Kilkenny–Waterford hurling rivalry
|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)
|Most player appearances||Michael Walsh (9)|
|Top scorer||T. J. Reid (3-44)|
|All-time series||Kilkenny 10-2 Waterford
|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. 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|1.||16 May 1982||James Stephens (1)||3-13 - 3-8||Mount Sion||Croke Park||All-Ireland final|
- Biggest championship win:
- Highest aggregate:
|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|
|Kilkenny||T. J. Reid||3-44||53|
- Top scorer in a single game:
- "Golden era of Waterford-Kilkenny rivalry". The Munster Express. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 2 August 2013.