Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship

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Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2017 Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh Laighean
CodeHurling
Founded1970; 48 years ago (1970)
RegionLeinster (GAA)
No. of teams7
Title holdersCuala (2nd title)
First winnerSt. Rynagh's
Most titlesBallyhale Shamrocks (8 titles)
SponsorsAllied Irish Banks
TV partner(s)TG4
MottoThe toughest of them all
Official websiteOfficial website

The Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the AIB Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1970 for the champion hurling teams in the province of Leinster in Ireland.

The series of games are played during the autumn and winter months with the Leinster final currently being played on the first Sunday in December. The championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship.

The Leinster Championship is an integral part of the wider All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Leinster final join the champions of Galway, Munster and Ulster in the semi-final stages of the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship.

Seven clubs currently participate in the Leinster Championship, with representatives from the strongest hurling counties in the province. Clubs from the other five counties compete at intermediate or junior level. The title has been won at least once by 14 different clubs. The all-time record-holders are Ballyhale Shamrocks who have won eight championship titles.

Cuala are the title-holders after defeating Kilcormac/Killoughey by 1-23 to 1-9 in the 2017 championship final.[1]

The championship[edit]

Overview[edit]

The Leinster Championship is a single elimination tournament. Each team is afforded only one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random and there is no seeding.

Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a period of extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.

Format[edit]

Quarter-finals: Six teams contest this round. The three winning teams advance directly to the semi-final stage. The three 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.

Qualification[edit]

County Championship Qualifying team
Carlow Carlow Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Dublin Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Kilkenny Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Laois Laois Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Offaly Offaly Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Westmeath Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Wexford Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship Champions

Qualification for subsequent competitions[edit]

The Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship winners qualify for the subsequent All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners contest the All-Ireland semi-finals with the other three provincial representatives.

Roll of honour[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Team Wins Years won County Runners Up Years runners up
1 Ballyhale Shamrocks 8 1978, 1980, 1983, 1989, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014 Kilkenny 2 1988, 1991
2 Birr 7 1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007 Offaly 3 2003, 2006, 2008
3 Rathnure 6 1971, 1973, 1977, 1986, 1987, 1998 Wexford 2 1970, 1972
4 St. Rynagh's 4 1970, 1972, 1982, 1993 Offaly 4 1973, 1974, 1975, 1992
James Stephens 4 1975, 1981, 2004, 2005 Kilkenny 1 1976
5 Buffer's Alley 3 1985, 1988, 1992 Wexford 1 1982
6 Glenmore 2 1990, 1995 Kilkenny 0
Camross 2 1976, 1996 Laois 3 1979, 1986, 1990
Cuala 2 2016, 2017 Dublin 2 1989, 2015
O'Loughlin Gaels 2 2003, 2010 Kilkenny 1 2016
7 Oulart the Ballagh 1 2015 Wexford 6 1994, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Kilcormac/Killoughey 1 2012 Offaly 2 2014, 2017
Coolderry 1 2011 Offaly 1 1980
The Fenians 1 1974 Kilkenny 1 1977
Crumlin 1 1979 Dublin 1 1978
St. Martin's 1 1984 Kilkenny 0
Graigue-Ballycallan 1 2000 Kilkenny 0
Mount Leinster Rangers 1 2013 Carlow 0
8 University College Dublin 0 Dublin 3 2000, 2004, 2005
Castletown 0 Laois 3 1997, 1999, 2001
Kinnitty 0 Offaly 3 1983, 1984, 1985
Portlaoise 0 Laois 2 1987, 1998
Tullamore 0 Offaly 1 2009
Ballyboden St. Enda's 0 Dublin 1 2007
Young Irelands 0 Kilkenny 1 2002
O'Toole's 0 Dublin 1 1996
Dicksboro 0 Kilkenny 1 1993
Faythe Harriers 0 Wexford 1 1981
Bennettsbridge 0 Kilkenny 1 1971

Performance by county[edit]

County Winners Runners-Up Winning Clubs Runner-Up Clubs
Border Kilkenny 19 8 Ballyhale Shamrocks (8), James Stephens (4), Glenmore (2), O'Loughlin Gaels (2), The Fenians, St. Martin's, Graigue-Ballycallan Ballyhale Shamrocks (2), James Stephens (1), O'Loughlin Gaels, The Fenians, Young Irelands, Dicksboro, Bennettsbridge
Border Offaly 13 14 Birr (7), St. Rynagh's (4), Kilcormac/Killoughey, Coolderry St. Rynagh's (4), Birr (3), Kinnitty (3), Kilcormac/Killoughey (2), Coolderry, Tullamore
Border Wexford 10 10 Rathnure (6), Buffer's Alley (3), Oluart-the Ballagh Oluart-the Ballagh (6), Rathnure (2), Buffer's Alley, Faythe Harriers
Border Dublin 3 5 Cuala (2), Crumlin University College Dublin (3), Ballyboden St. Enda's, O'Toole's
Border Laois 2 5 Camross (2) Castletown (3), Portlaoise (2)
Border Carlow 1 0 Mount Leinster Rangers

List of finals[edit]

Year Winner Score County Opponent Score County
2017–18 Cuala 1-23 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-09 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
2016–17[2] Cuala 3-19 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin O'Loughlin Gaels 1-16 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
2015–16[3] Oulart-the-Ballagh 2-13 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Cuala 0-13 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
2014–15[4] Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-21 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-14 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
2013–14[5][6] Mount Leinster Rangers 0-11 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow Oulart-the-Ballagh 0-8 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
2012–13[7] Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-12 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Oulart-the-Ballagh 0-11 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
2011-12 Coolderry 1-15 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Oulart-the-Ballagh 1-11 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford[8]
2010-11 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-14 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Oulart-the-Ballagh 1-8 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
2009-10 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-16 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Tullamore 1-8 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
2008-09 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-13 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Birr 1-11 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
2007-08 Birr 1-11 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Ballyboden St Endas 0-13 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
2006-07 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-20 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Birr 1-8 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
2005-06 James Stephens 2-13 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny UCD 1-12 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
2004-05 James Stephens 1-13 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny UCD 1-12 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
2003-04 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-15 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Birr 0-9 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
2002-03 Birr 2-5 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Gowran 1-2 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
2001-02 Birr 0-10; 2-10 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Castletown 1-7; 0-5 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
2000-01 Graigue-Ballycallan 0-14 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny UCD 1-8 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
1999-00 Birr 1-16 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Castletown 0-11 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
1998–99 Rathnure 1-13 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Portlaoise 1-6 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
1997–98 Birr 0-11 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Castletown 0-5 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
1996–97 Camross 1-12 Colours of Laois.svg Laois O'Toole's 2-5 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
1995–96 Glenmore 2-13 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Oulart-the-Ballagh 2-10 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
1994–95 Birr 3-7 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Oulart-the-Ballagh 2-5 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
1993–94 St. Rynagh's 1-14 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Dicksboro 2-10 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
1992–93 Buffer's Alley 2-13 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford St. Rynagh's 0-13 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
1991–92 Birr 2-14 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-3 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
1990–91 Glenmore 0-15 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Camross 1-9 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
1989–90 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-11 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Cuala CLG 0-7 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
1988–89 Buffer's Alley 1-12 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-9 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
1987–88 Rathnure 3-8 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Portlaoise 1-13 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
1986–87 Rathnure 2-16 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Camross 3-9 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
1985–86 Buffer's Alley 3-9 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Kinnitty 0-7 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
1984–85 St. Martin's 2-11 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Kinnitty 0-12 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
1983–84 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-6 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Kinnitty 0-9 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
1982–83 St. Rynagh's 1-16 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Buffer's Alley 2-10 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
1981–82 James Stephens 0-13 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Faythe Harriers 1-9 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
1980–81 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-10 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Coolderry 1-8 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
1979–80 Crumlin 3-5 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin Camross 0-11 Colours of Laois.svg Laois
1978–79 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-13 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Crumlin 1-6 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin
1977–78 Rathnure 0-16 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford The Fenians 1-10 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
1976–77 Camross 3-9 Colours of Laois.svg Laois James Stephens 1-14 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
1975–76 James Stephens 1-14 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny St. Rynagh's 2-4 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
1974–75 The Fenians 2-6 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny St. Rynagh's 1-6 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
1973–74 Rathnure 1-18 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford St. Rynagh's 2-9 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly
1972–73 St. Rynagh's 5-5 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Rathnure 2-13 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford
1971–72 Rathnure 2-12 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Bennettsbridge 1-8 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
1970–71 St. Rynagh's 4-10 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Rathnure 2-9 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford

Records and statistics[edit]

Team[edit]

  • Most appearances in a final: 9:
    • Ballyhale Shamrocks (1978, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014)
    • Birr (1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Most appearances in a final without losing (streak): 6
    • Birr (1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002)

Teams[edit]

By decade[edit]

The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Leinster Championship titles, is as follows:

Successful defending[edit]

Only 5 teams of the 14 who have won the championship have ever successfully defended the title. These are:

Gaps[edit]

Top five longest gaps between successive championship titles:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roche, Frank (3 December 2017). "Cuala make it back-to-back Leinster crowns after cruising to win over 14-man Kilcormac-Killoughey". Irish Independent. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  2. ^ "`Cuala Win Leinster SHC". GAA. 4 December 2016. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Oulart-The Ballagh finally enjoy glory day". Irish Examiner. 30 November 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Ballyhale Shamrock survive major scare against Kilcormac/Killoughey to land Leinster title". Irish Independent. 7 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  5. ^ "Carlow's Mount Leinster shock Oulart to win first Leinster senior title". The Score. 1 December 2013. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Mighty Rangers march out of the blue for famous win". Irish Examiner. 2 December 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  7. ^ "Glory day finally arrives for Kilcormac/Killoughey". Irish Examiner. 12 December 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2012.
  8. ^ "Parlon puts Coolderry on path to glory". Irish Independent. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2011.

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