1973 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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1973 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 13 May - 2 September 1973
All-Ireland Champions
Winning team Limerick (7th win)
Captain Éamonn Grimes
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Kilkenny
Captain Pat Delaney
Provincial Champions
Munster Limerick
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
Top Scorer Richie Bennis (2-25)
Player of the Year Éamonn Grimes
All-Star Team See here
1972
1974

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship 1973 was the 87th series of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, Ireland's premier hurling knock-out competition. Limerick won the championship, beating Kilkenny 1-21 to 1-14 in the final at Croke Park, Dublin.

Format[edit]

Overview[edit]

The All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship of 1973 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 both sides were still level at the end of that game another replay had to take place.

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 two 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 London and Galway, two teams who faced no competition in their respective provinces.

Semi-final: (1 matches) The winner of the lone quarter-final joined the Munster champions to make up the semi-final pairing.

Final: (1 match) The winner of the lone semi-final contested this game with the Leinster champions receiving a bye into the final.

Results[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

First round
Meath 8-9 – 2-9 Carlow

First round
Offaly 4-12 – 3-6 Kildare

Quarter-final
Offaly 3-10 – 3-10 Laois

Quarter-final replay
Laois 3-10 – 5-6 Offaly

Semi-final
Wexford 2-14 – 2-9 Offaly

Semi-final
Kilkenny 2-19 – 2-11 Dublin


August 5
Final
Kilkenny 4-22 – 3-15 Wexford

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

May 20
Quarter-final
Tipperary 1-16 – 2-8 Waterford

June 24
Semi-final
Limerick 3-11 – 3-9 Clare

July 1
Semi-final
Tipperary 5-4 – 1-10 Cork

July 29
Final
Tipperary 2-18 – 6-7 Limerick
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: M. Slattery (Clare)

Quarter-final Semi-finals Munster final
      
          Limerick 3-11  
          Clare 3-9  
            Limerick 6-7
            Tipperary 2-18
          Cork 1-10
 Waterford 2-8      Tipperary 5-4    
 Tipperary 1-16  

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

July 29
Quarter-final
London 4-7 – 3-5 Galway

5 August
Semi-final
Limerick 1-15 – 0-7 London

2 September
Final
Limerick 1-21 – 1-14 Kilkenny
R. Bennis (0-10), M. Dowling (1-1), É. Grimes (0-4), F. Nolan (0-2), N. Rea (0-2), B. Hartigan (0-1), J. McKenna (0-1). C. Dunne (0-7), P. Delaney (1-1), M. Crotty (0-3), L. O'Brien (0-2), M. Brennan(0-1).
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 58,009
Referee: M. Slattery (Clare)

Quarter-final Semi-final All-Ireland final
      
            
            
            Kilkenny 1-14
            Limerick 1-21
          Limerick 1-15
 Galway 3-5      London 0-7    
 London 4-7  

Championship statistics[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Limerick win the Munster title for the first time since 1955.
  • Kilkenny win the Leinster title for the third consecutive year. It is their seventh provincial three-in-a-row.
  • London's win over Galway in the All-Ireland quarter-final is their first championship victory since defeating Cork in the 1901 All-Ireland final.
  • In the All-Ireland semi-final between Limerick and London, a unique situation arose when brothers Ned and Gerry Rea marked one another. Ned was full-forward on the Limerick team while Gerry was at full-back for London.
  • Limerick win the All-Ireland title for the first time since 1940. It was their first time playing Kilkenny in the championship since then.

Player facts[edit]

Debutantes[edit]

The following players made their début in the 1973 championship:

Player Team Date Opposition Game
Jimmy Crampton Tipperary May 20 Waterford Munster quarter-final
Mick Culligan Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Seán Hehir Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Séamus Horgan Limerick June 24 Clare Munster semi-final
Ger Loughnane Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Michael O'Connor Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Noel Ryan Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Tim Ryan Clare June 24 Limerick Munster semi-final
Joe McKenna Limerick June 24 Clare Munster semi-final
John Buckley Cork July 1 Tipperary Munster semi-final
Noel Dunne Cork July 1 Tipperary Munster semi-final
Pat Moylan Cork July 1 Tipperary Munster semi-final
Tom Ryan Limerick July 29 Tipperary Munster final
Brian Cody Kilkenny September 2 Limerick All-Ireland final

Retirees[edit]

The following players played their last game in the 1973 championship:

Player Team Last Game Date Opposition Début
Jimmy Doyle Tipperary Munster quarter-final May 20 Waterford 1957
Mick Culligan Clare Munster semi-final June 24 Limerick 1973
Mick Kilmartin Clare Munster semi-final June 24 Limerick 1971
Michael O'Connor Clare Munster semi-final June 24 Limerick 1973
Tim Ryan Clare Munster semi-final June 24 Limerick 1973
Jimmy Crampton Tipperary July 29 Munster final Waterford 1973
Len Gaynor Tipperary July 29 Munster final Waterford 1973
Christy Jacob Wexford Leinster final August 5 Kilkenny 1966
Éamonn Morrissey Kilkenny Leinster final August 5 Wexford 1972
Martin Coogan Kilkenny All-Ireland final September 2 Limerick 1961
John Kinsella Kilkenny All-Ireland final September 2 Limerick 1967

Sources[edit]

  • Corry, Eoghan, The GAA Book of Lists (Hodder Headline Ireland, 2005).
  • Donegan, Des, The Complete Handbook of Gaelic Games (DBA Publications Limited, 2005).
  • Sweeney, Éamonn, Munster Hurling Legends (The O'Brien Press, 2002).

See also[edit]