New year. New Sponsor. New Look.
The Centenary Agri Mid Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship kicks off this weekend with four top class games down for decision.
Yes, the Mid Tipperary GAA Board are delighted to welcome on board Centenary Agri as the new sponsor for the next three years. Centenary Agri is the agri-trading division of Centenary Thurles Co-Op, with 6 of its 8 trading branches operating from within Mid-Tipperary. In addition to Trading Branches, Centenary Agri operates an Animal Feed Mill, a Piggery and a Wire Distribution Wholsesale Business.
In these difficult economic times where it is getting more difficult to get sponsorship the Board is delighted and very grateful to Centenary Agri for coming on board as sponsors
Centenary Agri with the support of its customer base makes a significant contribution to the economic viability of the Mid-Tipperary region employing 40 in staff. With its roots firmly set in Mid-Tipperary the same Co-Operative ethos and spirit that applies to Centenary Agri applies to the GAA.
‘Supporting Homegrown Heroes’ is the theme behind the sponsorship as Centenary Agri is acutely aware of the work being done at local parish level by GAA volunteers.
And, there will be plenty of local heroes on show at the weekend when the teams of the division open the shoulders in a new knockout/loser group format which adds spice to each game.
Undoubtedly the pick of the games will be the clash of MId and county champions Thurles Sarsfields and Loughmore Castleiney on Sunday afternoon in The Ragg - a repeat of last years Mid Final, which Sarsfields won comfortably thanks to a massive scoring spree by Pa Bourke. It’s probably safe to say that Pa won’t manage the same tally again on Sunday.
This match will be preceeded by the clash of neighbours Moycarkey Borris and Boherlahan Dualla - always a very interesting contest when they lock horns, while Holycross Ballycahill and county finalists Drom-Inch start their championship ball rolling on Sunday night in Drombane when they take to the field.
The first game of the championship will feature JK Brackens and Upperchurch Drombane on Saturday in Holycross - again a very interesting fixture with games between them having yielded some fine hurling in the past.
The knockout aspect of this years championship means that any club with designs on silverware needs to get off the mark immediately with a win. Yes, the losers group affords a little room for error, but every club will agree that the way to come through the system is to win games from the off if possible - the front door being far better than the back one.
A weekend pass will be available with patrons intending going to a number of games set to benefit. These will be available in Holycross on Saturday and in The Ragg on Sunday. Great value for money.