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The launch of the All Ireland U 16 A& B hurling tournaments took place at Dundrum House Hotel on Thursday May 16th.
The Tipperary Supporters Club who has been very supportive to us during the last six years as our sponsors had their officer board which included chairman John Tierney, Secretary Joe Tuohy, Pro John Coman in attendance.
County vice chairman Michael Bourke represented our senior county board. Bórd Pro Neil Ryan opened proceedings in welcoming all invited guests, representatives from some of the participating counties which included Limerick, Waterford and Kilkenny, divisional officers and Eire Og Annancarty U 14 players who were decked out in the colours of the participating counties.
Bórd chairman Joe Kennedy in the opening address of the evening in welcoming everyone and expressed his gratitude for the attendance of so many guests and delegates. He outlined briefly the changes that our Bórd has to comply with in the running of the tournaments this year as a result of a ruling from Croke Park. . He concluded in wishing all participants every success in these years’ tournaments.
Tipperary Supporters Club chairman John Tierney in his address expressed his delight of the Supporters Club involvement with Bórd na Nog and acknowledged all the work that was being done by all in Bórd na Nog for the future of our games. He concluded in expressing his thanks to the entire officer Bórd.
Michael Bourke County vice chairman also acknowledged the commitment of all in Bórd na Nog over the years and that our tournaments gives players the first real test at county level. He also lauded to the fact that participating in such tournament does not necessary guarantee future success, but that it does provide a valuable platform for all the players. Again he thanked all involved and wished for the success of the tournament.
Bórd Pro Neil Ryan gave a brief history of the tournament and how it has changed over the past twenty five years.
He spoke of the great record that our county has in the tournament as it heads the honours list with eleven titles..
He then outlined the changes in the format to the running of these years’ tournaments as they have to be completed within one day.. The new system will put a lot of pressure both on the organisers as well as the participants; however we all have to adapt to abide by the ruling from Croke Park. John Tierney was invited to make the draws firstly for the groups, followed by the participants of each group.
This year the A tournament consist of three groups of four. Group I top two qualifying for the semi final, with the top team from both Groups 2 &3 qualifying for the other semi final spots.
This year’s draw as - Group 1: Cork, Dublin, Clare, Waterford. Group 2: Offally, Wexford, Limerick, Kilkenny. Group 3: Galway, Tipperary, Antrim, Laois.
In the B tournament there are six participants consisting of two groups of three. The top team from each group to contest the shield final - Group 1: Clare, Tipperary, Kilkenny. Group 2: Galway, Cork, Wexford
This year South Bórd na Nog will host both tournament s which will take place in venues within the Clonmel area on Saturday August 31st .
County Bórd na Nog wish to express its thanks to our South colleagues for hosting this years tournaments and will offer every assistance possible.
Premier 12s football games
The finals of the Premier 12 football games took place in Holycross on Monday May 20th .Results not available at time of printing.
The fixtures were as follows - Group 1: Durlas Og v Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams, Group 2: Cappawhite v Clonmel Og, Group 3: Ballyporeen v Burgess, Group 4: Clonoulty Rossmore v Fr. Sheehys. The Group 3 final took place in Drombane on Sunday May 19th to facilitate the participants.
Results Sunday May 19th - Premier 12 Football - Ballyporeen 1-05 Burgess 1-03.