Senior Challenge Cup Round 1
We lost out narrowly to J.K Brackens on Sunday after extra time on a scoreline of 1.20 to 1.16.
Membership/Players Insurance for 2014 is now due and can be paid to Club Registrar,Ger Donnelly or to any clubofficer. Rates are as follows
Family(2 adults,2 u/16s) €50
Adult Player €50
Minor Player €30
The closing date for receipt of membership is March 31st.
TIPPERARY SUPPORTERS CLUB MEMBERSHIP
Membership for 2014 is now available from Club Promoter Liam Ó Donnchú and the member's gift is a blue and gold neck scarf. In addition, each Adult Membership Card will be accompanied by a Tipperary Supporters Car/Window Sticker. Adult Membership costs €30.
"Battle in the Big Top" - 16th of March
There are less than two weeks left now and things are hotting up as boxers from each club are being paired up. Please check the 'Battle in the Big Top' page to get updates on fight pairings. Tickets are still on sale from players and committee members currently and you will need to have your tickets bought in advance. Tickets are €20 and we urge all club supporters and your friends to support the event which promises to be a great nights entertainment.
Congratulations to John Maher on winning the Ryan Cup with NUI Maynooth last weekend. Commiserations to David Corbett and Michael O'Brien (CIT) and Stephen Maher (UCC) who fell just short in their quest for Fitzgibbon Cup success in the final and semi-final stage.
Next committee meeting takes place on the 12th of March @ 8.30pm.
Congratulations to former Sarsfields hurler, Tony Wall, who will receive the Knocknagow Award on this Saturday, Jan. 25th. Tony will be the fourth from Sarsfields to receive the award: -Tommy Doyle was honoured in 1986, Jimmy Doyle in 1999 and Mickey Byrne in 2005.
RESULT: We lost out to a stronger Loughmore/Castleiney team in the 2013 Cahill Cup semi-final last Sunday.
The club's annual general meeting was held in our clubhouse on January 17th last. There was a good turnout and thanks to all those who attended.Our Club Patron Fr Martin Hayes celebrated Mass for all deceased players,members and officers at 7pm before the business of convention got underway. The following were elected to the club executive for 2014.
Chairman- Michael Maher
Vice-Chairman(2)- Peter Lanigan, Jim Max.
Asst Secretary-Trevor Cooke,John Maher
Asst Treasurer-Brian Burke
PRO- T.B.C at the Adjourned AGM
Joe Barrett,Ronan Spain,John Cahill,Jackie Cooke,Jimmy Doyle,TJ Lyons,Paul Lanigan,Pat O Shea,Connie Maher,Raymond O Riordan,Margaret Dwyer,Ger O Grady,David Condon.
The remaining Officers and Committee members will be appointed at our Adjourned Convention on February 6th.
Membership/Players Insurance for 2014 is now due and can be paid to Club Registrar,Ger Donnelly or to any club officer. Rates are as follows
Family(2 adults,2 u/16s) €50
Adult Player €50
Minor Player €30
The closing date for receipt of membership is March 31st.
"Battle in the Big Top"
We launched our upcoming fundraising event in partnership with Moycarkey Borris last Saturday. This is an opportunity to raise funds to aid with the cost of developing our new 3 new dressing-rooms and other ancillary services at our clubhouse which are in the final stages of completion. "The Battle in the Big Top" is a white collar boxing event and there are a number of players and club members currently in serious training for the event on March 16th at our clubhouse. We urge all club supporters to support the event which promises a great nights entertainment. Tickets are on sale from players and committee members currently and you will need to have your tickets bought well in advance.
Mid Tipperary Under-21A Hurling Final (Report from the Tipperary Star)
Thurles Sarsfields 2-18 Loughmore-Castleiney 2-8
Thurles Sarsfields enjoyed a ten-point win over Loughmore-Castleiney in Sunday afternoon’s Mid Tipperary under-21A hurling final played at Templemore.
Thanks to two reasonably fortunate goals Loughmore-Castleiney found themselves just two points behind (2-6 to 1-11) a dominant Thurles Sarsfields side five minutes into the second half, but once Sarsfields upped their performance in the final third of this encounter Loughmore-Castleiney struggled to cope.
Indeed, during the remainder of this Mid Tipperary under-21A hurling final Thurles out-scored their rivals 1-7 to two points.
Aidan McCormack (free) presented Thurles with an initial lead before Pádraig Egan worked hard to retrieve a Liam Treacy effort which was tailing wide and Liam McGrath belted in a goal from close range.
Aidan McCormack and Liam McGrath (free) then traded points before Thurles hit 1-4 without reply to lead 1-6 to 1-1 by the 18th minute.
Conor Lanigan and Aidan McCormack (three) helped themselves to the points while Lanigan conjured a wonderful pass off his knees to send McCormack through on goal in the 13th minute - McCormack finished neatly.
Loughmore-Castleiney, however, hit back with a Liam McGrath point before a McGrath free in the 20th minute dropped short, the Thurles defence failed to deal with a reasonably simple situation and Richie Maher handed his side a second three-pointer - 2-2 to 1-6.
Points from Conor Lanigan, Michael O’Brien and Aidan McCormack (two) forced Thurles Sarsfields back into a five-point lead before efforts from John McGrath (free), John Meagher (free) and Liam Treacy left just two between them (2-5 to 1-10) in the 28th minute.
An Aidan McCormack free opened a three-point interval gap (1-11 to 2-5), but Thurles Sarsfields must have been wondering during the half-time break how Loughmore-Castleiney were still within striking distance.
A John McGrath point five minutes into the second half reduced the margin to two, but Thurles Sarsfields responded with consecutive long-range efforts from David Corbett and Stephen Cahill.
Loughmore-Castleiney hit back thanks to a John McGrath effort (2-7 to 1-13) before Thurles Sarsfields fired four unanswered points.
Stephen Cahill, with a superb left-handed effort from long-range, set the tone with Billy McCarthy and Aidan McCormack (two) also adding to the tally.
The game-clinching score materialised in the 52nd minute when a determined Pa Phelan booted home a three-pointer to hand his side a 2-17 to 2-7 lead.
A John McGrath free brought the scoring to a conclusion for a Loughmore-Castleiney side who chased goals for the remainder of the game while Kevin Dunne got his name on the Thurles score sheet in the 54th minute.
The final ten minutes featured a number of Loughmore-Castleiney assaults on the Thurles Sarsfields goal. John Meagher was thrown into the full-forward line while John McGrath and Liam McGrath all tried their luck from the 21-yard line.
The Thurles Sarsfields defence, however, refused to concede a third goal. Indeed, it was invigorating to see the Thurles defence, despite leading by ten points, take such pride in their work.
Should Thurles Sarsfields and north champions Kilruane MacDonagh’s meet in the county final that would represent a contest worth attending for all supporters of hurling in Tipperary.
Thurles Sarsfields: Kevin Smith, Paul Maher, James Ryan, Pa Dunne, Aidan Ryan, Ronan Maher, Jack Lineen, Stephen Cahill (0-2), David Corbett (0-1), Pa Phelan (1-0), Pádraic Crone, Aidan Coyle, Conor Lanigan (0-2), Aidan McCormack (1-10, 0-5 frees, 0-1 ’65, captain), Michael O’Brien (0-1). Subs: (HT) Kevin Dunne (0-1) for Pádraic Crone, (35th) Michael O’Dwyer for Aidan Ryan, (42nd) Billy McCarthy (0-1) for Aidan Doyle.
Loughmore-Castleiney: Craig Cleary, Lorcan Egan, Joseph Hennessy, Denis Brereton, Darragh Butler, John Meagher (0-1, 0-1 free), Joseph Nyland, Tomás McGrath, John McGrath (0-3, 0-1 free), Brian McGrath, Liam Treacy (0-1), Tommy Maher, Martin Meagher, Liam McGrath (1-3, 0-2 frees), Pádraig Egan. Subs: (11th) Richie Maher (1-0) for Lorcan Egan.
Referee: Johnny Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla).
RESULTS & FIXTURES
Over the past two weekends our Minors,Intermediates and Juniors were in championship action. Unfortunately their campaigns have come to an end.The Minors had to give second best to Holycross-Ballycahill in the Mid final. Our Intermediates lost their preliminary county quarter final to Arravale Rovers and on Saturday last our Juniors narrowly lost their Mid semi-final to Moycarkey-Borris in a pulsating clash that was decided in extra time. We thank the the management teams and panels for their efforts throughout the season.
This weekend our B panel play Boherlahan-Dualla in a losers group clash. See Mid fixtures for venue and times.
ALL- IRELAND WIN
In a week that saw Mayo lose the All Ireland Football final we congratulate James and Morgan Lyons of Ballyhaunis who were members of the Mayo minor hurling team that won the All Ireland Minor C Final on September 7th last. The lads are grandsons of the late Micheal Maher,Castlemeadows.
DUBLIN CITY MARATHON
Club member and selector,Andy Ryan is going to walk the Dublin City Marathon on the 28th October in aid of Diabetes Ireland. He would be delighted to accept sponsorship for this very worthy charity from club members and supporters. We wish him well on Bank Holiday Monday.
Minor: Good luck to our minor footballers who play Drom-Inch in the final on Saturday next ,September 7th in Templemore at 2.30pm. We last contested the MId final in 2007 losing to Loughmore-Castleiney.
They will play Holycross-Ballycahill in the Mid Minor Hurling Final on Saturday,September 14th. Time and venue to be decided.
ALL IRELAND 7S.
The club make a welcome return to Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday next to take part in their prestiguous 7 a side tournament.This competition is one of the highlights of the All Ireland Hurling Final weekend.On our last visit in 2006 we reached the semi final stage losing to Portumna. Good luck to the team management and panel of players. Details of the draw,times and venues are available on the host clubs website from tomorrow.
Congratulations to Michael Russell and the Tipperary Intermediate team on their victory over Kilkenny in the All Ireland Final played in Nowlan Park on Saturday last.
TIPPERARY GAA WEEKLY DRAW
Congratulations to Theresa Ryan,who was a winner in last weeks draw. As always thanks to all our members who support the draw and all our fundraising efforts.
At our last club meeting the club extended its sympathy to the families and friends of Alice Doyle,Benny Brophy and Pat Delaney on their recent bereavements.
We have 3 teams in action in the next week.
Minor Hurling v Upperchurch/Drombane in Sarsfields pitch at 7.30pm on Wednesday July 24th and away in Littleton to Moycarkey/Borris on Wednesday 31st July at 7:30p.m
Seniors O Riain Cup Semi Final v Borrisokane on Friday July 26th in Templemore at 7:15p.m
Juniors v Moycarkey/Borris in Littleton at 7.30pm on Saturday July 27th.
Congratulations to Michael Russel who was part of the victoriuos Tipperary Intermediate panel who captured Munster honours last Friday night. Congratulations also to Aidan McCormack,Ronan Maher,Michael O Brien,Stephen Cahill who qualified for the Munster U21 final by defeating Cork last week.
Our Supporters Club are gearing up again for the 2013/2014 season.The officers and committee members would like to thank all our loyal members who have made the weekly club lotto a resounding success.The funds are a vital source of revenue to our club as the new dressing-rooms are now in the early stages of construction and with the new lotto being launched shortly,we look forward to the continued support of our members. New members are always welcome.To become a member please contact Garry Mernagh,Thomas Callanan or Ger Donnelly. Meeting of all promoters will take place at 9p.m tonight Wednesday in the clubhouse
We have 4 teams in action this week.
Minor Hurling v Holycross/Ballycahill in Sarsfields pitch at 7.30pm on Thursday July 18th
Intermediate Championship v Grangemockler/Ballyneale in Ballingarry at 6pm on Saturday July 20th.
Juniors v Moyne-Templetuohy in Templetuohy at 6.30pm on Sunday July 20th.
Best wishes to Aidan McCormack,Ronan Maher,Michael O Brien,Stephen Cahill Michael Russell and the Tipperary U/21 and Intermediate teams who are in Semi and Munster final action this week in Semple Stadium.
Our Supporters Club are gearing up again for the 2013/2014 season.The officers and committee members would like to thank all our loyal members who have made the weekly club lotto a resounding success.The funds are a vital source of revenue to our club and with the new lotto being launched shortly,we look forward to the continued support of our members. New members are always welcome.To become a member please contact Garry Mernagh,Thomas Callanan or Ger Donnelly.
INTERNATIONAL HURLING FESTIVAL
We held our third annual International hurling festival last weekend.The club extended a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike for a great weekend of sport,music and above all a wonderful gathering.After all the planning the event was a fantastic occasion and a resounding success for all concerned.The club were delighted to be at the helm in organizing all the events as our contribution to the nationwide Gathering initiative.
The enthusiasm and enjoyment displayed by all the participants in the Caman Abu Recreational Hurling Tournament on Wednesday and Friday nights was clearly evident and worth all the hard work.Tescos and The Post Office were the winning teams with Larry Fogartys and Noel Ryans the runners up. They received their medals at a social evening immediately afterwards with music by the 'The Monks'. We were delighted to welcome Pat Daly and Mick Martin from the Croke Park Games Development Cttee to the event.
Earlier in the evening the representatives from the Rebel county carried off the Michael Cusack Cup for the second Annual Interprovincial Road Bowling Championship held on the Cormackstown Road.
In Saturdays glorious sunshine 16 hurling teams and for the first time 8 camogie teams battled it out in Dr Morris Park, Sarsfields pitch and St Patrick's College in the International Hurling and Camogie Festival.There was a feast of hurling to be seen at all the venues throughout the day.The winners were Causeway,Kerry(Semple Cup),runners up,Emeralds(Kilkenny);Setanta Dublin(Carew Cup),runners up Thurles Sarsfields and Setanta Donegal(Culhane Cup), runners up Naomh Moninne(louth). Na Piarsaigh,Cork were the first winners of the Helen O Mara Cup for the inter club camogie tournament with Indianapolis the runners up.After the finals a celebration evening was held for all in the clubhouse. Tom Semple's daughter,Anne Gunning and Tony O Mara,Helen's son presented the Semple and O Mara Cups to the the winning Causeway and Na Piarsaigh teams.Club Chairman Michael Maher and Festival Chairman,John Enright presented the other trophies.
The weekends events did not happen by accident.We say thank you and well done to the organizing committee,spearheaded by their Chairman,John Enright, to the many club volunteers who were available throughout the week to liase with the visiting teams,organize and officiate at the caman abu,hurling and camogie games,organize the catering and entertainment. Thank you also to the local press;Tipp FM;photographer John O Loughlin;Thurles Town Council;Local knights of Malta;An Garda Siochana,the residents of Cormackstown Road;Cumann Luthchleas Gael,Croke Park,for their assistance with trophies,our match referees,all our local sponsors especially Lisheen Mines for their continued support,St Patrick's College,Tipperary County Board, Pat and David for making their facilities available to us.
We were delighted and honoured the Festival was selected as a Gathering event for North Tipperary.Our thanks to North Tipperary County Council especially Ms.Attracta Lyons,for her assistance.
We especially thank IPB Insurance as the main sponsor of the Festival.
We hope the Festival was a worthy contribution to 'The Gathering 2013'.
We extend our best wishes for a speedy recovery to club stalwart,Jack Cooke who is recovering following a recent operation.
At our recent club meeting votes of sympathy were passed to the Coffey,Whelan,Sweeney,Cullagh and Doyle families.
Thurles Sarsfields International
Hurling Festival 2013
behalf of the organising committee I would like to invite you to our third
annual International hurling festival featuring hurling, camogie, road bowling
and camán abú. The festival starts on
Wednesday evening when the first rounds of Camán Abú take place.
Friday the 12th July
Friday is a big day with “Target
Ball” for special needs starting @ 11am. The second Annual Interprovincial Road
Bowling Championship taking place @4pm, venue – Cormackstown Road. Thurles Sarsfields U12 Ladies Footballers
take on Templemore in the outside field @6pm.
The finals of the Camán Abú take place at 7pm @ the same venue.
are having a welcoming social around 9.30pm, with music by “The Monks” a group specially
chosen for the occasion. It should be a
good night at the Centre and a welcoming Gathering.
All the events are free.
Saturday July 13th.
Dr Morris Park and in the outside pitch we have the International Hurling
Tournament for the Tom Semple Cup and it goes on all day.
Camogie takes place in St Patrick’s College grounds for the Helen O’Mara Cup again
taking place throughout the day
the finals we will have a celebration social for all in the Sarsfields club
house. The music is by “Silver Dollar”
and again all entertainment is free.
Sarsfields extends a warm welcome to all and hope it will be a great weekend of
sport, music and a wonderful Gathering
Sarsfield’s International Hurling 2013 Gathering Weekend
Glamour has been added to the International
Hurling Festival with the addition of eight Camogie teams competing for the
Helen O’Mara Cup donated by the Thurles Camogie Club in memory of Helen. Helen was a dedicated camogie player from
Kilkenny who was club treasurer for many years and a long serving committee
member. It is indeed fitting that our
first ever camogie tournament is honoured by her name.
The competing teams are – Indianapolis USA,
Na Piarsaig Cork, Kildangan and Roscrea Tipperary, Patrickswell Limerick,
Lixnaw Kerry, Feakle/Broadford Clare, and Portlaw Waterford. All are very welcome.
The games will be played in the grounds of
St Patrick’s Third level College of Education Thurles, by kind permission of
Very Rev Tom Fogarty, College President.
The Cork Connection
There is nearly always a Cork presence in
Thurles on Munster Final weekend.
Combined with our festival there is great representation, hurling from
Kilbrin, home of current Cork Senior star William Egan, and former Cork hurler
Jack Field. It will be a Cork take over
on Friday night with the road bowling. Saturday will see the biggest GAA club
in the North city side, Na Piarsaig, playing Camogie, and as always expecting
North Kerry Hurling
Hurling is endemic in North Kerry. We had Kilmoyley last year who were in hard
luck not to take the title, this year we have Ballyduff and Causeway for the
Tom Semple Cup and Lixnaw for the Camogie.
A Kerry presence on Munster Final Weekend very much adds to the
Mayo in Force
Hurling Officer, Adrian Hessian, loves his
hurling and is bringing two teams from Mayo, Tureen, current Carew Cup Holders,
and Castlebar who are trained by Gerry Lane (Noel’s brother) who caused Tipp
many headaches in the eighties. Westport
are the Michael Cusack Cup Road Bowling holders. There is a strong Mayo presence in Thurles,
John Moroney’s wife Maureen is a great Mayo woman and Ger O’ Hagen is current
Chairman of Thurles Sarsfields Ladies football.
It was his home club that sold hurleys to Toureen in the fifties to
start hurling in that parish.
The Dubs are Coming
Under Kevin Broderick Raheeney Hurling Club
are making history, they are coming to Thurles for the first time for our
Munster Final weekend festival. They
will join Setanta, the all Irish speaking team, for an assault on the Tom
Semple Cup. They are both in serious
training for the competition and both expect to win.
The Social Side
With twenty four hurling and Camogie teams
from all over, the scene is set for a very pleasant weekend. We are also expecting Thurles people from
home and abroad to gather in numbers to be part of the Thurles Sarsfields “Gathering
weekend”. There will be a great mix of people
from the four provinces, The USA, Great Brittan and our own Diaspora.
The Monks are playing in Sarsfield’s Social
Centre on Friday night and Silver Dollar is centre stage on Saturday night. The Sarsfields pubs in town are putting on
musical entertainment that will be appropriate for the occasion. A friendly mix of hurling, camogie, camán abú
and road bowling will be on display. All are welcome to our Festival which
promises great entertainment and above all a great sporting weekend.
Home for the Hurling.