John Bennett (hurler)
|Irish name||Seán Binéid|
Blackrock, County Cork, Ireland
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 22:45, 26 April 2015.|
Born in Blackrock, County Cork, Bennett first excelled at hurling in his youth. He arrived on the inter-county scene at the age of twenty-six when he first linked up with the Cork senior team. He made his senior debut during the 1960 championship. Bennett immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen and won one All-Ireland medal and one Munster medal.
As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team on a number of occasions, Bennett ended his career without claiming a Railway Cup medal. At club level he is a two-time championship medallist with Blackrock.
Throughout his career Murphy made 12 championship appearances. His retirement came following the conclusion of the 1968 championship.
Bennett played his club hurling with Blackrock at a time when the club made a comeback at local level. In 1956 he was on the starting fifteen as Blackrock faced Glen Rovers in the decider. A 2-10 to 2-2 victory gave Bennett a first championship medal.
Five years later Bennett secured a second championship medal as Blackrock defeated divisional side Avondhu by 4-10 to 3-7.
Bennett first played for Cork as a member of the senior hurling team. He made his senior championship debut on 31 July 1960 when he came on as a substitute in Cork's 4-13 to 4-11 Munster final defeat by Tipperary.
After a decade in the wilderness Cork bounced back in 1966. A 4-9 to 2-9 defeat of Waterford in the provincial decider gave him his first Munster medal. The subsequent All-Ireland final on 4 September 1966 pitted Kilkenny against Cork for the first time in nineteen years. Kilkenny were the favourites, however, a hat-trick of goals from Colm Sheehan gave Cork a merited 3-9 to 1-10 victory over an Eddie Keher-inspired Kilkenny. Not only was it a first championship for Cork in twelve years, but it was Bennett's first All-Ireland medal.
Bennett retired from inter-county hurling following Cork's exit from the championship in 1968.
- Cork Senior Club Hurling Championship (2): 1956, 1961
- Crowe, Dermot (5 January 2014). "Kings for a day find it hard to repeat trick". Irish Independent. Retrieved 8 April 2015.