Comhairle Iarbhunscoileanna and Cumann Lúthchleas Gael are delighted to announce sportswear supplier Masita Ireland as the new competition sponsor of the GAA All-Ireland Post Primary Competition for the 2012/13 season. This is the first time the prestigious Hogan Cup, Croke Cup and Vocational Schools titles have had a sponsor at All-Ireland level and it is hoped this partnership will help boost the profile of the historic competitions.
To celebrate the launch, all sides remaining in the ‘A’ Colleges and Vocational Schools competitions were present in Croke Park today for a photo-call ahead of the finals in Thurles on April 6th (Hurling) and Croke Park on April 13th (Gaelic Football).
Masita Ireland is a family run, 100% Irish business based in Kells, Co. Meath and has been involved as a supplier of equipment, clothing and kit to over 250 Post-Primary Schools across all four provinces since 1999. An official GAA licensee since 2009, Masita were recently involved in the distribution of over 560 Super-Touch packs to Post-Primary Schools in all counties as part of the GAA Post Primary Schools Strategy in conjunction with the National Games Development Committee. All Masita kits and sportswear are designed and manufactured entirely in Ireland.
Ard Stiúrthóir CLG Páraic Ó Dufaigh welcomed confirmation of Masita as the new sponsor for the All-Ireland Competitions. He said: “For the first time ever our second level competitions will have the support of one of our licensee holders Masita, who have a long standing relationship of providing playing gear for clubs, schools and colleges across the country.”
“It is a mutually beneficial arrangement in that Masita provide playing gear to many of the same schools and highlights tangible evidence of their continued support of our schools’ games”.
Des Smith of Masita Ireland said, “as an Irish family-run business, everyone at Masita Ireland is delighted to extend our relationship with the GAA to the sponsorship of the GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Competitions”.
“Having been involved with schools for a number of years as a supplier of teamwear and equipment we know the commitment and passion that pupils, teachers, mentors and parents have for these great competitions.”
“We hope this partnership will increase awareness of our products to more Post Primary Schools and would like to wish the very best of luck to all sides preparing for semi-finals and finals across all the competitions over the next fortnight.”
The Masita GAA All-Ireland Post-Primary Schools Championships series of fixtures began on March 9th and has seen some epic clashes take place. Athenry Vocational Schools claimed the first of nine trophies up for decision when they overcame Munster champions Causeway C.S. after extra-time in the Gaelic Grounds on March 16th in the final of the Masita GAA All-Ireland Vocational Schools Junior Hurling Championship. In total there are 26 fixtures in the Masita GAA All Ireland Post Primary Schools Championships during the months of March and April.
This weekend’s fixtures decide who will run out on the Croke Park turf for the Masita GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Vocational Schools and ‘A’ Colleges Finals on Saturday, April 13th (This weekend’s semi-final fixtures attached separately) (1.30pm & 3.15pm Throw-ins respectively Live on TG4).
The Masita GAA All Ireland Senior Hurling Vocational Schools & Colleges ‘A’ Finals take place a week earlier in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Saturday April 6th (1.30pm & 3.15pm Throw-ins respectively Live on TG4).
Match Highlights (via www.youtube.com/PPGAATV), fixture updates, results and news are available throughout the season on www.pp.gaa.ie and via Twitter by following @PostPrimaryGAA.