1972 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1972 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 14 May - 3 September
Teams 15
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Kilkenny (18th win)
Captain Noel Skehan
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Cork
Captain Frank Norberg
Provincial Champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 16
Goals total 111 (6.93 per game)
Points total 368 (23 per game)
Player of the Year Eddie Keher
All-Star Team See here
1971
1973

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1972 was the 85th staging of Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Kilkenny won the championship, beating Cork 3-24 to 5-11 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.

Calendar[edit]

Round Date
Leinster First Round Saturday 14 May 1972
Munster First Round Sunday 22 May 1972
Leinster Final Sunday 9 July 1972
Munster Final Sunday 30 July 1972
Leinster Final Replay Sunday 30 July 1972
All-Ireland Quarter-Final Sunday 23 July 1972
All-Ireland Semi-Finals Sunday 6 August 1972
All-Ireland Final Sunday 3 September 1972

Format[edit]

Overview[edit]

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1972 was run on a provincial basis as usual. It was a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random in the respective provinces - there were no seeds.

Each match was played as a single leg. If a match was drawn there was a replay. If that match ended in a draw a period of extra time was played, however, if both sides were still level at the end of extra time another replay had to take place.

Participating counties[edit]

Province County Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial
Leinster Dublin 1938 1961
Kildare
Kilkenny 1971 1969
Laois 1915 1949
Offaly
Westmeath
Wexford 1968 1970
Munster Clare 1914 1932
Cork 1970 1970
Limerick 1940 1955
Tipperary 1971 1971
Waterford 1959 1963
Connacht Galway 1923 1922
Ulster Antrim 1946
Britain London 1901

The Championship[edit]

Munster Championship

Quarter-final: (1 match) This was a single match between the first two teams drawn from the province of Munster.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joined the other three Munster teams to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

Leinster Championship

First Round: (1 match) This was a single match between two of the 'weaker' teams drawn from the province of Leinster.

Quarter-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the first round game joined three other Leinster teams to make up the quarter-final pairings.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winners of the two quarter-finals joined Kilkenny and Wexford, who received a bye to this stage, to make up the semi-final pairings.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

All-Ireland Championship

Quarter-final: (1 match) This was a single match between Antrim and Galway, two teams who faced no competition in their respective provinces.

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joined London and the Munster and Leinster champions to make up the quarter-final pairings. The provincial champions were drawn in opposite semi-finals.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the two semi-finals contested this game.

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

May 14
First Round
Wetsmeath 1-7 – 0-8 Kildare
G. Connaughton (0-1), T. Ring (0-4), O. Boylan (1-0), C. Gavin (0-1), M. Flanagan (0-1). T. Carew (0-2), P. Dunny (0-1), J. Walsh (0-3), M. Dwane (0-1), B. Burke (0-1).
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: D. Fergusan (Meath)

June 4
Quarter-final
Laois 4-7 – 3-9 Offaly
P. Dillon (1-3), P. Dowling (0-1), D. Sheeran (0-2), G. Cuddy (1-0), G. Conroy (1-0), G. Lanham (0-1). B. Cooloholan (0-1), D. Hanniffy (1-0), P.J. Conroy (1-1), P.J. Whelahan (0-2), J. Kirwan (1-5).
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: D. Dooley (Dublin)

June 4
Quarter-final
Dublin 3-12 – 2-3 Westmeath
B. Cooney (0-1), W. Markey (0-1), D. Rhenisch (2-0), E. Flynn (1-8), M. Bermingham (0-2). T. Ring (1-3), G. Gavin (1-0).
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: J. Rankins (Laois)

June 18
Semi-final
Wexford 4-13 – 2-5 Dublin
C. Kehoe (0-2), M. Quigley (0-1), T. Doran (1-2), N. Buggy (1-3), J. Berry (1-2), D. Quigley (1-3). H. Dalton (0-1), E. Flynn (1-3), V. Holden (1-0), M. Bermingham (0-1).
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

June 25
Semi-final
Kilkenny 5-14 – 5-7 Laois
E. Keher (1-7), M. Brennan (2-2), M. Murphy (1-1), F. Cummins (1-0), J. Kinsella (0-2), M. Crotty (0-2). P. Dillon (2-3), G. Lanham (2-2), G. Cuddy (1-0), F. Keenan (0-2).
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

July 9
Final
Kilkenny 6-13 – 6-13 Wexford
E. Keher (2-5), M. Crotty (1-3), P. Delaney (1-1), K. Purcell (1-1), F. Cummins (1-0), L. O'Brien (0-1), J. Kinsella (0-1), M. Brennan (0-1). M. Quigley (0-1), P. Wilson (0-1), C. Kehoe (1-3), T. Doran (1-2), N. Buggy (1-0), J. Berry (2-1), D. Quigley (1-4), J. Murphy (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

July 30
Final
Replay
Kilkenny 3-16 – 1-14 Wexford
E. Keher (1-8), P. Delaney (1-4), N. Byrne (1-0), J. Kinsella (0-2), P. Henderson (0-1), K. Purcell (0-1). T. Doran (0-5), W. Murphy (0-2), M. Jacob (0-1), M. Quigley (0-1), P. Flynn (0-1), J. Berry (0-1), D. Quigley (0-4).
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: M. Spain (Offaly)

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

May 22
Quarter-final
Cork 3-16 – 4-6 Waterford
C. McCarthy (0-8), D. Collins (1-1), R. Cummins (1-1), S. O'Leary (1-0), J. McCarthy (0-3), D. Coughlan (0-1),M. Malone (0-1), P. Hegarty (0-1). S. Greene (1-0), P. Condy (1-0), J. Whelan (1-0), A. Heffernan (1-0), M. Hickey (0-2),J. Foley (0-2), J. Kirwan (0-1), M. Ormonde (0-1).
Cork Athletic Grounds, Cork
Referee: J. Maloney (Tipperary)

June 25
Semi-final
Cork 3-8 – 3-8 Tipperary
C. McCarthy (1-6), R. Cummins (1-1), S. O'Leary (1-0), M. Malone (0-1). N. O'Dwyer (1-1), J. Flanagan (1-1), R. Ryan (1-1), M. Roche (0-1), L. Gaynor (0-1).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: S. O'Connor (Limerick)

July 2
Semi-final
Clare 3-11 – 2-10 Limerick
T. Ryan (0-7), N. Casey (1-2), M. Keane (1-0), G. Lohan (0-1), J. Cullinan (0-1), J. McNamara (1-0). É. Cregan (1-0), É. Grimes (1-0), B. Hartigan (0-3),A. Dunworth (0-3), W. Moore (0-2), R. Bennis (0-2).
Cusack Park, Ennis
Referee: F. Murphy (Cork)

July 9
Semi-final
Replay
Cork 3-10 – 2-7 Tipperary
G. McCarthy (2-1), M. Malone (1-2), R. Cummins (0-3), C. McCarthy (0-2), C. Roche (0-1), S. O'Leary (0-1). S. Hogan (1-0), M. Coen (1-0), E. Loughnane (0-2), J. Flanagan (0-2), N. O'Dwyer (0-2), M. Roche (0-1).
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: S. O'Connor (Limerick)

July 30
Final
Cork 6-18 – 2-8 Clare
C. McCarthy (2-9), R. Cummins (2-1), S. O'Leary (2-1), G. McCarthy (0-3), J. McCarthy (0-1), D. Coughlan (0-1), M. Malone (0-1), P. Hegarty (0-1). P. McNamara (2-1), J. Cullinan (0-2), J. O'Gorman (0-2), N. Casey (0-2), J. McNamara (0-1).
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: S. O'Grady (Limerick)

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

July 23
Quarter-Final
Galway 7-16 – 4-7 Antrim
T. Ryan (3-1), P. Fahy (0-10), B. O'Connor (1-2), J. Hughes (1-1), M. Greaney (1-0), S. Murphy (0-1), A. Fenlon (1-0), P. Niland (0-1). E. Donnelly (2-3), S. Richmond (1-1), R. McDonnell (1-0), B. McGarry (0-2), A. Hamill (0-1).
Ballycastle GAA Field
Referee: P. Collins (Westmeath)

August 6
Semi-Final
Kilkenny 5-28 – 3-7 Galway
E. Keher (0-17), P. Delaney (2-5), L. O'Brien (1-1), K. Purcell (1-1), J. Kinsella (0-4), N. Byrne (1-0). J. Hughes (2-1), P.J. Molloy (1-0), A. Fenlon (0-2), P. Niland (0-1), E. Murphy (0-1), P. Fahy (0-1), P. Mitchell (0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: N. Dalton (Waterford)

August 6
Semi-Final
Cork 7-20 – 1-12 London
S. O'Leary (3-0), C. McCarthy (1-4), D. Collins (1-3), J. McCarthy (0-6), R. Cummins (1-1), P. Hegarty (1-0), M. Malone (0-2), C. Roche (0-2), S. Looney (0-1), T. O'Brien (0-1). R. Cashin (0-6), T. Connolly (1-1), F. Canning (0-2), P. McDermott (0-1), M. Connors (0-1), A. Smith (0-1).
Cork Athletic Grounds, Cork
Referee: S. Maloney (Tipperary)

September 3
Final
15:15 IST
Kilkenny 3-24 – 5-11 Cork
E. Keher (2-9), L. O'Brien (0-5), F. Cummins (1-0), P. Delaney (0-3), K. Purcell (0-2), M. Crotty (0-2), P. Henderson (0-1), J. Kinsella (0-1), M. Murphy (0-1). R. Cummins (2-3), M. Malone (2-1), S. O'Leary (1-1), C. McCarthy (0-4), C. Roche (0-2).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 66,137
Referee: Mick Spain (Offaly)

Championship statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • Widest winning margin: 27 points
  • Most goals in a match: 12
  • Most points in a match: 35
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 7
  • Most goals scored by a losing team: 5
  • Most points scored by a losing team: 14

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 6-46 64 5 12.8
2 Charlie McCarthy Cork 3-33 42 6 7.0
3 Ray Cummins Cork 7-10 31 6 5.1
4 Seánie O'Leary Cork 8-3 27 6 4.5
5 Pat Delaney Kilkenny 4-13 25 5 5.0

Single game[edit]

Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 0-17 17 Galway
2 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-9 15 Cork
Charlie McCarthy Cork 2-9 15 Clare
4 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-5 11 Wexford
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 1-8 11 Wexford
Pat Delaney Kilkenny 2-5 11 Galway
7 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 1-7 10 Laois
T. Ryan Galway 3-1 10 Antrim
9 Seánie O'Leary Cork 3-0 9 London
Ray Cummins Cork 2-3 9 Kilkenny
Eddie Donnelly Antrim 2-3 9 Galway
Phil Dillon Laois 2-3 9 Kilkenny

Player facts[edit]

Debutantes[edit]

The following players made their début in the 1972 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
Frank Norberg Cork May 22 Waterford Munster semi-final

Retirees[edit]

The following players played their last game in the 1972 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game Début
Frank Norberg Cork September 5 Kilkenny All-Ireland final 1972

Stadia[edit]

The following stadia were used during the championship:

County Stadium
Antrim Ballycastle GAA Field
Clare Cusack Park
Cork Cork Athletic Grounds
Dublin Croke Park
Kilkenny Nowlan Park
Laois O'Moore Park
Limerick Gaelic Grounds
Tipperary Semple Stadium

References[edit]

  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).
  • Nolan, Pat, Flashbacks: A Half Century of Cork Hurling (The Collins Press, 2000).