Tipperary News & Notes 27.05.2015


The Tipperary Ladies Football Under 14 team travelled to Stradbally, Co. Waterford on Sunday last to compete against their hosts in the replay of the Munster Ladies Gaelic Football Association Under 14 B Championship Final. Waterford were hoping to record their fourth Munster Championship title in a row but Tipperary were going to make it difficult for Waterford though and they showed this with two pointed frees from Cailin Napier opening the scoring.

Tipperary Under 14 Munster Winners with Shield
Tipperary Under 14 Munster Winners with Shield


Tipperary Ladies continued to dominate and in the fourth minute Ruth Butler was rewarded when her ball hit the back of the net for a goal. It was the twelfth minute before Waterford would get their opening score which was a point from Sarah Lacey to be quickly followed with another from Aoife Fitzgerald. In the thirteenth minute a hard tackle involving Ciara Maher, Tipperary saw her sinbinned. The next score was a Tipperary goal by Eva Fennessy but Waterford capitalised with the extra player, adding two goals by Sarah Lacey and a point by Annie Fitzgerald to go in at half time with a point to spare Waterford 2-3 Tipperary Ladies 2-2


Tipperary Ladies again opened the scoring in the second half with a pointed free from Cailin Napier to equalise the game. Tipperary took the lead in the thirty eighth minute when Caoimhe Ryan pointed and Cailin Napier secured the lead with a further pointed free in the fortieth minute. Waterford were never far behind and a Sarah Lacey point ensured this. Waterford’s Kelly Anne Hogan snatched the lead back when she netted the ball in the forty sixth minute. The final stages of this game was going to be very tense as little separated the teams. Sarah Lacey, Waterford added a point in the forty eighth minute. Points were traded on the fifty fourth and fifty sixth minute and Waterford’s Keely Corbett Barry added another point increasing their lead to four points. Tipperary’s Caitlin Kennedy gave Tipperary some hope with a goal in injury time and from the last bout of action, Angela McGuickan lobbed the bar over the bar to leave the sides level at the end of normal time – Waterford 3-7 Tipperary Ladies 3-7.


Tipperary supporters after making the long journey were going to be treated to another twenty minutes of nailbiting ladies football and neither team were going to disappoint. As with all the other throw-in’s of the day Tipperary were first to the score board this time with an Eva Fennessy point. Waterford’s Sarah Lacey got their first point in the fifth minute and Annie Fitzgerald followed with another point. Kelly Anne Hogan, Waterford increased their lead just before half time with a point. Waterford 3-10 Tipperary 3-8


From the throw-in Eva Fennessy pointed for Tipperary and soon afterwards,  the travelling side regained the lead, a lead which they had not held since the forty sixth minute of the game, when Ellie Ryan lobbed the Waterford goalie for a goal. In the seventy fifth and sixth minute points were traded but Waterford had the last score of the day a point in the nineteenth minute. The whistle was blown shortly after to a jubilant Tipperary team, mentors and supporters. Tipperary Ladies 4-10 Waterford 3-12


Congratulations to Eva Fennessy on receiving Player of the match for her outstanding performance. Dave Daly, Munster Ladies Gaelic Football presented joint captains, Nicola O’Dwyer and Marie Creedon with the Under 14 B Shield. An All Ireland Semi Final awaits on the weekend of June 13th/14th with Leinster representatives as Tipperary’s opponents.

Eva Fennessy, Player of match with Munster Rep, Dave Daly
Eva Fennessy, Player of match with Munster Rep, Dave Daly

Tipperary Ladies U14 Team:- Nicola O’Dwyer Joint Captain (Mullinahone); Dervla Heffernan (Boherlahan), Aine Hahessy (Slievenamon), Eimear O’Connor (Ardfinnan); Niamh Ryan (Slievenamon), Caitlin Kennedy (Aherlow), Ciara Maher (Thurles Sarsfields); Maire Creedon, Joint Captain (Thurles Sarsfields), Orla Winston (Clonmel Commercials); Lucy Spillane (Fethard), Eva Fennessy (Clonmel Commercials), Ruth Butler (Templemore); Ciara Dwan (Boherlahan), Cailin Napier (Clonmel Commercials), Niamh Ryan (Moyne Templetuohy)
Subs used:- Caoimhe Ryan (Brian Borus) for Orla Winston (H/t); Angela McGuickan (Slievenamon) for Ciara Dwan (37th); Emma Ryan (Lattin Cullen) for Ruth Butler and Rosanna Kiely (Cahir) for Cailin Napier (53rd)

Scorers:- Eva Fennessy 1-3, Cailin Napier 0-4 (0-4 frees), Ruth Butler 1-0, Caitlin Kennedy 1-0, Ellie Ryan 1-0, Angela McGuickan 0-2, Caoimhe Ryan 0-1




On Sunday last the Junior C League Final was played in Gortnahoe with the hosts victorious on the day against visitors Arravale Rovers.




Tipperary will commence their Munster Intermediate Championship next Saturday, May 30th against Clare in a venue to be decided, check www.tipperaryladiesfootball.ie


23 May 2015; The Munster squad. MMI Interprovincial Championship Shield Final, Munster v Leinster. Coralstown Kinnegad GAA, Kinnegad, Co. Wesmeath. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***
23 May 2015; The Munster squad. MMI Interprovincial Championship Shield Final, Munster v Leinster. Coralstown Kinnegad GAA, Kinnegad, Co. Wesmeath. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE *** NO REPRODUCTION FEE ***


The Munster panel that took part in the MMI Interprovincial Tournament in Kinnegad, Co. Westmeath featured a number of Tipperary players, Lorraine O’Shea, Gillian O’Brien and Samantha Lambert with Emma Buckley and Aisling McCarthy called up at the last minute due to unavailability of some Waterford players. Munster’s first game of the day was a draw with Leinster, Munster 1-6 Leinster 0-9. Next was Ulster and Connacht and both provinces were stronger, resulting in a Shield Final against Leinster for Munster. Munster using the experience that they had gained throughout the day overcame Leinster on a score line of Munster 3-15 Leinster 0-9.

Munster Captain Vera Foley (Cork) accepted the Interprovincial Shield on behalf of the team from Ladies Gaelic Football President, Maire Hickey.




Munster Ladies Gaelic Football will host their annual 7-a-side Competition in Mallow GAA Sports Complex on Saturday June 6th. Closing date for application entries is Friday, May 29th. Details of the competition and applications forms are available on www.tipperaryladiesfootball.ie




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