REPORTERS OF THE WEEK
Well done to this week’s Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Reporter of the Week Patrick O’ Gorman Holycross NS.
Without a doubt, My favourite GAA memory was the 2010 All-Ireland hurling final. Undoubtedly it was one of the best days of my life. Kilkenny were going for the five in a row but Tipp had other ideas. When I reached Croke Park I began to feel the nerves. My mind was doing circles in my head. When I got to my seat, I watched with curiosity at the minor hurling final. It was quite an interesting battle between Galway and Kilkenny, but, unfortunately, Kilkenny came out on top. The next match was the big one, Kilkenny and Tipperary. Up The Premier County!!!! After a long half an hour, eventually the teams sprinted onto the pitch. The noise was deafening! I couldn’t hear myself speak. All I could hear was “up the cats up Tipp”. For fifteen minutes both teams warmed up slowly. Then the toss of the coin was done. Kilkenny won the toss and voted to play against the wind. Was it the right decision? Finally the ball was thrown in. My heartbeat raced, my mouth went suddenly dry and a buzzing filled both ears .The buzzing grew more intense as my nervousness gave way to terror. Kilkenny had won the ball and fired it down the field. One of the Tipp backs caught the ball and passed it to Shane McGrath who caught the ball and fired it over the bar. After ten minutes, Larry Corbett smashed the ball into the Kilkenny net. The crowd couldn’t believe their eyes!! The score was one goal and three to a point to Tipp. After twelve minutes Henry Shefflin came out of a tackle and was hopping around like a kangaroo. The game was immediately pulled up and the Kilkenny doctors legged it across the field and King Henry was substituted and Michael Rice came on. Three minutes before half time Richie Power crashed a ball into the Tipp net. Oh no! I thought that when Kilkenny got a goal, they would go on to win the match. Thankfully the referee blew the half – time whistle. The score was one goal and ten for Tipp, one goal and nine for Kilkenny. My heart was beating like a giant elastic band as I waited for the second half to begin. Finally the teams ran onto the pitch and the game began again. Tipp won the ball immediately and scored a point. Good start to the second half for Tipp, but it got even better! Another goal from Larry Corbett was a real boost! Things went from bad to worse for Kilkenny. Noel McGrath kicked in the ball from three metres out. I was squealing with delight and so were twenty thousand Tipp fans. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the score. OMG! Tipp three goals and eleven points to one goal and ten. Five minutes to go! Can we hold on and win the Liam McCarthy Cup? Suddenly, Bonnar Maher broke through the Kilkenny defence, passed the ball to Lar. Bang! The ball was in the back of the cat’s net for the fourth time. The nail was in the cat’s coffin. The referee blew the full time whistle! Yes!! The five in a row has been banished! Eoin Kelly lifts the Liam McCarthy cup. Up Tipp! McCarthy is coming home!
SUPREMO ALAN WALSH SHINES OUT
TIPPERARY ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Name: Michael Marnell
School: St. Colmcille’s N.S Templemore
Favourite Player: Bonner Maher
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Tipperary winning All Ireland in 2010
Favourite Movie: Rambo 3
Name: Andrew Ormond
School: St.Colmcille’s NS Templemore
Favourite Player: Noel McGrath
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Winning the County Championship with JK Brackens
Favourite Movie: Gladiator
Name: Bill Purcell
School: St. Colmcille’s NS Templemore
Favourite Player: Brendan Cummins
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Winning gold in Semple Stadium
Favourite Movie: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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