REPORTER OF THE WEEK
Well done to this week’s Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Reporter of the Week Sadhbh Leahy, 5th class, Leugh N.S. Thurles. The standard was especially high this week and Sadhbh beat off a lot of stiff competition from other Tipperary schools.
2012 HURLING & CAMOGIE FIXTURES
All fixtures for the 2012 Hurling and Camogie Competitions in Under 11 and Under 13 Grades are now posted on the website. The fixtures have also been emailed to all schools. Best of luck to all
MY FAVOURITE GAA MEMORY BY SEAN SHANAHAN 6TH CLASS NENAGH CBS
My favourite GAA sporting memory is from the All-Ireland hurling final in 2010. Lar Corbett's 2nd goal will long remain in my mind. The ball came in from the 45yard line, Lar controlled it on his hurl, rounded his opponent and stuck it in the top corner of the net past the Kilkenny 'keeper, PJ Ryan.
It was the day of the 2010 under 21 All Ireland at Semple Stadium and I took my seat in the New Stand. I watched the Tipp team come out of the tunnel. They started the warm up and not long after the Galway team came out. We stood for the Amhrán na bhFiann and the crowd went wild as the referee threw in the ball. The game began. 35 seconds in and suddenly Buggy O Meara scored a great goal. We all jumped with excitement. At that very moment I knew Tipp were going to win the game. It seemed to get dark quickly so they turned on the flood lights. Now the pitch was lit up. Tipp got some great scores and Galway too. Coming up to the end of the game our own Moycarkey club man Kieran Morris came on. He scored 1 point from a free. When the ref blew for full time, everybody was full of joy as Tipperary had comprehensively beaten the Tribesmen. With Buggy O Meara Man of the Match and the Cross of Cashel in its rightful place I would say it was another great night in Thurles.
My Favourite G.A.A Memory By Sadhbh Leahy, 5th class, Leugh N.S. Thurles.
I woke up at 7.30am in the morning, bursting with excitement. My Mom was cooking the breakfast. I ran downstairs. My Dad and I are both proud patrons of our local club, Thurles Sarsfields. We were in our blue and white jerseys. While eating our breakfast the tension in the room was at a dangerous level. All through the morning before the match, it was all I could think about. The clock struck loudly, and it was time to depart. First we went into the clubhouse to see how the rest of the supporters were doing. We paid our admission into the match, and then entered the stadium. The sound of the roaring crowd was blocked out by my concentration – all I wanted to hear was the whistle! My Mom took her seat but I stayed with my Dad. We got to go into the dugout, because Dad knew the trainers. The match began and the first half flashed by. It came to half time, and I bought a chocolate bar and returned to the dug-out. It was coming towards the end of the match and we were winning the just a few seconds to go, ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one…… the referee finally blew the whistle, and we ran onto the pitch and congratulated the players for all their hard work. That night we got a take-away to celebrate, and I slept as peacefully as a baby, exhausted from the tension of the match. That game was the best memory I have of G.A.A so far, but I’m looking forward to many more!!!
My Favourite G.A.A Moment By: Bryan O Mara Holycross NS
It was a day that only came around once a year [that was if you were lucky]. On my journey in it was if my legs were about to fall off I was so nervous. I could feel the sun blazing down with great intensity. It was a county final between two of the biggest rivals in Co. Tipperary - Scoil Micheal Naofa and Scoil Ailbhe. This match was going to be one of the biggest challenges of my life, but I approached it as enthusiastically as I possibly could. In the dressing room it was tense and nobody dared to speak. Eventually the jerseys were on, the water was drank, and the helmets ready. We were ready. The long journey down the tunnel felt like we were running for a hundred years seemed to pass before finally a glimpse of light was visible. An opening from the tunnel to the field of legends was in sight. We dashed for the field. We could hear the roar of the crowd and we could see the blazing sun. An epic encounter was about to commence. Scoil Ailbhe were out and their warm up was nearly done, although ours had just began. I tried to stay focused but it was no small feat considering how loud the crowd was. Soon after the referee blew his whistle and the captains were called. In the first half we would play from left to right. The ball was thrown in and the game was on. It was Scoil Ailbhe who were first on the score board with a brilliant goal. But we responded brilliantly and scored three points without reply. Up until half time it was from one side to another. Mr. McGrath spoke words of wisdom at half time to try and get us going again. We dashed out at half time with only one priority on our minds , beat Scoil Ailbhe. The second half was tougher than the first and the umpires were getting sick of picking up the flag and dropping it again! It was a top class match. Fantastic scores from both sides .As the match drew to a close it was very intense. Everyone‘s eyes were riveted on the ball. Before finally what seemed to be an hour of a second half the referee blew the whistle. I let out a deep sigh relief. Yes! We were county champions 2010
TIPPERARY ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Name: Michael Fogarty
School: St.Colmcille’s NS Templemore
Favourite Player: Padraig Maher
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Winning the Under 13 Roinn A County Football Final 2011
Favourite Movie: The Rock
Name: Brandon Morrissey
School: St. Colmcille’s N.S Templemore
Favourite Player: Shane McGrath
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Winning the U-13 Roinn A County Football Final 2011
Favourite Movie: Armageddon
Name: Ruairi Mockler
School: St. Colmcille’s Templemore
Favourite Player: Padraig Maher
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Watching Tipperary winning the All Ireland hurling championships in 2010
Favourite Movie: The Fast and the Furious Tokyo drift
PRIMARY GAME SELECTION PROCEDURE 2012 BY AODAN WRENN
We are approaching GAA Championship season again (thank God!) and the Primary Game selection process will be starting again, very soon. This year the schools are being asked to co-operate fully with us. We are asking each school to send one child, and one child ONLY, to Primary Game Selection Days. That is the rules of the Primary Game, and we will be adhering very strictly to that rule, this year. THIS YEAR IF A SCHOOL SENDS MORE THAN ONE PLAYER, BOTH PLAYERS WILL BE IMMEDIATELY DISQUALIFIED FROM THE SELECTION PROCESS. We will be extremely firm on this issue, this season. It doesn’t always necessarily have to be the best player. It should be the child who deserves it most. There are many ways a school can choose their player: a school skills day, drawing from a hat, sending who you think has the best chance of making the final 11, sending the player who has shown the most improvement etc.. The only exception will be Camogie. In this sport schools may send 2 players if they wish. Remember all Primary Game players must be in 6th class. A player may only be sent once, to one sport only. Example: A boy can’t be sent to football and hurling. Just He may only attend a trial in one code or the other. Same for camogie and ladies football. NB.. The Primary Game Selection days are as follows:
North Division Players: Thursday 15th March, at 4.15, in Cloughjordan.
Mid Division Players: Friday 16th March, at 4.15, in the Ragg.
West Division Players: Thursday 22nd March, at 4.15, in Golden.
South Division Players: Friday 23rd March at 4.30pm, in Moyle Rovers.
1 player per school.
ALL DIVISIONS: Wednesday 18th APRIL, at 4.15, in Dr. Morris Park (Thurles).
Schools may send 2 girls if they wish.
Mid Division Players: Monday 12th March, at 4.15, in Durlas Óg (Thurles).
South Division Players: Wednesday 14th March, at 4.15, in Ardfinnan.
West Division Players: Tuesday 20th March, at 4.15, in Golden.
North Division Players; Wednesday 21st March, at 4.15, in Borrisoleigh.
1 player per school.
North and Mid Division Players: Tuesday 13th March, in Durlas Óg (Thurles), at 4.15.
South and West Division Players: Wednesday 14th March, in Golden, at 4.15.
1 player per school.
EQUIPMENT SCHEME 2012
Aodan Wrenn recently posted the Equipment Scheme Information Letters and order forms to all schools. If teachers wish to know more about specific coaching aids or equipment, please visit http://cumashurling.com/. The Equipment Order Forms should be returned to Jerry McDonnell, 25 Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary by February 24th at the very latest. Our Equipment Collection Evening will take place in Scoil Ailbhe, Thurles on Monday 12th March between 5.00p.m. and 8.00p.m.
The Annual Registration Fee of €30 is now due. Please forward a cheque to Jerry McDonnell, 25 Ballingarrane, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. Any schools who fail to pay this fee are playing as unregistered schools and therefore should not be participating in Cumann na mBunscol Activities.
For any schools/teachers wishing to access Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol news and updates via Twitter, the Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol Twitter username is @TippCumanNamBun. The following link will enable you to follow us: http://twitter.com/#!/TippCumanNamBun. We would encourage as many teachers and schools as possible to follow us as this will enable you to access information as soon as it becomes available. We thank all the teachers who have become followers of Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol on Twitter. We have got a good reaction from teachers and schools in recent weeks. Our “follower base” is definitely rising! Míle buíochas.
CONTACT CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL
For match reports, fixtures and school GAA news and events, please email Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol PRO John Manley of Dualla NS at firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.cumannnambunscol.tipperary.gaa.ie/. Ní neart go cur le chéile.
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