AIB Munster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship Quarter-Final – Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-12 Kilmallock (Limerick) 0-15

Corbett does talking on the pitch for Thurles

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-12 Kilmallock (Limerick) 0-15

As hurling fans from Tipperary and beyond tucked into Lar Corbett’s autobiography, the man himself got back to doing what he does best yesterday. To say that the last couple of months have been difficult for the 2010 Hurler of the Year would be an understatement. For many, he was the scapegoat following Tipperary’s 19-point defeat against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland semi-final back in August. Some don’t even want him back in the blue but when Corbett’s on his game, he’s still one of the finest forwards in the country. And after announcing on television last Friday night that he’s available for selection in 2013, he gave new Tipp boss Eamon O’Shea some food for thought in Kilmallock.

Having been held scoreless in the county final victory over Drom & Inch, Corbett showed flashes of his old brilliance yesterday. He blasted over the game’s opening score after 10 seconds, nailed his side’s opening score of the second half and finished a brilliant 43rd minute move for a second Sars goal. And like they did in 2010, the Premier county flag-bearers survived a stern test on Kilmallock soil. They march on to face Cork champions Sarsfields on November 11 and this hugely entertaining game will have steeled them for what might lie in store down the line. Sars have won 32 Tipperary SHC titles but have never won a Munster crown — that’s something they want to put right.

And yet it was Kilmallock who got off to a rip-roaring start in front of an official attendance of 3,600. With more than a hint of winter in the air, both sides would go on to make light of the conditions. With just three minutes on the watch, they were 0-1 to 0-3 behind as Kilmallock midfielder Paudie O’Brien drilled over three long-range points. A brace of points from Pa Bourke, who collected 1-5 in total, levelled matters and when Robbie Egan and Bourke traded scores, the sides were deadlocked at 0-4 apiece. Then, in the 19th minute, Bourke went for the jugular from a 20m free and struck the game’s opening goal.

It was a strike that helped to open up a 1-7 to 0-5 lead for Sars at half-time as Kilmallock, who registered eight second half wides despite not hitting one in the first half, went 17 minutes without a score after Egan’s point. A free from leading scorer Eoin Ryan on the half hour stopped the rot but Bourke responded in kind with the final score of the first half. Kilmallock boss Tony Considine was incensed by the first-half performance of referee Colm Lyons (who flashed eight yellow cards in total). Considine even marched on to the field to remonstrate with the Cork whistler.

Considine explained afterwards: “I felt for a long time we weren’t getting them (calls). I think everyone else in the ground felt we weren’t getting them either. I don’t know how ye felt looking at it from a different position to me. I’d say he looked at himself at half-time, he definitely wasn’t having a good game. “And that’s not sour grapes. It’s a long time since I went into a referee. I don’t usually do things like that but I did it today. I just felt that frees were very easily conceded and it’s a manly game as well, especially in this weather.”

Three times in the second half Kilmallock got to within a point but they could never draw level as the Sars defence, held together magnificently by Pádraic Maher, repelled them. And Corbett’s goal was such a tonic for the winners as he finished a quite brilliant move that passed through the hands of Bourke, Denis Maher and Mikey O’Brien before Corbett applied the finish. Having weathered the storm, Sars picked off the late scores to get over the line and delighted boss Seamus Quinn gasped: “People in our own county question the character of this team and we just keep producing it. “Anybody that was here today would know that. It should go around the county that we have character and we have bottle. That’s what it’s going to boil down to, if you’re going to win these games at this time of the year.”

Scorers for Kilmallock: E Ryan 0-6 (4f), P O’Brien & S O’Donnell 0-3 each, R Egan, P O’Dwyer & K O’Donnell 0-1 each.

Scorers for Thurles Sarsfields: P Bourke 1-5 (1-3f), L Corbett 1-2, J Enright 0-3f, D Maher & M O’Brien 0-1 each.

KILMALLOCK: B Hennessy; L Hurley, P O’Loughlin, K O’Mahony; L Walsh, G O’Mahony, B O’Sullivan; R Egan, P O’Brien; J Mulcahy, P O’Dwyer, E Ryan; G Mulcahy, K O’Donnell, S O’Donnell.
Sub: K Kennelly for J Mulcahy (48).

THURLES SARSFIELDS: P McCormack; S Maher, K O’Gorman, David Maher; D Kennedy, P Maher, M Cahill; M Gleeson, J Enright; P Bourke, J Corbett, L Corbett; M O’Brien, Denis Maher, A McCormack.
Subs: B O’Dwyer for S Maher (inj, 28), G O’Grady for J Corbett (42), J Maher for Enright (47), R Ruth for A McCormack (57).

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)

Next Round – the winners play Sarsfields (Cork) in the Munster Club Semi-Final on Sunday November 11th at a Tipperary venue.

Admission Prices
Adults – €15
Student/OAP – €10
All Under 16s free

Contact Munster GAA PRO Ed Donnelly at pro.munster@gaa.ie for more information

For the Record

Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) Kilmallock (Limerick)
2012 Team Manager Seamus Quinn Tony Considine
2012 Team Captain Padraic Maher Paudie O’Brien
Number of Munster Club Senior Hurling titles 0 2
Last Munster Club
Senior Hurling Title
N/A 1994
(Kilmallock, Limerick 2-11 Toomevara, Tipperary 1-11)
Number of Munster Club Senior Hurling titles
(by County)
11 6
Last Munster Club
Senior Hurling Title
(by County)
2007
(Loughmore-Castleiney, Tipperary 1-6
Tulla, Clare 0-7)
2011
(Na Piarsaigh, Limerick 1-13 Crusheen, Clare 0-9 (Replay))
Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 for each county’s representative Played – 23
Won – 12
Lost –  9
Drawn – 2
Played – 21
Won – 8
Lost –  11
Drawn – 2
Last meeting in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship involving participating county representatives November 14th 2010 at Kilmallock (Munster Club Semi-Final) –Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2-10 Kilmallock (Limerick) 0-11 – Goals by Lar Corbett and sub Michael O’Brien helped Thurles Sarsfields to a hard earned five point victory after the sides were level at 0-6 to 0-6 at half-time
Odds and Ends The last home victory by a Limerick Club Senior Hurling champion came in 2008 courtesy of Adare’s 1-11 to 0-10 victory over Toomevara. 

Since 2008, the Tipperary Club Senior Hurling champions have won 1 out of their 5 games played with Thurles Sarsfields victory over Kilmallock in 2010 being the only success.

Munster GAA HURLING Club Senior Championship 2012

Quarter-Final

Sunday October 28th (Replay date – Saturday November 3rd)

@ Kilmallock                         Kilmallock (Limerick) v Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2:00pm

Semi-Finals
Sunday November 11th (Replay date – Saturday November 17th)

@ Clare venue                                  Newmarket-on-Fergus or Cratloe (Clare) v De La Salle (Waterford) 2:00pm

@ Tipperary or Cork venue               Sarsfields (Cork) v Kilmallock (Limerick) or Thurles Sarsfields (Tipperary) 2:00pm

Final

Sunday November 25th (Replay date – Saturday December 1st)

2:00pm throw-in

Odds and Ends

No home team has won a match in the Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship over the past 2 seasons, a run of 6 games of success for the travelling team.

Of the 5 participating counties in this year’s Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship, Waterford have the best record since 2000 with 17 victories and 1 draw out of 26 matches played. Tipperary has the next best record with 12 wins and 2 draws out of 23 games. Cork have a marginally winning record while Clare and Limerick have losing records since 2000 at this grade.

Cork won 10 Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship titles in a row from 1971 through 1980. Interestingly, Cork then went from 1987 to 2003 without winning the title

Munster GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (17) – 1964, 1965, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1987, 2003, 2005, 2009

Tipperary (11) – 1966, 1969, 1970, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1993, 2004, 2006, 2007

Clare (9) – 1967, 1968, 1984, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

Limerick (6) – 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 2011

Waterford (5) – 1981, 2001, 2002, 2008, 2010

Munster GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship – List of Winning Teams

Visit the Munster GAA web site History section to view the complete list of each winning team since the competition began 1888 – http://munster.gaa.ie/history/shclub_teams/

All Ireland GAA Club HURLING Senior Championship

In the Club Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork clubs have won 9 titles followed by Tipperary with 3 and Clare with 2. Galway lead the roll of honour with 11 club titles followed by Kilkenny clubs with 10.

Munster Club Senior HURLING Cup

Club Championship Senior Hurling Cup – O’Neill Cup

Presented by Sarsfields Club, Cork, in 1972 to commemorate Billy O’Neill who founded their club in 1903.