Tipperary’s Michael Breen, Noel McGrath and Séamus Callanan pictured at Dublin Airport. Photo: Sportsfile
The Tipperary hurlers struggled to adapt to the Super 11s exhibition format in the AIG Fenway Classic at Fenway Park, Boston on Sunday evening when losing out to Clare at the semi-final stage of the tournament (45-50).
Despite scoring five goals through Conor Kenny (two), Seán Curran, Noel McGrath and John McGrath Tipperary trailed Clare 17-24 at the break. The Premier County notched six goals in the second half thanks to John O’Dwyer, Noel McGrath, Ger Browne and John McGrath (three), but that did not prove nearly enough to check the progress of The Banner.
In the first semi-final on Sunday Galway beat Dublin (55-39). The side managed by Micheál Donoghue led 29-22 at the interval before progressing to win convincingly.
Johnny Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla) featured as a referee in the tournament - the Tipperary man officiated in the semi-final game between Dublin and Galway.
Tipperary will take on Laois in a senior hurling challenge on Saturday, December 9th at the Kiladangan GAA Grounds in Puckane at 2pm (€10 per adult with all proceeds going toward the Kiladangan NS defibrillator fund and Living Links Ireland).
The Premier County hurlers will not participate in the up-coming Munster Hurling League while the footballers will not compete in the McGrath Cup. Liam Kearns’ men launch their Allianz National Football League division two campaign away to Cork on January 27th while the hurlers launch their league programme away to Clare on January 28th.
The Tipperary panel of players which competed in Boston read: Michael Breen (Ballina), Ger Browne (Knockavilla Kickhams), Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Seán Curran (Mullinahone), Cian Darcy (Kilruane MacDonagh’s), Alan Flynn (Kiladangan), Tom Fox (Éire Óg Annacarty), Tomás Hamill (Moyne-Templetuohy), Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha), Mark Kehoe (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Conor Kenny (Borris-Ileigh), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Donagh Maher (Burgess), Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha), Paul Maher (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), Paul Maher (Moyne-Templetuohy), Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), Daragh Mooney (Éire Óg Annacarty), Seán O’Brien (Newport), John O’Dwyer (Killenaule) & Paul Shanahan (Upperchurch-Drombane).