ALLIANZ HURLING LEAGUE FINAL

Congratulations to the Tipperary senior hurlers on qualifying for the county’s first Allianz Hurling League final since 2009 when Kilkenny provided the opposition just as they will on Sunday May 5.

Congratulations to the Tipperary senior hurlers on qualifying for the county’s first Allianz Hurling League final since 2009 when Kilkenny provided the opposition just as they will on Sunday May 5.

The venue in 2009 was Semple Stadium, on this occasion it will be Nowlan Park at 3.30pm, which will host its first League final since 1966 when Kilkenny beat New York by 7-5 to 0-8 in the second leg of the Final, having previously won the first leg at Croke Park by 3-10 to 2-7.

Tipperary won the 1958/59 League Final at Nowlan Park, on May 3, 1959. They beat Waterford by 0-15 to 0-7, having led by 0-12 to 0-4 at half time. Centre back Tony Wall (Thurles Sarsfields) was captain. On November 3, 1963 Waterford (who had beaten Tipp 2-15 to 4-7 in the ‘Home’ Final) beat New York in the League Final ‘proper’ by 3-10 to 1-10 having drawn (3-6 each) in Croke Park the previous week.

The attendance at Nowlan Park was 5,711. The late Tipperary All Ireland medallist, Donal O’Brien (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams), was the New York goalkeeper for the drawn game but he was injured for the replay and was replaced by Ken Croke. Eamon England, father of former Tipp hurler and footballer, Liam England (Roscrea) was at full forward for New York.

But back to 2013, a visit to Nowlan Park to take on Kilkenny is never an easy challenge but one which Tipperary will relish all the same. We hope the Tipperary supporters will acknowledge the team’s progress in qualifying for the final by turning out in large numbers. Your support will be a real boost to the team and an acknowledgement of the effort they are putting in to representing the county with skill, commitment, pride and honour.

There are excellent ticket prices available as follows: 1) E20 for an adult stand ticket if purchased before match day and E25 if purchased on the day. E10 concession refunds for OAPs and students with valid id at designated stiles; 2) E5 for juveniles accompanied by an adult; 3) Group pass E3 per juvenile, 1 adult free with 10 juveniles, adults outside quota E20. Applications for group passes must be to tickets@gaa.ie from club secretary’s email address.