Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship

The Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the AIB Munster GAA Hurling Junior Club Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Munster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association and contested by the five champion junior clubs and one champion intermediate club in the province of Munster in Ireland. It is the most prestigious competition for junior clubs in Munster hurling.

Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship
Current season or competition:
2021 Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship
IrishCraobh Iomána Clubanna Sóisearach na Mumhan
CodeHurling
Founded2001; 21 years ago (2001)
RegionMunster (GAA)
TrophyRody Nealon Cup
No. of teams6
Title holdersColours of Cork.svg Ballygiblin (1st title)
SponsorsAllied Irish Bank
MottoThe toughest of them all
Official websiteOfficial website

The Munster Intermediate Club Championship was introduced in 2001. In its current format, the championship begins in late October or early November and is usually played over a four-week period. The six participating club teams compete in a straight knockout competition that culminates with the Munster final for the two remaining teams. The winner of the Munster Intermediate Championship, as well as being presented with the Rody Nealon Cup, qualifies for the subsequent All-Ireland Club Championship.

The competition has been won by 19 teams, however, no team has ever won the championship on more than one occasion. Cork clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories with 14 wins. Cork side Ballygiblin are the reigning champions, having beaten Skeheenarinky from Tipperary by 2-14 to 1-9 in the 2021 final.[1]

The championshipEdit

OverviewEdit

The Munster 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.

QualificationEdit

County Championship Qualifying team
Clare Clare Junior Hurling Championship Champions
Cork Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Champions
Kerry Kerry Intermediate Hurling Championship Champions
Limerick Limerick Junior Hurling Championship Champions
Tipperary Tipperary Junior A Hurling Championship Champions
Waterford Waterford Junior Hurling Championship Champions

Competition formatEdit

Quarter-final: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advances directly to the semi-final stage. The two 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.

Trophy and medalsEdit

At the end of the Munster final, the winning team is presented with a trophy. The Rody Nealon Cup is held by the winning team until the following year's final. Traditionally, the presentation is made at a special rostrum in the stand where GAA and other dignitaries and special guests view the match.

The cup is decorated with ribbons in the colours of the winning team. During the game the cup actually has both teams' sets of ribbons attached and the runners-up ribbons are removed before the presentation. The winning captain accepts the cup on behalf of his team before giving a short speech. Individual members of the winning team then have an opportunity to come to the rostrum to lift the cup.

The cup is named after Rody Nealon. He was an All-Ireland medal winner with Tipperary in 1925 before later serving as chairman and secretary of the Burgess club at different times, while he was also a member of the Tipperary County Board and the Munster Council.

In accordance with GAA rules, the Munster Council awards a set of 24 gold medals to the winners of the Munster final.

SponsorshipEdit

Since 2001, the Munster Championship has been sponsored. The sponsor has usually been able to determine the championship's sponsorship name.

Period Sponsor Name
2001-present   Allied Irish Bank The AIB Munster Junior Club Hurling Championship

Roll of honourEdit

General performanceEdit

Year Winners Score Runners-up Score Venue
2001   Courcey Rovers   Ardmore
2002   Ballinhassig 6-07   Ballinahinch 2-08
2003   Newmarket-on-Fergus 3-10   Dromina 1-10
2004   Ballygarvan 0-16   Tramore 1-05 Páirc Mac Gearailt [2]
2005   Fr. O'Neill's 1-12   Knockshegowna 0-07 Gaelic Grounds [3]
2006   Kilworth 4-16   Knockshegowna 1-07 Meelick [4]
2007   Moyle Rovers 3-10   Barryroe 0-09 Páirc Mac Gearailt [5]
2008   Dripsey 2-11   Kilgarvan 1-03 Mallow GAA Complex [6]
2009   Blackrock 1-12   Fermoy 0-14 Mallow GAA Complex [7]
2010   Meelin 5-18   St. Patrick's 0-09 Mallow GAA Complex [8]
2011   Charleville 3-15   Cappamore 2-08 Mallow GAA Complex [9]
2012   Kildorrery 1-11   St. Kieran's 0-12 Mallow GAA Complex [10]
2013   Ballysaggart 3-12   Feenagh-Kilmeedy 0-15 Mallow GAA Complex [11]
2014   Modeligo 5-12   Castlemartyr 0-14 Mallow GAA Complex [12]
2015   Dungourney 1-17   Fenor 0-08 Mallow GAA Complex [13]
2016   Mayfield 2-18   Ballyduff Lower 3-10 Mallow GAA Complex [14]
2017   Ardmore 3-11   Ballybacon-Grange 2-08 Mallow GAA Complex [15]
2018   Cloughduv 0-17   Ballinameela 0-12 Mallow GAA Complex [16]
2019   Russell Rovers 2-13   St. Mary's 0-11 Fraher Field [17]
2020 No championship
2021  Ballygiblin 2-14 Skeheenarinky 1-09 Mallow GAA Complex

Performance by countyEdit

County Winners Runners-Up Winning Clubs Runner-Up Clubs
  Cork 14 4 Russell Rovers, Cloughduv, Mayfield, Dungourney, Kildorrery, Charleville, Meelin, Dripsey, Kilworth, Fr. O'Neill's, Ballygarvan, Ballinhassig, Courcey Rovers, Ballygiblin GAA Castlemartyr, Fermoy, Barryroe, Dromina
  Waterford 3 6 Ardmore, Ballysaggart, Modeligo St. Mary's, Ballyduff Lower, Fenor, Tramore, Ardmore, Ballinameela
  Tipperary 1 5 Moyle Rovers Knockshegowna (2), Ballybacon-Grange, St. Patrick's, Ballinahinch
  Limerick 1 3 Blackrock Cappamore, Feenagh-Kilmeedy, St. Kieran's
  Clare 1 Newmarket-on-Fergus

Records and statisticsEdit

County representativesEdit

Year Clare Cork Kerry Limerick Tipperary Waterford
2015 Ennistymon Dungourney Dr. Crokes Dromcollogher/Broadford Ballylooby-Castlegrace Fenor
2016 Bodyke Mayfield Kilgarvan St. Patrick's Ballybacon-Grange Ballyduff Lower
2017 Bodyke St. Catherine's Kenmare Shamrocks St. Patrick's Ballybacon-Grange Ardmore
2018 N/A Cloughduv Kilgarvan Tournafulla Boherlahan-Dualla Ballinameela
2019 N/A Russell Rovers Kilgarvan Castletown/Ballyagran Carrick Davins St. Mary's
2021 Ogonnelloe Ballygiblin Tralee Parnells Caherline Skeheenarinky Brickey Rangers

Biggest winsEdit

The most one sided Munster finals:

Top scorersEdit

Single gameEdit

Year Top scorer Team Opposition Score Total
2016 Shane Duggan Mayfield St. Patrick's 2-06 12
2017 Séamus Prendergast Ardmore Bodyke 2-06 12
Séamus Prendergast Ardmore St. Patrick's 1-09
2018 Anthony Hartnett Tournafulla Kilgarvan 0-14 14
2019 Josh Beausang Russell Rovers St. Mary's 1-08 11
Josh Beausang Russell Rovers Kilgarvan 0-11
2020 No championship
2021 Tomás Vaughan Skeheenarinky Ogonnelloe 0-11 11

OverallEdit

Year Top scorer Team Score Total
2016 Nicky Kelly Mayfield 0-27 27
2017 Séamus Prendergast Ardmore 5-20 35
2018 Anthony Hartnett Tournafulla 0-24 24
2019 Eoin Kearns St. Mary's 1-21 24
2020 No championship
2021 Tomás Vaughan Skeheenarinky 0-25 25

FinalsEdit

Final Top scorer Team Score Total
2004 Liam Dillon Ballygarvan 0-07 7
2005 Ger O'Leary Fr. O'Neill's 0-06 6
2006 Paudie Lynch Kilworth 1-08 11
2007 Barry Whelan Moyle Rovers 2-01 7
2008 Mark O'Sullivan Dripsey 2-00 6
2009 Brian O'Sullivan Fermoy 0-09 9
2010 Éamonn Brosnan Meelin 1-07 10
2011 James O'Brien Charleville 1-05 8
2012 Peter O'Brien Kildorrery 1-06 9
2013 Stephen Bennett Ballysaggart 1-07 10
2014 Barry Lawton Castlemartyr 0-10 10
2015 Ryan Denny Dungourney 0-11 11
2016 Nicky Kelly Mayfield 0-10 10
2017 Séamus Prendergast Ardmore 2-05 11
2018 Brian Verling Cloughduv 0-09 9
2019 Josh Beausang Russell Rovers 1-08 11
2020 No championship
2021 Joseph O'Sullivan Ballygiblin 0-09 9

ReferencesEdit

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