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Hurling blue bloods Thurles and Toome collide in an eagerly-anticipated Tipperary U21A final

Brian McDonnell

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Hurling blue bloods Thurles and Toome collide in an eagerly-anticipated Tipperary U21A final

Brendan Maher, Séamus Callanan and Noel McGrath are set to feature for Munster this weekend.

Hurling blue bloods Thurles Sarsfields and Toomevara will renew their age-old rivalry when the sides clash in an eagerly-anticipated Tipperary Water County Under-21A Hurling Championship final on Sunday, December 11th in The Ragg (throw-in 12.15pm).

Between them Thurles Sarsfields and Toome have won 57 county senior hurling championships and 15 of the last 19 Dan Breen Cups.

The successful grooming of players via the under-21 ranks has proven a valuable resource to both clubs down the years so distinguished observers will be watching closely on Sunday for emerging talent.

Thurles Sarsfields have won seven county under-21 hurling titles and three of the last four (2012, 2013 & 2015) while Toomevara have won five. The Greyhounds have to trace their history back to 2005 in order to locate their last success at the grade.

Thurles Sarsfields beat Cappawhite-Seán Treacy's impressively (2-24 to 1-10) in a recent county under-21A hurling semi-final while a tired Toomevara team saw off Carrick Swan with 11 points to spare on Sunday afternoon (0-19 to 1-5) in Golden.

Just 24 hours previously the Greyhounds battled to a standstill in a hard-fought North Tipperary under-21A hurling final against Kilruane MacDonagh’s, a game which went to extra-time and finished all square. Then, on Sunday, Toome were asked to play Carrick Swan in a county semi-final following their nomination to represent the North Tipperary division.

UNDER-21 CRACKER

Meanwhile Gortnahoe-Glengoole and Ballinahinch-Templederry fought out a cracking under-21B final on Sunday last at Holycross. The game went to extra time and finished 1-19 apiece. The replay is fixed Sunday, December 11th in Holycross at 1.15pm with another titanic struggl expected!

INTER-PROVINCIAL HURLING

In an exciting departure MacDonagh Park, Nenagh is set to host the inter-provincial hurling semi-finals on Saturday, December 10th while the final will be played at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday, December 11th.

The competition was officially launched at Croke Park, Dublin on December 1st.

The semi-final line-up sees Munster take on Ulster (throw-in 1pm) and Leinster face Connacht.
In the football version of the competition Leinster will face defending champions Connacht and Munster will take on Ulster - both games will take place at Parnell Park, Dublin on December 10th with the final scheduled for the same venue on Sunday, December 11th.

Tipperary's James Barry, Michael Breen, Séamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Brendan Maher (captain), Pádraic Maher, Dan McCormack, Noel McGrath and John O’Dwyer all feature on the Munster inter-provincial panel. The side will be managed by Anthony Daly (Clare, manager), Tommy Dunne (Tipperary) and John Mullane (Waterford).

Meanwhile Tipperary's Alan Campbell, Evan Comerford, Brian Fox, Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney feature on the inter-provincial football panel managed by Ger O’Sullivan (Cork, manager), Declan Browne (Tipperary) and Dave Geaney (Kerry).

MUNSTER PANELS

Hurling: Cian Dillon, David Reidy and Aaron Shanagher (all Clare), Anthony Nash (Cork), Tom Murnane (Kerry), Diarmuid Byrnes, Tom Condon, Shane Dowling, Cian Lynch and Barry Nash (all Limerick), James Barry, Michael Breen, Séamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Brendan Maher (captain), Pádraic Maher, Dan McCormack, Noel McGrath and John O’Dwyer (all Tipperary), Jamie Barron, Shane Bennett, Stephen Bennett, Noel Connors, Barry Coughlan, Shane Fives, Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony (all Waterford).

The side will be managed by Anthony Daly (Clare, manager), Tommy Dunne (Tipperary) and John Mullane (Waterford).

Football: Gary Brennan, Eoin Cleary, Kevin Hartnett, Jamie Malone, Keelan Sexton and David Tubridy (all Clare), Tom Clancy, Ruairí Deane, Conor Dorman, Colm O’Driscoll and Kevin O’Driscoll (all Cork), Aidan O’Mahony and Tommy Walsh (both Kerry), Iain Corbett and Darragh Treacy (both Limerick), Alan Campbell, Evan Comerford, Brian Fox, Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney (all Tipperary), Patrick Hurney, Tomás O’Gorman and Paul Whyte (all Waterford).

The side will be managed by Ger O’Sullivan (Cork, manager), Declan Browne (Tipperary) and Dave Geaney (Kerry).