Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel
2009 Munster SH Championship Final

Tipperary V Waterford

In Semple Stadium on Sunday, July 12th at 4:00pm 

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday July 9th. It will subsequently be published on the Tipperary GAA website ( )

Player Profiles

A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site – click on the following link to view this information – .

Management Profiles

Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Eamon O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) are in their second season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Liam Sheedy who is team manager, was previously a senior hurling selector in 2003 and was Manager of the Tipperary Minor Hurling team in 2005 and 2006, winning an All-Ireland title in 2006. He also served as Manager of the Intermediate Hurling team. He played 7 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1997 and 1999. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He won a NHL title in 1999. He also won Munster and All-Ireland junior hurling championship medals in 1989 and 1991.

Eamon O’Shea who is team coach, played 5 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986. He also played senior inter-county hurling with Dublin. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a NHL title in 1979. He won 4 County SH championships with Kilruane MacDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title with them in the 1985/86 season.

Michael Ryan played 24 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Limerick and ended with his retirement in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999.

Tipperary Path to Final:

Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22 Páirc na nGael Limerick Munster S/F 21/6/09
Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 Semple Stadium Thurles Munster Q/F 31/5/09

Tipperary Team v Clare 21/6/09:

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, N McGrath.

Subs: B Maher for O’Mahony (ht), W Ryan for Kerwick (53), B Dunne for S McGrath (62), H Maloney for Callanan (63), P Kelly for E Kelly (66).

Scorers: N McGrath 0-7 (0-1f, 0-1 s/l), J O’Brien 1-2, L Corbett 1-1, P Kerwick, E Kelly (0-3f) 0-3 each, S Callanan 1-0, J Woodlock, D Fanning 0-1 each

Tipperary Team v Cork 31/5//09:

B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, M Webster.

Subs: P Kerwick for Webster (51), B Maher for O’Mahony (55), D Gleeson for Cummins (blood-sub 60), G Ryan for N McGrath (63), B Dunne for Woodlock (65), P Kelly for Callanan (68).

Scorers: S Callanan 1-3, E Kelly 0-5 (4f), N McGrath, L Corbett 0-3 each, B Dunne, S McGrath (1 line ball) 0-2 each, J O’Brien 0-1.

Tipperary V Waterford: Previous Championship Meetings

Played 37, Tipperary won 26. Waterford won 10 and the one draw was in 1933. Waterford won the replay, at Carrick on Suir. Tipperary also received 3 walk overs – 1889, 1895 and 1922.

Last ten meetings

Date Venue Stage Result Tipp Top Scorer
July 2nd 1989 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster Final Tipperary 0-26
Waterford 2-8 Nicky English

May 21st 1995 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster 1st Rd Tipperary 4-23
Waterford 1-11 Pat Fox

June 2nd 1996 Walsh Park Munster 1st Rd Tipperary 1-14
Waterford 1-11 Liam Cahill

June 7th 1998 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster S/f Waterford 0-21
Tipperary 2-12 Eugene O’Neill

May 28th 2000 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster 1st Rd Tipperary 0-17
Waterford 0-14 Tommy Dunne

June 30th 2002 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster Final Waterford 2-23
Tipperary 3-12 Benny Dunne

June 6th 2004 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster S/f Waterford 4-10
Tipperary 3-12 Eoin Kelly

June 4th 2006 Páirc Ui Chaoimh Munster S/f Tipperary 3-14
Waterford 1-12 Eoin Kelly

July 7th 2006 Croke Park All-Ireland Q/f Waterford 1-22
Tipperary 3-13 Eoin Kelly

August 17th 2008 Croke Park All-Ireland S/f Waterford 1-20
Tipperary 1-18
Eoin Kelly

Previous Munster Final Meetings

6 previous meetings – Tipperary won 4 and Waterford won 2.

1925 at Dungarvan Tipperary 6-6 Waterford 1-2

1958 at Thurles Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-5

1962 at Limerick Tipperary 5-14 Waterford 2-3

1963 at Limerick Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 0-8

1989 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipperary 0-26 Waterford 2-8

2002 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Waterford 2-23 Tipperary 3-12

Last Munster SH Final Meeting June 30th 2002

Waterford 2-23 Tipperary 3-12

WATERFORD: S. Brenner; B. Flannery, T. Feeney, B. Greene; E. Murphy, F. Hartley (capt.), P. Queally; T. Browne, J. Murray; E. Kelly, S. Prendergast, P. Flynn; J. Mullane, K. McGrath, E. McGrath.

Subs: D. Bennett for Flannery (53rd minute); M. White for Flynn (61st); A. Moloney for Prendergast and D. Shanahan for E. McGrath (69th).

TIPPERARY: B. Cummins; T. Costelloe, P. Maher, D. Fahey; E. Corcoran, D. Kennedy, P. Kelly; T. Dunne (capt.), N. Morris; B. O’Meara, C. Gleeson, B. Dunne; E. Kelly, J. Carroll, L. Corbett.

Subs: E. Enright for Morris (43rd minute); P. Ormond for Kennedy (55th); M. O’Leary for Costelloe (58th); P. O’Brien for Gleeson (injured, 62nd).

Scorers: Waterford – P. Flynn 1-6 (1-5 frees); K. McGrath 0-7; J. Mullane 0-4; T. Browne 1-0; E. Kelly 0-3; D. Bennett, E. McGrath and S. Prendergast 0-1 each.

Tipperary: B. Dunne 2-2; E. Kelly 1-4 (1-3 frees); T. Dunne 0-2 (0-1 free); L. Corbett, C. Gleeson, J. Carroll and B. O’Meara 0-1 each.

Referee: A. MacSuibhne (Dublin).

Last Tipp v Waterford Munster Final and Munster Championship games in Thurles:

Tipp and Waterford last played in a Munster Final, at Thurles, on July 6th 1958. In front of a 41,384 attendance Tipp dethroned the Munster champions by 4-12 to 1-5.

The only championship meeting between the counties at Thurles since then was on May 20th 1973, when Tipperary survived an early Waterford scoring burst to win a first round game by 1-16 to 2-8. Jimmy Doyle played in goal for Tipperary on that occasion (his last championship appearance for Tipp) and the respective captains were Francis Loughnane ( Roscrea) and Stephen Greene (Mount Sion).


Appearances in 09

Paul Curran is the only played who has started all 10 games Tipperary have played in League and Championship this year. Benny Dunne, John O’Brien and James Woodlock have played in all 10 games either starting or coming on as a substitute.

Championship Scorers in 09

Noel McGrath is the top scorer for Tipperary after their first two championship games with 0-10. He is followed in the scoring stakes by Seamus Callanan (2-3), Eoin Kelly (0-8), Lar Corbett (1-4) and John O’Brien (1-3).

Championship Debutants under Liam Sheedy

Liam Sheedy has given 9 players championship debuts in his 2 seasons as Tipp SH Manager: Seamus Callanan, Darren Gleeson, Pat Kerwick, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Noel McGrath, Conor O’Brien, Gearoid Ryan and Paddy Stapleton.


Tipperary have appeared in 62 Munster Finals and won 37.There have been many memorable occasions over the years, but for those who were there it would be hard to match the emotion of Killarney on July 19th 1987 – the day the Tipperary captain and current Dublin selector Richard Stakelum proudly declared ‘’The famine is over’’.

Early Starter

In the GAA Centenary year (1984) there was a tremendous Munster Final played at Semple Stadium, when Tipp were pipped by Cork. The Tipperary goalkeeper on that occasion was John Sheedy, whose young brother Liam, now the Tipp Manager, was the sub goalkeeper for the North Tipp team, which beat Cork City South in the first game of the day – the Munster Under 16 Final.

First strike

Lar Corbett, who came on as a substitute, scored his first Championship goal against Waterford in their 2006 Munster semi final meeting at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Lar has faced The Decies on four occasions in the Championship and scored a total of 1-4 against them. Overall he has played in 34 championship games for Tipp – started 26 and came on as a substitute in 8 – and scored a total of 8 goals and 40 points.

Cummins Debut

Brendan Cummins made his senior championship debut v. Waterford in the first round game at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, on May 21st 1995. Tipp had an easy win on that occasion. Overall Brendan has played against Waterford on nine occasions in the championship, winning four times and losing five. He kept a clean sheet in the 1998 and 2000 clashes at Páirc Ui Chaoimh. If selected for the Munster Final, he will make his 54th championship appearance for Tipperary, which will equal the record number of appearances for Tipperary held by John Doyle of Holycross-Ballycahill, who is Tipperary’s most successful hurler with 8 All Ireland medals, 10 Munster SH championship medal and 11 National Hurling League medals in a 19 season inter-county career from 1949 to 1967.


The attendance at the 2002 Munster final between Tipp and Waterford at Páirc Ui Chaoimh was 40,276. Their previous final meeting in 1989 also at Páirc Ui Chaoimh drew a crowd of only 30,241. While that was the 100th Munster Final and Waterford had beaten Clare and Cork to qualify, the ‘live’ television broadcast kept many people at home. It was a scrappy game and after five bookings and two sendings off, the Tipp Captain Bobby Ryan received the Munster Cup from Provincial Chairman Michael Maher. He was the first Tipp captain to lift the cup in Cork since his uncle Pat Stakelum RIP had done so, forty years earlier.


Last year’s All Ireland Semi final meeting at Croke Park produced a record championship crowd of 53,635 for a Tipperary v. Waterford fixture.

Defensive quartet

When Tipp lined out against Waterford in the 1998 Munster Semi Final at Páirc Ui Chaoimh, their inner defence comprised Brendan Cummins in goal, Michael Ryan at full back and Liam Sheedy at left corner back. The odd man out (who is not involved with the team this year) was Paul Shelly from Killenaule, who played at right corner back. Paul was an All Star the previous year so it was a tight defence! Even if it wasn’t a latter day ‘’Hell’s Kitchen’’ it succeeded in keeping the net intact, but Waterford’s ability to shoot points from out the field, along with Paul Flynn’s accuracy from play and frees, helped them to a three point win 0-21 to 2-12 .In his four championship games against Waterford, this was Michael Ryan’s only loss.

Feel free to use any of this information as appropriate. My thanks to Seamus O’Doherty for his assistance in preparing this Press Pack.

Ger Ryan
PRO, Tipperary County Board

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