ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL REPORT MONDAY 16TH APRIL BY JOHN MANLEY
REPORTERS OF THE WEEK
Well done to this week’s Tipperary Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Reporter of the Week Patrick O’ Gorman Holycross NS.
MY FAVOURITE GAA MEMORY BY PATRICK O’ GORMAN HOLYCROSS NS
Without a doubt, My favourite GAA memory was the 2010 All-Ireland hurling final. Undoubtedly it was one of the best days of my life. Kilkenny were going for the five in a row but Tipp had other ideas. When I reached Croke Park I began to feel the nerves. My mind was doing circles in my head. When I got to my seat, I watched with curiosity at the minor hurling final. It was quite an interesting battle between Galway and Kilkenny, but, unfortunately, Kilkenny came out on top. The next match was the big one, Kilkenny and Tipperary. Up The Premier County!!!! After a long half an hour, eventually the teams sprinted onto the pitch. The noise was deafening! I couldn’t hear myself speak. All I could hear was “up the cats up Tipp”. For fifteen minutes both teams warmed up slowly. Then the toss of the coin was done. Kilkenny won the toss and voted to play against the wind. Was it the right decision? Finally the ball was thrown in. My heartbeat raced, my mouth went suddenly dry and a buzzing filled both ears .The buzzing grew more intense as my nervousness gave way to terror. Kilkenny had won the ball and fired it down the field. One of the Tipp backs caught the ball and passed it to Shane McGrath who caught the ball and fired it over the bar. After ten minutes, Larry Corbett smashed the ball into the Kilkenny net. The crowd couldn’t believe their eyes!! The score was one goal and three to a point to Tipp. After twelve minutes Henry Shefflin came out of a tackle and was hopping around like a kangaroo. The game was immediately pulled up and the Kilkenny doctors legged it across the field and King Henry was substituted and Michael Rice came on. Three minutes before half time Richie Power crashed a ball into the Tipp net. Oh no! I thought that when Kilkenny got a goal, they would go on to win the match. Thankfully the referee blew the half – time whistle. The score was one goal and ten for Tipp, one goal and nine for Kilkenny. My heart was beating like a giant elastic band as I waited for the second half to begin. Finally the teams ran onto the pitch and the game began again. Tipp won the ball immediately and scored a point. Good start to the second half for Tipp, but it got even better! Another goal from Larry Corbett was a real boost! Things went from bad to worse for Kilkenny. Noel McGrath kicked in the ball from three metres out. I was squealing with delight and so were twenty thousand Tipp fans. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at the score. OMG! Tipp three goals and eleven points to one goal and ten. Five minutes to go! Can we hold on and win the Liam McCarthy Cup? Suddenly, Bonnar Maher broke through the Kilkenny defence, passed the ball to Lar. Bang! The ball was in the back of the cat’s net for the fourth time. The nail was in the cat’s coffin. The referee blew the full time whistle! Yes!! The five in a row has been banished! Eoin Kelly lifts the Liam McCarthy cup. Up Tipp! McCarthy is coming home!
SCORING SUPREMO ALAN WALSH SHINES OUT
Ardfinnan 7-3 Ballyporeen 1-3.
This opening game of the U-13 Championship was played in perfect conditions and in excellent spirit from both sides. Though Ardfinnan started the strongest the brave Bally boys went ahead with an early goal. The maroons held firm however with great full back play from Darragh O Leary and some important stops from goalie Brett Adams. For Ballyporeen young Rian Hennessey had a brilliant half but was too far down the pitch to show it on the scoreboard. Kevin O Mahoney also put in an energetic performance throughout. Ardfinnan's switching of scoring supremo Alan Walsh (5-2) to full forward put the Bally backs under tremendous pressure. Alan had an outstanding game. His three goals and a point in the first half set up his team for the win and his further two goals and a point in the second half sealed the deal. Despite the big gap in scores between the teams doesn't reflect the spirited efforts of the Bally team, who never gave up and were unlucky not to tag on at least another two goals in the second half. Bally's goalie for the 2nd half, Eoin Fitzgerald, pulled off two great saves and can be proud of that. Players for Ardfinnan who stood out for their fine hurling included the skilled and stylish Oisín Ryan (1-0), John Condon and young Luke O Brien (1-0). Also on the team and doing well were Michael Cunningham (0-1), Seán Doyle, Emmet Cowan, James Condon and Joseph Betts. Thanks to Frankie O Brien for refereeing and to the Bally Groundsman Pat Macken for preparing the pitch on the day.
TIPPERARY ALLIANZ CUMANN NA MBUNSCOL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Name: Michael Marnell
School: St. Colmcille’s N.S Templemore
Favourite Player: Bonner Maher
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Tipperary winning All Ireland in 2010
Favourite Movie: Rambo 3
Name: Andrew Ormond
School: St.Colmcille’s NS Templemore
Favourite Player: Noel McGrath
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Winning the County Championship with JK Brackens
Favourite Movie: Gladiator
Name: Bill Purcell
School: St. Colmcille’s NS Templemore
Favourite Player: Brendan Cummins
Favourite G.A.A Moment: Winning gold in Semple Stadium
Favourite Movie: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
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