Christy Ring Cup

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Christy Ring Cup
Country  Ireland
Founded 2005–present
Number of teams 8
Level on pyramid 2
Promotion to Leinster Senior Hurling Championship
Relegation to Nicky Rackard Cup
Current champions Meath
(2016)
Most championships Westmeath (3 titles)
TV partners TG4 (Final only)
Website Official GAA site
2016 Christy Ring Cup

The Christy Ring Cup (Irish: Corn Chríostóir Uí Rinn) is the second tier senior inter-county championship in hurling after the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.[1] Each year, the champion team in the Christy Ring Cup is promoted to the All-Ireland Championship, and the lowest finishing team enters a play-off with possible relegation to the Nicky Rackard Cup.

The Christy Ring Cup was introduced for the 2005 season. It replaced the All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship (1974-2004).

The winners of the championship receive the Christy Ring Cup, named after former Cork hurler Christy Ring who many regard as the greatest hurler of all time.

In the 2016 season, Meath and Antrim tied in the final. Meath won the replay. Derry were relegated.[2]

History[edit]

For history before 2004, see All-Ireland Senior B Hurling Championship

In 2003 the Hurling Development Committee (HDC) was charged with restructuring the entire hurling championship. The committee was composed of chairman Pat Dunny (Kildare), Liam Griffin (Wexford), P. J. O'Grady (Limerick), Ger Loughnane (Clare), Cyril Farrell (Galway), Jimmy O'Reilly (Down), Willie Ring (Cork), Pat Daly (GAA Games Development Officer) and Nicky English (Tipperary). Over the course of three months they held discussions with managers, players and officials, while also taking a submission from the Gaelic Players Association. The basic tenet of the proposals was to structure the hurling championship into three tiers in accordance with 2004 National Hurling League status. The top tier was confined to 12 teams, while the next ten teams would contest the second tier which was to be known as the Christy Ring Cup. There would also be promotion-relegation play-offs between the three championship tiers. The HDC also suggested that these games would be played as curtain raisers to All-Ireland quarter-finals and semi-finals.[3]

The proposal were accepted at the 2005 GAA Congress. The Christy Ring Cup and the Nicky Rackard Cup competitions were launched at Croke Park on 8 December 2004.

Format[edit]

2005-2007[edit]

The ten participating teams were divided into two groups of five and played in a round-robin format. Each team was guaranteed at least four games each. The eventual group winners and runners-up qualified for the knock-out semi-finals of the competition.

The bottom two teams of both groups were involved in a four-way relegation play-off with the eventual loser being relegated to the Nicky Rackard Cup. In 2006 the relegation play-off was limited to just the bottom teams in both groups, while in 2007 there was no relegation.

2008[edit]

The competition was expanded to include twelve teams. The participating teams were divided into four groups of three and played in a round-robin format, thus limiting each team to just two games each. The eventual group winners and runners-up qualified for the knock-out quarter-finals of the competition.

The bottom team in each group went into the relegation play-offs. The eventual losers were relegated to the Nicky Rackard Cup, however, the relegation play-offs in 2008 were rendered meaningless as all four bottom-placed teams were relegated.

2009-present[edit]

In 2009 a double elimination format was introduced, thus guaranteeing each team at least two games before being eliminated from the competition.

The eight teams play four Round 1 matches.

  • The winners in Round 1 advance to Round 2A.
  • The losers in Round 1 go into to Round 2B.

There are two Round 2A matches.

  • The winners in Round 2A advance to the semi-finals.
  • The losers in Round 2A go into to the quarter-finals.

There are two Round 2B matches.

  • The winners in Round 2B advance to the quarter-finals.
  • The losers in Round 2B go into the bottom playoff. The losers of this match play a relegation/promotion match with the winners of the Nicky Rackard Cup. If they lose they are relegated to the Nicky Rackard cup for the following year.

There are two quarter-final matches between the Round 2A losers and Round 2B winners.

  • The winners of the quarter-finals advance to the semi-finals.
  • The losers of the quarter-finals are eliminated.

There are two semi-final matches between the Round 2A winners and the quarter-final winners.

  • The winners of the semi-finals advance to the final.
  • The losers of the semi-finals are eliminated.

The winners of the final are promoted to the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the following year.

Champions, Runners-Up and Relegated Teams By Year[edit]

Season Champions Score Runner-up Score Venue Winning captain Losing captain Relegated team(s)
2005 Westmeath 1-23 Down 2-18 Croke Park John Shaw Simon Wilson Derry
2006 Antrim 5-13 Carlow 1-7 Croke Park Karl McKeegan Robbie Foley Roscommon
2007 Westmeath 2-15 Kildare 0-13 Croke Park Darren McCormack Colm Buggy N/A
2008 Carlow 3-22 Westmeath 4-16 O'Connor Park Edward Coady Brendan Murtagh Armagh, London, Meath, Roscommon
2009 Carlow 1-15 Down 0-14 Croke Park Mark Brennan Graham Clarke N/A
2010 Westmeath 2-16 Kerry 1-18 Croke Park Andrew Mitchell Colin Harris N/A
2011 Kerry 2-21 Wicklow 2-8 Croke Park Mikey Boyle Jonathan O'Neill Armagh
2012 London 4-18 Wicklow 1-17 Croke Park Colm Quinn Enan Glynn N/A
2013 Down 3-16 Kerry 2-17 Croke Park Paul Braniff Paud Costello N/A
2014 Kildare 4-18 Kerry 2-22 Croke Park Niall Ó Muineacháin John Egan N/A
2015 Kerry 1-20 Derry 0-12 Croke Park John Griffin Seán MacCullagh Mayo
2016
(R)
Meath 2-17
4-21
Antrim 1-20
5-17
Croke Park James Toher Neal McAuley Derry

Winners Table[edit]

Team Wins Years won
Westmeath 3 2005, 2007, 2010
Carlow 2 2008, 2009
Kerry 2 2011, 2015
Antrim 1 2006
London 1 2012
Down 1 2013
Kildare 1 2014
Meath 1 2016

Top Scorers[edit]

Top Scorers Overall[edit]

Season Top scorer Team Score Total
2005 Mattie Dowd Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 2-39 45
2006 Paul Braniff Colours of Down.svg Down 6-26 44
2007 Shane Brick Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry
2008 Brendan Murtagh Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 2-37 43
2009 Shane Brick Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 1-42 45
2010 Darragh O'Connell Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 1-38 41
2011 Darragh O'Connell Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 1-33 36
2012 Martin Finn Colours of Leinster Council.svg London 5-29 44
2013 Paul Braniff Colours of Down.svg Down 3-34 43
2014 Mikey Lee Colours of Roscommon.svg Wicklow 4-38 50
2015 Shane Nolan Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 2-35 41
2016 Ciarán Clarke Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 3-43 52

Top Scorers In The Final[edit]

Season Top scorer Team Score Total
2005 Andrew Mitchell Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 0-9 9
2006 Johnny McIntosh Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 2-4 10
2007 Billy White Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 0-7 7
2008 Brendan Murtagh Colours of Galway.svg Westmeath 2-10 16
2009 Simon Wilson Colours of Down.svg Down 0-7 7
2010 Darragh O'Connell Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 0-8 8
2011 Darragh O'Connell Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 1-9 12
2012 Jonathan Maher Colours of Leinster Council.svg London 3-4 13
2013 Shane Nolan Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 1-9 12
2014 Shane Nolan Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 1-4 7
Gerry Keegan Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare 1-4 7
2015 Shane Nolan Colours of Leitrim.svg Kerry 1-8 11
2016 James Toher Colours of Leitrim.svg Meath 0-12 12

Teams participating in the 2016 season[edit]

The following 8 teams will be competing in the 2016 Christy Ring Cup.

Team Finishing position last season
Antrim Relegated from the All-Ireland Championship
Derry Runners-up
Down Semi-finalists
Kildare Semi-finalists
London Quarter-finalists
Meath Quarter-finalists
Roscommon Promoted from the Nicky Rackard Cup
Wicklow Round 2B

Stadiums 2016[edit]

Team Stadium Location Capacity
Antrim Páirc Mac Uílín Ballycastle 4,900
Derry Owenbeg Centre of Excellence Dungiven 6,800
Down McKenna Park Ballycran 5,000
Kildare St. Conleth's Park Newbridge 6,200
London Emerald GAA Grounds Ruislip 5,000
Meath St. Loman's Park Trim
Roscommon Athleague Sportsfield Athleague
Wicklow Pearse Park Arklow 5,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hurling tiers - 1. All-Ireland (Liam MacCarthy) 2. Christy Ring 3. Nicky Rackard 4. Lory Meagher
  2. ^ "Scoreline controversy overshadows Royal win". GAA.ie. 5 June 2016. Retrieved 5 June 2016. 
  3. ^ Keys, Colm (10 December 2003). "Hurling evangelists have radical tiers in their eyes". Irish Independent. Retrieved 30 August 2015.