Munster GAA chiefs were last night expected to provide Tipperary officials with an extra week to complete their county senior hurling championship in time for the provincial series.
The Tipp representatives were due to play their Waterford counterparts on October 23 – at a Tipperary venue – but that game will now take place on October 30.
Tipp officials will attempt to manage a fixtures pile-up following a stunning season that saw the senior hurlers finish as All-Ireland champions, while the senior footballers competed in a first All-Ireland semi-final in 81 years.
The board are confident that they will meet the deadlines but some clubs, particularly those with dual interests, will be asked to play midweek.
Meanwhile, a host of Tipperary’s All-Ireland senior hurling winners will return to club activity over the weekend – while two have already made significant impacts since last Sunday.
Conor O’Brien scored a late winning goal for Éire Óg Annacarty in a thrilling 2-16 to 1-18 victory over Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams on Wednesday evening.
Annacarty, who also feature Tipperary’s sub-goalkeeper Darragh Mooney in their ranks, will now meet John O’Keeffe’s Clonoulty-Rossmore in a pivotal fixture next Sunday.
In a three-team group, which is being run off on a round-robin basis, the Annacarty-Clonoulty clash is a must-win fixture for both clubs.
Also on Wednesday evening, Donagh Maher starred for Burgess in their North SHC quarter-final victory over Borrisokane.
Burgess ran out 2-20 to 0-16 winners and will now face Kilruane MacDonaghs in Sunday’s divisional semi-final in Nenagh (3.30pm).
Kilruane will have Niall O’Meara, who came on as sub in last Sunday’s senior final, in their starting line-up, with minor winners Jerome Cahill and Cian Darcy also expected to feature.
The stand-out fixture of the weekend in Tipperary, however, is the Mid final clash between Loughmore-Castleiney and Seamus Callanan’s Drom & Inch.
Drom have already qualified for the business end of the county championship but Loughmore – who will have the McGrath brothers leading their charge – need to win the divisional to extend their Dan Breen interest (Templetuohy, 3.30pm).
Last Sunday was an historic day for the McGraths as Brian captained the minors to glory, before Noel and John starred in the senior victory over Kilkenny.
In the South, it’s also divisional final day as Mullinahone take on Killenaule at the Clonmel Sportsfield (3.0).
Mullinahone were represented on Tipp senior panel by Sean Curran while Killenaule had John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer in red-hot form for the seniors, as Kieran Bergin made an appearance off the bench.
Killenaule’s Killian O’Dwyer also finished last Sunday as an All-Ireland minor medallist, lining out at corner back.
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