Pádraic Maher pictured collecting the Dan Breen Cup from County Board chairman Michael Bourke following the 2017 county senior hurling final. Photo: Eamonn McGee
Séamus Quinn’s Thurles Sarsfields were expected to launch their county senior hurling championship campaign on Saturday evening, but, unfortunately, the Blues’ contest with Carrick Swans in Littleton was postponed - it is understood that the 2017 South Tipperary senior hurling champions could not field a team. The Competitions Control Committee will deliberate on the issue this week.
TIPPERARY WATER COUNTY SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship got underway on Saturday when Upperchurch-Drombane beat Drom & Inch 0-20 to 1-13 in a key contest at Templetuohy while an injury-hit Kiladangan saw off the challenge of Loughmore-Castleiney (0-15 to 1-11) in Templederry.
A Jack Delaney goal got the action underway in dramatic fashion at Dolla on Sunday when the Toomevara man’s strike propelled the Greyhounds toward 1-9 to 0-10 upset win over Kilruane MacDonagh’s. Next up in Dolla was the meeting of Nenagh Éire Óg and Roscrea which the Blues won 2-24 to 0-11.
Clonoulty-Rossmore proved too strong for Mullinahone at Bansha (1-14 to 0-11) while Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill saw off Killenaule (0-16 to 1-11). The action in Roinn I of the county senior hurling championship came to a conclusion on Sunday evening at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh when Borris-Ileigh beat Portroe 2-10 to 0-12.
TIPPERARY WATER SÉAMUS Ó RIAIN CUP
Roinn II of the Tipperary Water-sponsored county senior hurling championship Séamus Ó Riain Cup was launched on Saturday evening in Borrisoleigh when Holycross-Ballycahill were reasonably comfortable winners against Ballina (1-17 to 1-9).
Then on Sunday Burgess roused themselves to beat a fancied JK Bracken’s 1-14 to 1-12 in Toomevara while at the same venue Clonakenny proved too strong for Newport (2-11 to 0-13). St Mary's Clonmel made their bow in the senior hurling championship when beating South rivals Ballingarry 0-14 to 0-11 on Sunday while Moycarkey-Borris got off to an encouraging start in Roscrea when seeing off the challenge of Lorrha-Dorrha (1-22 to 3-10).
The real eye-catching result of the round in the Séamus Ó Riain Cup, however, was to be found at MacDonagh Park in Nenagh on Sunday evening when Silvermines thundered to a thirteen-point win over the Templederry Kenyons (1-19 to 0-9).
TIPPERARY WATER COUNTY INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Moyne-Templetuohy made a real statement of intent for the season ahead on Saturday afternoon in Templederry when the Mid Tipperary men beat Ballinahinch 0-20 to 0-9 while Galtee Rovers-St Pecaun saw off Arravale Rovers (1-12 to 0-12) in Cappawhite.
Although Shannon Rovers led by six points at the interval Knockavilla Kickhams recovered in Templemore to beat the North men 3-11 to 2-12 while Seán Treacy’s proved too strong for Moyle Rovers in Cahir (0-18 to 1-7).
Kilsheelan-Kilcash lost to Ballybacon-Grange (0-13 to 3-10) in Golden on Saturday while Carrick Davins and Cashel King Cormacs had to be content with a share of the spoils (1-17 apiece).
Then on Sunday, April 15th the scheduled county intermediate hurling championship meeting between Thurles Sarsfields and Cappawhite was postponed and will be re-scheduled to take place on the week-ending May 6th or 13th.
Kiladangan and Golden-Kilfeacle collided at Kilcommon on Sunday with Golden prevailing to the tune of four points (1-17 to 1-13). Meanwhile in Moneygall the Drom & Inch lads recorded a terrific result when beating Borrisokane 1-11 to 0-5.
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