The Mid Board Award Winners for 2012 were : Hurler of the Year Pa Bourke Thurles Sarsfields, Footballer of the Year Kieran Morris Moycarkey – Borris, Young Hurler of the Year Seanie Nally Holycross – Ballycahil, Young Footballer of the Year Colin O Riordan JK Brackens, Senior Club of the Year Loughmore – Castleiney, Intermediate – Junior Club of the Year - Cl onakenny, Hall of Fame - Billy Quinn Rahealty.
We congratulate all those who won awards for their performances during 2012.
Hurler of the Year -
Pa played a major role in Thurles Sarsfields winning the Mid & County senior hurling championship last year and in their historic Munster club championship victory over De La Salle of Waterford. Pa was Man of the Match in Sarsfields Mid Final win over Loughmore – Castleiney scoring an incredible 6-3 on the night. Pa was also awarded Man of the Match in the Munster club final win for his performance. Pa had a great year with Tipperary senior hurlers in 2012, and no doubt if Sarsfields are to win the All Ireland club championship for the first time they will look to Pa to continue the excellent form he displayed last year.
Factfile: Pa was born on May 18th, 1988. He played with the Tipperary Minor hurlers in 2005 and 2006, finishing as top scorer in 2006 with 3-35 as he helped the Premier County win the All-Ireland Minor Hurling title. Pa also won a County Minor Hurling medal with Sarsfields in 2006 and won back to back County Minor Football titles with Sarsfields in 2005 and 2006, winning the man of the match award in the 2006 County Minor Football final.
Pa won a County Senior Hurling medal with Thurles Sarsfields in 2009, scoring four points in the final against Drom & Inch, and won further County Senior Hurling medals in 2010 and 2012 and also won a Munster Club Hurling medal with Thurles Sarsfields in 2012. Pa has won 2 County Under 21 “A” Hurling Championship medals in 2008 and 2009 (as captain). Pa was a key member of the Thurles CBS team which lost to St. Flannan’s in the 2005 Dr. Harty Cup Final.
Pa made his competitive debut with the Senior Hurlers in the preliminary round of the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling competition in January 2007, scoring 4 points, 3 from play at corner-forward. He made his League debut against Antrim in March 2007, scoring 1-1, and. Pa his championship debut at corner-forward against Limerick in the first drawn game in the Munster semi-final in June 2007. Pa won a National Hurling League medal in 2008, 4 Munster Senior Hurling Championship medals in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, and an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship medal in 2010. Pa’s first Senior Championship goal for Tipperary came in the second half of the 2011 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final against Kilkenny. Pa is a grandson of John Maher of Killinan, Tipperary All-Ireland winning captain in 1945. Pa was nominated for an All-Star award in 2012.