2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates 27 April 2014 — 7 September 2014
Teams 15
All-Ireland Champions
Provincial Champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Kilkenny
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played 30
Goals total 95 (3.16 per game)
Points total 1111 (37.03 per game)
Top Scorer Paul Shiels (1-56)
All-Star Team See here
2013
2015

The 2014 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship is the 127th staging of the All-Ireland championship since its establishment in 1887. The draw for the 2014 fixtures took place on 3 October 2013.[1][2] The championship began on 27 April 2014 and is scheduled to end on 7 September 2014. Clare entered the 2014 Championship as defending champions.[3]

On 7 June 2014 Kilkenny versus Offaly was broadcast on Sky Sports, the first time a Championship fixture was broadcast live to a UK-wide audience.[4][5] British viewers were reported to have been "amazed and confused [...] bemused but impressed [...] amused and confounded" after catching a glimpse of the teatime action.[6][7][8]

Teams[edit]

All teams from the 2013 championship continued to line out in hurling's top tier in 2014.

On 23 March 2013, the GAA's annual Congress adopted a proposal from the Central Competition Controls Committee (CCCC) which sought to introduce a round-robin qualifying group in Leinster for five designated counties.

Ten counties competed in the 2013 Leinster championship; however, the CCCC proposal decreased the Leinster competition to a field of five regulars, namely Kilkenny, Dublin, Wexford, Offaly and Galway, alongside two more from a round-robin qualifying group featuring Laois, Westmeath, Carlow, London and Antrim. These five teams each played four games, with the top two qualifying for the Leinster Championship quarter-finals. The fourth-placed team met the winner of the Christy Ring Cup in a promotion/relegation play-off. The bottom county faced automatic relegation to the Christy Ring Cup.[9][10]

Team summaries[edit]

Personnel and kits[edit]

Team Colours Sponsor Captain Vice-captain(s) Manager(s) Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial League
Antrim Saffron and white Creagh Concrete Neil McManus Kevin Ryan 2013
Carlow Red, green and yellow Dan Morrissey Ltd. Edward Coady John Meyler
Clare Saffron and blue Pat O'Donnell Patrick Donnellan Davy Fitzgerald 2013 1998 1977–78
Cork Red and white Chill Insurance Patrick Cronin Jimmy Barry-Murphy 2005 2014 1998
Dublin Navy and blue AIG John McCaffrey Anthony Daly 1938 2013 2011
Galway Maroon and white Supermac's Joe Canning[11] David Burke Anthony Cunningham 1988 2012 2010
Kilkenny Black and amber Glanbia Lester Ryan Brian Cody 2012 2014 2014
Laois Blue and white MW Hire Services Matthew Whelan Séamus Plunkett 1915 1949
Limerick Green and white Sporting Limerick Donal O'Grady T. J. Ryan 1973 2013 1997
London Green and white Bewley's Hotels Tommy Harrell 1901
Offaly Green, white and gold Carroll Cuisine Joe Bergin Brian Whelehan 1998 1995 1990–91
Tipperary Blue and gold Škoda Auto Brendan Maher[12] Noel McGrath Eamon O'Shea 2010 2012 2008
Waterford White and blue 3 Michael "Brick" Walsh[13] Jake Dillon Derek McGrath 1959 2010 2007
Westmeath Maroon and white Renault Eoin Price Brian Hanley
Wexford Purple and Gold Gain Garrett Sinnott Liam Dunne 1996 2004 1972–73

Broadcasting[edit]

In the first year of a deal running from 2014 until 2016, a total of 45 provincial and All-Ireland championship matches in hurling and football were broadcast live on television in Ireland.[14][15] A total of 31 games will be shown by RTÉ and 14 by Sky Sports for the first time. TV3's six year-involvement with broadcasting games came to an end in 2013. Sky Sports will also broadcast live the All-Ireland Hurling and Football semi-finals and finals along with RTE. [16][17][18][19][20][21]

The first game to be broadcast by Sky Sports was the Leinster quarter-final between Kilkenny and Offaly in Nowlan Park on Saturday 7 June.[22][23] Rachel Wyse and Brian Carney were announced as presenters of Sky's coverage, with Dave McIntyre and Mike Finnerty as commentators.[24] Analysts for the hurling championship were Jamesie O'Connor and Nicky English.[25][26]

In May, the GAA and RTÉ launched a new streaming service called GAAGO intended to stream championship games worldwide.[27] The subscription-based service will be available to fans everywhere in the world outside of the island of Ireland, including all the games broadcast in Ireland exclusively by Sky Sports.[28] All 45 televised games from the football and hurling championships, as broadcast by both RTÉ and Sky will be available to watch on GAAGO.[29] For Great Britain, the games broadcast by Sky will only be available through Sky. The price for a worldwide GAAGO 'Season Pass' is €110 while in Britain, the GB Pass will be €60. A pay-per-game option is available for €10, and this will rise to €14 for the quarter-final, semi-final and final stages of the championship.[30]

Despite massive interest in the Leinster hurling semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Galway on 28 June, the game will not be shown live on television. The throw in time is fixed for 7.00pm and Sky Sports are already covering the Ulster football semi-final between Monaghan and Armagh with the GAA's television contracts preventing live television coverage of two championship games at the same time.[31][32]

These matches were broadcast live on television in Ireland

Round RTÉ Sky Sports
Munster Championship Cork vs Waterford
Cork vs Waterford (replay shown online only)
Limerick vs Tipperary
Cork vs Clare
Cork vs Limerick

Leinster Championship Galway vs Kilkenny

Offaly vs Kilkenny
Wexford vs Dublin
Qualifiers Clare vs Wexford
Clare vs Wexford (Replay)
Tipperary vs Galway
Tipperary vs Offaly
Wexford vs Waterford
Quarter-Finals Tipperary vs Dublin
Semi-Finals
Final

Fixtures[edit]

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Qualifying group[edit]

Team Pld W D L SF SA SD Pts
1 Antrim 4 4 0 0 3-80 5-55 19 8
2 Laois 4 3 0 1 4-70 1-61 18 6
3 Carlow 4 1 1 2 3-62 6-66 -13 3
4 Westmeath 4 1 0 3 6-41 2-64 -11 2
5 London 4 0 1 3 5-52 7-59 -13 1
Green background (rows 1 and 2) are positions that earn a place in the quarter-final
stages of the Leinster Championship. Blue background (row 4) indicates the team that
will be placed in a playoff with a team from the Christy Ring Cup to avoid relegation.
Red background (row 5) will be relegated, and will play in the Christy Ring Cup the
following season.

Promotion play-off[edit]

Knock-out[edit]

Quarter-final Semi-finals Leinster final
 Laois 0-23  
 Galway 1-22      Galway
(R)
5-16
1-17
 
 Kilkenny 5-32      Kilkenny
(R)
3-22
3-19
 
 Offaly 1-18        Kilkenny 0-24
            Dublin 1-09
          Wexford 1-14
 Antrim 0-21      Dublin 0-22    
 Wexford 5-19  

Munster Senior Hurling Championship[edit]

Quarter-final Semi-finals Munster final
      
          Tipperary 2-16  
          Limerick 2-18  
            Limerick 0-24
            Cork 2-24
          Clare 2-18
 Waterford 1-21
0-14
     Cork 2-23    
 Cork 1-21
0-28
 

All-Ireland qualifiers[edit]

Round 1[edit]

Round 2[edit]

All-Ireland series[edit]

Quarter Finals Semi Finals Final
 Tipperary  
 Dublin      Cork  
            
            
            
          Kilkenny
 Limerick          
 Wexford  

Quarter-finals[edit]

27 July 2014
2.00pm
Quarter-final
Limerick v Wexford
Semple Stadium
Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

27 July 2014
4.00pm
Quarter-final
Tipperary v Dublin
Semple Stadium
Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

Semi-finals[edit]

10 August 2014
Semi-final
Kilkenny v Limerick / Wexford

17 August 2014
Semi-final
Cork v Tipperary / Dublin

Final[edit]

7 September 2014
15:30
Final
v

Statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

  • First goal of the championship:
  • Widest winning margin: 26 points
  • Most goals in a match: 8
  • Most points in a match: 50
  • Most goals by one team in a match: 5
  • Highest aggregate score: 68
  • Lowest aggregate score: 26
  • Most goals scored by a losing team: 4

Top scorers[edit]

Overall
Rank Player County Tally Total Matches Average
1 Paul Shiels Antrim 1-56 59 6 9.83
2 Patrick Horgan Cork 2-41 47 4 11.75
3 T. J. Reid Kilkenny 3-35 44 4 11.00
4 Séamus Callanan Tipperary 5-23 38 3 12.66
Paul Morris Wexford 1-35 38 5 7.60
6 Stephen Maher Laois 1-34 37 6 6.16
7 Conor Cooney Galway 2-29 35 4 8.75
8 Pauric Mahony Waterford 0-34 34 4 8.50
9 Eoin Kelly London 1-30 33 4 8.25
Brian Carroll Offaly 2-27 33 3 11.00
Single game
Rank Player County Tally Total Opposition
1 Séamus Callanan Tipperary 3-8 17 Galway
Patrick Horgan Cork 2-11 17 Clare
T. J. Reid Kilkenny 2-11 17 Galway
4 Séamus Callanan Tipperary 2-10 16 Offaly
5 Shane Dowling Limerick 2-9 15 Tipperary
6 Conor Cooney Galway 2-7 13 Kilkenny
Paul Shiels Antrim 1-10 13 London
Brian Carroll Offaly 1-10 13 Kilkenny
Brian Carroll Offaly 0-13 13 Tipperary
10 Paul Shiels Antrim 0-12 12 Westmeath
Stephen Maher Laois 0-12 12 Carlow
Patrick Horgan Cork 0-12 12 Waterford
Colin Ryan Clare 0-12 12 Wexford

Clean sheets[edit]

Rank Goalkeeper County Clean sheets
1 Eoin Reilly Laois 3
2 Peter Collins Westmeath 2
Mark Fanning Wexford
Anthony Nash Cork
4 Chris O'Connell Antrim 1
Stephen O'Keeffe Waterford
Alan Nolan Dublin

Discipline[edit]

  • First red card of the championship: Aaron Craig for Westmeath against Antrim (27 April 2014)

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Limerick's 2-18 to 2-16 Munster semi-final defeat of Tipperary is their first victory over their near neighbours at Semple Stadium since 1973.
  • Kilkenny's tally of 5-32, or 47 points, is the biggest score the Cats have posted in a championship match under Brian Cody's tenure as manager.[33]

Controversies[edit]

Involvement of the British Sky Broadcasting Group[edit]

The decision by the GAA to grant access to satellite broadcasting company BSkyB of Championship hurling was criticised in some quarters.[34] The first attempt by Sky Sports to cover live televised hurling - a Leinster Championship encounter between Kilkenny and Offaly - drew an audience share of less than 10 per cent of that which tuned into the free-to-air Dublin/Laois encounter at Croke Park the following day.[35] In addition, the match was erroneously billed in advance by Sky as a "Connacht GAA football" game.[36]

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