Courtesy Ger Ryan
Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team and management on their great success in winning back to back Munster Senior Hurling Championships by defeating Waterford in the final on Sunday last in Semple Stadium. It is Tipperary’s 38th Munster senior hurling title and their third title this decade equalling Waterford, while Cork won 4 Munster titles in the period 2000-2009. Tipperary contested 7 Munster Finals in the decade, more than any other county. Cork and Waterford contested 5 Finals each, Limerick reached 2 Finals while Clare got to 1 final. Prior to this decade, Waterford have never appeared in more than 3 Munster Finals in any one decade. It is the first time Tipperary have retained the Munster Championship since 1989 when coincidentally they also defeated Waterford. Winning back to back Munster Senior Hurling titles is rare in modern times. The competitive nature of the Munster Senior Hurling Championship is reflected in the fact that, since 1990, the only other occasions on which the back to back titles were won were 1997-1998 (Clare) and 2005-2006 (Cork). This differs from the 1980’s for example when Limerick’s 2 in a row was followed by 5 in a row for Cork before Tipperary captured 3 in a row to complete the decade (1987-1989). Sunday’s win also meant that Tipperary became the first county since Waterford in 2004 to defeat three counties to win the Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Tipperary’s next game will be the All-Ireland semi-final which will be played in Croke Park on Sunday August 16th.

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