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2010 saw many new camogie initiatives piloted and developments take place within the county in the areas of coach and referee education, games development, schools and club promotion.
On Thursday the 20th May a Go-Games workshop was held in the Co.Grounds. All clubs interested in participating in U10 go-games blitzes in June-August were represented at this workshop. The practical demonstration ensured that trainers and players would become knowledgeable re. go-games format before the start of the blitzes.
The Tipperary U10 camogie scene has been buzzing with action with the commencement of the county’s go-game blitzes. The first of the blitzes took place in Dr. Morris Park Thurles. Onlookers were amazed to see 10 games of camogie taking place in the one venue at the one time! Despite intermittent heavy rain showers the young players displayed all the best aspects of camogie and sport such as great skills, teamwork, fun, fairplay and spirit. Twenty teams representing thirteen clubs gave their all in 10-a-side mini-games.
Toomevara GAA Grounds hosted the second go-games blitz on July 4th with over 200 under 10 camogie players representing 14 clubs took part. All clubs were in action for over two hours and great displays all round were enjoyed by players, mentors and parents alike. Young stars from Annacarty Donohill, Drom Inch, Ballina, Borrisoleigh, Burgess Duharra, Kilruane McDonaghs, Moneygall, Nenagh, Newport, Portroe, Silvermines, St.Cronan’s Roscrea, Thurles and Toomevara participated in the blitz with Boherlahan, Cahir, Drom Inch, Holycross/Ballycahill, Moycarkey Borris also taking part in the previous blitz.
The third blitz took place in Cahir on Saturday the 17th July with St. Mary’s, Moyle Rovers, Cashel, New Inn, Holycross/Ballycahill, Cahir, Annacarty/Donohill, Boherlahan/Dualla and Knockavilla/Donaskeigh playing their hearts out.The fourth U10 co. go-games blitz took place on the 21st of August at the  newly refurbished Holycross/Ballycahill GAA facilities. Fourteen clubs and 18 teams were in action and the young players enjoyed two hours of constant game time. Each club played three games with each game being 24 minutes (3×8 min) ensuring that all the participants had loads of fun and had ample opportunity to practice their skills. All clubs are to be commended on the spirit in which the games were played and underage camogie in the County was undoubtedly the winner on the day. The clubs that took part were from all over Tipperary and included Annacarty/Donohill, Ballina, Boherlahan/Dualla, Borrisoleigh, Cahir, Clonoulty/Rossmore, Drom/Inch, Holycross/Ballycahill, Moycarkey/Borris, Nenagh, New Inn, Portroe, Roscrea and Thurles. Thanks to those who helped in anyway with the blitzes throughout the year and to the GAA clubs for the use of their facilities. All clubs that took part in any of the blitzes will receive personalised certificates for their players in recognition of their participation. So far so good for Tipperary’s go-games and with clubs embracing the benefits of participating in such fun tournaments camogie in the county will grow from strength to strength. 

Well done to the following club coaches who completed the ‘Get a Grip’ Foundation Level coaching course recently and have stepped up the first rung of the coaching ladder. . The participants were Michelle O’Brien, Sally Casey, Caroline Kirby, and Pattie Costigan (Cahir), Anna Gough, Maeve McEvoy and BrÝd McMahon (Ballina), John Moloney and Sharon Whelan (Roscrea), Michael McGrath (Kilruane), Pat McCormack and Niamh Gleeson (Toomevara), Marie O’Dwyer (Upperchurch) and Una Teehan (Moneygall). The participants travelled to Thurles Sarsfields Social Centre over two Monday nights and were tutors by Damian Young and Siobhßn Ryan. Thanks to Thurles Sarsfields for the use of their facilities. This group of newly qualified coaches will continue to be a huge asset to their clubs and the County and will ensure that the juvenile standards in Tipperary continue to improve.
Gortnahoe Glengoole juveniles sprung back into action after their super launch of their club on the 24th of June. Over 40 young players were present at their launch evening and were coached by Tipperary intercounty players.October 4th last saw a club foundation meeting taking place in Tipperary Town. Good numbers of interested people attended. Tipperary town is currently a hive of camogie activity at the moment with over 40 newly crowned Munster champions emerging from St. Anne’s Secondary school in addition to the recent success of St. Joseph’s GNS in their maiden voyage into Cumann na mBunscoil competition. St. Michael’s GNS is also working very hard to promote the game with over 40 5th/6th class pupils receiving weekly fun coaching. These developments are sure to provide a firm footing for the structuring of a new club in the town. These new clubs are wished the very best for what’s sure to be a bright future’s ahead with lots of support, co-operation and hard work.
Comeragh College Carraig-on-Suir, Newport Secondary School, Scoil Ruain Killenaule, Thurles Vocational School and Nenagh Vocational School have all commenced camogie action in the new school year. These and all schools who continue to work hard to promote and develop the game are to be commended as they are providing invaluable opportunity for their pupils to play camogie thus benefiting any clubs in the locality.
Nearly 20 new referees completed the æGreen Card’ Referees course early in the year under the tuition of Intercounty referee Cathal Egan. Many of the new recruits have seen plenty of refereeing action this year and are a great help to the efficient completion of competitions this year to date.
A number of clubs in the county availed of club training days catering from U10-U16 during August. Under the hugely motivating guidance of Trevor Galvin, Tipperary Senior and Intermediate camogie trainer, and senior players, players and mentors alike were put through their paces in sessions on speed, agility, quickness, attacking and defending etc. This is another new progressive development in Tipperary and is sure improve standards of coaching and playing in the county.
A new novelty event will take place at half-time of the senior championship final in the Co. Grounds. Cahir, Nenagh, Newport, Drom Inch and Thurles, all the current holders of U12 and U14 co.championship titles this year, will be represented by one of their players in the inaugural Crossbar Challenge. Each place will get three chances to strike the sliothar off the crossbar from the 20 metre line ensuring plenty of excitement for participants and onlookers.
2010 has been a progressive year in terms of development within the county. While much more has to be done, with continued co-operation and hard work by all genuine camogie enthusiasts, the game should continue to flourish steadily.

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