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Spring League Final Review 2015

Article Added: 2015/04/01



Tipperary Spring League 2015

The Spring League had its weather interruptions throughout the league stages but all who played have to be commended and the Co Board are indebted to all those who continue to support us year in year out. The standard in which the courses were presented to the players was fantastic for the time of year, this was evidently proven with some of the scoring that players achieved throughout the league and everyone enjoyed playing of the five courses that Tipperary have to offer. After the fifth staging of the league in Tipperary Hills, the finalists were known and it was a repeat of the 2014 final where Tipperary Hills & Riverdale would lock horns yet again. The final would be played at the same venue as last year in Larkspur Park.

A tight final was anticipated and a great final we got.After 28 years the trophy has returned to Tipperary Hills. The catalyst of this win was set up primarily in the Doubles were Tipperary Hills really stamped their authority and intent by claiming the doubles 3.5 to 0.5. This was a massive statement of intent but Riverdale are never beaten and whilst Paul Malone was simply unrelenting in his singles, where he won 9/8, an emptatic victory to say the least, back came Riverdale. They lost the next few singles games where the score was to sit on 4.5 to 3.5 with Mikey Morrissey of Tipperary Hills in serious trouble in his singles match. Morrissey being 3 down to with 3 to go he went to the well for one last effort and the well came pouring with water. Mikey managed to halve the match in what was a Lazarus type resurrection in his match to really set Tipp Hills on their way to the coveted 6.5 points. Team Captain Anthony Culhane once again showed why he is rated one of the top players in the County when he played a captains role by ensuring victory in his singles and edge closer to the finish line. With the game in the melting pot on only now needing a halve Tipperary Hills Pat Martin was A/S with Riverdale's Stephen Shoer after 16 and Martin won the penultimate hole and in turn ensured that victory went West to Tipperary Town for the first time since 1987. James Ryan beat Sean Minogue to put the icing on the cake for the Hills and the eventual scoreline was 7.5 – 4.5.

During the presentation, President Johnny Lyons and captain Anthony Culhane accepted the trophy on behalf of Tipperary Hills. Anthony Culhane made an emotional and heartfelt speech where he thanked everyone involved and he paid a special tribute to the clubs previous President Sean Keane who passed away last year and no doubt he would have been thrilled to see Tipperary Hills sitting as Kingpins in Tipperary Pitch & Putt yet again.

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