Waterford Senior Hurling Championship

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Waterford Senior Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2018 Waterford Senior Hurling Championship
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Code Hurling
Founded 1897; 121 years ago (1897)
Region Colours of Monaghan.svg Waterford (GAA)
No. of teams 12
Title holders Ballygunner (17th title)
Most titles Mount Sion (35 titles)
Sponsors JJ Kavanagh & Sons
TV partner(s) TG4 (final only)
Official website http://www.waterfordgaa.ie/

The Waterford Senior Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Senior Hurling Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Waterford County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1897 for the top hurling teams in the county of Waterford in Ireland.

The series of games are played during the spring, summer and autumn months with the county final currently being played at Walsh Park in October. Initially played as a knock-out competition, the championship currently features a group stage followed by a knock-out stage.

The Waterford County Championship is an integral part of the wider Munster Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Waterford county final join the champions of the other hurling counties to contest the provincial championship.

Twelve teams currently participate in the Waterford County Championship. The title has been won at least once by 23 different teams. The all-time record-holders are Mount Sion, who have won a total of 35 titles.

Ballygunner are the title-holders after defeating De La Salle by 2-18 to 0-16 in the 2017 championship final.[1]

The championship[edit]

Format[edit]

Group stage: The 12 teams are divided into two groups. Each team plays each other once. The top four teams in each group advance to the kick-out stage. The fifth-placed teams in each group are eliminated from the championship. The bottom-placed teams in each group contest the relegation play-off.

Relegation play-off: The losers of this game are relegated to the Waterford Intermediate Hurling Championship.

Quarter-finals: 8 teams contest this round. The 4 winning teams advance to the Semi-finals. The 4 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Semi-finals: 4 teams contest this round. The 2 winning teams advance to the Semi-finals. The 2 losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Final: The final is contested by the two semi-final winners.

Participating teams[edit]

The following 12 teams will contest the 2018 championship:

Team Location Colours
Abbeyside Abbeyside Blue and orange
Ballyduff Upper Ballyduff Red and white
Ballygunner Ballygunner Red and black
De La Salle Waterford Red and white
Dungarvan Dungarvan Blue and white
Fourmilewater Ballymacarbry Blue and white
Lismore Lismore Yellow and black
Mount Sion Waterford Blue and white
Passage Passage East Red and white
Rinn Ó gCuanach Ring, County Waterford Blue and yellow
Roanmore Waterford Blue and white
Tallow Tallow Blue and yellow

Managers[edit]

Managers in the Waterford Championship are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, and sourcing of players. Their influence varies from club-to-club and is related to the individual club committees. The manager is assisted by a team of two or three selectors and a backroom team consisting of various coaches.

Winning managers (1999–present)
Manager Team Wins Winning years
Jim Greene Ballygunner 3 2002, 2003, 2004
Denis Walsh Ballygunner 2 2015, 2016
Fergal Hartley Ballygunner 3 2014, 2017, 2018
Michael Gaffney Ballygunner 1 1999
Kevin Ryan Mount Sion 1 2000
Gordon Ryan Ballygunner 1 2001
John Fitzpatrick Ballygunner 1 2005
Páraic Fanning Mount Sion 1 2006
Morris Geary Ballyduff Upper 1 2007
Owen Dunphy De La Salle 1 2008
Ger Cunningham Ballygunner 1 2009
Michael Ryan De La Salle 1 2010
Niall O'Donnell Ballygunner 1 2011
Derek McGrath De La Salle 1 2012
Peter Queally Passage 1 2013

Finals Listed By Year[edit]

Year Winner Opponent
2018[2] Ballygunner 2-19 Abbeyside 0-13
2017[3] Ballygunner 2-18 De La Salle 0-16
2016[4] Ballygunner 4-20 Passage 1-12
2015[5] Ballygunner 0-16 Tallow 0-12
2014[6] Ballygunner 2-16 Mount Sion 0-09
2013[7] Passage 3-16 Ballygunner 3-13
2012[8] De La Salle 1-21 Dungarvan 0-12
2011 Ballygunner 1-19 Tallow 0-06
2010[9] De La Salle 3-13 Ballygunner 1-11
2009 Ballygunner (4-12) 1-17 Lismore (2-18) 0-19
2008 De La Salle 0-11 Abbeyside 0-9
2007 Ballyduff Upper 1-18 Ballygunner 1-14
2006 Mount Sion 2-13 Ballygunner 0-12
2005 Ballygunner 2-10 De La Salle 1-12
2004 Mount Sion 4-14 Ballygunner 4-7
2003 Mount Sion 1-14 Ballygunner 1-10
2002 Mount Sion 1-19 Ballygunner 2-14
2001 Ballygunner 4-12 Lismore 1-16
2000 Mount Sion 1-20 Ballygunner 0-9
1999 Ballygunner 1-18 Mount Sion 2-10
1998 Mount Sion 3-19 Ballyduff Upper 0-10
1997 Ballygunner 2-17 Passage 1-14
1996 Ballygunner 3-13 Lismore 1-12
1995 Ballygunner (1-8) 3-13 Mount Sion (1-8) 1-17
1994 Mount Sion 2-13 Passage 1-11
1993 Lismore 0-8 Passage 0-7
1992 Ballygunner 1-12 Mount Sion 2-7
1991 Lismore 5-7 Mount Sion 1-5
1990 Roanmore 3-13 Ballyduff Upper 2-6
1989 Roanmore 3-8 Ballyduff Upper 2-7
1988 Mount Sion 2-15 Ballygunner 3-8
1987 Ballyduff Upper 4-7 Roanmore 2-11
1986 Mount Sion 0-16 Lismore 0-10
1985 Tallow 3-8 Ballyduff Upper 2-8
1984 Tallow 2-12 Portlaw 2-1
1983 Mount Sion 5-11 Ballyduff Upper 2-6
1982 Ballyduff Upper 0-20 Dunhill 1-11
1981 Mount Sion 4-13 Dunhill 1-14
1980 Tallow 1-7 Dunhill 1-6
1979 Dunhill 2-17 Ballyduff Upper 2-8
1978 Dunhill 2-16 Mount Sion 4-8
1977 Portlaw 4-10 Ballyduff Upper 2-10
1976 Portlaw 7-12 Tallow 1-5
1975 Mount Sion 6-4 Portlaw 2-7
1974 Mount Sion 3-8 Portlaw 2-10
1973 Portlaw 2-11 Mount Sion 2-7
1972 Mount Sion 2-10 Dunhill 2-8
1971 Portlaw 1-13 St. Molleran's 2-8
1970 Ballyduff Lower/Portlaw (awarded title)
1969 Mount Sion 7-11 Abbeyside 2-13
1968 Ballygunner 2-10 Mount Sion 3-2
1967 Ballygunner 2-10 Ballyduff Lower/Portlaw 3-5
1966 Ballygunner 2-6 Mount Sion 2-3
1965 Mount Sion 3-2 Ballygunner 2-4
1964 Mount Sion 3-6 Abbeyside 1-6
1963 Mount Sion 4-6 Ballygunner 3-4
1962 Erin's Own 5-7 Mount Sion 1-4
1961 Mount Sion 2-14 Erin's Own 2-4
1960 Mount Sion 5-9 Erin's Own 2-5
1959 Mount Sion 5-5 Erin's Own 5-4
1958 Mount Sion 6-10 Faughs 1-8
1957 Mount Sion 2-10 Abbeyside 1-2
1956 Mount Sion 7-7 Cappoquin 2-6
1955 Mount Sion 2-10 Abbeyside 3-4
1954 Mount Sion 3-14 Erin's Own 5-2
1953 Mount Sion 7-11 Tourin 1-1
1952 Clonea 1-10 T. F. Meaghers 2-1
1951 Mount Sion 7-8 Dungarvan 0-9
1950 Tourin 3-7 Mount Sion 2-5
1949 Mount Sion 4-8 Clonea 0-6
1948 Mount Sion 4-8 Avonmore 0-8
1947 Erin's Own 3-4 Clonea 3-1
1946 Erin's Own 5-7 Brickey Rangers 2-4
1945 Mount Sion 3-8 Dungarvan 2-5
1944 3rd Battalion 4-3 Portlaw 2-7
1943 Mount Sion 3-8 Tallow 1-5
1942 Erin's Own 2-5 Lismore 2-3
1941 Dungarvan 2-6 Mount Sion 1-5
1940 Mount Sion 6-5 Dungarvan 3-2
1939 Mount Sion 2-4 Erin's Own 2-2
1938 Mount Sion 4-3 Erin's Own 3-4
1937 Portlaw 3-1 Dungarvan 0-3
1936 Mount Sion 2-6 Tallow 1-5 (Tallow won on objection)
1935 Erin's Own 4-7 Tallow 2-4
1934 Erin's Own 6-4 Tallow 0-2
1933 Erin's Own 7-6 Dunhill 1-3
1932 Erin's Own 2-2 Tallow 0-2
1931 Erin's Own 4-7 Tallow 0-3
1930 Erin's Own 6-4 Dungarvan 0-1
1929 Erin's Own 10-4 Lismore 1-1
1928 Erin's Own 5-6 Tallow 2-0
1927 Erin's Own 8-2 Dungarvan 0-5
1926 Dungarvan 5-2 Lismore 2-3
1925 Lismore 4-2 Erin's Own 2-3
1924 T. F. Meaghers 11-5 Dungarvan 1-2
1923 Dungarvan
1922 T. F. Meaghers
1921 No Championship
1920 Dungarvan 9-2 Ferrybank 1-0
1919 Ferrybank
1918 Clonea 4-3 Ferrybank 2-1
1917 Dungarvan
1916 Young Irelands 6-02 Ferrybank 2-0
1915 Ferrybank
1914 St Stephens De La Salle
1913 St Stephens De La Salle 5-4 Ballyduff Upper 0-2
1912 T. F. Meaghers 4-2 Clonea 1 Goal
1911 T. F. Meaghers
1910 T. F. Meaghers 4-4 Dungarvan 1-2
1909 T. F. Meaghers
1908 Dungarvan 14 Points Dunhill 1 Goal
1907 Clonea
1906 De La Salle 5-5 Ballyduff Lower 5 Points
1905 Clonea 6-10 Ballyduff Upper 3-5
1904 Gracedieu Clonea
1903 Clonea De La Salle
1902 Clonea Shanacool Durrow
1901
1900
1899 Ballydurn Blackwater Ramblers
1898
1897 Ballytruckle

Roll of honour[edit]

Club Number of wins Winning Years
1. Mount Sion 35 1938, 1939, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006
2. Ballygunner 17 1966, 1967, 1968, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
3 Erin's Own 13 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1942, 1946, 1947,1962
4. Dungarvan 6 1908, 1917, 1920, 1923, 1926, 1941
T.F. Meaghers 6 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1922, 1924
Portlaw 6 1937, 1970 (awarded title), 1971, 1973, 1976, 1977
5 Clonea 5 1902, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1952
6 Tallow 4 1936, 1980, 1984, 1985
7 Ferrybank 3 1915, 1916, 1919
Lismore 3 1925, 1991, 1993
Ballyduff Upper 3 1983, 1987, 2007
De La Salle 3 2008, 2010, 2012
8 St Stephens De La Salle 2 1913, 1914
Dunhill 2 1978, 1979
Roanmore 2 1989, 1990
9 Ballytruckle 1 1897
Ballydurn 1 1899
Gracedieu 1 1904
Ballyduff Lower 1 1906
Young Irelands 1 1918
3rd Battalion 1 1944
Tourin 1 1950
Passage 1 2013

Records and statistics[edit]

By decade[edit]

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

Gaps[edit]

Top five longest gaps between successive championship titles:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Power double drives Ballygunner to Waterford glory". RTÉ Sport. 22 October 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Ballygunner make it five in a row beating Abbeyside". RTE. 24 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Four-in-a-row for brilliant Ballygunner". The Irish Examiner. 23 October 2017. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Pauric Mahony's magic drives Ballygunner as Pat Flynn is honoured". Irish Examiner. 24 October 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Ballygunner edge tough battle for poignant 14th title win". Irish Examiner. 19 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Redemption for gallant Gunners". Irish Examiner. 6 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Passage dream comes true". Irish Examiner. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 14 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Bigger tests loom for rampant De La Salle". Irish Examiner. 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  9. ^ "Mullane magic helps shoot down 'Gunner". Irish Independent. 2010-10-26. Retrieved 2010-10-26.

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