Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final – Tipperary 1-21 Limerick 0-17

Tipperary defeated Limerick by 1-21 to 0-17 in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 4th at Croke Park.

Tipperary see off Limerick to take minor hurling title

Tipperary 1-21 Limerick 0-17

By Eoghan Cormican, Croke Park for the Irish Examiner newspaper

It was a case of sweet redemption for the Tipperary minors as Liam Cahill’s young charges went one step further than was the case 12 months ago.

The crucial score arrived early in the second-half as Jake Morris, put through by Mark Kehoe, drilled a low shot into the bottom right corner of Mark O’Kelly’s goal to put Tipperary 1-10 to 0-8 clear.

The centre-forward, mind you, was lucky to remain on the field having struck out at Limerick’s Josh Adams directly after the goal. Neither the linesman nor the referee saw the incident and Morris escaped without even a yellow card.

Limerick, through Brian Ryan (free), Ciarán O’Connor, Kyle Hayes and Paul O’Brien, tallied four of the next six scores, to bring it back to a three-point game. No closer would they come, however. Hayes and O’Brien both had goal chances, but both efforts were sent wide.

It wasn’t so clear in the first-half as Limerick rallied from five down to leave just the minimum between the sides at half-time. Their failure to find the net, ultimately, proved their downfall.

Colin English, Mark Kehoe, Lyndon Fairbrother, Shane Neville and Ger Browne were the Tipperary scorers in the final quarter as the favourites ran out deserved seven-point winners.

Scorers for Tipperary: J Morris (1-3); L Fairbrother (0-5, 0-4 frees); C English (0-4); S Neville (0-3); B McGrath (0-2, 0-1 free, 0-1 ’65), M Kehoe (0-2 each); D Walsh, G Browne (0-1 each).

Scorers for Limerick: B Ryan (0-11, 0-9 frees); C O’Connor, D Carroll, C Boylan, K Hayes, D Woulfe, P O’Brien (0-1 each).

Tipperary: C Barrett (Clonmel Óg); K O’Dwyer (Killenuale), M Whelan (Carrick Davins), T Murphy (JK Brackens); C Flanagan (Newport), B McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), J Cahill (Kilruane MacDonaghs); P Cadell (JK Brackens), G Browne (Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams); R Doody (Cappawhite), J Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg), C English (Fr Sheehy’s); L Fairbrother (JK Brackens), C Darcy (Kilruane MacDonaghs), M Kehoe (Kilsheelan Kilcash)
Subs: S Neville (Lattin Cullen) for Doody (26 mins); G Dunne (Holycross-Ballycahill) for Murphy (36); D Walsh (Ballingarry) for Darcy (51); C Stakelum (Thurles Sarsfields) for Browne (61).

Limerick: M O’Kelly (Croom); B Nash (South Liberties), C Nicholas (Monaleen), R Connolly (Adare); J Adams (Ballybrown), C O’Connor (Kilmallock), F Hourigan (Murroe/Boher); J Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), D Carroll (Newport); M O’Grady (Knockainey), A Barrett (Kilmallock), B Ryan (South Liberties); C Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), K Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry), C Magner-Flynn (Killeedy)
Subs: P O’Brien (Mungret/St Paul’s) for Magner-Flynn (34); J Flynn (Patrickswell) for Carroll (36); D Woulfe (Kilmallock) for Barrett (42); M Bourke (Garryspillane) for Adams (44); D Quirke (Clonoulty Rossmore) for Flanagan (51); C O’Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown) for M O’Grady (60).

Referee: J Keenan (Wicklow).

Team News

Tipperary minor team manager Liam Cahill has named his side to face Limerick in their All Ireland Final clash which throws in at 1.15pm.

Showing one change from the their semi-final also, Tom Murphy returns to corner back having recovered from injury.

The Tipperary Minor team to take on Limerick lines out as follows;
1. Ciarán Barrett – Clonmel Óg
2. Killian O’Dwyer – Killenaule
3. Michael Whelan – Carrick Davins
4. Tom Murphy – J.K. Brackens
5. Cian Flanagan – Newport
6. Brian McGrath (Capt.) – Loughmore-Castleiney
7. Jerome Cahill – Kilruane MacDonaghs
8. Paddy Cadell – J.K. Brackens
9. Ger Browne – Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams
10. Rian Doody – Cappawhite
11. Jake Morris – Nenagh Éire Óg
12. Colin English – Fr. Sheehy’s
13. Cian Darcy – Kilruane MacDonaghs
14. Mark Kehoe – Kilsheelan-Kilcash
15. Lyndon Fairbrother – J.K. Brackens

The management team of Pat Donnelly (Manager) (South Liberties), selectors Brian Foley (South Liberties), John Mulqueen (Bruff) and Anthony Daly (Coach) has released their team to face Tipperary in this Sunday clash with Dublin in the All Ireland minor hurling final in Croke Park at 1.15pm.

The Limerick minor hurling team and panel is as follows –
1. Mark O Kelly (Croom), 2. Brian Nash (South Liberties), 3. Conor Nicholas (Monaleen), 4. Ronan Connolly Adare, 5. Josh Adams (Ballybrown), 6. Ciaran O Connor (Kilmallock), 7. Finn Hourigan (Murroe/Boher), 8. Jerome Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 9. Darragh Carroll (Newport), 10. Michael O Grady (Knockainey), 11. Anthony Barrett (Kilmallock), 12. Brian Ryan (South Liberties), 13. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh), 14. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo/Pallaskenry)(Captain), 15. Cian Magner Flynn (Killeedy).
16. Jamie Power (Monaleen), 17. Micheal Bourke (Garryspillane), 18. John Flynn (Patrickswell), 19. Darren Golden O Mahony (Monaleen), 20. Dan Minehan (Ahane), 21. Conor O Grady (Hospital/Herbertstown), 22. Paul O Brien (Mungret/St. Pauls), 23. Paul O Riordan (Bruff), 24. David Wolfe (Kilmallock).

In a repeat of this year’s Munster Final, Tipperary take on Limerick in the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final which opens the day’s events in Croke Park at 1.15pm.

Ahead of contesting their sixth championship match in the current campaign, Tipperary have shown great maturity and unity since their opening round loss to Waterford back in April by getting their challenge well and truly back on track. That renaissance has given hope to the county claiming the Irish Press Cup for the first time since 2012.

Under the watchful eye of manager Liam Cahill and his backroom team of Michael Bevans (coach), selectors -John Sheedy, TJ Ryan and Sean Corbett, the management team have plotted a way to the final for the second year in a row harnessing the experience of last year’s loss into a force to be reckoned with this time round. Keeping their side grounded and focused on the task at hand will be the main priority if Tipperary is to have a successful start to the day in Croke Park on Sunday.

Here too we send best wishes to the team and management and hope that the recent run of good form will continue unabated on Sunday. The referee for the minor final will be John Keenan (Wicklow).

The All-Ireland minor hurling final between Limerick and Tipperary will be a repeat of the Munster decider, which Tipp won by 1-24 to 0-10, Jake Morris (1-4) and Lyndon Fairbrother (0-7) were top scorers for Tipperary, who led by 0-13 to 0-7 at half-time.

Tipperary last won the All-Ireland title in 2012 while Limerick are seeking their first success since the GAA’s Centenary year in 1984. Cian Darcy scored 3-2, Rian Doody 2-2 and Mark Kehoe 1-4 as Tipperary hit Galway for 7-12 in the semi-final.

Limerick recovered well from the Munster final setback to beat Wexford in the All-Ireland quarter-final, followed by a win over Dublin in the semi-final. Brian Ryan scored 0-10 (0-8 frees) for Limerick in the semi-final.

Limerick 2-11 Clare 1-8
Limerick 0-19 Waterford 0-17
Tipperary 1-24 Limerick 0-10 (Munster final)
Limerick 0-17 Wexford 0-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Limerick 1-18 Dublin 0-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-17
Tipperary 2-15 Clare 0-12
Tipperary 0-23 Cork 1-15
Tipperary 1-24 Limerick 0-10 (Munster final)
Tipperary 7-12 Galway 2-12 (All-Ireland semi-final)

21 – Kilkenny (1931-35-36-50-60-61-62-72-73-75-77-81-88-90-91-93-2002-2003-2008-2010-2014)
19 – TIPPERARY (1930-32-33-34-47-49-52-53-55-56-57-59-76-80-82-96-2006-2007-2012)
18 – Cork (1928-37-38-39-41-51-64-67-69-70-71-74-78-79-85-95-98-2001)
10 – Galway (1983-92-94-99-2000-2004-2005-2009-2011-2015)
4 – Dublin (1945-46-54-65)
3 – Wexford (1963-66-68)
3 – LIMERICK (1940-58-84)
3 – Offaly (1986-87-89)
2 – Waterford (1929-48)
1 – Clare (1997)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final – Tipperary 2-29 Kilkenny 2-20

Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 2-29 to 2-20 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday September 4th at Croke Park.

Tipperary are All Ireland champions

Tipperary 2-29 Kilkenny 2-20

By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper

A barnstorming response to an early second half Kilkenny goal was the catalyst for Tipperary’s first All-Ireland title triumph in six years.

Kevin Kelly’s 42nd minute put last year’s winners two points up but Tipperary’s reply was the mark of champions. Man of the match Seamus Callanan, scoring one of 13 points, added a free and they were back level through substitute Jason Forde.

Callanan was sharp from play two minutes later and then John O’Dwyer found the net, rounding Paul Murphy after Cathal Barrett had broke from defence to send the ball in his direction.

After Forde and John McGrath had shots saved, Pádraic Maher found his range to cap a 1-4 unanswered rally, which was arrested by a TJ Reid point. But Tipperary tagged on another three points in succession to take a seven-point lead.

With 15 minutes of normal time, Kilkenny looked beaten yet Gleeson had to be big to block a Kelly goalbound shot. Pádraig Walsh scored a brace of points yet each of them was answered as was Reid’s 59th minute free by Forde. A Kelly sideline was more than cancelled out by John McGrath’s 61st minute goal, when he was fed by his older brother Noel who had stolen possession, one of many robs the Tipperary forward line achieved over the afternoon.

Richie Hogan followed it up with a goal but O’Dwyer was firing over again and then Eoin Murphy had to be level to another John McGrath effort. Kilkenny mustered just a Reid free in the dying stages but Tipperary kept the scoreboard ticking over with efforts from Callanan and Patrick Maher’s second point closed out the game.

Incredibly, the sides were level on 10 occasions in the first half and were never more than two points apart, Kilkenny enjoying that advantage after nine minutes and Tipperary claiming it on the cusp of half-time when O’Dwyer sent over a long-range free to give them a 0-14 to 0-12 interval lead.

Tipperary hit eight wides in the first half and will have felt they were the better team considering how much Kilkenny had to rely on frees – five of them coming from Reid – and the ability of the Tipperary forwards to put so much pressure on Kilkenny’s backs as they attempted to clear their lines.

Ronan Maher had Reid and Richie Hogan for company but impressed on both and the Cats’ pair, particularly Hogan, were relatively anonymous in general play. Both Callanan and O’Dwyer were exquisite at times although Callanan was blocked down with a relatively easy free in the 16th minute.

Kilkenny did have goal chances in the form of a Darren Gleeson save from Colin Fennelly in the 19th minute and then Eoin Larkin pushing wide a ground shot when Reid delivered long in the 24th minute although Patrick Maher and Callanan also had opportunities which flew over the crossbar.

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan (0-13, 3 frees, 1 65); J. O’Dwyer (1-5, 0-1 sideline, 0-1 free); J. McGrath (1-3); J. Forde, Patrick Maher (0-2 each), N. McGrath, S. Kennedy, D. McCormack, Pádraic Maher (0-1 each).

Scorers for Kilkenny: T.J. Reid (0-11, 10 frees, 1 65); K. Kelly (1-2, 0-1 sideline); R. Hogan (1-1); E. Larkin, P. Walsh (0-2 each); W. Walsh, C. Buckley (0-1 each).

TIPPERARY: D. Gleeson; C. Barrett, J. Barry, M. Cahill; S. Kennedy, R. Maher, Pádraic Maher; B. Maher (c), M. Breen; D. McCormack, Patrick Maher, N. McGrath; J. McGrath, S. Callanan, J. O’Dwyer
Subs for Tipperary: J. Forde for M. Breen (45); N. O’Meara for D. McCormack (62); D. Maher for M. Cahill (65); K. Bergin for N. McGrath (70); T. Hamill for S. Kennedy (70+3).

KILKENNY: E. Murphy; P. Murphy, J. Holden, S. Prendergast (c); P. Walsh, K. Joyce, C. Buckley; T.J. Reid, C. Fogarty; W. Walsh, R. Hogan, E. Larkin; K. Kelly, C. Fennelly, L. Blanchfield
Subs for Kilkenny: R. Lennon for K. Joyce, L. Ryan for E. Larkin (both 60).

Referee: B. Gavin (Offaly).

Team News

With the countdown well and truly on to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final on Sunday next, September 4th at 3.30pm in Croke Park, the Tipperary team to face Kilkenny has just been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

Showing one change from the semi-final line up, John O’Dwyer comes in at top of the right with John McGrath moving to top of the left.

In all there are five All-Ireland Final debutants in Tipp’s starting XV combining a mix of youth and experience as Tipperary go in search of their first title since 2010.

The Tipperary team lines out as follows;

1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Marys
6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
8. Brendan Maher (Capt.) – Borris-Ileigh
9. Michael Breen – Ballina
10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
11. Patrick Maher – Lorrha-Dorrha
12. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

The clock is winding down to the greatest day in the GAA hurling calendar as next Sunday, September 4th draws ever nearer when Tipperary will take on Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final, with throw in at 3.30pm in Croke Park.

While the rivalry between both sets of supporters will be reaching fever pitch ahead of the final and bragging rights and banter at an all-time high, the same can’t be said of the teams. With nothing between the sides in recent times, the respect both sides have for each other is a bond which is unique and has helped mould and shape the huge tradition of rivalry among supporters and is a living testament to the values of the Gaelic Athletic Association.

However, once the first whistle is blown it will be a frenzy of ferocious tackling and work rate, a place not for the faint hearted so mere mortals need not apply. This is the hour when the descendants of Cú Chulainn will head into combat with county pride and passion at stake. Invariably the team who performs to its greatest potential will emerge victorious after what promises to be an encapsulating seventy six or so minutes with supporters held spell bound by the artistry and skill of those on the battle field before them.

Tipperary this year have shown they have the credentials and attributes to reach the summit of hurling’s greatest prize yet all the while knowing that it will take a mammoth effort to dethrone the reigning title holders on Sunday. Kilkenny will more than likely be installed as favourites by many as they go in search of three in a row but the hurling folk from the Premier County and beyond are looking to Tipperary for the inspiration and drive to seize the day for the Blue and Gold.

The last meeting between the sides in championship action was the twin All Ireland Final affair of 2014. As so well documented at the time and indeed for a long while after, it was a Hawkeye decision which ensured both sides would return to headquarters for round two when the original gripping instalment finished level in what was another modern day classic between the sides. Three weeks later the matter was laid to rest as Tipperary though trying valiantly once more were unable to halt the ‘cats’ as they lifted the prize.

Redemption for Tipperary on Sunday would not be disputed as the hurling world holds its breath in expectation of another classic. For Tipp folk though a dour one point win would suffice as too many classics have left the faithful parked on the horizon of hope waiting for a new dawn to blossom. Sunday is the latest chance for hurling brightness to descend upon the Tipperary landscape, a landscape restless and expectant and waiting to explode should the God’s of Cú Chulainn favour our brave combatants, let’s hope this time they do.

The referee on Sunday will be Brian Gavin (Offaly) who takes charge of his fourth All-Ireland Final, having previously refereed the 2011 final and replayed 2014 final between Tipperary and Kilkenny as well as the drawn 2013 decider between Cork and Clare.

On behalf of all Tipperary Supporters we send every best wish to the team led by Captain Brendan Maher (Borris Ileigh) and the management team of manager Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane), coach – Declan Fanning (Killenaule), selectors – John Madden (Lorrha-Dorrha) and Conor Stakelum (Borris-Ileigh) and sincerely hope that Sunday will be a most joyous day for the blue and gold.

It started on May 1 with the first round of the Leinster ‘round robin’ – now four months and 27 games later, it’s down to two contenders as Kilkenny and Tipperary prepare to battle it out for the Liam MacCarthy Cup in next Sunday’s GAA hurling senior All-Ireland final in Croke Park.

Throw-in will be at 3.30, with Brian Gavin (Offaly) as referee. The senior game will be preceded by the Electric Ireland Minor Hurling Final between Limerick and Tipperary (1.15).

They meet in the final for the 20th time, with Tipperary leading 10-8, with one draw, from the previous 19. They last met in the final in 2014 when Kilkenny won a dramatic replay, having also beaten Tipperary in the 2011 and 2009 finals, while Tipp won in 2010.

Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-26 Galway 0-22 (Leinster final)
Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17 (All-Ireland semi-final replay)
Average For: 1-24;
Average Against: 0-22

TJ Reid……………. 0-38 (0-30 frees, 0-3 ’65)
JJ Farrell ……………2-9
Richie Hogan………. 0-13
Walter Walsh………. 1-6
Colin Fennelly……… 2-2
Conor Fogarty ………0-6
Michael Fennelly…… 0-5
Cillian Buckley…….. 0-2
Liam Blanchfield…..0-3
Padraig Walsh…….. 0-3
Eoin Larkin ……….0-2
Lester Ryan……….. 0-1
John Power……….. 0-1

Tipperary 0-22 Cork 0-13 (Munster quarter-final)
Tipperary 3-12 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 5-19 Waterford 0-13 (Munster final)
Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
Average For: 2-19
Average Against: 1-15

Seamus Callanan………..2-34 (0-25 frees)
John McGrath…………….4-5 (1-0 pen)
Michael Breen…………..3-5
John O’Dwyer……………..1-7 (2f 1`65)
Noel McGrath…………….0-9
Padraic Maher……………0-4
Jason Forde………………0-2
Brendan Maher………….0-2
Kieran Bergin……………0-1
Patrick Maher…………..0-1
Aidan McCormack….0-1
Ronan Maher………….0-1

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (2014 All-Ireland final replay)
Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28 (2014 All-Ireland final)
Kilkenny 0-20 Tipperary 1-14 (2013 All-Ireland qualifiers)
Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15 (2012 All-Ireland semi-final)
Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16 (2011 All-Ireland final)

2014: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (Replay)
2014: Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28 (draw)
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
1991: Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15
1971: Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14
1967: Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7
1964: Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8
1950: Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8
1945: Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6
1937: Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3
1922: Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6
1916: Tipperary 5-4 Kilkenny 3-2
1913: Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2
1911: Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1
1909: Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12
1898: Tipperary 7-13 Kilkenny 3-10
1895: Tipperary 6-8 Kilkenny 1-0

2015: Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18
2014: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (Replay)
2014: Kilkenny 3-22 Tipperary 1-28 (Draw)
2012: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (Replay)
2012: Kilkenny 0-19 Galway 2-13 (Draw)
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
2008: Kilkenny 3-20 Waterford 1-13
2007: Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15
Wins 7; Defeats 1, Draws 2

2014: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (Replay)
2014: Tipperary 1-28 Kilkenny 3-22 (Draw)
2011: Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2010: Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
2009: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15
1997: Clare 0-20 Tipperary 2-13
1991: Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15
1989: Tipperary 4-24 Antrim 3-9
1988: Galway 1-15 Tipperary 0-14
Wins 4; Defeats 5, Draws 1

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Kieran Joyce, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh, Cillian Buckley; Michael Fennelly, Conor Fogarty; Colin Fennelly, Richie Hogan, Eoin Larkin; Richie Power, TJ Reid, John Power.
Subs: Henry Shefflin for Hogan; Lester Ryan for Michael Fennelly.

TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Paddy Stapleton; Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Kieran Bergin; Shane McGrath, James Woodlock; Gearoid Ryan, Noel McGrath, Lar Corbett; John O’Dwyer, Seamus Callanan, Patrick Maher.
Subs: Michael Cahill for Shane McGrath; Conor O’Mahony for Ryan; Shane Bourke for Corbett; Jason Forde for Noel McGrath; John O’Brien for O’Dwyer.

KILKENNY: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh (0-1), R Lennon, D Cody; L Ryan, C Fogarty; C Fennelly, TJ Reid (0-10, 0-6f, 0-1 65), J Maher (0-4); W Walsh (0-1), K Kelly (2-1), J Power.
Subs: J Farrell for Power, K Joyce for Holden.

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; C Barrett, T Hamill, M Cahill; B Maher, J Barry, Padraic Maher; M Breen (0-1), D Quinn; D McCormack, Patrick Maher, J O’Dwyer (0-9, 0-4f, 0-2 ’’65’); N McGrath (0-2), C Kenny (0-2), J McGrath (0-4, 0-1f).
Subs: N O’Meara for Kenny, R Maher for Quinn, J Meagher for Padraic Maher, A Coffey for McCormack.

Will Kilkenny extend their lead at the top of the title table or will Tipperary narrow the gap? Kilkenny are currently six clear of Cork and ten ahead of Tipperary

36: KILKENNY (1904-1905-1907-1909-1911-1912-1913-1922-1932-1933-1935-1939-1947-1957-1963-1967-1969-1972-1974-1975-1979-1982-1983-1992-1993-2000-2002-2003-2006-2007-2008-2009-2011-2012-2014-2015).
30: Cork (1890-1892-1893-1894-1902-1903-1919-1926-1928-1929-1931-1941-1942-1943-1944-1946-1952-1953-1954-1966-1970-1976-1977-1978-1984-1986-1990-1999-2004-2005).
26: TIPPERARY (1887-1895-1896-1898-1899-1900-1906-1908-1916-1925-1930-1937-1945-1949-1950-1951-1958-1961-962-1964-1965-1971-1989-1991-2001-2010)
7: Limerick (1897-1918-21-34-36-40-73).
6: Dublin (1889-1917-1920-1924-1927-1938).
6: Wexford (1910-1955-1956-1960-1968-1996)
4: Galway (1923-1980-1987-1988)
4: Offaly (1981-1985-1994-1998)
3: Clare (1914-1995-1997-2013)
2: Waterford (1948-1959)
1: Kerry (1891)
1: Laois (1915)
1: London (1901)

Kilkenny have reached 65 All-Ireland finals, winning 36, losing 25 and drawing 4.

Tipperary have appeared in 40 All-Ireland senior finals, winning 26, losing 12 and drawing two.

Next Sunday’s game will be Brian Cody 84th championship outing as manager since taking over in Kilkenny at the start of 1999 season. Kilkenny have won 68, drawn six and lost nine of the previous 83 under
Cody. The defeats were against Galway (2001-2005-2012), Cork (1999-2004-2013), Wexford (2004), Tipperary (2010) and Dublin (2013).

Tipperary are bidding to become the first Munster champions to win the All-Ireland title since Cork in 2005. Tipperary (2010) and Clare (2013) both won the title, having come through the qualifiers.

Kilkenny are bidding to win the All-Ireland treble for the third time, having previously achieved it in 1911-12-13 and 2006-07-08.

Tipperary’s Allianz League and Championship record this year reads: Played 10, Won 6, Drew 1, Lost 3. The defeats were against Waterford, Kilkenny and Clare in the League.

Kilkenny’s Allianz League and championship record for the year reads: Played 11, Won 8, Drew 1, Lost 2. The defeats were against Waterford and Clare in the League.

Kilkenny (36) and Tipperary (26) have won 62 All-Ireland titles between them.

1904 – Kilkenny 1-9 Cork 1-8
1905 – Kilkenny 7-7 Cork 2-9
1907 – Kilkenny 3-12 Cork 4-8
1909 – Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12
1911 – Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1
1912 – Kilkenny 2-1 Cork 1-3
1913 – Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2
1922 – Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6
1932 – Kilkenny 3-3 Clare 2-3
1933 – Kilkenny 1-7 Limerick 0-6
1935 – Kilkenny 2-5 Limerick 2-4
1939 – Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 3-3
1947 – Kilkenny 0-14 Cork 2-7
1957 – Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12
1963 – Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8
1967 – Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7
1969 – Kilkenny 2-15 Cork 2-9
1972 – Kilkenny 3-24 Cork 5-11
1974 – Kilkenny 3-19 Limerick 1-13
1975 – Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 2-10
1979 – Kilkenny 2-12 Galway 1-8
1982 – Kilkenny 3-18 Cork 1-13
1983 – Kilkenny 2-14 Cork 2-12
1992 – Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 1-12
1993 – Kilkenny 2-17 Galway 1-15
2000 – Kilkenny 5-15 Offaly 1-14
2002 – Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 0-19
2003 – Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11
2006 – Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13
2007 – Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15
2008 – Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13
2009 – Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
2011 – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
2012 – Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11 (replay)
2014 – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14 (replay)
2015 – Kilkenny 1-22 Galway 1-18

1887 – Tipperary 1-1 Galway 0-0
1895 – Tipperary 6-8 Kilkenny 1-0
1896 – Tipperary 8-14 Dublin 0-4
1898 – Tipperary 7-13 Kilkenny 3-10
1899 – Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 1-4
1900 – Tipperary 2-5 London 0-6
1906 – Tipperary 3-16 Dublin 3-8
1908 – Tipperary 3-15 Dublin 1-5 (replay)
1908 – Tipperary 2-5 Dublin 1-8 (draw)
1916 – Tipperary 5-4 Kilkenny 3-2
1925 – Tipperary 5-6 Galway 1-5
1930 – Tipperary 2-7 Dublin 1-3
1937 – Tipperary 3-11 Kilkenny 0-3
1945 – Tipperary 5-6 Kilkenny 3-6
1949 – Tipperary 3-11 Laois 0-3
1950 – Tipperary 1-9 Kilkenny 1-8
1951 – Tipperary 7-7 Wexford 3-9
1958 – Tipperary 4-9 Galway 2-5
1961 – Tipperary 0-16 Dublin 1-12
1962 – Tipperary 3-10 Wexford 2-11
1964 – Tipperary 5-13 Kilkenny 2-8
1965 – Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-10
1971 – Tipperary 5-17 Kilkenny 5-14
1989 – Tipperary 4-24 Antrim 3-9
1991 – Tipperary 1-16 Kilkenny 0-15
2001 – Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15
2010 – Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18