Tipperary take on Kildare this afternoon to see who will get to play Kerry in the All Ireland final.Tipp have so far beaten Clare, Waterford and Galway en route and will come up against a formidable Kildare team.Tipp FM analyst and former Tipp and Kildare footballer Brian Lacey says this is a great oppurtunity for Tipp to get back to another All Ireland final Throw in is at 1.30 and the game will be broadcast live here on Tipp FM in association with John Corbett Motor Village, Thurles.
It has been a wild start to the 2019-20 NHL season.There have been five head coaching changes and four interims currently serving as bench boss. Allegations tied to some of the coaches have resulted in the creation of NHL-mandated policies requiring teams to report inappropriate activity, both physical and verbal. Other changes were made simply because the team was underperforming. In the case of the Dallas Stars, we have almost no clue what the reasoning was for the change. Dishonorable mentionsSpeaking as though this is a list you don’t want to land on, it feels inappropriate to call Jeremy Colliton and David Quinn “honorable” mentions. They should be mentioned, however, because although both men are in their second season behind their respective benches, neither team has shown much improvement from last year.Colliton’s Chicago Blackhawks are worse so far in 2019-20 than they were last year with a win percentage of just 0.484. Last season, Colliton took over for Joel Quenneville and the Hawks finished 36-35-12, missing the playoffs for the second-consecutive season. If things don’t start looking up, Colliton’s chances of departure will start going up.Quinn, on the other hand, has shown minute improvement from last season’s 32-36-14 record. His team now has an above-.500 record (15-12-3) but is still on the outside looking in, four spots behind the second wild card. In New York, fans not only want success but expect it. Is that fair? Who’s to decide? Either way, the seat is heating up bit-by-bit. FIRED: Mike Babcock | Bill Peters | John Hynes | Jim Montgomery | Peter DeBoerRegardless of how teams get to the point of firing their head coach, they do — and while there is plenty of time to get things turned around, there are a few coaches who could be on the chopping block next.Bruce Boudreau, Minnesota WildThe Central Division is arguably the toughest in the NHL and this year is no different. While the St. Louis Blues were able to claw back from last place in the standings last year, it’s unlikely lightning will strike twice.While the Wild sit sixth out of seven in the division (thanks, Chicago) with 33 points, it’s not looking great for Minnesota’s playoff or much less, Stanley Cup dreams. Finishing last in 2018-19 and following it up with a second-to-last performance so far this year doesn’t bode well for four-year Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau.Sure, finishing second and third in the first two years of your tenure buys you a little time, but with every loss memories of the “glory days” fade just a little more. For a team that is still looking for its first Stanley Cup, the leash may be a little shorter.MORE: Sharks add Ricci, Nabokov to coaching staffJeff Blashill, Detroit Red WingsEveryone knew, coming into this season, that the Red Wings would be bad — but not this bad. We are halfway through December and Detroit is still three victories away from its 10th win! The Red Wings are on-pace to finish 18-56-8. For reference, 10 teams already have 18 wins this season and no team has finished with fewer than 44 points (the Red Wings’ projection) since the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-00 with 39 points (14-57-7-4).Here’s a little blast from the past: records consisted of wins, losses, ties and overtime losses, there were 28 teams in the league at the time and more than half of them have changed their primary logo since then. Oh yeah, and the Atlanta Thrashers still existed.Jeff Blashill’s team is last in the league in: goals-against with 129 (15 more goals than the next-worst), goal differential at minus-62, penalty-kill percentage at 72.5 percent and a home record of 4-11-1 — although the New Jersey Devils are making it close at 4-7-5 (but in case you forgot, they already fired their coach).Those aren’t just bad numbers, those are get-out-of-Dodge numbers. Fortunately, the Red Wings are a staple of the league and there is precisely a zero percent chance of relocation, but the same cannot be said for their coach.POWER RANKINGS: Detroit Red Wings at the bottomJohn Tortorella, Columbus Blue JacketsColumbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has a solid resume, and while it’s true that the team suffered some blows this offseason due to free-agency departures, it may be time for a complete rebuild — and that includes the head coach.Torts has a 634-507-146 record as a head coach. He has made the playoffs 11 times, winning one Stanley Cup in 2003-04 with the Tampa Bay Lightning. He would likely be able to find a job should his tenure in Columbus end. I hear there is a team in the Pacific Northwest who might be looking for a coach — Seattle, is it?However, in each of the previous two seasons, the Blue Jackets have finished with a lower seed than the year prior and it looks like the trend will continue this go-round. Sure, they had a higher point total at the end of 2018 (98) than 2017 (97) despite dropping a spot in the standings, but those seeds matter and Tortorella’s squad, no matter how impressive their series win over the Lightning was last season, does not look poised to make magic again in 2019-20.Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay LightningSpeaking of the Lightning, what is going on in Tampa Bay?Are they a bad team? Not by any stretch; but are they an underperforming team? Absolutely.Many analysts (and fans) had the Lightning clinching a playoff spot before the season even began. Some even picked them to win the Cup. And while preseason predictions are almost always laughable at the end of the campaign, hardly ever has there been what looks like such a major miss this far into a season.Jon Cooper has been the man in Tampa Bay since he took over the last 16 games of the 2012-13 season, and he’s had major success. His teams haven’t won fewer than 42 games in a season through six full campaigns. In fact, they’ve only missed the playoffs once (2016-17) and made the Stanley Cup Finals in 2014-15. On the other side of the token, they’ve been swept in the first round twice during his tenure and are currently sitting three spots out of a wild-card berth at 15-11-3.The deciding factor for the Lightning will be how much they value what Cooper did for them then versus what he is doing for them now.
Satuday, August 6 attendance – 7,450 (5,200 in 2015 -7,850 in 2014 – 6,800 in 2013 – 5,700 in 2012) Facebook51Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Thurston County Fair The 2016 Thurston County Fair saw a total of 30,523 visitors for fun, food, animals, hobbies, and rides! Community participation in the Thurston County Fair has steadily grown in the last five years, making the Thurston County Fair one of the signature summer events in the South Sound region with a rich history that reaches back to 1871—before Washington was even a state.“Our local fair continues to grow as we focus on local agriculture, businesses, and a commitment to the regions youth. The Thurston County Fair also is dedicated to providing a place for local businesses to directly connect with more than 30,000 folks during the five days of Fair,” said Joshua Cummings, Thurston County’s Economic Development. He said, “The animal entries continue to grow, local food vendors and business are increasing participation, and Savor South Sound continues to provide a taste of local beer, wine and cider as well as seafood donated by the Nisqually Tribe and prepared by WSU Extension’s food program.”The fair is also a great way for kids to participate in raising and caring for animals, or learn about them as they walk through the barns. This year, more than 751 animals were entered to compete in various club and open class contests at the fair. This is an increase of more than 130 animals from last year’s fair. Cummings said, “We appreciate the families that are raising and caring for animals. At the same time we are pleased to provide an opportunity for kids in the more populated area of our county to have easy access to experiencing farm animals and agriculture up close and personal, many for the first time.”2016 Thurston County Fair Attendance:Wednesday, August 3 attendance – 7,990 (7,900 in 2015- 9,450 in 2014 – 9,300 in 2013 – 8,400 in 2012) Friday, August 5 attendance –5,422 (3,900 in 2015 – 6,300 in 2014 – 5,000 in 2013 – 5,100 in 2012) Thursday, August 4 attendance – 5,971 (5,150 in 2015- 7,200 in 2014 – 6,500 in 2013 – 6,100 in 2012) Sunday, August 7 attendance – 3,690 (4,100 in 2015 – 5,900 in 2014 – 5,750 in 2013 – 3,500 in 2012) Other 2016 Thurston County Fair Highlights:The 30,523 fairgoers this year brought in an estimated $190,000 in gross revenue. Final expenses are still being paid, but the estimated net revenue will be more than $50,000. The 2016 annual Market Animal Sale brought in more than $102,000—only the second time in the sales history to break $100,000. The Market Sale has benefited thousands of local 4-H and FFA youth over the years. Winners for this year’s Dessert of the Day contests include:RuChene Lake, 2016 winner of the Chocolate Cake Contest—AdultTahlia Summers, 2016 winner of the Chocolate Cake Contest—YouthKathi Pugh, 2016 winner of the Cookie Contest—AdultGrace Fuller, 2016 winner of the Cookie Contest—YouthClaire Laser, 2016 winner of the Cupcake Contest—Adult Tahlia Summers, 2016 winner of the Cupcake Contest—Youth Overall attendance in 2016 met the goal of 30,000. Four of the five days were great weather, clear with temperatures 70’s and low 80’s. Sunday rained and likely drove down attendance numbers, but it was still enough to get the Fair over the 30,000 mark. Since 2009, the Thurston County Fair has been working towards being a self-funded program of Thurston County government, with all of its operations paid for by the revenue from fair week, along with revenue from weddings, parties, business meetings and a whole host of other events that are held at the Thurston County Fairgrounds throughout the year. If you’re planning a party, business meeting, event, or trade show, visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org to find the fairgrounds facility that’s the perfect fit for your event.Join us at the Thurston County Fairgrounds for the Holiday Bazaar on November 25 and 26, 2016, and for the 2017 Thurston County Fair August 2 – 6. For more details about these events, facility rentals, and other events and occasions at the Thurston County Fairgrounds, contact the Fair Office at (360) 786-5453 or visit www.ThurstonCountyFair.org.