A ‘disappointing year’ for Tipp football

The County Tipperary Football Board Convention takes place in Thurles on Wednesday, December 4th.

The County Tipperary Football Board Convention takes place in Thurles on Wednesday, December 4th.

In a wide-ranging report to the convention Football Board secretary JJ Crowley describes 2013 as a “disappointing year on the field fo play”.

“In conclusion, 2013 will go down as a disappointing year on the field of play for Tipperary Football,” reads JJ Crowley’s report to convention.

“It was expected at the start of the season that the seniors would progress from division four but with injuries and mistakes this didn’t materialise. The under-21s progressed as far as could be expected in this grade with a young team. The minors may have won a Munster title, but for a harsh sending off and a penalty miss. The junior team started well but went down to a Waterford team they were expected to defeat”.

Meanwhile on the club front JJ Crowley’s report commends the achievement of Loughmore-Casteliney on becoming the first Tiperary Club to win both the county senior hurling and football titles.

“It was disappointing,” reads JJ Crowley’s report to convention, “that the highlight of the club football calendar could not be played as a double bill in Semple Stadium especially for Clonmel Commercials club whose club teams of 1969 and 1971 were being honoured on the day. When a double bill was requested the response was ‘no way will you be lucky to get one game in the stadium’.

“I appreciate that the stadium is a standalone business and the county board has no say,” explains JJ Crowley, “but the stadium management should realise that it is the clubs and supporters that helped make it the stadium it is today”.