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Hurling blue bloods Thurles and Toome collide in an eagerly-anticipated Tipperary U21A final

Hurling blue bloods Thurles and Toome collide in an eagerly-anticipated Tipperary U21A final Brendan Maher, Séamus Callanan and Noel McGrath are set to feature for Munster this weekend.
Hurling blue bloods Thurles Sarsfields and Toomevara will renew their age-old rivalry when the sides clash in an eagerly-anticipated Tipperary Water County Under-21A Hurling Championship final on Sunday, December 11th in The Ragg (throw-in 12.15pm).
Between them Thurles Sarsfields and Toome have won 57 county senior hurling championships and 15 of the last 19 Dan Breen Cups.

The successful grooming of players via the under-21 ranks has proven a valuable resource to both clubs down the years so distinguished observers will be watching closely on Sunday for emerging talent.
Thurles Sarsfields have won seven county under-21 hurling titles and three of the last four (2012, 2013 & 2015) while Toomevara have won five. The Greyhounds have to trace their history back to 2005 in order to locate their last success at the grade.

Thurles Sarsfields beat Cappawhite-Seán Treacy's impressively (2-24 to 1-10) in a recent county under-21A hurling semi-final while a tired Toomevara team saw off Carrick Swan with 11 points to spare on Sunday afternoon (0-19 to 1-5) in Golden.
Just 24 hours previously the Greyhounds battled to a standstill in a hard-fought North Tipperary under-21A hurling final against Kilruane MacDonagh's, a game which went to extra-time and finished all square. Then, on Sunday, Toome were asked to play Carrick Swan in a county semi-final following their nomination to represent the North Tipperary division.

UNDER-21 CRACKER

Meanwhile Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Ballinahinch-Templederry fought out a cracking under-21B final on Sunday last at Holycross. The game went to extra time and finished 1-19 apiece. The replay is fixed Sunday, December 11th in Holycross at 1.15pm with another titanic struggl expected!

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 07/12/2016 11:26:48    1938829

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Best of luck to Toome to day, Go out give your all and you will be there at the end, come on the young hounds

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 11/12/2016 11:42:35    1939494

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Toome 2-5 Thurles 1-8 HT

Toome going well now 2pts up now

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 11/12/2016 13:10:14    1939510

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County Under 21 A Hurling Final Result - Thurles Sarsfields 2-16 Toomevara 2-11

Hard lines Toome you fought a great battle against the odds

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 11/12/2016 13:48:14    1939516

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Under 21 North final full-time score after extra-time: Toomevara 2-18 Kilruane 1-13.

This was our 10th title at this grade and our first since 2005.

Very well done, lads.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 18/12/2016 10:57:59    1940766

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NORTH TIPP U21A HURLING FINAL
Could North U21A success herald a new dawn for Toomevara?

Toomevara 2-18 Kilruane MacDonagh's 1-13

And, there is plenty to feel encouraged about. This team are a smart outfit which feature the gritty values cherished by all Toomevara people. These Greyhounds are also ambitiously led by a management team (Denis Kelly, Ken Dunne & Tommy Dunne) who, most obviously, mean business. Indeed, in what could mark a significant departure Denis Kelly and Tommy Dunne take the reins of the senior side in time for the 2017.

Kilruane MacDonagh's set the early pace and established a 0-5 to 0-2 lead as early as the 18th minute. A Willie Coffey grab in the third signalled that the Toome full-forward was determined to influence this final in a significant way and preceded Mark McCarthy's (free) opening score, but Kilruane responded through Cian Darcy (free) before Conor Cleary cracked over a nice left-handed point to present the MacDonagh's with the lead.
Mark McCarthy (free) tied the game, but Conor Cleary was wreaking havoc and set up Cian Darcy's lovely point in the 13th minute. Darcy and Darragh Peters combined beautifully before Cleary swept over a shot before the wing-forward was fouled for another converted free and Kilruane led by three.
Cleary had established a substantial platform for Kilruane to attack from at half forward. And, something needed to be done. Indeed, Toome made the most significant tactical move in the game when Ken Dunne and company called on Kieran O'Flaherty to switch wings and mark Cleary thereafter.
McCarthy free settled Toome before Seán Flaherty's pt. Mark McCarthy flashed a rasping left-handed shot past Conor Doheny goal (1-3 to 0-5).
A Cian Darcy free tied the sides retired all square.

A Mark McCarthy free Toome lead, but Kilruane a brace of Cian Darcy strikes from placed balls.
Toome took over. Jake Ryan set up Jack Delaney for a right-handed equaliser before a terrific run and strike from Paul Ryan edged the Greyhounds back into the lead. With the game warming up nicely Jake Ryan found the supporting run of Jack Delaney who made no mistake. And, when Alan Ryan pt Kilruane trailed by 3- a Mark McCarthy free (1-9 to 0-8).
A Cian Darcy free settled Kilruane before Tomás Hogan, relocated from centre-back to full-forward, was hauled down a penalty . Mark Grace to save well from Cian Darcy and was out to deny Conor Cleary on the rebound. James Cleary, Cian Darcy who buried an equalising goal from close.
Toome lost Cathal Kennedy and Luke Ryan to injury , but took the lead, once more, Josh McCarthy pt. Jerome Cahill was fouled for an equalising free , Jack Delaney and Cian Darcy (free) to trade late efforts and force extra-time.

A Mark McCarthy free edged Toome one clear James Cleary set up Tomás Hogan equaliser a '65 which Mark McCarthy converted. McCarthy tend added a brace of frees and Toome led 1-15 to 1-12 at the break.
Delaney point from play before, Alan Ryan gathered possession and buried a left-handed shot in the roof of Conor Doheny's net (2-16 to 1-12).
Jerome Cahill responded for Kilruane, but there was no denying Toomevara the title now and the Greyhounds surged toward John Cleary's final whistle thanks to points from Paul Ryan and Mark McCarthy (free).

Toomevara: Mark Grace, Liam Ryan, Cathal Kennedy (captain), Niall O'Farrell, Josh McCarthy (0-1), Jason Ryan, Kieran Flaherty, Paul Ryan (0-2), Jake Ryan, Seán Flaherty, Jack Delaney (0-4), Luke Ryan, Mark McCarthy (1-10, 0-9 frees, 0-1 '65s), Willie Coffey, Eoin Grace. Subs: (36th) Alan Ryan (1-1) for Eoin Grace, (44th) Eoin Grace for Luke Ryan (blood, reversed 46th minute), 46th Eoin Grace for Seán Flaherty, (52nd) Séamus O'Farrell for Cathal Kennedy, (52nd) Séamus Fueller for Luke Ryan, (ET 16th) Bob Delaney for Eoin Grace, (ET 18th) Jim Shanahan for Séamus Fueller, (ET 19th) Michael Brislane for Alan Ryan.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 19/12/2016 12:32:40    1940941

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Best wishes for to everyone for a very happy Christmas to remember the great year enjoyed by Tlpp and the clubs who the honours this year.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 24/12/2016 20:45:15    1942026

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2017 SENIOR CLUB STRUCTURE

The structure of the 2017 Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship is as follows: the competition is divided into two tiers, Roinn I and Roinn II.

In Roinn I the 16 participating teams are divided into four seeded groups with each side playing each group member.

Following three rounds of games each group winner qualifies for the county quarter-finals while each group runner-up battles it out with the divisional champions in the preliminary quarter-finals. The last placed teams in each group play-off in two games with the individual game losers demoted to Roinn II for 2018.

Thirteen teams in all will compete in Roinn II in 2017. There is, however, a significant change to the format of Roinn II for the coming season. The teams, similarly to Roinn I, will be divided into four groups with the group winners and runners-up progressing to the quarter-finals of the Ó Riain Cup. The winner of that round of games qualifies for the semi-finals of the Ó Riain Cup while both finalists are promoted to Roinn I for 2018.

The only way for Roinn II teams to compete for the Dan Breen Cup in 2017 is by winning their respective divisional championship and thereby qualify for a preliminary quarter-final against a second-placed team from a Roinn I group with a place in the outright quarter-finals up for grabs.

The seedings for 2017 senior club hurling championship draw are based on the finishing position of each club following the group stage of the 2016 senior hurling championship.

Therefore the Roinn I seedings are as follows:-

One: Killenaule, Thurles Sarsfields, Kiladangan & Clonoulty-Rossmore.

Two: Drom & Inch, Borris-Ileigh, Mullinahone & Kilruane.

Three: Upperchurch-Drombane, Éire Óg Annacarty, Nenagh Éire Óg & Portroe.

Four: Burgess, Carrick Swans, Loughmore-Castleiney & Ballina.

Each group will feature a team from each seeding category i.e. the draw, for instance, could pit Thurles Sarsfields, Drom & Inch, Upperchurch-Drombane and Loughmore-Castleiney against one another.

The Roinn II seedings are as follows:-

One: JK Bracken's, Roscrea, Templederry & Lorrha.

Two: Holycross-Ballycahill, Moycarkey-Borris & Ballingarry.

Three: Toomevara, Borrisokane & Clonakenny.

Four: Knockavilla Kickhams, Silvermines & Newport.

Similarly to Roinn I each group will feature a team from each seeding category.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 31/12/2016 19:55:16    1942507

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Loughmore-Castleiney and Kiladangan scoop club of the year awards

The Mid and North Tipperary divisions have named Loughmore-Castleiney and Kiladangan as their respective clubs of the year (2016) while the individual award winners in both divisions are now known.
The Mid Tipperary awards ceremony will take place at the end of January in Younge's, The Ragg with the time and date to be confirmed

The senior club of the year award for the Mid Tipperary division has been won by Loughmore-Castleiney while Gortnahoe-Glengoole will be honoured as the intermediate/junior club of the year.

Johnny Ryan (Drom & Inch) and Cian Hennessy (Loughmore-Castleiney) have been named as the respective senior hurler and footballer of the year. In minor hurling Paddy Cadell (JK Bracken's) takes the accolade while David O'Shea (JK Bracken's) has been named as the minor footballer of the year.

Jimmy Meighan (Gortnahoe-Glengoole) will be presented with the hall of fame award.

NORTH TIPPERARY awards ceremony will take place in The Thatched Cottage, Ballycommon on Friday, January 13th (7.30pm).

Kiladangan, who claimed the Frank McGrath Cup in 2016, have been named as the division's club of the year for the second successive year.

Paul Flynn (Kiladangan) will collect the senior player of the year award, Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) has won the intermediate hurler of the year award, Shane Seymour (Kiladangan) has been named as junior hurler of the year, Jason Ryan (Toomevara) as under-21 hurler of the year and Moneygall's Adam Hogan is the minor hurler of the year.

Borrisokane's Philip Austin is the North Tipperary intermediate footballer of the year, Robbie Byrne (Portroe) the junior footballer of the year, Jack O'Sullivan (Shannon Rovers) and under-21 footballer of the year and Alexi Harty (Moneygall) the minor footballer of the year.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 05/01/2017 19:21:24    1943322

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The venues have been confirmed for the upcoming AIB All-Ireland Senior & Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Finals which take place on Sunday January 29th as follows:

AIB All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Finals

Sunday January 29th

Burgess Duharra (Tipperary) v Slaughtneil (Derry)
Inniskeen Grattans GAA, Co. Monaghan
Throw-in: 2pm
Referee: TBC

Thomastown (Kilkenny) v Sarsfields (Galway)
St. Brendan's Park, Birr
Throw-in: 2pm
Referee: TBC

AIB All-Ireland Intermediate Club Championship Semi-Finals

Sunday January 29th

Myshall (Carlow) v Cappataggle (Galway)
Coralstown/Kinnegad GAA, Co. Westmeath
Throw-in: 2pm
Referee: TBC

Gailltír (Waterford) v Eglish (Tyrone)
Donaghmore Ashbourne GAA, Co. Meath
Throw-in: 2pm
Referee: TBC

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 07/01/2017 11:58:08    1943700

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Draw for the Tipperary senior club hurling championship

Thurles Sarsfields are, of course, chasing a fourth consecutive county title in 2017 and have already been installed as favourites to collect a 36th Dan Breen Cup.
The structure of the 2017 Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship is as follows: the competition is divided into two tiers, Roinn I and Roinn II.
In Roinn I the 16 participating teams are divided into four seeded groups with each side playing each group member.
Following three rounds of games each group winner qualifies for the county quarter-finals while each group runner-up battles it out with the divisional champions in the preliminary quarter-finals. The last placed teams in each group play-off in two games with the individual game losers demoted to Roinn II for 2018.

Thirteen teams in all will compete in Roinn II in 2017. There is, however, a significant change to the format of Roinn II for the coming season. The teams, similarly to Roinn I, will be divided into four groups with the group winners and runners-up progressing to the quarter-finals of the Ó Riain Cup. The winner of that round of games qualifies for the semi-finals of the Ó Riain Cup while both finalists are promoted to Roinn I for 2018.

The only way for Roinn II teams to compete for the Dan Breen Cup in 2017 is by winning their respective divisional championship and thereby qualify for a preliminary quarter-final against a second-placed team from a Roinn I group with a place in the outright quarter-finals up for grabs.

The seedings for 2017 senior club hurling championship draw are based on the finishing position of each club following the group stage of the 2016 senior hurling championship.

Therefore the Roinn I seedings are

One: Killenaule, Thurles Sarsfields, Kiladangan & Clonoulty-Rossmore.

Two: Drom & Inch, Borris-Ileigh, Mullinahone & Kilruane.

Three: Upperchurch-Drombane, Éire Óg Annacarty, Nenagh Éire Óg & Portroe.

Four: Burgess, Carrick Swans, Loughmore-Castleiney & Ballina.

Each group will feature a team from each seeding category i.e. the draw, for instance, could pit Thurles Sarsfields, Drom & Inch, Upperchurch-Drombane and Loughmore-Castleiney against one another.

The Roinn II seedings are

One: JK Bracken's, Roscrea, Templederry & Lorrha.

Two: Holycross-Ballycahill, Moycarkey-Borris, Borrisokane & Ballingarry.

Three & Four: Toomevara, Clonakenny, Knockavilla Kickhams, Silvermines & Newport.

Similarly to Roinn I each group will feature a team from each seeding category.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts: 3040 - 17/01/2017 20:21:34    1946482

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