Press Pack for Tipperary Senior Hurling Panel
2012 All Ireland SH Championship Semi-Final
Tipperary V Kilkenny
In Croke Park on Sunday, August 19th 2012 at 3.30pm
The team will be announced by email and local radio at 9pm on Thursday August 16th. It will be posted on the Tipperary GAA website shortly after 9pm.
A full list of player profiles can be found on the Tipperary GAA web site at www.tipperary.gaa.ie.
New Players on panel for 2012:
Sean Curran (Mullinahone) – forward
Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore) – forward
Donagh Maher (Burgess) – defender
Shane Maher (Burgess) – defender
Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill) – defender
Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) – forward
Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch) – forward
Timmy Hammersley, Conor O’Brien and Shane Maher were on the 2010 panel.
Declan Ryan (Clonoulty Rossmore), Tommy Dunne (Toomevara) and Michael Gleeson (Thurles Sarsfields) are in their second season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.
Declan Ryan was Manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2007 when they won the All Ireland title. Tommy Dunne was coach and Michael Gleeson was a selector. Tommy Dunne was coach to the Tipperary U-21 team which won the 2010 All Ireland title and was also Manager of the Toomevara senior hurling team in 2010. Michael Gleeson managed Thurles Sarsfields to victory in the Tipperary senior hurling championship in 2009 and 2010 and has also managed Thurles Sarsfields minor teams to win county titles in both hurling and football.
Declan Ryan won three All Ireland senior hurling medals with Tipperary in 1989, 1991 and 2001. He played 41 championship games for Tipperary between 1988 and 2001, scoring 9-64 in 26 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats. He represented Tipperary at minor and under 21 levels and captained the under 21 team to win Munster and All Ireland titles in 1989. He also won 4 National Hurling League medals, 5 Munster senior hurling championship medals, 2 All Star awards and 2 county senior hurling championship medals with his club, Clonoulty Rossmore, in 1989 and 1997.
Tommy Dunne captained Tipperary to win the All Ireland senior hurling title in 2001 and was named Hurler of the Year in 2001. He played 44 championship games for Tipperary between 1993 and 2005, scoring 6-109 in 24 wins, 4 draws and 16 defeats. He won an All Ireland under 21 hurling medal in 1995 and also represented Tipperary at minor in 1991 and 1992. He won 10 Tipperary county senior hurling championships with his club, Toomevara, including 2 as captain and 3 Munster club championship medals. He also won 3 National Hurling League medals, 2 as captain, 2 Munster senior hurling championship medals, a Munster minor championship medal and 3 All Star awards.
Michael Gleeson played senior hurling for Tipperary against Clare in the 1977 Munster senior hurling championship. He also played in the 1975/76 and 76/77 National Hurling Leagues. He played senior hurling with Thurles Sarsfields for 10 years between 1974 and 1983, winning a county championship medal in 1974 and 3 Mid Division senior hurling medals. He began his career in team management with the Durlas Óg club in Thurles and has made a major contribution to the recent revival in the fortunes of Thurles Sarsfields at underage and adult level.
Ross Dunphy is in his first year as Strength and Conditioning Coach (Trainer) to the Tipperary Senior Hurling team. 33-year-old Ross is a native of Wexford and holds a BSc in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Limerick. Ross is from the Clonard GAA Club in Wexford town and has represented Wexford at all levels of Gaelic Football.
Ross has been involved in coaching both hurling and Gaelic football since 2004. He trained the Toomevara senior hurling team for three seasons and the Kildare U21's in 2009. He has also been on the coaching and management team with Sarsfields GAA club in Newbridge County Kildare over the past few seasons
Captain and Vice-Captain
The Tipperary captain for 2012 is Paul Curran of Mullinahone and the vice-captain is Padraic Maher of Thurles Sarsfields. They succeeded Eoin Kelly and Conor O’Mahony respectively.
Tipperary 2-17 Waterford 0-16 Munster SHC Final Pairc Ui Chaoimh 15/7/12
B Cummins; C O'Brien, P Curran (c), M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O'Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; B O'Meara, Patrick Maher, P Bourke; L Corbett, N McGrath, J O'Brien.
Subs: E Kelly for Bourke (34), S Bourke for O'Meara (53), D Maher for Stapleton (64), S Callanan for N McGrath (66).
Scorers: J O'Brien 1-3, S Bourke 1-1, N McGrath, E Kelly (2f) 0-3 each; B O'Meara, P Bourke (2f) 0-2 each, M Cahill, Padraic Maher, S McGrath 0-1 each.
Tipperary 1-22 Cork 0-24 Munster SHC Semi-final Pairc Ui Chaoimh 24/6/12
B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; G Ryan, Patrick Maher, P Bourke; B O’Meara, J O’Brien, N McGrath.
Subs: L Corbett for Ryan (34); S Bourke for O'Meara (inj. 55); J Woodlock for B Maher (57); E Kelly for P Bourke (67); D Maher for Stapleton (70).
Scorers: P Bourke 0-12 (7f, 2 65s); N McGrath 1-4; B O'Meara 0-2; B Maher 0-2; Padraic Maher, G Ryan, 0-1 each.
Tipperary 2-20 Limerick 1-19 Munster SHC Quarter-final Semple Stadium 27/5/12
B Cummins; D Maher, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O'Mahony, Padraic Maher; J Woodlock, B Maher; G Ryan, N McGrath, P Bourke; E Kelly, B O'Meara, J O'Brien.
Subs: S McGrath for Woodlock (28), Patrick Maher for Kelly (42), C O'Brien for D Maher (49), S Callanan for Ryan (51), S Bourke for J O'Brien (64).
Scorers: P Bourke 1-7 (4fs, 1 65), B O'Meara 1-2, N McGrath 0-3, S Callanan 0-2 (1f), T Stapleton, E Kelly (f), J O'Brien, S Bourke, S McGrath, C O'Brien, 0-1 each.
P Bourke 1-21; N McGrath 1-10; B O’Meara 1-6; J O’Brien 1-4; S Bourke 1-2;E Kelly 0-4; S Callanan 0-2; B Maher 0-2; Padraic Maher 0-2; S McGrath 0-2 M Cahill 0-1, C O’Brien 0-1; G Ryan 0-1; T Stapleton 0-1.
Only 1 player – Donagh Maher against Limerick – has made a championship debut for Tipperary this year.
Allianz Hurling League 2012
Sunday February 26th at Nowlan Park Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15
Sunday March 11th at Semple Stadium Tipperary 2-20 Galway 2-18
Sunday March 18th at Semple Stadium Tipperary 0-31 Waterford 2-15
Saturday March 24th at Croke Park Dublin 2-15 Tipperary 0-21 Sunday April 1st at Semple Stadium Tipperary 1-23 Cork 1-23
Sunday April 22nd semi-final at Semple Stadium Cork 1-25 Tipperary 2-15
28 players lined out for Tipperary during the 6 matches compared with 35 for 7 matches in 2011.
Tipperary played 6 games in this year’s Allianz hurling league campaign scoring a total of 140 points (5-125) and conceding a total of 143 (10-113). 15 players in total scored with the top scorers being: Pa Bourke (2-38), Noel McGrath (1-23), Brian O’Meara (1-11) and Shane Bourke (0-12).
4 players made their Allianz League debuts during this year’s campaign – Sean Curran (Mullinahone), Donagh Maher (Burgess), Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons) and Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch).
Clubs represented on panel
There are 31 players on Tipperary’s training panel at present representing 17 clubs. Thurles Sarsfields have most representatives with 4, followed by Clonoulty Rossmore, county SH champions 2011, Drom and Inch, Mullinahone and Templederry Kenyons with 3 each, and Borris-Ileigh, Burgess and Toomevara with 2 each. 9 clubs have 1 representative each – Ballinahinch, Ballybacon Grange, Eire Óg Annacarty Donohill, JK Brackens, Kilruane MacDonagh, Lorrha and Dorrha, Loughmore Castleiney, Newport, and Portroe.
Tipperary V Kilkenny: Previous Championship Meetings
Tipperary and Kilkenny have met 22 times previously in the championship with Tipperary winning 13 times, Kilkenny 9 times and no draws.
Date Stage Result Tipp Top Scorer
2011 All Ireland Final
Eoin Kelly 0-8
2010 All Ireland Final Tipperary 4-17
Kilkenny 1-18 Lar Corbett
2009 All Ireland Final Kilkenny 2-22
2003 All Ireland Semi-final Kilkenny 3 -18
Tipperary 0-15 Eoin Kelly
2002 All Ireland Semi-final Kilkenny 1-20
Tipperary 1-16 Eoin Kelly
1991 All Ireland Final Tipperary 1-16
Kilkenny 0-15 Michael Cleary
1971 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-17
Kilkenny 5-14 Michael “Babs” Keating 0-7
1967 All Ireland Final Kilkenny 3-8
Tipperary 2-7 Donie Nealon
1964 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-13
Kilkenny 2-8 Jimmy Doyle
1958 All Ireland Semi-final Tipperary 1-13
Kilkenny 1-8 Jimmy Doyle
1950 All Ireland Final Tipperary 1-9
Kilkenny 1-8 Paddy Kenny
1945 All Ireland Final Tipperary 5-6
Kilkenny 3-6 Eddie Gleeson
1937 All Ireland Final
(played in Killarney) Tipperary 3-11
Denis “Bunny” Murphy
1922 All Ireland Final Kilkenny 4-2
All Ireland Final Tipperary (Boherlahan) 5-4 Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 3-2
1913 All Ireland Final
(first 15 a side final) Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 2-4
Tipperary (Toomevara) 1-2
1911 All Ireland Final
(Limerick withdrew and Tipp were nominated to replace them in an unofficial final)
Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 3-3
1909 All Ireland Final
Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 4-6
Tipperary (Thurles) 0-12
1900 All Ireland Semi-Final
Tipperary (Two Mile Borris) 1-11
Kilkenny (Mooncoin) 1-8
1898 All Ireland Final
Tipperary (Tubberadora) 7-13
Kilkenny (Threecastles) 3-10
1895 All Ireland Final
Tipperary (Tubberadora) 6-8
Kilkenny (Tullaroan) 1-0
First final at Jones Road
1887 All Ireland Semi-Final
Tipperary (Thurles) 4-7
Kilkenny (Tuillaroan) 0-0
Last Championship Meetings
All Ireland SHC Final September 4th 2011
Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16
Kilkenny: David Herity; Jackie Tyrrell, Noel Hickey, Paul Murphy; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, JJ Delaney; Michael Fennelly (1-0), Michael Rice (0-1); Eddie Brennan (0-1), Richie Power (0-2), Henry Shefflin (0-7); Colin Fennelly (0-2); Eoin Larkin (0-2), Richie Hogan (1-1).
Subs: TJ Reid (0-1) for Brennan (60); John Mulhall for R Hogan (65).
Tipperary: Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill; John O’Keeffe, Conor O’Mahony (0-1), Padraic Maher; Gearóid Ryan (0-2), Shane McGrath; Seamus Callanan, Noel McGrath (0-3), Patrick Maher; Eoin Kelly (0-8), John O’Brien (0-1), Lar Corbett.
Subs: Brendan Maher for O’Keeffe (29); Benny Dunne (0-1) for S McGrath (35); Pa Bourke (1-0) for Callanan (35); David Young for O’Mahony (58); John O’Neill for O’Brien (66).
Refere: B Gavin (Offaly) Attendance: 81,214
All Ireland SHC Final September 5th 2010
Tipperary 4-17 Kilkenny 1-18
Tipperary: Brendan Cummins (0-1); Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill; Declan Fanning, Conor O'Mahony, Padraic Maher; Brendan Maher (0-2), Shane McGrath; Gearóid Ryan (0-1), Patrick Maher, John O'Brien (0-2); Noel McGrath (1-0), Eoin Kelly (0-7), Lar Corbett (3-0).
Subs: Conor O'Brien for O'Mahony (57), Seamus Callanan (0-2) for John O'Brien (58), Benny Dunne (0-1) for McGrath (62), David Young for Fanning (68), Seamus Hennessy (0-1) for B Maher (69).
Kilkenny: PJ Ryan; John Dalton, Noel Hickey, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, John Tennyson, JJ Delaney; James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick, Michael Fennelly; TJ Reid (0-4), Henry Shefflin (0-1), Eoin Larkin; Eddie Brennan, Richie Power (1-9), Aidan Fogarty (0-1).
Subs: Michael Rice (0-1) for Shefflin (13), Derek Lyng (0-1) for Fitzpatrick (51), Martin Comerford for Brennan (51), Richie Hogan for Fogarty (55), John Mulhall (0-1) for Reid (62).
Referee: M Wadding (Waterford) Attendance: 81,765
All Ireland SHC Final September 6th 2009
Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23
Kilkenny: PJ Ryan; M Kavanagh, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell (0-1); T Walsh (0-1), B Hogan, J Tennyson; D Lyng (0-1), M Rice; R Hogan (0-2), H Shefflin (1-9, 0-8f, 1-0 pen), E Larkin (0-3); E Brennan (0-2), R Power (0-1), A Fogarty.
Subs: TJ Reid (0-1) for A Fogarty ’50, M Fennelly (0-1) for D Lyng ’50, M Comerford (1-0) for R Hogan ’55.
Tipperary: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Maher, P Curran; D Fanning, C O’Mahony, B Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath (0-1); P Kerwick, S Callanan (0-3), J O’Brien; N McGrath (0-2), E Kelly (0-13, 0-8f, 0-3 ’65), L Corbett (0-4).
Subs: B Dunne for J O’Brien ’47, W Ryan for P Kerwick ’66, M Webster for J Woodlock ’68.
Referee: D Kirwan (Cork) Attendance: 82,106
Tipperary in All Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals
Tipperary have played in 31 All Ireland Hurling semi-finals, winning 25 and losing 6. The details are:
2011 Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18
2010 Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18
2009 Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7
2001 Tipperary 3-12 Wexford 0-10 (Replay)
Tipperary 1-16 Wexford 3-10 (Draw)
1997 Tipperary 2-16 Wexford 0-15
1991 Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9
1989 Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11
1988 Tipperary 3-15 Antrim 2-10
1971 Tipperary 3-26 Galway 6-8
1958 Tipperary 1-13 Kilkenny 1-8
1950 Tipperary 4-7 Galway 2-6
1949 Tipperary 6-18 Antrim 1-4
1945 Tipperary 5-9 Antrim 1-6
1930 Tipperary 6-8 Galway 2-4
1925 Tipperary 12-9 Antrim 2-3
1922 Tipperary 3-2 Galway 1-3
1916 Tipperary (Boherlahan) 8-1 Galway 0-0 (Galway conceded at half time)
1913 Tipperary (Toomevara) 10-0 Roscommon 0-1
1909 Tipperary (Thurles) 6-7 Galway 5-7
1908 Tipperary (Thurles) 5-15 Galway 1-0
1906 Tipperary (Thurles) 7-14 Galway 0-2
1900 Tipperary (Two Mile Borris) 1-11 Kilkenny 1-8
1898 Tipperary (Tubberadora) 3-14 Galway1-3
1896 Tipperary (Tubberadora) 7-11 Galway 0-4
1887 Tipperary (Thurles) 4-7 Kilkenny 0-0
2008 Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18
2003 Kilkenny 3-18 Tipperary 0-15
2002 Kilkenny 1-20 Tipperary 1-16
1993 Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14
1987 Galway 3-20 Tipperary 2-17
1924 Galway 3-1 Tipperary 2-3
Michael Cahill at corner back has been the only Tipperary player to play for all 70 mins in Tipperary’s 6 Allianz league games and 3 championship games so far. Next best is Padraic Maher who has played all bar 6 minutes of the 9 league and championship games. He only played for 64 minutes in the league game v Waterford. Along with Cahill and Maher, three other players have been ever present in the 3 championship games – captain, Paul Curran, Brendan Cummins and Conor O’Mahony.
Still setting records
Brendan Cummins, if selected, will play his 71st senior hurling championship in the semi-final.
Oldest and Youngest
Brendan Cummins, who was born on May 11th 1975, is the oldest player on the Tipperary SH panel while Sean Curran, who was born on the September 15th 1991, an honour he took this year from Noel McGrath who remains second youngest on the panel.
Captain Paul Curran and his brother Sean are both on the panel as are Shane and Donagh Maher. Shane and Donagh are also nephews of Tipperary County Board Secretary, Tim Floyd. Noel McGrath’s brother John will play for the minor hurlers against Galway on Sunday. Their first cousins Liam and Aidan McGrath were on the under 21 hurling panel and Liam captained the Tipperary minor football team to All Ireland success last year. Padraic Maher’s brother Ronan will also play in the minor semi-final and their first cousin, Denis Maher was on the under 21 hurling panel. Patrick Maher’s brother Willie, Tom Stapleton’s brother Brian and Brian O’Meara’s brother, Niall were all on the under 21 hurling panel. Pa Bourke and Johnny Ryan on the senior panel are first cousins as are Gearóid and Adrian Ryan.
25 is the average age of the Tipperary senior hurling panel at present. There are seven players over 30 on the panel and none under 20.
Record All Ireland Final Appearances
If Kilkenny win on Sunday they will appear in an All Ireland senior hurling final for a record 7 times in a row. They last time they did not appear in a final was 2005 when Cork defeated Galway. If Tipperary win on Sunday they will appear in an All Ireland senior hurling final for the fourth year in a row for the first time in the county’s history.
In their three All Ireland final meetings between 2009 and 2011 Kilkenny have outscored Tipperary by just 1 point scoring 5-57 over the 3 games to Tipperary’s 5-56.
In the earlier years of Tipp v Kilkenny rivalry, supporters travelled to some unusual venues but they were probably practical at the time, insofar as public transport often determined where people could go, while bicycles and the ass and cart were used for shorter journeys. The first meeting –an All Ireland Semi Final (1887 c/ship) was played at Urlingford, in North West Kilkenny on a Thursday would you believe. The 1900 Semi Final went to Carrick on Suir, in South East Tipperary. The 1909 Final was played in Cork, with the unofficial 1911 game sited in Dungarvan. The picturesque Killarney played host for the 1937 Final when a builders’ strike delayed construction of the Cusack Stand at Croke Park. Apart from those all other Championship meetings between the counties have been played at Croke Park or, as it was previously named, Jones’ Road
The winners of the Tipperary v Kilkenny game will play Galway in the All Ireland final on September 9.