Cork Intermediate A Hurling Championship

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Cork Intermediate A Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2020 Cork Intermediate A Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh Iomána Idirmhéanach A Chorcaí
CodeHurling
Founded1909; 112 years ago (1909)
RegionColours of Cork.svg Cork (GAA)
TrophyPaddy Walsh Cup
No. of teams12
Title holdersColours of Leitrim.svg Blackrock (1st title)
Most titlesColours of Leinster Council.svg Ballincollig (8 titles)
SponsorsCo-Op Superstores
Official websiteOfficial website

The Cork Intermediate A Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the Co-Op Superstores Cork Intermediate A Hurling Championship and abbreviated to the Cork IAHC) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association and contested by the second tier intermediate clubs in the county of Cork in Ireland. It is the fourth tier overall in the entire Cork hurling championship system.

The Cork Intermediate Championship was introduced in 1909 as a competition that would bridge the gap between the senior grade and the junior grade. At the time of its creation it was the second tier of Cork hurling.

In its soon-to-be introduced format, the Cork Intermediate A Championship will begin in April. The 12 participating club teams will be drawn into three groups of four teams and play each other in a round-robin system. The three group winners and the three runners-up proceed to the knockout phase that culminates with the final match at Páirc Uí Rinn in October. The winner of the Cork Intermediate Championship, as well as being presented with the Paddy Walsh Cup, will gain automatic promotion to the Cork Premier Intermediate Championship for the following season.

The competition has been won by 55 teams. Ballincollig and Glen Rovers are the most successful teams in the tournament's history, having won it seven times each. Blackrock are the reigning champions, having beaten Cloughduv by 0-15 to 1-10 in the 2019 final.[1]

History[edit]

The Cork Intermediate Hurling Championship dates back to 1909, however, in 2003 it was decided to split the grade into Premier Intermediate and ordinary Intermediate. In its inaugural year in 2004, the Premier Intermediate grade was confined to sixteen clubs while the lowest ranked intermediate teams from 2003 were joined by the Junior Championship winners as well as the individual divisional winners - Argideen Rangers, Kanturk, Carrigaline, Blackrock and Watergrasshill. Grenagh, who won the Muskerry division in the junior grade, declined the invitation. In earlier years the winners of both the Premier Intermediate and Intermediate grades would have a play-off to decide which team would represent Cork in the Munster Intermediate Club Hurling Championship. In recent years the provincial place has been reserved for the Premier Intermediate champions.

Format[edit]

Current[edit]

Development[edit]

On 2 April 2019, a majority of 136 club delegates voted to restructure the championship once again.[2][3] The new format also led to a reduction in the number of participating clubs from 16 to 12.

Overview[edit]

Group stage: The 12 club teams are divided into three groups of four. Over the course of the group stage, which features one game in April and two games in August, each team plays once against the others in the group, resulting in each team being guaranteed at least three games. Two points are awarded for a win, one for a draw and zero for a loss. The teams are ranked in the group stage table by points gained, then scoring difference and then their head-to-head record. The top two teams in each group qualify for the knockout stage, with the two best-placed teams receiving byes to the semi-finals.

Quarter-finals: Two lone quarter-finals feature the four lowest-placed team from the group stage. Two teams qualify for the next round.

Semi-finals: The two semi-finals feature four teams. Two teams qualify for the next round.

Final: The two semi-final winners contest the final. The winning team are declared champions and gain automatic promotion to the following year's Cork Premier Intermediate Championship.

Participating teams[edit]

Team Location Colours
Aghabullogue Coachford Green and white
Argideen Rangers Timoleague Maroon and white
Cloughduv Cloughduv Green and yellow
Douglas Douglas Green, black and white
Dungourney Dungourney Yellow and green
Éire Óg Ovens Red and yellow
Glen Rovers Blackpool Red and yellow
Kildorrery Kildorrery Blue and white
Mayfield Mayfield Red and white
Meelin Meelin Green and yellow
Midleton Midleton Black and white
Sarsfields Glanmire Blue, white and black

Sponsorship[edit]

TSB Bank became the first title sponsor of the championship, serving in that capacity until 2005 when the Evening Echo signed a sponsorship deal. In 2020, Dairygold Co-Op Superstores were unveiled as the new title sponsor of the Cork Intermediate A Championship.[4]

The Cup[edit]

The winning team is presented with the Paddy Walsh Cup. Walsh was a native of Castlemartyr and served the club with distinction as a player, coach and administrator.

List of finals[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Score
1909 Carrigtwohill 4-11 Shamrocks 0-06
1910 Aghabullogue 3-02 Shamrocks 2-00
1911 Cloughduv 6-02 Blackrock 3-01
1912 Ballincollig 5-03 Redmonds 5-00
1913 Redmonds 5-03 Cloyne 1-00
1914 Charleville w/o Shamrocks scr.
1915 Shamrocks 7-02 Castletownroche 3-03
1916 Cobh 5-04 Mallow 0-03
1917 Emmets 5-01 Mallow 5-00
1918 Nemo 7-05 Mallow 0-01
1919 Fairhill w/o Dromina scr.
1920 Championship unfinished
1921 No championship
1922 Castletreasure 3-01 Inniscarra 2-00
1923 Mallow 2-02 Evergreen 2-01
1924 Passage 3-00 Sarsfields 2-00
1925 Glen Rovers 7-02 Inniscarra 2-03
1926 Kinsale 5-02 Buttevant 4-04
1927* Cobh 1-01 Fr. Matthew Hall 3-03
1928 Nemo Rangers 5-07 Buttevant 0-00
1929 Ballincollig 2-02 Buttevant 0-00
1930 Passage 4-01 Buttevant 1-03
1931 Ballyhea 7-04 Bandon 1-01
1932 Ballinora 2-05 Buttevant 1-03
1933 Lough Rovers 5-03 Bride Rovers 2-01
1934 Ballincollig 3-03 Kinsale 2-03
1935 Ballincollig 4-02 St. Columb's 3-02
1936 St. Anne's 2-07 Lough Rovers 0-03
1937 Blarney 4-05 Éire Óg 3-02
1938 Blarney 1-04 St. Anne's 1-00
1939 Ballincollig 4-06 Ballinora 4-02
1940 Buttevant 2-04 Ballincollig 1-04
1941 Cloughduv 6-04 Buttevant 3-00
1942 Lough Rovers 3-05 Carrigtwohill 3-02
1943 Shanballymore 7-09 Douglas 3-02
1944 Ballyhea Rovers 2-04 Oldcastletown 0-01
1945 1st Battalion 3-11 Oldcastletown 0-04
1946 Charleville 8-06 Cloughduv 4-06
1947 Charleville 4-07 Newtownshandrum 4-04
1948 Midleton 6-04 Shanballymore 1-01
1949 Carrigtwohill 3-10 Newtownshandrum 3-05
1950 Carrigtwohill 6-04 Shanballymore 1-01
1951 Shanballymore 2-06 Midleton 1-04
1952 Bandon 1-05 St. Finbarr's 1-02
1953 Newtownshandrum 0-05 Glen Rovers 0-04
1954 Glen Rovers 4-07 Ballymartle 4-02
1955 Youghal 4-06 Mallow 2-05
1956 Glen Rovers 1-11 Carrigaline 1-03
1957 Glen Rovers 6-08 St. Finbarr's 2-06
1958 Glen Rovers 5-09 Carrigaline 3-06
1959 Mallow 2-08 St. Vincent's 3-03
1960 Passage 3-07 St. Vincent's 1-08
1961* Glen Rovers 4-06 Castletownroche 1-06
1962 Midleton 3-08 Cobh 2-03
1963 Cobh 2-10 Castletownroche 3-05
1964 Castletownroche 4-11 Youghal 3-06
1965 Glen Rovers 3-08 Éire Óg 3-05
1966 Cloyne 4-11 Cobh 3-06
1967 Ballincollig 3-08 Cobh 3-07
1968 St. Vincent's 2-11 Youghal 1-12
1969 Youghal 3-07 Cobh 0-13
1970 Cloyne 2-18 Castletownroche 4-06
1971* Nemo Rangers 4-11 Carrigtwohill 2-03
1972 Mallow 4-10 Blackrock 1-09
1973 Cloughduv 2-09 Blackrock 2-05
1974 Bandon 2-07 Midleton 1-06
1975 Ballinhassig 3-12 Blackrock 2-05
1976 Newtownshandrum 2-10 Passage 1-12
1977 Ballinhassig 1-16 Ballyhea 1-11
1978 Midleton 1-12 Newtownshandrum 1-10
1979 Éire Óg 7-11 Mallow 5-08
1980 Ballyhea 0-15 Mallow 1-10
1981 Newtownshandrum 3-12 Cloughduv 1-10
1982 Milford 4-07 Erin's Own 1-06
1983 Cloughduv 1-14 Ballinhassig 1-06
1984 Erin's Own 0-15 Cloughduv 1-05
1985 Éire Óg 0-14 Blackrock 2-07
1986 Cloughduv 2-12 Erin's Own 0-11
1987 Erin's Own 1-06 Mallow 0-08
1988 Youghal 4-06 Kilbrittain 2-11
1989 Valley Rovers 6-12 Kilbrittain 3-05
1990 St. Finbarr's 1-08 Tracton 0-10
1991 Tracton 4-14 Inniscarra 5-09
1992 Bishopstown 1-09 Youghal 0-09
1993 Youghal 2-13 Kilbrittain 3-07
1994 St. Catherine's 3-12 Cloughduv 2-11
1995 Kilbrittain 2-17 Ballincollig 1-05
1996* Newtownshandrum 0-12 Cloyne 0-09
1997 Cloyne 1-12 Delaneys 1-07
1998 Castlelyons 2-12 Killeagh 2-09
1999 Ballincollig 1-14 Blarney 2-09
2000 Douglas 3-08 Aghada 2-04
2001* Killeagh 3-09 Mallow 2-08
2002* Delaney Rovers 1-13 Carrigtwohill 0-14
2003 Bride Rovers 1-15 inniscarra 1-05
2004 Watergrasshill 2-13 Dromina 2-08
2005 Argideen Rangers 2-08 Nemo Rangers 1-08
2006 Ballymartle 1-23 Carrigaline 1-19
2007 Fr. O'Neill's 1-13 Bandon 0-15
2008 Carrigaline 1-13 Bandon 0-10 [5]
2009 Valley Rovers 1-17 Kilworth 1-13
2010 Kilbrittain 1-12 Ballygarvan 0-11
2011 Bandon 2-14 Fr. O'Neill's 0-07 [6]
2012 Kilworth 2-15 Kanturk 2-13 [7]
2013 Kanturk 2-22 Éire Óg 1-12 [8]
2014 Fermoy 2-14 Charleville 1-16 [9]
2015 Charleville 5-24 Dripsey 1-10 [10]
2016 Fr. O'Neill's 1-18 Kildorrery 1-14 [11]
2017 Aghada 0-16 Éire Óg 0-09 [12]
2018 Ballincollig 2-16 Blackrock 1-15 [13]
2019 Blackrock 0-15 Cloughduv 1-10 [14]
2020
Not completed due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Gaelic games

Notes:

  • 1927 - Cobh objected and were awarded the title.
  • 1961 - The first match ended in a draw: Glen Rovers 2-3, Castletownroche 0-9.
  • 1971 - The first match ended in a draw: Nemo Rangers 4-13, Carrigtwohill 8-1.
  • 1996 - The first match ended in a draw: Newtownshandrum 2-7, Cloyne 1-10.
  • 2001 - The first match ended in a draw: Killeagh 1-14, Mallow 1-14.
  • 2002 - The first match ended in a draw: Delaneys 2-9, Carrigtwohill 1-12.
  • 2005 - The first match ended in a draw: Argideen Rangers 1-8, Nemo Rangers 0-11.
  • 2010 - The first match ended in a draw: Ballygarvan 2-12, Kilbrittain 1-15.[15]
  • 2016 - The first match ended in a draw: Fr. O'Neill's 0-16, Kildorrery 1-13.[16]

Records and statistics[edit]

Final[edit]

Team[edit]

Teams[edit]

Gaps[edit]

Longest gaps between successive championship titles:

Top scorers[edit]

By year[edit]

Year Top scorer Team Score Total
1995 Dan O'Connell Kilbrittain 4-20 32
1996 Ben O'Connor Newtownshandrum 3-33 42
1997 Dan O'Brien Milford 1-29 32
1998 Joe Deane Killeagh 3-24 33
1999 Podsie O'Mahony Ballincollig 3-24 33
2000 Richie Lewis Aghada 3-41 50
2001 Joe Deane Killeagh 5-48 63
2002 John Egan Delanys 0-38 38
2003 Eoin Coleman Youghal 0-31 31
2004 James Masters Nemo Rangers 4-34 46
2005 James Masters Nemo Rangers 3-35 44
2006 James Masters Nemo Rangers 1-31 34
2007 Ger O'Leary Fr. O'Neill's 0-41 41
2008 Darren Crowley Bandon 0-36 36
2009 Adrian Mannix Kilworth 2-49 55
2010 Adrian Mannix Kilworth 1-57 60
2011 Ronan Crowley Bandon 1-39 42
2012 Adrian Mannix Kilworth 2-31 37
2013 Michael Walsh Argideen Rangers 4-25 37
Kevin Hallissey Éire Óg 1-34
2014 Peter O'Brien Kildorrery 1-47 50
2015 Diarmuid O'Riordan Dripsey 2-41 47
2016 Declan Dalton Fr. O'Neill's 5-55 70
2017 Kevin Hallissey Éire Óg 1-59 62
2018 Cian Dorgan Ballincollig 0-57 57
2019 Brian Verling Cloughduv 1-43 46

References[edit]

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  4. ^ O'Connor, Colm (27 July 2020). "Cork GAA ink hurling sponsorship deal with Dairygold Co-Op Superstores". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
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  6. ^ "Bandon blitz O'Neill's to end heartache". Irish Examiner. 3 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Kilworth finally end years of anguish". Irish Examiner. 15 October 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Awesome Kanturk stay fully focused". Irish Examiner. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  9. ^ "Shanahan fires Fermoy to glory". Irish Examiner. 27 October 2014. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Glory cruise for Charleville". Irish Examiner. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
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  12. ^ "Classy Aghada win Cork Intermediate title". Irish Examiner. 28 October 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  13. ^ O'Callaghan, Therese (15 October 2018). "Determined Ballincollig set up victory parade". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 16 November 2019.
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  16. ^ "Justice done as O'Brien earns replay". The Corkman. 29 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.