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Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Final – Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24
McGrath helps Tipp scramble over the line
SEÁN MORAN at Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the Irish Times newspaper
Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24: IT’S AS well to beware the hype in relation to Cork-Tipperary Munster hurling encounters but it would take an irredeemable curmudgeon not to have been well entertained by yesterday’s provincial semi-final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. It went all the way to the final whistle, which was greeted with a surge of relief by the champions Tipperary, who had to contest most of the second half with 14 men after the dismissal of John O’Brien for a second yellow card in the 48th minute, but who held on for a one-point victory.
But just before the Toomevara man’s departure, Tipp had given themselves a three-point buffer, which just about protected them in the time remaining although Cork never gave up. Even when the margin stretched to four in the 64th minute, the home side persevered and had reduced the deficit to the minimum by the time referee Brian Gavin brought it all to an end. The Offaly official had an eventful afternoon and even before the throw-in some overwrought posturing from Cathal Naughton and Pádraic Maher necessitated the administering of two yellow cards. Gavin was also compromised by the increasingly unfit-for-purpose advantage rule. His readiness to apply it invariably resulted in the team so “favoured” sorry they hadn’t got the free and in one case when play was pulled back in the 44th minute, John O’Brien was on his way to pile-driving the ball into the net for Tipperary only for the free to be awarded – although in fairness to the referee the whistle had sounded early in that case.
So many different incidents in a match like this could have made the difference but the champions just about deserved the result. They rose to the various challenges presented: containing Cork against the wind in the first half, seizing the lead 10 minutes after the break and raising their game in defence for the remainder of the match. Cork were crestfallen at the narrow defeat, only their second at home to Tipperary since 1923, but they were carrying a couple of handicaps too many between the overall inexperience of the team and the fact that it was their first championship outing of the summer. O’Brien’s red card had opened an unexpected window of opportunity but Cork were just unable to clamber through it.
They started well however and opened up a four-point lead twice in the first quarter. In the subplot of the duelling dead-ball shooters, Tipp’s Pa Bourke shaded the totals by 0-12 to 0-11 but Patrick Horgan took virtually as consistent a line with wrongdoing. Bourke, for his part, will certainly be relieved that his gamble just before half-time, trading a handy point for a thrash at goal from a 20-metre free from which the ball was cleared, didn’t prove more costly. The first half was like a tennis match with the ball flying backwards and forwards and scores being picked off with such frequency that the four minutes between the 28th and 32nd was easily the longest the crowd had to wait for a score.
Cork’s two most exciting prospects Darren Sweetnam and Conor Lehane got early points – the former swooping into goal- scoring territory and the latter reacting after being blocked to flick up the ball and slip free to score from 60 metres. Tipperary’s defence wasn’t comfortable and there other half chances for goals but Cork appeared content to keep the scoreboard ticking over. There were questions asked about the free out awarded on half an hour after Patrick Cronin had touched a long-range free from goalkeeper Anthony Nash into the net but instead of having a cushion of five at the break, Cork were going in with a lead of just two, 0-14 to 0-12, after a first half with wind advantage.
The first 10 minutes of the second half trimmed the deficit by just one but soon afterwards the central events of the match came in quick succession. Tipperary’s goal was worthy of the occasion. It began with a spectacular fetch from Patrick Maher (who had a tremendous match imposing himself physically at centre forward, hustling out possession and drawing frees) straight from Brendan Cummins’s puck-out. Maher laid it off to John O’Brien, whose quick transfer enabled Lar Corbett to advance and hand pass to Noel McGrath, whose shot exploded past Nash to snatch a lead from Cork which they never regained. McGrath finished with an economical 1-4.
Two minutes later O’Brien was gone but the Tipp defence stepped up. Pádraic Maher imposed himself on the left wing, taking one spectacular catch, and breaking forward on a number of occasions while Conor O’Mahony bulwarked the defence in the face of an adjusted match flow, as the screw turned with five forwards trying to occupy six backs. Declan Ryan ran the bench to inject new energy while two of Cork’s replacements Cian McCarthy and Daniel Kearney hit points, as Cork refused to let go – both also hit ultimately costly wides. But they were just two factors in a satisfying contest that swung on a razor-thin margin.
TIPPERARY: 1. B Cummins; 2. C O’Brien, 4. M Cahill, 3. P Curran; 5. T Stapleton, 6. C O’Mahony, 7. Pádraic Maher (0-1); 8. B Maher (0-2), 9. S McGrath; 10. G Ryan (0-1), 11. Patrick Maher, 12. P Bourke (0-12, seven frees and two 65s); 13. B O’Meara (0-2), 14. J O’Brien, 15. N McGrath (1-4). Subs: 19. L Corbett for Ryan (34 mins), 17. S Bourke for O’Meara (55), 25. J Woodlock for B Maher (57), 20. E Kelly for P Bourke (67), 21. D Maher for Stapleton (70 mins).
Yellow cards: Pádraic Maher (before throw-in), J O’Brien (27 and 48 mins), O’Mahony (46). Red card: O’Brien (48 mins).
CORK: 1. A Nash; 3. B Murphy, 2. S O’Neill, 4. C O’Sullivan; 5. T Kenny, 6. E Cadogan, 7. W Egan; 8. D Sweetnam (0-1), 9. L McLaughlin; 10. C Lehane (0-2), 11. P Cronin (0-1), 12. C Naughton (0-1); 13. J Coughlan (0-3), 15. P Horgan (0-11, nine frees), 14. P O’Sullivan (0-3). Subs: 24. C McCarthy (0-1) for Naughton (47 mins), 21. D Kearney (0-1) for Sweetnam (50 mins), 25. L O’Farrell for Lehane (63 mins).
Yellow cards: Naughton (before throw-in), Cronin (38 mins), B Murphy (43 mins).
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly).
Wily Tipp outfox young pretenders
Cork 0-24 Tipperary 1-22
By Diarmuid O’Flynn for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Not an epic Munster senior hurling championship semi-final in sunny Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday by any means, nothing like the blood-and-thunder slugfests of old between these two great rivals, nor even the high-voltage games of the recent past. What it lacked in bite, however (the only fireworks took place before the throw-in, Cork’s Cathal Naughton and Tipp’s Padraic Maher earning yellow cards for a harmless bout of hurley-jabbing), it made up for in excitement, an enthralling contest between two evenly-matched and well-balanced teams, thoroughly enjoyed by a shirt-sleeved crowd of 32,568.
Worthy winners too, Tipperary reduced to 14 men in the 48th minute after John O’Brien saw red for a second yellow-card offence but still managing ! to hold back the surging red tide. If the champions had taken all their chances though, had they converted all their goal opportunities especially, they wouldn’t have been left hanging on for dear life in those final minutes. What a challenge thrown down by Cork though, what a mature performance even from the likes of teenage midfielder Darren Sweetnam, making his championship debut but playing like a veteran. If they can develop a killer instinct, if they stop settling for the easy point when there is more on offer and go for the jugular, they will become a force. They too had their chances yesterday, late in the second half especially, when this game was very finely poised, but didn’t take them.
In the 59th minute Jamie Coughlan (fine game overall) had a man with him on his left and a clear path to goal but opted for the point; in the 68th minute, Cian McCarthy made a magnificent soaring catch but turned and shot far too soon, again with a man clear on his left (missed the target to boot). Very positive signs for Jimmy Barry-Murphy and his selectors but plenty to work on too — this team still has a way to go. Tipperary won the toss and opted to play into the wind; it worked out for them but in hindsight, you’d wonder — were they wise to concede that advantage to a precocious Cork side? Would they have been better off trying to put them away early rather than gifting Cork the considerable wind advantage, an advantage of which they made full use? Eight points to four Cork led after 14 minutes, 0-12 to 0-8 just seven minutes later by which time every Cork starting forward had scored from play. By contrast an overreliance on Patrick Bonner Maher as a ball-winner and on Pa Bourke as a finisher was already becoming obvious in Tipperary’s attack.
What a game by Bonner though, what an influence he has on every game he plays. His ball-winning prowess borders on the miraculous, his ability to find a player in space equally good. He didn’t score yesterday (had a couple of half-chances a more clinical finisher would have taken, but then who has everything?) but his mark was on almost every Tipperary score. Tipperary did have a good last 15 minutes in the first half, closed the gap to two points at the break (0-14 to 0-12), would have taken the lead but for a fine goal-line stop of a Pa Bourke 20m free by Cork keeper Anthony Nash in the final seconds.
The second half was a continuation of the high-tempo open play of the first, Cork extending their lead to three points (Horgan leading by example with yet another drilled free, lovely control from Paudie O’Sullivan for the second, looked dangerous every time he got on the ball) before Tipperary went on what turned out to be the game-winning run. Started with two pointed frees from Pa Bourke, then came the game-breaker, 46th minute, the only goal, and worthy it was. Started with a fantastic catch by Bonner Maher of a long Brendan Cummins clearance, outlet pass to John O’Brien who then sent Lar Corbett away (had come on as a sub in the 34th minute); the cover was sucked out, Lar passed to the unmarked Noel McGrath, absolutely no chance for Nash. A further Tipperary point, this one by the marauding Padraic Maher, and in just five minutes Tipperary went from three points down to three in front, 1-16 to 0-16. A moment of madness then from the veteran John O’Brien, however, a wild pull on Eoin Cadogan and a second yellow card, and suddenly it was game on again. Cork came back, had their chances as noted above, but ultimately came up short.
Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 0-12 (7f, 2 65s); N McGrath 1-4; B O’Meara 0-2; B Maher 0-2; Padraic Maher, G Ryan, 0-1 each.
Scorers for Cork: P Horgan 0-11 (8f); P O’Sullivan 0-3; J Coughlan 0-3; C Lehane 0-2; P Cronin, C Naughton, D Kearney, C McCarthy, D Sweetnam, 0-1 each.
Subs for Tipp: L Corbett (Ryan 34); S Bourke (O’Meara inj. 55); J Woodlock (B Maher 57); E Kelly (Pa Bourke 67); D Maher (Stapleton 70).
Subs for Cork: C McCarthy (Naughton 47); D Kearney (Sweetnam 50); L O’Farrell (Lehane 63).
Referee: B Gavin (Offaly).
Lar’s seamless return
By John Fogarty for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Given it was in enemy territory, the ovation Lar Corbett received was thunderous. Two minutes before half-time, he made a first competitive move in nine months, four after he announced his retirement from the inter-county game and two since he announced his return. The travelling Tipperary throngs greeted him with rapturous applause while the Cork-dominated Blackrock End booed his introduction. Early in the second half, a small proportion of the home crowd jeered him with chants of “Who are you?” after he fumbled half a goal chance.
But it was Corbett who had the last laugh, setting up Noel McGrath for the only goal of the game, as well as winning a free. Ghosting around defenders and searching for loose ball, it really was as if he never left. If Brendan Maher had looked up in the 47th minute, he might have seen his team-mate waiting to pounce. Asked afterwards if he found it difficult to step back into the set-up after two months away, he responded with a deadpan “no”.
But what about his entrance to the fray? With just one point between the sides at that stage and with Cork aided by the wind, it wasn’t as if Tipperary were struggling. “Nothing’s going to be a surprise. Whenever you’re called upon, you’re called upon, so it doesn’t really make a difference. You just have to be ready from the start the very same as everyone else. We’re delighted that lads came off the bench and we’re looking forward to getting back into training Tuesday night, and as a panel to fight for 15 places for the Munster final. That’s the most important thing.”
Concerning the goal, it was an excellently-worked move via a Patrick “Bonner” Maher fetch and interplay between John O’Brien and Corbett to set up McGrath. Corbett could have struck towards goal himself but said: “The best man at the moment is Noel McGrath to take the right option. “I think the right option was to give it to Noel and that’s the most important thing. “We saw it with Kilkenny and Dublin. The man in the best position gets the ball and that’s really what we’re trying to strive towards.”
McGrath, the RTÉ man of the match although Bonner Maher had major claims, was humble about the goal. “I was just lucky to be in the right place. It could be somebody else the next day. That’s just the way it is. You play the ball to the right man and do the best thing for the team.” McGrath was more effusive about how the team coped after John O’Brien’s dismissal. “I’m speechless, really, because it was such a hard-working performance. We’ve put in serious work since the Limerick match, training very hard. Everybody in the gym and the field and everything.” After an early McGrath point, Tipperary didn’t lead again until the 46th when McGrath struck for goal.
Corbett put down their ability to hold the lead for the remainder of the game to the character of the players. “We can talk about it in training, we can talk about it in the dressing room but you have to prove that on the field. John had hard luck to get sent off but the character of the boys came out there and they proved it on the field.” Coming after Kilkenny’s emphatic win over Dublin, things look ominous for the teams remaining in the competition but Corbett’s optimism shines through. “We have to believe. That’s it… we really believe.” A repeat of last year’s Munster final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh will have people remembering Tipperary’s seven-goal rout over Waterford.
But Corbett is reminded of what happened afterwards. “We stood here after the Munster final and said there is a big hole here where we could fall into, that we could get carried away. The Munster final, we are looking forward to it and there is going to be pressure for places in Thurles, starting on Tuesday night. “You can’t get complacent because there is someone standing waiting for your spot.”
Tigerish Cork tyros please JBM
By Michael Moynihan for the Irish Examiner newspaper
Jimmy Barry-Murphy was taking the positives from yesterday’s defeat by Tipperary, pointing to his side’s lack of experience as a factor in Cork’s one-point defeat. “The bit of inexperience counted against us in the end, we had opportunities and didn’t take them. Tipperary just about deserved it on the day.” The Cork manager acknowledged that the goal his side had disallowed in the first half was a “major factor”.
“We could have gone in with a five-point lead having played with the wind. We probably needed that. But the players showed great courage after being four points down to come back, though certainly having an extra man helped in that respect. I’m very pleased with the lads and couldn’t fault any of them. “It’s hard to see it from where we were, in fairness, I just couldn’t see why it was disallowed — we contested a ball in the square and it went in, but to be fair to the referee I couldn’t see it. We take it on the chin and move on.”
The manager was unhappy with Tipperary’s match-winning goal: “Certainly at that stage we wanted a free and it was definite. The player wasn’t gone away and I can’t believe he didn’t give a free. I’m not blaming the referee, these things happen, but in that situation, in a tight game, we’d have preferred to get our free. “To be fair to the referee, some days it goes with you and some days it doesn’t. In fairness to Tipperary, Noel McGrath finished the chance clinically. I hope we learn from that and when we get those opportunities.that we take them.” The Cork boss said the qualifiers would be a learning curve all round: “They’re a tough route to go, I’ve never been down that route as player or manager, and it’s new to me. Our job now will be to pick up our players after the defeat today, which can be quite shattering.”
He added that Cork had needed the performance after the crushing league final defeat to Kilkenny. “The League final was an absolute debacle for us,” said Barry-Murphy. “It was a learning experience for us on the line as well and we took the major share of the blame because we felt we hadn’t prepared the players properly for the challenges that Kilkenny would give. I’m thrilled with the response — they showed great character and great courage to play in front of their own supporters and put up a great show. We didn’t win and we’re never happy to lose, but to come back from the League final they were fantastic today.”
Asked if he’d prefer to face Offaly or Dublin, Barry-Murphy said: “It’s a difficult route for everyone — no one wants to be chasing it that way. We know where we were after the League final so we know that Dublin didn’t become a bad team over night, or Offaly. Regardless it is going to be a very difficult game for us and we’re in no position to be over-confident against anyone. We face into both of those games with trepidation.” The Cork manager said Niall McCarthy (broken knuckle) was a doubt for the first qualifier game, and rebutted suggestions his side were back up with the best teams around. “I wouldn’t think that at all. We have a long way to go yet before we’re as good as Kilkenny or Tipperary even. It’s a learning process and a hard learning process, but since the League final the players have shown great attitude. You can’t ask for any more than that.”
Tipperary hold on in thrilling finish
Report from the GAA.ie web site
Munster GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Cork 0-24 Tipperary 1-22
In the end Tipperary just about hung on, their greater experience and greater strength in depth proving enough to hold off a brave Cork comeback in a thrilling Munster semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday. Cork had the better for the first half and led by 0-14 to 0-12 at the break, but the reigning champions struck for the decisive goal on 45 minutes, the returning Lar Corbett playing in his team-mate Noel McGrath, who finished a superb move with a neat finish. McGrath added a point seconds after the game restarted and Tipperary looked to be in the driving seat until John O’Brien was shown a second yellow card just two minutes after the goal.
Tipperary played the remaining 24 minutes with 14 men, but they always looked in control until the final 10 minutes, when Cork came back to hit the final three scores of the game to set up a thrilling finale. However, a late wide from Cian McCarthy proved costly as the Rebels’ man marksman, Pa Horgan, had to drop over his ninth point of the game 90 seconds into added time and hope that referee Brian Gavin would allow enough time for the game to restart and for the home side to, perhaps, snatch a final, equalising score of the game.
Alas, it was not to be for Jimmy Barry-Murphy’s young side, who will definitely feel that they missed a great chance to cause a big upset and knock the reigning champions out of the competition. They will certainly look back on the game with regrets, and especially a disallowed goal at the end of the first half, when Jamie Coughlan was penalised after touching a dropping ball past Brendan Cummins. But Tipperary showed plenty of character to win a game that might well have slipped away from them. Manager Declan Ryan had the luxury of bringing 2010 Hurler of the Year Corbett off the bench just before half-time, while six-time GAA All Star Eoin Kelly was also brought in to lend some vital experience in those edgy final minutes.
Barry-Murphy had given youth its chance with a bold team selection and it looked to have paid off in the first half, but the lack of experienced players available to him was illustrated when Daniel Kearney, Luke O’Farrell and Cian McCarthy were the trio he chose to bring off the bench in the second half. Tipperary go into a Munster final against Waterford on July 15 for second year in a row with a second impressive win behind them, while Cork go into the Qualifiers knowing they gave Tipperary the fright of their lives.
Any doubts over the intensity and competitiveness the game would be played at were erased before a ball had been thrown in, with Pádraic Maher and Cathal Naughton engaged in a bout of rutting before the ball was thrown in. When the game did start, Noel McGrath put the reigning champions ahead inside a minute, but it was Cork who made the better start, with scores from Horgan, Darren Sweetnam and Conor Lehane giving the home side a 0-3 to 0-1 lead. The opening quarter was fast and furious, with both sides trading scores at a remarkable rate. Gearóid Ryan and McGrath had the gap back down to one by the 11th minute, but the Rebels hit a rich seam of form to lace three points together, the constant movement of their young and very mobile forwards causing the Tipperary defence serious problems.
Horgan was very accurate from frees, while Jamie Coughlan pitched in with two points from play in the first half. Horgan’s first from play was a real beauty, his shot from under the covered stand giving the Rebels a 0-12 to 0-8 lead on 21 minutes following a breathless start to the game. Eventually, the game settled down and as Tipp finally began to gain a toehold in the middle of the field Pa Bourke scored from three successive placed balls to cut the gap to 0-12 to 0-11. Horgan’s second point from play came seconds after Tipperary manager Declan Ryan brought Corbett in for his first taste of competitive action this year, the 2010 Hurler of the Year replacing Gearóid Ryan on 34 minutes.
Cork were 0-14 to 0-12 ahead in stoppage time, but the gap might have been less had Pa Bourke’s 21-metre free not been saved by a thicket of Cork defenders on the stroke of half-time. Tipp trailed by 0-16 to 0-15 when they grabbed the only goal of the game. Patrick Maher won possession with a towering leap, and when he fed Corbett a roar of anticipation went up in the Tipperary end. Corbett, though, flicked a neat pass into McGrath, whose finish past Anthony Nash was precise.
McGrath added another point almost immediately and suddenly all the momentum was with the Premier men. That was until John O’Brien was shown a second yellow card and the champions were forced to answer some searching questions in the final quarter. Cork hit three of the next four points and were level by the 55th minute. But Tipp never allowed Cork to edge in front with the superb Pa Bourke hitting two more frees and McGrath adding two more points to bring his tally to 1-4. When Corbett was fouled with six minutes left, Pa Bourke slotted over his 12th point of the game and it looked like Tipperary were home and dry. Points from Kearney and two from Horgan reduced the gap to one in added time, but Tipperary just about held on to win a gripping contest.
Cork Scorers: D Sweetnam 0-1, C Lehane 0-2, P Cronin 0-1, C Naughton 0-1, J Coughlan 0-3, P O’Sullivan 0-3, P Horgan 0-11 (0-9f), D Kearney 0-1, C McCarthy 0-1,
Tipperary Scorers: Pádraic Maher 0-1, B Maher 0-2, P Bourke 0-12 (0-7f, 0-2 65), B Maher 0-2, B O’Meara 0-2, N McGrath 1-4.
Cork: A Nash; S O’Neill, B Murphy, C O’Sullivan; T Kenny, E Cadogan, W Egan; D Sweetnam, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, P Cronin, C Naughton; J Coughlan, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan. Subs: C McCarthy for Naughton (46), D Kearney for Sweetam (50), L O’Farrell for Lehane (62)
Tipperary: B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran, M Cahill; Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, P Bourke; B O’Meara, J O’Brien, N McGrath. Subs: Lar Corbett for G Ryan (34), S Bourke for B O’Meara (55), J Woodlock for B Maher (57), E Kelly for P Bourke (67), D Maher for Stapleton (70).
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)
The Tipperary senior hurling team to play Cork in the Munster SH championship semi-final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday shows 3 changes from the team which started the first round game against Limerick. Conor O’Brien, Shane McGrath and Patrick Maher start in place of Donagh Maher, James Woodlock and Eoin Kelly. The team is:
1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)
2. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)
3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone) Captain
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. Thomas Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
8. Brendan Maher (Borris–Ileigh)
9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
12. Pa Bourke (Thurles Sarsfields)
13. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
14. John O’Brien (Toomevara)
15. Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney)
The Cork Senior Hurling team to play Tipperary in Sunday’s Munster Hurling Championship Semi-Final at 4pm in Páirc Uí Chaoimh will line out as follows:
1. Anthony Nash
2. Shane O Neill 3. Brian Murphy 4. Conor O’Sullivan
5. Tom Kenny 6. Eoin Cadogan 7. William Egan
8. Darren Sweetnam 9. Lorcán Mc Loughlin
10. Conor Lehane 11. Pa Cronin 12. Cathal Naughton
13. Jamie Coughlan14. Paudie O’Sullivan 15. Patrick Horgan
16. Darren McCarthy – Ballymartle
17. Stephen McDonnell- Glen Rovers
18. Damien Cahalane – St. Finbarrs
19. Killian Murphy – Erin’s Own
20. Christopher Joyce – Na Piarsaigh
21. Daniel Kearney – Sarsfields
22. Seán Óg hAilpín – Na Piarsaigh
23. John Gardiner – Na Piarsaigh
24. Cian McCarthy – Sarsfields
25. Luke O’Farrell – Midleton
26. Stephen Moylan – Douglas
Irish Rail discounts
Munster GAA have teamed up with Iarnród Éireann to provide Tipperary supporters with discounts of up to 87% on their Match and Train tickets for the Tipperary v Cork Munster GAA Hurling Semi-Final in Pairc U i Chaoimh, Cork on Sunday June 24th.
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Book online at www.irishrail.ie for these discounted fares. Children up to 15 years of age half fare. Proof of age may be required. Limited availability, advance booking advised. Terms, conditions, transaction and credit card charges apply.
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Uncovered Stand €25
Family Adult Covered €30 – Juveniles €5
Family Adult Uncovered €25 – Juveniles €5
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For the Record
|2012 Team Manager||Jimmy Barry-Murphy||Declan Ryan
|2011 Championship Performance||Lost to Tipperary in the first round in Munster. Defeated Laois and Offaly in the Qualifiers before losing to Galway by 2-23 to 1-14.||Defeated Cork, Clare and Waterford to win the Munster Final. Defeated Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final before losing to Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final.|
|Number of Munster Senior Hurling titles||51||39|
|Last Munster Senior Hurling Title||2006||2011|
|Munster Senior Hurling Championship Record since 2000||Played – 23
Won – 14
Lost – 8
Drawn – 1
|Played – 30
Won – 19
Lost – 8
Drawn – 3
|Last meeting in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship||May 29th 2011 – Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23 (Munster Quarter-Final at Semple Stadium Thurles) – First half goals by Eoin Kelly and Lar Corbett helped Tipp to a 2-11 to 0-10 interval lead. Cork’s play improved in the second half to draw level after 56 minutes before a series of late points and a Benny Dunne goal secured Tipperary’s victory.|
Munster GAA HURLING Senior Championship 2012
Sunday May 27th
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19
Sunday June 17th
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18
Sunday June 24th (Replay date – June 30th)
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork v Tipperary @ 4:00pm
Sunday July 15th (Replay date – July 21st)
@ Semple Stadium Thurles Waterford v Cork @ 4:00pm
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh Waterford v Tipperary @ 4:00pm
2012 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Matches played to date
Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 – May 27th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Quarter-Final)
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 Callanan 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: B Kelly (Westmeath)
Waterford 2-17 Clare 1-18 – June 17th @ Semple Stadium Thurles (Munster Semi-Final)
Waterford: S O’Keeffe; A Kearney, L Lawlor, S Daniels; R Foley, M Walsh, K Moran; P Mahony, S Molumphy; M Shanahan, D Prendergast, E Kelly; J Mullane, S Walsh, G O’Brien
Subs: N Connors for Kearney (h.t.), P O’Brien for G O’Brien (49), T Ryan for S Walsh (59), D Twomey for Foley (61), M O’Neill for Kelly (68).
Clare: P Kelly; D O’Donovan, C Dillon, C Cooney; B Bugler, J McInerney, P O’Connor; P Donnellan, N O’Connell; J Conlon, J Clancy E Barrett; P Collins, C Ryan, C McGrath
Subs: L Markham for McInerney (45), F Lynch for Barrett (54), S Morey for O’Connor (59), D Honan for Collins (60), A Cunningham for Ryan (65).
Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)
2012 Top Scorers – Munster Senior Hurling Championship
Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 1-7 (0-4 frees, 0-1 65)
Shane Dowling (Limerick) – 0-8 (0-4 frees)
Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) – 0-7 (0-5 frees)
Brian O’Meara (Tipperary) – 1-2
Shane Walsh (Waterford) – 1-2
Graham Mulcahy (Limerick) – 1-2
John Conlon (Clare) – 1-2
Nicky O’Connell (Clare) – 0-5 (0-4 frees)
Conor McGrath (Clare) – 0-4
Noel McGrath (Tipperary) – 0-3
Eoin Kelly (Waterford) – 1-0 penalty
John Mullane (Waterford) – 0-3
Sean Tobin (Limerick) – 0-3
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-3 frees
Jonathon Clancy (Clare) – 0-3
Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) – 0-2 (0-1 free)
Kevin Downes (Limerick) – 0-2
Conor Allis (Limerick) – 0-2
Eoin Kelly (Tipperary) (0-1 free), Thomas Stapleton (Tipperary), John O’Brien (Tipperary), Shane Bourke (Tipperary), Shane McGrath (Tipperary), Conor O’Brien (Tipperary), Philip Mahony (Waterford), Stephen Molumphy (Waterford), Seamus Prendergast (Waterford), Gavin O’Brien (Waterford), M O’Neill (Waterford), David Breen (Limerick), Declan Hannon (Limerick), Patrick Kelly (Clare) (0-1 free) – 0-1 each
Cork and Tipperary have met on 81 occasions in the Championship. Cork have won 37, Tipperary 36 and there have been 7 draws. 1 match was abandoned.
In the history of Tipperary and Cork matches in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship, on only 1 occasion did a game fail to produce a goal. That game in the 1900 Munster First Round game played at Dungarvan on November 4th 1901 and resulted in a 0-12 to 0-9 victory for Tipperary.
Waterford have qualified for their fourth consecutive Munster Senior Hurling Final – the first time they have achieved this record based on consistency. Cork last qualified for 4 Munster Finals in a row from 2003 to 2006 while Tipperary last decent run of consecutive finals was from 1987 to 1991 when they qualified for 5 finals on the trot. Limerick last achieved this feat from 1973 to 1976 while Clare never qualified for four consecutive finals but did compete in 6 out of 7 finals from 1993 to 1999.
Cork won at least 1 Munster Senior Hurling Championship match from 2003 to 2007. Only Tipperary (2000 to 2002) and Waterford (2002 to 2004, 2009 to 2012) have managed to go 3 or more consecutive years with at least 1 victory within the last decade.
In Division 1A of the 2012 Allianz Hurling League, Tipperary racked up the second highest total of scores, an aggregate of 119 points (3 goals and 110 points). On the flip side, Tipperary conceded the most scores, an aggregate of 115 points followed by the concession of 1-25 in the semi-final defeat by Cork. Waterford recorded the lowest number of scores, an aggregate of 91 points. Clare conceded just 84 points on aggregate in their 5 games in Division 1B, the lowest total conceded by any of the 12 Division 1 teams.
The 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship saw an increase in the number of scores per game for the first time in 4 years. The average number of scores per match in 2011 was 43, a significant increase of 9 scores per match on the 2010 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. The highest scoring game yielded 48 scores, the first round victory of Tipperary over Cork by 3-22 to 0-23. The average number of scores in the two matches to date in 2012 is 40 scores per game.
Tipperary’s Eoin Kelly was the top scorer in the 2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship, scoring 4-16 (0-10 from frees) in 3 matches. Lar Corbett (Tipperary) was 2nd with 6 goals and 6 points from play including 4-4 in the Munster Final v Waterford. Pauric Mahony (Waterford) was third on the scoring charts with 0-20 (0-16 from frees) in two matches. Seamus Callanan (Tipperary) scored 2-10 from play to finish fourth.
2011 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final – Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23
Tipperary Scorers: E Kelly 1-07 (0-5f), L Corbett 1-2, S Callanan 0-5, N McGrath 0-4 (0-2 sl), B Dunne 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, Patrick Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1.
Cork Scorers: P Horgan 0-13 (0-10f), N McCarthy 0-3, B O’Connor 0-3, J Gardiner, P Cronin, C McCarthy and P O’Sullivan 0-1 each.
Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; D Young, Pádraic Maher, J O’Keeffe; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, Patrick Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.
Subs: J Woodlock for S McGrath ‘40, C O’Mahony for Young ‘59, B Dunne for O’Brien ‘62, P Bourke for Ryan ‘66.
Cork: D Óg Cusack; S McDonnell, E Cadogan, S O’Neill; J Gardiner, W Egan, B Murphy; L McLoughlin, P Cronin; B O’Connor, C McCarthy, N McCarthy; L Farrell, P O’Sullivan, P Horgan.
Subs: J O’Connor for C McCarthy ‘45, J Nagle for O’Neill ‘45, T Kenny for McLoughlin ‘51, C Naughton for Horgan ‘70, K Murphy for O’Sullivan ‘70.
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)
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 (39) – 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
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 – https://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 email@example.com for more information
Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel
The Tipperary team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday June 20th. It will be posted on the Tipperary GAA website shortly after 9pm.
A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie.
New Players on panel for 2012:
Sean Curran (Mullinahone) – forward
Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward
Donagh Maher (Burgess) – defender
Shane Maher (Burgess) – defender
Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill) – defender
Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) – forward
Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch) – forward
Timmy Hammersley, Conor O’Brien and Shane Maher were on the 2010 panel.
Adrian Ryan – recovering from broken collar bone – out for game v Cork
Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their second season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.
Declan Ryan was Manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2007 when they won the All Irleand title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won the 2010 All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team in 2010. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.
Declan Ryan won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 levels and captained the under 21 team to win Munster and All Ireland titles in 1989. He also won 4 National Hurling League medals, 5 Munster senior hurling championship medals, 2 All Star awards and 2 county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.
Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to win the All Ireland senior hurling title in 2001 and was named Hurler of the Year in 2001. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, 4 draws and 16 defeats. He won an All Ireland under 21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won 10 Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club, Toomevara, including 2 as captain and 3 Munster club championship medals. He also won 3 National Hurling League medals, 2 as captain, 2 Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and 3 All Star awards.
Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for 10 years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and 3 Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.
Ross Dunphy is in his first year as Strength and Conditioning Coach (Trainer) to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team. 33-year-old Ross is a native of Wexford and holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick. Ross is from the Clonard GAA Club in Wexford town and has represented Wexford at all levels of Gaelic Football.
Ross has been involved in coaching both hurling and Gaelic football since 2004. He trained the Toomevara senior hurling team for three seasons and the Kildare U21’s in 2009. He has also been on the coaching and management team with Sarsfields GAA club in Newbridge County Kildare over the past few seasons
Captain and Vice-Captain
The Tipperary captain for 2012 is Paul Curran of Mullinahone and the vice-captain is Padraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields. They succeeded Eoin Kelly and Conor O’Mahony respectively.
Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 Munster SHC Quarter-final Semple Stadium 27/5/12
B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; J Woodlock, B Maher; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; E Kelly, B O’Meara, J O’Brien.
Subs: S McGrath for Woodlock (28), Patrick Maher for Kelly (42), C O’Brien for D Maher (49), S Callanan for Ryan (51), S Bourke for J O’Brien (64).
Scorers: P Bourke 1-7 (4fs, 1 65), B O’Meara 1-2, N McGrath 0-3, S Callanan 0-2 (1f), T Stapleton, E Kelly (f), J O’Brien, S Bourke, S McGrath, C O’Brien, 0-1 each.
Allianz Hurling League 2012
Sunday February 26th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15
Sunday March 11th at Semple Stadium Tipperary 2-20 Galway 2-18
Sunday March 18th at Semple Stadium Tipperary 0-31 Waterford 2-15
Satruday March 24th at Croke Park Dublin 2-15 Tipperary 0-21 Sunday April 1st at Semple Stadium Tipperary 1-23 Cork 1-23
Sunday April 22nd semi-final at Semple Stadium Cork 1-25 Tipperary 2-15
28 players lined out for Tipperary during the 6 matches compared with 35 for 7 matches in 2011.
Tipperary played 6 games in this year’s Allianz hurling league campaign scoring a total of 140 points (5-125) and conceding a total of 143 (10-113). 15 players in total scored with the top scorers being: Pa Bourke (2-38), Noel McGrath (1-23), Brian O’Meara (1-11) and Shane Bourke (0-12).
4 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Sean Curran (Mullinahone), Donagh Maher (Burgess), Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) and Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch).
Clubs represented on panel
There are 32 players on Tipperary’s training panel at present representing 18 clubs. Thurles Sarsfields have most representatives with 4, followed by Clonoulty Rossmore, county SH champions 2011, Drom and Inch, Mullinahone and Templederry Kenyons with 3 each, and Borris-Ileigh, Burgess and Toomevara with 2 each. 10 clubs have 1 representative each – Ballinahinch, Ballybacon Grange, Eire Og Annacarty Donohill, JK Brackens, Kilruane MacDonagh, Lorrha and Dorrha, Loughmore Castleiney, Moyne Templetuohy, Newport, and Portroe.
Teams for last 4 championship Meetings v Cork:
Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 29/5/11
Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill; David Young, Padraic Maher, John O’Keeffe; Gearóid Ryan, Shane McGrath; Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath, Patrick Maher; Eoin Kelly, John O’Brien, Lar Corbett.
Subs: James Woodlock for S McGrath (40 mins), Conor O’Mahony for Young (59 mins), Benny Dunne for O’Brien (62 mins), Pa Bourke for Ryan (66 mins).
Scorers: E Kelly 1-07 (0-5f), L Corbett 1-2, S Callanan 0-5, N McGrath 0-4 (0-2 sl), B Dunne 1-0, J O’Brien 0-2, Patrick Maher 0-1, J Woodlock 0-1.
Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 30/5/10:
Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Padraic Maher, Paul Curran; Declan Fanning, Conor O’Mahony, Michael Cahill; Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, John O’Brien; Eoin Kelly, Brian O’Meara,Lar Corbett.
Subs: Seamus Hennessy for O’Meara (43 mins), Gearoid Ryan for C O’Mahony (57 mins), Timmy Hammersley for N McGrath (62 mins), Jody Brennan for J O’Brien (66 mins), Conor O’Brien for S McGrath (68 mins).
Scorers for Tipperary: E Kelly (0-7, 0-5f, 0-2 ’65), L Corbett (0-2), J O’Brien (0-2), S Callanan (0-1), B Maher (0-1), T Hammersley (0-1)
Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 31/5/09:
Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien; Declan Fanning, Padriac Maher, Conor O’Mahony (capt); James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Lar Corbett, Seamus Callanan, John O’Brien; Noel McGrath, Micheál Webster, Eoin Kelly.
Subs: Pat Kerwick for Webster (51 mins), Brendan Maher for O’Mahony (54 mins), Gearoid Ryan for N McGrath (63 mins), Benny Dunne for Woodlock (65 mins), Paul Kelly for Callanan (67 mins).
Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan 1-3; E. Kelly 0-5 (0-4 frees); L. Corbett 0-3; N. McGrath 0-3; S. McGrath 0-2 (0-1 sideline); B. Dunne 0-2; J. O’Brien 0-1.
Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 8/6/08:
Brendan Cummins; Eamonn Buckley, Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien; Eamonn Corcoran, Conor O’Mahony, Shane Maher; James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Seamus Butler, Seamus Callanan, Ryan O’Dwyer; Eoin Kelly (capt), Lar Corbett, Willie Ryan.
Subs: Pat Kerwick for O’Dwyer (32nd minute); Benny Dunne for Woodlock (45th); Micheál Webster for Butler (46th); John O’Brien for Ryan (54th); Darragh Egan for Callanan (73rd).
Scorers for Tipperary: E. Kelly 1-7 (0-5 frees); L. Corbett 0-4; S. Callanan 0-3; E. Corcoran, S. McGrath, W. Ryan, P. Kerwick and M. Webster 0-1 each.
9 in a row
2012 will be the 9th year in a row that Tipperary and Cork will meet in the Senior Hurling Championship which is a record. The 2000 Munster Final was their previous meeting before 2004 and prior to 2000 their last meeting was in 1992. In another era, consecutive meetings stretched from 1949 (draw & replay) to 1954 –a total of seven games in six years. Earlier on, eight games were played in the seven year period 1907 to 1913. Two of those games were played in the calendar year 1908.
Hurling League rivalry
Tipperary and Cork have played 56 times in the National Hurling League. Cork have 28 wins to 23 for Tipp and 5 Draws.
Oldest and Youngest
Brendan Cummins, who was born on May 11th 1975, is the oldest player on the Tipperary SH panel while Sean Curran, who was born on the September 15th 1991, an honour he took this year from Noel McGrath who remains second youngest on the panel.
Captain Paul Curran and his brother Sean are both on the panel as are Shane and Donagh Maher. John Coghlan’s brother Hugh is vice-captain on the senior football panel. Noel McGrath’s brother John is on the minor hurling and football panels. Their first cousins Liam and Aidan McGrath are also on the under 21 hurling panel and Liam captained the Tipperary minor football team to All Ireland success last year. Padraic Maher’s brother Ronan is on the minor hurling panel and his first cousin, Denis Maher is on the under 21 hurling panel. Patrick Maher’s brother Willie, Tom Stapleton’s brother Brian and Brian O’Meara’s brother, Niall are all on the under 21 hurling panel. Pa Bourke and Johnny Ryan on the senior panel are first cousins as are Gearóid and Adrian Ryan.
25 is the average age of the Tipperary senior hurling panel at present. There are seven players over 30 on the panel and none under 20.
Better born earlier in the year?
Adrian Barnett, a research fellow at Queensland University of Technology examined the birthdays of Australian Football League (AFL) players and observed that a disproportionate share of them were born in the first 3 months of the year, while much fewer than expected were born in the last 3 months. There is some support for the theory in the birth dates of the Tipperary panel – 11 of 32 were born in the first 3 months while only 7 were born in the last 3 months. However there is an even split of 16 each between the first and second 6 months of the year!
The South Division in Tipperary is often viewed as a football stronghold and only twice have captains from the Division brought home All Ireland hurling cups to the county – Eoin Kelly brought the Liam MacCarthy Cup to Mullinahone in 2010 and his now brother-in-law and minor team manager, William Maher brought the Irish Press Cup to Ballingarry in 1996. However, the South Division has 3 captains of Tipperary hurling teams this year – Paul Curran (Mullinahone) is senior captain, John “Bubbles” O’Dwyer (Killenaule) is under 21 captain and Bill Maher (Kilsheelan Kilcash) is minor hurling captain. Time will tell if the teams they lead will be good enough to bring titles to Tipperary in 2012.
Take your goals
It is hard to believe that the old tradition of scoring more goals than points, in championship hurling, was witnessed as recently as July 1st 1973 , when a late four goal scoring burst saw Tipperary turn a 1-9 to 1-4 deficit into a 5-4 to 1-10 victory, over a shocked Cork team in a Munster semi-final meeting at Limerick .Prior to that, it happened in the 1957 semi-final when Cork beat Tipperary by 5-2 to 1-11 also at Limerick.
Cork’s failure to score a goal against Tipperary in the 2011 championship meeting was only the ninth occasion this occurred. Those championship years were; 1888, 1900, 1906, 1911, 1961, 1965, 2000 and 2009. The only time that Cork beat Tipp without scoring a goal, was the 2000 final, when Joe Deane’s ten points helped them to a narrow 0-23 to 3-12 victory, at Semple Stadium. Cork’s worst day scoring wise was on May 27th 1888, when they failed to raise any flag and Tipp won by 2-1 to nil.
Tipperary failed to find the Cork net on four occasions- the 1897 semi-final , the 1900 opener, the 1969 final and the 2010 first round game.
White was the colour
The counties failed to produce a goal between them only once, in the 1900 championship opener, played at Dungarvan on November 4th 1901. Tipperary won by 0-12 to 0-9.
Leading marksmen for both teams in the past twenty meetings
2011 Eoin Kelly 1-7 Patrick Horgan 0-13
2010 Eoin Kelly 0-7 Patrick Horgan 2-2
2009 Seamus Callanan 1-3 Ben O’ Connor 0-11
2008 Eoin Kelly 1-7 Ben O’ Connor 1-3
2007 Willie Ryan 2-3 Niall Ronan 1-2 & Joe Deane 0-5
2006 Eoin Kelly 0-7 Joe Deane 0-8
2005 Paul Kelly 0-7 Ben O’ Connor 0-6
2004 Eoin Kelly 0-9 Joe Deane 0-7
2000 Eugene O’ Neill 1-5 Joe Deane 0-10
1992 Declan Ryan 1-1 Tony O’ Sullivan 0-7
1991 Michael Cleary 1-7 John Fitzgibbon 2-1 (Replay)
1991 Michael Cleary 0-8 Ger Fitzgerald 2-0 (Draw)
1990 Michael Cleary 1-5 Mark Foley 2-7
1988 Nicky English 0-9 Pat Horgan 1-4
1987 Pat Fox 0-11 John Fenton 0-13 ( Replay)
1987 Pat Fox 0-9 John Fenton 0-12 (Draw)
1985 Nicky English 2-3 John Fenton 1-6
1984 Seamus Power 1-6 John Fenton 0-7
1982 Noel O’ Dwyer 1-1 Tony O’ Sullivan 0-7
1980 Tommy Butler 1-4 John Fenton 0-7
On two occasions, the 1898 and 1916 Finals, Tipperary failed to score a point, but still managed to avoid defeat to Cork, by scoring enough goals! The Rebels also found the white flag elusive in the 1915 first round game at the same venue but they too avoided defeat! The last of the ten championship meetings between the counties in the West Waterford town saw Tipp winning a Munster semi-final by 7-5 to 2-7 on August 31st 1924.
Tipperary’s most dominant era, against Cork, extended from the Munster Semi Final on June 22nd 1958 to the Munster final on July 21st 1968. During those eleven seasons, Tipperary won all seven championship meetings between the counties. The Premier county also won the All Ireland title on five occasions during that time.
Cork had their longest run of supremacy over Tipperary, between the Munster semi-final on June 13th 1976 and the final on July 7th 1985, during which they had won all six games. They won four All Ireland titles during those ten seasons.
Impressive Munster haul
Two players have won ten Munster Senior Hurling Championship medals – current Cork Bainisteoir Jimmy Barry Murphy (St Finbarrs & Cork ) and the late John Doyle RIP (Holycross-Ballycahill & Tipperary). The Cork genius won his medals in 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, 82, 83, 84, 85 and 86. Tipperary’s Team of the Millennium man was victorious in 1949, 50, 51, 58, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65 and 67.
A trio to remember
The last player to score three goals in a Tipp /Cork championship match was Willie Walsh. The Youghal centre forward rattled the Tipp net three times (twice in the first half ) during the 1969 Munster Final, at Limerick. The Leesiders recorded their first championship win over Tipp, since the 1957 semi-final, by a convincing nine point margin -4-6 to 0-9.
When Tipperary and Cork faced each other in the Munster Final, at the Cork Athletic Grounds on July 12th ,1942, there was an unique feature to the contest. It was the first time in championship hurling that the All Ireland Champions (Cork) met provincial champions (Tipperary) in the following year’s championship. The explanation was that Tipperary had to withdraw from the 1941 Munster Championship, because of the foot and mouth epidemic. Cork won the All Ireland title in September but when the Munster final was subsequently played, Tipperary beat the Leesiders in Limerick on October 26th by 5-4 to 2-5. The All Ireland champions, captained by Jack Lynch, were easy winners on a 4-15 to 4-1 scoreline.
The scenario was repeated in Leinster fifty eight years later, when the 1998 All Ireland champions, Offaly, faced the Leinster title holders, Kilkenny, in the 1999 Provincial final at Croke Park. The Noresiders won comfortably and Offaly have not beaten them in the championship since the 1998 All Ireland final.
Cork (All Ireland Champions) and Waterford ( Munster Champions) made it a trio, when they met in the Munster Semi Final, at Semple Stadium ,on May 22nd, 2005. The Rebels won that game by two points and confirmed their superiority in the All Ireland Quarter Final at Croke Park on July 24th.
Tipperary and Cork were honoured in two selections of all time Hurling greats. In 1984, the Centenary Year of the GAA, a Hurling Team of The Century was selected. It included four Tipperary players – Tony Reddin, John Doyle, Jimmy Finn and Jimmy Doyle respectively. Cork had two Glen Rovers men chosen – Jack Lynch and Christy Ring.
In 2000, the GAA Hurling Team of the Millennium showed a ‘balancing’ of membership, with Ray Cummins ( Blackrock), selected in place of Nicky Rackard (1984), bringing the Cork total to three. Tipperary’s ‘loss’ of Jimmy Finn (1984) to Brian Whelehan reduced their number to three and there it stands until the next review!
In the six championship campaigns after winning the 2001 League, Munster and All Ireland titles , Tipperary lost two championship games every year. That trend included one defeat in Munster, followed by another in the All Ireland or Qualifier series. During those years, seven counties enjoyed championship victories over Tipperary, although in defence of the blue and gold, they only lost six of those games by a goal or less and three of the second defeats were to the eventual All Ireland champions. The worst year was 2003, with losses to Clare, by 9 points and to Kilkenny, by 12 points. The most regretted campaign was in 2007, which despite tremendous endeavour produced a 3 point loss to Limerick, in the third game and a 2 point loss to Wexford, in the All Ireland Quarter Final. During those six seasons, Cork defeated Tipperary in the 2004 Qualifier and the Munster Finals of 2005 & 2006 respectively.
Tipp v. Cork Munster championship games are always spoken of with a great sense of anticipation. This arises from their intense rivalry and the many great players who have been involved in the legendary epics between the counties. The crowds have followed their meetings with great loyalty, producing an official attendance record (60,177) for the 1961 Munster final (gate receipts £7,469-15-5) at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds. It is also a matter of record that several thousand more gained free entry when gates were opened as patrons departed due to the oppressive heat and discomfort.
Tipperary V Cork: Previous Championship Meetings
Total Times Played: 81 Cork won 37, Tipp won 36, Draws 7, Abandoned 1.
Two of Tipp’s wins were unfinished games.
Cork also received walk overs in the championships of 1901 and 1905 respectively
Date Venue Stage Result
27/5/1888 Buttevant Munster SHC Rd 1 Tipperary 2-1 Cork 0-0 (Unfinished)
4/3/1895 Charleville MSHC Final ( 1894) Cork 3-4 Tipperary 1-2
1/8/1897 Kilmallock MSHC Final (1896) Tipperary 1-3 Cork 1-3 (Draw).
4/11/1897 Jones’ Rd, MSHC Final (1896) Tipperary 7-9 Cork 2-3 (Replay)
1/8/1898 Cork MSHC S/F (1897) Cork 4-16 Tipperary 0-2
15/10/1899 Dungarvan MSHC Final (1898) Tipperary 3-0 Cork 2-3 (Draw)
20/11/1899 Kilmallock MSHC Final (1898) Tipperary 1-13 Cork 1-2 (Replay)
4/11/1901 Dungarvan MSHC Rd 1 (1900) Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9
10/10/1904 Markets Field, MSHC Rd 1 (1903) Cork 4-6 Tipperary 1-10
17/12/1905 Dungarvan MSHC Final (1904) Cork 3-10 Tipperary 3-4
28/10/1905 Kilmallock MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 2-4 Cork 2-3 (Unfinished)
19/8/1907 Tipperary MSHC Final (1906) Tipperary 3-4 Cork 0-9
26/4/1908 Dungarvan MSHC Final (1907) Cork 1-6 Tipperary 1-4
25/10/1908 Fermoy MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 2-11 Cork 3-7
29/8/1909 Tipperary MSHC Final Tipperary 2-10 Cork 2-6.
3/7/1910 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Cork 5-7 Tipperary 3-4
23/7/1911 Dungarvan MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 5-2 Cork 0-3
27/10/1912 Dungarvan MSHC Final Cork 5-1 Tipperary 3-1
21/9/1913 Dungarvan MSHC Final Tipperary 8-2 Cork 4-3
20/6/1915 Dungarvan MSHC Round 1 Cork 4-0 Tipperary 3-1.
1/10/1916 Dungarvan MSHC Final Tipperary 5-0 Cork 1-2
2/6/1918 Thurles MSHC Round 1 Tipperary 7-3 Cork 6-1
29/6/1919 Cork Ath. Grds MSHC Semi Final Cork 2-4 Tipperary 2-3
20/5/1923 Cork Ath. Grds. MSHC S/F (1922) Tipperary 6-2 Cork 3-2
31/8/1924 Dungarvan MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 7-5 Cork 2-7.
2/8/1925 Markets Field MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 5-3 Cork 5-1
12/9/1926 Cork Ath Grds MSHC Final Tipperary 1-2 Cork 0-0 (Abandoned)
19/9/1926 Thurles MSHC Final Tipperary 3-4 Cork 4-1 (Refixture – Sportsfield – Draw)
3/10/1926 Thurles MSHC Final Cork 3-6 Tipperary 2-4 (Replay).
21/7/1929 Cork MSHC Semi Final Cork 3-4 Tipperary 2-1
26/7/1931 Thurles MSHC Semi Final Cork 3-5 Tipperary 2-3
10/6/1934 Waterford MSHC Round 1 Cork 7-5 Tipperary 5-6
6/6/1937 Thurles MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 4-3 Cork 3-5
2/6/1940 Thurles MSHC Round 1 Cork 6-3 Tipperary 2-6
26/10/1941 Limerick MSHC Final Tipperary 5-4 Cork 2-5
12/7/1942 Cork Ath Grds MSHC Final Cork 4-15 Tipperary 4-1
25/6/1944 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Cork 1-9 Tipperary 1-3
1/7/1945 Thurles MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 2-13 Cork 3-2
29/5/1949 Limerick MSHC Round 1 Tipperary 3-10 Cork 3-10 (Draw)
26/6/1949 Limerick MSHC Round 1 Tipperary 2-8 Cork 1-9 (Replay aet)
23/7/1950 Killarney MSHC Final Tipperary 2-17 Cork 3-11
29/7/1951 Limerick MSHC Final Tipperary 2-11 Cork 2-9
13/7/1952 Limerick MSHC Final Cork 1-11 Tipperary 2-6
26/7/1953 Limerick MSHC Final Cork 3-10 Tipperary 1-11
18/7/1954 Limerick MSHC Final Cork 2-8 Tipperary 1-8
1/7/1956 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Cork 1-11 Tipperary 2-7
30/6/1957 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Cork 5-2 Tipperary 1-11
22/6/1958 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 2-6 Cork 2-4
31/7/1960 Thurles MSHC Final Tipperary 4-13 Cork 4-11
30/7/1961 Limerick MSHC Final Tipperary 3-6 Cork 0-7
30/6/1963 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 4-7 Cork 1-11
26/7/1964 Limerick MSHC Final Tipperary 3-13 Cork 1-5
25/7/1965 Limerick MSHC Final Tipperary 4-11 Cork 0-5
21/7/1968 Limerick MSHC Final Tipperary 2-13 Cork 1-7
27/7/1969 Limerick MSHC Final Cork 4-6 Tipperary 0-9
19/7/1970 Limerick MSHC Final Cork 3-10 Tipperary 3-8
25/6/1972 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Cork 3-8 Tipperary 3-8 (Draw)
9/7/1972 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Cork 3-10 Tipperary 2-7 (Replay)
1/7/1973 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 5-4 Cork 1-10
13/6/1976 Limerick MSHC Semi Final Cork 4-10 Tipperary 2-15
3/6/1979 Prc Ui Chaoimh MSHC Semi Final Cork 1-14 Tipperary 2-10
22/6/1980 Semple Stad MSHC Semi Final Cork 2-17 Tipperary 1-12
30/5/1982 Prc Ui Chaoimh MSHC Round 1 Cork 1-19 Tipperary 2-8
15/7/1984 Semple Stad MSHC Final Cork 4-15 Tipperary 3-14
7/7/1985 Prc Ui Chaoimh MSHC Final Cork 4-17 Tipperary 4-11
12/7/1987 Semple Stad MSHC Final Tipperary 1-18 Cork 1-18 (Draw)
19/7/1987 Killarney MSHC Final Tipperary 4-22 Cork 1-22 (Replay AET)
17/7/1988 Limerick MSHC Final Tipperary 2-19 Cork 1-13
15/7/1990 Semple Stad MSHC Final Cork 4-16 Tipperary 2-14
7/7/1991 Prc Ui Chaoimh MSHC Final Tipperary 2-16 Cork 4-10 (Draw)
21/7/1991 Semple Stad MSHC Final Tipperary 4-19 Cork 4-15 (Replay)
7/6/1992 Prc Ui Chaoimh MSHC Semi Final Cork 2-12 Tipperary 1-12
2/7/2000 Semple Stad MSHC Final Cork 0-23 Tipperary 3-12
17/7/2004 Killarney All Irl SHC Qualifier Cork 2-19 Tipperary 1-16
26/6/2005 Prc Ui Chaoimh MSHC Final Cork 1-21 Tipperary 1-16
25/6/2006 Semple Stad MSHC Final Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-14
14/7/2007 Semple Stad All Irl SHC Qualifier Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-18
8/6/2008 Prc Ui Chaoimh MSHC Semi Final Tipperary 1-19 Cork 1-13
31/5/2009 Semple Stad MSHC Round 1 Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19
30/5/2010 Prc UI Chaoimh MSHC Round 1 Cork 3-15 Tipperary 0-14.
29/5/2011 Semple Stad MSHC Round 1 Tipperary 3-22 Cork 0-23.
PRO, Tipperary County Board