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Tipperary and Galway to battle for U-21 Hurling Honours


Teams Meet in Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Final for first time since 1983.

Tipperary and Galway will face each other for hurling supremacy at U-21 level this Saturday as they meet at Semple Stadium for the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship Final.

This is the first time since 1983 that the pair has met in this decider. Back then, Galway came out trumps with a three point win over the Premier County. Current U-21 captains David Burke and Padraic Maher met in Thurles today with their managers Ken Hogan and Anthony Cunningham ahead of this year's final.

Tipperary are facing into their second major final in just six days following their magnificent senior All-Ireland final victory over history seekers Kilkenny. Eight players who were represented on the senior panel at Croke Park will be on the U-21 squad for selection on Saturday and they will need all their strength to re-focus on this weekend's showdown.

Galway will be a different prospect to the Antrim team Tipperary defeated in the semi-final at Tullamore, where the Tribesmen put down a no-frills victory over a fancied Dublin side. Galway, of course, have had full focus on Saturday's final with no other distractions in the weeks since that victory over Dublin and while many would view Tipperary to be the stronger side on paper, there is an opportunity for Galway to upset the odds if Tipperary fail to sufficiently recover from the euphoria.

Criostóir Ó Cuana, Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael said, "In keeping with the tradition of high standards and superb entertainment that we have come to expect from the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U21 Championship the 2010 competition has in no way disappointed and it's possible to argue that the best has been saved until last. "Saturday's final is an intriguing prospect and one that will enthral followers of both Galway and Tipperary and hurling neutrals who justifiably look forward to the competitive and top level hurling provided at this grade.

The interest in the final billing - which also includes Meath and Kerry in the B final - has been boosted by the excellent support of Bord Gáis Energy and all told we can look forward to a fascinating evening of hurling." There is huge excitement building ahead of Saturday's Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Final double header," said Cork legend and Bord Gáis Energy Sports Sponsorship Manger Ger Cunningham.

"This year has proved yet another success for our sponsorship of gaelic games and to see counties like Meath and Kerry making it to an All-Ireland Final in hurling is very heartening. It will be a fitting curtain raiser to what is set to be a cracking match between Galway and Tipperary. "As competition sponsors, we will be working hard to build on the atmosphere in Thurles this weekend. We will be handing out flags to the supporters in the lead up to the match. At half time we'll have our final crossbar challenge of the year and we have something special lined up for that, so watch this space. We will also be announcing our Breaking Through Player of the Year in the weeks after the final and it is a chance for players to put themselves into real contention for this honour."

The 2010 Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Final throws in at Semple Stadium at 7.00pm. It will be preceded by the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland B Final between Kerry and Meath, which is at 5pm. Both matches will be broadcast live on TG4.

Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship 2010 Results

Bord Gáis Energy Leinster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
9th June: Kilkenny (2-31) v Offaly (0-8)
  Laois (0-9) v Carlow (1-14)
23rd June: Kilkenny (0-12) v Dublin (0-17)
  Wexford (2-17) v Carlow (2-13)
14th July:   Leinster Final: Dublin (2-15) v Wexford (0-15)
Bord Gáis Energy Munster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
2nd June: Cork (1-16) v Waterford (1-3)
14th July: Limerick (1-12) v Clare (1-15)
  Tipperary (2-17) v Cork (0-21)
28th July:  Munster Final: Tipperary (1-22) v Clare (1-17)
Bord Gáis Energy Ulster GAA Hurling U-21 Championship
14th July: Armagh (2-19) v Fermanagh (2-8)
21st July: Antrim (0-19) v Down (1-12)
  Derry (0-10) v Armagh (2-12)
28th July:   Ulster Final: Antrim (0-21) v Armagh (0-16)
Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-21 All-Ireland Championship
21st August:  All-Ireland Semi Finals   
  Dublin (1-10) v Galway (2-14)
  Tipperary (2-32) v Antrim (1-7)
11th September: All-Ireland Final
  Semple Stadium, Thurles, 7pm

Stiofáin MacDháibhéad,
Bord Gáis Energy
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