The 2010 – Homecoming of Heroes
Tipperary Hurlers Homecoming
As every true Irish man and woman in the world today is aware, Kilkenny Senior Hurlers were out-gunned in Croke Park, Dublin, yesterday afternoon, and despite Kilkenny’s Kevin Kelly netting an early goal in the second half, Tipperary stepped up displaying a hurling master-class to ensure that the Liam MacCarthy Cup would head back for the 27th time to the Premier County tonight.
So also news has similarly spread regarding our Minor Hurlers, latter having won their 20th All-Ireland title, with a seven-point win over Limerick.
Up to 30,000 Tipperary supporters, young and old, from all over Tipperary and further afield are expected to converge on Thurles town tonight (5th September 2016), to welcome home and congratulate both the successful Tipperary Minor and Senior All Ireland hurling team winners.
‘Semple’s Field’ (Semple Stadium, Thurles) will be fully open, allowing access from both ends from 5.00pm, and both victorious teams are expected to arrive in their respective buses at that venue between 7.00pm and 7.30pm.
Following the customary well deserved congratulatory speeches, it is hoped that as many people as possible will get a chance to meet and greet the individual players.
Back across the border, supporters of Tipperary’s old rivals Kilkenny will gather also this evening at Nowlan Park, where fans will get their chance to welcome home their ‘Black and Amber’ heroes.
Both teams however will be keeping in mind that preparations for the 2017 hurling challenge will get under-way today, but for the moment Tipperary Minor and Senior hurlers are the undisputed 2016 All Ireland Champions.
The ‘Cats’ had only 5 lives, as Tipperary proved with their comprehensive 9 point win over old rivals Kilkenny, in the 2016 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship held in Croke Park, Dublin, this afternoon.
Today’s event was Tipperary’s first triumph since 2010 and their 27th success over the years. Goals this afternoon came courtesy of John O’Dwyer and John McGrath, while 13 points left the hurl, with the razor sharp accuracy of a determined and focused Seamus Callanan, correctly identified as “Man of the Match”.
Today’s decider saw master-classes in hurling from the full 15 man Tipp outfit and especially from the Premier’s Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, John McGrath, Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher and Padraic Maher; but all demonstrating sheer skill and determined ferocity.
For Michael Ryan, who took over as Tipp’s ‘Commander-in-Chief,’ his first management attempt must surely have given him more than just a little satisfaction, while taking on and defeating the well acknowledged skill and might of Kilkenny’s manager Brian Cody.
In what was a compelling first half match, both teams had levelled their scores 10 times before Munster Champions Tipperary produced two late points, leaving the scoreboard readings Kilkenny 0-12 Tipperary 0-14.
The first score, in what was to be a lively second half, came from a foul by Shane Prendergast on John McGrath and was pointed over by Tipp’s Seamus Callanan. Two points from Kilkenny’s Reid and a goal from Kevin Kelly around the 42 minute appeared to cause little concern to the Tipp side, who were back level by the 46 minute, thanks to points from Seamus Callanan and newly arrived substitute Jason Forde.
Tipperary appeared to show a greater hunger by the 50th minute, and were also demonstrating a freshness not often seen on a Tipperary team coming up to the final 20 minutes of play. Points from John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer and Seamus Callanan saw Tipperary move ahead and then came the goal from ‘Bubbles’, and the scoreboard read Kilkenny 1-16 (19pts) to Tipperary 1-22 (25pts).
Six points in the lead; Tipperary looked a faster team at this stage of the match, but Kilkenny were hanging on as Tipp’s Noel McGrath passes to his younger brother John, who found the back of the net with yet another goal.
But there was life in the ‘Cats’ still and Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan retaliated with a second goal in the 63rd minute. The scoreboard read Kilkenny 2-19 (25pts) to Tipperary’s 2-26 (32pts). Could Kilkenny suddenly retaliate as oft seen before?
Later points from ‘Bonner’ Maher, Seamus Callanan ensured no such last minute Kilkenny resurrection; leading to a full-time score of Kilkenny 2-20 (26 pts) to Tipperary’s 2-29 (35pts).
Tipperary Team: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett; J. Barry; M. Cahill; S. Kennedy; R. Maher; Padraic Maher; B. Maher; M. Breen; D. McCormack; P. Maher; N. McGrath; J. McGrath; S. Callanan and J. O’Dwyer.
Subs: J. Forde for M.Breen; N. O’Meara for D. McCormack, D. Maher for M. Cahill, K. Bergin for N. McGrath, T. Hamill for S. Kennedy.
Referee: B. Gavin, (Co. Offaly).
Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Team on their well deserved victory.
It was to be an all Blue and Gold day for Co. Tipperary as their Minor Hurling Team raised the curtain in Croke Park, Dublin, this afternoon.
Tipperary Minor Hurling Team
Tipperary won their 20th All-Ireland title with a seven-point win over Limerick; with Colin English declared ‘man-of-the-match’.
A Jake Morris early second-half goal set Tipperary on their way against a Limerick crew who showed little improvement from their initial Munster final showing.
While Limerick did appeared to show early fight; by half time the score board read Limerick 0-08 – Tipperary 0-09, with points coming from the Premier County’s Lyndon Fairbrother, Jake Morris, Colin English, Brian McGrath (brother of senior stars Noel and John) and Shane Neville.
Points from Limerick were delivered courtesy of Brian Ryan, Conor Boylan and Michael O’Grady.
The second half Jake Morris added goal and a further point saw Tipperary increase their tally, before Limerick’s Kyle Hayes and Ciaran O’Connor answered with points for Limerick, taking them to within a goal of their opponents.
A now improved Tipperary side saw points from Mark Kehoe, Dylan Walsh, Lyndon Fairbrother and Ger Browne; including two in stoppage time, ensured Liam Cahill’s Tipperary team were crowned Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling champions 2016, with a full-time score of Tipperary 1-21 – Limerick 0-17.
Tipperary Minor Team: C. Barrett; K. O’Dwyer; M. Whelan; T. Murphy; C. Flanagan; B. McGrath; J. Cahill; P. Cadell; G. Browne; R. Doody; J. Morris; C. English; C. Darcy; M. Kehoe and L. Fairbrother.
Subs: S. Neville for R. Doody, G. Dunne for T. Murphy, D. Walsh for C. Darcy, D. Quirke for C. Flanagan and C. Stakelum for G. Browne.
Congratulations to Tipperary Minors on their well deserved victory.
Registration is now officially open to accept participants for the popular Tipperary Ladies Mini Marathon; which will be held on Sunday September 25th, beginning at 11.00am here in Thurles.
This year marks the seventh year of this 10k Ladies Mini Marathon, which has grown from strength to strength since its initial inauguration, first performed here in Thurles in 2010. This year International Athlete and the winner of the 2016 Dublin Mini Marathon, Ms Siobhan O’Doherty, was kind enough to launch this upcoming 2016 event.
Note: The ‘Registration Fee’ required for this event is €15 up to and including August 31st next. Following the August date date a registration fee will cost €20, up to the closing date for entries which remains strictly Monday September 19th 2016, (at close of business, plus online reg. fee).
The Course is A.A.I Certified – Chip Timed – and entrants must be over 18 years of age. All participating entrants will receive a Medallion and a Technical T-Shirt. Spot prizes will also be distributed randomly and a charitable donation of €200 will also go to the largest ‘Charity Fund-Raising Group’ registered to compete at this event.
Thurles 2016 Marathon Route
As already stated, this event will start sharp at 11.00am, following a warm up on the Thurles LIT Campus, with those participating being asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start of this event.
The official start line will direct participants over the Jimmy Doyle Bridge, to turn right, moving southwards onto the Templemore road. The race route will then lead into Thurles, traversing the town’s Liberty Square unto the Sleive-na-Mon Road; to take the first exit off the roundabout opposite Thurles Shopping Centre. Runners will follow the Clongour Road, passing Thurles Golf Club as far as Turtulla Cross, before then turning left onto the Archerstown Road and again keeping left onto the Mill Road; now moving northwards back to Thurles, before again turning left at the Roundabout on the main Thurles to Dublin road. The route will then follow westward along Kickham Street; taking the first exit left on the Cathedral Street Roundabout, passing Thurles Cathedral, to cross the river Suir on Barry’s Bridge and into Liberty Square. Continuing to stay on the left side, runners will turn right after the pedestrian traffic lights, turning again out of the Square and retracing their steps back along the Templemore road, before turning, once more, left at Cluin Glas and back over the Jimmy Doyle Bridge, to cross the finishing line, safely positioned on the Thurles LIT campus.
Motorists and other road users are asked to take exceptional care on Sunday September 25th, if moving about in the vicinity of this Thurles race route.
Participants must wear, at all times, their official Race Numbers and Chip Timing. These may be collected at the CTI, the Mall on Saturday 24th September 2016 between 10.00am and 2.00pm or on Sunday 25th September 2016 between 8.00am and 9.30am.
- Swapping of race numbers is not permitted.
- Participants must be over 18 years of age.
- No headphones are permitted be worn by participants, for obvious safety reasons.
- Parking will be available on the day in Thurles Crokes AC across the road, west of the Thurles LIT main building.
- Participants are responsible for their own safety and are participating at their own personal risk.
- All participants must obey the rules of the road at all times and be fully aware of other road users, as this event will be run on open roads.
- Participants must obey fully the instructions of the Gardaí, Civil Defence and the event’s Marshalls, at all times.
Note all ‘Postal Registrations’ will be welcomed and should be addressed to:- ‘Tipperary Sports Partnership, Clonmel Office, Ballingarrane House, Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary’; while those wishing to Register on-line may do so by visiting HERE
If you are a participant we know you will enjoy the day and if you are not participating do come along as a spectator and support this most enjoyable of Thurles events.
Riding his mount MHS Going Global today, Thurles and Ireland’s Greg Broderick has failed to make it through to the third round of the individual show jumping event in Rio.
Greg and his mount were among 65 partnerships that qualified for today’s second round, but alas their eight faults from round one meant they had left not margin for error today.
Regrettably four faults incurred at the water jump and a time fault today, saw horse and rider finish in a tie for 50th place, with only the top 45 permitted to progress to the next round.
Horse Sport Ireland Show Jumping team manager Mr Robert Splaine stated, after today’s event, that no one could be disappointed with the performance of either Greg or his mount, as both had jumped fantastically well in both their rounds on last Sunday and today.