Tipperary won the All-Ireland intermediate football title back in 2008 amid much euphoria and would dearly love to do the same again five years later.
However, promotion, which the title brought, did not result in Tipperary making much progress in the senior grade and the county bounced down to the intermediate grade last year - better to build from the bottom up perhaps. The approach has worked out well for Tipp and the hope now is that the side can continue to develop. There is a real mixture of youth and experience in the side now and Manager Sean Donovan has been really impressed with the manner in which the more experienced players have been steering the young guns along. The All-Ireland is an entirely new experience for them, but a fabulous one for them nonetheless.
Whatever way the game goes on Sunday, the experience will be crucial for the continued development of ladies football in the county. The young players will be the stars of the next few years for The Premier County and the experience gained from this years campaign will stand them in good stead as they move forward with their careers.
Here are some interesting facts and figures about the Tipperary intermediate ladies football squad as compiled by PRO Michelle Donnelly who has been very busy over the last few weeks.
Nine were there in ‘08
Nine of the 2013 Tipperary Panel competed in the 2008 All Ireland Intermediate Final - Patricia Hickey, Anne O’Dwyer, Claire Carroll, Mairead Morrissey, Shellagh Carew, Jennifer Grant, Gillian O’Brien, Edel Hanley and Catriona Walsh
Six Games Played
Tipperary has played 6 matches, five of them in a different county – Waterford, Tipperary (2), Cork, Limerick and Offaly. In all 6 games, Tipperary have scored at least 1 goal and conceded at least 1 goal
Six Tipperary players have scored 16 goals between them in the Championship led by Edel Hanley with 5. The two goals in the Semi Final were scored by the Tesco Homegrown National Team of the League Tipperary players – Claire Carroll and Mairead Morrissey
Seven of the Best
Seven of the Tipperary panel started all six Championship matches to date – Brid Condon, Samantha Lambert, Barbara Ryan, Lorraine O’Shea, Niamh Lonergan, Gillian O’Brien and Edel Hanley
In the Blood
Mother and daughter – Tipperary has two girls on the panel whose mothers played in the 1980 Senior All Ireland Winning Team – Mary O’Shea (Mother) and Lorraine (Daughter);Liz Dillion (Mother) and Laura (Daughter)
*Edel Hanley’s brothers, Thomas and Mark Hanley have represented Tipperary Football at all underage level with Thomas winning a Munster U21 Football medal in 2010.
*Samantha Lambert’s Aunt Antoinette Lambert was on the 1980 All Ireland winning team; her cousin, Claire Lambert was on the 2008 All Ireland winning team; her cousin Peter Lambert played with the Senior inter-county team from 1991 until 2003
*Mairead Morrissey’s Father, Paddy managed the 2008 All Ireland winning team to success.
*Barbara Ryan’s Grandfather is Johnny Ryan (Moycarkey Borris GAA), Senior Tipperary Hurler 1930’s – 1940’s. Ryan won an All-Ireland winners’ medal with Tipp in 1937, as well as three Munster titles in 1937, 1941 (as captain) and 1945.
*Patricia Hickey’s, late father Paddy Hickey won a Munster Junior Hurling Championship medal with Tipperary in 1951.
*Aoife Ryan is a cousin to the 2008 Tipperary Full Back Maeve Corcoran (Moycarkey-Borris).
*Jackie O’Gorman’s Uncle, John Quane played with Limerick Footballers from 1991 to 2005 and was one of the top players in the county for most of the 90’s and into the 00’s.
*Katie Lyne is part of the Kerry Lyne Football dynasty.
*Munster and Irish International Rugby Players, Marcus Horan & Dave Kilcoyne are cousins of Aisling McCarthy. Her grandfather, Flor Coffey won two All-Ireland medals with Tipperary in 1945 and 1949.