Congratulations to Seamus Hennessy, Ray McLoughney and Eoin Hogan on Tipperary’s victory against Clare in the Munster u-21 final. Seamus played a captain’s part and had an outstanding game at midfield and while Ray and Eoin saw no action they both could yet play influential roles before the year is out. Nine players from the Kilruane MacDonaghs club have won Munster u-21 medals. Len Gaynor was the first in 1964, the inaugural year of the competition. Seamus Hennessy became the third MacDonaghs player to lead Tipperary to honours. In 1964 Liam Tierney captained the Premier County to victory in the Munster intermediate final and in 1975 Paddy Williams skippered the Blue and Gold in the National League triumph against Galway in Limerick.
The senior hurlers qualified to meet Nenagh Eire Óg in the quarter-final of the Seamus O Riain Cup with a victory over Cashel in Templemore. Team: Ger Corcoran, Gavin McAvinchey, Martin Walsh, Padraig Kelly, Liam Gibson, Stephen Murphy, Eoin Hogan, Kevin Quinlan, Seamus Hennessy, Mark O Leary, Alan Ryan, Ray McLoughney, Shane Quinlan, Pat Williams and Michael Costello. Subs: Thomas Williams, Declan Barrett and James Williams.
The u-16 hurlers booked their place in the semi-final with a 4-14 to 1-8 away win against Roscrea. They have two group games left. On this Friday evening they are at home to Toomevara at 7 o clock. The final game is against Borrisokane. Team: Robert Ward, Eoin Burns, Eanna Hogan, Robert Austin, Alan Darcy, Justin Cahill (0-2), Jack Peters, Sean Kelly (0-1), David Reddan (0-2), Kieran Cahill, Niall O Meara (0-2), P.J. Cleary (0-2), David Williams (3-2), Thomas Cleary (0-1) and Eoin Williams (1-2). Subs: Jamie Gaynor and Ian McSherry.
The u-12 hurlers lost their final group game to Nenagh Eire Óg on a 1-9 to 1-2 scoreline. They trailed by a point at the interval and stayed in contention until the final minutes when a strong finish by Nenagh saw them take the points. Despite this reverse they have qualified for the semi-final where they will meet Roscrea. Team: Niall Shinners, William Ryan, Abhain Coleman, Brendan McAdams, Jack Farrell, Darragh Peters, Caolainn Conroy, Conor Doheny (0-2), Cian Darcy, Kieran Brereton, Kieran Lillis, Cillian Finn, James Cleary, Keelan Troy and Cormac Boyle. Sub: Martin Grace
The junior hurlers made their exit from the championship when they came out the wrong end of a 3-13 to 1-17 scoreline against Lorrha in Borrisokane. They scored enough to win, including 1-11 from play, but lapses in the defence allowed Lorrha in for three green flags, which scuttled the chances of victory. Team: Ruan Casey, David Slattery, Colin England, Freddie Williams, William Cleary, Kevin Ryan (0-2), Fergal England, Michael Reddan (0-4), Denis Cahill (0-1), James Williams (0-2), Edmond Morkan (0-1), Thomas Williams (0-6), Ronan Boyle (1-0), Declan Barrett and Brendan Ryan (0-1). Subs: Darren Killackey and Timmy Walsh.
Applications for tickets for the Tipperary and Waterford match must be made to Michael Cahill before Sunday August 10th. Tickets must be collected by Thursday August 14th.