Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship
|Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship|
|Current season or competition:|
2018 Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship
|Trophy||Tom Walsh Cup|
|No. of teams||12|
|Title holders||Ballyhale Shamrocks (16th title)|
|Most titles||Tullaroan (20 titles)|
|Sponsors||St. Canice's Credit Union|
|TV partner(s)||TG4 (final only)|
The Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the St. Canice's Credit Union Senior Hurling Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Kilkenny County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1887 for the top hurling teams in the county of Kilkenny in Ireland.
The series of games are played during the autumn months with the county final currently being played at Nowlan Park in October. The prize for the winning team is the Tom Walsh Cup. The championship is one of the few county championships that still uses a single elimination format whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship.
The Kilkenny County Championship is an integral part of the wider Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Kilkenny county final join the champions of the other hurling counties to contest the provincial championship.
Twelve teams currently participate in the Kilkenny County Championship. The title has been won at least once by 26 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Tullaroan, who have led the roll of honour since the championship began and have won a total of 20 titles.
Following the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1884, new rules for Gaelic football and hurling were drawn up and published in the United Irishman newspaper. County committees were established over the next few years, with the Kilkenny County Board affiliating on 30 January 1887. The inaugural championship was contested by just four clubs, with Tullaroan winning the title after a defeat of Mooncoin. Since then the championship title has been awarded every year except on a handful of occasions. No championships took place in 1891, 1892 and 1912, while several championships between 1916 and 1922 were either cancelled or unfinished due to the Irish revolutionary period. The 1916 championship began in October 1916, however, because of martial law it wasn't completed until June 1919. It was decreed that the winner of the match would be declared champions for all three years.
The first fifty years of the championship were dominated by Tullaroan and Mooncoin who built up an intense rivalry. Both clubs shared 28 championship titles between 1887 and 1936, however, since then they have won just four titles between them. Other clubs who enjoyed limited periods of dominance during this time include city-based club Confederation, who won three titles between 1893 and 1896, and Dicksboro who won two titles from four final appearances during the 1920s. Carrickshock's dominance saw the club play in ten finals between 1938 and 1948, becoming the first team to win four successive championships from 1940 to 1943. Éire Óg also claimed four titles during this period. After a sixty-year hiatus Bennettsbridge returned to winning ways and claimed ten championship titles between 1952 and 1967. Fenians added their name to roll of honour in 1970 before claiming four more championships before the end of the decade. In 1978 Ballyhale Shamrocks became the latest first-time champions and ushered in a new era of dominance by winning 10 more championship titles by 1991. As Ballyhale went into decline, Glenmore dominated the nineties by winning five championships between 1987 and 1999. The first decade of the new century saw O'Loughlin Gaels and James Stephens win two titles apiece, while Ballyhale Shamrocks ended the decade with four successive championships before winning two more in 2012 and 2014.
The Kilkenny County Championship is a single elimination tournament. Each team is afforded just one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random, however, there is a certain level of seeding based on league performance. The league begins with two groups of six teams. The top two teams in each group receive a bye into the quarter-finals, while third placed team plays the fourth placed team, and the fifth placed team plays the sixth placed team in the first round. The losers of the latter games enter a relegation play-off.
Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a replay. If both sides are still level at the end of the replay there is a period of extra time and so on until a winner is found.
First round: 8 teams contest this round. The 4 winning teams advance directly to the quarter-final stage. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.
Quarter-finals: Eight teams contest this round. The four winning teams advance directly to the semi-final stage. The four losing teams are eliminated from the championship.
Semi-finals: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advance directly to the final. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.
Final: The final is contested by the two semi-final winners.
The following 12 teams will be participating in the 2018 championship:
|Ballyhale Shamrocks||Ballyhale||White and green|
|Bennettsbridge||Bennettsbridge||Green and yellow|
|Clara||Clara||Maroon and white|
|Danesfort||Danesfort||Black and amber|
|Dicksboro||Palmerstown||Maroon and white|
|Erin's Own||Castlecomer||Blue and white|
|James Stephens||Larchfield||Green and red|
|Mullinavat||Mullinavat||Black and white|
|O'Loughlin Gaels||St. John's Parish||Green and white|
|Rower-Inistioge||Inistioge||Green and red|
|St Patrick's Ballyragget||Ballyragget||Maroon and white|
|Carrickshock||Hugginstown||Green & Yellow|
Since 1991 the Kilkenny County Championship has been sponsored by the St. Canice's Credit Union.
Managers in the Kilkenny Championship are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, and sourcing of players. Their influence varies from club-to-club and is related to the individual club committees. The manager is assisted by a team of two or three selectors and a backroom team consisting of various coaches.
|Michael Nolan||O'Loughlin Gaels||3||2001, 2003, 2010|
|Maurice Aylward||Ballyhale Shamrocks||3||2006, 2007, 2008|
|Adrian Finan||James Stephens||2||2004, 2005|
|Mick Purcell||Clara||2||2013, 2015|
|John Brennan||Young Irelands||1||2002|
|Mick Fennelly / James McGarry||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1||2009|
|Niall Rigney||James Stephens||1||2011|
|Tommy Shefflin||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1||2012|
|Colm Bonnar / Andy Moloney||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1||2014|
|Aidan Fogarty||O'Loughlin Gaels||1||2016|
|Henry Shefflin||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1||2018|
Finals listed by year
- 1887 - Goal outweighed any number of points.
- 1906 - Mooncoin awarded title.
- 1917-18 - Combined with 1916 Championship.
- 1919 - Tullaroan and Mooncoin failed to agree on a venue, declared null and void.
- 1927 (First game) - Late goal scored after final whistle. Replay agreed.
- 1927 (Replay) - Objection, replay agreed.
- 1927 (Second Replay) - Unfinished due to conditions.
- 1979 - Game unfinished. Ballyhale awarded the title.
|Pos.||Team||No. of wins||Winning Years||Runners-up||Years runners-up|
|1st||Tullaroan||20||1887, 1889, 1895, 1897, 1899, 1901, 1902, 1904, 1907, 1910, 1911, 1915, 1924, 1925, 1930, 1933, 1934, 1948, 1958, 1994||10||1905, 1906, 1913, 1916, 1936, 1947, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1954, 1992,|
|2nd||Ballyhale Shamrocks||16||1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2018.||6||1984, 1986, 1987, 2005, 2011, 2016|
|3rd||Mooncoin||12||1888, 1900, 1906, 1908, 1913, 1916, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1932, 1936, 1965||10||1887, 1897, 1902, 1907, 1909, 1911, 1923, 1926, 1955, 1966|
|Bennettsbridge||12||1890, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1971||6||1958, 1965, 1968, 1972, 1974, 2018|
|4th||James Stephens||9||1935, 1937, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1981, 2004, 2005, 2011||9||1927, 1970, 1973, 1982, 1983, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2017|
|5th||Carrickshock||7||1931, 1938, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1951||12||1929, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1939, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948, 2010, 2013|
|6th||Fenians||5||1970, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977||7||1969, 1971, 1978, 1981, 1993, 1995, 1998|
|Glenmore||5||1987, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1999||4||1960, 1964, 1985, 1989|
|Dicksboro||5||1923, 1926, 1950, 1993, 2017||6||1915, 1925, 1928, 1937, 1994, 2012|
|7th||Eire Og||4||1939, 1944, 1945, 1947||3||1938, 1941, 1950|
|O'Loughlin Gaels||4||2001, 2003, 2010, 2016||3||2000, 2006, 2015|
|8th||Confederation (City)||3||1893, 1894, 1896||2||1888, 1898|
|Clara||3||1986, 2013, 2015||2||1990, 2014|
|9th||Threecastles||2||1898, 1903||3||1895, 1901, 1908|
|Erin's Own (Kilkenny city)||2||1905, 1909||1||1914|
|St. Lachtain's||2||1961, 1963||0|
|Graigue-Ballycallan||2||1998, 2000||2||1999, 2001|
|Young Ireland's||2||1996, 2002||3||1997, 2003, 2004|
|John Lockes (Callan)||1||1957||4||1890, 1893, 1894, 1956|
|Erins Own (Castlecomer)||0||2||1959, 1979|
The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship titles, is as follows:
- 1880s: 2 for Tullaroan (1887–89)
- 1890s: 3 each for Tullaroan (1895-97-99) and Confederation (1893-94-96)
- 1900s: 4 for Tullaroan (1901-02-04-07)
- 1910s: 4 for Mooncoin (1913-16-17-18)
- 1920s: 3 for Tullaroan (1927-28-29)
- 1930s: 3 for Tullaroan (1930-33-34)
- 1940s: 4 for Carrickshock (1940-41-42-43)
- 1950s: 5 for Bennettsbridge (1952-53-55-56-59)
- 1960s: 5 for Bennettsbridge (1960-62-64-66-67)
- 1970s: 5 for Fenians (1970-72-73-74-77)
- 1980s: 6 for Ballyhale Shamrocks (1980-82-83-85-88-89)
- 1990s: 4 for Glenmore (1990-92-95-99)
- 2000s: 4 for Ballyhale Shamrocks (2006-07-08-09)
- 2010s: 3 for Ballyhale Shamrocks (2012-14-18)
Top ten longest gaps between successive championship titles:
- 62 years: Bennettsbridge (1890-1952)
- 43 years: Dicksboro (1950-1993)
- 36 years: Tullaroan (1958-1994)
- 32 years: James Stephens (1937-1969)
- 29 years: Mooncoin (1936-1965)
- 27 years: Clara (1986-2013)
- 24 years: Dicksboro (1993-2017)
- 24 years: Dicksboro (1926-1950)
- 23 years: James Stephens (1981-2004)
- 15 years: Ballyhale Shamrocks (1991-2006)
|1993||Tommy Bawle (D)||Dicksboro||0-06||6|
|Sam Morrissey (R)||Dicksboro||1-02||5|
|1996||D. J. Carey (D)||Young Irelands||1-05||8|
|D. J. Carey (R)||Young Irelands||2-04||10|
|1997||D. J. Carey||Young Irelands||1-02||5|
|2000||Nigel Skehan||O'Loughlin Gaels||0-05||5|
|2001||Nigel Skehan||O'Loughlin Gaels||1-09||12|
|2002||D. J. Carey||Young Irelands||2-07||13|
|2003||Nigel Skehan (D)||O'Loughlin Gaels||2-03||9|
|Nigel Skehan (R)||O'Loughlin Gaels||1-07||10|
|D. J. Carey (R)||Young Irelands||1-07||10|
|2004||D. J. Carey||Young Irelands||3-06||15|
|2005||Eoin Larkin||James Stephens||0-09||9|
|2006||Henry Shefflin||Ballyhale Shamrocks||0-10||10|
|2007||T. J. Reid||Ballyhale Shamrocks||0-10||10|
|2008||Eoin Reid||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1-02||5|
|2009||T. J. Reid||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1-03||6|
|Eoin Reid||Ballyhale Shamrocks||0-06||6|
|2011||Henry Shefflin (D)||Ballyhale Shamrocks||0-07||7|
|Eoin Larkin (R)||James Stephens||1-11||14|
|2014||T. J. Reid||Ballyhale Shamrocks||0-10||10|
|2015||Mark Bergin||O'Loughlin Gaels||0-08||8|
|2016||Mark Bergin||O'Loughlin Gaels||0-11||11|
|2017||David Walton||James Stephens||1-05||8|
|2018||T. J. Reid||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1-10||13|
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