Munster Minor Hurling Championship

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Munster Minor Hurling Championship
Flag of Munster.svg
Founded 1928
Region Munster (GAA)
Number of teams 6
Current champions Tipperary (39th title)
Website Official website

The Munster Minor Hurling Championship is an annual hurling competition organised by the Munster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1928 for the youngest competitors (under-18) in the province of Munster in Ireland. It is sponsored by Electric Ireland and is therefore officially known as the Electric Ireland Munster GAA Hurling Minor Championship.

The series of games are played during the summer months with the Munster final currently being played on the second Sunday in July. The minor final provides the curtain-raiser to the senior final. The prize for the winning team is an unnamed cup that was first presented in 1946 by TWA. The championship had always been played on a straight knock-out basis whereby once a team lost they are eliminated from the series; however, in recent years the championship has expanded to include a first-round losers' group.

The Munster Championship is an integral part of the wider All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship. The winners of the Munster final, like their counterparts in the Leinster Championship, are rewarded by advancing directly to the semi-final stage of the All-Ireland series of games. The losers of the Munster final enter the All-Ireland series at the quarter-final stage.

Five teams currently participate in the Munster Championship. Two of the most successful teams in minor hurling, namely Cork and Tipperary, play their provincial hurling in the Munster Championship. Between them, these teams have won the provincial title on 68 occasions during its history while they have also claimed 36 All-Ireland titles.

The title has been won at least once by five of the six Munster counties, all of which have won the title more than once. Kerry hold the distinction of never having won the provincial title. The current champions are Tipperary, who defeated Limerick by 0-20 to 0-17 in a final at Semple Stadium on July 12, 2015.

Format[edit]

The Munster Minor Championship was always played as a knockout tournament with pairings drawn at random – there were no seeds. In recent years the knockout element of the championship has been diminished with the introduction of a 'back-door' system for the first-round losers.

Each championship match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a replay. Drawn replays are now settled with extra time, but if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a second replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.

The current format works as follows. An open draw is made with four of the five teams paired against each other in two lone quarter-finals. The fifth team is given a bye into one of the semi-finals. The winners of the two quarter-finals advance to the semi-final stages and are paired on opposite sides. The losers of the two quarter-finals play each other in a single play-off game, the loser of which is eliminated from the championship with the winner advancing to join the other three teams in the semi-finals. The competition operates as a straight knock-out from this point on.

The Munster Minor Championship has wider implications for the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship. The winners of the Munster final automatically qualify for the semi-final stages of the All-Ireland series of games while the runners-up qualify for the quarter-final stages.

Since 2010 all six counties of Munster – Clare, Cork, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford and Kerry – participate in the championship. Kerry had not participated in the Munster Minor Championship since 2006 but after some under-age rebuilding they re-entered in 2010.

General statistics[edit]

Performance by county[edit]

County Wins Runners-up Years won Years runner-up
1 Tipperary 39 22 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1967, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012, 2015, 2016 1929, 1936, 1941, 1948, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1992, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009,
2 Cork 32 12 1928, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1951, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 1930, 1933, 1935, 1946, 1961, 1962, 1987, 1993, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007
3 Limerick 7 21 1940, 1958, 1963, 1965, 1984, 2013, 2014 1937, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1959, 1967, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1989, 1991, 2000, 2005, 2015, 2016
4 Waterford 4 15 1929, 1948, 1992, 2009 1928, 1931, 1934, 1947, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1968, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
5 Clare 4 12 1981, 1989, 2010, 2011 1932, 1939, 1940, 1945, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1971, 1990, 1997, 1998 1999, 2012
6 Kerry 0 1 1938

Biggest Munster final wins[edit]

List of Munster Finals[edit]

All-Ireland champions
All-Ireland runners-up
Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Venue Winning Captain
1928 Cork 3–4 (13) Waterford 3–2 (11) Gaelic Grounds Chris Duggan
1929 Waterford 7–5 (26) Tipperary 0–2 (2) Fraher Field Paddy Donnelly
1930 Tipperary 4–3 (15) Cork 3–0 (9) Mardyke Jack Russell
1931 Tipperary 6–5 (23) Waterford 6–3 (21) Clonmel William O'Neill
1932 Tipperary 7–8 (29) Clare 3–0 (9) Thurles Sportsfield Denis O'Gorman
1933 Tipperary 3–1 (10) Cork 2–2 (8) Cork Athletic Grounds Joe Fletcher
1934 Tipperary 3–6 (15) Waterford 0–5 (5) Cork Athletic Grounds Phil Dwyer
1935 Tipperary 4–3 (15) Cork 2–1 (7) Cork Athletic Grounds Con Maher
1936 Cork 6–5 (23) Tipperary 1–4 (7) Mitchelstown
1937 Cork 8–4 (28) Limerick 3–2 (11) Cork Athletic Grounds Mick Goggin
1938 Cork 9–3 (30) Kerry 0–0 (0) Cork Athletic Grounds Kevin McGrath
1939 Cork 8–3 (27) Clare 0–2 (2) Thurles Sportsfield Teddy Barry
1940 Limerick 8–3 (27) Clare 0–4 (4) Thurles Sportsfield Paddy McCarthy
1941 Cork 4–6 (18) Tipperary 3–3 (12) Gaelic Grounds Seán Condon
1942–44 No championship
1945 Tipperary 8–10 (34) Clare 0–2 (2) Thurles Sportsfield Pat Stakelum
1946 Tipperary 5–6 (21) Cork 4–2 (14) Thurles Sportsfield Paddy Kenny
1947 Tipperary 2–4 (10) Waterford 1–2 (5) Thurles Sportsfield Paddy Kenny
1948 Waterford 3–6 (15) Tipperary 0–3 (3) Thurles Sportsfield Mick Flannelly
1949 Tipperary 5–6 (21) Clare 5–5 (20) Cork Athletic Grounds John O'Grady
1950 Tipperary 12–3 (39) Clare 2–0 (6) FitzGerald Stadium Gerry Doyle
1951 Cork 5–11 (26) Limerick 1–3 (6) Gaelic Grounds Johnny Clifford
1952 Tipperary 10–7 (37) Clare 1–2 (5) Gaelic Grounds Tony Wall
1953 Tipperary 3–11 (20) Limerick 3–3 (12) Gaelic Grounds Billy Quinn
1954 Tipperary 3–5 (15) Limerick 2–3 (9) Gaelic Grounds Larry Quinn
1955 Tipperary 8–11 (35) Waterford 2–5 (11) Gaelic Grounds Ray Reidy
1956 Tipperary 10–10 (40) Waterford 4–4 (16) Thurles Sportsfield Pat Ryan
1957 Tipperary 3–8 (17) Limerick 1–4 (7) Thurles Sportsfield Jimmy Doyle
1958 Limerick 8–9 (33) Waterford 2–5 (11) Thurles Sportsfield Paddy Cobbe
1959 Tipperary 5–8 (23) Limerick 1–4 (7) Thurles Sportsfield Larry Kiely
1960 Tipperary 6–7 (25) Cork 4–3 (15) Thurles Sportsfield John O'Donoghue
1961 Tipperary 7–11 (32) Cork 1–6 (9) Gaelic Grounds Noel Hogan
1962 Tipperary 4–11 (23) Cork 4–1 (13) Gaelic Grounds Michael 'Babs' Keating
1963 Limerick 4–12 (24) Tipperary 5–4 (19) Gaelic Grounds Éamonn Cregan
1964 Cork 2–14 (20) Tipperary 2–9 (15) Gaelic Grounds Kevin Cummins
1965 Limerick 5–5 (20) Tipperary 3–9 (18) Gaelic Grounds Michael O'Flaherty
1966 Cork 6–7 (25) Galway 2–8 (14) Gaelic Grounds
1967 Cork 4–10 (22) Limerick 0–3 (3) Gaelic Grounds Pat Moylan
1968 Cork 7–8 (29) Waterford 4–2 (14) Gaelic Grounds Denis McCarthy
1969 Cork 1–12 (15) Tipperary 2–4 (10) Gaelic Grounds Seán Collins
1970 Cork 3–8 (17) Tipperary 4–4 (16) Gaelic Grounds Pat Kavanagh
1971 Cork 6–13 (31) Clare 3–5 (14) FitzGerald Stadium Séamus Coughlan
1972 Cork 4–11 (23) Limerick 0–3 (3) Semple Stadium
1973 Tipperary 5–12 (27) Limerick 5–4 (19) Semple Stadium Michael McCormack
1974 Cork 3–7 (16)
2–11 (17)
Tipperary 2–10 (16)
2–7 (13)
Semple Stadium
Fraher Field
Billy Geaney
1975 Cork 3–16 (25) Tipperary 1–7 (10) Gaelic Grounds Tom Cashman
1976 Tipperary 5–10 (25) Limerick 5–6 (21) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Joe Hogan
1977 Cork 2-08 (14) Limerick 2-7 (13) Semple Stadium S. Hayes
1978 Cork 1–14 (17) Tipperary 3–6 (15) Semple Stadium Pat Murphy
1979 Cork 3–17 (26) Limerick 4–4 (16) Semple Stadium Christy Coughlan
1980 Tipperary 1–17 (20) Limerick 1–4 (7) Semple Stadium Jim Maher
1981 Clare 3–13 (22) Tipperary 3–11 (20) Semple Stadium John Lynch
1982 Tipperary 1–10 (13) Limerick 1–7 (10) Semple Stadium John Kennedy
1983 Tipperary 3–15 (24) Limerick 2–8 (14) Semple Stadium P.J. Lanigan
1984 Limerick 3–6 (15) Tipperary 2–7 (13) Semple Stadium Anthony O'Riordan
1985 Cork 1–13 (16) Tipperary 1–8 (11) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Michael O'Mahony
1986
(R)
Cork 3–10 (19)
2–11 (16)
Tipperary 2–13 (19)
1–11 (14)
FitzGerald Stadium
Kilmallock
Kieran Keane
1987 Tipperary 2–11 (17) Cork 1–9 (12) Semple Stadium Michael O'Meara
1988 Cork 5-7 (22) Limerick 1-2 (5) Gaelic Grounds K. O'Brien
1989 Clare 2–13 (19) Limerick 2–12 (18) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Pat Lee
1990 Cork 1-9 (12) Clare 0-9 (9) Semple Stadium Peter Smith
1991 Tipperary 4-7 (19) Limerick 1-5 (8) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Adrian Hogan
1992
(R)
Waterford 4–7 (19)
2–10 (16)
Tipperary 3–10 (19)
0–14 (14)
Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Paddy O'Donnell
1993 Tipperary 1–12 (21) Cork 1–9 (12) Gaelic Grounds Kevin Tucker
1994 Cork 2–15 (21) Waterford 0–9 (9) Semple Stadium Brian Hurley
1995 Cork 3–18 (27) Waterford 0–10 (10) Semple Stadium Brian O'Keeffe
1996 Tipperary 2–19 (25) Waterford 1–11 (14) Gaelic Grounds William Maher
1997 Tipperary 2–13 (19) Clare 1–13 (16) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Donnacha Fahy
1998 Cork 3–13 (22) Clare 0–8 (8) Semple Stadium Cathal McCarthy
1999 Tipperary 1–13 (16) Clare 2-7 (13) Semple Stadium Damien Young
2000 Cork 2–19 (25) Limerick 1–10 (13) Semple Stadium Mark O'Connor
2001 Tipperary 1–13 (16) Cork 1-6 (9) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Diarmaid FitzGerald
2002 Tipperary 3-7 (16) Cork 2-7 (13) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Patrick McCormack
2003 Tipperary 2–12 (18) Cork 0–16 (16) Semple Stadium David Morrissey
2004 Cork 2–13 (19) Tipperary 3-8 (17) Semple Stadium Shane O'Neill
2005 Cork 2–18 (24) Limerick 1–12 (15) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Pa Cronin
2006 Cork 2–20 (26) Tipperary 1–15 (18) Semple Stadium Patrick Horgan
2007 Tipperary 0–18 (18) Cork 1–11 (14) Semple Stadium Brendan Maher
2008 Cork 0–19 (19) Tipperary 0–18 (18) Gaelic Grounds Daniel Roche
2009 Waterford 0–18 (18) Tipperary 1–13 (16) Semple Stadium Martin O'Neill
2010 Clare 1–16 (19) Waterford 1–11 (14) Semple Stadium Paul Flanagan
2011 Clare 1–20 (23) Waterford 3–9 (18) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Tony Kelly
2012[1] Tipperary 1-16(19) Clare 1-12(15) Páirc Uí Chaoimh Bill Maher
2013[2] Limerick 1-20 (23) Waterford 4-8 (20) Semple Stadium Richie English
2014[3] Limerick 0-24 (24) Waterford 0-18 (18) Semple Stadium Cian Lynch
2015[4] Tipperary 0-20 (20) Limerick 0-17 (17) Semple Stadium Darragh Peters
2016[5] Tipperary 1-24 (27) Limerick 0-10 (10) Gaelic Grounds Brian McGrath

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Munster MHC final: Tipp hold off Banner rally". Hogan Stand. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Limerick end 29-year wait for Munster title in style". Irish Examiner. 24 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Munster MHC final replay: Treaty surge to break Deise resistance". Hogan Stand. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Munster MHC final: Tipp tops as Limerick run out of time". Hogan Stand. 12 July 2015. Retrieved 14 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Powerful Tipperary minors cruise past Limerick". Irish Examiner. 10 July 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 

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