Monday 15 October 2012

Excellent Tipperary Decider

County Tipperary SHC Final:

Thurles Sarsfields 1-21; Drom-Inch 2-15

I was delighted that the Tipperary Senior Hurling Final between near neighbours, Thurles Sarsfields and Drom-Inch, produced such skillful striking and fine sportsmanship. It was a credit to both teams. There were fine individual performances on both sides with two players outstanding: Aidan McCormack, especially in the first half, for Sarsfields and Johnny Ryan, all through, for Drom. There were others. Johnny Enright, like good whiskey, is getting better with age. Well done to Sarsfields on winning their 32nd title. I hope that Drom-Inch are back at the victory podium soon as this fine group of players deserves more than one title.

Moving to Galway: I was sorry to learn that Portumna were beaten. Whenever I have seen their games on television they have always produced hurling out of the top drawer, and their conduct has been impeccable.

I don't feel that it is out of place here to express my delight at Shane Lowry's victory in the Portugal Masters at the Victoria golf course in Villamoura. He is a very likable young man, and I know that with his skill and temperament he will win more majors in the future.

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