2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final

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2009 Munster Senior Hurling Final
2009 Munster Final.jpg
Event 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship
Date 12 July 2009
Venue Semple Stadium, Thurles
Man of the Match John Mullane (Waterford)
Referee John Sexton (Cork)
Attendance 40,330

The 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final was a hurling match played on 12 July 2009 at Semple Stadium, Thurles, County Tipperary. It was contested by Tipperary and Waterford. Tipperary claimed their third Munster Championship of the decade, beating Waterford on a scoreline of 4-14 to 2-16, a 4 point winning margin.[1] Overall, this was Tipperary's thirty eighth Munster Senior Hurling Championship.[2]

Previous Munster Final encounters[edit]

Previous to this encounter, the teams had met each other in six Munster Hurling Finals, with Tipperary edging the rivalry with four wins in comparison to Waterford's two wins. The most recent Munster Final involving both teams was in 2002 with Waterford winning on a scoreline of 2-23 to 3-12. The match was notable for the fact that Waterford won their first Munster Championship in thirty nine years.[3]

Date Venue Tipperary
Match report
23 August 1925 Fraher Field, Dungarvan 6-06 (24) 1-02 (5)
6 July 1958 Semple Stadium, Thurles 4-12 (24) 1-05 (8)
5 August 1962 Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 5-14 (29) 2-03 (9)
28 July 1963 Gaelic Grounds, Limerick 0-08 (8) 0-11 (11)
2 July 1989 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 0-26 (26) 2-08 (14) Irish Times
30 June 2002 Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork 3-12 (21) 2-23 (29) Irish Examiner

GAA 125th Anniversary[edit]

Special events were held in Thurles to mark the 125th anniversary of the GAA on the weekend of the match.[4][5] Most notable of these special events was a torch procession from the birthplace of Michael Cusack, Carran, County Clare to Hayes' Hotel in Thurles (founding place of the GAA). On the day of the match, the torch was brought from Hayes' Hotel to Semple Stadium. The torch was brought onto the pitch by former Tipperary hurler, Jimmy Doyle.

Team selection[edit]

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy named an unchanged team from the semi final win over Clare for the Munster Senior Hurling Championship final clash with Waterford.[6] For Waterford, Tony Browne came in at wing-back for Richie Foley, Aidan Kearney took Kevin Moran's spot on the other wing. Moran moved to midfield to allow Stephen Molumphy switch to centre forward.[7]

Match details[edit]

12 July
Munster Final
Tipperary 4-14 - 2-16 Waterford
L. Corbett 2-2
E. Kelly 1-3
S. Callanan 1-1
N. McGrath 0-3
P. Kerwick 0-1
C. O'Mahony 0-1
S. McGrath 0-1
J. O'Brien 0-1
B. Dunne 0-1
(Report) E. Kelly 1-7
J. Mullane 1-5
S. Molumphy 0-2
D. Shanahan 0-1
R. Foley 0-1
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: J. Sexton (Cork)
1 Brendan Cummins
2 Paddy Stapleton
3 Paul Curran Substituted off 35'
4 Conor O'Brien
5 Declan Fanning
6 Conor O'Mahony Booked   
7 Pádraic Maher
8 James Woodlock Substituted off 46'
9 Shane McGrath
10 Pat Kerwick Substituted off 56'
11 Séamus Callanan
12 John O'Brien Substituted off 69'
13 Noel McGrath
14 Eoin Kelly Booked Substituted off 35'
15 Lar Corbett
16 Darren Gleeson
17 Pa Bourke
18 Éamonn Buckley
19 Michael Cahill
20 John Devane
21 Benny Dunne Substituted in 46'
22 Seamus Hennessy   
23 Paul Kelly
24 Brendan Maher Substituted in 35'
25 Patrick Maher
26 Hugh Maloney Booked Substituted in 56'
27 Gearóid Ryan
28 Willie Ryan (c) Substituted in 35'
29 Thomas Stapleton
30 Micheál Webster Substituted in 69'
Liam Sheedy
1 Clinton Hennessy
2 Eoin Murphy
3 Declan Prendergast
4 Noel Connors
5 Tony Browne Booked   
6 Michael Walsh
7 Aidan Kearney
8 Kevin Moran Substituted off 45'
9 Shane O'Sullivan
10 Seamus Prendergast Substituted off 55'
11 Stephen Molumphy (c)   
12 Jamie Nagle Substituted off 45'
13 John Mullane
14 Eoin Kelly
15 Jack Kennedy Substituted off 27'
16 Adrian Power
17 Richie Foley Substituted in 45'
18 Dan Shanahan Substituted in 27'
19 Eoin McGrath Substituted in 45'
20 Maurice Shanahan Substituted in 55'
21 Jerome Maher
22 James Murray
23 Shane Walsh
24 Shane Casey
25 Thomas Ryan
26 Mark O'Brien
27 John Hurney
28 Thomas Connors
29 Shane Fives
30 Bryan Phelan
Davy FitzGerald

Man of the Match:
John Mullane

Barry Kelly (Westmeath)
Anthony Stapleton (Laois)

Sideline Official
David Hughes (Carlow)

Michael Copps
John Wall
Richard Troy
Michael O'Kelly

Post-match reaction[edit]

Waterfor manager Davy FitzGerald was unhappy with his teams defending before half time, "the goal before half-time, and the one after, were bad errors, mistakes we made, But fair play to Tipp, they were in control of the game for a lot of it. Tipp have been coming a long time. And they’ll be hard beaten. Their work ethic is very good. You can’t make mistakes and expect to win" he said.[8]

Tipperary manager Liam Sheedy conceded that Waterford outhurled Tipperary for much of the Final, "We’re down to the last four and we’re delighted to be there, We have to be fair and honest, Waterford outhurled us for long patches and we were tipping the odd point here and there, Overall, we came here to win, we’ve won and we’re delighted to be back in Croke Park" he said.[9] Midfielder Shane McGrath claimed that Tipperary are a more rounded team than in 2008, "I think we're more of a team this year than last year - we train a lot harder, we've put in a lot more. We're a closer team, You don't win anything unless you're a close team and friends. At the end of the day, we're all friends and we'll all plug away for each other" he said.[10]


  1. ^ "Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16". RTÉ Sport. 12 July 2009. Archived from the original on 31 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Classy Corbett Tipps the scales". Irish Independent. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Munster Senior Hurling Championship Final - Tipperary vs. Waterford - Previous Meetings". Tipperary.gaa.ie. 12 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "125th Anniversary Celebrations - Munster SHC Final Weekend". Munster.gaa.ie. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Thurles gears up for massive influx as rivals shape up for hurling showdown". Irish Times. 11 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tipperary unchanged for final". Setanta Sports. 9 July 2009. Archived from the original on 31 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Browne returns for new-look Waterford". Irish Independent. 10 July 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "'We're more of a team this year than we were last year'". Irish Times. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Sheedy: Waterford outhurled us at times". Setanta Sports. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ "McGrath identifies Tipp improvement". RTÉ Sport. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 20 July 2009. 

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