Ulster Senior Hurling Championship

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Ulster Senior Hurling Championship
Irish Craobh Iomaint Uladh
Founded 1900
Title holders Antrim (54th title)
First winner Antrim
Most titles Antrim (54 titles)

The Ulster Senior Hurling Championship is the premier inter-county "knockout" competition in the game of hurling played in the province of Ulster. The series of games are organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association and are played during the summer months. The Ulster Hurling Final is played in July. The winners are awarded the Liam Harvey Cup.

The 2013 final was won by defending champions Antrim on February 2nd 2014 in Celtic Park, Derry.[1] [2]

Standing of the Ulster Championship[edit]

While the Munster Hurling Championship and the Leinster Hurling Championship are generally held in very high regard, and have produced the vast majority of recent All-Ireland Hurling Champions, the Ulster Championship has not been regarded historically as of a similar standard, and the Ulster champions have entered the All-Ireland Hurling Championship at an earlier round than the Munster and Leinster champions.

This is due to a number of factors, one of which is the dominance of Gaelic football in eight of the nine counties of Ulster. An Ulster team has never won the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, although Antrim were finalists in 1943 and 1989. Antrim have dominated the Ulster Championship throughout its existence, winning the title 52 times to date.

While below the standard of Leinster and Munster hurling, the Ulster championship has been generally of a higher standard than the now discontinued Connacht Senior Hurling Championship. However Galway, by far the strongest team in Connacht, have historically performed much better than any Ulster team, with several All-Ireland titles, and generally recognised as one of the major powers in the sport.

Format[edit]

The Ulster Hurling Championship is run on a knock-out basis in which once a team loses they are eliminated from the competition.

2008 competition[edit]

2008 marked the first tournament since the resumption of the championship to feature all the Ulster counties, with the addition of London bringing the total to ten. The stronger teams (Antrim, Down, Derry, Armagh) have received byes to the later stages to prevent mismatches. Ulster was the only one of the four provinces where all counties entered the Senior Hurling Championship.[3]

2009 competition[edit]

In October 2008, Westmeath, made an application for admission to the 2009 Ulster Senior Hurling Championship.[3][4] This followed the acceptance of Antrim and Galway into the 2009 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship a few weeks early.[4] Westmeath County Hurling Board chairman Billy Foley explained the reason for applying to enter the Ulster Championship were the fact that Westmeath aren't allowed entry to the Leinster Championship at present and having won the Christy Ring Cup twice, found it "extremely difficult to motivate our players" for that particular competition any more.[4] The Ulster Council confirmed their CCCC would discuss the proposal at a meeting on 18 October.[4] However despite early optimism that they would be allowed entry,[4] their application was turned down as the 2009 draw had already been made.[5] The Ulster Council however said they would consider granting Westmeath entry in 2010, if they make a formal application.[5]

Top winners[edit]

County Wins Winning Years
Antrim 54 1900, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1916, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
Derry 4 1902, 1908, 2000, 2001
Down 4 1941, 1992, 1995, 1997
Donegal 3 1906, 1923, 1932
Monaghan 2 1914, 1915

The following teams have featured in Ulster Senior Hurling Championship Finals, but have yet to record a victory.

County Final Appearances Years
Cavan 5 1908, 1926, 1927, 1928, 1936
New York 1 2006
Armagh 2 1946, 2011

Antrim's historic domination (only 3 finals have not featured the county; 1908, 1934 and 2001) has led over time to periods of uncompetitive competitions, and the championship was not played at all between 1950 and 1988. However, there have been periods when this domination has made way for periods of intense rivalry, notably between Antrim and Monaghan in the 1910s, between Antrim and Down in the 1990s, and between Antrim and Derry in the early 2000s

The 2001 Championship was unique in terms of being the only final since the reactivation of the Championship in 1988 which did not feature Antrim, as Derry defeated Down at Casement Park. Equally of note, Antrim have won every final since (albeit one on replay), their longest period of continuous success since 1988.

Roll of honour[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2014[6] Antrim 2-17 Derry 2-16
2013[7] Antrim 4-20 Down 1-17
2012[8] Antrim 3-18 Derry 0-09
2011[9] Antrim 2-20 Armagh 2-12
2010 Antrim 4-22 Down 1-12
2009 Antrim 3-20 Down 4-15
2008 Antrim 3-19 Down 2-15
2007 Antrim 2-24 Down 0-04
2006 Antrim 2-20 New York 1-14
2005 Antrim 2-22 Down 1-18
2004 Antrim 1-15 3-14 Down 1-15 0-18
2003 Antrim 3-21 Derry 1-12
2002 Antrim 3-16 Down 1-18
2001 Derry 1-17 Down 3-10
2000 Derry 4-08 Antrim 0-19
1999 Antrim 2-19 Derry 1-09
1998 Antrim 1-19 Derry 2-13
1997 Down 3-14 Antrim 0-19
1996 Antrim 1-20 Down 2-12
1995 Down 3-07 1-19 Antrim 1-13 2-10
1994 Antrim 1-19 Down 1-13
1993 Antrim 0-24 Down 0-11
1992 Down 2-16 Antrim 0-11
1991 Antrim 3-14 Down 3-10
1990 Antrim 4-11 Down 2-11
1989 Antrim 2-16 Down 0-09
1950–1988 No Competition
1949 Antrim None
1948 Antrim None
1947 Antrim None
1946 Antrim 6-03 Armagh 2-01
1945 Antrim 8-02 Donegal 2-04
1944 Antrim 5-07 7-03 Monaghan 6-04 0-01
1943 Antrim 6-08 Down 2-00
1942 Abandoned
1941 Down 5-03 Antrim 2-05
1940 Antrim 4-04 Down 1-03
1939 Antrim 9-08 Down 4-02
1938 Antrim 3-05 Donegal 2-02
1937 Antrim 6-07 Donegal 3-02
1936 Antrim 2-10 Cavan 3-02
1935 Antrim 7-09 Donegal 0-03
1934 Down 3-04 Donegal 2-02
1933 Antrim 1-07 Donegal 2-01
1932 Donegal 5-04 Antrim 4-05
1931 Antrim 4-10 Derry 0-01
1930 Antrim 10-04 Down 2-00
1929 Antrim * Donegal
1928 Antrim 4-05 Cavan 1-01
1927 Antrim 5-04 Cavan 3-03
1926 Antrim 4-03 Cavan 3-01
1925 Antrim 5-04 Donegal 4-05
1924 Antrim 5-03 Donegal 4-00
1923 Donegal 7-01 Antrim 3-00
1922 No competition
1921 No competition
1920 No competition
1919 No competition
1918 No competition
1917 No competition
1916 Antrim 3-01 Monaghan 1-01
1915 Monaghan 1-05 Antrim 1-02
1914 Monaghan 2-00 4-03 Antrim 2-00 1-00
1913 Antrim 3-03 Monaghan 0-00
1912 Antrim Monaghan
1911 Antrim Monaghan
1910 Antrim Donegal
1909 Antrim Monaghan
1908 Derry 2-08 Cavan 0-02
1907 Antrim 4-17 Derry 0-06
1906 Donegal 5-21 Antrim 0-01
1905 No record
1904 Antrim Not known
1903 Antrim 2-04 Donegal 0-05
1902 Derry 2-07 Antrim 2-05
1901 Antrim * Derry
1900 Antrim None
  • 1929 Antrim declared champions - Donegal disqualified
  • 1901 Antrim defeated Derry 41 points to 12 points - exact score not given

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://ulster.gaa.ie/2014/02/antrim-collect-ulster-hurling-title/
  2. ^ http://www.gaa.ie/gaa-news-and-videos/daily-news/1/2201141325-counties-committed-to-playing-2013-ulster-final/
  3. ^ a b "Westmeath hurlers seek Ulster entry". RTÉ. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Crossan, Brendan; Liam Horan (17 October 2008). "Westmeath seek a way into Ulster". The Irish News. p. 64. 
  5. ^ a b "Westmeath suffer Ulster setback". BBC Sport Online. 21 October 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2008. 
  6. ^ "McKernan's late strike ensures Antrim retain stranglehold on Ulster". Irish independent. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 44 July 2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ "Ulster SHC final: 139 see Antrim retain crown". Hogan Stand. 2 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Antrim stroll to Ulster SHC win". RTE. 8 July 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Antrim forced to dig deep". Irish Examiner. 4 July 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2013.