Clare show intent
From the Irish Times newspaper
Clare 3-25 Waterford IT 0-5: NEW CLARE manager Davy Fitzgerald witnessed his charges totally outclass Waterford Institute of Technology in a preliminary round game of the Waterford Crystal Cup at Sixmilebridge. Fitzgerald returned to his native county and his home town for the first competitive outing of the year. WIT were short up to 10 regulars on the day because of a vital upcoming Fitzgibbon Cup tie against Cork IT on Thursday next, while Clare were also missing many of their student contingent.
The hosts led by 0-6 to no score by the 10th minute and by half-time had cruised into a 2-14 to 0-3 lead. Aaron Cunningham and the in-form Daire Keane scored the two goals before the break while corner-forward Eoin Hayes added a third, 27 minutes into the second half. Clare will now face Limerick next weekend in the next round.
CLARE : P Kelly, D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney (0-1); S Morey, E Barrett, J McInerney; N O’Connell (0-3), P Donnellan (0-2); C Chaplin, D Keane (1-7), F Lynch; E Hayes (1-0), C Ryan (0-7, 0-3 frees), A Cunningham (1-3, 0-1 free). Subs: J Clancy (0-2) for Ryan (inj, 26 mins), M Earley for Cooney (62), S O’Halloran for Morey (66).
WIT: S O’Keeffe (Waterford); M Power (Waterford), P Nolan (Kilkenny), J Cahill (Kilkenny); S O’Keeffe (Waterford), L O’Loughlin (Clare), D Murphy (Dublin); M Power (Kilkenny), J O’Dwyer (Tipperary); E Madigan (Waterford), S Cleary (Tipperary), C O’Meara (Tipperary); T Kavanagh (Tipperary), J Dillon (Waterford), K Hammersley (Tipperary).
Subs: B Burke (Galway, O’Dwyer 55); N Connors (Waterford, O’Keeffe 55).
Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)
For the Record
|2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance||Defeated IT Tralee and LIT before losing to Waterford by 2-19 to 2-18 in the semi-final||Defeated Tipperary in the preliminary round before their quarter-final with UL was abandoned due to fog. WIT subsequently withdrew from the competition|
|Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles||1||0|
|Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title||2009||N/A|
|Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006||Played – 17
Won – 12
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0
|Played – 10
Won – 4
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2012
Preliminary Round (Extra time)
Sunday January 22nd
@ Dolla Tipperary 2-24 Limerick Institute of Technology 1-16
Sunday January 29th
@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney Kerry v IT Tralee @ 2:00pm
@ Sixmilebridge Clare v WIT @ 2:00pm
Quarter-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 5th
@ Cork or Kerry venue Cork v Kerry or IT Tralee @ 2:00pm
@ Tipperary venue Tipperary v University of Limerick @ 2:00pm
@ Limerick or Clare venue Limerick v Clare or LIT @ 2:00pm
@ WIT Sportsgrounds Waterford v UCC @ 2:00pm
Semi-Finals (Extra time)
Sunday February 12th
@ TBC Cork, Kerry or IT Tralee v UL or Tipperary
@ TBC Limerick, Clare or LIT v Waterford or UCC
Final (Extra time)
Sunday February 19th
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends
Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.
The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 35, a 34% success rate. Since the Third Level Colleges entered the McGrath Cup (Senior Football) in 2005, their success rate is 32%.
Tipperary won their first 6 home matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup from 2006 to 2009 before losing their first round matches in 2010 (v Clare at Borrisoleigh) and in 2011 (v WIT at Clonmel).
Waterford have won 11 of their last 13 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 7 matches.
Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.
Limerick won the first Waterford Crystal Cup title in 2006, winning four matches in the process. Since then, in three appearances in the competition they have failed to win a game.
The University of Limerick is the only third level college to have a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 – winning 7 games and losing 6.
Kerry and IT Tralee are the only teams not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 with Kerry losing 6 games and IT Tralee losing 4. Those teams are drawn together in the preliminary round on January 29th so one of those streaks will end.
None of the five teams who take part in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship have a losing record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.
On this date
January 29th 2006 – Clare lost to Limerick in the Waterford Crystal Cup Semi-Final by 1-14 to 0-13 in the Gaelic Grounds Limerick
Waterford Crystal Cup
Waterford Crystal began their sponsorship of the Munster pre-season hurling competition in 2006. Prior to this, the competition was played in different formats dating back to the early 1990’s and was most popularly known as the South Eastern Hurling League which also included county teams from Leinster.
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour
Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011
Tipperary (2) – 2007, 2008
Clare (1) – 2009
Limerick (1) – 2006