Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Draw

The draw has been made for the Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling competition which will commence on January 4th. Tipperary will be looking to win their 3rd title in a row.

Round 1 – W/E January 4th. 2009
A – Kerry v Waterford IT
B – Clare v Tralee IT
C – Waterford v UCC
D – Limerick v UL

Quarter Finals – W/E January 11th. 2009
E – Cork v Winners of A (Kerry or Waterford IT)
F – Limerick IT v Winners of B (Clare or Tralee IT)
G – Tipperary v Winners of C (Waterford or UCC)
H – Cork IT v Winners of D (Limerick or UL)

Semi Finals – W/E January 18th. 2009
Winners of E v Winners of F
Winners of G v Winners of H

FINAL – W/E January 25th. 2009

McGrath Cup Senior Football Draw

The draw has been made for the McGrath Cup Senior Football competition which will commence on January 4th.

Preliminary Round – W/E January 4th. 2009
A – Limerick v UL
B – Waterford v Tralee IT

Quarter Finals – W/E January 11th. 2009
C – Tipperary v UCC
D – Clare v Cork IT
E – Waterford IT v Winners of A (Limerick or UL)
F – Limerick IT v Winners of B (Waterford or Tralee IT)

Semi Finals – W/E January 18th. 2009
Winners of C v Winners of D
Winners of E v Winners of F

FINAL – W/E January 25th. 2009

Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Final

Adare (Limerick) v De La Salle (Waterford), Semple Stadium, Thurles, 2.00 pm.

It will be a historic day for the Munster championship as, irrespective of who wins, new champions will be crowned, bringing to 22 the number of clubs who have won the hurling title since the official launch of the championships in 1971. De La Salle won the Waterford title for the first time this year and are now bidding to join Mount Sion and Ballygunner as Waterford winners of the Munster crown. All Star forward, John Mullane is De La Salle’s best known player but they can also call on his county colleagues, Kevin Moran and Brian Phelan to lead what is sure to be a stirring effort to land the big prize.

Adare are in the Munster championship for a second successive year but have been more successful this time. They lost to Loughmore-Castleiney in last year’s semi-final but gained revenge on Tipperary champions this year when they beat a highly-rated Toomevara side in the semi-final. Mark Foley, Wayne McNamara, Donncha Sheehan and Timmy Houlihan are Adare’s best known players on what is a well-balanced squad. Adare are bidding to become the first Limerick club to win the Munster title since Kilmallock were successful in 1994. Kilmallock, Patrickswell and Ballybrown are the Limerick clubs who have won the Munster title so far.

Paths to the final

Adare 1-11 Toomevara (Tipperary) 0-10
Conor Fitzgerald shot 0-6 as Adare beat Toomevara in the Gaelic grounds. A blistering start which yielded 1-4 in the first quarter set the Limerick champions on their way to victory and while Toomevara cut the gap to two points in the second half, Adare powered on to earn a place in the Munster final for the first time.

De La Salle 0-18 Sarsfields (Cork) 0-16.
Brian Phelan scored 0-5 and John Mullane and James Quirke 0-4 each as De Salle clinched a place in the final for the first time. The sides were level on eleven occasions, including half-time (0-9 each). It was equally tight in the second half before De La Salle edged home to complete a great week, having won the Waterford title for the first time seven days previously.

Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship

Adare (Limerick) v Toomevara (Tipperary)
Gaelic Grounds, 2.00pm

Sarsfields (Cork) v De La Salle (Waterford)
Pairc Ui Chaoimh, 2.00pm.

There will be new faces in the Munster final irrespective of who wins the Sarsfields v De La Salle semi-final on Sunday as both sides are competing in the provincial championship for the first time. Sarsfields won the Cork title for the first time in 51 years while De La Salle wrote their place in Waterford history by winning the county crown for the first time last Sunday when they beat Abbeyside by 0-11 to 0-9 in the final. Inspired by Waterford stars, John Mullane, Kevin Moran and Brian Phelan, De La Salle crowned a great season by finally capturing Waterford’s big prize and will now be hoping to break new frontiers when they take on Sarsfields.

The Cork champions have already put down a marker, having beaten Clonlara (Clare) by 0-26 to 0-10 in the Munster quarter-final. Former Cork star, Pat Ryan scored 0-13 for Sarsfields, who will also be looking to current inter-county men, Kieran and Kevin Murphy for leadership. Football star, Michael Cussen is also a key figure in their attack.

Toomevara are back in the Munster race for the 11th time since 1992 after winning a Tipperary championship where they beat Thurles Sarsfields by 2-14 to 0-17 in the final. Eoin Brislane scored 1-5 for Toome as they landed another county crown with an emphatic display. The Dunne and O’Brien brothers and Willie Ryan are other key figures for the Tipp champions.

Adare, coached by former Clare star, Ger O’Loughlin, retained the Limerick title with an 0-13 to 0-8 win over Adare. Conor Fitzgerald scored 0-7 for the winners who will also be looking to Mark Foley, Wayne McNamara, Timmy Houlihan and Donncha Sheehan to provide big day inspiration.

All-Ireland Club Senior Camogie Championship Final

Drom & Inch (Tipperary) vs. O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim)

New ground will be broken on Sunday with Antrim outfit O’Donovan Rossa and Drom & Inch from Tipperary vying for their first All Ireland senior club camogie title. The Donghamore venue in Ashbourne, County Meath is sure to bring out the crowds (2pm) as these novel finalists battle for the Bill Carroll Cup.

The task facing both teams is monumental. However, Munster champions Drom & Inch have endured a tougher route to the final, having dramatically defeated last year’s runners-up Athenry by the narrowest of margins in the All Ireland semi-final, and they will be hoping they can emulate fellow club side, Cashel, who brought the trophy to the Premier County only 12 months ago. Captain Norma Harrington, a primary schoolteacher in her native county, lines out at midfield for Drom &Inch. She believes their overall balance could prove decisive. “We don’t depend on any one person,” she says. “Every number on our team is important, and the blend of youth and experience is working well for us. This is a huge achievement for our club. Even to come out of Tipperary with the history of club camogie so strong, especially with teams like Toomevara and Cashel. “We are thrilled to be representing our county and province. It is a question of each match at a time. This has worked very well for us all year. Despite losing some of our more senior players from 2007, we have plugged away. On Sunday, it will come down to which team wants the title the most.”

O’Donovan Rossa, based in Belfast, surprised many with their emphatic victory over Dublin’s Ballyboden St Endas in their All Ireland penultimate game. Skipper Jane Adams – who picked up Antrim’s first ever All Star award at the weekend – sent out an emphatic message with her scoring prowess, hitting a massive 2-11 in Casement Park. She has the greatest of respect for the Munster side. “Drom & Inch are an amazing side, and have players with lots of experience. Players who have played at the highest level for Tipperary, so we are well aware of how tough it is going to be. It is an old cliché, but really it is 50-50 on the day.” Speaking of her All Star award, she hopes this will have a positive impact on her club. “Getting an All Star is absolutely brilliant. I couldn’t believe I had won. It is a huge benefit for camogie in the county and I just hope it can lift the girls for the final.”

Drom and Inch: R Kennelly; C Kennedy, N Harkin, P McGrath; S O’Meara, M Shortt, T Butler; T Shortt, N Harrington: J Ryan, M Looby, G Kinane; C Shortt, E Shanahan, S McGrath

O’Donovan Rossa: T McGowan; T Adams, P Green, M Quinn; A McCall, N McGuinness, B Orchin; C Doherty, S Daykin; K O’ Neill, G Connolly, O McCall; M McGourty, J Adams, M Stewart

Meanwhile, Kilmaley will proudly fly the Clare flag in the All Ireland junior club final, also on Sunday, at MacDonagh Park, Nenagh (2.30pm) when they face The Harps of Laois, who are bidding for a third consecutive victory.

Kilmaley: D Killeen; L Kennedy, D Lynch, O Keane; E Considine, S Reidy, S O’ Halloran; S Maher, A Griffey; H McMahon, E O’ Driscoll, S Enright; M Hehir, C McMahon, K Cahill

The Harps: M Brophy; E Cuddy, A Donohue, C Phelan; D Quigley, M Fitzpatrick, C Walsh; C Phelan, L Mahony; J Prior, A Hanlon, L Mahony; B Hosey, A Phelan, L Saunders

Munster Club Senior Football Championship

Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) will play Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick) in the Munster Club Senior Football Championship Final on Sunday December 7th.

Kilmurry-Ibrickane (Clare) 2-6
Galtee Rovers (Tipperary) 0-4 – Match Report

Dromcollogher-Broadford (Limerick) 0-7
Nemo Rangers (Cork) 0-6 – Match Report

Munster Post-Primary Schools Fixtures

See below the list of Munster Council Fixtures for the week ending November 28th. Please note these fixtures are subject to change depending on weather conditions.

Wednesday 26/11/08

Corn Uí Mhoráin U/15 A.F. Final
Tralee CBS v St. Brendan’s Killarney Strand Rd. Tralee 2.15p.m

Corn an Uachtaráin U/18 ½ B.F.
Bandon H.S. v Carrigaline C.S. Brinny 12.30.p.m.

Corn na Banndan U/15 B.F.
Clonmel H.S. v St. Caimin’s Shannon Tipperary 1.30.p.m.

Corn an Chuinneánaigh U/16 ½ B.H.
Doon CBS v Charleville CBS Claughaun 1.30. p.m.

Thursday 27/11/08

Corn an Rianaigh U/16 ½ A.H. Final
St. Flannan’s Ennis v Ardscoil Rís Limerick Clarecasrle 1.30.p.m

Friday 28/11/08

Corn Mhic Ruairí U/18 ½ C.H.
St. Augustine’s v Kilmallock Ardfinnan 12.30.p.m.

Munster Club Senior Football Championship

Nemo Rangers (Cork) vs. Kerins O’Rahillys (Kerry)
at 2:00pm on Sunday in Pairc Ui Chaoimh

Nemo Rangers, the most successful club in the history of the club football championships, begin their bid for a 15th Munster crown with a clash against a Kerins O’Rahillys side that qualified for the Kerry final with a 0-12 to 0-11 win over South Kerry last Sunday.

Managed by Jack O’Connor and with Kerry star, Tommy Walsh an inspiring figure in attack, the Kerrymen have high hopes of making progress in Munster but will need to be extremely good to dislodge a Nemo side who will be looking to Cork stars, Derek Kavanagh, Brian O’Regan, James Masters, Sean O’Brien and Paul Kerrigan to lead them on another exciting campaign.

They won the Cork title for a fourth year in a row when beating Douglas by 0-13 to 0-5 in the final.

Munster Club Senior Football Championship

Nemo Rangers (Cork) 2-12

Kerins O’Rahillys (Kerry) 0-12 – Two first half goals by Paul Kerrigan helped Nemo Rangers to a six point victory over Kerins O’Rahilly’s in the first round of the Munster Club Senior Football Championship on Sunday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

All-Ireland Senior Ladies Club Football Championship Final – Carnacon (Mayo) vs. Inch Rovers (Cork)

Carnacon (Mayo), thanks mainly to 11 Cora Staunton white flags, were too good for Inch Rovers (Cork) in Sunday’s VHI Healthcare All-Ireland Senior Ladies Club Football Championship final, as they won by 2-11 to 2-6 at O’Connor Park, Tullamore. Match Report