Leinster Senior Cup (rugby union)

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The Leinster Senior Cup
Sport Rugby Union Football
Region Leinster
Trophy Leinster Challenge Cup
Established 1881
Inaugural winner Dublin University
Most wins Lansdowne (27)
Current season 2017-18
Date of final 10 May 2018
Venue of final Donnybrook Stadium (Energia Park)
Current edition 132nd
Current holder Lansdowne
Match score Lansdowne 53 - 22 Terenure College RFC
Organising body Leinster Rugby [1]
Current sponsor Bank of Ireland [2]

The Leinster Senior Cup is a major rugby competition in Ireland, involving all senior rugby clubs in Leinster, i.e., clubs from Leinster competing in the All-Ireland League. From 2006 until 2016 it was known as the Leinster Senior League Cup during the period when the Leinster Senior League had been discontinued, but reverted to its traditional name for the 2016-17 season upon the revival of the Senior League.[3] From 2011 to 2016 only the top senior teams competed and those in the lower divisions of the All-Ireland League competed for the Leinster Senior League Shield.

History[edit]

The Inaugural Leinster Challenge Cup[edit]

The Leinster Challenge Cup competition was founded in the 1881-82 season. A meeting of the Leinster Branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union took place at John Lawrence's Rooms (Sports Outfitters) at 63 Grafton Street on Monday 31 October 1881. The meeting was chaired by William Joshua Goulding, Hon. President I.R.F.U. (1880–81) and was attended by representatives of Dundalk, Dublin University, Kingstown, Lansdowne, Phoenix, Rathmines School, and Wanderers Football Clubs.[4] During the meeting questions were posed and answers given about the proposed All-Ireland Challenge Cup competition. Arising from this discussion, W.O. Neville (Dundalk proposed, seconded by H. Morrell (Dublin University), that a Leinster Challenge Cup be established to advance and encourage rugby football in Leinster. The Leinster Challenge Cup would be open to all clubs in Leinster affiliated to the Union. The meeting decided that a circular should be sent to all Leinster clubs inviting their participation and subscriptions to the Cup Fund. A further meeting of the Leinster Branch I.R.F.U. took place on Friday 11 November 1881 to consider the rules, dates of matches, drawing of rounds and other competition details.[4] At this meeting a Challenge Cup Committee was formed. The closing date for entries to the inaugural Leinster Challenge Cup was set for Wednesday 30 November.[5]

The Challenge Cup Committee - C.B. Croker (Lansdowne), the first Hon. Treasurer of the Leinster Branch, G. Drought (Phoenix), F. Kennedy (Wanderers), first Hon. Secretary of the Leinster Branch, E.A. McCarthy (Kingstown), H. Morrell (Dublin University) and Richard M. Peter (Dundalk) - meet on Thursday 1 December to draw up the ties.[6] The Committee decided on an entry fee of ten shillings per club, that all clubs entering the competition should guarantee a donation to the Cup Fund of at least two guineas, that all matches were to be played at Lansdowne Road, that the ground was to be engaged for several matches and that the proceeds of a 6d (six penny) gate were to be added to the Cup Fund.[6] Clubs were allowed to nominate their own umpires. The Committee proposed to purchase, if possible, a Challenge Cup costing some £50. Through the press, the Committee encouraged lovers of the noble game to attend matches and to support the Cup Fund.[6]

The names of the five clubs which had entered, each of whom had guaranteed to donate £5 to the Cup Fund, were placed in a hat and drawn as follows: Match A: Dublin University v Phoenix, on the Wanderers Club portion of the Lansdowne Road grounds; Match B: Wanderers v Kingstown, on the Lansdowne Club portion of the grounds; Match C: Lansdowne, a bye. The first round ties were played on Saturday 10 December 1891, k.o. 2.45 pm, with two forty minute halves. The winner of Match A would play Lansdowne on Saturday 25 February 1882 for a place in the final. The Winner of Match B was to get a bye to the final, which would be played on Saturday 25 March 1882.[6][7] The reasons for the long interval between the first and second rounds were Christmas holidays which extended into January and the International matches on 31 January (Wales), 7 February (England) and 14 February (Scotland). In the event of a Wanderers v Lansdowne meeting in the second round, the club captains would toss for choice of ground at Lansdowne Road. In the event of a draw at any stage, the Cup Committee would fix a date for a second match to be played, so as not to alter the existing rules of the game.[6][8]

The first round matches resulted in a win for Dublin University (5 goals, 2 tries) over Phoenix (nil) - a goal equals a converted try, while the Wanderers v. Kingstown match was a scoreless draw.[9][10] The Wanderers v Kingstown tie was replayed on Thursday 23 February 1882.[11] Kingstown won by a goal and a try to nil.[12][13] The second round match between Dublin University v Lansdowne resulted in a win for Trinity by 2 goals (1 converted try, 1 dropped goal) and 2 tries to nil.[14][15] On 18 March, in the presence of one of the largest attendances of spectators that has ever been seen on the ground, the inaugural Leinster Challenge Cup Final between Dublin University v Kingstown was won by Trinity by one goal to nil and the title of the premier club of the province for the season. Both clubs were photographed before the match by Messrs Robinson of Grafton Street. The members of the winning team were presented with silver crosses.[16][17] The reports on the match do not mention presentation of the Challenge Cup to the DUFC Captain. In celebration the Trinity students living in Botany Bay in College lit an enormous bonfire with a pyrotechnic display of fireworks.[16][18] The Cup appears to have been first presented to the winning captain in 1883.[19]

Leinster Senior Cup[edit]

From 1882 through 1897 newspaper reports refer to this competition consistently as 'The Leinster Challenge Cup'. From 1898 through 2006, press reports refer to the competition as 'The Leinster Senior Cup'. How and why did this change in title come about? The change in reference title probably had more to do with semantics rather than any change(s) in the rules governing the competition. At a General Meeting of the Leinster Branch of the I.R.F.U. held in the Wicklow Hotel on 11 November 1888, a resolution was adopted to inaugurate a Leinster Junior Cup competition on the same basis as applied to the Leinster Challenge Cup.[20] Following the Hon. Treasurer's report to the Annual General Meeting a month earlier, it had been proposed that the Leinster Branch purchase a 'Challenge Cup' for such competition.[21] At the Leinster Branch A.G.M in October 1891, a motion that the 2nd XVs of Senior Clubs be allowed to compete in the Leinster Junior Cup was rejected.[22] Essentially the same motion returned the Leinster Branch AGM in October 1895, but was amended to refer the matter to a subcommittee to draft rules to govern the proposed competition under which the latter might be approved and discussion adjourned to the next General Meeting.[23][24] At the reconvened meeting in November 1895, delegates were informed that the original motion had been withdrawn because of intense opposition. The meeting then reconstituted itself as a special meeting to consider a new resolution "that a Cup be presented by the Leinster Branch for competition amongst Second Fifteens of senior clubs on a league basis".[25][26] After much discussion and consideration of umpteen amendments and counter proposals, the final phrase of the original motion was amended to read "amongst Junior Clubs and Second Fifteens of senior clubs on a league basis". This was passed unanimously.[25] Thus the Leinster Branch I.R.F.U. from the 1886-87 season now had a Leinster Junior Cup, the winners of which received a Challenge Cup, a Junior League Cup for Junior Clubs and the 2nd XVs of Senior Clubs, and a Leinster Challenge Cup, contested by Senior Clubs. Thus, to avoid confusion in reports of competitions, the Leinster Challenge Cup became referred to as the Leinster Senior Cup, the winners of which were presented with the original Challenge Cup.

From 1940-1947 Old Belvedere completed the still unrivalled feat of winning the Leinster Senior Cup 7 consecutive times, narrowly losing their 8th consecutive final to Wanderers. This broke the next longest sequence of wins by Lansdowne from 1927 through 1931, who had broken the record of four consecutive wins by Dublin University from 1895 through 1898.

Leinster Senior League Cup[edit]

In recent times the competition declined in importance due to the introduction of the All-Ireland League in the 1990-91 season[27][28] and the formation of a professional provincial team, Leinster, to compete in the Heineken Cup.[29][30][31][32][33] Following the demise of the Leinster Senior League some time around 2006,[34] the two competitions were combined as the Leinster Senior League Cup. From 2011-12 until 2015-16 senior teams from the lower divisions of the All-Ireland League have participated in the Leinster Senior League Shield instead of the League Cup.[35] Thus competition inaugurated in 1882 continues to be contested by the strongest clubs in the province of Leinster. While the name of the competition has changed, the original Challenge Cup trophy is still presented.

The Leinster Senior League Cup competition has evolved over the past decade. In 2006-07 the top 8 teams of 20 in the league progressed to quarter-finals. From season 2007-08 through 2010-11 there were five Pools of four teams; within each Pool the teams played each other once. The winner of each Pool plus the best three runners-up from the five pools on points (and points scored for and against difference) qualified for the quarter-finals. In seasons 2011-12 and 2012-13 there were two Sections A and B, with the winners and runners-up in each section qualifying for the semi-finals. The winner of Section A played the Runner-up of Section B in the semi-final and vice versa. In season 2013-14 the winners of the two Sections qualified directly for the final. In seasons 2014-15 and 2015-16 there were three Sections A, B and C; within each Section the clubs played each other once. The winner of each Section and the best runner-up on points (and points scored for and against difference) progressed to the semi-finals.

Leinster Senior Cup[edit]

From 2016-17, the Senior League was revived, and the Senior Cup reverted to a knock-out format.

The winners of the Leinster Senior League Cup compete with the other three provincial cup winners for the All-Ireland Cup.

The Challenge Cup trophy[edit]

The report of the 1883 Leinster Challenge Cup final in the Irish Times contains a description of the Challenge Cup: The Cup, which is a solid silver, and is very massive, is in the Etruscan style. The body is elegantly ornamented in the highest style of the silversmith's art. On one side is a view of a football field and pavilion, showing a scrummage in full progress. On the top of the lid there is a beautifully modelled figure in correct football costume in the art of "dropping". The cup stands on a handsome ebony plinth, around which are slung on chains four massive silver shields on which to inscribe the names of the successful clubs. The work has been executed by Messrs Edmond Johnston of Grafton Street and is finished in the style for which the house has become so justly celebrated.[19] Edmond Johnston achieved renown as a silversmith for two works in particular. He made the Liam MacCarthy All-Ireland Hurling Cup in 1921. He worked on the restoration of the Ardagh Chalice and was given permission to make replicas of it which were exhibited at the expositions in Chicago in 1893, Paris in 1900 and Glasgow in 1901. An EJ intertwined was his maker's mark.[36]

Leinster Challenge Cup[edit]

1880s[edit]

1890s[edit]

Leinster Senior Cup[edit]

1890s[edit]

1900s[edit]

1910s[edit]

1920s[edit]

1930s[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

Leinster Senior League Cup[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

Leinster Senior Cup[edit]

2010s[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

Club Wins First win Last win No. finals % win First final Last final
Lansdowne 28 1882-83 2018-19 43 65.1% 1882-83 2018-19
Dublin University 22 1882 1988 36 61.1% 1882 2018-19
Wanderers 13 1885 1990 25 52.0% 1885 1990
Old Belvedere 12 1939-40 2011-12 20 60.0% 1939-40 2016-17
Bective Rangers 12 1889 1962 21 57.1% 1889 1997
St Mary's College 11 1958 2012-13 18 61.1% 1958 2012-13
UCD 10 1924 2015-16 28 35.7% 1921 2015-16
Blackrock College 8 1937 1999-00 18 44.4% 1909 2011-12
Clontarf 6 1936 2014-15 17 35.3% 1904 2014-15
Terenure College 5 1966 2000-01 12 41.7% 1966 2017-18
County Carlow 2 2002-03 2003-04 3 66.7% 2001-02 2003-04
Monkstown 2 1899 1902 7 28.6% 1899 1990
Old Wesley 2 1909 1985 9 22.2% 1896 1993
DLS Palmerston 0 4 0.0% 1999 2004-05
Greystones 0 3 0.0% 1983 1995
Skerries 0 1 0.0% 1998 1998
Kingstown FC 0 1 0.0% 1882 1882
Totals 131 262 1881-82 2016-17

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bank of Ireland
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  81. ^ Irish Times (1926). Rugby: Trinity's Cup - National defeated in final. Trinity 11 points National 3 points, 12 April,. page 11
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  85. ^ Irish Times. (1930). Rugby: Lansdowne again. Fourth successive Cup win, Bective disappoint, 7 April, page 11
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  104. ^ Irish Times. (1947). Old Belvedere lose the Leinster Cup: Wa nderers 8 Old Belvedere 4, 28 April, page 3
  105. ^ Irish Times. (1948). Dropped goal decides Rugby Cup Final, U.C.D. 4 Dublin Univ. 0, 26 April, page 2
  106. ^ Irish Times. (1949). Rugby Cup Final lost by wrong tactics, 25 April, page 2
  107. ^ Irish Times (1950). Lansdowne keep Leinster Rugby Cup: Lansdowne 6 U.C.D. 0, 24 April, page 3
  108. ^ Irish Times (1953). Lansdowne always on top in Rugby final: Lansdowne 16 Wanderers 3, 20 April, page 3
  109. ^ Irish Times. (1954). Wanderers on drawn final: Wanderers 3 Lansdowne 3, 26 April, page 2
  110. ^ Irish Times. (1954). Drop-goals decide Rugby Cup final: Wanderers 15 Lansdowne 12, 6 May, page 3
  111. ^ Irish Times. (1959). Fitting end to Rugby season: Wanderers take Leinster Cup, Wanderers 13 Lansdowne 6, 4 May, page 2
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  113. ^ Sunday Independent. (1960). Phew, What a match!: Trinity's Cup after a 100 thrills, 8 May, page 11
  114. ^ Sunday Independent. (1961). U.C.D.'s great rally earned them replay: Blackrock College 8 U.C.D. 8, 30 April, page 11
  115. ^ Irish Independent. (1961). Blackrock win Cup in thrill-packed replay, Blackrock College 8 pts U.C.D. 6 pts, 5 May, page 21
  116. ^ Sunday Independent. (1962). Rugby Cups: Hardy lesson for unhappy Wanderers - Bective Rangers 19; Wanderers 6, 29 April, page 17
  117. ^ Sunday Independent. (1963). Great start gave U.C.D. Cup, U.C.D. 12: St Mary's College 3, 5 May, page 15
  118. ^ Sunday Independent. (1964). U.C.D. storm back to keep Cup: U.C.D., 11 - Bective Rangers, 6, 26 April, page 13
  119. ^ Sunday Independent. (1965). Lansdowne's trophy for 15th time: Leinster Cup medal will go to New Zealand. Lansdowne 9: Clontarf 6, 9 May, page 15
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  191. ^ Leinster Rugby
  192. ^ Lansdowne FC