The senior hurlers qualified for the Hogan Cup semi-final with a 2-15 to 0-14 home win against Roscrea. MacDonaghs played against the stiff breeze in the first half but took control thanks to a brace of goals from Ray McLoughney and Eoin Williams. At the interval the score read 2-8 to 0-8 in favour of MacDonaghs. The home side tired in the second half as the exertions of the previous night’s training gradually began to take their toll.
There were many positives for the selectors with keen competition for places. Jack Peters slotted into the role of full back in the second half when Diarmuid Cahill went off injured at the break. Jack demonstrated that he more than a viable alternative for that position should the necessity arrive. Pat Conway was very impressive and when he delivers the ball quicker he is going to make a bold bid for a starting place. There is a commendable work ethic in the team, but support play has to be dramatically improved all over the field and the strange reluctance by some players to release the quick hand pass has to be addressed immediately. Team: Thomas Williams, Paudie Kelly, Diarmuid Cahill, Jack Peters, Pat Conway (0-1), Willie Cleary, Colm Williams, Alan Darcy (0-1), Jonathan Cahill, Kieran Cahill (0-6), Mark O’Leary (0-1), Conor Cleary (0-1), James Williams (0-1), Eoin Williams (1-0) and Ray McLoughney (1-2). Subs: Kevin Quinlan (0-1), Martin Walsh, Pat Williams (0-1), Tomás Hogan and David Williams.
The senior hurlers are at home to Borrisokane in the second round of the Challenge Cup on this Sunday March 17th at 12.30pm.
Commiserations to Aidan Boyle, Tomás Hogan, Conor Austin, Paddy Ryan, Conor Cleary and Bob Dooley who were part of the Borrisokane Community College team which was beaten by Coláiste Phobail Roscrea in the Munster final.
Len Gaynor presented the North Tipperary championship medals to the U21 hurlers at a function in the clubroom on last Friday. Club president Tom Cleary made presentations to the selectors John Hyland, John Quinlan and Paddy Williams. Tom also made a presentation to Jack Peters, Stephen Cleary and Darragh Peters who were members of the Nenagh C.B.S. team which won the All-Ireland Colleges final. Thanks to Mary McLoughney who prepared the refreshments and to Carmel Daly and Joan Melia for their assistance on the night. Thanks also to Mary Peters who took photographs.
Congratulations to Niall O’Meara who has been appointed captain of the Tipperary U21 hurling team. Liam Tierney captained the Tipperary intermediate team to provincial honours in 1961, Paddy Williams led the Premier County to victory in the 1979 National League and Seamus Hennessy was skipper as Tipperary pipped Clare in the 2008 Munster final in Ennis. Hopefully, Niall can emulate this trio.
On Monday March 18th the U12 hurlers will travel to play Salthill/Knocknacarra before attending the Tipperary and Galway League match in Pearse Stadium. Salthill/Knocknacarra is the adopted club of Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea.
U8 indoor training recommences on this Monday March 11th at 6.30pm.
Best wishes to Dinny Cahill who is coaching the St. Thomas team which contests the All-Ireland Club Final on St. Patrick’s Day.
Medium and mini helmets are now available from Gilbert Williams 087-2176452 at reduced cost of €35.
Congratulations to Teresa O’Reilly Ardcroney who won €200 in the County Draw. Promoters and subscribers are reminded that all payments must be brought up to date as the current draw comes to a conclusion.
Membership fees remain the same as last year: U6, U8 and U10 €10; U12, U14, U16 and U18 €20; players over minor €50 and non playing adults €20. Subscriptions are now overdue and should be paid to the respective managers. Players can only participate in games when their membership fee is paid. There is absolutely no exception to this. Non playing adults, who join the club, will automatically be put on the text list. They can also apply for match tickets and avail of discount at the Sportsmans Dream, Jim McLoughneys, Tadhg Flahertys JKCS and the Zip Yard on the production of a valid membership card. In addition all adult players and members will be entered into a draw for two County Draw subscriptions 2013/2014, and one annual Club Lotto subscription. This draw will take place at the committee meeting on March 21st. The club text list will be updated on March 31st to include only paid up members.
The monthly meeting of the club committee will be held in the clubroom on Thursday March 21st at 8.15pm. All committee members are asked to make a big effort to be present.
The annual Kellogs Camp takes place in Thomas MacDonagh Park July 1st to 5th. The cost remains the same as last year: first child €55, second child €45 and third child €40.
Sympathy is extended to the Whelan family Cloughjordan on the death of Peggy Whelan and to the Cleary family Behamore on the death of Barney Cleary.