James Woodlock

James Woodlock (born 24 March 1986) is an Irish hurler and coach who plays for Drom-Inch and is a former member of the Tipperary inter-county team.[1] He primarily plays as a midfielder.

James Woodlock
Personal information
Irish name Séamus Uadlóg
Sport Hurling
Position Midfield
Born (1986-03-24) 24 March 1986 (age 35)
Drom, County Tipperary, Ireland
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Occupation Garda
Years Club
Club titles
Tipperary titles 1
Years County Apps (scores)
Tipperary 26 (0-15)
Inter-county titles
Munster titles 3
All-Irelands 0
All Stars 0
*Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 23:08, 17 November 2015.

Born in Drom, County Tipperary, Woodlock was first introduced to hurling in his youth. He came to prominence at colleges level St. Joseph's College while later enjoying championship successes at underage level with the Drom-Inch club. A one-time championship medallist with the Drom-Inch senior team, Woodlock has also won numerous divisional medals.

Woodlock made his debut on the inter-county scene at the age of seventeen when he first linked up with the Tipperary minor team. After enjoying Munster success in this grade, he was later an All-Ireland runner-up with the under-21 team. Woodlock joined the senior team during the 2006 league. He went on to play a key role for Tipperary during a successful era, and won three Munster medals and one National Hurling League medal. He was an All-Ireland runner-up on three occasions.

As a member of the Munster inter-provincial team on a number of occasions, Woodlock never won a Railway Cup medal.

Throughout his career Woodlock made 26 championship appearances. He announced his retirement from inter-county hurling on 14 November 2015.[2][3]

Playing careerEdit


In 2011 Woodlock was a key member of the club's senior team as Drom-Inch reached the championship decider. Clonoulty-Rossmore provided the opposition on that occasion, however, Drom-Inch claimed their first county club championship following a 1-19 to 2-14 victory.[4]


Woodlock first came to prominence on the inter-county scene as a member of the Tipperary minor hurling team in 2003. He collected a Munster winners' medal that year following a 2-12 to 0-16 defeat of Cork.[5] Woodlock's side, however, were later defeated by Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Three years later in 2006 Woodlock was a key fixture on the Tipperary under-21 hurling team. He secured a Munster winners' medal in that grade following a 3-11 to 0-13 defeat of Cork. Tipp later qualified for the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. After a thrilling 2-14 apiece draw, both sides met for a replay which Kilkenny narrowly won by 1-11 to 0-11.[6]

Woodlock made his senior competitive debut for Tipperary in a National Hurling League game against Limerick in 2006.

By 2007 Woodlock became a regular member of the Tipperary starting fifteen. He made his championship debut against Limerick in the provincial series, however, it was a largely disappointing campaign for Tipp.

In 2008 Tipperary remained undefeated in the National League before meeting Galway in the final. In an exciting game Tipp emerged victorious by 3-18 to 3-16 and Woodlock collected his first National League winners' medal.[7] Tipperary later reached the Munster final where they defeated a resurgent Clare team by 2-21 to 0-19.[8] It was Woodlock's first Munster winners' medal. Tipperary were subsequently defeated in a tense All-Ireland semi-final by Waterford on a scoreline of 1-20 to 1-18.[9]

Woodlock won his second Munster medal in 2009 as Tipp defeated Waterford by 4-14 to 2-16.[10] After a six-week lay-off and a facile semi-final win over Limerick, Tipp qualified for an All-Ireland final meeting with Kilkenny. For much of the match it looked as if Tipp would pull off a shock and deny 'the Cats' a record-equaling four-in-a-row. Two quick goals in the space of a minute, one from a penalty by Henry Shefflin, sealed a 2-22 to 0-23 victory and defeat for Tipperary.[11] O'Mahony later collected a second All-Star award. Woodlock was later nominated for an All-Star award.[12]

In October 2009 Woodlock broke his right leg in four places after an accidental collision with inter-county team-mate Pádraic Maher in the Tipperary county final. This injury kept him out of hurling action for ten months.[13]

Woodlock returned to championship hurling in 2011 when he came on as a substitute in Tipperary's two opening championship games.

In spite of an indifferent National League campaign, Tipperary were regarded as potential All-Ireland champions once again. Woodlock missed out on Tipperary's Munster championship success over Waterford.[14]


In February 2021, Woodlock was named as the new manager of the Tipperary minor hurling team on a three year term.[15][16]





  1. ^ "Senior Hurling Panel". Tipperary GAA website. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  2. ^ Donoghue, Eamon (14 November 2015). "James Woodlock is latest Tipperary hurling retirement". Irish Times. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  3. ^ "James Woodlock calls time on Tipperary hurling". RTÉ Sport. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  4. ^ "Fourth time lucky for Drom & Inch". Hogan Stand. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Munster Minor Hurling Final Winning Teams". Munster GAA. Archived from the original on 14 October 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Tipp shut out as Kilkenny power home". Irish Times. 17 September 2006. Retrieved 17 September 2008.
  7. ^ "Tipp win Division One crown". Hogan Stand website. 20 April 2008. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
  8. ^ "Munster SHC final: Tipp end seven-year wait". Hogan Stand website. 13 July 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  9. ^ "Waterford shock Tipp to book final spot". Hogan Stand website. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  10. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Tipperary 4-14 Waterford 2-16". RTÉ Sport. 12 July 2009. Archived from the original on 1 August 2009. Retrieved 29 July 2009.
  11. ^ "RTÉ Sport: Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23". RTÉ Sport. 6 September 2009. Archived from the original on 9 September 2009. Retrieved 7 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Hurling All Star nominations revealed". RTÉ Sport. 23 September 2009. Archived from the original on 27 September 2009. Retrieved 7 October 2009.
  13. ^ "Mixed emotions for Woodlock". Irish Independent. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  14. ^ Clerkin, Malachy (16 July 2012). "Clinical Tipperary complete first task". Irish Times. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Tipp underage managerial appointments for James Woodlock and Paddy Christie". The 42. 4 February 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Woodlock takes over as manager of Tipp minors". RTE Sport. 4 February 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2021.