2017 Christy Ring Cup

The 2017 Christy Ring Cup was the 13th staging of the Christy Ring Cup hurling championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 2005. The competition began on 22 April 2017 and ended on 10 June 2017.

2017 Christy Ring Cup
Dates22 April 2017 – 10 June 2017
Teams8
ChampionsCarlow (3rd title)
Marty Kavanagh (captain)
Colm Bonnar (manager)
Runners-upAntrim
Conor Carson (captain)
Dominic McKinley (manager)
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored47 (3.36 per match)
Points scored494 (35.29 per match)
Top scorer(s)Colours of Carlow.svg Denis Murphy (0-45)
2016 (Previous) (Next) 2018

Meath were the 2016 champions and were promoted to the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.[1] Mayo returned to the Christy Ring Cup after gaining promotion from the Nicky Rackard Cup.

On 10 June 2017, Carlow won the Christy Ring Cup following a 5-23 to 4-15 defeat of Antrim.[2] This was their third Christy Ring Cup title, their first in eight seasons.

FormatEdit

The 2017 Christy Ring Cup begins in a double-elimination format which ensures that each team plays at least two games before being eliminated, and at least three games in total (including the relegation play-off). At the quarter-final stage, the competition becomes straight knockout. For clarity, the fixtures and draw details are explained in the section for each round below.

Eight teams participate.

Team Colours Sponsor Manager Grounds Last title
Antrim   Creagh Concrete Dominic McKinley
Terence McNaughton
Páirc Mhuire 2006
Carlow   tickets.ie Colm Bonnar Dr. Cullen Park 2009
Down   Michael Johnston McKenna Park 2013
Kildare   Brady Family Joe Quaid St. Conleth's Park 2014
London   Emerald GAA Grounds 2012
Mayo   Intersport Elvery's J. P. Coen James Stephens Park 2013
Roscommon   John Doorly Athleague Sportsfield
Wicklow   Joule Park

Round 1Edit

All eight teams play in Round 1.

22 April 2017   Down 2-24 - 1-20   Roscommon McKenna Park, Ballycran
13:00 P Sheehan 0-15f; M Magee 1-2; E Sands 1-1; D Hughes 0-1; C O'Prey 0-1; O McManus 0-1; G Johnston 0-1; C Woods 0-1; G Hughes 0-1. Report S Curley 0-6 (5f); N Connaughton 1-2; R Fallon 0-5f; J Coyne 0-3; E Flanagan 0-2; T Seale 0-1; H Rooney 0-1. Referee: M Murtagh (Westmeath)
22 April 2017   Carlow 2-22 - 3-20
(aet)
  Antrim Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
15:00 D Murphy 0-16, 0-11f, 0-2 65s, M Kavanagh 2-1, P Coady, C Nolan 0-2 each, J Murphy 0-1. Report N McManus 1-11, 0-9f, 0-1 '65, C Clarke 1-2, N McKenna 1-0, P Shiels 0-2, P McGill, S McCrory, E Campbell, C Johnson, J McNaughton 0-1 each. Referee: C McAllister (Cork)
22 April 2017   Mayo 0-16 - 0-17   Kildare James Stephens Park, Ballina
15:00 K Higgins 0-10 (9f), J NcManus 0-3, D McLoughlin, C Scahill, S Regan 0-1 each. Report D Reidy 0-13 (11f, 2 '65s), J Sheridan 0-2, J Mulhall and M Delaney 0-1 each. Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)
23 April 2017   Wicklow 0-17 - 0-16   London Joule Park, Aughrim
13:00 C Moorehouse 0-10 (6f, 1 65), A O'Brien, D Masterson 0-2 each, G O'Brien, D Staunton, E McCormack 0-1 each. Report K O'Loughlin 0-9 (4fs, 2 65s), E Kenny 0-2, E Cooney, M Dwyer, S Lawless, N Rogers, S O'Donnell 0-1 each. Referee: J O'Brien (Laois)

Round 2Edit

Round 2AEdit

Contested by the four winners of Round 1. The winning teams advance to the semi-finals, the losing teams to the 'official' quarter-finals.

29 April 2017   Antrim 3-15 - 0-11   Down Páirc Mhuire, Cushendall
2.00 PM C Clarke 1-7 (5f, '65'); Ciaran Johnston 2-0 pen; N McKenna, E Campbell, C McCann 0-2 each; P McGill, Conor Johnston 0-1 each. Report S Nicholson 0-7f; D McManus 0-3; E Sands, G Johnston 0-1 each.
29 April 2017   Kildare 2-19 - 3-18   Wicklow St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge
3.00 PM D Reidy 0-11 (7f); J Mulhall, C Bonus 1-0; P Divilly, B Byrne, J Sheridan 0-2 each; M Delaney, R Ryan 0-1 each. Report C Moorehouse 0-9 (7f, 1 '65); A O'Brien 2-2; P Doyle 1-0; D Staunton 0-3; D Masterson 0-2; R Reddy 0-1.

Round 2BEdit

Contested by the four losers of Round 1. The winning teams advance to the quarter-finals, The two losing teams contest the bottom play-off game (see below).

29 April 2017   Carlow 5-18 - 2-07   Mayo Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
3.00 PM J Doyle 2-2, K McDonald 2-1, M Kavanagh 1-4 (2f), J Murphy 0-4, E Byrne, J Kavanagh 0-2 each, D English (f), D Byrne, C Nolan 0-1 each. Report K Feeney 1-6, (4f, 1 '65), J McManus 1-0, D McLoughlin 0-1.
29 April 2017   Roscommon 1-09 - 4-24   London Dr. Hyde Park, Roscommon
6.00 PM S Curley 0-4 (2f, 1 '65); J Coyne 1-0; R Fallon 0-3 (2f); P Kelly, E Costello, E Flanagan (f) 0-1 each. Report K O'Loughlin 1-7 (3f, 1 '65); S Lawless 1-3; M Duggan, PJ Rowe 1-0 each; E Kenny, M Dwyer, E Cooney 0-3 each; E Kelly 0-2 (2f), B Regan, T Healy, S O'Donnell 0-1 each.

Quarter-finalsEdit

The two losers of round 2A (who won a match and lost a match) play the two winners of round 2B (who lost a match and won a match). These two matches are referred to as quarter-finals, with the winners playing the winners of round 2A in the semi-finals.

6 May 2017   Kildare 0-15 - 1-23   Carlow St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge
3.00 PM P Divilly 0-6(5f), M Purcell and J Sheridan(4f) 0-4 each, B Byrne 0-1. Report D Murphy 0-10f, P Coady (1f) and M Kavanagh 0-4 each, J Doyle 1-2, C Nolan, J Murphy, D Byrne, J Nolan and E Byrne 0-1 each.
7 May 2017   London 0-19 - 2-19   Down Páirc na hÉireann, Birmingham
K O'Loughlin (0-5, 3f), E Kenny (0-4), D Roberts (0-4); S Bardon (0-3), M Dwyer (0-1), PJ Rowe (0-1), E Kelly (0-1f). Report E Sands (2-1), C O'Prey (0-6, 3f), S Nicholson (0-5, 2f), D Toner (0-4), D Hughes (0-1); C Mageean (0-1), C Taggart (0-1). Referee: J Keane

Semi-finalsEdit

The winners of round 2A play the winners of the two quarter-finals.

20 May 2017   Carlow 0-24 - 2-08   Wicklow Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow
15:00 D Murphy 0-8, 0-6f, J M Nolan 0-5, M Kavanagh 0-3, J Kavanagh, C Nolan, P Coady 0-2 each, K McDonald, E Byrne 0-1 each. Report A O’Brien 0-4, 0-1f, E McCormack and G O’Brien 1-0 each, D Staunton, J Henderson, D Masterson (f), R Keddy 0-1 each. Referee: J Keane (Galway)
20 May 2017   Antrim 4-23 - 0-15   Down Páirc Mhuire, Cushendall
17:00 C Clarke 2-7, (7f) Conor Johnston 2-1, N McManus 0-6, (1f) C McKinley, C McCann 0-3 each, C Carson 0-2, P Burke 0-1. Report C O’Prey 0-4, (3f, 0-1 sideline), D Toner 0-3, S Nicholson, C Mageean, M Magee 0-2 each, C Egan, P Sheehan 0-1 each. Referee: J Murphy (Limerick)

FinalEdit

The winners of this year's Christy Ring Cup (tier 2) enter this year's All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship in the preliminary round of the All-Ireland qualifiers (passed at GAA congress in February 2017). They are also promoted to play in the qualifier group of next year's Leinster Senior Hurling Championship.[3]

  Carlow5-23 - 4-15  Antrim
J Doyle 4-1, D Murphy 0-11 (11f), M Kavanagh 1-1, D Byrne 0-3, JM Nolan 0-3, R Kelly 0-1, P Coady 0-1, C Nolan 0-1, J Murphy 0-1 (1f) Report C Clarke 2-9 (7f, 1 '65), N McManus 1-2 (1-1f), E Campbell 1-0, C McKinley 0-1, P Shiels 0-1, P McGill 0-1, D McKernan 0-1
Referee: M Murtagh (Westmeath)


BracketEdit

Round 1
Round 2B
Round 2A
Quarter Finals
Semi Finals Final
  Carlow 2-22  
  Antrim 3-20       Antrim 3-15  
  Down 2-24       Down 0-11  
  Roscommon 1-20         Antrim 4-23  
            Down 0-15  
         London 0-19  
 Roscommon 1-09      Down 2-19  
 London 4-24         Antrim 4-15
 Carlow 5-18         Carlow 5-23
 Mayo 2-07      Kildare 0-15  
         Carlow 1-23  
            Carlow 0-24   Relegation Playoff
  Mayo 0-16         Wicklow 2-08  
  Kildare 0-17       Kildare 2-19     Mayo 1-25
  Wicklow 0-17       Wicklow 3-18     Roscommon 2-12
  London 0-16  

Bottom Play-OffEdit

Contested by the two losing teams from round 2B. Both these teams lost their first two matches. Normally Roscommon would have been relegated as they lost this play-off match. Due to the major reorganisation of hurling in September 2018, Roscommon remained in the Christy Ring Cup.

Bottom play-off
  Mayo1-25 - 2-12  Roscommon
K Feeney (0-11, 8f ), J McManus (0-6 ), K McDermott (0-3 ), D McTigue (1-0 ) , D Kenny (0-1 ), B Hunt (0-1 ), C Scahill (0-1 ), P Hickey (0-1 ), D McLoughlin (0-1 ) Report C Dolan (1-3, 1f ), R Fallon (0-3,3f ), P Kelly (0-3 ), E Flanagan (1-0 ), N Connaughton (0-1 ), S Curley (0-1, 1f ), M Beirne (0-1, 1f ).

Scoring statisticsEdit

Top scorers overall
Rank Player Team Tally Total
1 Denis Murphy Carlow 0-45 45
2 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 6-25 43
3 James Doyle Carlow 7-05 26
4 Marty Kavanagh Carlow 4-13 25
Neil McManus Antrim 2-19 25
6 Kevin O'Loughlin London 1-21 24
David Reidy Kildare 0-24 24
8 Kenny Feeney Mayo 1-17 20
9 Christy Moorehouse Wicklow 0-19 19
10 Paul Sheehan Down 0-16 16
Top scorers in a single game
Rank Player Team Tally Total Opposition
1 Denis Murphy Carlow 0-16 16 Antrim
2 Ciarán Clarke Antrim 2-09 15 Carlow
Paul Sheehan Down 0-15 15 Roscommon
4 Neil McManus Antrim 1-11 14 Carlow
5 James Doyle Carlow 4-01 13 Antrim
Ciarán Clarke Antrim 2-07 13 Down
David Reidy Kildare 0-13 13 Mayo
8 David Reidy Kildare 0-11 11 Wicklow
Denis Murphy Carlow 0-11 11 Antrim
Kenny Feeney Mayo 0-11 11 Roscommon

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meath outlast Antrim in extra time cracker to win Christy Ring Cup final at the second time of asking". Irish Independent. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  2. ^ "Carlow too strong for Antrim as Christy Ring Cup final produces nine-goal thriller". Irish Independent. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  3. ^ See motion 24 passed at 2015 GAA Annual Congress 28 February 2015