Kilkenny–Waterford hurling rivalry

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Kilkenny-Waterford
Locale County Kilkenny
County Waterford
Teams Kilkenny
Waterford
First meeting Kilkenny 4-10 - 3-12 Waterford
1957 All-Ireland final
(1 September 1957)
Latest meeting Waterford 4-23 - 2-22 Kilkenny
2017 All-Ireland qualifier
(8 July 2017)
Statistics
Meetings total 14
Most player appearances Michael Walsh (9)
Top scorer T. J. Reid (3-44)
All-time series Kilkenny 10-2 Waterford
(2 draws)
Largest victory Kilkenny 3-30 - 1-13 Waterford
2008 All-Ireland final
(7 September 2008)

The Kilkenny-Waterford rivalry is a hurling rivalry between Irish inter-county teams Kilkenny and Waterford, who first played each other in 1957. In spite of the infrequent nature of the meetings, it is considered to be one of the most intense rivalry matches in Gaelic games.[1] Kilkenny's home ground is Nowlan Park and Waterford's home ground is Walsh Park, however, all of their championship meetings have been held at neutral venues, usually Croke Park.

While Kilkenny have the highest number of All-Ireland and Leinster titles, Waterford have enjoyed success at sporadic intervals throughout their history winning just two All-Ireland titles.

Roots[edit]

History[edit]

Kilkenny are one of the most successful teams in the championship, having captured thirty six All-Ireland titles, and together with Cork and Tipperary form hurling's 'Big Three'. Waterford, on the other hand, have had sporadic periods of success throughout championship history resulting in two only All-Ireland titles. After a golden age for the team in the 1950s and 1960s Waterford went into severe decline in subsequent decades.

The Kilkenny - Waterford hurling rivalry first began in 1957 with their first meeting in the All-Ireland Hurling Final. Kilkenny won on a scoreline of 4-10 to 3-12. Two years later, in 1959, the teams played out a draw. Until 2012, this had been the last drawn game in the All-Ireland Hurling Final. The replay saw Waterford win their 2nd, and last to date All-Ireland Hurling Championship. The game was also notable for the Kilkenny debut of Eddie Keher. The two teams also met in the 1963 Final, with Kilkenny winning. This would be the last game between the two teams for 35 years.

During the 1990s and 2000s, Waterford hurling experienced a resurgence after the dark periods of the 1970s and 1980s. Waterford met Kilkenny in two semi-finals in both 1998 and 2004, with Waterford losing in two close battles. Having not played in a final since 1963, Waterford again met Kilkenny in the 2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final. Since then, the two teams have met in three Semi-finals and a qualifier. Kilkenny were triumphant on all occasions except 2016 where the sides drew.

Outside hurling[edit]

The intensity of the rivalry has also been stoked outside hurling. The two counties share a border. which is the river Suir. Future expansion of County Waterford into County Kilkenny has been muted which has heightened the rivalry.

Statistics[edit]

Team All-Ireland Provincial National League Total
Kilkenny 36 70 17 123
Waterford 2 9 3 14
Combined 38 79 20 137

Inter-county results[edit]

Legend[edit]

Kilkenny win
Waterford win
Draw

Senior[edit]

No. Date Winners Score Runners-up Venue Competition
1. 1 September 1957 Kilkenny (1) 4-10 - 3-12 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland final
2. 6 September 1959 Kilkenny 5-5 - 1-17 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland final
3. 4 October 1959 Waterford (1) 3-12 - 1-10 Kilkenny Croke Park All-Ireland final replay
4. 1 September 1963 Kilkenny (2) 4-17 - 6-8 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland final
5. 16 August 1998 Kilkenny (3) 1-11 - 1-10 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland semi-final
6. 8 August 2004 Kilkenny (4) 3-12 - 0-18 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland semi-final
7. 7 September 2008 Kilkenny (5) 3-30 - 1-13 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland final
8. 9 August 2009 Kilkenny (6) 2-23 - 3-15 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland semi-final
9. 7 August 2011 Kilkenny (7) 2-19 - 1-16 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland semi-final
10. 13 July 2013 Kilkenny (8) 1-22 - 2-16 Waterford Semple Stadium All-Ireland qualifiers
11. 9 August 2015 Kilkenny (9) 1-21 - 0-18 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland semi-final
12. 7 August 2016 Kilkenny 1-21 - 0-24 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland semi-final
13. 13 August 2016 Kilkenny (10) 2-19 - 2-17 Waterford Semple Stadium All-Ireland semi-final replay
14. 8 July 2017 Waterford (2) 4-23 - 2-22 Kilkenny Semple Stadium All-Ireland qualifiers

Under-21[edit]

No. Date Winners Score Runners-up Venue Competition
1. 8 September 1974 Kilkenny (1) 3-8 - 3-7 Waterford Semple Stadium All-Ireland final
2. 21 August 1994 Kilkenny (2) 2-21 - 3-6 Waterford Semple Stadium All-Ireland semi-final

Minor[edit]

No. Date Winners Score Runners-up Venue Competition
1. 5 September 1948 Waterford (1) 3-8 - 4-2 Kilkenny Croke Park All-Ireland final
2. 23 July 2011 Waterford (2) 0-15 - 0-9 Kilkenny Walsh Park All-Ireland quarter-final
3. 11 August 2013 Waterford (3) 2-12 - 0-16 Kilkenny Croke Park All-Ireland semi-final
4. 10 August 2014 Kilkenny (1) 1-23 - 1-14 Waterford Croke Park All-Ireland semi-final

Club results[edit]

Kilkenny win
Waterford win
Draw

Senior[edit]

No. Date Winners Score Runners-up Venue Competition
1. 16 May 1982 James Stephens (1) 3-13 - 3-8 Mount Sion Croke Park All-Ireland final

Records[edit]

Scorelines[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Team Player Championship games Total
Kilkenny Eoin Larkin 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2016 (replay) 7
T. J. Reid 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2016 (replay), 2017
Waterford Michael Walsh 2004, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2016 (replay), 2017 9

Top scorers[edit]

Team Player Score Total
Kilkenny T. J. Reid 3-44 53
Waterford Pauric Mahony 0-31 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Golden era of Waterford-Kilkenny rivalry". The Munster Express. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 

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