KERRY LEAVE IT LATE AS TRALEE ARE FLOORED BY A FLYING BRICK
The Waterford Crystal Hurling – Preliminary Round
Kerry 1-20 IT Tralee 1-15
By Murt Murphy for kerrygaa.ie
KERRY recorded their first ever Waterford Crystal Cup victory thanks to Shane Brick’s 12-point haul against IT Tralee in a preliminary round game at Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney today. John Egan scored the first point of the 2012 for Kerry and overall it was a useful exercise. Kerry boss John Meyler spoke to www.kerrygaa.ie after the game “We were just a small bit rusty today. It was our first competitive match and we scored 1-20, which I was delighted with. It was great to have Shane Brick back. At times we played very well and there were times when we turned over the ball too much and gave away some silly frees. But overall I am pleased with the effort and that is what you are looking for at this time of the year” The Kerry boss is very much looking forward to playing Cork next Sunday and he believes it will be educational for the Kerry lads ” I think that the Cork game is important now, and they will test us. We will see where are weak because they will expose us, it will be quicker hurling and we try and work on that this week. It will also be very good preparation for the start of the League.”
In fact it’s to the start of the League that Meyler’s thoughts are now firmly focussed “It has to be our main objective this year. There are six teams in Division 2 this year and they all are capable of winning Division 2 and each county will have its their goal, to win Division 2 and get into Division1B. The likes of Westmeath, Carlow, Down and Wicklow have made great strides so it is going to be extremely competitive. Our first match is away to Westmeath, four weeks today and they were down today having a look at us.”
The Kerry boss is looking forward to getting some players back. “We had a few problems coming into today with the four lads getting their Christy Ring awards in Dublin last night and Tom Murnane and Shane Nolan was playing with Munster yesterday afternoon so it wasn’t the greatest preparation in terms of today. I was delighted to have Shane Brick back, he is vital to us. Rory Horgan came in and made a good start to his intercounty career. Hopefully now we will have Andrew Keane back, Willie O’Dwyer ( not for game against Cork), Padraig Boyle into the forwards so have another four players to come back into the squad and that will strengthen us again”
But Meyler thinks that the Cork game is ideal “Look it is important against Cork that we keep our shape and our structure because Cork will be too strong for us. It like doing honours maths in the Leaving Cert – you are going to be tested – but it’s better to get a pass in an honours paper than an honour in a Pass paper and it’s an education we want next Sunday – the touch- the pace, the striking of the Cork lads will be superior than anything we have met or are likely to meet for the rest of the year so it will an ideal outing for us in many ways. But I was pleased with today and it gets the year off on the right note”
After IT Tralee enjoyed the better of the first half, leading 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time thanks to Eamonn Brosnan’s 1-5 and Mark Deegan’s 0-3, Kerry cranked up the pressure in the second half but they left it late to make a winning move. Tied four times in the second half, with 10 minutes left it was 1-14 apiece but Brick (0-4) and Kerry goal-scorer Darragh O’Connell (0-2) helped Kerry to set-up a quarter-final against Cork next weekend.
Kerry: B Rochford; P Costello, R Horgan, J Godley; L Boyle, T Murnane, J Griffin; D Dineen, D O’Connell (1-4, 0-2f); S Brick (0-12, 0-8f, 0-1 65), M Boyle (0-1), J Egan (0-2); PJ Connolly, A Boyle, J Flaherty
Subs: S Nolan (0-1), C Harris.
IT Tralee: D Delaney; T Morley (0-1), O Gately, M Lynch (0-2); B Murphy, M Deegan (0-3, 0-2f), M Cleary; M Kiely, J Leahy; C Harty, B O’Grady (0-1), F Kennedy (0-1); E Brosnan (1-5, 0-4f), P O’Connor, G O’Doherty (0-1)
Subs: P Carey, D O’Halloran (0-1), J Walsh.
Referee: Michael O’Connor (Limerick)
Kerry SH team to play IT Tralee is as follows –
1 Bernard Rochford Killeagh, Co Cork
2 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff
3 Rory Horgan Ardfert
4 James Godley Kilmoyley
5 Liam Boyle, Captain Ballyduff
6 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley
7 John Griffin Lixnaw
8 Darren Dinneen Ardfert
9 Darragh O Connell Abbeydorney
10 Shane Brick Kilmoyley
11 Michael Boyle Ballyduff
12 John Egan Ardfert
13 Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff
14 Aidan Boyle Ballyduff
15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills
16 John B O Halloran Kilmoyley
17 John Fitzgerald Causeway
18 Colin Harris Ballincollig, Co Cork
19 Ally O Connor Ballyduff
20 Cyril Lynch Crotta O’Neills
21 James Flaherty Lixnaw
22 Darren Wallace Ardfert
23 Anthony Fealy Causeway
24 Adrian Royle Kilmoyley
Kerry SH Team Management – Bainisteoir John Meyler; Trainer Joe O Connor; Trainer Wayne Murphy; Coach Eddie Murphy; Selector John Hennessey, Christy Walsh
For the Record
|2011 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance||Lost to the Cork Institute of Technology by 1-7 to 0-7 in the Preliminary Round||Lost to Clare by 1-19 to 2-13 in the Preliminary Round|
|Number of Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling titles||0||0|
|Last Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Title||N/A||N/A|
|Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Record since 2006||Played – 6
Won – 0
Lost – 6
Drawn – 0
|Played – 4
Won – 0
Lost – 4
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
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.
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.
Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.
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.
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
IT Tralee Hurling Panel
The IT Tralee panel for the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup includes the following players broken down by county –
Kerry (7) – Darren Delaney, Jason Bowler, Brian Murphy, Jason Leahy, Colum Harty, Barry O Grady, Kevin Ophern
Tipperary (5) – Paudi Carey, Danny Noonan, Fergal Collins, Paddy Gavin, Damien Ryan
Limerick (4) – Mike Rea, Mark Deegan, Mikie Kiely, Podge O Connor
Clare (3) – Fergus Kennedy, Gearoid O Doherty, Donal O’Halloran
Cork (3) – Oisin Gately, Eamonn Brosnan, Ross Corbett
Mayo (1) – Thaigh Morley
Offaly (1) – Micheal Cleary