Waterford Crystal Cup Preliminary Round – Kerry 6-17 IT Tralee 0-12

Experimental Kerry on song

By Jordan Murphy for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Kerry 6-17 IT Tralee 0-12

A new-look Kerry senior hurling side crushed IT Tralee in this Waterford Crystal Cup in Abbeydorney. The Kingdom featured two of last year’s All-Ireland MBHC winning side, Brendan O’Leary and Daniel Collins into their attack, and both impressed. Two early Shane Nolan goals handed Kerry a perfect start before Collins netted twice to fire the county side to a 4-6 to 0-9 interval lead. The second half continued in a similar fashion with Mark Deegan one of the few to shine for the under pressure Tralee side. Further goals from ex Kilkenny star Willie O’Dwyer (2) and sub Sean Maunsell completed the rout.

Scorers for Kerry: D Collins 2-3. S Nolan 2-2 (0-2 frees), W O’Dwyer 1-4, S Maunsell 1-1, D Dineen and B O’Leary 0-2 each, D O’Connell 0-1 free, P Boyle and P J Connelly 0-1 each

Scorers for IT Tralee: M Deegan 0-7 frees, J Walsh, G O’Grady, S Conlon, P O’Connor and D Wallace 0-1 each

KERRY: B Rochford, P O’Keeffe, R Horgan, P Costello, T Barrett, T Murnane, D O’Connell , D Dineen , D Fitzell, P Boyle , B O’Leary , W O’Dwyer , S Nolan, A Boyle, D Collins

Subs: P J Connolly for P Boyle (h/t), S Dowling for R Horgan (54), Brian O’Leary for Brendan O’Leary (54), S Maunsell for S Nolan (54), G O’Brien for Connolly (58)

IT Tralee: D Delaney (Kerry.) P Nash (Limerick) , M Cleary (Offaly), D O’Mahony (Cork), J Walsh (Clare) , A Fealy (Kerry.), J Leahy (Kerry) F Collins Tipperary), G O’Grady (Kerry), C Harty (Kerry), M Deegan (Limerick) , S Conlon (Cork), P O’Connor (Limerick), D Wallace (Kerry), D O’Halloran (Clare.)

Subs: D Leahy (Kerry) for O’Grady (55), D Ryan (Tipperary) for O’Halloran (55). D Ryall (Kerry) for O’Connor (55). P Galvin (Kerry) for Wallace (64)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play IT Tralee in Munster GAA Waterford Crystal Preliminary Round in Abbeydorney on Sunday at 1 pm is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford Killeagh

2. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk

3. Rory Horgan St Brendans

4. Paud Costello Ballyduff (Captain)

5. Tommy Barrett Causeway

6. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

7. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

8. Darren Dineen St Brendans

9. David Fitzell Kilmoyley

10. Pat Joe Connolly Ballyduff

11. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

12. Willie O’Dywer Mullinavat

13. Shane Nolan Crotta O Neills

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

15. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

16. PJ O’Gorman Ballyduff

17. Sean Dowling Kilmoyley

18. Brian O’Leary Abbeydorney

19. Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

20. Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley

21. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

22. Adrian Royle Kilmoyley

23. Mikey O’Halloran Ballyheigue

24. Mike Lynch Crotta O Neills

25. Cyril Lynch Crotta O Neill


Manager/Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin

Selectors : Padraig Regan, (Kilmoyley); Mike Bourke (Causeway); Noel Browne (Ballyduff)

For the Record

Kerry IT Tralee
2012 Waterford Crystal Cup Performance Defeated IT Tralee before losing to Cork by 5-18 to 1-14 in the Quarter-Final Lost to IT Tralee by 1-20 to 1-15 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 – 8
Won – 1
Lost – 7
Drawn – 0
Played – 5
Won – 0
Lost – 5
Drawn – 0

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling 2013

Preliminary Round (Extra Time)

Saturday January 19th

@ Kilmallock  Limerick v Mary Immaculate College                      @ 11:30am

@ The Mardyke                                 Cork v UCC                                                               @ 12:00pm

Sunday January 20th

@ Abbeydorney                                Kerry v IT Tralee                                                        @ 1:00pm

@ WIT GAA Grounds                       Waterford v University of Limerick                         @ 2:00pm

Quarter-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday January 27th

@ Waterford or Clare venue            Clare v Waterford or UL

@ Cork venue or TBC                      WIT v Cork or UCC

@ Tipperary venue                           Tipperary v Limerick or Mary I

@ Kerry venue or TBC                     LIT v Kerry or IT Tralee

Semi-Finals (Extra Time)

Sunday February 3rd


Final (Extra Time)

Sunday February 10th


Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling – Odds and Ends

35 goals were scored in the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup competition over 11 matches (an average of 3.2 goals per match). This contrasts with 23 goals in the 2011 competition over 10 matches (an average of 2.3 goals per match).

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, Clare (15 wins), Tipperary (13 wins) and Waterford (13 wins) have accounted for 41 of the 71 victories in the competition (58%).

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.

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.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 66 games have been played with just 1 draw – the 2012 Limerick v Clare Quarter-Final after two periods of extra time.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 19, Lost 39, a 33% success rate.

Waterford have won 8 of the last 9 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup.

Limerick have failed to win a Waterford Crystal Cup match since winning the competition in 2006, a run of 5 matches without success.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.

IT Tralee is the only team not to win a game in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006, losing their first match in the last 5 seasons.

Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour

Tipperary (3) – 2007, 2008, 2012

Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011

Clare (1) – 2009

Limerick (1) – 2006

IT Tralee

The IT Tralee Panel for the Waterford Crystal Cup is as follows –

1.         Darren Delaney           Ardfert                         Kerry

2.         David O Mahoney       St Colms                     Cork

3.         Oisin Gately                Courcey Rovers          Cork

4.         Shane Lynch               Kilmayley                     Clare

5.         Jason Leahy                Causeway                   Kerry

6.         Anthony Fealy             Causeway                   Kerry

7.         Michael Cleary            Shinarone                    Offaly

8.         Peter Nash                  Kildimo                        Limerick

9.         Jack Walsh                 Eire Og                        Clare

10.       Colum Harty                Causeway                   Kerry

11.       Mark Deegan               Hospital/ Herbertstown Limerick

12.       Donie Nolan                St Kieran                     Limerick

13.       Podge O Connor         Ahane                          Limerick

14.       Darren Wallace           Ardfert                         Kerry

15.       Donie O Hallorhan      St Joseph’s / Doora-Barefield             Clare

16.       John Egan                   Ardfert                         Kerry

17.       Fergal Collins              Ballina                         Tipperary

18.       Giles O Grady             Kerins O Rahillys        Kerry

19.       Brian Murphy               Causeway                   Kerry

20.       Eamonn Brosnan        Meelin                          Cork

21.       Cillian Goode               Doneraile                     Cork

22.       Jason Bowler              Ballyduff                      Kerry

23.       Mike Flynn                   St Kierans                   Limerick

24.       Neil Heffernan                                                 Meath