2012 COUNTY FINALS PREVIEW BY AODAN WRENN
It's that time of year again. The evenings are long, and the ground is hard. The longest day of the year approaches. The Sunday Game is back on television. The senior GAA championship is in full swing. And Semple Stadium hosts the Cumann na mBunscol Hurling and Camogie County Finals! This year Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol will hold 26 County Finals over two days in Semple Stadium, the Cathedral of Hurling. Thursday June 7th and Friday June 8th are the days that the famous and historic Stadium will be the centre of the Cumann na mBunscol universe. Those are the days that schools have been training, and preparing, for since Christmas. June 7th and June 8th are the days that all primary school children, the length and breadth of Tipperary, dream about being a part of. Those are the days that will see dreams fulfilled, and ambitions realised. All the hard work over the previous 6 months has been geared towards playing in Semple Stadium, the Field of Dreams, on County Final day. Many schools realise their ambition to reach hurling's Cathedral. But many more schools will not be part of County Finals day. Unfortunately a lot of schools, teams, coaches and players who have put in as much work as those that made it, will be on the outside when it comes to the 2 big days. It's a shame that all children won't get to play in Semple Stadium because in an ideal world they would. We would love to give every young hurler and camogie player the opportunity to play in the Field of Dreams, but unfortunately it's not possible. However 39 different schools will play in Semple Stadium this year. That's about 33 percent of competing Tipperary schools. Therefore around 1 out of every 3 schools will play in Semple Stadium in 2012. That's not a bad statistic. I wish each and every school the very best of luck in your big match. I hope the young players have a fantastic day. Win or lose I sincerely hope that each player will have a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and will bring great memories of the day away with them. I would like to wish the teachers and coaches the very best of luck on the day. For those schools bringing supporters and younger pupils with them I hope they have a great day as well. The younger pupils seeing the older pupils play on the sacred turf of Semple Stadium will whet the appetite of the younger boys and girls to come back to the Stadium, in the future, and play themselves on County Final Day. There will be many great matches this year, just as there have been over the past few years. In the Under 13 Roinn A Hurling Final Scoil Ailbhe vs Templemore should be a classic. In the Roinn B Cashel vs Tipperary CBS will be very close and exciting. In Roinn C Kildangan face off against Two Mile Borris in what promises to be a contest full of skill and style. In Roinn D Powerstown will be looking to win only their second under 13 title, having edged out Kilbarron two years ago in a rip roaring affair, when they take on a very skillful Gaelscoil Nenagh team. In Roinn E Carrig Nenagh and Ayle collide in a match that will reach an extremely high standard of hurling. Leugh will be making a first appearance in many years in Roinn G. Gurtagarry come back this year hoping to retain their 2 teacher school Roinn H title. In Under 11 there will be many excellent battles. In Section A, Scoil Ailbhe face off against Carrick CBS. In Section B Scoil Eoin Naofa face off against Cashel BNS. In C Knockavilla play Ardcroney. In D Ayle play Upperchurch. That will be a titanic battle. In Roinn E Skeheenarinky and Mount Bruis will face each other. These two schools will be back at Semple Stadium after a long absence. Remember also school's second teams will be playing as well in the Roinn A1,B1,C1 and D1 Finals. In C1 Ardfinnan are back after an absence of over ten years. In Camogie mighty St. Marys Nenagh won the Under 11 and Under 13 Roinn A double last year. They are back looking to put back to back doubles together. That would be an amazing achievement. But Ballina in Under 13 and Upperchurch in Under 11 have excellent teams, and will be hoping that this will be their year. Presentation Thurles play Gaelscoil Nenagh in the Under 13 B Camogie Final. That should be an exciting game between two teams who play with flair and skill. Rossmore will play in the Under 13 D Camogie final. It will be their first Final in a number of years. All in all there will be great action over the two days. There will be incredible skill on display. The intensity of the play will be fantastic. There will be awesome stick work on view. There will be brilliant hooking and courageous blocking. There will be marvellous catching and stylish striking. Teams will play with flair. Teams will put on swash-buckling performances. Many different boys and girls will stand out. Stars of the future will be created. But remember - everyone is a star on these two days. From the 'player of the match' to the substitute who does not get to play. From the winning captain, who lifts the cup, to the captain of the runners-up. Everyone is a star. Everyone has put in the same huge effort to get to Semple Stadium. Therefore everyone should be a winner on County Final day. Remember Cumann na mBunscol is first and foremost about participation and enjoyment. Winning isn't the be all and end all. It has taken us, and me in particular, long enough to get it out of our heads that winning is the be all and end all at Primary Level. It isn't. It shouldn't be, and it won't be from here on. What we in Cumann na mBunscol really want is for the children to enjoy playing and training. For the children to improve their skills every day, and for children to continue playing Gaelic games when they leave Primary School. Our greatest legacy in Cumann na mBunscol, and as teachers will be if the children say as they enter secondary school that they have great memories of playing their favourite Gaelic games with their friends. That they won together. That they lost together. That they trained together. That they progressed together. That they improved together. That they played together in Semple Stadium. That's what is really important. All I can say to the players who will play in the County Final is relax, enjoy the experience, play without fear, play without caution, play with freedom and exhibit your vast array of skills. Whether you win or lose your parents, your teachers, your peers and everyone in Cumann na mBunscol will be proud of you. Let me assure all schools that we, in Cumann na mBunscol, will do everything possible to ensure all players have a fantastic day. Go n-éirí le gach duine i Stáid Semple. Le cunamh Dé beidh lá den chéad scoth ag gach duine.
REPORTERS OF THE WEEK
Well done to this week’s Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Reporters of the Week Scott, Fiachra and Killian of Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan. Comhghairdeas.
Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan Vs Borrisoleigh By Scott, Fiachra and Killian
Last Thursday, Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan were playing Borrisoleigh with a chance to be in a North Final. Gaelscoil had a great start with Scott O’ Brien opening the score with a fantastic point. Quickly after that Conor McCarthy scored two points and then Killian Malone got another two points from frees. Fiachra Carey got injured saving an obvious goal. He had to be taken off and was replaced by Brendan Long. Conor added another two points. Then Borrisoleigh scored 2-3 without reply. Cian O’ Brien played well in the forwards. The score at half time was Gaelscoil 0-07, Borrisoleigh 2-3. The changes at half time made a big difference. After half time, Eoin Gleeson scored a quick goal for Gaelscoil, but Borrisoleigh got 1-1 to put them one goal up. Ansin pointe den scoth ó Scott ón taobh line ó poc saor. Tar éis é sin, dhá ceann eile. We were delighted to be level at this stage. Immediately after, Manus scored a goal and Conor quickly followed with another. Even though Chloe Connolly didn’t score, she had an excellent game. Eoghan Tinkler made a few nice saves. Borrisoleigh scored 2-1 to put them two points ahead. Conor scored a goal to put us one point ahead. Soon after that Manus scored another goal to put us four points ahead. Borrisoleigh got one more point before Scott sealed the deal with another great point. Jack Callery played good in defence. Cian Griffin came on for Cian O’ Brien and played well. Gaelscoil Aonach Urmhumhan were delighted with the victory that put them into the North Final. Man Of The Match: Scott O’ Brien.
A REFLECTION ON CLERIHAN’S SEASON BY AODAN WRENN
The past few months have been very busy for the young hurlers from Clerihan N.S. Training for the hurling season began in January. Indoor Hurling leagues were ran for the Under 13 and Under 11 hurlers, in the school hall throughout January. The leagues were very competitive and very exciting. Once February came around it was out into the grass for training every week. The young hurlers trained hard and improvements in their play could be seen every week. The Under 13 team played a challenge match in March against Rosegreen and had a good win. The first round of the Under 11 Hurling Competition was straight after the Easter holidays. Clerihan beat Fethard to make it through to the County Semi Final Blitz. In the Under 13 Championship Clerihan had a big win over Kilsheelan in the first round. The match was played in Kilsheelan, and the Clerihan lads looked very sharp. The following week Clerihan played Gaelscoil Clonmel, in Clonmel Commercials GAA pitch. The winners would advance to the Divisional Semi Final. The losers would be out of the Championship. After a titanic struggle Gaelscoil Clonmel got some late scores to knock out Clerihan on a score of 2-9 to 1-6. It was a brave performance by Clerihan, but Gaelscoil Clonmel were that bit better on the day and deserved their victory. On Thursday May 24th, on a scorching hot day in New Inn, the County Under 11 Roinn C County Semi Final Blitz took place. The 4 teams vying for a spot in the Cathedral of Hurling, Semple Stadium, were Clerihan, Powerstown, Knockavilla and Boherlahan. Only one team were going to get through to County Final Day. Clerihan were hoping it would be their day. The Under 11s trained very hard in the run up to the blitz. In the first game Boherlahan played exceptionally well against Clerihan, and won by 3-5 to 1-6. Knockavilla beat Powerstown in the other game. Next up Clerihan beat Powerstown in a marvellous match. The final score was 5-3 to 3-7. It really was an excellent game. Knockavilla beat Boherlahan 3-6 to 0-3. The players from all teams were demonstrating great skill during the blitz. The weather was taking its toll though on all teams, as the heat was incredible. All 4 teams conjured up all the energy they could muster and tore into the third series of games. Boherlahan beat Powerstown. Clerihan went in against Knockavilla knowing if they won the blitz would end up with a three way play off, and the 3 teams would come back again another day to go at it again. Clerihan v Knockavilla was nothing short of a masterpiece of a game of hurling. It was a classic 5 star match. The two teams gave absolutely everything they had and then more. As the game entered the last 2 minutes Clerihan were up by 3 points. However two late goals by Knockavilla knocked Clerihan off and gave Knockavilla the victory. The final score was Knockavilla 4-6 Clerihan 4-3. It was an excellent performance from both teams. Knockavilla were brave, skillful and dogged. They never gave up and took their chances to win. They were worthy winners of the blitz, winning all three games in such warm weather conditions. They will play Ardcroney in the County Final, and everyone in Clerihan wished them every success in the final. Go n-éirí libh sa chraobh! The GAA season ended for Clerihan after the Under 11 Hurling blitz. The hurling season was disappointing as we didn't reach Semple Stadium. But all the young boys gave of their absolute best, at both Under 13 and Under 11 level. We couldn't have asked any more of them. They were a pleasure to work and train with. Overall the GAA school year was successful for Clerihan. We won the Under 11 B Football County Title in November, and were competitive in all other competitions. Next year we will be back and will once again give of our best in all competitions. Next year in hurling we will continue to strive to reach Semple Stadium, and will continue working with all our energy to try and claim our first ever Cumann na mBunscol Hurling title. Thanks to all referees who refereed our matches throughout the school year. We greatly appreciate it. Thanks also to the groundsmen who looked after us and gave us their pitches to use. Go raibh maith agaibh. Thanks to the parents of our pupils who gave the players fantastic support throughout the year. The support you give to the players, and to us as coaches, is hugely appreciated by us. Well done to John Walsh, Clerihan Principal, on another successful GAA year. John's commitment to the GAA is incredible, and everyone associated with the school greatly appreciates all his hard work. Thanks also to new teacher Paudie Fahy, in his first year at the school, who was coach to the school teams. He did an excellent job. Finally well done once again to all the young footballers (boys and girls) and hurlers from Clerihan N.S. Each and every one of them represented the school with pride and honour. All the staff in Clerihan N.S are proud of, and very appreciative of, the great effort you all put in, this past school year.
PRIMARY GAME TEAMS
Well done to our Primary Game Hurling/Camogie & Football teams who performed with such skill and purpose when they faced Limerick and Kerry respectively during the recent senior matches. Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.
Tipperary Primary Game Hurling Team v Limerick : 1. Mark O'Neill Kilruane, 2. Paddy Cadell St. Colmcilles, 3. Jay Culleton Dromakeenan, 4. Robert Quirke Ayle, 5. Donnchadh Quirke Clonoulty, 6. Conor Bowe Moyne, 7. Eoin Collins Barnane, 8. Billy Seymour Carrig NS, 9. Jack Ryan Ballagh NS, 10. Ray McCormack Borrisoleigh, 11. Darragh Woods Holycross NS. Roghnóirí: Aodan Wrenn Clerihan NS, John Manley Dualla NS, Pat Buckley Ayle NS, Denis Kelly St. Colmcilles NS Templemore, Paddy Kelly Scoil Eoin Naofa.
Primary Game Boys Football v Kerry 2012: Eoin Power, Clerihan, Mark O Farrell, Carraig, Nenagh, Harry Byrne, Ballina, Eoghan Connolly, Cashel, Ryan Lambe, Gaelscoil Chluain Meala, Jack Dolan, Moyglass, Oisín Napier, Rathkeevin, Ben Healy, Kilruane, Calvin O Rourke, Gurtagarry, Luke Delahunty, St. Marys CBS, William Armshaw, Ayle. Roghnóirí: Liam O Sullivan, Ardfinnan, Aodan Wrenn, Clerihan, Kieran Healy, Templemore , John Walsh, Clerihan, Padraig Fahey, Clerihan. Primary Game Ladies Football v Kerry 2012: Bridín Ní Mhurchú, Gaelscoil Durlas Éile, Katelyn Fleming, Anacarty, Christina Brennan, Castleiney, Orla Maher, Ayle, Caoimhe O Brien, Templemore, Lara O Dwyer, Mount Bruis, Saoirse Fanning, Tankerstown, Rebecca Kenny, Killusty, Jane Seymour, Carraig, Jenny Everard, Powerstown, Rachel Doyle, Ardfinnan. Roghnóirí: Ann Marie Landers, Gaelscoil Chluain Meala, Katie Sweeney, Ardfinnan, Labhaoise Ní Chuinneagáin, Gaelscoil Durlas Éile
TIPPERARY PRIMARY GAME CAMOGIE TEAM V LIMERICK: 1. Eimear Ní Riain (Kildangan NS), 2. Caoimhe Quirke (Scoil Angela, Thurles), 3. Hazel Coffey (St. Marys, Nenagh), 4. Jane Grogan (Cashel GNS), 5. Katie Ryan (Upperchurch NS), 6. Anna Gavin (Holycross NS), 7. Aisling Carey (Templederry NS), 8. Amy Quinlisk (Kilruane NS), 9. Karen Hogan (Scoil Eoin Naofa, Roscrea), 10. Laoise McGrath (Inch NS), 11. Eimear Meagher (Carrig NS). Roghnóirí: Michael Corcoran (Upperchurch NS), Tammy Cullen (New Inn NS), Julie Kirwan (Corville NS)
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