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posted 17 Nov 2014, 01:11 by Birt Noe

Football county finals will take place over the coming week in 4 venues across the county. The Ragg, Cashel and Clonmel will host the finals over 3 days in what is sure to be an exciting and impressive display of football skill by all involved. Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol officers would like to wish everyone involved the very best of luck in their finals. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh!!!
All schools involved in the football final are asked to send team photos and a match report to Paudie Fahey (PRO Football) at by Friday 28th November. These will be published in local Tipperary papers and online. The reports are a great celebration of the achievement of all involved, a highlight for players to see their names ‘in print’ and provide a showcase of all the great work done by teachers and coaches in schools all around the county.

On Friday the 7th of November, the two semi finals of the Roinn A schools football competition took place. Carrick-on-Suir played Gaelscoil Thurles and St Colmcille’s Templemore faced up to St. Peter and Paul’s Clonmel. Our players were all on the bus ready to set off on our destination to Boherlahan GAA pitch just after our breaktime. Twenty one players and three managers. We were all very fired up for the match after the St Colmcille’s pep up talk by Mr. Healy, Mr. Doyle and Mr. Kelly. We were soon there in Boherlahan with the sun shining and a strong breeze. We got off the bus and walked along the fine Boherlahan pitch which was in great order. We went into the dressing room and got togged out. The teachers called out the team as follows: Shane Sweeney in goal. The full back line was Luke Ormond, Stephen Cahill and Niall Moloney. A half back line made up of Jack Nevin, Eoin Quinn and Patrick Moloney At centre field was Conor Cadell and John Campion. Our half forward were Jim Bob Kennedy, James Corcoran and Killian Fennell. Finally the full Forward line was Kevin Sheedy, Ciaran McCormack and Brian Quinn. Our subs were Patrick Ryan, Sean Collier, Kane Conneely, David Quinn, Michael Cahill and Mickey Delaney. We ran out onto the pitch and did a few warm ups, as Patrick Ryan went up for the toss. We loss that but that was the only thing we would lose that day. The referee John Bob Ryan, former goalie for Cashel King Cormacs, blew his whistle and threw up the ball. The match was on. Our two midfielders won the throw in and we progressed from there with two points. Peter and Paul’s bounced back and also scored two points. But with no fear St. Colmcille’s worked a great goal. John Campion gave the ball to James Corcoran and he side-stepped 3 players, then gave a high ball into the square for Ciaran McCormack to fist the ball to hit. Kerry may have Donaghy but we have Rucker! A goal for Colmcille’s and a lead of 4 points at half time. We told ourselves we needed more as we knew St. Peter & Paul’s would not give up easily. Our managers issued their instructions and it was all go again. We jogged back into our places. John Ryan blew his whistle and the second half was on. They came at us hard but our back men stood their ground and got the ball out every time. Both teams played good football and scored two points each. Subs were brought in late in the match to freshen things up. John Ryan blew his whistle and the match was over. St. Colmcille’s with another great victory. We changed and got on the bus. Then Mr Doyle said that Gaelscoil beat Carrick which means another hard match coming up in the final. By Patrick Moloney - Rang a Se

Bansha NS Travelled to Golden last week to play the semi-final of the Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol U11 Boys Competition against Cloneen NS. In the first attack Cloneen NS scored a goal. Bansha were slow to settle and Cloneen added 2 more goals before Bansha scored. Eoin Halpin then opened the scoring for Bansha with a point and Sean Gubbins added a goal. Aoife and Sean were fighting hard in midfield however Cloneen scored a fourth goal and Bansha soon replied with another goal by Eoin Halpin. Caoimhe O Dwyer was playing well in forwards and helped set up the scores However Bansha were dealt a big blow when Cloneen finished off with 2 more goals leaving the half time score 6 goals to 2 goals and 1 point. Bansha came out fighting in the second half and our backs Cian O Brien and Dylan Heffernan were clearing lots of ball. Eoghan Heffernan pulled off some great saves in goal. Tadhg Gubbins, Eoin Halpin and Aoibheann O Dwyer were putting enormous pressure on the Cloneen backs and began to notch up the Bansha scores. Tadhg scored 2 goals with Eoin and Cian also adding a goal each to the Bansha tally.In the final minutes with only 2 points in the difference, Eoin weaved through the Cloneen defence and dealt the killer blow to score another goal for Bansha.At the final whistle Bansha were 1 point up on the scoreline of 7-3 to 7-2 Bansha had made a dramatic come back to snatch victory. Bansha U11 team are now in the County Final versus Barnane NS. Best of luck to all involved. Bansha Team; Cian O Brien( Captain)(1-0), Dylan Heffernan, Sean Gubbins(1-0), Eoin Halpin(3-3), Tadhg Gubbins(2-0), Aoife Flynn, Caoimhe O Dwyer, Eoghan Heffernan and Aoibheann O Dwyer.Team Management: Margaret McCarthy, Lar Roche ,Catherine Heffernan and Cliodhna Breen.

All schools are minded that 45’s can now be taken from the ground or from the hand in football. This rule was voted in at Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol A.G.M. in January 2014.
If you or a colleague would like to be added to the contact list for updates on Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol activities please contact Paudie Fahey,, or Aodán Wrenn,, to be added to the contact listings.

As the football season begins schools are reminded of the importance of mouthguards for all children participating in Cumann na mBunscol matches. Both boys and girls playing in Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Gaelic football fixtures must wear mouthguards without exception at all times. It would be advised that schools would also use mouthguards when training to allow children to get used to using them and to follow best practice.
Schools are reminded and encouraged to send news and updates of their progress in the football championships for the coming season. Reports can be a great writing topic for the classroom and are an opportunity for children to see their work published for a wider audience. In the pre-season championship build-up children could be given the chance to tell about their own training regiments and tips for the coming championship. A Reporter of the Week will be chosen and their work included in the weekly report. Please ensure all reports are a single paragraph in Verdana 10 type. All submissions should be proof-read by the teacher before submission.

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: 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 great reaction from teachers and schools in recent months. We now have 846 followers.

For match reports, fixtures and school G.A.A. News and events, please email Tipperary Cumann na mBunscol assistant P.R.O. (Football) Paudie Fahey, Clerihan N.S. at  Website: Ní neart go cur le chéile.

Paudie Fahey
Clerihan N.S.