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
|No. of teams||7|
|Title holders||Ballyhale Shamrocks (9th title)|
|Most titles||Ballyhale Shamrocks (9 titles)|
|Sponsors||Allied Irish Banks|
|Motto||The toughest of them all|
|Official website||Official 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Ballyboden St. Enda's||0||Dublin||2||2007, 2018|
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
Records and statisticsEdit
- Most wins: 8:
- Ballyhale Shamrocks (1978, 1980, 1983, 1989, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014)
- Most consecutive wins: 2:
- Most appearances in a final: 9:
- Most appearances in a final without ever winning: 3
- Most appearances in a final without losing (streak): 6
- Birr (1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002)
- Most defeats: 6
- Oulart-the Ballagh (1994, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Leinster Championship titles, is as follows:
- 1970s: 3 for Rathnure (1971-73-77)
- 1980s: 3 for Ballyhale Shamrocks (1980-3-89)
- 1990s: 4 for Birr (1991-94-97-99)
- 2000s: 3 each for Birr (2001-02-07) and Ballyhale Shamrocks (2006-08-09)
- 2010s: 2 for Cuala (2016–17)
Only 5 teams of the 14 who have won the championship have ever successfully defended the title. These are:
- Ballyhale Shamrocks on 1 attempt out of 8 (2009)
- Birr in 1 attempt out of 7 (2002)
- Rathnure in 1 attempt out of 6 (1987)
- James Stephens in 1 attempt out of 4 (2005)
- Cuala on 1 attempt out of 1 (2017)
Top five longest gaps between successive championship titles:
- 23 years: James Stephens (1981–2004)
- 20 years: Camross (1976–1996)
- 17 years: Ballyhale Shamrocks (1989–2006)
- 11 years: Rathnure (1987–1998)
- 11 years: St. Rynagh's (1982–1993)
|1999||John O'Connor||St. Martin's||3-05||14|
|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|
|2013||Denis Murphy||Mount Leinster Rangers||0-26||26|
|2014||T. J. Reid||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1-18||21|
|2018||Paul Ryan||Ballyboden St. Enda's||0-34||34|
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