Pádraic Maher pictured collecting the Dan Breen Cup from County Board chairman Michael Bourke following the 2017 county senior hurling final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. 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 was postponed - it is understood that the 2017 South Tipperary senior hurling champions could not field a team. The Competitions Control Committee deliberated on the issue on Monday evening and as a result Thurles Sarsfields were awarded the match while Carrick Swans have also shipped a €1,000 fine. The South Tipperary club, however, have the right to appeal the decision.
The Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship and the Séamus Ó Riain Cup got underway last weekend - please see pages 81-87 of this week's edition for reports on each and every game. It is understood that the second round of the Tipperary Water County Senior Hurling Championship will not take place until the campaigns of the Tipperary inter-county hurlers and footballers reach a conclusion.
Prior to the launch of the provincial inter-county championships it is understood that club games will take place on the week-ending April 22nd, April 29th and May 6th - the Tipperary footballers will take on Waterford in the Munster Senior Football Championship on Saturday, May 19th while Michael Ryan's inter-county hurling team take on Limerick in the revamped Munster Senior Hurling Championship on Sunday, May 20th.
The weeks-ending April 29th and May 6th are ear-marked for divisional senior hurling championship action in the Premier County while the Tipperary Water-sponsored county senior and intermediate football championship take place this coming weekend with the North Board also availing of an opportunity to schedule contests in the Hibernian North Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship - please see page 78 of this week's edition for all the latest news on the divisional hurling scene.
The Tipperary Water County Senior Football Championship kicks off on Friday, April 20th when Loughmore-Castleiney take on Drom & Inch at The Ragg (7pm) while on Saturday, April 21st Galtee Rovers face Upperchurch-Drombane in Dundrum (6.30pm).
Meanwhile seven games are scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 22nd - Ardfinnan meet Clonmel Commercials in Cahir (12 noon). Moycarkey-Borris and Moyne-Templetuohy collide in Templemore (1.30pm) before Moyle Rovers and Arravale Rovers meet in Golden (2pm).
Next up is the clash of Killenaule and Kiladangan in Borrisoleigh (3pm) while Leahy Park in Cashel will host the contest between Kilsheelan-Kilcash and JK Bracken’s (3.30pm). At the same time in Ardfinnan Ballyporeen will pit their wits against Cahir while Aherlow Gaels and Éire Óg Annacarty battle it out at Sean Treacy Park (3.30pm).
On Saturday, April 21st two games will take place in the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Football Championship: Carrick Swans v Golden-Kilfeacle at Ned Hall Park (4.30pm) and Clonoulty-Rossmore v Cashel King Cormacs in Annacarty (7pm).
Four games feature on Sunday, April 22nd: Father Sheehy’s v Fethard in Marlfield (2pm), Clonmel Óg v Rockwell Rovers in Bansha (2pm), Grangemockler-Ballyneale v Clonmel Commercials in Kilsheelan (6.30pm) and Loughmore-Castleiney v Moyle Rovers in Littleton (6.30pm).
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