Richie Power (hurler born 1985)
|Irish name||Ristéard de Paor|
4 December 1985 |
Carrickshock, County Kilkenny, Ireland
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|* Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 19:04, 30 September 2012.|
Richard "Richie" Power (born 4 December 1985) is an Irish hurler who currently plays as a centre-forward for the Kilkenny senior team. He joined the team during the 2005 championship and immediately became a regular member of the starting fifteen.
Son of former All-Ireland medalist Richie Power, Snr, Power has been one of Kilkenny's top forwards in recent years. He has won six All-Ireland winners' medals, six Leinster winners' medals and two National League winners' medal. He has ended up as an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.
At club level Walsh plays with Carrickshock.
Power plays his club hurling with Carrickshock and has enjoyed much success.
At underage levels he has won back-to-back minor county championship as well as a county under-21B championship.
In 2004 Power won a county intermediate championship medal with Carrickshock following a narrow 0-14 to 1-10 defeat of Mooncoin. He later won a Leinster intermediate winners' medal as Carrickshock defeated St. Patrick's by 2-16 to 0-7 in the inaugural provincial decider. Power's side were subsequently defeated by Kildangan in the All-Ireland decider.
Minor and under-21
Power first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Kilkenny minor hurling team in 2002. He won his first Leinster title that year following a defeat of Wexford and he later lined out in his first minor championship decider. Tipperary provided the opposition on that occasion, however, it was Kilkenny who won the game by 3-15 to 1-7, giving Power a coveted All-Ireland winners' medal.
In 2003 Power added a second Leinster minor medal to his collection before later winning a second consecutive All-Ireland minor medal following a one-point victory over Galway.
Power subsequently moved on to the county under-21 team in 2004. He won a Leinster medal that year following a ten-point trouncing of Wexford before later lining out in the All-Ireland final. Arch rivals Tipperary were the opponents on that occasion, however. 'the Cats' were unstoppable and powered to a 3-21 to 1-6 victory.
2005 saw Power add a second Leinster under-21 medal to his collection, however, 'the Cats' were later defeated by Galway in the All-Ireland final.
In 2006 he won a third consecutive Leinster under-21 title before collecting a second All-Ireland medal after a defeat of Tipperary in a replay at Semple Stadium after a thrilling draw had been played out in Croke Park the previous week.
Power made his senior debut in a pre-season Walsh Cup game against Dublin in early 2005. He was later a key member of the forward line as Kilkenny qualified for the final of the National Hurling League. Clare were the opponents on that occasion, however, they provided little opposition as 'the Cats' secures a huge 3-20 to 0-15 victory and a first National League medal for Power. He later won his first Leinster winners' medal following a 0-22 to 1-16 defeat of Wexford.
In 2006 Power captured a second successive National League medal following a 3-11 to 0-14 victory over Limerick. He later won a second successive Leinster title following another facile victory over Wexford, before lining out in his first senior All-Ireland final. Cork were the opponents and were hoping to capture an elusive third title in-a-row. On the day Kilkenny were far too and secured a 1-16 to 1-13 victory. It was Power's first All-Ireland winners' medal.
Power missed Kilkenny's provincial campaign in 2005 due to a hamstring injury, however, he returned for the All-Ireland series of games. Once again Kilkenny later qualified for the All-Ireland final where, surprisingly, Limerick provided the opposition. Kilkenny got off to a flying start with Eddie Brennan and Henry Shefflin combining to score two goals within the first ten minutes. Kilkenny went on to win the game by 2-19 to 1-15, giving Power a second All-Ireland winners' medal.
2008 saw Kilkenny launch an all-out attack in an attempt to capture a third All-Ireland title in-a-row. The team had an easy passage through the Leinster Championship, with Power collecting his third Leinster winners' medal after a 5-21 to 0-17 defeat of Wexford. The subsequent All-Ireland final saw Kilkenny take on Waterford. It was their first meeting in the championship decider in forty-five years. A classic game of hurling was expected by many, however, Kilkenny started stronger. Two goals by Eddie Brennan after twenty minutes effectively killed the game as ‘the Cats' gave an almost flawless performance to secure an enormous 3-30 to 1-13 victory. It was Power's third All-Ireland winners' medal.
With the three-in-a-row taken care of, 2009 saw Kilkenny set out to break Cork's seemingly unbeatable record of four championship titles in succession, a record which had stood since 1944. The provincial decider saw Kilkenny defeat Dublin by 2-18 to 0-18 after some initial difficulty. It was Power's fourth Leinster medal. The subsequent All-Ireland final saw Tipperary providing the opposition. Two quick goals in the space of a minute, one from a penalty by Henry Shefflin, sealed a 2-22 to 0-23 victory. It was the fourth time in-a-row that the Liam McCarthy Cup was presented to a Kilkenny team. It was also Power's fourth All-Ireland winners' medal.
The 'drive for five' in 2010 saw Power add a fifth Leinster winners' medal to his collection following a 1-19 to 1-12 defeat of new provincial rivals Galway. The subsequent All-Ireland final against Tipperary saw 'the Cats' face a number of injury concerns. A 4-17 to 1-18 defeat ended Kilkenny's dream of five-in-a-row. In spite of this defeat Power later collected his first All-Star award.
In 2011 Kilkenny continued their provincial dominance with Power winning a sixth Leinster winners' medal following a defeat of Dublin. Kilkenny later qualified for a record sixth consecutive All-Ireland final. For the third year in succession Power's side faced Tipperary, however, on this occasion Kilkenny were slight underdogs going up against the new champions. Kilkenny started quickly and never surrendered the lead in the 2-17 to 1-16 victory. It was Power's fifth All-Ireland winners' medal while he later collected a second consecutive All-Star award.
Power sustained a serious knee injury in April 2012 which ruled him out of Kilkenny's National League triumph over Cork. The injury also threatened his championship season, however, he battled back to reclaim his place on the starting fifteen. The Leinster final saw Kilkenny lose their first provincial game in eight years as Galway won by 2-21 to 2-11.
- St. Kieran's College
- All-Ireland Colleges' Senior Hurling Championship (2): 2003, 2004
- Leinster Colleges' Senior Hurling Championship (3): 2002, 2003, 2004
- Leinster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship (1): 2004
- Kilkenny Intermediate Club Hurling Championship (1): 2004
- Kilkenny Under-21 B Club Hurling Championship (1): 2000
- Kilkenny Minor Club Hurling Championship (2): 2001, 2002
- All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship (6): 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
- Leinster Senior Hurling Championship (6): 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
- National Hurling League (3): 2005, 2006, 2012
- All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship (2): 2004, 2006
- Leinster Under-21 Hurling Championship (4): 2004, 2005, 2006
- All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship (2): 2002, 2003
- All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship (3): 2001, 2002, 2003
- All-Stars (2): 2010, 2011
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- "Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13 matchtracker". RTÉ Sport. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2008.
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- "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 4-17 Dublin 1-15". RTÉ Sport. 3 July 2011. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
- "Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16". RTÉ Sport. 4 September 2011. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- "Power could be out for season". Irish Independent. 29 April 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
- "Galway land historic Leinster win". RTÉ Sport. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
|Kilkenny Minor Hurling Captain
|All-Ireland Minor Hurling Final