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Here is the state of play following today's Football Qualifier draw

Donegall will face a Cork side who produced a brilliant second half performance to see off Longford on Saturday.
Mayo's reward for their victory over Kildare on Saturday is a tie against Westmeath who were trounced by Dublin in yesterday's Leinster final despite putting up a brave first-half performance in Croke Park.
The two winners from the Group A matches (Clare/Roscommon and Derry/Tipperary) will meet Kerry and Galway in the All-Ireland quarter finals.
However, as counties that have already clashed in a provincial final cannot meet again in the quarter final, the pairings in the last eight could be predetermined depending on the results of the two qualifier matches next Saturday night.
Essentially if either of the beaten provincial finalists (Roscommon or Tipperary) wins, the draw will be pre-determined as Tipp cannot play Kerry again and Roscommon can't face Galway in the quarter-finals. However, if Clare and Derry win then a draw will be required.
In the other side of the draw the two winners from the Group B matches (Cork/Donegal) & (Mayo/Westmeath) will meet Dublin or Tyrone in the last eight.
The same rules apply - there cannot be a repeat provincial final pairing in a quarter final so if either of the beaten provincial finalists win (Donegal or Westmeath) then the quarter final draw is predetermined as Donegal cannot Tyrone or Westmeath cannot play Dublin again.
But if Cork and Mayo both win a draw will be required to determine who faces Dublin and Tyrone in the quarters.
The lop-sided nature of the draw is now apparent. There are only two counties (Kerry and Roscommon) who will play in Division 1 next season in the Group A section while in Group B there are four (Donegal, Mayo, Dublin and Tyrone).
Kerry could reach the All-Ireland semi-final without having to play a Division 1 team or a team outside Munster while Donegal will probably have to beat Cork, Dublin and Kerry to reach the final where their likely opponents could be Tyrone!
Just to compound the confusion surrounding the structure of the latter stages of the championship, the All-Ireland semi-final draw is predetermined and counties who have already clashes in the series can meet again.
The draw is Galway (or the team that beat them in the quarter-final) v Tyrone (or the team beat that beats them in the quarter final) with the second semi-final being contested by Dublin (or the team that beats them in the quarter final) v Kerry (or the team that beat them in the quarter final)
The fixtures for the remaining qualifiers and the All-Ireland quarter-finals: Saturday July 23
Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 4A Qualifiers Clare v Roscommon, Pearse Stadium, Salthill, 3.00pm (Sky Sports)

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 19/07/2016 17:03:47   1886494

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Kearns fumes over Ulster venue for Tipp's Derry qualifier, (and I say its Disgusting)

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns is demanding answers from GAA fixtures chiefs after the Premier County were fixed to play Derry at an Ulster venue in next Saturday's All-Ireland SFC round 4A qualifier.

Kearns estimates that Tipperary will have to travel at least an hour further than Derry for the tie at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan.
And he also believes that Derry have an unfair advantage in that they beat Cavan at the same venue in last Saturday's qualifier clash.
Kearns revealed that Tipperary pushed for Pearse Stadium in Salthill or Tullamore's O'Connor Park but those pleas fell on deaf ears. And he's queried why Pearse Stadium couldn't have staged a double-header on Saturday - as Clare and Roscommon have been fixed to play there.
Kearns fumed: "I don't know what the rationale was for choosing the venue. It's a lovely pitch but it's not a neutral venue and there are disparate travelling times for both teams.
"Some of our guys would need four hours to get from Tipperary to Cavan, while some of the Derry lads could make it in an hour and a half.
"I'd like somebody in the CCCC to explain how they came up with that.
"We went in looking for Galway or Tullamore. We might not have expected to get either of those venues but we didn't expect Breffni Park.
"Could they not have played the two in Galway?"
Kearns added: "It's also an Ulster venue and they (Derry) played there last Saturday.
"All of those factors are giving them an advantage. Clare are playing Roscommon at a Connacht venue but at least Galway is halfway between Clare and Roscommon.
"We'll go up the night before. You can't do a four-hour bus journey and perform.
"I'm not sure yet whether we'll go all the way. We'll probably stay somewhere two-thirds of the way and go from there on Saturday."
Kearns will be without Shane O'Connell, who came on as a sub in the Munster final defeat to Kerry, and Ian Fahey because of injury.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 19/07/2016 20:17:47   1886632

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Replying To JC Wales:  "Kearns fumes over Ulster venue for Tipp's Derry qualifier, (and I say its Disgusting)

Tipperary manager Liam Kearns is demanding answers from GAA fixtures chiefs after the Premier County were fixed to play Derry at an Ulster venue in next Saturday's All-Ireland SFC round 4A qualifier.

Kearns estimates that Tipperary will have to travel at least an hour further than Derry for the tie at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan.
And he also believes that Derry have an unfair advantage in that they beat Cavan at the same venue in last Saturday's qualifier clash.
Kearns revealed that Tipperary pushed for Pearse Stadium in Salthill or Tullamore's O'Connor Park but those pleas fell on deaf ears. And he's queried why Pearse Stadium couldn't have staged a double-header on Saturday - as Clare and Roscommon have been fixed to play there.
Kearns fumed: "I don't know what the rationale was for choosing the venue. It's a lovely pitch but it's not a neutral venue and there are disparate travelling times for both teams.
"Some of our guys would need four hours to get from Tipperary to Cavan, while some of the Derry lads could make it in an hour and a half.
"I'd like somebody in the CCCC to explain how they came up with that.
"We went in looking for Galway or Tullamore. We might not have expected to get either of those venues but we didn't expect Breffni Park.
"Could they not have played the two in Galway?"
Kearns added: "It's also an Ulster venue and they (Derry) played there last Saturday.
"All of those factors are giving them an advantage. Clare are playing Roscommon at a Connacht venue but at least Galway is halfway between Clare and Roscommon.
"We'll go up the night before. You can't do a four-hour bus journey and perform.
"I'm not sure yet whether we'll go all the way. We'll probably stay somewhere two-thirds of the way and go from there on Saturday."
Kearns will be without Shane O'Connell, who came on as a sub in the Munster final defeat to Kerry, and Ian Fahey because of injury."
I agree it's a bad choice but not because of the distance. It would take me longer getting there than most in tipp due to the roads up here in the NW being neglected for the past 70 years. Must be the only city in Ireland with no motorway and the only European 'country' with a single lane road between its 2 major cities despite smaller (unionist) towns having motorway. Parnell park would have been ideal. I think with our 6 day turnaround the fact we played there last week as making the game more even if not fair. Also I don't see tipp players suffering if they are heading up the night before and staying in a nice hotel. It will mean they have much less travel than the derry team on matchday

DoireCityFC (Derry) - Posts:1511 - 19/07/2016 21:37:37   1886679

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Tipp's history maker Ronan Maher

The Under 21 Hurling grade at Munster and All-Ireland level first came in to existence in 1964 with Tipperary being the first winners of both titles in a team captained by Francis Loughnane of Roscrea. In the intervening 52 years, many excellent hurlers have played in the Under 21 competition and have gone on to become household names in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship.

During that period, a number of hurlers have progressed from the Minor ranks straight in to their respective Senior inter-county panels and had the task of combining Under 21 and Senior Hurling Championship duties in the same season. In most cases, a young up and coming hurler has assumed a supporting role in their Senior set-up, often starting on the wings or in the corner before progressing in later years to a more central position in the team.
During the history of the GAA, the position of centre-back is usually reserved for a team's best hurler. Someone who can read the play, help out their fellow defensive colleagues and also mark their own player successfully. It is a position where certainly in previous eras, demanded a physicality not often found in Under 21 players.
And while hurling in more recent years has become a faster game where pace and power are the key ingredients, the centre-back position is rarely entrusted to a young up and coming hurler.
To illustrate this point, in the 52 years since the Under 21 grade began, no Under 21 hurler has ever lined out at centre-back on a successful Munster Senior Hurling Final team until 2016. In his fourth year playing Under 21, Ronan Maher (who will turn 21 on October 9th, 2016) lined out in the centre-back position in the 2016 Munster Final and became the first ever Under 21 hurler to do so on a Munster Senior Hurling Final winning team.
With so many good centre-backs playing for Munster counties over the years, such a statistic seems improbable. Some of the best centre-backs over the years such as Ronan Curran (Cork), Sean McMahon (Clare), Conor O'Mahony (Tipp) and John Crowley (Cork) would have established themselves on their respective Senior teams at an early age but alas, their county was either not successful at the Senior grade in their early years on the team or they started out playing wing-back before moving in to the centre at the age of 22 or 23.
What makes the achievement of Ronan Maher last Sunday even more remarkable is that one has to delve in the history books all the way back to 1955 to find a centre-back on a Munster Senior Hurling Final winning team as young as the current Tipperary defender. In that season, 18 year old Seamus Ryan of Cappamore lined out at centre-back in Limerick's 2-15 to 2-6 victory over Clare. Before that, one has to go back to the 1938 season when Waterford were crowned Munster champions thanks to a 3-5 to 2-5 victory over Clare with a certain John Keane lining out at centre-back. John was born on February 16th 1917 so had recently turned 21 before helping his county to Munster Senior honours that season. John's impact on the game of hurling and of the centre-back position is one of folklore, a position enshrined by John's inclusion at centre-back on both the Team of the Century (selected in 1984) and the Team of the Millennium (chosen in 1999).
Congratulations to Ronan Maher on this achievement and we look forward to following his career in the Blue and Gold in to the future.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 20/07/2016 19:58:04   1887225

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Replying To DoireCityFC:  "I agree it's a bad choice but not because of the distance. It would take me longer getting there than most in tipp due to the roads up here in the NW being neglected for the past 70 years. Must be the only city in Ireland with no motorway and the only European 'country' with a single lane road between its 2 major cities despite smaller (unionist) towns having motorway. Parnell park would have been ideal. I think with our 6 day turnaround the fact we played there last week as making the game more even if not fair. Also I don't see tipp players suffering if they are heading up the night before and staying in a nice hotel. It will mean they have much less travel than the derry team on matchday"
We in Limerick have had this problem as well. We had to go to Sligo to play Derry, Roscommon to play Mayo and Drom Broadford had to go to Longford to play Crossmaglen in an All Ireland Semi Final.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts:916 - 21/07/2016 00:19:04   1887361

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Happy Birthday to Holycross-Ballycahill and Tipperary hurler Cathal Barrett 23 today enjoy.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 21/07/2016 15:54:31   1887753

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All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 4A: Derry v Tipperary

Derry 1. Thomas Mallon (An Lúb)
2. Gareth McKinless (Baile an Doire)3. Chrissy McKaigue (Sleacht Néill) (C) 4. Karl McKaigue (Sleacht Néill)
5. Ciarán McFaul (Gleann) 6. Brendan Rogers (Sleacht Néill) 7. Ciarán Mullan (Eoghan Rua)
8. Conor McAtamney (Suaitreach) 9. Niall Holly (Eoghan Rua)
10. Daniel Heavron (Machaire Fíolta) 11. Christopher Bradley (Sleacht Néill) 12. Eoghan Brown (Baile Eachaidh)
13. James Kielt (Cill Ria) 14. Emmett McGuckin (Machaire Fíolta) 15. Mark Lynch (Beannchar)

Subs. 16. Conor McLarnon (Machaire Fíolta) 17. Neil Forester (Baile Stíl) 18. Liam McGoldrick (Eoghan Rua)
19. Michael McEvoy (Machaire Fíolta) 20. Cailean O'Boyle (Leamhaigh) 21. Oisín Duffy (Forghleann)
22. Niall Toner (Leamhaigh) 23. Niall Loughlin (Grianloch) 24. Emmett Bradley (Gleann)
25. Enda Lynn (Grianloch) 26. Gerard O'Kane (Gleann an Iolair)

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 22/07/2016 13:54:06   1888188

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If Hurler of the Year was being given out today, this would be the shortlist

Cathal Barrett (Tipperary)

He doesn't make too many headlines but his performances so far this year have made him, arguably, Tipp's best player on the pitch.
Tasked with the unattractive job of keeping opposition forward lines quiet, Barrett has done so impressively, rarely putting a sliotar wrong.
Tipp have only conceded one goal in this year's championship and the 22-year-old played a huge role in that incredible feat, marking and muzzling some of the most potent goal scorers in the country.
A man-of-the-match performance in the Munster semi-final against Limerick, where his side were reduced to 14 men, earned him a nomination for June Player of the Month and with Tipps in scintillating form at the moment, the 2014 Young Hurler of the Year could be adding more accolades to his collection later in the summer.

Jonjo Farrell (Kilkenny)

The absence of players like Richie Power and Ger Aylward provided the likes of Farrell with an opportunity to capitalize on others' misfortune.
The 27-year-old didn't think twice about the opportunity and notched 1-5 from play against Dublin in their first game of the campaign.
Farrell followed up that phenomenal performance with another against Galway in the Leinster final. The forward scored 1-4 from play helping Kilkenny on their way to, once again,

Austin Gleeson

The master of sideline cuts has been a prominent force for the Déise for a while now, despite only turning 21 recently.
The versatility with an ability to play in the majority of positions on the pitch, is what makes him a cut above the rest on the field.
June Player of the Month, Gleeson was key in Waterford's success over Clare as he displayed just how difficult he is to mark. No other player in the country can switch as seamlessly from the full-forward line to the half-back line as effectively as the student can.
Shutting down Gleeson's influence on the game will be key for any team hoping to end Waterford's summer.

Brendan Maher (Tipperary)

Maher's midfield partner Michael Breen may receive a lot of the plaudits for his daring runs up the field, but it is the Borris-Ileigh clubman that gives Breen the license to push up and score.
The Tipperary captain has come into his own during the Munster championship, acting as the fulcrum in an unforgiving Tipperary structure in midfield, his most natural position.
His physical presence in the middle of the pitch is a daunting imposition for any opposition. This was never more evident than in the Munster semi-final when John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer's sending off reduced Tipperary to 14 men.
The 27-year-old reacted with physical prowess, driving his county onto the Munster final. A man-of-the-match performance in the final assured him of his place on this list.

Tony Kelly (Clare)

Kelly has displayed many flashes of brilliance already this year, reminding us of his exploits from the 2013 campaign.
Ten points in a hammering against Laois was quickly followed up by a further nine points against Munster rivals Limerick, helping Clare on their way back to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
A hiccup against Waterford has been well-forgotten by now and the Ballyea man has a whiff of blood in his nostrils. Opponents beware.

Conor Fogarty (Kilkenny)

The 26-year-old has been pivotal to Kilkenny's success up to now and looks set to play a determining role in the middle third of the pitch as the season progresses.
His roaming nature in the middle of the field is akin to a brick wall across the pitch. He gathers any floating or loose balls around the area and is well capable of picking out his target from distance too.
He faced stiff competition from 2014 Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan in a battle for the Leinster final man-of-the-match award but three impressive points and a relentless effort to set up a Jonjo Farrell goal landed him the honour.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 22/07/2016 20:13:30   1888350

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Michael Quinlivan says victory crucial for Tipperary's long-term progression

He insists that he has no regrets about turning down the chance to pursue a professional soccer career Waterford United put a contract offer on the table. He turned it down and finished the season as an All-Ireland medallist.
He was stand-out performers that year and in the final against Dublin, he banged home a nerveless penalty at the Hill 16 End. The following year, he was making his senior championship debut against Kerry, scoring seven points.
Not much fazes him a trainee accountant with PwC.
I've been living in Dublin for the last two years. I live with Alan Campbell but driving down through traffic out of Dublin two nights a week isn't the easiest." His Tipp teammates, who are also based in the capital, including Campbell and Donal Lynch, usually travel down to training in Thurles by train, and Quinlivan will ferry them back later in the evening.
He lined out with the local Clonmel Town club and when he was just 12, pulled on the green shirt of the Republic of Ireland. The previous year's team featured current senior internationals Robbie Brady and Jeff Hendrick but there was a serious crop from Clonmel knocking around at that time too.
2 of Quinlivan's mates, Greg Henry and Colman Kennedy, played in that 2011 minor decider and are now in the US on soccer scholarships. Hurling was never big on Quinlivan's radar but he did play the small ball code to U16 level.

He smiles: "I was more useful with my hand than the hurley.
"I'd stand inside, catch it and give it to somebody who could hit it. But it was never for me, I was big into the soccer and that was number one until I was 18.
"Waterford offered me the chance to play League of Ireland but that same year we were playing minor with Tipp. I didn't think I was ready for that (LOI) level at 18 and football has taken over since."
Quinlivan packed in soccer completely last year to focus on his Gaelic Football commitments and it's been a remarkable few months since.
Commercials won the county title and then became the first club from Tipperary to land a Munster crown. He linked up with the Tipp seniors after that and scored one of the first half goals as the Premier County stunned Cork in the provincial semi-final.

But Quinlivan harbours regrets from the Munster final defeat against Kerry, insisting that Tipp could have done better.
He reveals: "We were a bit down after the Kerry game but things have picked up again. The thing that rankled was that we didn't do ourselves justice. Kerry had their homework done on targeting some of our bigger players and they put the shackles on a few of our guys.
"Their forwards worked really, really hard but we learned a lot from that game. Anytime you lose, you learn and at least we have another chance. If that was the end of the year, you'd be kicking yourself for another nine months."
Opportunity knocks for Tipperary this evening when they tackle Derry at Kingspan Breffni Park - with an All-Ireland quarter-final place on offer for the winners. And Quinlivan agrees with captain Peter Acheson's view that victory is vital for the long-term progression of football in the county.
"Definitely," he says. "Maybe in years gone by people didn't see playing football as a realistic option. If you were given the dual option, hurling was number one but we've gained more recognition in the last while. It's our third time in the last 12 in five years and the next step is to reach a quarter-final. We wanted to reach a Munster final this year, we achieved that, but this is arguably a bigger game than the Munster final for the long-term future."

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 23/07/2016 11:49:06   1888466

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Best wishes to the Tipp Senior Footballers v Derry today at 5pm

Go out give your all and you will be there at the end.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 23/07/2016 16:31:16   1888555

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Tipp 0-5 Derry 0-3 13mins

going well

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 23/07/2016 17:17:53   1888574

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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Tipperary 0-10 Derry 1-8 (HT)

A few bad wides crept Tipps game but still in it Derry have wind in 2nd half.

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 23/07/2016 17:55:42   1888587

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Replying To JC Wales:  "Tipp 0-5 Derry 0-3 13mins

going well"
Tipp 1-17 Derry 1-13

Going great

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 23/07/2016 18:23:21   1888603

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Tipp 1-21 Derry 2-17

Fantastic Tipp

JC Wales (Tipperary) - Posts:2819 - 23/07/2016 18:40:54   1888612

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