Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel
2010 Munster SH Championship QF

Tipperary V Cork

In Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday, May 30th 2010 at 4:00pm

Team Announcement

The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday May 27th. It will be posted on the Tipperary GAA website and on the Tipperary Supporters Club website shortly after 9pm.

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 –  

New Players on panel for 2010

Jody Brennan (Upperchurch Drombane) – forward
Paddy Fanning (Moneygall) – forward
Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward
Michael Heffernan (Nenagh Éire Óg) – forward
Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs) – forward
John O’Neill (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward (injured)
David Young (Toomevara) – forward

Injured Players
Pat Kerwick – groin problem – doubtful for game v Cork
Benny Dunne – chipped ulna (wrist) – 4 week absence
John O’Neill – torn cruciate, long-term absence
Paul Kelly – broken leg, long-term absence
James Woodlock – broken leg, long-term absence

Management Profiles

Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Eamon O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) are in their third 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.

Dr. Cian O’Neill from the Moorefield Club in Kildare and a lecturer and course director in Sports Science in University of Limerick (UL) is the team trainer. He has extensive experience training club, colleges and inter-county teams including the Limerick senior footballers.

NHL 2010

Sunday February 28th in Dublin Dublin 1-21 Tipperary 1-12
Sunday March 7th in Thurles Tipperary 1-14 Kilkenny 0-13
Sunday March 14th in Thurles Tipperary 2-17 Galway 0-14
Sunday March 21st in Limerick Tipperary 2-23 Limerick 0-8
Sunday March 28th in Thurles Tipperary 1-19 Waterford 2-16
Sunday April 4th in Cork Cork 1-16 Tipperary 1-15
Sunday April 18th in Tullamore Tipperary 1-18 Offaly 2-14

32 players lined out for Tipperary during the 7 matches

20 players scored during the NHL led by Eoin Kelly (2-35), Timmy Hammersley (1-12), Lar Corbett (0-11), Seamus Callanan (1-8)

Tipperary V Cork: Previous Championship Meetings

Total Times Played: 79 Cork won 36, Tipp won 35, Draws 7, Abandoned 1
Last 20 meetings: Cork won 12, Tipp won 6, Draws 2

13/06/1976 Munster S/F at Limerick Cork 4-10 Tipperary 2-15
03/06/1979 Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 1-14 Tipperary 2-10
22/06/1980 Munster S/F at Semple Stadium Cork 2-17 Tipperary 1-12.
30/05/1982 Munster Q/Fat Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 1-19 Tipperary 2-8
15/07/1984 Munster Final at Semple Stadium Cork 4-15 Tipperary 3-14
07/07/1985 Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 4-17 Tipperary 4-11
12/07/1987 Munster Final at Semple Stadium Tipperary 1-18 Cork 1-18
19/07/1987 Munster Final at Killarney Tipperary 4-22 Cork 1-22
(Replay aet)
17/07/1988 Munster Final at Limerick Tipperary 2-19 Cork 1-13
15/07/1990 Munster Final at Semple Stadium Cork 4-16 Tipperary 2-14
070/7/1991 Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipperary 2-16 Cork 4-10 (Draw)
21/07/1991 Munster Final at Semple Stadium Tipperary 4-19 Cork 4-15 (Replay)
07/06/1992 Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 2-12 Tipperary 1-12
02/07/2000 Munster Final at Semple Stadium Cork 0-23 Tipperary 3-12
17/07/2004 All Ireland Qualifier at Killarney Cork 2-19 Tipperary 1-16
26/06/2005 Munster Final at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 1-21 Tipperary 1-16
25/06/2006 Munster Final at Semple Stadium Cork 2-14 Tipperary 1-14
14/07/2007 All Ireland Qualifier at Semple Stadium Tipperary 2-16 Cork 1-18
08/06/2008 Munster S/F at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipperary 1-19 Cork 1-13
31/05/2009 Munster Q/F at Semple Stadium Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19

Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 31/5/09:

Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien; Declan Fanning, Padriac Maher, Conor O’Mahony (capt); James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Lar Corbett, Seamus Callanan, John O’Brien; Noel McGrath, Micheál Webster, Eoin Kelly.
Subs: Pat Kerwick for Webster (51 mins), Brendan Maher for O’Mahony (54 mins), Gearoid Ryan for N McGrath (63 mins), Benny Dunne for Woodlock (65 mins), Paul Kelly for Callanan (67 mins).

Scorers for Tipperary: S. Callanan 1-3; E. Kelly 0-5 (0-4 frees); L. Corbett 0-3; N. McGrath 0-3; S. McGrath 0-2 (0-1 sideline); B. Dunne 0-2; J. O’Brien 0-1.

Tipperary Team and Scorers v Cork 8/6/08:

Brendan Cummins; Eamonn Buckley, Paul Curran, Conor O’Brien; Eamonn Corcoran, Conor O’Mahony, Shane Maher; James Woodlock, Shane McGrath; Seamus Butler, Seamus Callanan, Ryan O’Dwyer; Eoin Kelly (capt), Lar Corbett, Willie Ryan.
Subs: Pat Kerwick for O’Dwyer (32nd minute); Benny Dunne for Woodlock (45th); Micheál Webster for Butler (46th); John O’Brien for Ryan (54th); Darragh Egan for Callanan (73rd).

Scorers for Tipperary: E. Kelly 1-7 (0-5 frees); L. Corbett 0-4; S. Callanan 0-3; E. Corcoran, S. McGrath, W. Ryan, P. Kerwick and M. Webster 0-1 each.

Previous Munster Championship Round 1 (Quarter Final) meetings

27/05/1888 at Buttevant Tipperary 2-1 Cork 0-0
04/11/1901 at Dungarvan Tipperary 0-12 Cork 0-9 (1900 Championship)
10/10/1904 at The Markets Field, Limk Cork 4-6 Tipperary 1-10 (1903 Championship).
20/06/1915 at Dungarvan Cork 4-0 Tipperary 3-1
02/06/1918 at Thurles Tipperary 7-3 Cork 6-1
10/06/1934 at Waterford Cork 7-5 Tipp 5-6
02/06/1940 at Thurles Cork 6-3 Tipp 2-6
29/05/1949 at Limerick Tipperary 3-10 Cork 3-10 (Draw)
26/06/1949 at Limerick Tipperary 2-8 Cork 1-9 (Replay)
30/05/1982 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 1-19 Tipp 2-8
31/05/2009 at Semple Stadium Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19

Previous Tipp v Cork Championship Games played in Co. Cork
1888 at Buttevant Tipp won 2-1 to 0-0
1895 at Charleville Cork won 3-4 to 1-2
1898 at Cork Cork won 4-16 to 0-2
1908 at Fermoy Tipp won 2-11 to 3-7
1919 at Athletic Grds Cork won 2-4 to 2-3
1923 at Athletic Grds. Tipp won 6-2 to 3-2
1926 at Athletic Grds Tipp leading 1-2 to 0-0 (Match abandoned).
1929 at Athletic Grds Cork won 3-4 to 2-1
1942 at Athletic Grds. Cork won 4-15 to 4-1
1979 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork won 1-14 to 2-10
1982 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork won 1-19 to 2-8
1985 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork won 4-17 to 4-11
1991 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork 4-10 Tipp 2-16 (Draw)
1992 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork won 2-12 to 1-12
2005 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Cork won 1-21 to 1-16
2008 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Tipp won 1-19 to 1-13


Score 1-19 to win!
1-19 was the winning score on the last 2 occasions Tipp and Cork met in Munster quarter finals with Tipp winning in 2009 and Cork in 1982. Incidentally the 1982 game was also played on May 30th in Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

7 in a row
2010 will be the 7th year in a row that Tipperary and Cork will meet in the Senior Hurling Championship. The 2000 Munster Final was their previous meeting before 2004 and prior to 2000 their last meeting was in 1992.

U-21s on Tipp panel
There are 9 U-21 players on the Tipperary SH panel. They are Michael Cahill, Michael Heffernan, Seamus Hennessy, Brendan Maher, Padraic Maher, Patrick Maher, Noel McGrath, Brian O’Meara and John O’Neill

Pat Fox – The Equaliser
Pat Fox has the distinction of levelling the scores in two Munster Hurling Finals, between Tipperary and Cork. In 1987 his late free into the Killinan end, at Semple Stadium, levelled the game at 1-18 each. Tipp went on to win the replay after extra time, (4-22 to 1-22) in Killarney and lift the Munster title, for the first time since 1971.Pat scored 0-11 in that game, to exceed his 0-9 in the drawn encounter. In 1991 Pat again brought joy to many people when he fired over a late point from play at the City end of Pairc Ui Chaoimh to level an enthralling final, in which Tipp twice trailed by eight points. Tipp won the replay two weeks later ,in Semple Stadium ,where, despite being without the injured Nicky English ,they scored 4-19 to Cork’s 4-15 to win the day, having been nine points down, twelve minutes into the second half.Pat contributed 1-3 in the drawn match and 1-5 in the replay.

Last time in Cork
The most recent championship clash at Pairc Ui Chaoimh was the semi final meeting on June 8th, 2008. Cork started impressively and led by 1-8 to 0-4 after 23 minutes. However, Eoin Kelly’s wonder goal brought Tipp back into the match and they eventually prevailed, by 1-19 to 1-13. Eoin Kelly was Tipp’s top scorer with 1-7 (5 frees), while Ben O’ Connor with 1-3 (2 frees), topped the Cork returns.

Cork’s failure to score a goal against Tipperary in last year’s championship meeting was only the eight occasion this occurred. Those championship years were; 1888, 1900,1906, 1911, 1961, 1965, 2000 and 2009. The only time that Cork beat Tipp without scoring a goal, was the 2000 final, when Joe Deane’s ten points helped them to a narrow 0-23 to 3-12 victory, at Semple Stadium. Cork’s worst day scoring wise was on May 27th 1888, when they failed to raise any flag and Tipp won by 2-1 to nil.

Rare events
Last year’s meeting was the first time that a Cork v.Tipp championship game produced one goal. The counties failed to produce a goal between them only once, in the 1900 championship opener played at Dungarvan on November 4th 1901. Tipperary won by 0-12 to 0-9.

Tipperary have beaten Cork in their last three championship meetings, scoring a combined tally of twenty two points on each occasion. They registered 2-16 in the 2007 Qualifier clash, and 1-19 in the Munster Championship meetings of 2008 and 2009.

Tipperary’s dominant era, in rivalry with Cork, extended from the Munster Semi Final on June 22nd 1958 to the Munster final on July 21st 1968. During that decade, Tipperary won all seven championship meetings between the counties. The Premier county also won the All Ireland title on five occasions during that time.

Cork had their longest run of supremacy between the Munster semi final on June 13th 1976 and the Provincial final on July 7th 1985, during which they had won all six games. During that run, they won four All Ireland titles.

Tipperary’s top scorers in their last ten championship meetings with Cork were;
2009 Seamus Callanan 1-3
2008 Eoin Kelly 1-7
2007 Willie Ryan 2-3
2006 Eoin Kelly 0-7
2005 Paul Kelly 0-7
2004 Eoin Kelly 0-9
2000 Eugene O’ Neill 1-5
1992 Declan Ryan 1-1
1991 Michael Cleary 1-7 ( Replay)
1991 Michael Cleary 0-8 (Draw)

Changing times
Forty years ago, a new arrangement was introduced for Provincial finals, All Ireland Semi finals and All Ireland finals. In 1970 those fixtures at senior inter county level were played over eighty minutes, while all other senior inter county games remained at sixty minutes. So when Tipp and Cork met in that year’s Munster final, there was an expectation of high scoring. Various factors combined to ensure that wasn’t the case and Cork eventually won, by 3-10 to 3-8. If John Flanagan’s late ground shot had been slightly to his left, the result may have been different! That scoring return was not the highest in championship meetings between the counties but it was the only time that they played a championship game over eighty minutes. The 70 minutes playing time, for all senior championship games was introduced in 1975 and has remained in place ever since.

Top scoring games:
Over 60 minutes: 1960 Munster Final at Thurles Sportsfield, Tipp 4-13 Cork 4-11.
Over 70 minutes: 1991 Munster Final replay, at Semple Stadium, Tipp 4-19 Cork 4-15.

Long wait for Eoin
Tipperary’s captain Eoin Kelly made his senior championship debut, as a substitute in the 2000 All Ireland quarter final loss to Galway at Croke Park. He didn’t face Cork in the Championship until his 20th – the 2004 qualifier meeting at Killarney. To date Eoin has played against Cork in the championship on 5 occasions and recorded a total of 1-34, for a splendid match average of 7.4 points per game. Eoin’s overall championship record claims 43 appearances and a return of 14-283, for an impressive average of 7.558 points per game.

Drawing the crowds
People talk of Tipp v. Cork Munster championship games with a great sense of expectation. This has resulted from their intense rivalry and the great players who have been involved in the many legendary epics, throughout the decades. It is only to be expected that this traditional pairing, which tops the Munster Final clashes with 33 meetings at that stage, has held its position as the biggest championship fixture in Hurling. Not surprisingly the crowds have followed their meetings with great loyalty, producing an official attendance record (62,175) for the 1961 Munster final, at Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds. However, it is also acknowledged that several thousand more gained free entry, on a day when many left the venue to escape from the oppressive heat. The smallest attendance, in the modern era, was an official 12,902 for the Qualifier clash, at Semple Stadium on July 14th 2007. However, there was a feeling at full time that the crowd had swelled during the second half, as news of the Premier’s rally reached the town and locals made their way to the open gates at the Field of Legends to witness Tipp’s first Championship win over Cork since 1991.

Fifty years ago
The Munster final at Thurles Sportsfield on July 31st 1960 was considered by many hurling followers to have been the toughest ever played. Tipperary, captained by Tony Wall at centre back, led Joe Twomey’s Cork, by 3-4 to 2-4 at half time and won by 4-13 to 4-11. Scorers for Tipp were- Jimmy Doyle 1-8 , 4 frees, Sean Mc Loughlin 2-1, Liam Connolly 1-0, Liam Devaney , Tom Moloughney, Donie Nealon and Tony Wall ,free, 0-1 each.Cork’s marksmen were- Christy Ring 0-6 , 3 frees, Paddy Barry 2-0, Mick Quane 1-2,Liam Dowling 1-0 Terry Kelly, Phil Duggan and Joe Twomey 0-1 each.

Next game
The winners of the Tipperary v Cork game will play Limerick in the Munster SH Championship semi-final on Sunday June 20th. The losers go to the qualifiers.

Feel free to use any of this information as appropriate.

Ger Ryan
PRO, Tipperary County Board

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