All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final – Kildare 1-13 Clare 1-12

Kildare defeated Clare by 1-13 to 1-12 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 25th at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate football final

Kildare 1-13 Clare 1-12

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

GOALKEEPER Mary Hulgraine was the star of the show as Kildare atoned for last year’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies intermediate final defeat by going one better at Croke Park this afternoon.

The Lilywhites edged out Clare by just a single point to win the Mary Quinn Memorial Cup – despite losing centre back Aishling Savage to the sin bin for ten minutes in the second half. Hulgraine performed heroics throughout to keep Clare at bay, as the Banner County were denied a first intermediate crown since 2009.

Kildare will return to the senior grade next year and will do so on the back of a first All-Ireland win since the junior success back in 2004. It’s a first-ever intermediate crown for Kildare and they had to battle for it after Clare came from seven points down in the first half to draw level at the break. Kildare looked winners all over as they opened up a 1-7 to 0-3 lead in the first half but Clare hit 1-4 without reply to get level by half-time.

Noelle Earley’s goal in the seventh minute, set up by Eadaoin Connolly, was a crucial score for Kildare and with Hulgraine keeping the Banner at bay at the other end, Alan Barry’s charges were in control. But Clare finally breached Hulgraine’s goal in the 28th minute when star forward Niamh O’Dea supplied Ailish Considine for a fine goal. That was the final score of the half, as the sides went in level at 1-7 apiece, but Clare were presented with a glorious chance to move ahead three minutes into the second half.

Gráinne Nolan was fouled and the corner forward assumed penalty responsibilities herself. But Nolan failed to connect as she would have liked and Hulgraine got down to her left, executing a decent save. That was a pivotal moment as Kildare registered the next three scores – inspirational captain Aisling Holton, Maria Moolick and Ellen Dowling (free) on target.

But after Kildare lost Savage to the sin-bin, Clare worked their way back and were level at 1-11 each down the home straight.
Kildare responded with points from Holton and sub Molly Price (free) – as O’Dea’s fifth point, a free in stoppage time, proved mere consolation as time ran out for the Munster champions.

Teams & scorers –
Scorers for Kildare: N Earley 1-1, R Byrne (1f) & E Dowling (3f) 0-3 each, A Holton & M Moolick 0-2 each, E Connolly & M Price (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: N O’Dea 0-5 (1f), A Considine 1-1, G Nolan 0-4f, S Bohannon & C Hickey 0-1 each.

KILDARE: M Hulgraine; T Duggan, P Keatley, R Cribbin; S Kendrick, A Savage, M Nolan; E Burke, A Holton; R Byrne, M Moolick, E Connolly; M McKenna, N Earley, E Dowling
Subs: R Reidy for Keatley (h.t.), E Fogarty for Byrne (38), M Price for McKenna (50), R Corrigan for Savage (52), G Lyons for Connolly (55).

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; K McCormack, L Ryan, S Harvey; R Considine, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, B Mahon; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O’Dea, G Nolan
Subs: C Harvey for G Harvey (h.t.), A Keane for Hickey (42).

Referee: K Delahunty (Tipperary).

Team News

CLARE: E O’Driscoll; K McCormack, L Ryan, S Harvey; R Considine, E O’Gorman, G Harvey; L Henchy, B Mahon; S Bohannon, A Considine, N Keane; C Hickey, N O’Dea, G Nolan.

KILDARE: M Hulgraine; T Duggan, P Keatley, R Cribbin; S Kendrick, A Savage, M Nolan; E Burke, A Holton; R Byrne, M Moolick, É Connolly; M McKenna, N Earley, E Dowling

All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Final – Cork 1-7 Dublin 1-6

Cork defeated Dublin by 1-7 to 1-6 in the All-Ireland Senior Ladies Football Championship Final on Sunday September 25th at Croke Park.

TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final

Cork 1-7
Dublin 1-6

By Jackie Cahill at Croke Park

CORK are TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football champions for the 11th time in 12 seasons.

The Rebelettes sealed six-in-a-row with a narrow one-point victory over Dublin in front of a record 34,445 attendance at Croke Park – as Ephie Fitzgerald capped his first year in charge with the ultimate reward. It’s the third successive year that Cork have seen off the Sky Blues in the Brendan Martin Cup decider and they turned the screw in the second half to get the job done in a low-scoring encounter.
But with just a point between the sides at full-time, a disallowed Carla Rowe effort that looked a certain score in the first half could be a post-game bone of contention.

Still, Dublin were four points down in the final minute before Sinéad Aherne netted a penalty for the Sky Blues with essentially the last kick of the game. Cork’s Rena Buckley received the player of the match award and it was fully merited as the Leesiders turned up the heat and built up a decisive lead at a crucial stage in the second half.

The sides were level at 1-3 to 0-6 with 20 minutes remaining before Cork struck for four unanswered points between the 48th and 54th minutes. Doireann O’Sullivan scored three of them – each equally brilliant in its own right as Orla Finn also chipped in with a valuable score.

Dublin scored just 1-2 in the second half – including Aherne’s penalty – as Cork pulled down the shutters. At half-time, the sides had shared just seven points, Dublin ahead by 0-4 to 0-3

They’ll argue that it should have been a two-point advantage as TV replays indicated that Rowe’s 22nd-minute effort clipped the inside of Martina O’Brien’s right hand upright and went over the bar. Cork moved two points clear early on but Dublin worked their way back into contention and they were level seven minutes before the break, Lyndsey Davey slotting over the equalising score.

And Aherne was on target two minutes before the break with the lead score as Dublin hit the front for the first time. The opening score of the second half went to Aherne and Dublin as they opened up a 0-5 to 0-3 advantage but Cork had sprung Rhona Ní Bhuachalla from the bench at half-time.

Two years ago, Ní Bhuachalla scored a crucial goal as Cork came from ten points down to catch Dublin and she was at it again today.
Captain Ciara O’Sullivan created the chance with a driving run and Ní Bhuachalla was on hand to find the net with a low finish. That goal had Cork 1-3 to 0-5 in front but Dublin were level with McEvoy’s 40th minute score. But then Dublin entered the Cork ‘death zone’ as the Rebelettes turned up the heat and came with a crucial run of scores.

Teams & scorers –

Scorers for Cork: R Ní Bhuachalla 1-0, O Finn (2f) & D O’Sullivan (1f) 0-3 each, O Farmer 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: S Aherne 1-3 (1-0 pen, 0-1f), N Healy, N McEvoy & L Davey 0-1 each.

CORK: M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, R Phelan; S Kelly, D O’Reilly, V Foley; A Walsh, B Corkery; R Buckley, Á O’Sullivan, O Farmer; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, O Finn
Subs: R Ní Bhuachalla for Á O’Sullivan (h.t.), E Scally for Walsh (44).

DUBLIN: C Trant; O Carey, D Murphy, L Caffrey; S Goldrick, S Finnegan, N Collins; L Magee, N McEvoy; M Lamb, N Healy, C Rowe; L Davey, S Aherne, N Owens
Subs: S Woods for Owens (44), M Ní Scanaill for Caffrey (44), S Furlong for Lamb (50), O Leonard for McEvoy (52), L Collins for Murphy (53).

Referee: B Rice (Down)

Team News

Cork: Martina O’Brien; Marie Ambrose, Bríd Stack, Róisín Phelan; Vera Foley, Deirdre O’Reilly, Shauna Kelly; Rena Buckley, Briege Corkery; Annie Walsh, Ciara O’Sullivan (capt), Orlagh Farmer; Áine O’Sullivan, Doireann O’Sullivan, Orla Finn

Dublin: Ciara Trant; Olwen Carey, Deirdre Murphy, Leah Caffrey; Sinéad Goldrick, Sinéad Finnegan, Niamh Collins; Lauren Magee, Molly Lamb; Noelle Healy (capt); Nicole Owens, Carla Rowe; Niamh McEvoy, Sinéad Aherne, Lyndsey Davey

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

Dean Ryan Cup – Thurles CBS v Our Lady’s Templemore

Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling

Thurles CBS 2-13 Our Lady’s Templemore 1-13


Thurles CBS and Our Lady’s Templemore played out a highly competitive match in the opening round of the Dean Ryan Cup played at The Ragg on a sunny, warm Tuesday afternoon.

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Thurles CBS had the aid of the strong breeze in the first half and hit the front in the opening minute when the Templemore rearguard failed to clear their lines, allowing Max Hackett to poke the ball to the net from close range. Despite this early set-back, Templemore scored 3 of the next 4 points to reduce the deficit to a point after 10 minutes.

Somewhat against the run of play, John Lanigan won possession along the end line and from a tight angle hit an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net to restore a four point lead for Thurles CBS. Boosted by this second goal and thanks to the accurate free taking of Darren Flood, Thurles stretched their lead to 2-5 to 0-5 after 22 minutes. Both schools had their moments for the remainder of the first half, swapping point for point and by the interval, Thurles led by five points – 2-8 to 0-9.

Now playing with wind assistance, Templemore required a good start to the second half to reduce the deficit. However, it was Thurles who were the better side in the third quarter, stretching their lead to 2-12 to 0-10 after 45 minutes as Templemore struggled for scores.

In the 46th minute, Templemore got back in to the game when following a goalmouth scramble, substitute Johnny Campion raised a green flag to reduce the deficit to just four points. Templemore were now on top and forcing Thurles in to the concession of a number of frees. However, in the second half alone, Templemore struck four scoreable frees wide. In the 53rd minute, Templemore won a 20 metre free in front of goal and with the deficit still at four points, elected to go for goal. Gearoid O’Connor’s shot was saved and his follow-up shot from the rebound was deflected at the expense of a 65 which went wide.

Templemore reduced the deficit to three points in the 54th minute but crucially, Thurles got the next score when Darren Flood pointed a free, their first score in 16 minutes. Templemore scored a point from the next play but despite incessant pressure by Templemore in the closing stages, there would be no further scores as Thurles earned a place in the next round courtesy of a three point victory.

Thurles CBS will now go on to play Gaelcholáiste Mhuire Thuaigh AG in the Dean Ryan Cup Quarter-Final next week while Our Lady’s Templemore will now look ahead to the start of the Dr. Harty Cup on October 12th.

Thurles CBS: K Bracken; J Hickey, P Melbourne, K Hayes; F Hanafin, Z Jackson, K Larkin; J Morrissey, K Moloney; K Ryan (0-1), D Flood (0-8, 0-7 frees), D Tynan (0-2); M Hackett (1-0), J Lanigan (1-0), J Kirwan (0-2)
Subs: D Ryan for Kirwan (41m), E Purcell for Hackett (55m)

Our Lady’s Templemore: N Keane; R O’Dwyer, J Ryan, S Lowe; C McGrath, F Purcell, S Frend; D Lawlor, R McCormack; S Ryan (0-1), J Ryan, C Ryan (0-2); L Campion, G O’Connor (0-8, 0-7 frees), J Devanney (0-2)
Subs: P Glasheen for Lawlor (39m), J Campion for L Campion (45m)

Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)


Our Lady’s Templemore Team


Dean Ryan Cup – Ardscoil Ris v Nenagh CBS

Dean Ryan Cup Under 16 ½ A Hurling

Ardscoil Ris 2-15 Nenagh CBS 1-12

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Defending champions Ardscoil Ris Limerick survived a significant challenge from Nenagh CBS in a titanic opening round clash in the Dean Ryan Cup at Newport on Wednesday. Played in 20C temperatures, Ardscoil Ris won the toss and elected to play with the strong breeze.

In the opening half, both sides struggled to cope in the windy conditions, getting numerous opportunities for scores but not putting pressure on the umpires to raise any flags in the opening quarter. Ardscoil Ris took five minutes to open their account when they scored two points in quick succession. Nenagh CBS were doing well in the possession stakes but took until the 11th minute to score their first point. By the 15th minute, the teams were level at 0-2 apiece but had combined to hit 9 wides, 5 for Nenagh at this stage.

Ardscoil Ris got on top in the second quarter and looked to have scored a goal in the 21st minute only to have the score ruled out for a square ball infringement. While the teams were level at 0-4 apiece after 24 minutes, eventually the dominance of Ardscoil Ris with wind assistance began to take hold and the Limerick school added the final four points of the opening half to leave the interval score – Ardscoil Ris 0-8 Nenagh CBS 0-4. The tally of 12 scores was offset by 16 wides in that opening half with 10 for Ardscoil Ris.

Nenagh CBS needed a good start to the second half to attempt to reduce the deficit but instead were hit with a sucker punch when Aidan Moriarty struck for an Ardscoil Ris goal in the first minute to give his side a 7 point lead. Slowly but surely however, Nenagh began to take control with their puckouts in particular now reaching the Ardscoil Ris square as the strong wind intensified. This pressure eventually told when Nenagh scored a goal in the 39th minute. This was followed by two quick points and heading in the final quarter, the sides were level with Nenagh seemingly having all the momentum.

Ardscoil Ris to their credit stayed calm and through intelligent short passing against the wind, managed to score two points in quick succession to stem the tide. Nenagh’s cause suffered a major set-back in the 49th minute when following a lengthy skirmish, they were reduced to 14 men. Ardscoil Ris capitalised almost immediately when Aidan O’Connor scored his side’s second goal. Nenagh would reduce the deficit to just three points with five minutes remaining on the clock but Ardscoil Ris dominated the final stages, scoring four of the last five points in the game to run out winners by a somewhat flattering six point margin after an excellent contest.

Ardscoil Ris will now go forward to play Midleton CBS in the Quarter-Final scheduled for next Wednesday October 5th.

Ardscoil Ris: C O’Neill; F Mac Giolla Cearrch, E Keogh, K Dempsey; C Coughlan, J Considine, C Bourke; M Keane, E McEvoy (0-1); B O’Connor (0-2), S Long (0-1), C O’Neill (0-7, 0-4 frees); A O’Connor (1-0), A Moriarty (1-4, 0-3 frees), S Connolly
Subs: S Gallagher for O’Connor, S Begley for Moriarty

Nenagh CBS: C Grace; D Spillane, D McKelvey, B Keating; C Murray, S Phelan, C O’Farrell; S Spillane (0-1), C O’Brien (0-2 frees); C Hennessy, C O’Kelly, S Hayes (1-8, 0-6 frees); R Clifford (0-1), J O’Keeffe, C Griffin

Referee: Jim Lees (Newport)