TIPP IN ALL IRELAND SENIOR HURLING FINAL AND REFEREE

FROM TIPPERARY GAA SCENE BY COUNTY PRO GER RYAN 

Congratulations to the Tipperary Senior Hurlers and Management on their comprehensive victory over Limerick in the All Ireland Senior Hurling semi-final in Croke Park on Sunday last. All roads lead to Croke Park again on Sunday September 6th when Tipperary play Kilkenny in the All Ireland final. Kilkenny are seeking to achieve 4 titles in a row for the first time in their history. Cork (1941-44) is the only other county to win 4 titles in a row. Uniquely Tipperary have defeated all the other 4 counties which participated in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship on their path to the final so there is no doubting their status as kingpins of Munster. It will be the 15th All Ireland final between Tipperary and Kilkenny with Tipp winning 9 and Kilkenny winning 5 of the previous 14 encounters. Tipp have won 6 of the last 7 final encounters (1937, 1945, 1950, 1964, 1971 and 1991) with Kilkenny’s win coming in 1967. However, history will count for little on September 6th as victory will go to the better team and there is no doubt that Kilkenny will start the game as favourites. 

Diarmuid Kirwan of Cork has been named as referee for the match which throws in at 3.30pm

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