National Hurling League

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Allianz National Hurling League
Current season or competition:
2016 National Hurling League
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Irish Sraith Iomána Náisiúnta
Code Hurling
Founded 1925–26
Region Ireland (GAA)
Trophy Dr. Croke Cup
No. of teams 34 (2015)
Title holders Clare (4th title)
Most titles Tipperary (19 titles)
Sponsors Allianz
TV partner(s) TG4
Setanta Sports
Premier Sports
Official website Official Website

The National Hurling League is a league competition featuring amateur inter-county hurling teams from Ireland and England. Founded in 1925, it is regarded as the secondary inter-county hurling competition after the All-Ireland Championship. The National Hurling League has been associated with a title sponsor since 1985. As this sponsor has changed over the years the league too has been known by various names. After its title sponsors, the National Hurling League has formerly been known as the Ford National Hurling League, the Royal Liver National Hurling League and the Church & General National Hurling League. The competition is currently known as the Allianz Hurling League.

Currently it has 34 teams divided into six divisions, which are known as Divisions 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A and 3B. Six teams participate in the top five divisions with four teams contesting the bottom division. Promotion and relegation between these divisions is a central feature of the National Hurling League. Although primarily a competition for Irish inter-county teams, teams from England, London and Warwickshire, also take part, while in the past New York also fielded a team for the latter stages of the League.

The Gaelic Athletic Association organises the league, which begins in February and concludes in May, at which stage the league final is held. The prize for the winning Division 1A team is the Dr. Croke Cup. In some seasons, including 2012, the winner of Division 1B is allowed to compete in the knockout stages of the Division 1A title.

The Division 1 title has been won at least once by ten different teams, nine of which have won the title more than once. The all-time record-holders are Tipperary, who have won the competition 19 times. Clare are the current champions.

History[edit]

The NHL was first held in 1925–26, 38 years after the first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, with Cork being the first winners. The League has traditionally played second fiddle to the All-Ireland, with most counties using it as a warm-up for the All-Ireland. This was not helped by the fact that the League was played in winter (November–March usually) while the championship had the more attractive summer dates and knockout structure.

In 1997, the league was changed to a February–April calendar, which has increased interest with attendances growing and live games broadcast on TG4.

Format[edit]

Jason Flynn in action for Galway against Kilkenny in the 2015 National Hurling League

34 teams play in the National Hurling League. There are six teams in the top five divisions, and four teams in Division 3B. Each team plays each other once, either home or away. 2 points are awarded for a win, and 1 for a draw. Where two teams are level on points, the team that won the head-to-head match is ranked ahead. If this game was a draw, points difference (total scored minus total conceded in all games) is used to rank the teams. Where three or more teams are level on points, points difference is used to rank them. Cavan and New York are the only teams not to contest in the National Hurling League.

  • Division 1A: Top four teams qualify for NHL quarter-finals. Bottom two teams play a relegation play-off, with the losing team relegated to Division 1B.
  • Division 1B: Top team promoted to 1A. Top four teams qualify for NHL quarter-finals. Bottom two teams play a relegation play-off, with the losing team playing a promotion-relegation match against the Division 2A champions.
  • Division 2A: Top two teams play Division 2A final, with the winning team playing a promotion-relegation match against the loser of the Division 1B relegation play-off. Bottom team relegated to Division 2B.
  • Division 2B: Top two teams play division final, with the winner being promoted. Bottom two teams play a relegation play-off, with the losing team playing a promotion-relegation match against the Division 3A champions.
  • Division 3A: Top two teams play Division 3A final, with the winning team playing a promotion-relegation match against the loser of the Division 2B relegation play-off. Bottom team relegated to Division 3B.
  • Division 3B: Top two teams play division final, with the winner being promoted.[1]

Performance by county[edit]

County Wins Years won
Colours of Roscommon.svg Tipperary 19 1927–28, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1951–52, 1953–54, 1954–55, 1956–57, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61, 1963–64, 1964–65, 1967–68, 1978–79, 1987–88, 1993–94, 1999, 2001, 2008
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny 17 1932–33, 1961–62, 1965–66, 1975–76, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1994–95, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014
Colours of Cork.svg Cork 14 1925–26, 1929–30, 1939–40, 1940–41, 1947–48, 1952–53, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1992–93, 1998
Colours of Leinster Council.svg Limerick 11 1933–34, 1934–35, 1935–36, 1936–37, 1937–38, 1946–47, 1970–71, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1991–92, 1997
Colours of Galway.svg Galway 9 1930–31, 1950–51, 1974–75, 1986–87, 1988–89, 1995–96, 2000, 2004, 2010
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 4 1955–56, 1957–58, 1966–67, 1972–73
Colours of Clare.svg Clare 4 1945–46, 1976–77, 1977–78, 2016
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 3 1928–29, 1938–39, 2011
Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford 3 1962–63, 2007, 2015
Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 1 1990–91

The top provinces by number of wins:

Province Wins Last win Top county
1 Munster Munster 51 Clare, 2016 Tipperary (19)
2 Leinster Leinster 25 Kilkenny, 2014 Kilkenny (17)
3 Connacht Connacht 9 Galway, 2010 Galway (9)
4 Ulster Ulster 0

Previous winners[edit]

Division 1[edit]

All-Ireland champions
All-Ireland runners-up
Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Winning Captain
1925–26 Cork 3–7 1–5 Dublin Seán Óg Murphy
1926–27 League not held
1927–28 Tipperary won on points system with 14 points from eight games Johnny Leahy
1928–29 Dublin 7–4 5–5 Cork Mick Gill
1929–30 Cork 3–5 3–0 Dublin Eudie Coughlan
1930–31 Galway 4–5 4–4 Tipperary Ignatius Harney
1931–32 League not held
1932–33 Kilkenny 3–8 1–3 Limerick Nowlan Park Eddie Doyle
1933–34 Limerick 3–6 3–3 Dublin Gaelic Grounds Mick Kennedy
1934–35 Limerick won on points system with 15 points from eight games Timmy Ryan
1935–36 Limerick won on points system with 15 points from eight games Timmy Ryan
1936–37 Limerick won on points system with 13 points from eight games Mick Mackey
1937–38 Limerick 5-2 1-1 Tipperary Mick Mackey
1938–39 Dublin 1–8 1–4 Waterford Mick Daniels
1939–40 Cork 8-9 6-4 Tipperary Jack Lynch
1940–41 Cork 4–11 2–7 Dublin Connie Buckley
1941-45 League suspended for four seasons
1945–46 Clare 2–10 2–5 Dublin After a replay Mick Daly
1946–47 Limerick 3–8 1–7 Kilkenny After a replay
1947–48 Cork 3–3 1–2 Tipperary Jim Young
1948–49 Tipperary 3–5 3–3 Cork Pat Stakelum
1949–50 Tipperary 3–8 1–10 Kilkenny Seán Kenny
1950–51 Galway 6–7 3–4 Wexford M. J. 'Inky' Flaherty
1951–52 Tipperary 4–7 4–6 Wexford Pat Stakelum
1952–53 Cork 2–10 2–7 Tipperary David O'Leary
1953–54 Tipperary 3–10 1–4 Kilkenny Jimmy Finn
1954–55 Tipperary 3–5 1–5 Wexford John Doyle
1955–56 Wexford 5–9 2–14 Tipperary Jim English
1956–57 Tipperary 3–11 2–7 Kilkenny
1957–58 Wexford 5–7 4–8 Limerick
1958–59 Tipperary 0–15 0–7 Waterford
1959–60 Tipperary 2–15 3–8 Cork Tony Wall
1960–61 Tipperary 6–6 4–9 Waterford Matt Hassett
1961–62 Kilkenny 1–16 1–8 Cork Alfie Hickey
1962–63
(Replay)
Waterford 3-6
3-10
3-6
1-10
New York Croke Park
Nowlan Park
John Meaney
Home final Waterford 2–15 4–7 Tipperary John Meaney
1963–64 Tipperary 5–12 1–4 Wexford
1964–65 Tipperary 3–14 2–8 Kilkenny Jimmy Doyle
1965–66 Kilkenny 10–15 2–15 New York Jim Lynch
Home final Kilkenny 0–9 0–7 Tipperary Jim Lynch
1966–67 Wexford 3–10 1–9 Kilkenny Jimmy O'Brien
1967–68 Tipperary 6–27 4–22 New York Gaelic Park Mick Roche
Home final Tipperary 3–9 1–13 Kilkenny Mick Roche
1968–69 Cork 3–12 1–14 Wexford Denis Murphy
1969–70 Cork 5–21 6–16 New York Gaelic Park Gerald McCarthy
Home final Cork 2–17 0–7 Limerick Gerald McCarthy
1970–71 Limerick 3–12 3–11 Tipperary Cork Athletic Grounds Tony O'Brien
1971–72 Cork 3–14 2–14 Limerick Gaelic Grounds Frank Norberg
1972–73 Wexford 4–13 3–7 Limerick Gaelic Grounds John Quigley
1973–74 Cork 6–15 1–12 Limerick Gaelic Grounds John Horgan
1974–75 Galway 4–9 4–6 Tipperary Gaelic Grounds John Connolly
1975–76
(R)
Kilkenny 0–16
6–14
2–10
1–14
Clare Semple Stadium
Semple Stadium
Phil 'Fan' Larkin
1976–77 Clare 2–8 0–9 Kilkenny Semple Stadium John McNamara
1977–78 Clare 3-10 1-10 Kilkenny Semple Stadium Seán Stack
1978–79 Tipperary 3–15 0–8 Galway Gaelic Grounds Paddy Williams
1979–80
(R)
Cork 2–10
4–15
2–10
4–6
Limerick Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Dermot Mac Curtain
1980–81 Cork 3–11 2–8 Offaly Semple Stadium Dónal O'Grady
1981–82 Kilkenny 2–14 1–11 Wexford Croke Park Brian Cody
1982–83 Kilkenny 2–14 2–12 Limerick Semple Stadium Liam Fennelly
1983–84 Limerick 3–16 1–9 Wexford Semple Stadium Leonard Enright
1984–85 Limerick 3–12 1–7 Clare Semple Stadium Leonard Enright
1985–86 Kilkenny 2–10 2–6 Galway Semple Stadium Frank Holohan
1986–87 Galway 3–12 3–10 Clare Semple Stadium Conor Hayes
1987–88 Tipperary 3–15 2–9 Offaly Croke Park Pat O'Neill
1988–89 Galway 2–16 4–8 Tipperary Croke Park Conor Hayes
1989–90 Kilkenny 0–19 0–9 New York Gaelic Park Kevin Fennelly
Home final Kilkenny 3-12 1-10 Wexford Croke Park Kevin Fennelly
1990–91 Offaly 2–6 0–10 Wexford Croke Park Danny Owens
1991–92 Limerick 0–14 0–13 Tipperary Gaelic Grounds Joe O'Connor
1992–93
(Replay)
(2nd replay)
Cork 2–11
0–18
3–11
2–11
3–9
1–12
Wexford Semple Stadium
Semple Stadium
Semple Stadium
Brian Corcoran
1993–94 Tipperary 2–14 0–12 Galway Gaelic Grounds George Frend
1994–95 Kilkenny 2–12 0–9 Clare Semple Stadium Bill Hennessy
1995–96 Galway 2–10 2–8 Tipperary Gaelic Grounds Michael Coleman
1997 Limerick 1–12 1–9 Galway Cusack Park Gary Kirby
1998 Cork 2–14 0–13 Waterford Semple Stadium Diarmuid O'Sullivan
1999 Tipperary 1–14 1–10 Galway Cusack Park Tommy Dunne
2000 Galway 2–18 2–13 Tipperary Gaelic Grounds Joe Rabbitte
2001 Tipperary 1–19 0–17 Clare Gaelic Grounds Tommy Dunne
2002 Kilkenny 2–15 2–14 Cork Semple Stadium Andy Comerford
2003 Kilkenny 5–14 5–13 Tipperary Croke Park D.J. Carey
2004 Galway 2–15 1–13 Waterford Gaelic Grounds Ollie Canning
2005 Kilkenny 3–20 0–15 Clare Semple Stadium Peter Barry
2006 Kilkenny 3–11 0–14 Limerick Semple Stadium Jackie Tyrrell
2007 Waterford 0–20 0–18 Kilkenny Semple Stadium Michael 'Brick' Walsh
2008 Tipperary 3–18 3–16 Galway Gaelic Grounds Eoin Kelly
2009 Kilkenny 2–26 4–17 Tipperary Semple Stadium Henry Shefflin
2010 Galway 2–22 1–17 Cork Semple Stadium Shane Kavanagh
2011 Dublin 0–22 1–07 Kilkenny Croke Park John McCaffrey
2012 Kilkenny 3-21 0–16 Cork Semple Stadium Eoin Larkin
2013 Kilkenny 2-17 0–20 Tipperary Nowlan Park Colin Fennelly
2014 Kilkenny 2-25 1-27 Tipperary Semple Stadium Lester Ryan
2015 Waterford 1-24 0-17 Cork Semple Stadium Kevin Moran
2016 Clare 1-23 2-19 Waterford Semple Stadium Cian Dillon & Tony Kelly

Division 2[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Winning Captain
2000 Meath 5-14 (29) 2-10 (16) Carlow Cusack Park Paul Donnelly
2001 Kerry 4-14 (22) 3-10 (19) Westmeath Croke Park Michael 'Boxer' Slattery
2002 Laois 1-20 (23) 2-14 (20) Antrim Semple Stadium John Lyons
2003 Antrim 3-18 (27) 3-12 (21) Kerry Croke Park
2004 Down 5-15 (30) 3-7 (16) Westmeath Gaelic Grounds Simon Wilson
2005 Offaly 6-21 (39) 4-7 (19) Carlow Semple Stadium Barry Teehan
2006 Dublin 0-16 (16) 1-6 (9) Kerry Semple Stadium Philip Brennan
2007 Laois 2-19 (25) 0-8 (8) Wicklow Semple Stadium Joe FitzPatrick
2008 Westmeath 2-12 (18) 0-12 (12) Carlow Gaelic Grounds Brendan Murtagh
2009 Offaly 1-13 (16) 0-13 (13) Wexford Semple Stadium Ger Oakley
2010 Wexford 1-16 (19) 2-9 (15) Clare Semple Stadium Diarmuid Lyng
2011 Limerick 4-12 (24) 2-13 (19) Clare Cusack Park Gavin O'Mahony
2012 Clare 0-21 (21) 1-16 (19) Limerick Gaelic Grounds Patrick Donnellan
2013 Dublin 1-16 (19) 1-15 (18) Limerick Semple Stadium John McCaffrey

Division 3A[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Winning captain
1981 Mayo 2-13 (19) 1-7 (10) Louth
1982 Derry 1-10 (13) 4-6 (18) Monaghan
2000 Louth 0-16 (16) 1-11 (14) Longford Cusack Park
2001 Donegal 3-13 (22) 2-10 (16) Fermanagh
2002 Longford 1-12 (15) 0-12 (12) Louth Páirc Tailteann
2003 Mayo 2-11 (17) 2-6 (12) Sligo MacHale Park
2004 Sligo 3-12 (21) 1-8 (11) Tyrone Ballyshannon
2005 Mayo 1-14 (17) 2-10 (16) Donegal Markievicz Park
2006 Armagh 3-10 (19) 1-11 (14) Longford Kingspan Breffni Park
2007 Roscommon 1-13 (16) 0-15 (15) Sligo Kingspan Breffni Park Mervyn Connaughton
2008 Louth 1-16 (19) 0-11 (11) Donegal Rooskey David Dunne
2009 Kildare 2-18 (24) 1-18 (21) Meath Kingspan Breffni Park Oisin Lynch
2010 Kerry 2-18 (24) 1-15 (18) Derry Pádraig Pearse's Shane Brick
2011 Wicklow 2-20 (26) 3-14 (23) Derry Pearse Park Jonathan 'Bosco' O'Neill

Division 3B[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Winning Captain
2009 London 2-19 (25) 2-13 (19) Roscommon Dr. Hyde Park
2010 Wicklow 3-18 (27) 2-9 (15) Louth Parnell Park
2011 Roscommon 0-17 (17) 1-12 (15) Mayo Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada Shane Curley
2012 Fermanagh 2-15 (21) 2-5 (11) Warwickshire Parnell Park Karl Kehoe
2013 Longford 1-8 (11) 0-9 (9) Sligo Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada
2014 Tyrone 0-13 (13) 1-9 (12) Leitrim Markievicz Park

Division 4[edit]

Year Winners Score Runners-up Venue Winning Captain
2002
(R)
Mayo 1-14 (17)
1-15 (18)
4-5 (17)
1-5 (8)
Monaghan St. Loman's, Mullingar
Markievicz Park
2008 Monaghan 1-27 (30) 5-14 (29) South Down Kingspan Breffni Park
2009 Sligo 1-13 (16) 2-8 (14) Monaghan Kingspan Breffni Park Colin Herity
2010 Monaghan 1-18 (21) 1-10 (13) Longford Kingspan Breffni Park Brian McGuigan
2011 Tyrone 1-15 (18) 0-11 (11) South Down Athletic Grounds Seán Paul Begley

Players with most league wins[edit]

Rank Player Team Era Wins Finals
1 John Doyle Tipperary 1948-1967 10 1949-50, 1951-52, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1963-64, 1964-65
2 Michael Maher Tipperary 1951-1966 8 1951-52, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60, 1960-61, 1963-64, 1964-65
J. J. Delaney Kilkenny 2001-2014 8 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014
4 Mickey Byrne Tipperary 1945-1960 7 1948-49, 1949-50, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1958-59, 1959-60

Sponsorship[edit]

Since 1985, the National Hurling League has had title sponsorship rights sold to several companies.

  • 1985–1987: Ford (Ford National Hurling League)
  • 1987–1993: Royal Liver (Royal Liver National Hurling League)
  • 1993–1999: Church & General (Church & General National Hurling League)
  • 1999–present: Allianz (Allianz Hurling League)

Broadcasting rights[edit]

Setanta Sports broadcasts live matches in Australia. Setanta Sports also provides matches from the National Hurling League in Asia. In Ireland TG4 shows live matches each week on Sunday afternoon, with deferred coverage of a second match shown straight after. Setanta Sports broadcasts matces live on the Saturday evening slot. Highlights for all the games are shown at 7:00pm on League Sunday on RTÉ2.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2015 fixtures: Opening trips for Tipp and Kilkenny". RTÉ. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 20 January 2015. 

External links[edit]