Cork Premier Under-21 A Hurling Championship

Cork Premier Under-21 A Hurling Championship (currently known for sponsorship reasons as the Evening Echo Cork County Premier Under-21 A Hurling Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Cork County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1973 for the top tier under-21 hurling teams in the county of Cork in Ireland.

Cork Premier Under-21 A Hurling Championship
Colours of Cork.svg
CodeHurling
Founded1973; 48 years ago (1973)
RegionColours of Cork.svg Cork (GAA)
TrophyDick Barrett Cup
No. of teams22
Title holdersSarsfields (4th title)
First winnerNewtownshandrum
Most titlesMidleton (6 titles)
SponsorsEvening Echo
Official websiteOfficial website

The series of games are played from the summer to the winter months with the county final currently being played at Páirc Uí Rinn. The prize for the winning team is the Dick Barrett Cup. The championship uses a double elimination format whereby each team is guaranteed at least two games.

22 clubs currently participate in the Premier Under-21 Championship. The title has been won at least once by 16 different clubs. The all-time record-holders are Midleton, who have won six championship titles.

Fr. O'Neill's are the 2018 title-holders after defeating Midleton GAA by 3-24 to 4-18 (AET) in the final.

HistoryEdit

BeginningsEdit

The All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling Championship at inter-county level was created in 1964 and had proved successful in bridging the gap between the minor and senior grades. In 1973 the Cork County Board developed their own under-21 championship. It was the fifth county championship to be created in Cork, after the senior, intermediate, junior and minor championships.

Team dominanceEdit

Due to the limited time frame that players compete in the grade, it has proved difficult for individual clubs to dominate the championship. In spite of this, several clubs have enjoyed limited dominance over the years. Between 1990 and 1994 St. Finbarr's dominated the championship with much of the same team by winning four championships in five seasons. Newtownshandrum ended the century by winning three successive championships between 1998 and 2000. The first decade of the new century saw Erin's Own dominate by winning three championships between 2002 and 2005. Blackrock enjoyed a sustained period of dominance by winning three championships from five successive final appearances between 2012 and 2016.

Formats usedEdit

From 1973 until 2015 the championship used a divisional format. The seven respective champions from Avondhu, Carbery, Carrigdhoun, Duhallow, Imokilly, Muskerry and Seandún contested the county championship. That county-wide championship used a single elimination format whereby once a team lost they were eliminated. In 2016 the under-21 championship underwent a major restructuring whereby the divisional system for the top tier was abolished and the strongest 22 clubs entered a new countywide championship.

SponsorshipEdit

Since 2005 the Premier Under-21 Championship has been sponsored by the Evening Echo. The competition was previously sponsored by TSB Bank.

Roll of honourEdit

# Team Wins Winning Years Losses Losing Years
1 Midleton 6 1979, 1983, 1988, 1989, 2011, 2013 5 1978, 1980, 1987, 1990, 1991
2 Glen Rovers 5 1974, 1984, 1995, 2001, 2008 2 2000, 2004
Blackrock 5 1976, 1977, 2012, 2014, 2015 2 2013, 2016
Newtownshandrum 5 1973, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2010 1 2006
St. Finbarr's 5 1985, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994 1 1997
3 Na Piarsaigh 3 1980, 1981, 1987 3 1996, 1998, 2002
Erin's Own 3 2002, 2004, 2005 1 1999
Sarsfield's 3 1975, 2003, 2017 1 1974
4 Duhallow 2 1982, 2009 5 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
Bishopstown 2 2006, 2007 0
5 Milford 1 1978 3 1977, 1979, 1982
Newcestown 1 1993 1 1992
Ballincollig 1 1996 1 1995
Douglas 1 2016 1 2005
Fermoy 1 1986 0
Courcey Rovers 1 1997 0
Bandon 0 2 1975, 1976
Cloughduv 0 2 1983, 1989
Valley Rovers 0 2 1985, 2003
Carrigtwohill 0 2 1993, 2001
Carrigaline 0 2 2007, 2014
Éire Óg 0 1 1973
Ballyhea 0 1 1981
Tracton 0 1 1984
Blarney 0 1 1986
Inniscarra 0 1 1988
Mallow 0 1 1994
Ballinhassig 0 1 2009
Killeagh/Ita's 0 1 2017

Roll of honourEdit

Year Winner Opponent
1973 Newtownshandrum Éire Óg
1974 Glen Rovers 3-10 Sarsfields 4-6
1975 Sarsfields 6-3 Bandon 1-7
1976 Blackrock 4-8 Bandon 0-10
1977 Blackrock Milford
1978 Milford 3-12 Midleton 1-9
1979 Midleton 3-11 Milford 2-4
1980 Na Piarsaigh 5-13 Midleton 1-6
1981 Na Piarsaigh 2-12 Ballyhea 3-3
1982 Duhallow 3-5 Milford 2-6
1983 Midleton 0-16 Cloughduv 0-6
1984 Glen Rovers 1-14 Tracton 2-9
1985 St. Finbarr's 1-10 Valley Rovers 0-10
1986 Fermoy 1-10 Blarney 0-9
1987 Na Piarsaigh 2-10 Midleton 1-5
1988 Midleton 4-9 Inniscarra 1-15
1989 Midleton 5-9 Cloughduv 2-5
1990 St. Finbarr's 1-10 Midleton 2-2
1991 St. Finbarr's 3-11 Midleton 1-8
1992 St. Finbarr's 0-9 1-9 Newcestown 1-6 1-5
1993 Newcestown 1-8 Carrigtwohill 0-7
1994 St. Finbarr's Mallow
1995 Glen Rovers 2-14 Ballincollig 1-14
1996 Ballincollig 2-8 Na Piarsaigh 1-8
1997 Courcey Rovers 3-10 St. Finbarr's 1-7
1998 Newtownshandrum 1-12 Na Piarsaigh 0-7
1999 Newtownshandrum 1-13 Erin's Own 1-7
2000 Newtownshandrum 1-17 Glen Rovers 1-7
2001 Glen Rovers 2-9 Carrigtwohill 2-6
2002 Erin's Own 1-14 Na Piarsaigh 1-7
2003 Sarsfields Valley Rovers
2004 Erin's Own 2-8 Glen Rovers 0-8
2005 Erin's Own 0-13 Douglas 0-10
2006 Bishopstown 1-09 Newtownshandrum 1-08
2007 Bishopstown 2-13 Carrigaline 0-11
2008 Glen Rovers Duhallow
2009 Duhallow 0-18 Ballinhassig 1-05
2010 Newtownshandrum 1-19 Duhallow 1-16
2011 Midleton 1-11 Duhallow 2-08
2012[1] Blackrock 4-16 Duhallow 2-10
2013 Midleton 4-13 Blackrock 3-12
2014 Blackrock 5-13 Carrigaline 4-10
2015[2] Blackrock 1-21 Duhallow 0-08
2016 Douglas 1-18 Blackrock 1-15
2017 Sarsfields 0-20 Killeagh/Ita's 1-09
2018 Fr. O'Neill's 3-24 Midleton 4-18
2019 Sarsfields 2-17 Midleton 0-22

Premier 2 Under-21 Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Score
2018 Ballincollig Courcey Rovers
2019 St. Finbarr's 2-11 Bride Rovers 2-10

Under-21 A Hurling ChampionshipEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Score
2016 Erin's Own 3-24 Ballincollig 1-16
2017 Inniscarra 1-18 Fermoy 1-11
2018 Bride Rovers 1-14 Cloughduv 1-10
2019 Fermoy 1-17 Newcestown 1-15

Under-21 B Hurling ChampionshipEdit

This competition is confined to clubs who compete at the B level in each of the regional divisions in County Cork. The winners are presented with the Gene Fitzgerald Cup. This cup commemorates Gene Fitzgerald, the former politician who also had administrative positions with Cork GAA County Board.

Year Winner Score Opponent Score
2010 Castlelyons Ballinascarthy
2011 St. Catherine's Ballygarvan
2012 Dungourney 2-08 Nemo Rangers 1-06
2013[3] Ballinascarthy 2-07 Watergrasshill 0-09
2014[4] Killeagh/St. Ita's 6-14 Clonakilty 0-08
2015[5] Watergrasshill 0-14 Kilworth 1-08
2016
2017 Kilshannig 2-18 Sarsfields 2-11
2018 Sarsfields 3-14 Kildorrery 0-20
2019 Castlemartyr 0-15 Killavullen 1-07

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hurley, Denis (22 October 2012). "Ryan goals keep resurgent Rockies on roll". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. ^ O'Callaghan, Theresa (14 November 2015). "Brilliant Blackrock sweep aside anxious Duhallow". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Tenacious Bal deserved their victory in U21 final". The Southern Star. 29 October 2013. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  4. ^ "Killeagh v Clon, U21". The Southern Star. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Glory for Watergrasshill after hard-earned win". Irish Examiner. 24 October 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2015.

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