1961–62 National Hurling League

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1961–62 National Hurling League
League details
Dates15 October 1961 – 6 May 1962
Teams20
League champions
Other division winners
Division 2Kerry

The 1961-62 National Hurling League was the 31st season of the National Hurling League.

Division 1[edit]

National Hurling League Division 1
Season1961-62
ChampionsKilkenny
2nd National League title
Captain: Alfie Hickey
Matches played28
Top goalscorerColours of Cork.svg Christy Ring (13-18)
1960-61
1962-63
All statistics correct as of 26 February 2017.

The league saw a major restructuring for the 1961-62 season. Division 1 was split into Group 1A and Group 1B consisting of five teams each and Group 1C consisting of four teams. The top team in each group qualified for the knock-out stage.

Tipperary came into the season as defending champions of the 1960-61 season. Offaly and Westmeath entered Division 1 as part of the restructuring.

On 6 May 1962, Kilkenny won the title after a 1-16 to 1-8 win over Cork in the final. It was their first league title since 1932-33 and their second league title overall.[1]

Division 1A table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Cork 4 4 0 0 8 National League runners-up
2 Waterford 4 3 0 1 6
3 Limerick 3 1 0 2 2
4 Wexford 4 1 0 3 2
5 Carlow 3 0 0 3 0

Group stage[edit]

Division 1B table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Kilkenny 4 4 0 0 8 National League champions
2 Tipperary 4 3 0 1 6
3 Clare 4 2 0 2 4
4 Offaly 4 1 0 3 2
5 Laois 4 0 0 4 0

Group stage[edit]

29 October 1961 Offaly2-04 - 4-08ClareSt. Brendan's Park, Birr

Division 1C table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Dublin 3 2 1 0 5
2 Galway 3 2 1 0 5
3 Westmeath 3 1 0 2 2
4 Antrim 3 0 0 3 0

Group stage[edit]

Play-off[edit]

Knock-out stage[edit]

Semi-final

Final

Top scorer[edit]

Top scorers overall
Rank Player Club Tally Total
1 Christy Ring Cork 13-18 57
2 Denis Heaslip Kilkenny 11-08 41
3 Eddie Keher Kilkenny 2-24 30
4 Fran Whelan Dublin 4-12 24
5 Donie Nealon Tipperary 5-08 23
6 John McKenna Tipperary 6-02 20
7 Oliver McGrath Wexford 5-04 19
Mick Quane Cork 6-01 19
8 Séamus Power Waterford 4-05 17
Tim Sweeney Galway 3-08 17
Top scorers in a single game
Rank Player Club Tally Total Opposition
1 Denis Heaslip Kilkenny 6-00 18 Offaly
2 John McKenna Tipperary 5-01 16 Offaly
3 Christy Ring Cork 4-03 15 Carlow
4 Oliver McGrath Wexford 4-02 14 Carlow
Denis Heaslip Kilkenny 3-05 14 Laois
5 Christy Ring Cork 3-03 12 Wexford
Liam Dowling Cork 3-03 12 Dublin
Donie Nealon Tipperary 3-03 12 Offaly
Eddie Keher Kilkenny 1-09 12 Clare

Division 2[edit]

National Hurling League Division 2
Season1961-62
ChampionsKerry
1960-61
1962-63
All statistics correct as of 26 February 2017.

The league saw a major restructuring for the 1961-62 season. Division 2 was split into Group 2A and Group 2B consisting of three teams each. The top team in each group qualified for the knock-out stage.

On 20 May 1962, Kerry won the title after a 3-8 to 1-2 win over Meath.

Division 2A table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Meath 2 2 0 0 4 Division 2 runners-up
2 Down 2 1 0 1 2
3 Wicklow 2 0 0 2 0

Division 2B table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Kerry 2 1 1 0 3 Division 2 champions
2 Roscommon 2 1 1 1 3
3 Kildare 2 0 0 2 0

Play-off[edit]

Play-offKerry4-8 - 1-1Roscommon

Knock-out stage[edit]

Final

20 May 1962 FinalKerry3-8 - 1-2MeathFrank Sheehy Park, Listowel

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Hurling League Results 1925-2009". Hogan Stand. Archived from the original on 5 August 2010. Retrieved 18 April 2011.