2008–09 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship

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All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship 2008–09
Championship Details
Dates 12 October – 17 March
Teams 16
All Ireland Champions
Winners Portumna (3rd win)
Captain Ollie Canning
Manager Johnny Keane
All Ireland Runners-up
Runners-up De La Salle
Captain John Mullane
Manager Owen Dunphy
Provincial Champions
Munster De La Salle
Leinster Ballyhale Shamrocks
Ulster Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
Connacht Not Played
Championship Statistics
Matches Played 15

The 2008–09 All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship was the 39th since the establishment of the competition by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1970–71. The first matches of the season were played on 12 October 2008 and the championship ended on 17 March 2009. Portumna went into the 2008 championship as defending champions, having won their second All-Ireland title the previous year.

The championship culminated with the All-Ireland final, held at Croke Park, Dublin. The match was contested by Portumna and De La Salle. It was their first meeting in the final. Portumna won the game by 2–24 to 1–8. It was their second All-Ireland title in succession and an unprecedented third in four years.

Format[edit]

The 2008–09 club championship was played on a straight knock-out basis. Each of the sixteen participating counties enter their respective club champions. The format of the competition was as follows:

Sixteen county club champions participated in the 2008–09 championship. These counties were as follows:

Provincial Championships

The Leinster, Munster and Ulster championships were played as usual on a straight knock-out basis. The three respective champions from these provinces advanced directly to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

All-Ireland Series

Semi-finals: (2 matches) The Munster champions played the Ulster champions while the Leinster champions played the champions of Galway. The Galway club champions enter the competition at this stage due to the absence of a provincial club championship in Connacht.

Participating clubs[edit]

Team Colours County Most recent success
All-Ireland Provincial County
Adare Limerick 2007
Ballyboden St. Enda's Dublin 2007
Ballygalget Down 2005 2005
Ballyhale Shamrocks Kilkenny 2007 2007 2007
Birr Offaly 2003 2007 2007
Clonlara Clare 1919
De La Salle Waterford
Keady Lámh Dhearg Armagh 2007
Kevin Lynch's Derry 2007
Portumna Galway 2008 2007 2007
Ruairí Óg, Cushendall Antrim 2006 2006
Raharney Westmeath 2006
Rathdowney Laois 2006
Sarsfield's Cork 1957
St. Martin's Wexford 1999
Toomevara Tipperary 2006 2006

Fixtures[edit]

Ulster Senior Club Hurling Championship[edit]

2008-10-12
Semi-final
Ballygalget 4–13 – 0–12 Keady Lámh Dhearg
A Dynes (0–1), B Coulter (0–2), G Flynn (0–1), M Og Coulter (2–1), Steven Clarke (2–3, 0–1 free), Paddy Coulter (0–3), E Clarke (0–1, a '65'), J McGrattan (0–1, free). (report) F McMullan (0–1), G Enright (0–3, 0–1 free), P McCormack (0–2, 0–1 free), P Breen (0–6, 0–5 frees).
Casement Park, Belfast
Referee: J. Devlin (Tyrone)

2008-10-12
Semi-final
Ruairí Óg, Cushendall 3–11 – 2–8 Kevin Lynch's
S Delargy (0–4), K McKeegan (0–1), D McNaughton (0–1), P McGill (1–2, 0–1 free), A Delargy (0–1); S McNaughton (2–2, 0–1 sideline cut). (report) P Sweeney (0–1), C Herron (1–0, pen), K Hinphey (0–1), F McGuigan (0–1), F Kelly (1–0), R O'Kane (0–3, all frees), G McGonigle (0–1, free)
Casement Park, Belfast
Referee: D. Magee (Down)

2008-10-19
Final
Ruairí Óg, Cushendall 1–14 – 1–13 Ballygalget
S Delargy (0–1), P McGill (0–6, 0–4 frees, 0–1 pen), A Delargy (0–1); S McNaughton (0–3), N McManus (0–1), C McCambridge (1–1), B McNaughton (0–1). (report) P Monan (0–1, sideline cut), S Clarke (0–2); M Og Coulter (0–10, 0–8 frees), P Coulter (1–0)
Casement Park, Belfast
Referee: M Mulholland (Derry)

Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship[edit]

2008-11-02
Quarter-final
Ballyhale Shamrocks 1–18 – 1–11 Rathdowney
J “Cha” Fitzpatrick (0–2, one free), M Fennelly (0–1); H Shefflin (0–8, five frees), TJ Reid (0–5); P Reid (0–1), E Reid (1–0), D Hoyne (0–1). (report) B Campion (0–5, four frees, one 65), S Dollard (0–1), E Meagher (0–1, a free), E Holohan (0–1), J Phelan (1–3).
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

2008-11-08
Quarter-final
Birr 1–17 – 0–8 Ballyboden St. Enda's
S Whelahan (0–6, 0–4 frees), S Brown (1–1, 0–1 free), G Hanniffy (0–3), D Hayden (0–2), B Whelahan (0–2), S Ryan (0–2), B Lonergan (0–1). (report) David Curtin (0–3, 0–2 65's & 0–1 free), Paul Ryan (0–2, 0–1 free), Conal Keaney (0–1), Mick Griffin (0–1), Dave O'Connor (0–1).
Parnell Park, Dublin
Referee: D Murphy (Wexford)

2008-11-16
Semi-final
Birr 2–19 – 2–15
AET
St. Martin's
S Whelahan 0-9f, D Molloy, S Ryan 1–0 each, G Hanniffy, P Cleary (0-1f, 0–2 '65s) 0–3 each, R Hanniffy 0–2, B Lonergan, P O'Meara 0–1 each. (report) P Kelly 2–0, D Lyng 0–6 (0-4f), B Lambert 0–4, E Quigley, T Waters 0–2 each, C Lyng 0–1.
O'Connor Park, Tullamore
Referee: D Connolly (Kilkenny)

2008-11-16
Semi-final
Ballyhale Shamrocks 0–26 – 0–9 Raharney
B Aylward (0–1); J 'Cha' Fitzpatrick (0–2), M Fennelly (0–3), H Shefflin (0–10, seven frees), TJ Reid (0–2); E Reid (0–6), D Hoyne (0–1), T Coogan (0–1). (report) B Connaughton (0–2 frees); F Boyle (0–1), J Shaw (0–4, 0–3 frees), B Keogh (0–2).
Cusack Park, Mullingar
Referee: E Morris (Dublin)

2008-11-30
Final
Ballyhale Shamrocks 2–13 – 0–11 Birr
H. Shefflin 0–7 (0–5 frees); TJ Reid and E. Reid 1–1 each; M. Aylward 0–2; C. Fennelly and M. Fennelly 0–1 each. (report) S. Whelahan 0–7 (frees); Brian Whelahan 1–1; P. O’Meara 0–2; D. Hayden 0–1.
Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
Referee: F Smith (Meath)

Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship[edit]

2008-11-02
Quarter-final
Sarsfield's 0–26 – 0–10 Clonlara
P Ryan 0–14 (0–11 frees); C McCarthy 0–5 (0–1 pen); E O’Driscoll 0–3; T Óg Murphy, M Cussen 0–2 each. (report) D Madden 0–6 (0–5 frees); C O’Donovan, T O’Donovan, J Conlon, T Lynch 0–1 each.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

2008-11-16
Semi-final
De La Salle 0–18 – 0–16 Sarsfield's
J. Mullane 0–5; B. Phelan 0–5 (0–2 frees, 0–1 ‘65); J. Quirke 0–4 frees; C. Watt 0–2; D. Twomey and P. Nevin 0–1 each. (report) P. Ryan 0–6 frees; M. Cussen 0–4; K. Murphy 0–3; R. Murphy, D. Kearney and D. Roche 0–1 each.
Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork
Referee: D. O’Driscoll (Limerick)

2008-11-16
Semi-final
Adare 1–11 – 0–10 Toomevara
C. Fitzgerald 0–6 (0–4 frees, 0–1 65); L. Costello 1–0; D. Sheehan 0–2; D. Sexton 0–2; M. Foley 0–1. (report) K. Dunne 0–3 (all frees); W. Ryan 0–2; F. Devanney 0–2; J. McLoughney 0–2 (0–1 free, 0–1 65); J. O’Brien 0–1.
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: D. Kirwan (Cork)

2008-11-30
Final
De La Salle 1–9 – 0–10 Adare
J. Mullane 1–2; B. Phelan 0–3 (0–2 frees); J. Quirke 0–3 (all frees); S. Prendergast 0–1. (report) L. Costello 0–3; C. Fitzgerald 0–3 (all frees); A. O’Connell 0–2; D. Sexton, D. Sheehan, 0–1 each.
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: J. Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla)

All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship[edit]

2009-02-22
Semi-final
14:30 BST
De La Salle 1–21 – 1–19
AET
Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
B Phelan 0–6 (4f, 2 sideline); J Mullane 0–5; D Twomey 1–0; L Hayes 0–3; P Nevin 0–2; J Quirke, D McGrath, S Daniels D Greene & B Farrell 0–1 each. (report) K McKeegan 0–5 (5f); C McCambridge (1f) and N McManus, 0–4 each; S McNaughton 1–1; A Delargy 0–3; A Graffin & S Delargy 0–1 each.
Parnell Park, Dublin
Referee: E Morris (Dublin)

2009-02-22
Semi-final
14:30 BST
Ballyhale Shamrocks 1–16 – 5–11 Portumna
H. Shefflin 0–10 (0–7 frees, 0–2 65’s); E. Reid 1–0; M. Aylward 0–2; C. Fennelly 0–2; TJ Reid (s/l), D. Hoyne, 0–1 each. (report) J. Canning 2–5 (1–0 pen., 0–2 65’s, 0–1 free, 0–1 s/l); D. Hayes 2–1; C. Ryan 1–0; K. Hayes 0–2; A. Smith, N. Hayes, L. Smith, 0–1 each.
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Attendance: 10,726
Referee: J. Ryan (Tipperary)

2009-03-17
Final
14:30 BST
Portumna 2–24 – 1–8 De La Salle
D Hayes 2–2; J Canning 0–9 (0–7 frees, 0–1 s/l); N Hayes 0–5; K Hayes 0–2; A Smith 0–2; D Canning, M Ryan, E Lynch, L Smith, 0–1 each (report) P Nevin 1–0; B Phelan 0–2 (frees); T Kearney 0–2; S Brenner (pen), J Mullane, D Russell, J Quirke (free), 0–1 each
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: J. McGrath (Westmeath)
Portumna
De La Salle
PORTUMNA:
GK 1 Ivan Canning
RCB 2 Martin Dolphin
FB 3 Eugene McEntee Substituted off 60'
LCB 4 Ollie Canning (c)
RWB 5 Gareth Heagney Substituted off 59'
CB 6 Míchéal Ryan
LWB 7 Aidan Donnelly Substituted off 60'
M 8 Eoin Lynch
M 9 Leo Smith Substituted off 59'
RWF 10 Niall Hayes
CF 11 Kevin Hayes
LWF 12 Andrew Smith
RCF 13 Damien Hayes
FF 14 Joe Canning
LCF 15 Ciarán Ryan Substituted off 56'
Substitutes:
LCF Davy Canning Substituted in 56'
RWB Michael Gill Substituted in 59'
MD Peter Smith Substituted in 59'
LCB John O'Flaherty Substituted in 60'
LWB Pierce Treacy Substituted in 60'
DE LA SALLE:
GK 1 Stephen Brenner
RCB 2 Alan Kelly
FB 3 Ian Flynn
LCB 4 Michael Doherty
RWB 5 Darren Russell
CB 6 Kevin Moran
LWB 7 Stephen Daniels
M 8 Bryan Phelan
M 9 Conor Watt Substituted off 57'
RWF 10 Paudie Nevin
CF 11 Derek McGrath Substituted off 18'
LWF 12 Lee Hayes Substituted off 11'
RCF 13 Dean Twomey Substituted off 57'
FF 14 John Mullane (c)
LCF 15 David Greene
Substitutes:
RCF Brian Farrell Substituted in 11' Substituted off 30'
CF Thomas Kearney Substituted in 18'
RCF James Quirke Substituted in 30'
MD Alan O'Neill Substituted in 57'
RCF Dermot Dooley Substituted in 57'

MATCH RULES

  • 60 minutes
  • Replay if scores level
  • Maximum of 5 substitutions

Championship statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

Season[edit]

Rank Player Club Tally Total Matches Average
1 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 0–35 35 4 8.75
2 Simon Whelahan Birr 0–22 22 3 7.33
3 Pat Ryan Sarsfield's 0–20 20 2 10
Joe Canning Portumna 2–14 20 2 10
5 John Mullane Ballygalget 2–11 17 2 8.5

Single game[edit]

Rank Player Club Tally Total Opposition
1 Pat Ryan Sarsfield's 0–14 14 Clonlara
2 Joe Canning Portumna 2–5 11 Ballyhale Shamrocks
3 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 0–10 10 Portumna
Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 0–10 10 Raharney
Martin Óg Coulter Ballygalget 0–10 10 Ruairí Óg, Cushendall
6 Joe Canning Portumna 0–9 9 De La Salle
Steven Clarke Ballygalget 2–3 9 Keady Lámh Dhearg
Simon Whelahan Birr 0–9 9 St. Martin's
9 Damien Hayes Portumna 2–2 8 De La Salle
Shane McNaughton Ruairí Óg, Cushendall 2–2 8 Kevin Lynch's
Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 0–8 8 Rathdowney

Referees[edit]

The following referees were used during the championship:

Name County Games
James McGrath Westmeath 1
Diarmuid Kirwan Cork 1
Declan O'Driscoll Limerick 1
Johnny Ryan Tipperary 3
F. Smith Meath 1
Éamonn Moris Dublin 2
Dommo Connolly Kilkenny 1
Dickie Murphy Wexford 1
Barry Kelly Westmeath 1
Martin Mulholland Derry 1
Declan Magee Down 1
John Devlin Tyrone 1

Stadia[edit]

The following stadia were used during the championship:

County Stadium Capacity
Dublin Croke Park 82,300
Tipperary Semple Stadium 55,000
Limerick Gaelic Grounds 50,000
Cork Páirc Uí Chaoimh 43,500
Antrim Casement Park 32,600
Kilkenny Nowlan Park 30,000
Offaly O'Connor Park 20,000
Westmeath Cusack Park 15,000
Dublin Parnell Park 13,500
Preceded by
Championship 2007–08
All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship
2008–09
Succeeded by
Championship 2009–10