Dromtariffe chair­man hopes club will be left singing and danc­ing

The Corkman - - SPORT - BY JOHN TAR­RANT

THE younger con­tin­gent of Dromtariffe GAA are per­fectly primed to com­pete in the Mun­ster JAFC. So says Club Chair­man Ger­ard Tan­cred who is im­pressed by their at­ti­tude as it frees them up to per­form the game they want to play.

“Their per­for­mances in both the semi and county fi­nal were fan­tas­tic, we weren’t given much of a chance against both Ive­leary and Kil­macabea. Im­por­tantly in all our games we demon­strated at dif­fer­ent stages of the heart and skill to get back into big games and win to en­joy out­stand­ing vic­to­ries,” he said.

It has been a phe­nom­e­nal sea­son for one of the old­est clubs in the coun­try, last Septem­ber, they scripted a new chap­ter in a rapid rise to hurling promi­nence. Just two sea­sons ago, they had com­pleted a three in a row in the Duhallow JBHC and added an in­ter di­vi­sional County Ju­nior B ti­tle.

That placed Dromtariffe in A level and the ex­pec­ta­tions were of a sus­tained spell to find their feet. How­ever, the door quickly opened again, this time Dromtariffe, field­ing a youth­ful side claimed the John Joe Bros­nan Memo­rial Cup for the first time.

“From its found­ing days in

1895, the club has been blessed with teams and in­di­vid­u­als that are part of folk­lore. 2018 has been a fan­tas­tic sea­son, writ­ing a new name on the Duhallow Ju­nior Hurling Roll of hon­our and now adding a County Ju­nior A Foot­ball ti­tle, it con­firms the right in­gre­di­ents are in place for our teams to gel,” he said.

“I couldn’t put it into words what it means to win a county, Dromtariffe is a proud club, that’s ev­i­dent from the sup­port­ers that cheered us on and en­cour­age our teams. That will again ap­ply to our in­volve­ment in the Mun­ster Club Ju­nior A Foot­ball cam­paign,” said a busy Chair­man.

In­deed, Ger­ald is hop­ing all in­volved with the team and club will be putting their best foot for­ward to one of the busiest day’s in the club his­tory on Satur­day. Apart from the Mun­ster JAFC quar­ter-fi­nal in Mal­low, club of­fi­cers, play­ers, team man­age­ment and sup­port­ers will be leav­ing their hair down for a few hours at a Strictly Come Danc­ing fund raiser in Charleville.

“The event is or­gan­ised to gen­er­ate fi­nance for a five year De­vel­op­ment Plan where Dromtariffe GAA along with its Ju­ve­nile and Ladies Foot­ball in­ter­ests are seek­ing to build upon the ex­cel­lent work from the past and fur­ther strengthen club mem­ber­ship, play­ing ac­tiv­ity, struc­tures and pro­file,” he said.

Di­verse projects such as a new sand based pitch, astro turf, new spec­ta­tor stand to a walk way around the perime­ter of the club com­plex are part of the up­grade fa­cil­i­ties planned to cater for both ex­ist­ing mem­ber­ship and the grow­ing in­ter­est in gaelic games.

Head­ing into a Mun­ster cam­paign con­firms the strides made by a flour­ish­ing club.

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