Hurling holds centre stage this week-end in the Thurles Sarsfields Festival of Gaelic Sport which got under way on Friday last and is continuing right through the week, finishing on Saturday.
Competition for the Tom Semple and Carew Cups is sure to be intense as top teams from all over the country compete including Turloughmore(Galway), Ballyboden St Enda’s(Dublin), Passage (Waterford),
Toyureen(Mayo), and Naomh Monin(Louth), along with Tipperary sides including Clonakenny, Silvermines and Sarsfields themselves.
These games will be played at Morris Park and Sarsfields outside pitch with the preliminary rounds in the morning and the semi-finals and final in the afternoon.
In St Patrick’s College the Helen O Mara Cup is the prize on offer for the camogie tournament on Saturday and here too the semi-finals and final are schedule for Saturday afternoon, with opening games in the morning.
The Caman Abu, inter-firms/clubs recreational hurling tournament, which attracted large crowds to Sarsfields pitch on Monday and Tuesday evenings reaches it conclusion on Friday evening with the finals getting under way at 7pm and presentation of prizes afterwards. TippFM who are Sarsfioelds media partners for the festival, are expected to have their outside broadcast unit in attendance at the finals.
Durlas Og’s juvenile(under 16) hurling tournament which began on Saturday last, will also have its finals this Saturday at the Durlas Og facility, Pairc na nOg.
The Handball tournaments also continue at the Handball Alley at Semple Stadium on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights with finals on Saturday.
Rounders competitions will be held at the Croke’s grounds at Nenagh Road on Saturday.
The festival concludes with a Ceile Mor in Sarsfiels social centre on Saturday night.
The programme of events for the concluding stages is as follows –
Wednesday, July 9th –Handball, 7.30 at handball alley, Semple Stadium
Thursday, July 10th, Handball, 7.30;
Friday, July 11th – Caman Abu finals. 7pm ; Handball, 7.30;
Saturday, July 12th – Semple and Carew Cup hurling tournaments, Morris Park/Sarsfields outside field, 10.30;
Camogie tournament, O Mara Cup, St Patrick’s College, 10 am;
Durlas Og juvenile hurling tournament finals;
Rounders tournament (Croke AC grounds, 11am);
Ceili Mor in Sarsfields Social Centre at 9.30 pm.
There is no admission charge for spectators to the hurling, camogie, rounders, or caman abu competitions and the club is extending a cead mile failte to everyone to come along an view the games in action. There really is something for everyone to see and the competitors would love to have a large attendance cheering them on.
So, mark the dates in your diary and come along to see what’s on offer in the festival.