An injury-time goal from Sean Carey was the icing on the cake for the impressive Premier men.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Carey 1-3, K Morris 0-5 (3fs), R Ruth 0-4, D Butler 1-1, P White, D O’Brien 0-2 each, E Sweeney, J Ryan, J Sheedy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Limerick: J Fitzgibbon 0-3, E Gleeson 1-0, E Ryan, R O’Donnell (2fs), M Ryan 0-2 each, M Deegan, W Griffin 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: J Logue; Gerry Walsh, K O’Gorman, C Coughan; J Gallagher, E Connolly (capt), R Sherlock; M Heffernan, P White; S Carey, D O’Brien, J Ryan; K Morris, E Sweeney, D Butler.

Subs: R Ruth for Sweeney (ht), N Teehan for O’Brien (45), J Sheedy for White (50), D O’Connor for Butler (55), P O’Dwyer for Gallagher (61).

LIMERICK: G Glynn; S O’Reilly, D Morrissey, C Noonan; E Gleeson, K Loftus, A Dempsey; J Hayes, S Herlihy; E Ryan, D Moloney (capt), C Kearney; M Kiely, R O’Donnell, M Ryan.

Subs: J Fitzgibbon for Herlihy (33), J Malone for Kearney (40), T O’Callaghan for Noonan (51), M Deegan for Loftus (52), W Griffin for Kiely (53).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Team News

Limerick Intermediate Team v Tipperary MHC Quarter- Final 26/5/12

Ger Flynn (Croom)

Stevie O’Reilly (Ballybrown)

Dan Morrissey (Ahane)

Conor Noonan (Feohanagh/Castlemahon)

Eamonn Gleeson (Cappamore)

Kyle Loftus (Ballybrown)

Alan Dempsey (Na Piarsaigh)

Jason Hayes (Bruff)

Sean Herlihy (Monagea)

Eoin Ryan (Kilmallock)

Damien Moloney (Effin) – Captain

Conor Kearney (Effin)

Mikey Kiely (Ballybrown)

Robert O’Donnell (Pallasgreen)

Micheal Ryan (Doon)

Seamus Murphy (Templeglantine)

Anthony Harnett (Tournafulla)

John Fitzgibbon (Adare)

John Malone (Mungret)

Mark Deegan (Hospital/Herbertstown)

Sean Browne (Newcastlewest)

Thomas O’Callaghan (Monagea)

Wayne Cronin (St. Patrick’s)

Willie Griffin (Adare)

Extended Panel Members – Denis O’Connor (Granagh/Ballingarry), Mark O’Connell (Glenroe), Jack Ahern (Killeedy), Niall Kennedy (Granagh/Ballingarry), Paudie Ahern (Kilteely/Dromkeen)

Manager – Natal O’Grady (Patrickswell) Maor Foirne – Pat Davoren (Ballybrown) Selectors – Ger Murphy (Templeglantine), Robert O’Dea (KilteelyDromkeen) Liaison Officer – Liam O’Sullivan (Claughaun)

Doctor – Dr. David Boylan

Physio – Sandra Quaid, Sean Rea

Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Quarter Final – Kerry 1-11 Tipperary 1-9

Kingdom edge Tipp

Tipperary 1-9 Kerry 1-11

By James Hayden for Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry were pushed all the way by a determined Tipperary side in an absorbing Munster JFC quarter-final clash at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Saturday. Tipp stormed out of the blocks thanks to points from Benny Hickey and Damien O’Brien before the Kingdom eased early nerves with a well-taken Conor Cox effort. Hickey added a third point on sixth minutes before Kerry took command, Conor Cox, Mike O’Donoghue and Niall O’Mahoney points coupled with a Niall Ó Sé goal fired Kerry six clear.

Tipp finally found their scoring touch in the closing stages of the half with Damien O’Brien sweeping over a close-range effort on the cusp of half-time but Kerry responded with injury time points from Walsh and Cox to take a 1-8 to 0-4 lead at the break. Tipp started the second half brighter, Damien O’Brien netting in the 36th minute. Benny Hickey brought Tipp into contention. Tipp narrowed the gap to two by the 47th minute but a James Walsh effort coupled with a 57th minute Conor Cox free set Kerry on course for victory. Tipp fired late points from Hickey but Kerry held on to record a slender win.

Scorers for Kerry: C Cox 0-6 (3fs), N Ó Sé 1-0, N O’Mahoney, J Walsh 0-2; M O’Donoghue 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: D O’Brien 1-3 (2fs), B Hickey 0-4, D O’Regan, B Hewitt 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY: J English; P Hally, R Power, G Mulhaire; T Hanley, R Murphy, M O’Sullivan; M Dunne, E Ryan; B Hickey, A Walsh, B Quinn; D O’Regan, G Ryan, D O’Brien. Subs: D Buckley for Hally (26), B Hewitt for Murphy (40), J McGrath for Quinn (57), M Dillon for O’Regan (60).

KERRY: S Óg Ó Ciaruabháin; K Quirke, B O’Mahoney, K O’Dwyer; E Hickson, J Walsh, J Sherwood; A Garnett, G O’Driscoll; N O’Mahoney, N, O’Shea, A O’Sullivan; D O’Callaghan, M O’Donoghue, C Cox. Subs: P Corridan for O’Driscoll (44), M Brennan for O’Sullivan (50), P Boyle for O’Donoghue (53), C Moriarty for O’Mahoney (58).

Referee: M Condon (Waterford)

Team News

Kerry Junior Team to play Tipperary on Saturday May 26th in Nenagh at 5.30pm

1. Seán Óg Ó Ciarubháin (Cordal)

2. Kieran Quirke (Duagh)

3. Brendan O Mahoney (John Mitchels)

4. Kevin O’Dwyer Capt (Waterville)

5. Eamon Hickson (Annascaul)

6. James Walsh (Knocknagosel)

7. Jack Sherwood (Firies)

8. Andrew Garnett (Spa)

9. Garry O’Driscoll (Skelig Rangers)

10. Niall O’Mahoney (Spa)

11. Niall Ó Sé (Piarsaigh na Dromoda)

12. Alan O’Sullivan (Tousist)

13. David O’Callaghan (St Pats Blenerville)

14. Mike O’Donoghue (Spa)

15. Kieran Cox (Listowel Emmets)

16. Sean O’Dee (Beale)

17. Brendan O’Sullivan (Valentia)

18. Pat Corridan (Finuge)

19. Padraig Boyle(Ballyduff)

20. Niall Fitzgerald (Waterville)

21. Michael Brennan (Churchill)

22. Cathal Moriarty (Milltown Castlemaine)

23. Jason Hickson (Annascaul)

24. Shane Lynch (Spa)

25. Michael Boyle (Ballduff)

Manager: Sean Moynihan (Spa)

Trainer: Willie Cahil, (Spa)

Selectors: Michael A O Connell (Piarsaigh na Dromoda)

Seamus Murphy (St. Pats Blenerville)

Tipperary set sights on a long summer

Tipperary aim to put a disappointing league campaign behind them with a home opener against Limerick in Thurles. The last time these two sides met in the Munster Championship back in 2007 Limerick ended on top in extra time of the third game winning by 3 points.

Since then the Munster rivals faced off in the 2009 All Ireland Semi Final which saw the Premier County thrash the Shannonsiders 6-19 to 2-7 with a hat-trick from Lar Corbett who has recently re-entered the fray but is unavailable for the encounter.

Manager Declan Ryan says that the aim of the county is to once again reach All Ireland success.

Kerry focused on short term goals

They may be Munster Senior Football Champions and have a proud record of achievement over the generations but you won’t find the astute Kerry crowd talking about All Ireland or Munster Final appearances….just yet. It’s much too early for that given they face their first hurdle of the season on Sunday against Tipp, and while they may harbour getting back to Croke Park in September to help erase the memory of their final defeat against Dublin, Eoin Brosnan and Diarmuid Murphy are more concerned with safely negotiating their Munster hurdles for the moment.

Premier pride driving Tipp

The Tipp senior footballers acknowlege they have a daunting task ahead of Sunday’s Munster Senior Football Championship encounter against the Kingdom but want to ensure they don’t disappoint Blue and Gold supporters against the reigning provincial champions. Tipp captain Philip Austin and manager Peter Creedon have been looking ahead.

Limerick want an extended summer

A serious test for Limerick senior hurling manager John Allen awaits this weekend as he bids to formulate a winning gameplan for the upcoming game against  reigning provincial champions Tipperary. Allen has tasted September success with Cork and he’s been chatting about the possibilities with Limerick.

Kerry not dwelling on the past – The Gooch


After narrowly coming up short in the GAA All Ireland Senior Football Championship

Final in September it’s very much onwards and upwards for Kerry this year.

Jack O’Connor’s side weren’t involved in the business end of the Allianz

League but the defending Munster champions now want to get

off to a winning start this summer against Tipperary. The Gooch and

Kilkenny’s Henry Shefflin have been lending their support to a new

club initiative by Lucozade Sport.

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