Cork SHC Final – Sarsfields v Newtownshandrum

Newtownshandrum defeated Sarsfields by 3-22 to 1-12 in the Evening Echo Sponsored Cork County Hurling Finals on Sunday October 11th.

Newtown know-how snuffs out Sars

Newtownshandrum 3-22 Sarsfields 1-12

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 12, 2009

THEY’RE back.

Those who had thought that Cork had seen the end of Newtownshandrum and their running game, a style that had so divided the county, were proved wrong yesterday in Páirc Uí Chaoimh – emphatically wrong. Sarsfields were reigning Cork hurling champions, had powered their way back to this final again in imperious fashion. On the other side of the draw, however, Newtownshandrum too had been doing the business, Glen Rovers (twice), UCC and the Barrs all clinically put to the sword. Clearly then these were the two best teams in Cork, and by some distance; the question to be decided yesterday was, who was top dog? From a Cork hurling perspective, however, the bigger question to be decided was this – which style would come out on top, the traditional direct Cork style as favoured by Sars, or the much-derided possession-running game perfected by the north Cork club over the last decade? Well, now we know.

This is a much-changed Newtown team from that which won the club’s first senior title back in 2000; Brendan and Pat Mulcahy are still there, still commanding the centre of defence, along with big Phillip Noonan on the wing; the O’Connor twins too are still running the show, but now both are in the attack, Jerry shifting to the 40 from midfield, Ben in the corner. Outside of those, a host of newcomers, from keeper William Biggane to 17-year-old Jamie Coughlan at corner-forward. The style, however, has remained the same; if anything – now that they’ve had so many years in which to perfect it – it is now even more pronounced; short puck-outs, possession valued in every part of the pitch, balls passed then passed again until advantage is finally gained. And the running, the scorching, ground-devouring running, as support runner after support runner shows for the ball. Thus it was yesterday from first minute to last in the park, on another glorious autumn day for this glorious little club.

The signs were there early as Newtown, though playing into a stiff breeze, were two points ahead within three minutes, courtesy of midfielder Cathal Naughton and a free from Ben O’Connor after a foul on his brother, Jerry. Pace was what had created both scores, the searing run of Naughton for the first point, the speed of Jerry drawing the foul for the second, and the pattern was set. Sars came back, towering full-forward Michael Cussen opening their account in the 4th minute, and from there to the interval they stayed close to Newtownshandrum, trailed by just a point at the break, 0-10 to 0-9. That scoreline told a false tale, however; despite the presence of Kieran ‘Fraggie’ Murphy and Tadhg Óg Murphy alongside him up front, dual star Cussen looked like the only scoring threat for Sars, and even at that he was being well marshalled by the experienced Brendan Mulcahy.

“All year long Sars were running up huge scores,” said Jerry O’Connor; “We knew we’d have to be tight on them, but our backs have been playing well too all year, conceding very little.” Outstanding they were, speedy Jerry O’Mahony superb in the left corner, captain Dermot Gleeson in control on the right, with Seán O’Riordan and Phillip Noonan forming almost a total barrier on each side of man-of-the-match Pat Mulcahy in the halfback line. It was left to veteran midfielder Pat Ryan then to do the bulk of the scoring for Sars, and all his five points in that first period came from placed balls. Newtown, meanwhile, were spreading the workload, young wing-forward Ryan Clifford especially catching the eye with a fine hat-trick of points. With the wind to come on the changeover, it was looking good for the challengers, and thus it proved, almost all one-way traffic as the Newtownshandrum possession game really began to bear fruit. They notched 3-12 in this period, all from play, several scores worthy of any highlight film. Their second goal, from Jamie Coughlan, was the pick of the lot; taking a perfect pass from Ryan Clifford, Jamie burst forward, only one thing on his mind – his pace made the space, his shot was a rocket – 2-13 to 0-10 by the 39th minute. Game over.

“It’s four years since our last title and for the team we have, that’s not good enough – we have underachieved in the last few years,” said Jerry O’Connor. “This one is sweet. The effort that was made this year – bringing in Cian O’Neill and Will McGuiness as trainers was the difference, and that’s not to take anything from our own lads over the years. The intensity was there at training every night, yet we were never tired afterwards, it was absolutely scientific, everything done for a reason, no bluffing – that’s the way hurling is going.” That’s the way it was in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday, everything Newtown did was done for a reason, the ball treated as precious, possession not surrendered easily. It was a glimpse of perfection, a hint of what hurling could be like if every team had the same attitude as Newtownshandrum.

Scorers for Newtownshandrum: B. O’Connor 1-4 (0-2 frees); Jerry O’Connor 0-5; R. Clifford 0-4; C. Naughton 0-4; PJ Copse 1-1; J. Coughlan 1-1; John O’Connor 0-2; JP King 0-1.

Sarsfields: P. Ryan 0-5 (0-4 frees, 0-1 65); M. Cussen 0-4; G. McCarthy 1-0; R. O’Driscoll, K. Murphy, G. O’Loughlin, 0-1 each.

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM: W. Biggane; J. O’Mahony, B. Mulcahy, D. Gleeson (c); S. O’Riordan, P. Mulcahy, P. Noonan; PJ Copse, C. Naughton; R. Clifford, Jerry O’Connor, M. Bowles; J. Coughlan, J. Bowles, B. O’Connor.

Subs: JP King (M. Bowles 38); John O’Connor (Clifford 51); J. O’Herlihy (Noonan 60+1); E. O’Connor (B. O’Connor (60+1).

SARSFIELDS: A. Kennedy; R. Ryan, J. Barry, C. O’Sullivan; D. Kenneally, C. Leahy, D. Kearney; P. Ryan, W. Kearney; P. Barry, C. McCarthy, G. O’Loughlin; K. Murphy, M. Cussen, T. Óg Murphy.

Subs: G. McCarthy (P. Barry 38); G. O’Kelly-Lynch (D. Kearney 39); R. O’Driscoll (McCarthy 41); B. McCarthy (Leahy 52).

Referee: D. Kirwan (Eire Óg).

Newtown reach new heights in victory

From the Irish Times newspaper

CORK SHC

Newtownshandrum 3-22 Sarsfields 1-12

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM won their fourth Cork senior hurling title with arguably their greatest performance ever when overwhelming holders Sarsfields at Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday. Many in the official attendance of 12,502 had to draw breath at times such was the awe-inspiring display. Veterans such as the O’Connor twins, Ben and Jerry, Pat Mulcahy and Philip Noonan turned back the clock with vintage contributions, the brothers scoring 1-9 between them and Mulcahy nominated man of the match. Newtown were in front at half-time, leading by 0-10 to 0-9 after facing the strong wind in a period which rarely rose above the ordinary – but how they powered on in the second-half.

A blistering 1-4 in the opening five minutes set the tone for a Newtown-dominated spell with Ben O’Connor drifting in behind the defence to flick home the first goal from Seán O’Riordan’s long delivery. Before Sars could settle, Newtown hit them with a second goal after 38 minutes, Jamie Coughlan, who is still eligible for minor in 2010, underlining his potential with an unstoppable shot for a 2-13 to 0-10 lead. The game was effectively over as a contest entering the closing quarter, when PJ Copse’s speculative lob from half-way ended in the back of the net, goalkeeper Alan Kennedy hindered by the sun. Both teams were reduced to 14 following the red carding of Newtown full-forward James Bowles and Sarsfields full-back Joe Barry and while Sarsfields substitute Garvan McCarthy flicked home Gavin O’Loughlin’s free, it hardly mattered.

Newtown piled on the misery in the closing stages, another O’Connor, John, brother of Ben and Jerry, coming on to score two points. Fittingly, the final score went to Jerry to round off a memorable afternoon. To have had any chance of hanging on to their title, Sarsfields needed the cushion of a big interval advantage to brace themselves for the anticipated Newtown onslaught. But, they were clearly struggling to keep apace with the precision of their opponents who carried the ball intelligently against the elements, none better than Cathan Naughton. Sarsfields managed to be on level terms four times in the opening quarter, though it needed a superb Kennedy save to deny Ryan Clifford, whose deflected shot earned a point after 13 minutes. Naughton’s speed produced the eighth point and Jerry O’Connor’s effort, following intelligent passing from defence through midfield and to the attack, reflected Newtown’s growing confidence. They took their game to new heights on the resumption.

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM : W Biggane; J O’Mahony, B Mulcahy, D Gleeson; S ORiordan, P Mulcahy, P Noonan; PJ Copse (1-1), C Naughton (0-4); R Clifford (0-4), Jerry O’Connor (0-5) , M Bowles; J Coughlan (1-1) , J Bowles, B O’Connor (1-4, two frees). Subs: JP King (0-1) for M Bowles (37 mins); John O’Connor (0-2) for Clifford (50 mins); E O’Connor for Ben O’Connor, J Herlihy for Noonan (both 59 mins).

SARSFIELDS : A Kennedy; R Ryan, J Barry, C O’Sullivan; D Kearney, C Leahy, D Kenneally; P Ryan (0-5, four frees, one 65) , W Kearney; P Barry, C McCarthy, G OLoughlin (0-1); K Murphy (0-1), M Cussen (0-4) , T Óg Murphy. Subs: Garvan McCarthy (1-0) for P Barry (37 mins); G O’Kelly-Lynch for D Kearney (39 mins); R O’Driscoll (0-1) for C McCarthy (40 mins), B McCarthy for Leahy (50 mins).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Paths to Final

Sarsfields defeated Castlelyons, Ballinhassig, Na Piarsaigh and C.I.T. (in Semi-Final)
Newtownshanrum defeated Glen Rover, U.C.C., Glen Rovers (in Quarter-Final)_ and St. Finbarrs.

Title Records

Sarsfields (holders) 2008, 1957, 1951

Newtownshandrum 2005, 2003, 2000

Prominent Players

Sarsfields – Kieran Murphy, Conor O’Sullivan, Ray Ryan, Michael Cussen, Tadhg Og Murphy, Pat Ryan.

Newtownshandrum – Ben and Jerry O’Connor, Cathal Naughton, Pat Mulcahy, Jack Herlihy and Ryan Clifford

Coaches

Sarsfields – Bertie Og Murphy

Newtownshandrum – Phil Noonan

Curtain Raiser

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship Final, Ballymartle v Douglas, 2 p.m. Referee – Jer O’Connell.

Gala All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final Replay – Cork v Galway

Galway defeated Cork by 3-10 to 1-5 in the Gala All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Final Replay on Saturday October 10th at MacDonagh Park Nenagh.

GALWAY captain Caroline Kelly got the ideal going away present as the Maroon overcame Cork in the Gala All Ireland intermediate camogie championship final replay at McDonagh Park, Nenagh on Saturday. The 22-year-old from the Davitt’s club is moving to London shortly for a year to continue her work as a nurse, and says winning the Jack McGrath trophy means a great deal to Galway.

“We won it in 2004, but it is different this time. We trained hard for this competition, whereas five years ago it was a case of getting together once the seniors were beaten and then concentrate on the intermediate championship. This year it was a big deal for us.”

Following a draw three weeks ago when they let a four point lead slip, the 3-10 to 1-5 scoreline was far more emphatic on this occasion. Kelly explains, “We tore into the game from the start, and for the past three weeks we trained really hard. Our manager Noel Finn is good friends with Bertie Sherlock (involved with Waterford hurlers and the Clare camogie team) and he came in to help out Basil Larkin with the training, and it was brilliant. We were hopping off the ground.”

U16 All Ireland medallist Laura Mitchell set the tone when the first half sub netted on 24 minutes. However, Eimear Watson answered immediately with one for Cork to leave the interval score, 1-6 to 1-2.

Galway were slowly beginning to take control, especially Sarah Dervan who was superb at centre back, as was midfielder Paula Kenny. When Aoife Lynskey found the net on 37 minutes and Caroline Murray followed six minutes later, it was all Galway, who maintained that momentum right to the finish line. Kelly was particularly pleased with the nature of the victory, believing it will impact positively on their senior set up for 2010.

“Galway already have a very good senior panel, so it means there will be more competition. It was very disappointing to be beaten by Kilkenny. Many people believe there is a senior All Ireland in Galway. Up to Saturday we hadn’t won anything major at senior level since 2004, so it would be great if our win is motivation.”

GALA ALL-IRELAND INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL REPLAY.

Galway 3-10, A Lynskey, C Murray 1-2 each, L Mitchell 1-0,M Conroy 0-4f,C Bowes, C Conroy 0-1 each.

Cork 1-5, E Watson 1-0, M Browne 0-3 (0-2f), N Dilworth 0-2

Match Preview

Galway will feel they left this one behind three weeks ago when Cork came with a late goal and a point to draw. Following on from the disappointment of their senior team, this is a game the Maroon and White badly need to win.

Cork, already have the O’Duffy Cup on Leeside, and with a strong panel could bring the Jack McGrath Trophy south as well. It could well turn out to be a battle between sharp shooters Michelle Browne and Martina Conroy to decide the outcome.

Verdict: Galway

Clare SFC Final – Kilmurry-Ibrickane v St Senans

Clare SFC: Kilmurry retain title

From the Hogan Stand web site

Kilmurry-Ibrickane 0-12 St Senan’s 2-3

Kilmurry-Ilbrickane retained the Clare senior football championship title for the first time in their history yesterday at Cusack Park, where they came from behind to see off a tough challenge from St Senan’s. In a low-scoring affair, it was the saints who led in Ennis after the opening 30 minutes thanks to goals from Noel O’Shea and Gearoid Lynch, which sent them into a half-time lead of 2-0 to 0-3. In the second-half points were swapped twice in the opening ten minutes, as Senan’s stood their ground, but through Noel Downes Kilmurry managed to edge into the lead, as the substitute made a big impact in piercing the opponents’ rearguard. Downes, Stephen McInerney and Peter O’Dwyer all lead the way for the would-be winners in the closing stages, as they hit three unanswered points in the closing stages to clinch the title.

Limerick SFC Final – Fr Caseys v Dromcollogher/Broadford

Dromcollogher/Broadford defeated Fr Caseys by 0-9 to 0-7 in the Limerick Senior Football Championship Final on Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Munster Senior Camogie Semi-Final – Cashel (Tipperary) v Kileedy (Limerick)

As Cashel cruised into the Munster senior camogie club championship final on Saturday defeating Limerick champions Killeedy by 0-26 to 0-2, Sinead Millea was forced to watch from the sideline. It was exactly five weeks since she broke her ankle while helping the Tipperary side to their first Kilmacud All Ireland 7’s title last month. The former Kilkenny inter-county star plays her club camogie in Tipperary, and is hopeful should Cashel get to the final at the end of November, she might be ready to play some role.

“If we progress I would love to be able to make an impact, maybe for 10 minutes,” she said. “I know the leg will need a lot of work, but I have been lucky that I broke the ankle as a result of a direct blow and not by going over on it. I was told that the rehab will be more straightforward as there is not as much ligament damage.

“Of course, I am not being too presumptuous either. Cashel are not looking too far ahead, they are taking one match at a time. The Munster final is in Mallow on Sunday week against the Cork/Clare champions. Even if we do move on to the All Ireland series, it is going to be difficult to win back my place. Looking at them today, there was no weak link, all 15 played so well.”

Cashel won their only All Ireland club title in 2007 but failed to emerge from the Tipperary championship last year. It was Drom & Inch who reached the All Ireland decider only to be denied by Belfast’s O’Donovan Rossa.

John Grogan is manager of Cashel and his daughters Claire and Linda are on the team. Claire who was nominated for an All Star last week notched seven points. Fellow county players Emily Hayden and Cora Hennessy rowed in with 11 points between them.

Millea, a teacher in Tipperary, says Cashel would love to regain the trophy they claimed two years ago. It will be a long road, as they found out in the Tipperary championship. They had to survive an epic battle with Burgess/Duharra in the county final, that wasn’t decided until extra time.

Cashel, Tipperary 0-26, C Grogan 0-7 (0-3f),E Hayden 0-6, C Hennessy 0-5, A Lonergan 0-3, C O’Dwyer 0-2, S Hayes, M Morrissey, J Horan 0-1 each.

Killeedy, Limerick 0-2, O Curtin, M Carey 0-1 each.

Therese O’Callaghan,
Camogie Association PR and Media

Limerick SHC Final – Adare v Na Piarsaigh

Adare won the Limerick Senior Hurling Championship title thanks to a 1-17 to 0-3 victory over Na Piarsaigh on Sunday at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

Foley leads way as Adare romp to historic hat-trick

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday October 19 2009

Former Clare star Ger ‘Sparrow’ O’Loughlin guided Adare to a first ever three-in-a-row Limerick hurling championship titles. Mark Foley won his fifth medal and he marked the occasion with two superb points from frees inside his own half. It a was a fifth win in this decade for a side which totally dominated one of the most one-sided finals for many years. Foley inspired the other players from the start and none of the other wins came as easily as this one as Na Piarsaigh played like a team happy to have reached the first final in club history.

The losers failed to score from play until the 53rd minute, when Kevin Downes managed to elude the outstanding Adare defence. By that stage the game was well out of their reach as Adare led by 1-14 to 0-3. Na Piarsaigh managed only a single point in the first half, and that was from a fifth-minute free by Downes, who was his side’s only scorer all afternoon. Declan Hannon and Brian Foley had points to put Adare into a lead they never relinquished after 11 minutes.

And the game was as good as over after 15 minutes, when a powerful clearance by Mark Foley found Diarmuid Sexton unmarked and he slammed in a goal that signaled the intent of his side, who went on to build up a 1-7 to 0-1 half-time lead. Adare might also have had a penalty in that first half and such was their dominance that they could afford to hit seven wides — the same number as Na Piarsaigh, who squandered two great goal-scoring chances in the final minute of the half. The second half was just as one-sided as the Adare defence held firm, with goalkeeper Timmy Houlihan making two fine saves as Na Piarsaigh went in search of goals rather than points.

Scorers — Adare: D Sexton 1-3, D Sheehan 0-4, D Hannon 0-3 (1f), M Foley 0-2 (2f), B Foley, L Costello, W McNamara, J Fitzgibbon, A O’Connell 0-1 each. Na Piarsaigh: K Downes 0-3 (2f).

Adare — T Houlihan; S O’Connell, JP Healy, S Lavin; R Kennedy, M Foley, P Keane; W McNamara, A O’Rahilly; D Hannon, B Foley, D Sexton; L Costello, A O’Connell, D Sheehan. Subs: C Fitzgerald for McNamara (inj), N Mulvihill for O’Connell (41), M Clifford for O’Rahilly (42).

Na Piarsaigh — P Kennedy, P Guinane, B Hartnett, K Bermingham; A Hennessy, P McNamara, N O’Gorman; D Lynch, K Breen; F McNamara, D Breen, J O’Brien; K Downes, S O’Neill, K Ryan. Subs: C King for O’Gorman (24), R Sheehan for McNamara (h-t) M Broughan for Lynch (40), J Madden for Downes (56).

Ref — P Coffey (Cappamore)

Waterford SHC Final – Ballygunner v Lismore

Ballygunner defeated Lismore by 1-17 to 0-19 in the Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Final on Saturday October 17th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Flynn fires Gunners to glory

Ballygunner 1-17 Lismore 0-19

Waterford SHC Final Replay

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

AFTER coming from 10 points down to seal an unlikely draw six days earlier, Ballygunner made no mistake at the second time of asking to secure their first county senior title since 2005. Ballygunner got off to a flying start when Brian O’Sullivan struck for the game’s only goal in the 13th minute, opening up a six-point lead, 1-5 to 0-2. But Lismore rallied and by the half-time whistle they were back on level terms, 0-11 to 1-8. When Lismore’s Maurice Shanahan opened the second-half scoring with two pointed frees, his side led for the first time since the fourth minute of the first period. Further Lismore points from Dave Bennett and John Prendergast, in reply to another from Andy Moloney, then sent them into a three-point.

As always seems to be the case, however, the Gunners saved their best form ’til late. A Stephen Power point with his first touch after coming on as a sub was followed by a points from Andy Moloney and the evergreen Paul Flynn to bring the Gunners back to within a point with eight minutes left. And then came the scoring sequence that sealed the game for Ballygunner. A wonderful long-range point from Paudie Prendergast restored Lismore’s two-point advantage but then two excellent efforts from man of the match, Andy Moloney, Paudie Mahony and a nerveless free by Flynn sent the Gunners two clear. There was still time for Lismore response in the shape of a James Shanahan point but it was a case of too little too late.

Scorers — Ballygunner: P Flynn 0-8 (8f), A Moloney 0-5, B O’Sullivan 1-1, S O’Sullivan, S Power, P Mahony 0-1 each.

Lismore: M Shanahan 0-10 (9f), D Bennett 0-3, P Prendergast 0-2, D Shanahan, C O’Gorman, J Prendergast, J Shanahan 0-1 each.

Ballygunner: S O’Keeffe; T Power, A Kirwan, R O’Sullivan; P Mahony, F Hartley, W Hutchinson; C Kehoe, S Walsh; P Mahony, A Moloney, S O’Sullivan; G O’Connor, P Flynn, B O’Sullivan Subs: V Molloy for R O’Sullivan, S Power for Kehoe.

Lismore: B Landers; E Bennett, J O’Connor, S Bennett; D O’Gorman, S Kearney, P Fennessy; J Prendergast, D Howard; M Shanahan, S O’Keeffe, D Shanahan; C O’Gorman, D Bennett, P Prendergast Sub: J Shanahan for O’Keeffe.

Ref — P Casey (Cappoquin)

Tipperary SHC Final – Drom & Inch v Thurles Sarsfields

Thurles Sarsfields defeated Drom & Inch by 0-14 to 0-5 in the Tipperary County Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

Visit the Tipperary GAA web site for a Live Match Tracker on the game

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Woodlock injury mars Sars triumph

Thurles Sarsfields 0-14 Drom & Inch 0-5

By Diamuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Monday, October 19, 2009

THE Tipperary senior hurling championship final ended on a sour note in Semple Stadium yesterday when Drom & Inch and Tipperary midfielder James Woodlock was stretchered off the field deep into injury time with a suspected fractured ankle. Woodlock became entangled with Sars full-back and inter-county team-mate Pádraic Maher, went down very heavily, and the seriousness of his injury was immediately obvious when players from both teams began calling to the sideline for the stretcher. “James clashed with my leg – it was a horrific injury,” said an upset Maher. “I feel so sorry for him – hopefully he’ll be okay. It’s not a nice thing to see.”

It was a terrible end to what had been a terrible game, most especially for Drom & Inch. All last week, and even from several galaxies away, the tactic to beat this Drom & Inch team was obvious – hold Seamus Callanan and you deprive them of their scoring lifeline. Callanan was the main man for Drom in the semi-final win over championship favourites Toomevara, scoring 12 of his side’s 19 points and weighing in with 1-9 in the quarter-final win against Borris-Ileigh. Hold Callanan, and where were the Drom & Inch scores going to come from? Easier said than done. What do you do, then, double-team him? Bring recently crowned All Star full-back Pádraic Maher from the edge of the square to do a man-marking job on his inter-county colleague, and risk disrupting your stability inside? Neither of the above option were used. Instead the man delegated to shadow Seamus was another youngster, 20-year-old Mickey Cahill, and it worked a treat. Two points was all Callanan managed, one of those from a free, and other than that, barely a sniff of the posts. “Mickey did a great job on him,” said Maher, “He stuck to him like glue and didn’t give him an inch.”

Look at the final scoreline above: two points from one man, three from the rest combined – how do you win any match, but especially a senior hurling final in Tipperary with that kind of return? Mind you, with their own total of just 14 points against a badly-beaten team, Sarsfields didn’t exactly set the world on fire either. Okay, and though we didn’t really know it at the time, the match was more or less over as a contest as early as the 12th minute, at which stage Sars already led by five points (0-5 to 0-0). Drom & Inch made something of a ‘fightback’ before the break, if you could thus term three points in 18 minutes, but Thurles had four themselves, to lead by six at half-time (0-9 to 0-3) free-taker Pa Bourke and captain Johnny Enright hitting three apiece for Sars.

Bad as that was, however, the second half was even worse; five points Thurles added, former captain Ger ‘Redser’ O’Grady with two of those, enthusiastically celebrated, captain Enright with two more after Pa Bourke’s free-taking radar went on the blink; two points was all Drom & Inch managed, and both of those came from frees as the well-disciplined Mickey Cahill and his Thurles team-mates kept their tight grip on Callanan and thus, on the game.

Winning captain Johnny Enright had no argument about it being a poor final, but there was no apology either. He said: “It was, but I still felt our work-rate was phenomenal, we closed them down. We missed chances, they missed chances, but it’s all about getting that cup and taking the next step forward. We lost enough good finals – I remember one that finished 3-19 to 3-16, played great and lost. You win whatever way you can, and I thought our attitude and our work-rate was fantastic today. We felt if we could match them on work-rate we had the hurlers to come through, and that’s how it turned out. This one was huge for Thurles; everyone was talking about Drom & Inch having lost in 05 and 07, no title won yet, but we lost six finals this decade, four-in-a-row early on and then last year again, so this was as important to us as it was to them, though I know the pain they’re feeling now.”

Scorers for Thurles Sarsfields: J. Enright 0-5 (0-1 free); P. Bourke 0-4 (0-2 frees); G. O’Grady 0-2; R. Ruth, D. Maher, M. Gleeson, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Drom & Inch: S. Callanan 0-2 (0-1 free); Johnny Ryan 0-2 (0-1 free); J. Kennedy 0-1.

THURLES SARSFIELDS: P. McCormack; K. O’Gorman, P. Maher, B. O’Dwyer; S. Lillis, L. Cahill, M. Cahill; M. Gleeson, A. Kennedy; P. Bourke, L. Corbett, D. Maher; R. Ruth, J. Enright (c), S. Ryan.

Subs: D. Kennedy (Ryan inj. 17); G. O’Grady (Ruth 48); J. Lawlor (L. Cahill 60+2, also blood sub for A. Kennedy 54/55); D. O’Dwyer (A. Kennedy 60+2); M. Collins (O’Gorman 60+2).

DROM & INCH: D. Young; Martin Butler, E. Costello, M. Costello; D. Kennedy, P. Stapleton, Micheál Butler; S. Butler, J. Woodlock (c); S. Callanan, E. Woodlock, J. Kennedy; D. Butler, M. Long, Johnny Ryan.

Subs: E. Buckley (Stapleton 28); D. Ryan (Long 30); M. Ryan (E. Woodlock 44); D. Collins (D. Ryan 54); James Ryan (J. Woodlock inj. 60+6).

Referee: S. Bradshaw (Knockavilla Kickhams).

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Sar’s bag title number 30

From the Breaking News web site

Thurles Sarsfields 0-14 Drom & Inch 0-5

Thurles Sarsfields bagged their 30th Tipperary SHC title thanks to a comprehensive 0-14 to 0-5 win over Drom & Inch before an attendance of 9,967 spectators at Semple Stadium. In a repeat of 2005 final pairing, Sarsfields may have amassed 12 wides over the course of the hour but they were relatively untroubled by a Drom & Inch side that only scored two second half points. Sarsfields blazed a trail in the opening quarter as two points each from Johnny Enright and Pa Bourke along with an Alan Kennedy score saw them race into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead by the 11th minute. The Thurles outfit were hugely dominant in the opening stages with as many wides as scores, as Drom & Inch really struggled to make an impression. It was always going to be a huge task for the side captained by county star James Woodlock to claim their first ever SHC title, but they eventually opened their account in the 13th minute thanks to a Johnny Ryan effort. Sarsfields kept up the momentum by scoring three of the next five points to hold a fully deserved 0-9 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Drom & Inch struggled for possession with Tipperary senior ace Seamus Callanan kept reasonably quiet. Callanan and his charges did begin the second half brightly as he linked with Woodlock for a 32nd minute point, but Drom & Inch flattered to deceive as Sarsfields once again found their groove. Pa Bourke continued to be deadly accurate from open play along with Enright, while substitute ‘Redser’ O’Grady also made a major impact. Sarsfields, last winners in 2005, showed greater hunger throughout and although the gap was cut to six points with five minutes remaining Drom & Inch were unable to find the necessary goals required. After the game, a delighted Thurles Sarsfields captain Johnny Enright accepted the Dan Breen Cup from Tipperary GAA Chairman Barry O’Brien, with full-back Padraic Maher confirmed as the man-of-the-match. Thurles will go on to face Cork champions Newtownshandrum in the Munster Club SHC quarter-final on November 1. Notably, Semple Stadium will play host to a number of celebrations to mark the GAA’s 125th anniversary on that day.

Thurles Sarsfields: P McCormack; M Cahill, P Maher, K O’Gorman; B O’Dwyer, L Cahill, S Lillis; A Kennedy (0-2), M Gleeson; P Bourke (0-4, 0-2f), S Ryan, D Maher; R Ruth (0-1), L Corbett, J Enright (0-5, 0-1f).

Subs used: D Kennedy for Ryan (16 mins), R O’Grady (0-2) for Ruth (47), J Lawlor for L Cahill (60), D O’Dwyer for A Kennedy (62), M Collins for O’Gorman (63).

Drom & Inch: D Young; Martin Butler; E Costello, M Costello; D Kennedy, P Stapleton, Michael Butler; J Woodlock, S Butler; E Woodlock, S Callanan (0-2, 0-1f), J Kennedy (0-1); D Butler, M Long, Johnny Ryan (0-2, 0-1f).

Subs used: E Buckley for Stapleton (27 mins), D Ryan for Long (31), M Ryan for E Woodlock (44), D Collins for D Ryan (53), James Ryan for J Woodlock (65).

Referee: Sean Bradshaw

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ARRANGEMENTS AT SEMPLE STADIUM FOR COUNTY FINALS

The entry fee to the County Final is €20 for Adults, €10 for Students and OAPs, and Under 16s are free (Valid photographic I.D. required). Both stands will be open at 12.30pm. Groups will be accommodated at stile 50 in Ardan Ó Riain (New Stand). Stile 1 in the Kinnane Stand (Old Stand) and Stiles 41 and 54 in New Stand are for county board pass holders, 5 year term passes and voluntary stewards’ passes. It is important to note that children will not be allowed out of the Stadium during matches unless accompanied by an adult. We thank our patrons in advance for their co-operation with these arrangements.

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COUNTY SENIOR AND INTERMEDIATE HURLING FINALS

The club hurling scene in Tipperary reaches its climax this weekend with the County Senior Hurling final between Drom and Inch and Thurles Sarsfields on Sunday October 18th at 3.30pm in Semple Stadium. It will be preceded by the County Intermediate Hurling final between Arravale Rovers and Carrick Davins at 1.30pm. We wish all 4 clubs good luck for their big day.

Thurles Sarsfields will be seeking their 30th county senior hurling title while Mid Division rivals Drom and Inch will be seeking their first. Sarsfields will also be seeking to become the second club, joining Toomevara, which has won all 3 Dan Breen Cups. The original Dan Breen Cup was first presented in 1931 and was replaced in 1972 and it in turn was replaced in 2006.

Interestingly, it has always been a team from the Mid division that has won the County Senior Hurling title in a major anniversary year of the GAA. Thurles Sarsfields won it in 1909 and 1959, while Moycarkey Borris won it in 1934 and 1984. The 50 year trend suggests a Thurles win but Drom and Inch will surely have different ideas.

In the Intermediate Final, Carrick Davins will be seeking their first victory at this grade but of course they have a famous history at senior level having won county senior titles in 1966 and 1967. Arravale Rovers will be seeking their 2nd title having previously won in 1997. Neither finalist won their divisional title this year but both have peaked at the right time and we can look forward to a keen contest for the Jacksie Ryan Cup.

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HONOURING TEAMS OF THE PAST

The Borris-Ileigh teams which won the County Senior Hurling Championships in 1981, 1983 and 1986 will be honoured in Semple Stadium on Sunday between the Intermediate final and the Senior final. In the 1981 final Borris defeated Roscrea by 1-14 to 0-12 with Noel O’Dwyer scoring 0-8 and receiving the Man of the Match award. Timmy Stapleton was captain. Noel O’Dwyer was again Man of the Match in 1983 when Francis Spillane captained the team in their 0-17 to 1-11 victory over Loughmore Castleiney. In 1986 they defeated defending county and All Ireland club champions Kilruane MacDonaghs by 0-14 to 0-7 with Michael Ryan captaining the team and Philip Kenny earning the Man of the Match award having scored 0-6. That team of course went on to win the All Ireland club championship on March 17th 1987 when they defeated Rathnure of Wexford by 2-9 to 0-9 in Croke Park. Later that year, Richard Stakelum captained Tipperary to their first Munster Senior Hurling championship victory in 16 years and famously proclaimed an end to “the famine” in his victory speech in Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney.

We are grateful to the Tipperary Star and Younges of the Ragg for sponsoring this event which adds greatly to the atmosphere of county final day. We also would like to thank Seamus J. King, Pat Carey and John Costigan for their efforts in organising the event, Siobhan Mackey in the GAA office for her administrative support and the Borris-Ileigh club for their assistance and co-operation.

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Juvenile Groups: Special Offer to Tipperary Co. Finals

Tipperary Juvenile Clubs and Primary Schools are invited to bring Juvenile Groups to either/and;

• The Co S.H. Final on Sun Oct 18th in Semple Stadium

or

• The Co S.F. Final on Sun Oct 25th in Semple Stadium

This special offer package includes a Kids Party in the Dome at Semple Stadium after the game with;

• A Snack Meal (Chips and Sausages)

• Kids Disco

• Members of Co Senior Panel will be present

To cover the Snack Meal a nominal subsidised fee (max €2.50 per head) will be charged in advance for each juvenile in the group.

Groups are confined to Under 12 and one supervising adult will be admitted free of charge to the County Final with every ten juveniles in the group.

To apply for a Group application form, send a request email to secretary.tipperary@gaa.ie

Completed Application Forms must be with the undersigned by Thurs Oct 15th for the Co S.H. final and Thurs Oct 22nd for the Co S.F. Final.

Sar’s bag title number 30

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Thurles Sarsfields 0-14 Drom & Inch 0-5

Thurles Sarsfields bagged their 30th Tipperary SHC title thanks to a comprehensive 0-14 to 0-5 win over Drom & Inch before an attendance of 9,967 spectators at Semple Stadium. In a repeat of 2005 final pairing, Sarsfields may have amassed 12 wides over the course of the hour but they were relatively untroubled by a Drom & Inch side that only scored two second half points. Sarsfields blazed a trail in the opening quarter as two points each from Johnny Enright and Pa Bourke along with an Alan Kennedy score saw them race into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead by the 11th minute. The Thurles outfit were hugely dominant in the opening stages with as many wides as scores, as Drom & Inch really struggled to make an impression. It was always going to be a huge task for the side captained by county star James Woodlock to claim their first ever SHC title, but they eventually opened their account in the 13th minute thanks to a Johnny Ryan effort. Sarsfields kept up the momentum by scoring three of the next five points to hold a fully deserved 0-9 to 0-3 half-time lead.

Drom & Inch struggled for possession with Tipperary senior ace Seamus Callanan kept reasonably quiet. Callanan and his charges did begin the second half brightly as he linked with Woodlock for a 32nd minute point, but Drom & Inch flattered to deceive as Sarsfields once again found their groove. Pa Bourke continued to be deadly accurate from open play along with Enright, while substitute ‘Redser’ O’Grady also made a major impact. Sarsfields, last winners in 2005, showed greater hunger throughout and although the gap was cut to six points with five minutes remaining Drom & Inch were unable to find the necessary goals required. After the game, a delighted Thurles Sarsfields captain Johnny Enright accepted the Dan Breen Cup from Tipperary GAA Chairman Barry O’Brien, with full-back Padraic Maher confirmed as the man-of-the-match. Thurles will go on to face Cork champions Newtownshandrum in the Munster Club SHC quarter-final on November 1. Notably, Semple Stadium will play host to a number of celebrations to mark the GAA’s 125th anniversary on that day.

Thurles Sarsfields: P McCormack; M Cahill, P Maher, K O’Gorman; B O’Dwyer, L Cahill, S Lillis; A Kennedy (0-2), M Gleeson; P Bourke (0-4, 0-2f), S Ryan, D Maher; R Ruth (0-1), L Corbett, J Enright (0-5, 0-1f).

Subs used: D Kennedy for Ryan (16 mins), R O’Grady (0-2) for Ruth (47), J Lawlor for L Cahill (60), D O’Dwyer for A Kennedy (62), M Collins for O’Gorman (63).

Drom & Inch: D Young; Martin Butler; E Costello, M Costello; D Kennedy, P Stapleton, Michael Butler; J Woodlock, S Butler; E Woodlock, S Callanan (0-2, 0-1f), J Kennedy (0-1); D Butler, M Long, Johnny Ryan (0-2, 0-1f).

Subs used: E Buckley for Stapleton (27 mins), D Ryan for Long (31), M Ryan for E Woodlock (44), D Collins for D Ryan (53), James Ryan for J Woodlock (65).

Referee: Sean Bradshaw

Tipperary SFC Final – Moyle Rovers v Aherlow

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

Moyle Rovers triumph in Tipperary decider

Moyle Rovers 3-6 Aherlow 1-11

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

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

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

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

Munster Senior Camogie Club Semi-final

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

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

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

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

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

Sub: D Mulcahy for E Roynane (52).

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

Sub: N Cahill for L Higgins (59).

Ref: Eamonn Browne (Tipperary).

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

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

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

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

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

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