Tubber (@2.0) vs Erin Rovers (@2.0)

Our Prediction:

Erin Rovers will win

Tubber – Erin Rovers Match Prediction | 14-09-2019 10:00

Clare.They won all of their group games to advance to the All-Ireland semi-final.The faced Erin's Own from Kilkenny in the semi-final.The match was played in Golden but the Kilkenny side emerged as deserving winners. In 2001 the Tubber/Ballycumber under 14 team took part in the All-Ireland File in Tipperary.Tubber/Ballycumber was hosted by Kilsheelan of South Tipperary.They were in a group with The Nire of Tipperary, Kilsheelan and O'Curry's from Co. The All-Ireland File was a huge occasion for Tubber/Ballycumber GAA and they were a part of the grand parade around Semple Stadium at the opening ceremonies.

The problem for Birr is that the gap between third and fourth is similar to the gap between Kilkenny and the second best team in hurling - it might be only one ranking place, but it"s a lot more than that in reality. If ten people were asked to rank the clubs in the IFC, at least seven out of ten would put Doon third while a similar proportion would probably put Birr fourth, based on results in 2008.

But following an objection by Pullough to the amalgamation the matter was referred to the County Executive Committee where a decision was made that the Tubber/Pullough combination had to stand as it would cause delays in the Under 21 Championship. But even though the result didn't go the way we wanted, it did start years of success for the Tubber/Ballycumber combination. Reaching our first county final in years the excitement was huge.All roads lead to Rahan on 28th September, but facing a very strong Kilcormac/Killoughey we were very unlucky to lose by three 0-6 to 0-3. Granted 1998 didn't see the combination get off to a winning start, when our Under 12's were beaten in the shield final by Kilcormac/Killoughey but it wasn't long until the winning floodgates opened for us. As a result we decided to run a minor tournament for our players and with teams coming from Tubberclair, Ballymore and St Joseph's we ran a very successful tournament on a home/ away basis. Our only team affiliated that year was our under 12's who did remarkably well to say the least. 1999 saw the first piece of underage silverware to come to the club in years when we defeated Birr in the U14B Final winning by six points in the end 0-16 to 2-4. The turn of the Century saw us reach the U14B Final again, but this time we were beaten by Kilcormac/Killoughey.

Both these sides have been surprise packets in 2008 and neither team will want to lose momentum by doing anything other than competing at 100 per cent intensity. Conspiracy theorists will be watching this game keenly to see if the two sides engineer the mutually satisfactory draw that will send both clubs into the knockout stages, but realistically this will only be an issue if the scores are level with a few minutes to go.

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Rynagh"s could surprise a lot of people in this game, though Rovers" fighting spirit may see them sneak the draw that they need to stay in the senior ranks. Erin Rovers are competitive and committed team, but they don"t score freely, and if they can"t shake Rynagh"s loose early on, the men in hoops will grow in confidence. Players like Gary Mahon, Gary O"Connor and Stephen Wynne are well able to take a score, while if either of the Rafferty brothers can put the shackles on Alan Lynam, Rovers will find scores very hard to come by.

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U16B Winners 2005 Neil Hiney, Lee Dunning, Eoin Johnson, Richie Dunne, Olsen North, Colm Daly, Aaron Daly, Brian Kelly, Noel Browne, Peter Dunne, Conor Cribbin (0-2), Aaron Farrell, Keith Lawlor (0-1),Adrian Hiney (1-4), Eric Farrell (0-1). Subs: Chris McDonald, Bernard Allen (0-1), Joe Walsh, Danny Power, Martin Larkin, Ethan Kenna, Ciaran Farrell, Liam Daly.

Later in the year our under 21 team made real headway in the championship by reaching the County Semi-final but were unlucky to be beaten byTullamore. Our under 14's also reached the County Final in 1986 only to lose out to Shannonbridge, while also that year our Under 21's lost the County Semi-final to Ferbane. Unfortunately the silverware in the early days was few and far between. 1983 saw Colmcille Gaels reach their second Minor Final in the space of twelve months, but Doon proved to be too good for us on the day.

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2004 also saw us lose the U16 Final to Ferbane after a replay, while we also lost out in the U12 semi-final to St Rynagh's after a replay, but despite all the disappointment what it did give was the belief to keep going and on 12th September 2004 all the efforts of the club came to the fore when we won the U14 Final, beating Gracefield by 3-5 to 1-10.

However, a quick look at some of the names available to Rhode - the McNamees, the Sullivans, the Darbys, Paschal Kelleghan, Roy Malone - and it"s hard to see a performance as poor as they put in against Shannonbridge being repeated. Ferbane have rediscovered their pride and won"t concede an inch, but Rhode are still the class act in Offaly and should prove that once again on Sunday afternoon. If both sides repeated their performance from last Sunday week, there would be every chance that Ferbane would get the four-point win that they need to guarantee their progression into the next round.