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Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship

The Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the AIB Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 1970 for the champion hurling teams in the province of Leinster in Ireland.

Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2017 Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh Laighean
CodeHurling
Founded1970; 49 years ago (1970)
RegionLeinster (GAA)
No. of teams7
Title holdersBallyhale Shamrocks (9th title)
Most titlesBallyhale Shamrocks (9 titles)
SponsorsAllied Irish Banks
TV partner(s)TG4
MottoThe toughest of them all
Official websiteOfficial website

The series of games are played during the autumn and winter months with the Leinster final currently being played on the first Sunday in December. The championship has always been played on a straight knockout basis whereby once a team loses they are eliminated from the championship.

The Leinster Championship is an integral part of the wider All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners of the Leinster final join the champions of Galway, Munster and Ulster in the semi-final stages of the All-Ireland Senior Club Championship.

Seven clubs currently participate in the Leinster Championship, with representatives from the strongest hurling counties in the province. Clubs from the other five counties compete at intermediate or junior level. The title has been won at least once by 14 different clubs. The all-time record-holders are Ballyhale Shamrocks who have won eight championship titles.

Cuala are the title-holders after defeating Kilcormac/Killoughey by 1-23 to 1-9 in the 2017 championship final.[1]

Contents

The championshipEdit

OverviewEdit

The Leinster Championship is a single elimination tournament. Each team is afforded only one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random and there is no seeding.

Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a period of extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.

FormatEdit

Quarter-finals: Six teams contest this round. The three winning teams advance directly to the semi-final stage. The three losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Semi-finals: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advance directly to the final. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.

Final: The final is contested by the two semi-final winners.

QualificationEdit

County Championship Qualifying team
Carlow Carlow Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Dublin Dublin Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Kilkenny Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Laois Laois Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Offaly Offaly Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Westmeath Westmeath Senior Hurling Championship Champions
Wexford Wexford Senior Hurling Championship Champions

Qualification for subsequent competitionsEdit

The Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship winners qualify for the subsequent All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners contest the All-Ireland semi-finals with the other three provincial representatives.

Roll of honourEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Team Wins Years won County Runners Up Years runners up
1 Ballyhale Shamrocks 9 1978, 1980, 1983, 1989, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018 Kilkenny 2 1988, 1991
2 Birr 7 1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007 Offaly 3 2003, 2006, 2008
3 Rathnure 6 1971, 1973, 1977, 1986, 1987, 1998 Wexford 2 1970, 1972
4 St. Rynagh's 4 1970, 1972, 1982, 1993 Offaly 4 1973, 1974, 1975, 1992
James Stephens 4 1975, 1981, 2004, 2005 Kilkenny 1 1976
5 Buffer's Alley 3 1985, 1988, 1992 Wexford 1 1982
6 Glenmore 2 1990, 1995 Kilkenny 0
Camross 2 1976, 1996 Laois 3 1979, 1986, 1990
Cuala 2 2016, 2017 Dublin 2 1989, 2015
O'Loughlin Gaels 2 2003, 2010 Kilkenny 1 2016
7 Oulart the Ballagh 1 2015 Wexford 6 1994, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Kilcormac/Killoughey 1 2012 Offaly 2 2014, 2017
Coolderry 1 2011 Offaly 1 1980
The Fenians 1 1974 Kilkenny 1 1977
Crumlin 1 1979 Dublin 1 1978
St. Martin's 1 1984 Kilkenny 0
Graigue-Ballycallan 1 2000 Kilkenny 0
Mount Leinster Rangers 1 2013 Carlow 0
8 University College Dublin 0 Dublin 3 2000, 2004, 2005
Castletown 0 Laois 3 1997, 1999, 2001
Kinnitty 0 Offaly 3 1983, 1984, 1985
Portlaoise 0 Laois 2 1987, 1998
Tullamore 0 Offaly 1 2009
Ballyboden St. Enda's 0 Dublin 2 2007, 2018
Young Irelands 0 Kilkenny 1 2002
O'Toole's 0 Dublin 1 1996
Dicksboro 0 Kilkenny 1 1993
Faythe Harriers 0 Wexford 1 1981
Bennettsbridge 0 Kilkenny 1 1971

Performance by countyEdit

County Winners Runners-Up Winning Clubs Runner-Up Clubs
  Kilkenny 20 8 Ballyhale Shamrocks (9), James Stephens (4), Glenmore (2), O'Loughlin Gaels (2), The Fenians, St. Martin's, Graigue-Ballycallan Ballyhale Shamrocks (2), James Stephens (1), O'Loughlin Gaels, The Fenians, Young Irelands, Dicksboro, Bennettsbridge
  Offaly 13 14 Birr (7), St. Rynagh's (4), Kilcormac/Killoughey, Coolderry St. Rynagh's (4), Birr (3), Kinnitty (3), Kilcormac/Killoughey (2), Coolderry, Tullamore
  Wexford 10 10 Rathnure (6), Buffer's Alley (3), Oluart-the Ballagh Oluart-the Ballagh (6), Rathnure (2), Buffer's Alley, Faythe Harriers
  Dublin 3 6 Cuala (2), Crumlin University College Dublin (3), Ballyboden St. Enda's (2) , O'Toole's
  Laois 2 5 Camross (2) Castletown (3), Portlaoise (2)
  Carlow 1 0 Mount Leinster Rangers

List of finalsEdit

Year Winner Score County Opponent Score County
2018–19 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-21   Kilkenny Ballyboden St Endas 0-11   Dublin
2017–18 Cuala 1-23   Dublin Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-09   Offaly
2016–17[2] Cuala 3-19   Dublin O'Loughlin Gaels 1-16   Kilkenny
2015–16[3] Oulart-the-Ballagh 2-13   Wexford Cuala 0-13   Dublin
2014–15[4] Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-21   Kilkenny Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-14   Offaly
2013–14[5][6] Mount Leinster Rangers 0-11   Carlow Oulart-the-Ballagh 0-8   Wexford
2012–13[7] Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-12   Offaly Oulart-the-Ballagh 0-11   Wexford
2011-12 Coolderry 1-15   Offaly Oulart-the-Ballagh 1-11   Wexford[8]
2010-11 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-14   Kilkenny Oulart-the-Ballagh 1-8   Wexford
2009-10 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-16   Kilkenny Tullamore 1-8   Offaly
2008-09 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-13   Kilkenny Birr 1-11   Offaly
2007-08 Birr 1-11   Offaly Ballyboden St Endas 0-13   Dublin
2006-07 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-20   Kilkenny Birr 1-8   Offaly
2005-06 James Stephens 2-13   Kilkenny UCD 1-12   Dublin
2004-05 James Stephens 1-13   Kilkenny UCD 1-12   Dublin
2003-04 O'Loughlin Gaels 0-15   Kilkenny Birr 0-9   Offaly
2002-03 Birr 2-5   Offaly Gowran 1-2   Kilkenny
2001-02 Birr 0-10; 2-10   Offaly Castletown 1-7; 0-5   Laois
2000-01 Graigue-Ballycallan 0-14   Kilkenny UCD 1-8   Dublin
1999-00 Birr 1-16   Offaly Castletown 0-11   Laois
1998–99 Rathnure 1-13   Wexford Portlaoise 1-6   Laois
1997–98 Birr 0-11   Offaly Castletown 0-5   Laois
1996–97 Camross 1-12   Laois O'Toole's 2-5   Dublin
1995–96 Glenmore 2-13   Kilkenny Oulart-the-Ballagh 2-10   Wexford
1994–95 Birr 3-7   Offaly Oulart-the-Ballagh 2-5   Wexford
1993–94 St. Rynagh's 1-14   Offaly Dicksboro 2-10   Kilkenny
1992–93 Buffer's Alley 2-13   Wexford St. Rynagh's 0-13   Offaly
1991–92 Birr 2-14   Offaly Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-3   Kilkenny
1990–91 Glenmore 0-15   Kilkenny Camross 1-9   Laois
1989–90 Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-11   Kilkenny Cuala CLG 0-7   Dublin
1988–89 Buffer's Alley 1-12   Wexford Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-9   Kilkenny
1987–88 Rathnure 3-8   Wexford Portlaoise 1-13   Laois
1986–87 Rathnure 2-16   Wexford Camross 3-9   Laois
1985–86 Buffer's Alley 3-9   Wexford Kinnitty 0-7   Offaly
1984–85 St. Martin's 2-11   Kilkenny Kinnitty 0-12   Offaly
1983–84 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-6   Kilkenny Kinnitty 0-9   Offaly
1982–83 St. Rynagh's 1-16   Offaly Buffer's Alley 2-10   Wexford
1981–82 James Stephens 0-13   Kilkenny Faythe Harriers 1-9   Wexford
1980–81 Ballyhale Shamrocks 3-10   Kilkenny Coolderry 1-8   Offaly
1979–80 Crumlin 3-5   Dublin Camross 0-11   Laois
1978–79 Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-13   Kilkenny Crumlin 1-6   Dublin
1977–78 Rathnure 0-16   Wexford The Fenians 1-10   Kilkenny
1976–77 Camross 3-9   Laois James Stephens 1-14   Kilkenny
1975–76 James Stephens 1-14   Kilkenny St. Rynagh's 2-4   Offaly
1974–75 The Fenians 2-6   Kilkenny St. Rynagh's 1-6   Offaly
1973–74 Rathnure 1-18   Wexford St. Rynagh's 2-9   Offaly
1972–73 St. Rynagh's 5-5   Offaly Rathnure 2-13   Wexford
1971–72 Rathnure 2-12   Wexford Bennettsbridge 1-8   Kilkenny
1970–71 St. Rynagh's 4-10   Offaly Rathnure 2-9   Wexford

Records and statisticsEdit

TeamEdit

  • Most appearances in a final: 9:
    • Ballyhale Shamrocks (1978, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014)
    • Birr (1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008)
  • Most appearances in a final without losing (streak): 6
    • Birr (1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002)

TeamsEdit

By decadeEdit

The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Leinster Championship titles, is as follows:

Successful defendingEdit

Only 5 teams of the 14 who have won the championship have ever successfully defended the title. These are:

GapsEdit

Top five longest gaps between successive championship titles:

Top scorerEdit

OverallEdit

Year Top scorer Team Score Total
1998 Paul Codd Rathnure 1-14 17
1999 John O'Connor St. Martin's 3-05 14
2000 Joey O'Toole Trim 3-09 18
2001 Simon Whelehan Birr 2-14 20
2002 D. J. Carey Young Irelands 4-10 22
2003 Nigel Skehan O'Loughlin Gaels 0-21 21
2004 Eoin Larkin James Stephens 3-18 27
2005 Eoin Larkin James Stephens 2-23 29
2006 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-08 14
2007 David Curtin Ballyboden St. Enda's 0-13 13
2008 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-25 25
2009 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-23 26
2010 Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels 1-23 26
2011 Eoin Moore Oulart-the Ballagh 2-12 18
2012 Ciarán Slevin Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-20 23
2013 Denis Murphy Mount Leinster Rangers 0-26 26
2014 T. J. Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-18 21
Ciarán Slevin Kilcormac/Killoughey 0-21
2015 David Treacy Cuala 0-28 28
2016 Con O'Callaghan Cuala 6-10 28
2017 David Treacy Cuala 0-25 25
2018 Paul Ryan Ballyboden St. Enda's 0-34 34

Single gameEdit

Year Top scorer Team Opposition Score Total
1998 Damien Cleere Graigue-Ballycallan Coill Dubh 2-07 13
1999 Michael Moran Kiltegan Erin's Own 3-02 12
2000 Joey O'Toole Trim Carnew Emmets 3-03 12
2001 Simon Whelehan Birr Castletown 1-08 11
Connie Ring Craobh Chiaráin Longford Slashers 0-11
2002 D. J. Carey Young Irelands Kilmessan 2-05 13
2003 Adrian McAndrew Coill Dubh Clonguish 3-04 13
2004 Eoin Larkin James Stephens University College Dublin 1-07 10
2005 Des Mythen Oulart-the Ballagh Knockbridge 3-03 12
Eoin Larkin James Stephens Castletown 1-09
2006 Alan McCrabbe Craobh Chiaráin Birr 1-05 8
Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks Birr
Seán Michael Murphy Mount Leinster Rangers Craobh Chiaráin 0-08
2007 Paul O'Meara Birr Ballyboden St. Enda's 1-04 7
Zane Keenan Camross Ballyboden St. Enda's 0-07
T. J. Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks Mount Leinster Rangers
2008 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks Raharney 0-10 10
2009 Brendan Murtagh Clonkill Clough-Ballacolla 1-09 12
2010 Paul Ryan Ballyboden St. Enda's O'Loughlin Gaels 2-05 11
Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels Ballyboden St. Enda's 0-11
2011 Eoin Larkin James Stephens Oulart-the Ballagh 0-11 11
2012 Ciarán Slevin Kilcormac/Killoughey Mount Leinster Rangers 1-10 13
2013 Ciarán Slevin Kilcormac/Killoughey Oulart-the Ballagh 1-07 10
Niall O'Brien Castletown Geoghegan Mount Leinster Rangers 0-10
2014 Seán McGrath Kilmacud Crokes Rathdowney-Errill 0-15 15
2015 David Treacy Cuala Coolderry 0-12 12
Keith Hogan Clara Cuala
2016 Con O'Callaghan Cuala Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton 4-03 15
2017 Niall O'Brien Castletown Geoghegan Kilcormac/Killoughey 1-08 11
Joe Coleman St. Martin's Cuala 0-11
2018 Brian Carroll Coolderry Ballyboden St. Enda's 2-16 22

FinalsEdit

Final Top scorer Team Score Total
1970 Gerry Burke St. Rynagh's 1-04 7
1971 Watty Kennedy Bennettsbridge 1-04 7
1972 Dan Quigley Rathnure 2-03 9
1973 Dan Quigley Rathnure 1-15 18
1974 Mick Garrett Fenians 1-01 4
Billy Fitzpatrick Fenians 0-04
Barney Moylan St. Rynagh's
1975 Liam O'Brien James Stephens 0-08 8
1976 Frank Keenan Camross 1-04 7
1977 Billy Fitzpatrick Fenians 0-07 7
1978 Brendan Fennelly Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-05 8
1979 Bernard Donovan Crumlin 2-01 7
1980 Patrick Holden Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-01 7
1981 Brendan Murphy Faythe Harriers 1-02 5
1982 Pádraig Horan St. Rynagh's 1-08 11
1983 Liam Fennelly Ballyhale Shamrocks 2-01 7
1984 Tom Moran St. Moran's 2-04 10
1985 Colm Doran Buffers Alley 2-01 7
1986 Jimmy Houlihan Rathnure 0-12 12
1987 Jimmy Houlihan Rathnure 0-05 5
1988 Ger Fennelly Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-07 10
Mick Butler Buffers Alley
1989 Ger Fennelly Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-02 5
1990 Ray Heffernan Glenmore 0-09 9
1991 Declan Pilkington Birr 0-09 9
1992 Tom Dempsey Buffers Alley 0-08 8
1993 Michael Conneely St. Rynagh's 0-07 7
1994 Paul Murphy Birr 2-00 6
1995 Seán Dunne Oulart-the Ballagh 2-01 7
1996 Joe Dollard Camross 0-07 7
1997 Gary Cahill Birr 0-04 4
1998 Brian Bohan Portlaoise 1-03 6
1999 Paul Cuddy Castletown 0-05 5
Simon Whelehan Birr
2000 Adrian Ronan Graigue-Ballycallan 0-05 5
Jim Byrne University College Dublin
2001 Simon Whelehan Birr 1-08 11
2002 Rory Hanniffy Birr 1-02 5
Simon Whelehan Birr
2003 Nigel Skehan O'Loughlin Gaels 0-08 8
2004 Eoin Larkin James Stephens 1-07 10
2005 Eoin Larkin James Stephens 0-08 8
2006 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 1-05 8
2007 Paul O'Meara Birr 1-04 7
2008 Henry Shefflin Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-07 7
Simon Whelehan Birr
2009 Shane Dooley Tullamore 1-04 7
2010 Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels 0-06 6
2011 Cathal Parlon Coolderry 1-03 6
2012 Nicky Kirwan Oulart-the Ballagh 0-06 6
2013 Denis Murphy Mount Leinster Rangers 0-08 8
2014 T. J. Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-10 10
2015 David Treacy Cuala 0-10 10
2016 David Treacy Cuala 0-11 11
Mark Bergin O'Loughlin Gaels
2017 David Treacy Cuala 0-10 10
2019 T. J. Reid Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-09 9

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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