Munster Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Waterford 1-13 Tipperary 0-15

Waterford defeated Tipperary by 1-13 to 0-15 in the Semi Final of the Munster Junior Football Championship on Saturday at Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney.

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Supersub O’Shea seals the deal

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Waterford 1-13, Tipperary 0-15

Substitute Conor O’Shea was the Waterford hero in Killarney, but Tipperary will be kicking themselves for throwing this game away, having led by a point going into the last minute of normal time after playing with an extra man for the closing five minutes. Waterford made an explosive start, with David Power getting a goal within 12 seconds of the throw-in. The sides were level on a 1-4 to 0-7 scoreline at half-time and, during a well contested second half, there was never more than a point between the sides. With Tipperary leading 0-11 to 1-7, Waterford’s cause took a blow when wing-back Ciaran Buckley received a second yellow in the 55th minute.

However, this seemed to only revitalise the Deise and after John Wall levelled from a free, it looked as if their ‘keeper Thomas Wall had stolen the win in injury-time when he converted a ’45’. But in one final attack, Tipperary won a free on the 65-metre line and Benny Hickey kicked a sensational equaliser to force extra-time. The sides were level on three occasions in extra-time, but with two minutes remaining, O’Shea set up the final showdown with Cork or Clare.

Scorers – Waterford: J Wall 0-6 (4fs), D Power 1-0, J O’Mahony 0-2, T Wall (’45’), S Prendergast, B McGarr, B Phelan, C O’Shea 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B Hickey 0-8 (7fs), P Dalton 0-2, B Hewitt, TJ Ryan, L Coskeran, G Ryan, B Quinn 0-1 each .

Tipperary – J English; C Higgins, A Kelly, K Butler; P Dalton, C Morrissey, T Ryan; C McGrath, A Rockett; A Walsh, T Hanley, B Hickey; L Coskeran, G Ryan, B Quinn. Subs: B Hewitt for B Quinn (h-t), T J Ryan for A Rockett (43), D Heffernan for A Walsh (53), F Hayes for L Coskeran (58), L Coskeran for F Hayes (e-t) , A Walsh for T J Ryan (e-t), D O’Brien for B Hewitt (e-t)

Waterford – T Wall; C Bourke, M Prendergast, S Lannon; C Buckley, P Crowley, J O Mahony; S Prendergast, C Guiry; D Grey, B McGarr, B Phelan; J Wall, B Wall, D Power. Subs: M Curry for C Guiry (40), D Tuohy for D Power ( 52), C O’Shea for B Phelan ( 57), B Phelan for J O’Mahony ( 57), K Boland for C Buckley ( e-t), D Mulhearne for T Wall ( e-t).

Ref – E Walsh (Kerry)

Team News

The Tipperary junior football team to play Waterford in the Munster semi-final in Killarney on Saturday evening at 5pm shows 1 change from the team which defeated Kerry last Sunday. Kevin Butler comes into the team in place of Ger Mulhaire. The team is –

1. Jack English (Ballyporeen)

2. Kevin Butler (Drom and Inch)

3. Aaron Kelly (Moyle Rovers)

4. Christopher Higgins (Galtee Rovers)

5. Paddy Dalton (Arravale Rovers)

6. Colin Morrissey (Galtee Rovers)

7. Tommy Ryan (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

8. Ciarán McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

9. Eoin Ryan (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

10. Adrian Walsh (Kilsheelan Kilcash)

11. Thomas Hanley (Aherlow)

12. Benny Hickey (Cahir) CAPTAIN

13. Laurence Coskeran (Aherlow)

14. Gavin Ryan (Rockwell Rovers)

15. Brian Quinn (Burgess)

 

Waterford Junior Football Team to play Tipperary announced –

Tom Wall Nire (Captain)

Ciaran Bourke Clashmore/Kinsalebeg

Mark Prendergast Kilrossanty

Shane Lannon Stradbally

Ciaran Buckley Bonmahon

Peter Crowley St. Saviours

James O’Mahony Ballinacourty

Stephen Prendergast Kilrossanty

Craig Guiry Nire

David Grey Stradbally

Brendan McGarr Kilrossanty

Brian Phelan Ballinameela

John Wall Colligan

Brian Wall Nire

David Power Kilrossanty

 

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Quarter Final – Clare 2-21 Waterford 0-16

Lynch and Guilfoyle torment Deise

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Clare 2-21, Waterford 0-16

GARY GUILFOYLE and Aidan Lynch contributed 2-9 between them as Clare hammered Waterford at Semple Stadium to set up a semi-final meeting with Cork on June 23. Lynch’s goal separated the sides at half-time, as Clare led by 1-9 to 0-9. Lynch, scorer of 1-2 before the break, appeared as if he was going to pull first time on Jarlath Colleran’s bouncing pass but after getting the ball into his hand, he unleashed a stunning finish.

Waterford had four of their six starting forwards on target in the opening half but the Deise never looked like raising a green flag. Clare were never troubled during the second half as they outscored the Deise by 1-12 to 0-7. The points flowed freely and Guilfoyle scored Clare’s second goal five minutes from time with a glorious ground-stroke into the top corner of the netting. “It was a lot easier than we expected,” said Clare selector Donal Moloney. “In the first 10 minutes, there was a real intent about Waterford but our guys worked phenomenally hard and wanted it a bit more on the day.”

Scorers – Clare: G Guilfoyle 1-5 (0-4fs), A Lynch 1-4, C Malone 0-5, P Sheehan 0-3, M O’Neill 0-2, N Arthur, C O’Connell 0-1 each. Waterford: K Fitzgerald 0-8 (0-7fs), S Roche 0-3, C Heffernan 0-2, E Murphy, S Ryan, J Lyons 0-1 each.

CLARE – K Hogan; K Ryan, D Corry, J Browne; E Boyce, C Cleary, C Chaplin; P Sheehan, J Colleran; G Guilfoyle, M O’Neill, C Malone; N Arthur, A Lynch, D Reidy. Subs: C O’Connell for N Arthur (41), K Lynch for Boyce (50), J Guilfoyle for Colleran (52), G O’Connell for Sheehan (56), G Arthur for G Guilfoyle (58).

WATERFORD – D Duggan; C Walsh, S O’Keeffe, Shane Roche; J Roche, K Power, S Kearney; E Murphy, Shane Ryan; C Heffernan, J Lyons, J Power; K Fitzgerald, Stephen Roche, R Donnelly. Subs: C Curran for J Power (21), R Power for Donnelly (33), Sean Ryan for Shane Ryan (36), K Casey for Lyons (57), T Curran for J Roche (59).

Ref – J O’Brien (Tipperary)

Team News

Clare Intermediate Hurling team to play Waterford is as follows – Keith Hogan; Jack Browne, Darragh Corry, Killian Ryan; Enda Boyce, Conor Cleary, Cathal Chaplin; Pa Sheehan, Jarlath Colleran; Garry Guilfoyle, Mikey O’Neill, Cathal Malone; Niall Arthur, Adrian Lynch, David Reidy

The Waterford Intermediate Hurling team to play on Sunday in Semple Stadium was announced tonight after training.

1. Darren Duggan Dungarvan

2. Colin Walsh Ballinameela

3 Stephen O’Keeffe Ballygunner

4. Shane Roche Shamrocks

5. Jason Roche Passage

6. Kieran Power Clonea

7. Shane Kearney Dungarvan

8. Eamonn Murphy Dunhill

9. Shane Ryan Fourmilewater

10. Cormac Heffernan Ferrybank CAPTAIN

11. Jack Lyons Ballyduff Lower

12. Jim Power Butlerstown

13. Killian Fitzgerald Passage

14. Stephen Roche Mount Sion

15. Ryan Donnelly Dungarvan

Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta

Official Launch of Comórtas Peile 2013 Rinn Ó gCuanach

Some 5,000 people expected to come to Gaeltacht na nDéise for this major national Festival of Football & Entertainment over the June Bank Holiday weekend

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Waterford inter-county footballers from Gaeltacht na nDéise were in Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan on Thursday, 9 May 2013 for the official launch of this year’s Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, which will take place in the Co Waterford Gaeltacht from the 31 May to the 3 June. Waterford inter-county footballer Liam Ó Lonáin from An Rinn performed the official opening, with the help of other local An Rinn inter-county footballers, Tadhg Ó hUallacháin and Jamie de Barún (Waterford County Minors).

Local GAA Club, Rinn ó gCuanach are hosting this year’s national Gaeltacht footballing competition, with the support of Gaeltacht neighbours, Club CLG an tSean Phobail. Some 5,000 visitors are expected to visit West Waterford over the June Bank Holiday weekend, for the weekend festival of sport, fun, games and celebration that is Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta. In addition to the full programme of football games (24 of them, including Peil na mBan) that will take place over the weekend, the local committee is organising an ancillary programme of cultural events to entertain the crowds in various venues throughout the two parishes, as well as in ‘An Bansa’, the festival marquee, which will be erected close to Páirc Uí Shíothcháin in An Rinn for the weekend.

Speaking at the launch, Liam Ó Lonáin stressed the importance of the Comórtas Peile for the Gaeltacht community, not only in terms of the huge boost it gives to the local economy of the host club each year, but because it is an annual festival that gives a sense of pride and place and increases the morale of Gaeltacht people throughout the country. “The Comórtas Peile is a celebration of Gaeltacht culture – be it sport, language, music or dance. It showcases our heritage and culture and we should be proud of it. It is a wonderful opportunity for a small Gaeltacht such as ourselves to host such a festival and I am sure that we will have a hugely successful Comórtas here in the south-east, organised very ably by our local Club.”

The Chairman of Club CLG na Rinne, Noel Ó Murchadha, said that the club was honoured to host this year’s Comórtas Peile and he welcomed the festival back to An Rinn after a gap of 14 years. He urged the people of West Waterford in general to come along and savour the fantastic atmosphere of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta, “you will be assured a ‘céad míle fáilte’ and there will be plenty of sporting and other cultural entertainment for everyone. Every member of the Club is working flat out to ensure that we will have a fantastic Comórtas here in the Déise and I would like to thank everyone for their commitment and hard work. I would also like to thank our neighbours in An Sean Phobal for their support and assistance in organising this year’s Comórtas. Thanks also to our sponsors – especially our main sponsors TG4, as well as Údarás na Gaeltachta and Raidió na Gaeltachta – without your generosity we could not organise such a huge event.”

Matches will take place in both the An Rinn and An Sean Phobal GAA pitches during the course of the weekend. For those that can’t travel, most of the matches will be broadcast on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, and the semi-finals on Sunday, as well as the Finals on the Bank Holiday Monday, will be broadcast live on TG4 and on-line throughout the world. The majority of the competing teams from the various Gaeltachtaí – both men and women – have now been confirmed following local qualifying rounds. Teams will also be travelling from Belfast and Dublin and the people of Gaeltacht na nDéise are looking forward to welcoming them all to the Sunny South East in just three weeks time.

Further information on Comórtas Peile Rinn Ó gCuanach 2013 can be found at www.clgnarinne.ie, on Twitter @ComortasPeile13 or on Facebook – CLG na Rinne.

Further Information: Máire Seosaimhín Breathnach (087) 2484 632

 

Comórtas Peile 2013 Rinn Ó gCuanach Seolta go hOifigiúil

Suas le 5,000 duine le triail ar Ghaeltacht na nDéise

Bhí peileadóirí idir-chontae Ghaeltacht na nDéise i láthair in Óstán Lálor, i nDún Garbhán tráthnóna inniu do sheoladh oifigiúil Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta na bliana seo, a bheidh ar siúl i gContae Phort Láirge ón 31ú Bealtaine go dtí an 3ú Meitheamh. B’é peileadóir na Rinne agus peileadóir idir-chontae do Phort Láirge, Liam Ó Lonáin a dhein an seoladh oifigiúil, le cabhair ó pheileadóirí eile idir-chontae ón nGaeltacht – Tadhg Ó hUallacháin agus Jamie de Barún (foireann mionúir Phort Láirge).

Sé Club CLG Rinn ó gCuanach a bheidh mar óstach do Chomórtas Peile na bliana seo, le tacaíocht óna gcomharsain, Club CLG an tSean Phobail. Táthar ag súil le suas le 5,000 cuairteoir in iarthar na nDéise le linn dheireadh seachtaine saoire bainc an Mheithimh, d’fhéile mhór spóirt, scléip agus siamsaíochta an Chomórtas Peile. Chomh maith leis na cluichí peile éagsúla (24 cinn acu – Peil na mBan san áireamh) a bheidh á n-imirt sa dúiche thar an deireadh seachtaine, tá clár iomlán d’imeachtaí chultúrtha eagraithe ag an gCoiste áitiúil chomh maith, in ionaid éagsúla ar fud an dá pharóiste, agus i gceanncheathrú na scléipe,

An Bansa, marquee na féile, a bheidh lonnaithe gar do Pháirc Uí Shíothcháin sa Rinn.

Ag labhairt dó ag seoladh an Chomórtais, dúirt Liam Ó Lonáin go raibh tábhacht nach beag ag baint leis an gComórtas Peile do mhuintir na Gaeltachta, ní hamháin de bharr an buntáiste eacnamaíoch a thugann sé don gceantar ina bhfuil sé ar siúl, ach de bharr gur ócáid é a thugann ardú meanma agus mórtas cine is ceantair do phobal na Gaeltachta ar fud na tíre. “Is ceiliúradh é an Comórtas Peile de chultúr na Gaeltachta – idir spórt, teanga, ceol agus rince. Sárthaispeántas is ea é dár n-oidhreacht agus dár gcultúr agus ba cheart go mbeimís bródúil as. Is iontach an deis é do Ghaeltacht bheag ar nós Ghaeltacht na nDéise seans a bheith againn féile dá leithéad a chur ar bun agus tá mé cinnte go mbeidh Comórtas den scoth againn anseo san oir-dheisceart, eagraithe go snasta ag Club CLG Rinn Ó gCuanach.”

Dúirt Cathaoirleach Chlub CLG na Rinne, Noel Ó Murchadha, gur ábhar bhróid agus mhórtais don gClub an Comórtas Peile a bheith ar ais sa Rinn tar éis 14 bliain. “Tá gach ball den gClub ag obair ar a míle dhícheall chun a chinntiú go mbeidh Comórtas iontach againn anseo sna Déise agus gabhaim buíochas le gach éinne as a gcuid dúthrachta. Ba mhaith liom buíochas a ghabháil chomh maith lenár gcomharsain sa Sean Phobal as ucht a gcuid tacaíochta agus chúnaimh le heagrú an Chomórtais i mbliana. Buíochas chomh maith lenár n-urraitheoirí ar fad – príomh-urraitheoirí TG4, Údarás na Gaeltachta agus Raidió na Gaeltachta ach go háirithe – ní bhfaighfimis féile dá leithéad seo a eagrú gan a dtacaíocht fhlaithiúil siúd.”

Beidh cluichí ar siúl i bpáirceanna peile na Rinne agus an tSean Phobail thar an deireadh seachtaine. Craolfar formhór na gcluichí ar RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta, agus beidh na cluichí leathcheannais ar an Domhnach, chomh maith leis na cluichí ceannais ar an Luan Saoire Bainc, á craoladh beo ar TG4 agus ar-líne ar chraoladh gréasáin ar fud an domhain. Tá beagnach gach foireann a bheidh in iomaíocht ó na contaetha éagsúla Gaeltachta – idir fhir agus mhná – beagnach deimhnithe anois. Chomh maith leis sin, beidh foirne ag teacht ó Bhaile Átha Cliath agus ó Bhéal Feirste agus tá muintir Ghaeltacht na nDéise ag súil le céad míle fáilte a chur rompu ar fad go dtí’s na Déise i gceann thrí sheachtaine.

Is féidir a thuilleadh eolais maidir le Comórtas Peile Rinn Ó gCuanach 2013 a fháil ar www.clgnarinne.ie, nó ar Twitter @ComortasPeile13 nó Facebook– CLG na Rinne.

Tuilleadh eolais: Máire Seosaimhín Breathnach (087) 2484 632

Munster Senior Football Semi Final – Kerry 4-21 Waterford 1-4

Kerry 4-21 Waterford 1-04

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Kerry cruised into the Munster SFC final on 7 July with minimum of fuss after a 4-21 to 1-04 win over a very limited Waterford side before 4,719 supporters in Killarney. Following a frustrating first half, Kerry raced clear in the second with goals from Kieran Donaghy, Declan O’Sullivan, Anthony Maher and a Bryan Sheehan penalty. Kerry had established a 0-6 to 0-1 lead by the 16th minute but points from Paul Whyte, Shane Aherne and Tony Grey brought the Deise right back into the contest at 0-6 to 0-4. Kerry then struggled during the latter stages of the half due to Waterford’s defensive resistance, but two late Johnny Buckley frees steadied the Kingdom somewhat as they led 0-8 to 0-4 at the interval.

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But for some poor handling, Kieran Donaghy might have done better with two goal chances for Kerry in the first half, while at the other end Whyte and John Hurney bore down on the Kerry goal and had to be dispossessed by some fine defending. It was a different Kerry that emerged in the second half, and Donaghy’s goal four minutes into the second half opened the floodgates. Declan O’Sullivan added a second four minutes later as the Waterford challenge completely evaporated. Anthony Maher stole in for a third goal in the 48th minute as Kerry turned the match into target practice, and by the time Bryan Sheehan rolled an injury-time penalty past Stephen Enright Kerry were already 3-21 to 1-4 ahead.

Tony Grey did creep through the Kerry defence to score a consolation goal past Brendan Kealy but Kerry’s minds were already on a Munster final meeting with Cork or Clare in five weeks. In the end up the scoreboard did not reflect the Waterford challenge in the first 35 minutes, but the savage gap in standard overall was evident by the huge 26-point margin of victory.

Kerry: B Kealy, M O Se (0-01), A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald (0-01), T O Se (0-02), K Young, P Crowley (0-01), A Maher (1-00), J Buckley (0-04, 0-02f), P Galvin (0-02), C Cooper (0-04, 0-02f), D Walsh (0-01), Declan O’Sullivan (1-00), K Donaghy (1-00), J O’Donoghue (0-02).

Subs: Darran O’Sullivan (0-01) for D Walsh (44mins), E Brosnan for T O Se (50 mins), B Sheehan (1-01, 1-00pen, 0-01f) for Maher (51 mins), S Enright for M O Se (56 mins), K O’Leary (0-01) for Donaghy (60 mins).

Waterford: S Enright, T O hUallachain, N Walsh, T O’Gorman, C Phelan, S Briggs, J Hurney, M O’Gorman, T Prendergast, T Grey (1-01), S Aherne (0-01), A Doyle, P Whyte (0-02, 0-01f), G Hurney, R Aherne.

Subs: C O’Keeffe for C Phelan (47 mins), L O Lonain for A Doyle (47 mins), P Hurney for R Aherne (53 mins), S O’Hare for Prendergast (66 mins).

Referee: Martin Higgins (Fermanagh)

 

‘Far harder days ahead’ for Kerry as Deise blitzed

Report from the Irish Independent newspaper

Kerry 4-21, Waterford 1-4

Accumulating 43 points more than their two opponents to date isn’t the best preparation for a Munster final, but Kerry boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice was happy to see his side raise their game in the face of Waterford’s plucky display in Killarney. Niall Carew’s side had the locals twitching nervously at half-time on Saturday evening, but they were unable to live with Kerry’s slick play once the hosts found their groove. “I thought we were fairly well tested in the first half,” Fitzmaurice said. “If we continued to play the way we did in the first half we wouldn’t have won by 26 points. It would have been a tighter game, more physical. “In the second half we upped the tempo and, to be fair to Waterford, they’ve been playing in Division 4 all year and it’s just a different standard. “We know there are far harder days ahead but it’s just a matter of doing your job as best you can, and we’ve done our job and we are happy at that.”

Kerry held Waterford to one Tony Grey goal in the second period. The result was put beyond doubt nine minutes after the break when the Tomas O Se-inspired Kingdom hit 2-3 in a scoring blitz. Goals from Kieran Donaghy and a sublime Declan O’Sullivan effort were sandwiched by three points from the top drawer by O Se, Peter Crowley and Colm Cooper. Waterford never recovered, as Carew conceded. “You will get away with it for 35 or 40 minutes but after that you struggle,” Carew said. “The energy levels drop, and when Kerry got the goal it gave them a lift and it has the opposite effect on us. Once the first goal went in then the floodgates opened. We were happy enough at half-time. We needed everything to go right for us to have any realistic chance. Scores give you that energy to keep going. “I think we are 35 minutes, a full half, off Kerry at the moment. Getting up two divisions would be realistic for Waterford. I think had we played any Division 3 team, or a bottom of Division 2 team, we would compete very well with them.”

Kerry have already secured at least a place in the final round of qualifiers, where they will surely come up against more experienced exponents of defensive tactics. With that in mind, the management will have been happy with the patience their side displayed in the first half – if not the returns garnered – when picking their way through Waterford’s blanket cover. “We didn’t cope that well with it in the first half. We found it hard to get space up there, but patience is very important when you’re coming up against that blanket defence,” said Fitzmaurice. “We could have had a couple of goals in the first half but we just weren’t that clinical in front of goal. At the same time, overall, we’d have to be happy. “One of the words we were preaching this week was ‘patience’. “We felt we had to be patient because we knew they were going to get bodies behind the ball, we knew that it might take into the second half before we got a bit of a lead and a bit of momentum going. “It was good to score a few goals but there will definitely be far tougher tests ahead.”

Yet another Munster championship stroll in the park has been ticked off by Kerry. If Cork beat Clare in the manner expected in their semi-final, both teams will go into the provincial decider without a significant test. The Munster championship needs a strong finale.

Scorers – Kerry: C Cooper (3fs), J Buckley (2fs) 0-4 each, B Sheehan 1-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), A Maher, K Donaghy, Declan O’Sullivan 1-0 each, J O’Donoghue, P Galvin, T O Se 0-2 each, M O Se, F Fitzgerald, P Crowley, D Walsh, Darran O’Sullivan, K O’Leary 0-1 each. Waterford: T Grey 1-1, P Whyte 0-2 (1f), S Aherne 0-1.

Kerry – B Kealy 7; M O Se 7, A O’Mahony 6, F Fitzgerald 7; T O Se 9, K Young 7, P Crowley 7; A Maher 7, J Buckley 8; D Walsh 8, C Cooper 8, P Galvin 8; Declan O’Sullivan 7, K Donaghy 8, J O’Donoghue 7. Subs: Darran O’Sullivan 7 for Walsh (45), E Brosnan 7 for T O Se (50), B Sheehan 7 for Maher (53), S Enright 7 for M O Se (57), J O’Leary 6 for Donaghy (60),

Waterford – S Enright 7; T O hUallachain 7, N Walsh 6, T O’Gorman 7; J Hurney 6, S Briggs 6, C Phelan 6; M O’Gorman 7, T Prendergas 6; S Aherne 7, T Grey 8, A Doyle 6; P Whyte 8, G Hurney 7, R Aherne 6. Subs: C O’Keeffe for Phelan (48), L O Lionain 6 for Doyle (48), P Hurney 6 for Aherne (54), S O’Hare 6 for Prendergast (66).

Ref – M Higgins (Fermanagh)

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Tomas O Se (Kerry)

When Kerry struggled to break down Waterford in the opening half, their longest-serving player was often the man to provide the crucial overlap. And his second-half point off his weaker left foot gave Kerry the great start they needed.

Turning point

Four minutes into the second-half Kieran Donaghy got on the end of an Ó Sé garryowen and flicked past Stephen Enright. In an instant all of Waterford’s good work in the opening half unravelled and Kerry took advantage of the shell-shocked Déise.

Talking point

What purpose is this pancake-flat Munster SFC serving? Three facile victories for Cork and Kerry have done little for the reputation of this ailing competition. Here’s hoping for a red-hot Munster final.

Magic moment

Kerry’s second goal was hammered to the net by Declan O’Sullivan and it really punctured Waterford’s resolve. But in the build-up Kerry displayed everything that’s beautiful about their game, with Colm Cooper, Donaghy and James O’Donoghue all involved in the move of the game.

Ref watch

Martin Higgins had a fine outing. Early on he penalised each side for infringing during a sideline kick, but he dealt with each incident without fuss. Mostly invisible – always a good sign for a ref.

What they said

Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Kerry manager): “If you’re any way off, then you can make the game very hard for yourself.”

Niall Carew (Waterford manager): “We are where we are. We are a Division 4 team. Our level of fitness wouldn’t be near what Kerry’s is or any of the top five or six.”

Match statistics

Wides :

Kerry 7 (4 first half)

Waterford 7 (4)

Frees:

Kerry 18 (11)

Waterford 13 (8)

Yellow cards:

Kerry: 0

Waterford 2 (J Hurney 47, T O hUallacháin 52)

What’s next?

Kerry play Cork or Clare in the provincial final; Waterford go into the qualifiers draw.

Team News

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Waterford in the Munster GAA Football Championship Semi Final in Fitzgerald Stadium on Saturday next at 7pm is unchanged from the side that started against Tipperary on Sunday last. Jonathan Lyne and Shane Enright re-join the Substitutes list.

The Kerry team will line out as follows:

1.Brendan Kealy (Kilcummin)

2.Marc Ó Se (An Gaeltacht)

3.Aidan O’Mahony (Rathmore)

4.Fionn Fitzgerald (Dr Crokes)

5.Tomás Ó Se (An Gaeltacht)

6.Killian Young (Renard)

7.Peter Crowley (Laune Rangers)

8.Anthony Maher (Duagh)

9.Johnny Buckley (Dr Crokes)

10.Paul Galvin (Finuge)

11.Colm Cooper (Dr Crokes)(Capt)

12.Donnchadh Walsh (Cromane)

13.Declan O’Sullivan (Dromid Pearses)

14.Kieran Donaghy (Austin Stacks)

15.James O’Donoghue (Killarney Legion)

16.Brian Kelly (Killarney Legion)

17.Bryan Sheehan (St Marys)

18.Darran O’Sullivan (Glenbeigh/Glencar)

19.Kieran O’Leary (Dr Crokes)

20.Mark Griffin (St Michaels/Foilmore)

21.Brian McGuire (Listowel Emmets)

22.Eoin Brosnan (Dr Crokes)

23.Michael Geaney (Dingle)

24.Patrick Curtin (Moyvane)

25.Shane Enright (Tarbert)

26.Jonathan Lyne (Killarney Legion)

Michael O’Donoghue (Spa),Jack Sherwood (Firies) and James Walsh (Knocknagoshe) are part of the extended Panel.

The following players are unavailable for Selection due to injury: David Moran (Kerins O’Rahillys), Paul Geaney (Dingle)

Additional Information

•The team features 12 of the side that took the field in Kerry’s defeat by Donegal in the All Ireland Qtr Final (1-12 to 1-10) last August while Johnny Buckley was introduced as a sub. Shane Enright, Eoin Brosnan and Bryan Sheehan, all of whom are named among the substitutes, are the absent trio.

•Colm Cooper, who turns 30 on Monday, needs just 1 more point to top up 250 points in Championship Football – he is currently on 19goals and 249points from 72 Championship games.

•Last Sunday’s victory by Kerry over Tipperary increased to 21 the number of games the Kingdom are unbeaten in Championship Football in Fitzgerald Stadium since their last defeat back in 1995 at the hands of Cork.

•Kerry and Waterford have played 29 times in Championship Football – the last being in 2007. Kerry have won 26 of those, Waterford 2 (1911 and 1957) and there was 1 Draw in 1905.

 

Waterford Senior Football team to play Kerry announced –

Stephen Enright Ballinacourty

Tadhg Ó hUallacháin An Rinn

Niall Walsh Kilrossanty

Thomas O’Gorman Nire

Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers

Shane Briggs Ballinacourty

John Hurney Ballinacourty

Maurice O’Gorman Nire

Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty

Tony Grey Stradbally

Shane Aherne Stradballly

Andy Doyle Stradbally

Paul Whyte Kilrossanty

Gary Hurney Ballinacourty (Captain)

Robert Aherne Stradbally

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For the Record

Waterford Kerry
2013 Team Manager Niall Carew Eamonn Fitzmaurice
2013 Team Captain Gary Hurney Eoin Brosnan
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Limerick by 2-12 to 0-7 in the first round of the Munster Championship. 

Lost to Wicklow in the first round of the All-Ireland Qualifiers by 1-17 to 0-15 in Aughrim.

Defeated Tipperary in the first round of the Munster Championship before losing to Cork by 0-17 to 0-12 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Westmeath, Tyrone and Clare in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Donegal by 1-12 to 1-10 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final.
Number of Munster Senior Football titles 1 74
Last Munster Senior Football Title 1898 2011
Munster Senior Football Championship Record since 2000 Played – 15
Won – 2
Lost – 13
Drawn – 0
Played – 36
Won – 26
Lost – 5
Drawn – 5
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Football Championship June 3rd 2007 – Kerry 2-15 Waterford 0-4 at Fraher Field Dungarvan (Munster Semi-Final) – Eoin Brosnan scored two first half goals and Colm Cooper added 5 points as Kerry eased their way in to the 2007 Munster Senior Football Final. Eight of the Kerry starting line-up on that occasion started for Kerry on Sunday last in their victory over Tipperary. 

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Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship 2013

Quarter-Finals

Saturday May 25th

@ Pairc na nGael                            Cork 3-17 Limerick 0-8

Sunday May 26th

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8

Semi-Finals
Saturday June 1st

@ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney    Waterford v Kerry @ 7:00pm

Sunday June 16th

@ Cusack Park Ennis                    Clare v Cork @ 3:30pm

Final

Sunday July 7th

2:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

Last Meeting – 2007 Munster Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at Fraher Field Dungarvan

Kerry 2-15 Waterford 0-4
Kerry: D Murphy, P Reidy, T O’Sullivan, M O’Se (0-1), T O’Se (0-1), A O’Mahony, K Young, D O’Se, M Quirke, Declan O’Sullivan, E Brosnan (2-2), P Galvin (0-2), C Cooper (0-5, 0-2f), K Donaghy, M F Russell.

Subs: S O’Sullivan (0-1) for P Galvin, P O’Connor (0-2) for M F Russell (0-1), S Scanlon for M Quirke, M Lyons for K Young, Darren O’Sullivan for Declan O’Sullivan.
Waterford: T Wall, J Walsh, T O’Gorman, S Briggs, J Phelan, E Rockett, P Ogle, M Aherne, G Hurney, J Hurney, A Hubbard, G Power, W Hennessy, B Wall, L O’Lionain.

Subs: E Walsh for P Ogle, L Lawlor for L O’Lionain, M O’Gorman for G Power, J Ryan for J Phelan, A Aherne for J Hurney.
Referee: G Kinneavy (Galway)

 

Waterford have won 2 matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship since 1988. Both victories have come at the expense of Clare in games played at Fraher Field Dungarvan – a 1-6 to 0-7 victory in 2007 and a 1-10 to 0-9 win in 2010.

Since 2000, Kerry have drawn as many matches in the Munster Senior Football Championship than they have lost, 5 draws (4 v Cork & 1 v Limerick) as compared to 5 defeats (all v Cork) in 35 matches played.

Kerry had the worst scoring record in the Allianz Football League Division 1, racking up an aggregate of 72 points (average of just over 10 per game). This compares to an aggregate of 97 points for Cork and 129 points for Division 1 champions Dublin.

There was an 18% decrease in the number of scores in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship as compared to 2011 (33 scores per game versus 27) but overall the trend is up over recent years – 2008 (21 scores per game), 2009 (24 scores per game), 2010 (28 scores per game), 2011 (33 scores per game), 2012 (27 scores per game).

Limerick’s Ian Ryan was the top scorer in the 2012 Munster Senior Football Championship with 1-17 (0-11 frees) in two matches. Colm Cooper (Kerry) with 0-9 (0-5 frees) and Colm O’Neill with 0-9 (0-3 frees) finished joint second.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2007: Kerry 2-15 Waterford 0-4 (Munster semi-final)

2006: Kerry 0-16 Waterford 0-8 (Munster quarter-final)

1996: Kerry 3-16 Waterford 0-8 (Munster semi-final)

1988: Kerry 3-19 Waterford 1-7 (Munster semi-final)

1987: Kerry 3-15 Waterford 2-8 (Munster semi-final)

Kerry 5 Waterford 0

 

2013 Munster Senior Football Championship Matches played to date

Cork 3-17 Limerick 0-8 – May 25th @ Gaelic Grounds Limerick (Munster Quarter-Final)

Cork – Ken O’Halloran; Paudie Kissane, Michael Sheilds, Damien Cahalane; James Loughery, Graham Canty, Tomas Clancy; Alan O’Connor, Pearse O’Neill; Ciaran Sheehan, Paddy Kelly, John O’Rourke; Daniel Goulding, Brian Hurley, Paul Kerrigan.
Subs: Fintan Gould for Paddy Kelly (49mins), Noel O’Leary for Graham Canty (49mins), Donncha O’Connor for Ciaran Sheehan (49mins), Andrew O’Sullivan for Pearse O’Neill (55mins), Mark Collins for Paul Kerrigan (58mins).

Limerick – Donal O’Sullivan; Andrew Lane, Johnny McCarthy, Mark O’Riordan; Stephen Lavin, Pa Ranahan, Paudie Browne; Bobby O’Brien, John Galvin; John Riordan, Thomas Lee, Seanie Buckley (capt); Ger Collins, Iain Corbett, Eoghan O’Connor
Subs: Derry O’Connor for Thomas Lee (h-t), Seamus O’Carroll for Bobby O’Brien (h-t), Mike Sheehan for Iain Corbett (h-t), Stephen Lucey for Seanie Buckley (51mins), Lorcan O’Dwyer for Mark O’Riordan (55mins).

Referee – Michael Duffy (Sligo).

Kerry 2-19 Tipperary 0-8 – May 26th @ Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney (Munster Quarter-Final)

Kerry: B Kealy; M Ó Sé, A O’Mahony, F Fitzgerald; T Ó Sé, K Young, P Crowley; A Maher, J Buckley; P Galvin, C Cooper, D Walsh; Declan O’Sullivan, K Donaghy, J O’Donoghue
Subs: Darran O’Sullivan for D Walsh (50), B Sheehan for P Galvin (56), M Griffin for M Ó Sé (60), K O’Leary for Declan O’Sullivan (62), B Maguire for T Ó Sé (63).

Tipperary: P Fitzgerald; J Coghlan, P Codd, C McDonald; R Kiely, D Leahy, A Campbell; G Hannigan, R Costigan; C Sweeney, I Fahey, P Acheson; A Maloney, B Grogan, P Austin
Subs: Shane Leahy for Alan Campbell (35), Brian Mulvihill for Robbie Kiely (HT), Aldo Matassa for Alan Maloney (HT), L Egan for G Hannigan (59), H Coghlan for I Fahey (63)

Referee – Conor Lane (Cork)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Football Championship

James O’Donoghue (Kerry) – 1-3
Colm Cooper (Kerry) – 0-5 (0-1 free)
Daniel Goulding (Cork) – 0-5 (0-1 free)
Brian Hurley (Cork) – 1-1
John O’Rourke (Cork) – 1-1
Johnny Buckley (Kerry) – 0-3 (0-2 frees)
Darran O’Sullivan (Kerry) – 1-0
Mark Collins (Cork) – 0-3
Pearse O’Neill (Cork) – 1-0
Eoghan O’Connor (Limerick) – 0-3 (0-1 free)
Barry Grogan (Tipperary) – 0-3 (0-2 frees, 0-1 45′)
Conor Sweeney (Tipperary) – 0-3 (0-3 frees)
Paul Galvin (Kerry) – 0-2
Paul Kerrigan (Cork) – 0-2
Fintan Gould (Cork) – 0-2
Damien Cahalane (free, ’45) – 0-2 

Philip Austin (Tipperary), Ciaran McDonald (Tipperary), Donnacha Walsh (Kerry), Anthony Maher (Kerry), Kieran Donaghy (Kerry), Tomas Ó Sé (Kerry), Declan O’Sullivan (Kerry), Bryan Sheehan (Kerry) (0-1 45′), Seanie Buckley (Limerick), Ger Collins (Limerick), Stephen Lucey (Limerick), Mike Sheehan (Limerick), John Galvin (Limerick), Ciaran Sheehan (Cork) – 0-1 each

Munster GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Kerry (74) – 1892, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1919, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2011

Cork (37) – 1890, 1891, 1893, 1894, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1906, 1907, 1911, 1916, 1928, 1943, 1945, 1949, 1952, 1956, 1957, 1966, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012

Tipperary (9) – 1888, 1889, 1895, 1900, 1902, 1918, 1920, 1922, 1935

Clare (2) – 1917, 1992

Waterford (1) – 1898

Limerick (1) – 1896

Munster GAA FOOTBALL 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/sf_teams/

Munster Senior FOOTBALL Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928

All Ireland GAA FOOTBALL Senior Championship

In the Senior Football All Ireland Roll of Honour, Kerry are top with 36, 14 ahead of the next county – Dublin. Cork are 4th in the roll of honour with 7 titles. Tipperary have won 4 All-Ireland’s, their last in 1920 while Limerick won the first ever All-Ireland Senior Football Championship played in 1887 and also won the All-Ireland in 1896.

Munster Senior Hurling Quarter Final – Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15

Clare power past Waterford in Thurles

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final: Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15

A superb second half performance from Clare saw them overturn a four-point half-time deficit against Waterford in Thurles and cruise into the Munster hurling semi-finals. A poor first half ended with Waterford 1-9 to 0-8 ahead, but Clare started the second half well and quickly got back on level terms. Then, two goals in the final quarter, from Shane O’Donnell and Conor McGrath, proved absolutely decisive as it took Clare away from the tiring Déise on the scoreboard. McGrath’s goal, on 61 minutes, made it 2-15 to 1-12 with less than 10 minutes to play. Waterford battled to get back into the game in the closing minutes, but Clare were impressive winners in the end, and saw out the win with confidence. They will now play Cork in the Munster semi-final on Sunday, June 23.

Waterford led 1-9 to 0-8 after a relatively low-key first-half which never really took fire. Clare made a blistering start to the game, and had four points on the board within the first few minutes, Colin Ryan (65), Tony Kelly and John Conlon (2) all finding their range to give Davy Fitzgerald’s side the perfect start. Conlon’s points in particular were classy efforts, and it looked like Clare’s young side were set to charge into the Déise. However, Jake Dillon’s goal on eight minutes quickly checked the Banner stride. It came about from a defensive slip from Pat Donnellan, who failed to clear, allowing Dillon to win possession and charge towards goal. The championship debutant kept his cool, and fired low to the net past Patrick Kelly to make it 1-0 to 0-4.

Dillon followed it up with a fine point, and Clare struck just two of the next seven scores as Waterford took control of the game. Seamus Prendergast’s point after 15 minutes levelled up the sides, and Paraic Mahony and Maurice Shanahan also got their names on the scoresheet as Waterford moved into a 1-6 to 0-6 lead by the 25th minute. A fine score from another Waterford championship debutant, Jamie Barron, extended the lead to four and made it five Waterford points without reply on 29 minutes. However, Conlon ended that streak for Clare with their first point in 14 minutes. The sides exchanged scores before the break but a Shanahan free kept Waterford four ahead going in.

Waterford struggled at the start of the second half and points from Clare duo Kelly and Ryan cut the deficit to two points on 47 minutes. Shanahan got Waterford off the mark for the second half with a free on 48 minutes, but the tide was clearly turning in Clare’s favour. Inspired by a brilliant second-half display from 2012 All Star Brendan Bugler, Clare were winning an increasing amount of possession, and causing problems for the Waterford defence. They were winning a considerable amount of frees, and Colin Ryan brought them level on 50 minutes at 0-13 to 1-10 with a typically well-struck placed ball.

On 55 minutes, Clare moved ahead for the first time since the midway point of the first half when O’Donnell found the net. It came about from a 21 metre free. Tony Kelly’s goalbound shot was blocked away by Waterford, but they failed to clear fully, with the ball eventually falling to 18-year-old O’Donnell, who struck powerfully to the net. It was O’Donnell’s last act in the game, as he was replaced seconds later by Podge Collins. The impressive Darach Honan and Shanahan traded scores after the goal to leave three still between the teams going into the final 10 minutes, but then McGrath’s goal effectively wrapped things up for Clare. McGrath anticipated the breaking ball from a high pass played in, and he composed himself before firing to the net to make it 2-15 to 1-12.

Waterford weren’t fully dead and buried after that score, and points from Gavin O’Brien, Dillon and Prendergast gave them a chance in the closing stages. However, they needed a goal and the closest they came was when Prendergast’s shot fizzed over the bar when a goal chance was on. Once that chance was passed up, Clare coasted to the win, and finished the match out in style. Midfielder Colm Galvin knocked over two excellent points from distance in the closing stages of the game to add polish to an encouraging result for Clare, their first win in the Munster Hurling Championship since 2008.

Scorers for Clare: C Ryan 0-7 (6f, 1 65′), T Kelly 0-4, J Conlon 0-3, D Honan 0-3, C MGrath 1-0, S O’Donnell 1-0, C Galvin 0-2, F Lynch 0-1.

Scorers for Waterford: M Shanahan 0-7 (6f), J Dillon 1-2, S Prendergast 0-2, P Mahony 0-1, J Barron 0-1, K Moran 0-1, G O’Brien 0-1.

Clare: Patrick Kelly; Donal O’Donovan, David McInerney, Seadna Morey; Brendan Bugler, Pat Donnellan, Pat O’Connor; Cian Dillon, Colm Galvin; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan; Darach Honan, Shane O Donnell, Conor McGrath.

Subs: Peter Duggan for Morey (29), Podge Collins for O’Donnell (55), Fergal Lynch for Duggan (68).

Waterford: I O’Regan; D Fives, L Lawlor, N Connors; J Nagle, M Walsh, P Prendergast; S O’Sullivan, K Moran; M Shanahan, S Prendergast, B O’Halloran; J Barron, P Mahony, J Dillon.

Subs: Ray Barry for O’Halloran (17), Gavin O’Brien for Barron (56), Martin O’Neill for Mahony (63)

Referee – James McGrath (Westmeath)

 

Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Shane O’Donnell and Conor McGrath swooped for second half goals as Clare beat Waterford 2-20 to 1-15 for their first Munster SHC win since 2008. Davy Fitzgerald’s charges dominated the closing stages in Thurles, with Brendan Bugler and Colm Galvin particularly impressive. Jake Dillon’s eighth-minute goal, allied to Maurice Shanahan’s four-point haul, gave the Déise a 1-09 to 0-08 interval lead. But with Championship debutant O’Donnell (55 minutes) and McGrath (62) both finding the net, the Banner men progressed to a meeting with Cork. Waterford lined out as selected, with Under-21 players Paudie Prendergast, Jamie Barron and Dillon making their Championship bows. Clare, with their own sprinkling of young SHC newcomers, drafted in Darach Honan and Cian Dillon for Padraic Collins and Conor Ryan respectively before the throw-in, moving Seadna Morey to midfield in the process.

Colin Ryan rifled over a central ‘65’ to move Clare ahead in the third minute, swiftly followed by a driven John Conlon effort from the right. Clare’s spritely start continued with Conlon breaking free of Kevin Moran’s clutches for his second point from play, and Tony Kelly profited from a neat Colm Galvin set-up to make it 0-04 to 0-00. But Waterford burst into life with an eighth minute goal. Clare captain Patrick Donnellan failed to clear his lines and Dillon gobbled up possession to race through and his low, well-placed shot gave goalkeeper Patrick Kelly little chance. Dillon then capitalised on some loose defending by Domhnall O’Donovan to draw the Déise level. As the tempo quickened, Honan edged Clare back in front by the 12th minute.

Nerves were evident as Kelly, Ryan and Waterford free-taker Mahony struck wides, before the experienced Seamus Prendergast plundered an excellent point from centre-field. It remained nip and tuck as Ryan (free) and Mahony traded scores, but Waterford edged ahead for the first time in the 21st minute as the influential Jamie Nagle fed Shanahan, who rose over David McInerney and pointed brilliantly on the turn. The 20-year-old McInerney had been doing well to keep Shanahan quiet at full-forward, however Shanahan then won and pointed a free to open up a 1-05 to 0-06 lead.

Another fine catch from Shanahan led to a free on Paudie Prendergast with the former duly lobbing over his third point on the trot. Jamie Barron opened his account with a well-struck effort as the half hour approached, with Clare’s Morey, who was nursing an elbow injury in the lead up to this game, replaced by Championship debutant Peter Duggan. Both sides were guilty of sloppy play at times, which was understandable given their lack of recent competitive action, and the Banner men ended their 15-minute scoreless spell through Conlon.

The margin was widened to four points as a poor Clare puck-out by punished by an ever-alert Moran and although Kelly replied from a tight angle, Shanahan closed out the first half by clipping over a late free. Waterford’s half-back line, marshalled by Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh and Nagle, was growing in influence and their effective use of possession was giving Shanahan and others the opportunity to make it count. Clare’s danger men up front were being starved of possession and Conlon, their most potent forward, blew a goal-scoring chance with a wayward hand-pass to Honan. The quality of hurling continued to drop during a lacklustre start to the second period, a scoreless eight minutes doing little for either team’s confidence.

But a smashing run and point from Kelly lifted Clare and a subsequent Ryan free, following good play from O’Donnell, cut the gap to 1-09 to 0-10. It was back to a one-point game after Ryan converted two frees in response to Shanahan’s fifth of the day, and another close range strike from Ryan had Clare level in the 51st minute. Shanahan re-established Waterford’s lead from a placed ball, but Michael Ryan’s side were beginning to waiver as the young Banner side made their mark. Honan swung over a lovely point from the right and as Waterford’s wides tally increased to 13, Clare continued to prosper.

Kelly went for goal from a close range free, his full-blooded shot was batted away but an immediate Duggan block gave teenager O’Donnell the opportunity to fire home the lead goal at 1-14 to 1-11. The 18-year-old O’Donnell barely had time to celebrate his score before he was called ashore and replaced by Padraic Collins. Honan’s third point of the afternoon followed to underline Clare’s sudden dominance. Shanahan answered back from a placed ball, but once a high ball broke for McGrath to find the bottom left corner of the Waterford net, Clare were home and hosed. Substitute Gavin O’Brien, Dillon and Seamus Prendergast, who improvised impressively after a blundered free from Shanahan, kept Waterford in the hunt with points in the final 10 minutes.

However, with the Bugler-led defence tightening up significantly, Clare broke forward for a string of late scores – Kelly and substitute Fergal Lynch both claimed one, young midfielder Galvin hit a stylish brace from distance and free-taker Ryan topped off his seven-point contribution. The manner of Clare’s finish gave their supporters in the 12,103-strong crowd plenty of encouragement for the next day out, however Fitzgerald was already talking afterwards of the improvements needed for the semi-final clash with Cork.

CLARE: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan (capt), Patrick O’Connor; Colm Galvin (0-02), Seadna Morey; John Conlon (0-03), Tony Kelly (0-04), Colin Ryan (0-07, 0-06f, 0-01 ‘65’); Darach Honan (0-03), Shane O’Donnell (1-00), Conor McGrath (1-00).

Subs used: Peter Duggan for Morey (29 mins), Padraic Collins for O’Donnell (55), Fergal Lynch (0-01) for Duggan (68).

WATERFORD: Ian O’Regan; Darragh Fives, Liam Lawlor, Noel Connors; Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh, Paudie Prendergast; Shane O’Sullivan, Kevin Moran (capt) (0-01); Maurice Shanahan (0-07, 0-06f), Seamus Prendergast (0-02), Brian O’Halloran; Jamie Barron (0-01), Pauric Mahony (0-01), Jake Dillon (1-02).

Subs used: Ray Barry for O’Halloran (17 mins), Gavin O’Brien (0-01) for Barron (56), Martin O’Neill for Mahony (63).

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

Team News

Clare SH v Waterford – Patrick Kelly; Donal O’Donovan, David McInerney, Seadna Morey; Brendan Bugler, Pat Donnellan (capt), Pat O Connor; Conor Ryan, Colm Galvin; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan; Padraig Collins, Shane O Donnell, Conor McGrath

Waterford SH v Clare: Ian O’Regan (Mount Sion); Darragh Fives (Tourin), Liam Lawlor (Fourmilewater), Noel Connors (Passage); Jamie Nagle (Dungarvan), Michael Walsh (Stradbally), Paudie Prendergast (Lismore); Shane O’Sullivan (Ballygunner), Kevin Moran (De La Salle, Captain); Maurice Shanahan (Lismore), Seamus Prendergast (Ardmore), Brian O’Halloran (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg); Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater), Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner), Jake Dillon (De La Salle)

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Match Coverage

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For the Record

Clare Waterford
2013 Team Manager Davy Fitzgerald Michael Ryan 

 

2012 Championship Performance Lost to Waterford by 2-17 to 1-18 in the Munster Semi-Final. Defeated Dublin by 1-16 to 0-16 at Cusack Park Ennis in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Limerick by 3-18 to 1-20 at Semple Stadium Thurles. Defeated Waterford in the Munster Semi-Final before losing to Tipperary by 2-17 to 0-16 in the Munster Final. Lost to Cork by 1-19 to 0-19 in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 6 9
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 1998 2010
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 16
Won – 3
Lost –  13
Drawn – 0
Played – 26
Won – 14
Lost –  9
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship June 17th 2012 – Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 (Munster Semi-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles) – Goals by Shane Walsh and Eoin Kelly (penalty) helped Waterford to a two point interval lead. The second half saw both sides have periods of dominance but Waterford held out for a two point victory backed by seven points from Maurice Shanahan.  Click for more details

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2013

Quarter-Final

Sunday June 2nd

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Clare v Waterford 4:00pm

Semi-Finals
Sunday June 9th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Tipperary 4:00pm

Sunday June 23rd

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Cork v Clare or Waterford 4:00pm
or Semple Stadium Thurles

Final

Sunday July 14th

4:00pm throw-in

Useful Information

Clare have failed to record a Munster Championship victory in 8 of the last 9 seasons.

Clare have not drawn a match in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship since finishing level with Tipperary in 1999.

Waterford have qualified for 9 of the last 15 Munster Finals including the last 4 (1998, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012). This is in contrast to the previous 31 Munster Finals between 1967 and 1997 during which time Waterford qualified just 3 times, losing on each occasion in 1982, 1983 and 1989).

The 4 games in the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship produced an average of 40.5 scores per game. There were 43 scores per game in the 2011 Munster SHC as compared to 34 scores per match in the 2010 Munster SHC. The highest scoring game in 2012 yielded 47 scores, the semi-final victory for Tipperary over Cork by 1-22 to 0-24.

Over the last 4 seasons, Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 11 of the 18 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 5 matches while Pairc na nGael in Limerick hosted 2 games.

Tipperary have won 10 of their last 11 matches in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship dating back to 2008, winning 4 of the 5 Munster titles on offer in that period. Their only defeat came at the hands of Cork in May 2010, a 3-15 to 0-14 defeat at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Tipperary are looking to become the first county to win 3 Munster Senior Hurling titles in a row since Tipperary achieved this accomplishment from 1987 to 1989.

Waterford is the only Munster county to have at least 1 victory in the last 4 Munster Senior Hurling Championships. Cork won at least 1 Munster Senior Hurling Championship match from 2003 to 2007 (5 consecutive years). Aside from that Cork period of dominance, only Tipperary (2000 to 2002) and Waterford (2002 to 2004 and 2009 to 2011) have managed to go 3 consecutive years with at least 1 victory within the last decade.

Limerick have won 1 of the last 17 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches they have played, an extra-time victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at the Gaelic Grounds. During that period, Limerick have drawn 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

Tipperary’s Pa Bourke was the top scorer in the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 1-21 (0-13 from frees and 3 65’s) in 3 matches. Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) finished second with 15 points (10 from frees and 1 65). Noel McGrath was third on the scoring charts with 1-10, all from play while Pat Horgan (Cork) finished fourth with 11 points (9 from frees) from just 1 game.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

Last Five Championship Clashes

2012: Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 (Munster semi-final)

2010: Waterford 0-22 Clare 1-15 (2010 Munster semi-final)

2008: Clare 2-26 Waterford 0-23 (Munster quarter-final)

2005: Clare 4-14 Waterford 0-21 (All-Ireland qualifier)

2004: Waterford 3-21 Clare 1-8 (Munster 1st round)

Waterford 3; Clare 2

 

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (40) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA 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/sh_teams/

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 3 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

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

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi Final – Tipperary 0-20 Limerick 0-15

Tipperary intermediates register a five-point win over Limerick

By Brian McDonnell at Páirc na nGael, Limerick for the Tipperary Star newspaper

Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship Semi-Final

Tipperary 0-20 Limerick 0-15

The Tipperary intermediate hurlers, guided by Fethard’s Michael Ryan, battled their way past a hard-working Limerick outfit in boiling hot conditions at Páirc na nGael on Sunday afternoon. The Shannonsiders set a hot pace and raced into a 0-3 to no-score lead, but once Tipperary settled down to their work the home side struggled to cope. Indeed, Tipperary led 0-6 to 0-5 after nineteen minutes, were 0-10 to 0-8 clear at the break and managed to keep Limerick at arm’s reach for the duration of the second half.

Michael Ryan is joined on the management team by coach Michael Ferncombe (Holycross-Ballycahill) and selectors Seán O’Meara (Shannon Rovers) and Eamonn O’Dwyer (Arravale Rovers). This group had worked carefully to prepare their players in recent weeks. Indeed, that campaign featured a challenge match win over Leinster semi-finalists Laois.

That said Michael Ryan, who managed Tipperary to a provincial and All-Ireland intermediate title last year, was apprehensive prior to the game. “Back on the road again and we are delighted,” Michael Ryan told the Tipperary Star. “The first round of the championship in the intermediate grade can be tricky. We had good form in a few challenge games, but you would always be that bit apprehensive about bringing that form into a game. You always know that you have the players, but they still have to bring that to the table,” Michael Ryan explained. “There were times when we went flat there, but we kicked on in the finish. We’re very happy to get over this round.”

Although an obviously distressed Denis Maher limped off with a hamstring injury the Thurles Sarsfields star enjoyed a fine outing as did David Young, Micheál Butler, Willie Ryan and Timmy Hammersley. Joey McLoughney, however, looked the most obvious candidate for man of the match. The Toomevara man contributed handsomely and looked a class act.

“It’s something that we always emphasise to our players; to get a good start,” Michael Ryan said as he reflected on Tipperary’s slow start which saw the Premier fall three points in arrears during the opening ten minutes. “In fairness when we did settle down we put some good scores together and we started to defend very well. There were so many great displays there throughout the field.”

Tipperary started very poorly and trailed 0-3 to no-score after ten minutes played. Limerick centre-back Cathal McNamara landed a long-range free to present his side with a lead in the opening minute and added a ’65 two minutes later. And, when Jack Aherne steered over a smashing left-handed effort from a tight angle in the third minute Tipperary looked in trouble.

Tipp responded to the challenge however. Denis Maher, who was in terrific form, set up Ruairí Gleeson for a goal-scoring opportunity with a clever cross-field ball in the sixth minute, but the Kildangan man blazed wide with the goal at his mercy. Tipperary shook off the disappointment of that glaring miss to finally register a score thanks to a Timmy Hammersley free in the tenth minute.

Almost immediately Limerick responded with a Paudie Leahy point from distance, but Tipperary were getting themselves into the game all around the field with two points, courtesy of Timmy Hammersley and Paudie Greene, closing the gap to a single point (0-3 to 0-4) by the 13th minute. Denis Maher created another goal chance for a forward colleague in the 14th minute, but this Timmy Hammersley fired wide from a promising position before Willie Ryan set Hammersley up for an equalising point in the 16th minute.

Limerick’s Pat Begley and Timmy Hammersley then traded super efforts before Tipperary took the lead for the first time in the 19th minute when Hammersley converted a routine free to help his side into a 0-6 to 0-5 advantage. Willie Griffin managed a response for Limerick, but with Denis Maher dominating under the dropping ball Tipperary were threatening on a regular basis. Indeed, three consecutive points, thanks to Timmy Hammersley (free), Pat Molloy and Orrie Quirke, helped the visitors into a 0-9 to 0-6 advantage by the 24th minute.

To be fair Limerick responded once more with a brace of points from Jack Aherne (one free) to reduce the deficit to the minimum, but when Denis Maher set up Pat Molloy for a cracker of a point in the 28th minute to hand Tipperary a 0-10 to 0-8 interval lead the signs were looking very ominous for the Shannonsiders. Tipperary franked their dominance immediately after the break with a Timmy Hammersley free, a Ruairí Gleeson effort and a smashing Joey McLoughney point from a sideline ball to force Michael Ryan’s side into a 0-13 to 0-8 lead by the 35th minute.

Tipperary’s discipline let them down a little thereafter with three Jack Aherne frees, which book-ended a Timmy Hammersley effort (free), helping Limerick back into contention. And, with sixteen minutes to play Limerick had closed the gap to a manageable three – 0-11 to 0-14. Tipperary needed a point and found it thanks to the highly-influential Timmy Hammersley, but a Limerick brace, featuring another Jack Aherne free, left two between them (0-13 to 0-15) entering the final ten minutes.

Tipperary, once more, responded with an absolute belter of a point from Joey McLoughney who won Darragh Egan’s puck-out before driving over a long-range effort. Then, in the 51st minute, Timmy Hammersley (free) handed the Premier a 0-17 to 0-13 lead. With five minutes to play Tipperary coughed up yet another free which Jack Aherne converted, but Joey McLoughney responded in kind with his third point. Limerick’s Jason Hayes and Tipperary’s Pádraig O’Leary then traded points to leave four between them (0-19 to 0-15) with time fast running out.

Limerick desperately needed a goal and almost created a vital three-pointer in the 58th minute. Dan Morrissey made room for Mikey Ryan to shoot, but ‘keeper Darragh Egan made a fine save at his near post. Egan also impressively saved Morrissey’s follow-up before Timmy Hammersley converted a late ’65 to hand Tipperary a well-deserved five-point win.

Tipperary: Darragh Egan (Kildangan), Seán O’Brien (Newport), Micheál Butler (Drom & Inch), Tom Treacy (Cappawhite), Willie Ryan (Clonakenny, 0-1), David Young (Toomevara, captain), Pádraig Heffernan (Clonoulty-Rossmore), Joey McLoughney (Toomevara, 0-3, 0-1 sideline), Seán McCormack (Borris-Ileigh), Orrie Quirke (Silvermines, 0-1), Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty-Rossmore, 0-10, 0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65), Pat Molloy (Moycarkey-Borris, 0-2), Ruairí Gleeson (Kildangan, 0-1), Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Pádraig Greene (Upperchurch-Drombane, 0-1). Subs: (41st) Pádraig O’Leary (Templederry Kenyons, 0-1) for Denis Maher, (47th) Michael Ivors (Ballingarry) for Pádraig Greene, (51st) Alan Hogan (Shannon Rovers) for Seán McCormack.

Limerick: Shane O’Donoghue, Shane Irwin, Barry O’Connell, Mike Reidy, Jason Hayes (0-1), Cathal McNamara (0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 ’65), David O’Neill, Paudie Leahy (0-1), Conor Kearney, Kevin O’Brien, David Reidy, Dan Morrissey, Willie Griffin (0-1), Pat Begley (0-1), Jack Aherne (0-8, 0-6 frees). Subs: (34th) Barry Lynch for David O’Neill, (37th) Michael Ryan (0-1) for Kevin O’Brien, (42nd) Mikey Ryan for Willie Griffin, (51st) Brendan Giltenane for David Reidy.

Referee: Paul Foley (Waterford)

 

Hammersley leads the charge for Tipperary

By Jackie Cahill for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 0-15 Tipperary 0-20

Tipperary manager Mick Ryan watched his side score a five-point victory against a dogged Limerick side in yesterday’s Munster IHC semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Former senior panellist Timmy Hammersley was the star of the show for the Premier County as the 2010 All-Ireland SHC medallist bagged 0-10. His haul was split evenly between both halves as Tipp set up a final meeting with Clare or Cork on July 18.

Ryan said: “The first round of the championship in the intermediate grade can be tricky. We had good form in a few recent challenge games but you’d always be apprehensive about bringing that to the table today. We went flat for a bit but we kicked on again from there to the finish.” Tipp recovered from going 0-0 to 0-3 behind to lead by 0-10 to 0-8 at the break. Tipp should have netted in a goalless game as early as the fifth minute, when Ruairi Gleeson flashed a fierce shot inches wide. Yet Limerick were still hanging around and within touching distance approaching the finish. And it took a superb double-save from Tipp goalkeeper Darragh Egan in the closing minutes to preserve a clean sheet.

Scorers for Limerick: J Aherne 0-7 (6f), W Griffin 0-2, C McNamara 0-2 (1f, 1 65) J Hayes, P Leahy, P Begley & M Ryan 0-1.

Scorers for Tipperary: T Hammersley 0-10 (6f, 1 65), J McLoughney 0-3 (1 sl), P Molloy 0-2, W Ryan, O Quirke, R Gleeson, P Greene & P O’Leary 0-1.

LIMERICK: S O’Donoghue; S Irwin, B O’Connell, M Reidy; J Hayes, C McNamara, D O’Neill; P Leahy, C Kearney, K O’Brien, D Reidy, D Morrissey; W Griffin, P Begley, J Aherne.

Subs: B Lynch for O’Neill (33), M Ryan for O’Brien (36), M Ryan for Griffin (41), B Giltenane for D Reidy (50).

TIPPERARY: D Egan; S O’Brien, M Butler, T Treacy; W Ryan, D Young, P Heffernan; J McLoughney, S McCormack; O Quirke, T Hammersley, P Molloy; R Gleeson, D Maher, P Greene.

Subs: P O’Leary for Maher (40), M Ivors for Greene (46), A Horgan for McCormack (50).

Referee: P Foley (Waterford)

Team News

The Tipperary Intermediate Hurling team to play Limerick in the Munster semi-final on Sunday next at the Gaelic Grounds is as follows:

1. Darragh Egan (Kildangan)

2. Seán O’Brien (Newport)

3. Micheál Butler (Drom and Inch)

4. Tom Treacy (Cappawhite)

5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)

6. David Young (Toomevara) CAPTAIN

7. Padraig Heffernan (Clonoulty Rossmore)

8. Joey McLoughney (Toomevara)

9. Seán McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)

10. Orrie Quirke (Silvermines)

11. Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore)

12. Pat Molloy (Moycarkey Borris)

13. Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan)

14. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

15. Paudie Greene (Upperchurch Drombane)

LIMERICK – Shane O’Donoghue (Adare); Shane Irwin (Bruff), Barry O’Connell (Kildimo-Pallaskenry), Mike Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca); Jason Hayes (Bruff) Cathal McNamara, captain (Doon), David O’Neill (South Liberties); Paudie Leahy (Blackrock), Conor Kearney (Effin); Kevin O’Brien (Patrickswell), David Reidy (Dromin-Athlacca), Dan Morrissey (Ahane); Willie Griffin (Adare), Pat Begley (Mungret), Jack Aherne (Killeedy). Subs: Darragh Stapleton (Doon), Jeff Lohan (Adare), Barry Lynch (Feohanagh-Castlemahon), Wayne Cronin (St Patricks), Richie Burke (Mungret), Micheal Ryan (Doon), John Fitzgibbon (Adare), Mikey Ryan (Murroe-Boher), Brendan Giltenane (Mungret)

 

Christy Ring Cup Senior Hurling Final – Down 3-16 Kerry 2-17

Down 3-16 Kerry 2-17

Report from the RTE.ie web site

Gareth ‘Magic’ Johnson’s stoppage-time goal gave Down their first Christy Ring Cup title in a dramatic 3-16 to 2-17 win over Kerry at Croke Park. Johnson had grabbed a Down major, but goals from Padraig Boyle and Shane Nolan helped the Kingdom to a 2-06 to 1-08 half-time lead. Substitute Scott Nicholson netted a second Down goal, and they drew level through Johnny McCusker, before Johnson flicked home his second in the 71st minute.

A blistering start saw both sides hit the net inside the opening three minutes. First Gareth ‘Magic’ Johnson drilled home a Down three-pointer, and the cheers had barely died down when Padraig Boyle flashed an angle shot to the net at the other end. And Kerry took the lead in the 15th minute with a goal from Shane Nolan, who had moments earlier had a point awarded on a Hawk-Eye call. Padraig Boyle’s delivery was flicked on by Aidan Boyle for Nolan to collect and smash past Stephen Keith

Nolan floated over his third point from play and converted two frees as the Kingdom eased into a five points lead, but only after a let-off which saw Johnson flash a first-time shot just wide. Down were awarded a penalty in the 29th minute after a mazy run by Michael Ennis was illegally halted, but Braniff drilled over the bar. With Conor Woods and Michael Ennis prompting from the back, the Ulster men continued to press in the closing stages of the half, cutting the deficit further with scores from Daniel Toner, James Coyle and Donal Hughes.

Kerry still held on to a narrow 2-6 to 1-8 lead at the interval, and they pushed on with scores from Brendan O’Leary and Nolan, with Willie O’Dwyer nailing his second of the afternoon. Down kept in touch through Conor Woods, who hit he target from placed balls from long range, and in the 48th minute their challenge was given fresh impetus when substitute Scott Nicholson grabbed their second goal. Rochford produced a superb save from another Braniff penalty, but Nicholson was first to the rebound, finishing to the net from close range.

Down passions were stirring, and they began to believe that they were capable of making a big statement in the remainder of a game that still had more than 20 minutes to run. They began to get on top around midfield, with Donal Hughes, Ciaran Coulter and Woods displaying their leadership qualities, and although Kerry restored their three points advantage, the men from the north were determined to fight to the death.

Nicholson continued to make an impact with two more points, and it was another sub, Johnny McCusker, who brought the sides level with four minutes to play. Padraig Boyle’s 70th minute point appeared likely to be the decisive score, however, but in one lasdt throw of the dice, Braniff gambled with a long punt in the direction of Johnson, who worked his magic with a deft flick that deflected the ball past Rochford.

Down: S Keith, M Conlon, P Hughes, B Toner, F Conway, C Woods (0-2, 1f 1 ’65), M Ennis, D Hughes (0-1), C Coulter, D Toner (0-1), P Braniff (0-6, 4f, 1pen), P Sheehan, K McGarry, G Johnson (2-1), J Coyle (0-2).

Subs: S Nicholson (1-2) for Conway, J McCusker (0-1) for Sheehan, M Turley for Toner, M Hughes for B Toner.

Kerry: B Rochford, R Horgan, L Boyle, P Costello, D O’Connell, T Murnane, D Dineen, J Griffin, D Collins, B O’Leary (0-1), W O’Dwyer (0-2), C Harty, P Boyle (1-3), A Boyle (0-1), S Nolan (1-9, 0-5f).

Subs: J Egan for Costello, G O’Brien (0-1) for Harty, S Mansell for O’Brien.

Referee: C Browne (Galway)

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Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Down in the Christy Ring Cup Final in Croke Park on Saturday at 4pm shows 1 personnel change from the side that lined out against Kildare in the semi final. Padraig Boyle comes into the forward line instead of the injured Gary O’Brien. The team is as follows:

1. Bernard Rochford Killeagh (Cork)

2. Rory Horgan St Brendans

3. Liam Boyle Ballyduff

4. Paud Costello Ballyduff (Captain)

5. Darragh O’Connell Abbeydorney

6. Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

7. Darren Dineen St Brendans

8. John Griffin Lixnaw

9. Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

10. Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

11. Willie O’Dywer Mullinavat (Kilkenny)

12. Colm Harty Causeway

13. Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

14. Aidan Boyle Ballyduff

15. Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

16. P.J. Gorman Ballyduff

17. John Egan St Brendans

18. David Fitzell Kilmoyley

19. Sean Maunsell Kilmoyley

20. Ally O’Connor (Ballyduff)

21. Patrick O’Keeffe Glenflesk

22. Gary O’Brien Ballyduff

23. Brian Murphy Causeway

24. Mike Lynch Crotta O’Neills

25. Brendan Brosnan Lixnaw

26. Pa Joe Connolly Ballyduff

Management

Manager: Tom Howard

Trainer: Fergie O’Loughlin

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

Additional Players on the Kerry Panel:

27. Cyril Lynch (Crotta O’Neills)

28. Jason Leahy (Causeway)

29. Mike O’Halloran (Ballyheigue)

30. Stephen Page Tommy Larkins, (Galway)

31. Tommy Barrett (Causeway)

32. Diarmuid Walsh (Ballyheigue)

• Kerry last reached the Christy Ring final in 2011 when they defeated Wicklow in the Final 2-21 to 2-8.

• Amazingly, only 5 of the team that started that final are named on the team for Saturday’s game – Bernard Rochford, Darragh O’Connell, Darren Dineen, John Griffin and Shane Nolan.

• Kerry have played 3 matches en route to Saturday’s Final as follows:

Kerry 3-16 Down 2-17 Newry

Kerry 0-14 Derry 0-8 Tralee

Kerry 1-14 Kildare 0-11 Tralee

Munster Senior Hurling Semi Final – Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15

Limerick learn winning formula

By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15

They didn’t want to leave the Gaelic Grounds yesterday after this superb Munster SHC semi-final, and why would they? Long after the final whistle, the Limerick players and their admiring fans were still out on the pristine sod, absorbing the rays from the still-warm sun but absorbing also the sheer joy, the satisfaction of an epic against-the-odds triumph against the old enemy. And a triumph it was, a fired-up Limerick doing what they had failed to do against both Tipperary (Munster championship) and Kilkenny (All-Ireland quarter-final) last year and this time, completing the job they had started.

Last year they had led both those games at the break, had held that lead well into the third quarter but then capitulated, overcome by an avalanche of late scores. Again yesterday they led at the break, 1-7 to 0-7, Seanie Tobin’s opportunist first-time ground-shot past Brendan Cummins (19m) the difference between the sides. Again yesterday they saw that lead whittled away, half-time Tipperary supersub John O’Dwyer slicing them apart with 1-3 as Tipp raced into a four-point lead with only 15 minutes of the second half gone (1-13 to 1-9). This time though it was different, this was a Limerick team with a new belief, a new self-confidence, a confidence epitomised in full-back and man-of-the-match Richie McCarthy. “They got the goal last year and we lost the game — this year when they got the goal we bounced back, we got a point straight away. Last year really hurt us, losing in Thurles; we weren’t going to lose in the Gaelic Grounds.”

No they weren’t. O’Dwyer’s goal had come in the 50th minute at the end of a six-point Tipp salvo that was interrupted only by a lone Limerick point, a long-distance score from midfielder and captain Donal O’Grady (one of three on the day from the Ballingarry star). It was the kind of barrage that had done for Limerick last year in those two championship losses but, as noted by Richie, this year Limerick weren’t for folding. “We learned,” said Richie, “Experience means a lot for this young team.” It does, but now it’s a winning experience. Nine points to two Limerick outscored Tipperary in the final 20 minutes, nine precious points carved from a Tipperary defence in which corner-backs Michael Cahill and Paddy Stapleton were outstanding, the other defenders — Paul Curran and the half-back trio of Kieran Bergin, Conor O’Mahony and Padraic Maher — not far behind.

Free-taker Declan Hannon had four of those, subs Shane Dowling (2, including a near 100-yd free) and Niall Moran (1) also contributed, as did Tobin and O’Grady. Defence though was where the game was won, and it started at the very back. Twice in the first half Limerick keeper Nicky Quaid found himself one-on-one at point-blank range with Tipperary attackers; twice Nicky made the save, from Seamus Callanan (14m), then from Pa Bourke (21m). It’s unfair to compare any player to his father but truly, for all those who followed Limerick hurling a generation ago, this was Tommy Quaid at his cat-like gutsy best.

Richie McCarthy we’ve mentioned but alongside him, if Cahill and Stapleton were outstanding for Tipperary at one end, Stephen Walsh and Tom Condon were equally so at the other, though Condon got a right hot few minutes from John O’Dwyer! The half-back trio, Paudie O’Brien (a few hairy moments of his own on namesake Johno), Wayne McNamara and Gavin O’Mahony, that was the wall on which this Limerick win was founded. They had a few extra bricks in that wall, however.

From the start, Limerick withdrew full-forward Declan Hannon to a half-forward position, leaving the two flyers, Graeme Mulcahy and Seanie Tobin, to forage for themselves inside. Centre-forward James Ryan then withdrew to the next line back and he — along with midfielders Paul Browne and O’Grady — offered great support to the half-back line. It all meant that a potentially potent Tipperary attack was given less and less space in which to operate, even the normally creative Bonner Maher frustrated time and again. It’s Limerick’s first Munster championship win since 2007 and puts them in the Munster final. Then they lost to Waterford; this year it will be against the Cork/Clare winner of the other semi-final. They go into that game with heads up, hopes high.

Scorers for Limerick: D Hannon 0-9 (6f, 0-1 65); S Tobin 1-1; D O’Grady 0-3; S Dowling 0-2 (1f); D Breen, J Ryan, N Moran, 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 1-3; S Callanan 0-4 (4f); J O’Brien 0-3; E Kelly 0-2 (1f); P Bourke, B Maher, N McGrath, 0-1 each.

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady (c); D Breen, J Ryan, S Hickey; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin.

Subs for Limerick: C Allis (Breen 42); S Dowling (Hickey 49); N Moran (Tobin 62); C King (Browne 66); K Downes (Ryan 69).

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; K Bergin, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; S McGrath (c), B Maher; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, J O’Brien; S Bourke, S Callanan, N McGrath.

Subs for Tipperary: J O’Dwyer (S Bourke 35); E Kelly (P Bourke 44); B O’Meara (Callanan 50); C O’Brien (S McGrath 64); L Corbett (B Maher 67).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly).

 

Superb Limerick unseat champions Tipperary

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15

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Limerick staged a memorable final quarter comeback to upset the odds and unseat Munster champions Tipperary in a superb contest at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Sunday afternoon. It was Limerick’s first Munster Championship success in six years and they now go on to contest a Munster final for the first time since 2007 after a brilliant performance in the intense heat on Shannonside. Limerick looked in real trouble when John O’Dwyer’s goal put Tipperary 1-13 to 1-9 ahead after 50 minutes, but John Allen’s side showed tremendous battling qualities and admirable heart to kill off their opponents – and with it a few questions that had been raised about their character – in the final quarter.

When the sides met at the quarter-final stage last year, Limerick threw away a seven-point lead in the final 14 minutes, but they well and truly buried that ghost today, hitting five points without reply in a match-winning spell at the start of the fourth quarter before finishing with another purple patch at the end to deservedly seal their place in the Munster final. Declan Hannon was the hero with nine points, but Shane Dowling showed nerves of steel in the closing stages to hit two crucial scores while captain Donal O’Grady sealed the win at the death with his third point from play. Full-back Richie McCarthy was a rock throughout at the back.

For all the character they showed, doubts about Limerick persisted when they missed two glaring goal chances on the hour mark when the game was level, Tipp keeper Brendan Cummins saving superbly from Graeme Mulcahy and then blocking a shot from James Ryan. Hannon then drove a free wide and it looked like Limerick were about to fluff their lines again. However, Dowling put his side ahead when he landed a monster free and then sub Niall Moran settled their nerves with another score before O’Grady sealed the win in injury time, sparking chaotic celebrations from the home supporters.

Limerick made the better start in a frantic opening to the game and were 0-3 to 0-1 ahead after seven minutes, with O’Grady, James Ryan and Hannon all hitting the target for the home side. Tipperary had three excellent goal chances in the first half, but Limerick goalkeeper Nickie Quaid made smart saves to deny Séamus Callanan and Pa Bourke, while Callanan, after a super run and some stylish stickwork, was denied a picture book goal when he pulled his shot wide in the 24th minute. Limerick were more clinical, as Seán Tobin buried their first goal chance in the 19th minute, slamming home a ground stroke from a rebound after Tipperary goalkeeper Cummins, making his 72nd championship appearance, had blocked the initial shot.

Tipperary really struggled in the opening 20 minutes, but Pa Bourke pulled a score back immediately after the goal and Eamon O’Shea’s side gradually began to settle in the second quarter. They hit three points in a row – John O’Brien, Callanan and Noel McGrath all on target – in a three-minute spell to peg Limerick’s lead back to two points in the 28th minute. However, the Limerick defence coped very well in the first half, and Hannon clipped over his fourth score in the 31st minute to leave the Shannonsiders a goal up at the break, 1-7 to 0-7 clear after a very tight opening half played in intense heat at the Gaelic Grounds.

Tipp brought John O’Dwyer on at the break and he made a difference immediately, firing over three points from play to draw Tipperary level the at 1-9 to 0-12 by the 47th minute. Brendan Maher then put Tipperary ahead for the first time before O’Dwyer found the back of the net after a clever Patrick Maher pass. Tipp led by four points and it looked like there could be only one winner. However, Limerick refused to give up and their performance in the final 20 minutes, when manager Allen cleverly emptied his bench to revive his flagging charges, will live long in the memory. They will now play Cork or Clare in the Munster final on July 14.

Tipperary Scorers: S Callanan 0-4 (0-4f), P Bourke 0-1, J O’Brien 0-3, N McGrath 0-1, J O’Dwyer 1-3, Brendan Maher 0-1, E Kelly 0-2 (0-1f).

Limerick Scorers: D O’Grady 0-3, J Ryan 0-1, D Hannon 0-9 (0-7f), S Tobin 1-1, D Breen 0-1, S Dowling 0-2 (0-1f), N Moran 0-1.

Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; K Bergin, C O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, J O’Brien; S Bourke, S Callanan, N McGrath. Subs: J O’Dwyer for S Bourke (HT), E Kelly for Pa Bourke (45), B O’Meara for Patrick Maher (blood, 48-49), S McGrath for C O’Brien (64), Lar Corbett for B Maher (67).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; P O’Brien, W McNamara, G O’Mahony; P Browne, D O’Grady; D Breen, J Ryan, S Hickey; G Mulcahy, D Hannon, S Tobin. Subs: C Allis for D Breen (43), S Dowling for S Hickey (49), N Moran for S Tobin (61), C King for P Brown (66), K Downes for J Ryan (69).

Referee: Brian Gavin

 

Super subs lead late charge as Treaty muzzle Tipp’s top dogs

Limerick 1-18 Tipperary 1-15

Report by Martin Breheny for the Irish Independent newspaper

FORTY-FIVE minutes after the end of a fascinating contest in the baking summer sun, hundreds of Limerick supporters were still on the pitch in the Gaelic Grounds, savouring a marvellous occasion which provided hurling in the county with its biggest boost for years. Thousands of others had fanned out across the city to begin celebrating a victory that only the most optimistic Limerick person could possibly have envisaged. This, after all, was Division 1A against 1B, reigning Munster champions against a county without a win in the provincial championship for six years, a team full of confidence against opposition which had taken some heavy hits in recent years. Everything pointed to a Tipperary triumph. Everything, that is, except a Limerick team that made a heartfelt appeal to their emotions and were rewarded with a stirring response which lifted them high above the mediocrity that bedevilled them for so long. They achieved it through an impressive combination of good technique, hard work and solid organisational structure which proved too much for Tipperary. Most of all, Limerick’s inspiring success was down to their refusal to accept their perceived role as compliant underdogs who would bark for a time before having muzzles fitted.

Instead, they buried their teeth deep into Tipperary’s confidence reserves, biting off large chunks. Ultimately, they outfought Tipperary in the air and ground wars, driving on relentlessly in 24 degrees of heat to book a place against Cork or Clare in the Munster final on July 14. Thirteen months ago, Limerick led Tipperary by seven points at the three-quarter stage of the Munster quarter-final but lost direction on the home stretch and ended up losing by four points. Yesterday, Limerick trailed by four points after 50 minutes but readjusted their focus so successfully that they managed to outscore Tipperary by 0-9 to 0-2 from there to the finish.

The final 20 minutes were the best Limerick have produced for a very long time. Trailing by 1-13 to 1-9 after John O’Dwyer goaled for Tipperary in the 49th minute, Limerick were facing the ultimate test of their character, resolve and stamina. They had led all way to the 48th minute but with O’Dwyer – an impressive half-time replacement for Shane Bourke – helping himself to 1-3 in 14 minutes, it looked odds-on that Tipperary would power on with no great difficulty. Instead, it was Limerick who raised their game, scoring five points in five minutes, interrupted only once when Eoin Kelly countered with a point. John Allen’s re-energised troops quickly made it clear that they were an altogether different proposition to the side that capitulated against Tipperary last year.

They were back level after 57 minutes and when sub Shane Dowling hoisted a pointed free from well inside his own half in the 63rd minute to restore the lead, Limerick supporters began to sense that something special was about to unfold. And so it proved. Limerick added three more points while Tipperary’s sole response was a pointed free from Kelly, their only score in the final quarter. It was as close to a complete shut-out that Tipperary have experienced for a long time and leaves Eamon O’Shea and his support crew facing serious reassessment work as they attempt to relaunch their All-Ireland bid through the qualifiers.

The first area of investigation will centre on how Tipperary were overpowered physically for long stretches. Man for man, Limerick looked no bigger than their rivals but they still managed to win many of the personal duels.  Basically, Limerick were willing to put in as much work as required in order to make things happen while Tipperary played like a team that expected their role as short-odds favourites to steer them to victory. That contrast in work ethic was crucial on a day when Tipperary’s six starting forwards, which did not include Jason Forde who had to withdraw due to a stomach bug, scored only five points between them from open play.

Tipperary looked as if they might get away with it when O’Dwyer’s intervention yielded such a high return but the extent of their problems in attack were further underlined in the run-in when the Limerick defence were dominant. Richie McCarthy and Wayne McNamara were imposingly solid down the centre of Limerick’s defence, while behind them Nicky Quaid made two exceptional saves from Seamus Callanan and Pa Bourke in the first half. Callanan had another goal chance too but shot wide. Limerick, who led by 1-7 to 0-7 at half-time, had a few goal chances too, managing to take one when Sean Tobin whipped the ball to the net in the 19th minute. That goal put Limerick five points clear, leaving Tipperary facing up to the reality that it was going to be an extremely difficult day.

Still, when they outscored Limerick by 1-6 to 0-2 in the opening 14 minutes of the second half, they would have thought that it was business as usual, especially since teams who have played at a higher level in the league tend to press on more than rivals who haven’t experienced the same level of intensity in the spring campaign. Not this time. Individually and collectively, Limerick raised their game and, unlike last year when their bench carried no real power, the subs made a telling contribution this time. Dowling and Niall Moran were especially effective and with Donal O’Grady continuing to be the dominant presence around midfield, Limerick’s self-belief grew into an unstoppable force. Tipperary replaced their two midfielders and three forwards in the second half in an attempt to increase the strike rate but, apart from the O’Dwyer burst, little progress was made against the close-knit Limerick defence.

The big challenge for Limerick now is to build on this success while Tipperary are facing a repeat of 2010 when they had to re-route their All-Ireland bid via the qualifiers. It turned into a successful adventure three years ago, ending with an All-Ireland win but if they are to repeat the recovery this year, they will need to be a whole lot more driven than they were yesterday. For while Limerick hurled very well in all but the third quarter, it was difficult to escape the suspicion that deep down Tipperary believed they could always turn things their way as required. Their pedigree and rating supported that view but it wasn’t backed up by the necessary competitive hardness when Limerick really put it up to them.

Scorers – Limerick: D Hannon 0-9 (6fs, 1’65’), S Tobin 1-1, D O’Grady 0-3, S Dowling 0-2 (1f), J Ryan, D Breen, N Moran 0-1 each.

Tipperary: J O’Dwyer 1-3, S Callanan 0-4 (4fs), J O’Brien 0-3, E Kelly 0-2 (1f), P Bourke, B Maher, N McGrath 0-1 each.

Limerick – N Quaid 8; S Walsh 7, R McCarthy 9, T Condon 8; P O’Brien 7, W McNamara 8, G O’Mahony 7; P Browne 6, D O’Grady 8; D Breen 6, J Ryan 7, S Hickey 6; G Mulcahy 6, D Hannon 8, S Tobin 8. Subs: C Allis 6 for Breen (41), S Dowling 7 for Hickey (48), N Moran 7 for Tobin (61), C King for Browne (65), K Downes for Ryan (68).

Tipperary – B Cummins 7; P Stapleton 8, P Curran 6, M Cahill 8; K Bergin, 6 C O’Mahony 6, Padraic Maher 7; B Maher 6, S McGrath 5; P Bourke 5, Patrick Maher 5, J O’Brien 7; S Bourke 5, S Callanan 5, N McGrath 6. Subs: J O’Dwyer 8 for S Bourke (ht), E Kelly 7 for P Bourke (45), B O’Meara 5 for Callanan (49), C O’Brien for S McGrath (63), L Corbett for B Maher (67).

Ref – B Gavin (Offaly)

Team News

The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Limerick in the Munster senior hurling championship semi-final on Sunday next has 2 championship debutants – Kieran Bergin at right half back and Jason Forde at right half forward.

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon Grange)

2. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh)

3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone)

4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Kieran Bergin (Killenaule)

6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)

7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)

9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch) Captain

10. Jason Forde (Silvermines)

11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha and Dorrha)

12. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

13. Shane Bourke (JK Brackens)

14. Seamus Callanan (Drom and Inch)

15. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)

Limerick SH v Tipperary – Nickie Quaid; Stephen Walsh, Richie McCarthy, Tom Condon; Paudie O’Brien, Wayne McNamara, Gavin O’Mahony; Paul Browne, Donal O’Grady: David Breen, James Ryan, Seamus Hickey; Graeme Mulcahy, Declan Hannon, Seanie Tobin.

Ticket Details

Tickets available outside the Gaelic Grounds Limerick from 12:30pm on Sunday.

Covered Stand: Adult €30, Juvenile €5

Uncovered Stand: Adult €25, Juvenile €5

Stand Concession: €10 for students and OAP’s

Terrace: Adult €15

Terrace Concession: €5 for students and OAP’s

Group Discount: Adult Ticket Discount: Discount of €5 for stand and terrace tickets available when the club pre- purchases 15 or more adult tickets (no further concessions are available on these tickets). This package is only available through the County Board

Juvenile Stand Discount: Stand tickets at €3 per juvenile + 1 adult free for every 10 juveniles i.e. €30 for 10 juveniles and 1 adult mentor. Again, tickets must be pre-purchased. This package is only available through the County Board

Tickets available through clubs, selected SuperValu and Centra outlets and online through gaa.tickets.ie

 

Special train fare offer

Iarnrod Eireann reminds Tipperary supporters of the special offer fares that are available to supporters travelling to Limerick for the Munster Hurling Championship semi-final match against Limerick on Sunday 9th June.  Special day return fares to Limerick of €12.10 from Limerick Junction, €17 from Thurles and €17.50 from Templemore.

In addition to these attractively priced fares Iarnrod Eireann is also offering exceptional value family ticket fares from these stations to Limerick. The family ticket allows up to 2 adults and 4 children under sixteen years of age travel for €24.50 from Limerick Junction, €36.50 from Thurles and €41.50 from Templemore. A minimum of one adult and one child must travel on each family ticket.

Train times to Limerick from Limerick Junction at 11.40 and 13.35, from Thurles at 11.12 and 12.54 and from Templemore at 12.44hrs. Trains return from Limerick at 18.20hrs for Thurles and Templemore and at 18.45 for Limerick Junction and Thurles.

Details of this special offer are available on the Irish Rail web site www.irishrail.ie. or at local stations.

For the Record

Limerick Tipperary
2013 Team Manager John Allen Eamon O’Shea
2012 Championship Performance Lost to Tipperary by 2-20 to 1-19 in the Munster Quarter-Final. Defeated Laois, Antrim and Clare in the All-Ireland Qualifiers before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Quarter-Final. Defeated Limerick and Cork to qualify for the Munster Final. Defeated Waterford by 2-17 to 0-16 to win the Munster Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi-Final.
Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles 18 40
Last Munster Senior Hurling Title 1996 2012
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000 Played – 21
Won – 3
Lost –  13
Drawn – 5
Played – 32
Won – 21
Lost –  8
Drawn – 3
Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship May 27th 2012 – Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 (Munster Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles) – a late Brian O’Meara goal helped Tipperary recover from a seven point deficit midway through the second half to win by four points
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Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2013

Quarter-Final

Sunday June 2nd

@ Semple Stadium Thurles           Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15

Semi-Finals
Sunday June 9th

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Limerick v Tipperary 4:00pm

Sunday June 23rd

@ Gaelic Grounds Limerick           Cork v Clare 4:00pm

Final

Sunday July 14th


4:00pm throw-in

2013 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date

Clare 2-20 Waterford 1-15 – June 2nd @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)

Clare: Patrick Kelly; Domhnall O’Donovan, David McInerney, Cian Dillon; Brendan Bugler, Patrick Donnellan (Captain), Patrick O’Connor; Colm Galvin, Seadna Morey; John Conlon, Tony Kelly, Colin Ryan; Darach Honan, Shane O’Donnell, Conor McGrath

Subs used: Peter Duggan for Morey (29 mins), Padraic Collins for O’Donnell (55), Fergal Lynch for Duggan (68).

Waterford: Ian O’Regan; Darragh Fives, Liam Lawlor, Noel Connors; Jamie Nagle, Michael Walsh, Paudie Prendergast; Shane O’Sullivan, Kevin Moran (Captain); Maurice Shanahan, Seamus Prendergast, Brian O’Halloran; Jamie Barron, Pauric Mahony, Jake Dillon

Subs used: Ray Barry for O’Halloran (17 mins), Gavin O’Brien for Barron (56), Martin O’Neill for Mahony (63)

Referee: James McGrath (Westmeath)

2013 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship

Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7 (0-6 frees, 1 65)

Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-6 frees)
Jake Dillon (Waterford) – 1-2
Tony Kelly (Clare) – 0-4

Shane O’Donnell (Clare) – 1-0

Conor McGrath (Clare) – 1-0

John Conlon (Clare) – 0-3

Darach Honan (Clare) – 0-3 each

Colm Galvin (Clare) – 0-2

Seamus Prendergast (Waterford) – 0-2

Fergal Lynch (Clare), Kevin Moran (Waterford), Jamie Barron (Waterford), Pauric Mahony (Waterford) & Gavin O’Brien (Waterford) – 0-1 each

Useful Information

Last Championship meeting

2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles

Tipperary scorers: P Bourke 1-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), B O’Meara 1-2, N McGrath 0-3, S Callanan 0-2 (0-1 free), E Kelly 0-1f, T Stapleton 0-1, J O’Brien 0-1, S Bourke 0-1, S McGrath 0-1, C O’Brien 0-1.

Limerick scorers: S Dowling 0-8 (4f), G Mulcahy 1-2, S Tobin 0-3, K Downes 0-2, C Allis 0-2, D Breen 0-1, D Hannon 0-1.

Tipperary: B Cummins; D Maher (C O’Brien 48), P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; J Woodlock (S McGrath 28), B Maher; G Ryan (S Callinan 50), N McGrath, P Bourke; E Kelly (Patrick Maher 42), B O’Meara, J O’Brien (S Bourke 63).

Limerick: N Quaid; S Walsh, R McCarthy, T Condon; W McNamara (T Ryan 68), D O’Grady, G O’Mahoney; P Browne, J Ryan; D Breen, C Allis (B Geary 63), S Dowling; S Tobin (N Moran 65), K Downes (D Hannon 50), G Mulcahy.

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

 

Tipperary have won 10 of their last 11 matches in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship dating back to 2008, winning 4 of the 5 Munster titles on offer in that period. Their only defeat came at the hands of Cork in May 2010, a 3-15 to 0-14 defeat at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Tipperary are looking to become the first county to win 3 Munster Senior Hurling titles in a row since Tipperary achieved this accomplishment from 1987 to 1989.

Limerick have won 1 of the last 17 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches they have played, an extra-time victory over Tipperary in the 2007 Munster Semi-Final 2nd replay at the Gaelic Grounds. During that period, Limerick have drawn 5 times. Limerick’s last Championship victory away from Pairc na nGael came in 2001 with victories over Cork and Waterford at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

The 4 games in the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship produced an average of 40.5 scores per game. There were 43 scores per game in the 2011 Munster SHC as compared to 34 scores per match in the 2010 Munster SHC. The highest scoring game in 2012 yielded 47 scores, the semi-final victory for Tipperary over Cork by 1-22 to 0-24.

Over the last 4 seasons, Semple Stadium Thurles has played host to 12 of the 19 Munster Senior Hurling Championship matches played. Pairc Ui Chaoimh hosted 5 matches while Pairc na nGael in Limerick hosted 2 games.

Tipperary’s Pa Bourke was the top scorer in the 2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 1-21 (0-13 from frees and 3 65’s) in 3 matches. Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) finished second with 15 points (10 from frees and 1 65). Noel McGrath was third on the scoring charts with 1-10, all from play while Pat Horgan (Cork) finished fourth with 11 points (9 from frees) from just 1 game.

Limerick and Tipperary have both lost 26 Munster Senior Hurling Finals. Cork have lost 29.

Match Coverage

This game will be shown live on TV3.

Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship Roll Of Honour

Cork (50) – 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1912, 1915, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1931, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006

Tipperary (40) – 1895, 1896, 1898, 1899, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1913, 1916, 1917, 1922, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1937, 1941, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1971, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1993, 2001, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

Limerick (18) – 1897, 1910, 1911, 1918, 1921, 1923, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1955, 1973, 1974, 1980, 1981, 1994, 1996

Waterford (9) – 1938, 1948, 1957, 1959, 1963, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010

Clare (6) – 1889, 1914, 1932, 1995, 1997, 1998

Kerry (1) – 1891

Munster GAA 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/sh_teams/

Munster Senior HURLING Cup

No Name – Presented by Munster Council in 1928, new cup presented in 1990

All Ireland GAA HURLING Senior Championship

In the Senior Hurling All Ireland Roll of Honour, Cork are second on the list with 30 titles, 4 behind Kilkenny. Tipperary have won 26 All-Ireland titles. Limerick have 7 titles, their last one in 1973. Clare have won 3 titles in 1914, 1995 and 1997 while Waterford’s two titles came in 1948 and 1959. Kerry won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final in 1891.

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

Munster Junior Football Championship Semi Final – Cork 0-18 Clare 0-9

Rebels in cruise control as they ease into final

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Clare 0-9 Cork 0-18

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A dour affair this one, even if Cork did garner the desired result. In another dominant showing, the Rebels rarely broke sweat in advancing to the Munster junior football championship decider and though the winning margin was not quite as substantial as their win over Limerick, the result was every bit as comfortable. The home side offered little resistance to the pace and ferocity of Cork’s play and had the winners displayed a more ruthless streak in patches, this would have been a landslide.

Cork led 0-10 to 0-1 at the interval with Andrew O’Brien and Cathal Vaughan laying the early foundations in kicking three points apiece. Thereafter, the only issue that remained in doubt for those who arrived early at Cusack Park was the size of the hammering. In the end, Cork eased off the throttle ever so slightly with Clare’s Mark McCarthy kicking seven second-half points to keep a manner of respectability about proceedings. At the other end, Cathal Vaughan continued to torment the Banner rearguard, notching five further minors with Fiachra Lynch, Eoghan Buckley and Kevin O’Driscoll also finding the target.

Scorers for Clare: M McCarthy (0-7, two frees); C O’Brien (0-1, one free); D O’Neill (0-1, one free).

Scorers for Cork: C Vaughan (0-8, five frees); A O’Brien (0-4); F Lynch (0-3); E Buckley (0-2); K O’Driscoll (0-1).

CLARE: T Burke; E Flanagan, S Collins, S Lineen; C Doohan, M Moloney, D McMahon; D O’Neill, K O’Connor; C O’Brien, E Finucane, E Brew; R O’Connor, J Looney, M McCarthy.

Subs: M O’Shea for C Doohan (half-time); E Cleary for R O’Connor (41); D Bolton for E Brew (45); M Lorigan for J Looney (45); L Corry for C O’Brien (58).

CORK: D Hanrahan; AJ O’Connor, E O’Mahony, K Harrington; Richard O’Sullivan, Rory O’Sullivan, S Kiely; R Deane, M O’Leary; C Vaughan, A O’Brien, C O’Driscoll; E Buckley, F Lynch, D Harrington.

Subs: K O’Driscoll for R Deane (37); M Vaughan for D Harrington (49); C Vaughan for M Sugrue (58); P Daly for Richard O’Sullivan (58); J Cronin for AJ O’Connor.

Referee: M Meade (Limerick)

Team News

The Cork Junior Football team to play Clare at 1.30pm on Sunday at Cusack Park, Ennis, will line out as follows:

1. David Hanrahan

2. A.J O’Connor 3. Eoin O’Mahony 4. Kevin Harrington

5. Richard O’ Sullivan 6. Rory O’Sullivan 7. Sean Kiely

8. Ruairi Deane 9. Michael O’ Laoire

10. Cathal Vaughan 11. Andrew O’ Brien 12. Colm O’ Driscoll

13. Eoghan Buckley 14. Fiachra Lynch 15. David Harrington

Subs

16. Seán Mellett Carrigaline

17. Peter Daly St. Mary’s

18. John Cronin Lisgoold

19. Kevin Barrett Kilmurry

20. Niall McCarthy Kinsale

21. Kevin O’Driscoll Tadhg MacCarthaigh

22. Seamus Hickey Rockchapel

23. Mark Sugrue Bandon

24. Michael Vaughan Millstreet

Captain: Ruairi Deane

There is one change from the team that defeated Limerick in the quarter-final, as Cork U21 goalkeeper, David Hanrahan, starts in place of Seán Mellett.

Munster GAA Under 15 Supertouch Hurling & Football Finals

No trophies handed out but Supertouch proves real winner

By Eoghan Cormican for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Arriving into Mallow GAA grounds on Saturday morning, the rise in prominence of the Munster U15 Supertouch competition becomes instantly evident. Each pitch hums with activity, while the sidelines are dominated by pockets of supporters from Cappawhite to Kilmihil.

Now in its third year, interest in the initiative is growing rapidly, according to Joey Carton and Pat O’Shea, the two games managers in the province. “Without a doubt it is going from strength to strength,” says Carton. “The first year we didn’t have the maximum number of teams, we didn’t have the full 96. Clubs are now crying out for it, they love to travel.” O’Shea adds: “It’s only ten-a-side so you’ve loads of opportunities to showcase your skills and young lads love that. It is something that we will definitely be continuing into the future.”

All well and good, but given each county already caters for players at U14 and U16 level, is there really a need for additional games? “Most definitely,” asserts O’Shea. “We’re trying to cater for a bigger number of players, give them more opportunities. We’re always conscious of burn-out, but this is an opportunity to play in a non-competitive environment.” Carton points to Austin Stacks as the perfect example as to why this competition is a help rather than a hindrance. “Would they all be playing U16? There is probably quite a number of them who won’t. If you’re a small rural club struggling with numbers and you’re satisfied with U16 there is no need to enter. “We are trying to satisfy the needs of clubs whose players aren’t getting enough games at that level.” “We’re looking at the normal not the elite player. We’re trying to give games to the normal player who might be doing nothing for the past few Saturdays.”

Twelve teams started out the day in either code, but come dinner time, all focus is centred on the main pitch for the respective deciders. In the end, both are determined by late goals, Kilmaley emerging victorious in the hurling; Gneeveguilla taking the football honours in an all-Kerry affair. For the respective winners, however, there is no cup, no silverware. That’s not the idea behind this concept. “The emphasis is purely on participation,” stresses O’Shea. “The whole point is that this is an opportunity to play against teams you wouldn’t normally play against. It’s an opportunity to build up contacts with clubs from other counties and just have an enjoyable day out.”

Carton intercedes: “Only one team in Féile gets out of the county, whereas everyone gets the opportunity here.” Given its continued growth, is there a chance the supertouch initiative could be adopted nationwide? “Maybe,” says O’Shea. “It was muted last year would this competition go national, look that would be a decision for someone else. I think the most important thing from our point of view is that we recognise that this is novel, it gives people greater chances to showcase their skills in a non-congested environment which 10-a-side allows for.”

Indeed, rather than go national, Carton would like to see the initiative taken on by each county. “What we would like to see is these games played internally in the counties, to fill the vacuum and create more games. I think it is generally recognised that the percentage of training games far outweigh the number of games these kids get. “They are far better served playing games like these where they can hone their skills. For that reason we’d like to see counties embrace this.”

 

Munster Coaching and Games Development will hold the finals of their U/15 Super Touch Blitzes in Mallow GAA Complex on Saturday 15th of June. 288 young players (the best of our Under 15 club hurlers and footballers) from over 24 clubs in Munster will converge on the fantastic Mallow facility to compete in the finals of the Munster GAA Supertouch Competitions 2013.

The competitions commenced over two weeks ago with 96 clubs and almost 1200 players participating at various venues throughout the province. While the winning teams qualified for the Munster Finals the emphasis was nevertheless on participation, fun and enjoyment with every participating player receiving a specially designed Munster GAA Training Jersey

The day’s activity on June 15th will commence at 10.30am with the hurling competition. Here 12 teams will battle it out on four pitches with the semi final being held at 12.45 and final at 1.30pm. At 2 pm it will be the turn of the Under 15 footballers from various clubs throughout the province. Yet again 12 teams will participate with the semi finals timed for 4.15 and final at 5pm.

This is one of the many programmes organised by Munster Coaching and Games Development Committee aimed at improving skill levels and providing more games for our underage club players.

Munster Games Managers

Joe Carton & Pat O Shea

Munster GAA Super Touch Hurling Finals

Group 1

Ballincollig

De La Salle

Wolfe Tones

Group 2

Castlelyons

Whitegate

Toomevara

Group 3

Bishopstown

Kilmaley

Midleton

Group 4

Killeagh

Cappawhite

Kileedy

Starting Time: 10.30am on Saturday June 15th

Munster Under 15 Super Touch Football Finals

Group 1

Austin Stacks

Tarbery/Moyvane

Boherbee

Group 2

Glanmire

St Joesphs Doora Barefield

Kerins O Rahilly

Group 3

Gneeveguilla

Laune Rangers

Shannon Gaels/Kilmihil

Group 4

Listowel Emmets

Currow

Ballincollig

Starting Time: 2.00pm on Saturday June 15th