Draws Made For Tipperary Hurling Championships

Thursday, 26 January 2017

THURLES Sarsfields will have to do it the hard way if they are to win a fourth Tipperary Water County senior hurling final in a row after the draws for this year's Dan Breen Championship were revealed live on Tipp FM Radio at the Dome in Semple Stadium last Monday night.

The holders have to face Kilruane MacDonaghs and Nenagh Eire Og in Group three with two out of three advancing to the knockout stages.

Sixteen teams were divided into four groups of four and while Thurles Sarsfields will see a difficult road ahead it is not half as daunting as the path Kiladangan will face.

The beaten finalists have Borris-Ileigh, Upperchurch Drombane and Loughmore Castleiney in what one could safely call the group of death.

In a new look championship, the top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout stages. In addition if a team fails to reach the last eight but wins a divisional championship there will be a preliminary round game involving the divisional winner and a team that tops their group.

Thurles Sarsfields, Kiladangan, Clonoulty Rossmore and Killenaule were seeded number one teams with Borris-Ileigh, Drom Inch, Kilruane MacDonaghs and Mullinahone seeded number two.

Seeded number three were Upperchurch Drombane, Portroe, Nenagh Eire Og and Eire Og Anacarty while Loughmore Castleiney, Ballina, Carrick Swans and Burgess were seeded number four based on the fact they were promoted from Roinn 2 in 2016.

Interestingly there will be three local derbies - one in each group - Borris-Ileigh v Upperchurch Drombane; Portroe v Ballina and Kilruane MacDonaghs v Nenagh Eire Og.

The make up of the first round pairings will be published soon with the first round due to be played on the first available Sunday in April based on how Tipperary fare in the Allianz hurling and football leagues.

The four groups are as follows:

Group 1: Kiladangan, Borris-Ileigh, Upperchurch Drombane and Loughmore Castleiney.

What a group! There won't be a puck of the ball between any of these teams. Kiladangan and Loughmore were respective divisional champions last year. Loughmore beat Drom Inch in the mid decider but Drom Inch over turned the result in the Preliminary quarter final before losing to Kiladangan who went further than any of them to reach the county final. Both Borris-Ileigh and Upperchurch Drombane are the dark horses here and will need all their luck to gain a place in the knockout stages. Kiladangan and Loughmore to advance.

Group 2: Clonoulty Rossmore, Drom Inch, Portroe and Ballina.

No debate here! Clonoulty Rossmore and Drom to advance with Portroe and Ballina to battle it out for survival.

Group 3: Thurles Sarsfield, Kilruane MacDonaghs, Nenagh Eire Og and Carrick Swans.

With Thurles Sarsfields looking certain to advance the battle for second place between Kilruane MacDonaghs and Nenagh Eire Og will certainly be a hot one. Based on last year's results Kilruane MacDonaghs will make the knockout stages while Nenagh Eire Og should avoid the drop to the Seamus O'Riain Cup making way for Carrick Swans to go down.

Group 4: Killenaule, Mullinahone, Eire Og Annacarty and Burgess.

Based on last year's campaign, both Killenaule and Burgess will make the knockout stages. This leaves Eire Og Annacarty and Mullinahone in a battle to avoid the drop to the Seamus O'Riain with Mullinahone the most likely to go down.


Thirteen Do Battle For Seamus O'Riain Cup

Roscrea will have a tough battle if they are to return to Roinn One after the draws of the Seamus O'Riain Cup were presented live on TIPP FM in the Dome Semple Stadium last Monday evening.

Thirteen teams will do battle, seven from North Tipperary with the baker's dozen divided into four groups. The draw revealed Roscrea in a group of four with Toomevara, Ballingarry and new arrivals Newport. Both Templederry and Silvermines have to contend with Moycarkey Borris while J K Brackens and Clonakenny will form a difficult group for Borrisokane. Lorrha have a tough assignment in the company of Holycross -Ballycahill and Knockavilla Kickhams.

In a change from last year (when the four Groups winners were involved in the knockout stages) the four group winners will feature in semi finals and a final in search of Seamus O'Riain Cup honours. And while they don't go directly to the knockout stages of the Dan Breen Cup they could yet be involved if the take the circuitous route of winning a divisional title.

Roscrea, Templederry, J K Brackens and Lorrha were seeded as top teams and kept apart.

The Four Groups are:

Group 1: Roscrea, Ballingarry, Toomevara and Newport

Group 2: Templederry, Moycarkey Borris and Silvermines.

Group 3: J K Brackens, Borrisokane and Clonakenny

Group 4: Lorrha, Holycross-Ballycahill and Knockavilla Kickams.


Intermediate Hurling Championship Draw

Roscrea will face a tough group in their quest to win the Tipperary Water County Intermediate Hurling Championship based on the draw made live on Tipp FM at The Dome Semple Stadium last Monday night.

Roscrea will have to meet their neighbours Moneygall and then take on Drom Inch who never fail to match the best despite being team number two in the club.

It will be a tough path for Shannon Rovers. They have West champions Sean Treacys in their group along with Carrick Davins and a Cashel King Cormacs side who they will be meeting for the third year in a row. Meanwhile Ballinahinch are in what will be known as the group of death which includes Thurles Sarsfields who were beaten in the county final last year against Newport.

Five teams represent the North division and 2016 Junior Champions, Kiladangan have equally a tough assignment.

There are six groups with the top two teams making the knockout stages while a divisional winner outside the top twelve will take their place in the preliminary quarter final round.

The six groups are as follows:

First team mentioned were seeded number one.

Group 1: Thurles Sarsfields, Golden Kilfeacle, Gortnahoe Glengoole and Ballinahinch.

As beaten County finalists, Thurles Sarsfields will see themselves as favourites to go forward. However Gortnahoe Glengoole were seconds away from a place in the county semi final but lost to eventual champions Newport in injury time. Meanwhile Ballinahinch - North champions for the first time ever in 2016 - were not that far away but don't rule Golden Kilfeacle who were runners up in the West final. Not an easy group to predict.

Group 2: Moneygall, Roscrea and Drom Inch

Having dropped down from Senior level, Moneygall will have a tough assignment when facing neighbours Roscrea and Drom Inch. While not an easy task, Moneygall should survive to reach the knockout stages.

Group 3: Moyne Templetuohy, Saint Mary's and Boherlahan.

Moyne Templetuohy, like Moneygall returned to Intermediate grade but will be up against an improving Saint Mary's side who hope to make a strong challenge on the back of two County Minor A Hurling titles while Boherlahan who want nothing more than a return to senior grade after being relegated in 2015. Difficult to see who will qualify?

Group 4: Sean Treacys, Shannon Rovers, Carrick Davins and Cashel King Cormacs.

A tight group indeed! Beaten county semi finalists and west champions, Sean Treacys will have a wealth of experience for this year's campaign. Carrick Davins will also gain experience from their divisional victory in South Tipp. This leaves both Shannon Rovers and Cashel King Cormacs trailing but due to a lack of success in recent years both sides will want to make up for lost ground.

Both Sean Treacys and Carrick Davins will fancy their chances of making the last eight.

Group 5: Lattin Cullen Gaels, Cappawhite, Kiladangan and Arravale Rovers

It was almost a west divisional battle but for the inclusion of Kiladangan, the new kids on the block in this grade. It will be a difficult test for them with Lattin Cullen Gaels well experienced having reached the semi final last year. Cappawhite will surely rise to the occasion in a bid to get back senior after being relegated in 2015. Then there is Arravale Rovers who are never an easy team to beat any year. Lattin and Cappawhite to survive.

Group 6: Kilsheelan Kilcash, Galtee Rovers and Moyle Rovers.

Another difficult group to decide upon! The three teams reached last year's knockout stages and will feel they have a good chance of doing better this year.

Kilsheelan Kilcash reached the quarter final stage last year but fell to Newport by a big margin. Moyle Rovers were victims also in the quarter final when losing to Lattin Cullen Gaels while Galtee Rovers fell to Thurles Sarsfields in the preliminary quarter final. This is a group where much depend on the form their respective football teams do. Luck will decide.


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