In Group 1 of the Harty Cup, Thurles CBS gleaned a strong victory with their impressive nine point win over holders Ardscoil Rís at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Tuesday last.
Thurles CBS acquired scores through a total of eight players, including all six of their starting forwards leaving three points separating both sides at the halfway mark. Thurles led 2-3 (9 Pts) to 0-6 (6 Pts) at half-time and a sustained surge after the restart gained them a further 1-1 (4 Pts) which effectively sealed their final victory.
Scorers for Thurles CBS were: R. Long 1-3 (6 Pts), J. Butler 1-1 (4 Pts), M. Stakelum 1-0 (3 Pts), R. Teehan 0-3 (3 Pts), M. O’Connor 0-2 (2 Pts), N Heffernan, K Duggan & P Kennedy 0-1 (1 Pt) each.
Final Score: Thurles CBS (Tipperary) 3-12 (21 Pts) – Ardscoil Rís (Limerick) 0-12 (12 Pts).
Thurles CBS Team: W. Tierney, D. Quirke, E. Heffernan, J. Derby, C. McCullagh, J. Skehan, R. Heffernan, B. McCarthy, C. Moloney, R. Teehan, K. Duggan, N. Heffernan, J. Butler, M. Stakelum and R. Long.
Subs: M. O’Connor for M. Stakelum, P. Kennedy for C. Moloney, B. Kelly for K. Duggan, R. Purcell for R.Long and C. Cummins for J. Derby.
Referee: Mr Tommy Ryan.
Attention all you ‘Sports Hobbyists,’ and ‘Serious Collectors of Sports Memorabilia’!
How do you fancy removing some of that musty smell from a little of your folding paper money, latter which we are fully aware you currently hide underneath your mattress, in your old sock or indeed stored in that old rusty biscuit tin in the kitchen?
On the other hand, have you checked through those old cluttered, untidy drawers in your kitchen Dresser recently? Perhaps you have some small piece of valuable, yet forgotten, sporting memorabilia; the sale proceeds from which would assist you in paying your expected Irish Water Bill at the end of next January.
Seriously, all joking aside, Sunday November 30th next could be your chance to purchase a little something which, if well chosen, could render some small future return on any investment.
The local Lár na Páirce GAA Museum here in Thurles, [Map Ref], will hold a GAA Memorabilia Fair in the Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre, latter overlooking Childers Park (Beside Semple Stadium) on Sunday November 30th from 12.00 noon to 4.00pm.
At this Memorabilia Fair convention, customers will be given the chance to browse and search a large selection of Match Programmes, Club Histories, Hurling, Football, Camogie and Handball publications, not to mention a host of other somewhat rare GAA material, and all in the pleasant and spacious surroundings of the Thurles Sarsfields GAA Centre.
Dealers, Collectors, Sellers and Swappers are cordially invited to attend this event, where it is hoped they will find unusual and rare material aplenty to interest everyone in attendance.
Stands will also be made available for renting to sellers / dealers, and anyone interested should contact the organisers before November 27th next.
For further information on this event, do contact Mr Seamus J. King, Tel: 087 2246245 or Mr Liam O’Donnchú, Tel: 086 6036547.
This is one upcoming event certainly not to be missed by all lovers of GAA sports, so do spread the news.
A new publication reveals Tipp’s anguish during hurling ‘Famine’ years.
Three times Tipperary All-Star Tadhg O’Connor, who captained Tipperary to win the 1971 All-Ireland, (the last before the ‘eighteen year famine’) has revealed, in a new book, that had the ‘back-door system’ been in place back then, Tipperary would have won more All-Ireland titles.
In a new book entitled ‘Captains of the Premier Ship,’ which was penned by local journalist Noel Dundon of The Tipperary Star and which is to be launched on Saturday November 15th in St Patrick’s College here in Thurles by Nicky English, the Roscrea man states that while Tipperary were just outside the standard in the straight knock-out system, a back-door would have given them vital extra games and, crucially, a chance to make amends.
Tipperary, having beaten Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final of 1971; a game made famous by the appearance of Michael ‘Babs’ Keating in his bare feet, surrendered their Munster and All-Ireland titles in 1972. The team bounced back in 1973 to reach the Munster final again. Limerick were the opponents for the second time in three years, but on this occasion Tadhg ended up once more on the losing side.
“We were just outside the standard and losing those games meant that your season was over. We were beaten by the eventual Munster winners and they went on to at least contest the All-Ireland final. We were not too far off at all and I suppose if the current back-door system was in place back then, we would have been in the shake-up a lot more often. But it wasn’t and, when you lost in the championship, that was it for another year. The back-door came about forty years too late for us,” he said.
Tadgh played in three National Hurling League Finals, but won only one medal, when Tipperary beat Galway in 1979. However, he cited the importance of the league and said that players always made themselves available to play for Tipperary whenever they could, because, having been knocked out so early in the championship, it was the only show in town for regular games in the ‘blue and gold’ jersey.
Also contained in the book, which is a 320 page history of the twenty one All-Ireland winning senior hurling captains from the county and a record of the twenty six All-Ireland titles captured, the legendary Jimmy Doyle tells of how he cried the day1964 captain Michael Murphy was told he would have to retire from the game due to a recurring knee injury. Doyle, captain in 1962 and 1965 described his Thurles Sarsfields clubmate as ‘stylish and classy’ and added that he had a magnificent All-Ireland Final on the great Eddie Keher in 1964.
“I went to school with him and lived near him. He was always in and out of our house at home in Bohernanave, Thurles. When he was forced to retire I was so disappointed for him because he lived for hurling and loved it. I cried actually when he got the news,” Jimmy said. He added, “We nearly reared him and he was a brilliant sticks-man. He was as good a half back as there was and he was badly missed when he departed the scene. It was very hard on him. It was cartilage trouble – a problem which would be mended now in a few weeks – but it was the finishing of a hurler back then. I had a scare myself training for the club when one of the lads came down on my knee during football training. I was out for a good while and I realised how quickly it could all come to an end – as it did for Michael. I was lucky, I managed to get back but the knee was never the same.
“I was always very fond of Michael – himself and Sean McLoughlin are great club men and great Tipperary men. McLoughlin was so unlucky not to captain Tipperary to an All-Ireland title in 1963 – we spoke about it recently and I told him that along with Michael’s injury, one of my regrets would be that we didn’t win the All-Ireland when McLoughlin was captain,” Jimmy says.
The book ‘Captains of the Premier Ship,’ which will be available in local bookshops after the launch, is a real collectors item as well as being a very interesting insight into those unique ‘band of brothers’ – Tipperary’s All-Ireland winning senior hurling captains.
All profits from this most excellent publication will be donated to the mental health charity AWARE.
Mr Gerry Connaughton, Thurles Squash Club, reports.
I write to bring to your attention to a unique new offer to help keep your team members and players fully trained and in tip-top shape, during the next six months off-season hurling.
Thurles Squash Club Offers Reduction in Team Player Membership
That wonderful sports facility known as Thurles Squash Club are offering all GAA members a significant price reduction in membership fees for the 2014/2015 winter Squash playing season.
This reduction will now allow all participating team players to immediately avail of a six months membership and an introduction to this exciting sport, for as little as €60.00 for the half year winter period.
It is a proven fact that playing Squash not only keeps players fully fit, but also greatly increases necessary ‘hand to eye’ co-ordination skills, while also boosting greater agility; it is surely the most perfect sport to keep any GAA player fully active during the long winter months.
Should you require any further information, please contact them on Mobile (087) 3922797 or contact them through their Facebook page.
(Click on the image above, left, to enlarge the poster.)
Tipperary met Kilkenny in Croke Park today to decide the All-Ireland Hurling replay champions for 2014, playing in front of an official attendance of 81,753 loyal hurling fans. But it was not to be Tipperary’s day with Kilkenny claiming a 35th All-Ireland title by just three points, thus taking home the Liam MacCarthy Cup and granting manager Brian Cody his 10th career success.
All-Ireland Hurling Replay First Half
Tipperary opened the scoring, taking the lead for the first 8 minutes with points from Noel McGrath and Shane McGrath. First matching scores from Kilkenny came from two points from Richie Hogan in the 8th and 11th minute respectively, making it all square.
Kilkenny now moved into the lead with points from Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin and TJ Reid answered by Tipperary’s O’Dwyer and Callanan making it all square for the second time. Michael Fennelly restores Kilkenny’s lead by the seventeenth minute and despite Tipperary manufacturing two excellent goal chances through Callanan and O’Dwyer; both just 10 yards out, Kilkenny managed to clear courtesy of J. J. Delaney.
T.J. Reid taped over another point following a foul on Colin Fennelly but same is soon answered by Shane McGrath, latter who runs 30 yards to find his target from 65 yards.
Then in the 28th minute Lar Corbett picks out Callanan in front of the Kilkenny goal and the latter taps past an out-rushing Murphy to rifle into the goal mouth, scoring the first and only goal of the first half. The score now stands Tipperary 1-05 (8 pts) – Kilkenny 0-06 (6 pts).
A point from Reid conceded by a Woodlock free soon reduces Kilkenny’s deficit, but a point from Tipperary’s Callanan in the 33rd minute, following a Kieran Joyce charge, cancels this efforts.
Following points from both Michael Fennelly, and a beautiful over his shoulder point from Shane McGrath the half time whistle finds the scoreboard reading Tipperary 1-07 (10 pts) – Kilkenny 0-08 (8 pts).
All-Ireland Hurling Replay Second Half
The second half saw both teams return to do battle with no changes to either of the sides made at half-time.
Kilkenny’s Richie Power opens the scoring with a point, followed quickly by two points from Reid and two points from Fennelly, making it five in a row for the ‘Cats’.
Tipperary had to wait over 13 minutes before Callanan registers their first score of the second half; a point from a free by Paul Murphy on Noel McGrath. Same is answered by John Power with 50 minutes on the clock, but Tipperary’s John O’Dwyer replies straight away. In the 56th minute Tipperary are granted a penalty and Callanan opted to put the ball over the bar for a point, 13 minutes from time.
Fate however was to deal a cruel blow to Tipp, when Kilkenny danger-man Richie Power wins the ball close in and rifles into Gleeson’s net in the 59th minute. Tipperary 1-11 (14 pts) to Kilkenny 1-15 (18 pts).
Despite another point from Callanan, worse was yet to come when Tipperary failed to clear their lines and Kilkenny’s John Power, taps home another goal from just 2 yards out, leaving Tipperary with a 6 point hill to climb; Tipperary 1-12 (15 pts) to Kilkenny 2-15 (21 pts).
But there was still fight in Tipperary and John O’Dwyer got on target with a point from a free with just 5 minutes of ordinary time remaining, but with 5 points behind.
Brendan Maher takes a further point in the 67th minute and two minutes later Callanan smashes the sliotar into Murphy’s and the Kilkenny net just 1 minute from stoppage time. The game now had taken on all the appearance of a grandstand finish.
Regrettably with just 3 minutes of stoppage time left to play, Colin Fennelly gets a further point and Tipperary now needed a miracle goal. But it was not to be this time out, despite Tipperary battling valiantly all the way to the very end. Perhaps it was that 13 minute barren spell they endured on the scoreboard early in the second half, which finally was to seal their fate.
Alas, final result: Kilkenny 2-17 (23 pts) – Tipperary 2-14 (20 pts).
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson, C. Barrett, J. Barry, P. Stapleton, B. Maher, Pádraic Maher, K. Bergin, S.McGrath, J.Woodlock, G. Ryan, J. O’Dwyer, L. Corbett; N. McGrath, S. Callanan and P. Maher.
Subs: M. Cahill for S. McGrath, C. O’Mahony for Ryan, S. Bourke for L. Corbett, J. Forde for N. McGrath and J O’Brien for J. O’Dwyer.
Referee: B. Gavin, (Offaly).