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Tipperary Hoping To Do Double In First Round Of Championship

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Tipperary Hoping To Do Double In First Round Of Championship thumbnailCork's Aoife Murray and Mary Ryan of Tipperary pictured at the launch of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Camogie Championships in Croke Park. MT23795JOC

TIPPERARY senior girls play host to old rivals Cork in the first round the senior camogie championship which gets underway on Saturday June 10th in the camogie pitch, the Ragg while the Intermediate team make the long trip North to take on Antrim. Throw in is down for 2.30pm. for both games.
The senior girls will then have a three week wait before hosting Munster champions Limerick on July 1st. Tipperary are in Group 2 with the remaining two games away, the first one is to Wexford on July 15th and the last one to neighbours Offaly on July 22nd. In Group 1 there is Clare, Galway, Dublin, Kilkenny and Waterford. The top team from each group will go straight to the All Ireland semi final on August 19th while those in 2nd and 3rd positions will contest the All Ireland quarter finals on August 5th.
This championship is wide open to all with little or nothing between any one of the teams in either group. Tipp didn't play Cork in last year's championship but did meet them in the League back in March. On that occasion it was only in the last half that the Rebels pulled away with the Premier girls giving them a scare. Neither players or management however are under any illusion as to how the bar is raised come championship season. 'We have a tough championship group this year but it's a sign of how far we have come that we are not worrying about anyone else but ourselves and our own standards going into it. We will be taking it one game at a time,' commented manager Brian Boyle.
Tipp will no doubt have learned a lot over the last number of months though and will be out to avenge that loss last March.
Although disappointed to lose out in the Munster semi final to the eventual winners Limerick, the Drom & Inch manager added 'Yes we were disappointed not to reach a Munster final but are determined that one bad day at the office is in no way going to define our season. These are a very determined and united bunch of girls who take immense pride in giving their best for their county. They are a pleasure to work with and one can only admire their drive and ambition. They only lost to Galway by a goal and Wexford by a point in last year's championship. They missed out on a league semi-final this year on score difference and lost to eventual Munster champions Limerick by a goal in the Munster semi final. We feel we have made considerable progress since then and are eager to put that to the test in the coming weeks,' he stated.
With a full panel to choose from Boyle has great praise for his charges and views Tipperary camogie to be in a good steady state when he said 'Tipperary senior camogie is in a great place in the last three years where we have reached a Munster final, two All Ireland quarter finals, a league semi final, won four of our last five competitive games, three of these coming away from home, and we will need that kind of belief and consistency to come through our group. The girls demand that from themselves all the time anyway. There is such an air of positivity around camogie in the county at the moment we are so thankful for all the support we have received from sponsors, media, county board and it is so heartening to see the support get behind Tipperary once again. The commitment and time these girls put into preparing to give their best for their county has to be seen to be believed,' he added.
Preparations are going well and the Drom & Inch man harbours an ambition to get this senior team to the top of the ladder so he leaves no stone unturned in the preparation stages. He is joined by Sarah Devane (Ballina), Tim Maher (Burgess), Bill Mullaney (Newport), Denis Kelly (Borrisoleigh) (Coach), Fitness and S and C Team Robbie Cassidy, Patrick Lowry, Sinead Costello, Maggie O'Grady and the backroom team is completed with Dr Paul Scully while the Physio is Lauren Guilfoyle
‘We are going to do all in our power to make sure everyone will be proud of the girls. Before a ball is pucked at all the overriding feeling from management has to be of pride to see this team embrace the standards set for them and consistently push the bar higher and demand more of themselves. We hope the county gets behind them and gives them the support they deserve,' he said.
Tipperary Panel: Mary Ryan (Captain) (Moneygall), Orla McEniry (Cahir), Julie Ann Bourke (Borrisoleigh), Gemma Grace (Duharra), Ciannait Walsh (Éire Óg Annacarthy), Aoife McGrath (Drom & Inch), Teresa Ryan (Borrisoleigh), Caoimhe Maher (Duharra), Ereena Fryday (Clonoulty Rossmore), Cait Devane (Clonoulty Rossmore), Jenny Grace (Duharra), Keely Lenihan (Newport Ballinahinch), Miriam Campion (Drom & Inch), Sabrina Larkin (Shannon Rovers), Emer Loughman (Clonoulty Rossmore), Eimear Murphy (Silvermines), Jenny Logue (Tulloroan), Carol Casey (Cahir), Clodagh Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore), Roisin Howard (Cahir), Megan Ryan (Roscrea), Grace O'Brien (Éire Óg Nenagh), Ciardha Maher (Duharra), Mairead Eviston (Drom & Inch), Orla O Dwyer (Cashel King Cormacs), Mairead Teehan (Moneygall), Nicole Walsh (Borrisoleigh).

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