Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament

The Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament will take place on Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th.

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Launch of Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament

Brendan Maher, Young Hurler of the Year, launched and conducted the draw for this year’s Tipperary Supporters Club All Ireland Under 16 Hurling Tournament at the Dundrum House Hotel Golf and Country Club, on Friday evening. Brendan spoke of the importance of the competition for young hurlers and his memories of competing in it less than five years ago. This annual inter-county festival of hurling is in its 24rd year and twelve counties will be taking part on the weekend of 27th and 28th August.

The competition is organised by Tipperary GAA Bord na nÓg and is sponsored by the Tipperary Supporters Club.

Tipperary tops the roll of honour for this competition with eleven titles. Galway are next with seven titles. Kilkenny with three titles and Clare and Wexford with one are the only other counties on the roll of honour. Tipperary are the reigning champions having defeated Galway in last year’s decider.

As well as Brendan Maher the attendance at the launch included Barry O’Brien, County Senior Board Chairman; Seán Creamer, County Bord na nÓg Chairman and John Tierney, Chairman of Tipperary Supporters Club. Representatives from a number of the competing counties were also in attendance. Players from the local Clonoulty-Rossmore and Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams clubs took part in the launch in the colours of the 12 competing counties.

The complete draw is as follows:

Group 1 – Offaly, Antrim, Limerick,

Group 2 – Clare, Dublin, Tipperary,

Group 3 – Kilkenny, Laois, Waterford,

Group 4 – Wexford, Galway, Cork

The group rounds and the semi finals will be played on Saturday 27th August. The top team in each group will qualify for the Tipperary Supporters Club semi finals and the second placed team in each group will qualify for the Shield semi finals. In the semi-finals groups 1 and 3 will play and groups 2 and 4 will play. Both finals will be played on Sunday 28th August. The venues for the group stages will be in Mid Tipperary clubs and the finals are scheduled for Semple Stadium.

TG4 Ladies Football Senior Championship Semi Final – Cork 4-10 Laois 1-6

TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football semi-final match report

Cork 4-10 Laois 1-6

By Jackie Cahill at Leahy Park, Cashel

CAPTAIN Amy O’Shea scored a hat-trick of second half goals against Laois on Saturday evening as Cork cruised into the final of the 2011 TG4 All-Ireland Ladies senior football championship. O’Shea struck a killer brace within a minute shortly after half-time, to knock the stuffing out of a Laois side that had been level at the break, 1-3 apiece. And from there, it was routine stuff for the Leesiders, who repeated their Bord Gáis Energy National League Division 1 final victory against the same opposition, but with a much greater degree of ease on this occasion.

The scoreline could have been much worse from a Laois perspective but for goalkeeper Ciamh Dollard, who saved two second half penalties before denying Nollaig Cleary with a point blank save towards the end. Level at the break, having played against the breeze in the opening half, Cork fancied themselves to come through and set up a final meeting with Monaghan or Kerry on September 25 at Croke Park. But the Rebelettes had to recover from a sluggish start as Laois were 1-3 to 0-0 ahead with just 12 minutes on the watch.

But the Leinster champions, conquerors of last year’s beaten finalists Tyrone in the quarter-finals, would not score again before half-time. And they were outscored by 0-3 to 3-7 in the second half as Cork, five-in-a-row All-Ireland champions from 2005-09, turned up heat. Cork suffered a shock quarter-final defeat against Tyrone in last year’s quarter-final but have roared back into contention with a stunning run of summer form, kickstarted by that League success.

And now former champions are just 60 minutes away from winning the Brendan Martin Cup for the sixth time in seven seasons. Cork were rocked in the third minute when goalkeeper Elaine Harte made an uncharacteristic error, allowing a speculative long rang effort from Laois forward Martina Dunne through her grasp and into the net. Scores from Tracey Lawlor (two frees) and Dunne sent Laois into a six-point lead before player of the match and midfielder Juliet Murphy opened Cork’s account with a 16th minute free.

And Cork were level by the 29th minute when full-forward Rhona Ni Bhuachalla crashed a stunning shot into the top corner for her team’s first goal. Cork could have gone in ahead at half-time but after a foul on Ni Bhuachalla, the normally lethal Valerie Mulcahy saw her penalty saved by Dollard. In a remarkable sequence of events, Mulcahy missed the follow-up while O’Shea was also off-target as the Laois goal led a charmed existence. Ní Bhuachalla missed another decent opportunity early in the second half before O’Shea scored two goals in the 34th minute of actual playing time.

Those strikes knocked the stuffing out of Laois and it was routine stuff for Cork until the finish. O’Shea completed her hat-trick in the 48th minute before Dollard stopped a Ní Bhuachalla penalty in the 61st minute, after the goalkeeper had fouled marauding wing-back Briege Corkery. There was still time for Cork to threaten the Laois goal again but Cleary’s shot was brilliantly tipped over by Dollard.

Scorers for Cork: A O’Shea 3-0, R Ni Bhuachalla 1-1, J Murphy 0-4 (3f), N Cleary 0-3, M Kelly & G Kearney 0-1 each.

Scorers for Laois: M Dunne 1-1, T Lawlor 0-3 (2f), Mary Kirwan (f) & G Weston 0-1 each.

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

Subs: N Kelly for Buckley (53), L McMahon for Kelly (58), A Sheehan for Kearney (60), O Farmer for O’Shea (60).

LAOIS: C Dollard; L Hyland, G Dunne, E Healy; A Taylor, J Moore, M McEvoy; A Casey, T Lawlor; Mary Kirwan, A Moore, M Dunne; P Fogarty, S Doogue, G Weston.

Subs: Martha Kirwan for Dunne (59), O Farrell for Casey (59).

Referee: G Corrigan (Down)

All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final – Clare 2-13 Kilkenny 1-11

Clare defeated Kilkenny by 2-13 to 1-11 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Saturday at Semple Stadium Thurles.

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Clare Intermediate Hurling Team v Kilkenny :All Ireland Final

Semple Stadium Thurles , Saturday 27th of August 2011.

1. Andrew Fahy A.O.Fathaigh ( Whitegate)

2. Mark Earley M.O.Mochoir ( Tubber)

3. Patrick Kelly P.O.Ceallaigh ( Clarecastle)

4. Alan Brigdale A.O.Brigdale ( Crusheen)

5. Kevin Moynihan K.O.Muineachain ( Eire Og Ennis

6. Michael Hawes M.O.hEachach ( Cratloe)

7. John Fennesey S.O.Fionnasa (Sixmilebridge)

8. Ronan Keane R.O.Cein ( Eire Og Ennis)

9. Shane Golden S.O.Goilin ( Sixmilebridge)

10. Martin Duggan M.O.Duagain (Clooney/Quin)

11. Tony Carmody A.O.Ceamada ( Sixmilebridge) Capt

12. Kevin Dilleen K.O.Duillin (St Josephs D/B)

13. Joe O Connor S.O.Conchuir ( Parteen)

14. Niall Gilligan N. MacGiollagain ( Sixmilebridge )

15. Padraig Hickey P.O.hIci ( Broadford)

16. Derek Fahy D.O Fathaigh ( Sixmilebridge)

17. Paul Lynch P.O.Lionsigh ( Tulla)

18. Paudie Fitzpatrick P.MacGiollapadraig ( Sixmilebridge)

19. Marty O Regan M.O.Riagain (St Josephs Doora/Barefield)

20. Sean Chaplin S.O.Seiplin (Cratloe)

21. Clive Earley C.O.Mochoir (Tubber)

22. Declan O Rourke D.O.Ruairc Wolfe Tones na Sionna

23. Conor Earley C.O.Mochoir (Tubber)

24. Conor Tierney C.O.Tiarnaigh ( Inagh/Kilnamona

25. Alan McNamara A.MacConamara (Killanena

26. Ivor Whyte I.O.deFaoite (St Josephs Doora/Barefield

27. Daire Keane D.O.Cein Kilmaley

28. Niall Arthur N.MacArtuir (Inagh/Kilnamona .

29. Aidan Lynch ( Tulla).

30. Eoin Ruane (Tubber)

31. Enda Harrisson (Clooney/Quin)

32. Tadgh Keogh ( Sixmilebridge)

33. Daire Keane Kilmaley

34. David Ryan Cratloe

35. Francie O Grady Feakle

Manager : Kevin Kennedy ( St Josephs D/B) : Selectors. Niall Romer ( Kilmaley) Tommy O Donoghue (Tubber)

Medical : Dr Padraic Quinn M.D.

Kit Man : Sean Conroy