North Tipperary GAA Affairs

Senior Hurling Championship: There is an appetising double header in MacDonagh Park Nenagh this Sunday with the quarter finals of the Hibernian Inn sponsored North Senior Hurling Championship. See preview on page 64.

Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship: The quarter finals of the Savvy Kitchen sponsored North Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship takes place this Saturday. See preview on page 65.

Intermediate Hurling Championship: The sole quarter final of the North Intermediate Hurling Championship takes place this Friday in Puckane at 7.30pm when Ballinahinch take on Borrisokane. See preview on page 63

Kelly’s of Fantane will sponsor the Premier Intermediate Championship with the North Board thanking them for their support.

North Championship Tickets: For the Senior, Premier Intermediate and Intermediate North Championship games, admission is via ticket only. Tickets will be available to purchase online with the link on the North Tipperary GAA Social Media pages. Tickets prices are as follows: Single game - €10, Double Header - €15, Weekend Pass for all games - €20.

Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship: Roscrea enjoyed a comprehensive 3-24 to 0-14 win over Kilruane MacDonaghs last Thursday in Toomevara in the third round of the North Junior ‘A’ Hurling Championship.

Kilruane had started the game brightly and were leading 0-7 to 0-6 after twenty minutes but Roscrea goals in the 20th & 23rd minutes put them in the driving seat. Roscrea had a spread of ten scorers with their goals coming from Jamie Bergin (2) and Conor Dooley.

The remaining third round game takes place this Friday at 7.30pm in Borrisoleigh where Nenagh Eire Og take on rivals Toomevara with admission via ticket online with tickets available to purchase online.

Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship: The first round of The Watch Centre sponsored North Junior ‘B’ Hurling Championship commenced last weekend with three games.

In Group 1 – Nenagh Eire Og had a slender 1-18 to 2-14 win over Borrisokane. Cian O’Farrell led the scoring for Nenagh with five points from play, Conor Robinson scored three points from play with Brian Duffy scoring the Eire Og goal. Seosamh Cleary was Borrisokane’s most impressive playing finishing with eight points which included a pointed side-line cut. The Borris goals came from Tadghie Slevin and Kevin Cleary.

In Group 2, Templederry Kenyons had a 5-12 to 1-13 win over Newport on Monday. Newport held the lead at half time 1-8 to 1-7 but it was a case of goals wins matches with Templederry scoring four in the second half to gain victory. The Templederry goals were scored by Killian Kennedy, Donal McGrath, Tom Ryan, and Mark Gleeson (2)

In Group 3, a strong last quarter from Moneygall helped them salvage a 3-12 to 2-15 draw away to Kiladangan last Saturday with Moneygall scoring the last five points of the game. The equalising point came from a long range free from Moneygall wing forward Jack O’Brien. Moneygall had impressive performances from Niall Maher and Ger Kirwan with Kirwan, O’Brien and Tommy Devereux scoring the Moneygall goals. Paddy Coen gave a man of the match performance for Kiladangan, scoring 2-6 from play.

Fixtures for this weekend are as follows:

Group 1 - Lorrha host Knockshegowna on Friday 24th at 7.30pm.

Group 2 – Portroe host Silvermines on Friday 24th at 7.00pm

Group 3 – Ballina host Shannon Rovers on Sunday 26th at 7.00pm.

Under 19 Hurling: The draws for the U19 Hurling Championships took place last Monday.

Two groups of three make up the ‘A’ grade. Group 1 is made up of Silvermines, Ballina and Nenagh Eire Og whilst Group 2 includes Kiladangan, Toomevara and Roscrea.

The top team in each group will qualify straight to the semi-finals. The quarter finals will see the second-place teams having home advantage against the third-place teams from the opposite group.

In the ‘B’, Group 1 includes Newport, Lorrha and Burgess. Group 2 includes Borrisokane, Kilruane MacDonaghs and Borris-Ileigh whilst Group 3 contains Portroe, Templederry Ballinahinch and Moneygall/Clonakenny.

The top two teams in each group will progress to the knockout stages. Two of the top three teams will be drawn straight to the semi-finals with the remaining top placed team joining the three second placed teams in the quarter finals.

The first round of both championships will take place on Wednesday 6th July.