Tipperary v Clare Munster Senior Hurling Championship QF

2009 Munster SH Championship QF

Tipperary V Clare

In Páirc na nGael Limerick on Sunday, June 21st at 4:00pm

Some snippets of information in advance of the team announcement on Thursday

Management Profiles

Liam Sheedy (Portroe), Eamon O’Shea (Kilruane MacDonaghs) and Michael Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane) are in their second season in charge of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team.

Liam Sheedy who is team manager, was previously a senior hurling selector in 2003 and was Manager of the Tipperary Minor Hurling team in 2005 and 2006, winning an All-Ireland title in 2006. He also served as Manager of the Intermediate Hurling team. He played 7 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1997 and 1999. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987. He won a NHL title in 1999. He also won Munster and All-Ireland junior hurling championship medals in 1989 and 1991.

Eamon O’Shea who is team coach, played 5 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary between 1979 and 1986. He also played senior inter-county hurling with Dublin. He won Munster and All-Ireland minor hurling championships with Tipperary in 1976, Munster and All-Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1979, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1978 and a   NHL title in 1979. He won 4 County SH championships with Kilruane MacDonaghs and won an All-Ireland club title with them in the 1985/86 season.

Michael Ryan played 24 senior hurling championship games for Tipperary in a senior inter-county career that started in 1991 versus Limerick and ended with his retirement in 2000. He won Munster and All-Ireland SH championships in 1991. He won Munster and All Ireland U-21 hurling championships in 1989, a Munster U-21 hurling championship in 1990 and a Munster minor hurling championship in 1987.  He also won two NHL titles in 1994 and 1999.

Tipperary V Clare: Previous Championship Meetings

Played 48, Tipperary won 33, Clare won 11, Draws 4.

(Two of Clare’s ‘’victories’’, the 1889 and 1938 semi finals, were achieved through objections, after Tipp had won the games. The 1917 Munster semi-final was unfinished, but Tipp advanced to the final, having led by 3-6 to 1-2 when play was stopped ).

Last ten meetings:

6/7/1997            Páirc Ui Chaoimh           Clare 1-18 Tipp 0-18       Munster Final

Tipp top scorer:            Tommy Dunne 0-7

14/9/1997          Croke Park                    Clare 0-20 Tipp 2-13       All Ireland Final                              Tipp top scorer:            Tommy Dunne 0-6

6/6/1999            Páirc Ui Chaoimh           Clare 2-12 Tipp 0-18       Draw, Munster S/F                              Tipp top scorer:            Tommy Dunne 0-7

12/6/1999          Páirc Ui Chaoimh           Clare 1-21 Tipp 1-11       Replay, Munster S/F                         Tipp top scorer:            Tommy Dunne 0-10

11/6/2000          Páirc Ui Chaoimh           Tipp 2-19 Clare 1-14       Munster S/F                                      Tipp top scorer:            Eugene O’ Neill 0-7

3/6/2001            Páirc Ui Chaoimh           Tipp 0-15 Clare 0-14       Munster S/F                                   Tipp top scorer:       Eoin Kelly 0-7

19/5/2002          Páirc Ui Chaoimh          Tipp 1-18 Clare 2-13       Munster Q/F                              Tipp top scorer:            Eoin Kelly 1-8

18/5/2003          Páirc Ui Chaoimh           Clare 2-17 Tipp 0-14,      Munster  Q/F

Tipp top scorer:            Eoin Kelly 0-7

5/6/2005            Limerick                         Tipp 2-14 Clare 0-14      Munster S/F

Tipp top scorer:            Eoin Kelly 0-7

13/7/2008          Limerick                                    Tipp 2-21 Clare 0-19       Munster Final

Tipp top scorer:            John O’ Brien 1-4

Tipperary Team v Clare Munster Final 13/7//08:

TIPPERARY: B Cummins, E Buckley, P Curran, C O’Brien,  E Corcoran, C O’Mahony, S Maher, J Woodlock, S McGrath, P Kerwick, S Callanan, J O’Brien, E Kelly (Capt.), L Corbett, S Butler.

Subs: D Fanning for Curran (30), M Webster for Kerwick (48), H Maloney for Butler (53), B Dunne for Woodlock (66).

Scorers: J O’Brien (1-4), S Callanan (1-3), E Kelly (0-6) 2 f’s, S McGrath (0-3), L Corbett (0-2), J Woodlock, P Kerwick, H Maloney (0-1) each.

Last championship game for Tipperary:

Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19 Semple Stadium Munster Quarter Final 31/5/09

Tipperary Team v Cork 31/5//09:

Tipperary — B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, C O’Brien; D Fanning, C O’Mahony (Capt.), P Maher; J Woodlock, S McGrath; N McGrath, S Callanan, J O’Brien; E Kelly, L Corbett, M Webster.

Subs: P Kerwick for Webster (51), B Maher for O’Mahony (55), D Gleeson for Cummins (blood-sub 60), G Ryan for N McGrath (63), B Dunne for Woodlock (65), P Kelly for Callanan (68).

Scorers — Tipperary: S Callanan 1-3, E Kelly 0-5 (4f), N McGrath, L Corbett 0-3 each, B Dunne, S McGrath (1 line ball) 0-2 each, J O’Brien 0-1.

The average age of the Tipperary team which started against Cork was 25.6 years. Noel McGrath at 18 years and 5 months was the youngest and Brendan Cummins at 34 years was the oldest.


Tipperary had 5 championships debutants in their Munster SHC Quarter final victory over Cork on May 31st. They were Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Noel McGrath (Loughmore Castleiney), Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh), Darren Gleeson (Portroe) and Gearoid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons).

Eoin Kelly has scored 1-35 in five championship meetings with Clare ( 2001 -2008), for an average of  7.6  points per game. His overall championship scoring return is 12-258 in 39 appearances, for an impressive scoring average of 7.53 points per outing.

Five of the Tipp forwards who started against Cork, have scored one championship goal each against Clare. Seamus Callanan, 2008; John O’Brien, 2008; Lar Corbett, 2005; Micheál Webster, 2005 and Eoin Kelly, 2002. The odd man out is Noel Mc Grath, who has not yet played against Clare, in the Championship.

Brendan Cummins has played against Clare, in Championship hurling, on ten occasions. He was a winner five times, played in one draw and lost four games. He has kept four clean sheets in those ten games, only one of which Tipp lost – the 1997 All Ireland Final.

The Tipp rearguard for the 1997 All Ireland Final loss to Clare included  goalkeeper, Brendan Cummins , Michael Ryan, current Selector, at left corner back and  Manager, Liam Sheedy ,at right half back. Despite keeping a clean sheet, Tipp lost to a late point by Jamesie O’ Connor. The trio played together in four championship games for the Premier County.

Ten years ago it took a replay to see Clare into the Munster Final and their current Manager Mike Mc Namara was a selector, while Tipp’s Manager Liam Sheedy lined out at left corner back in both games. Tipp’s defeat, in the replay, brought Liam’s Senior inter-county career to an end. The current Waterford Manager, Davy Fitzgerald, scored the equalising goal from a penalty, to earn a draw for Clare.

The 1977 clash was the first draw (Clare 1-10 Tipp 0-13) between the counties in championship hurling. The others followed in 1985, 1987 and 1999. Apart from the 1977 replay (Clare 0-13 Tipp 1-7), the remaining three were won decisively – by Tipp 5-14 to 4-6 (1985), 4-17 to 0-8 (1987) and Clare 1-21 to 1-11 (1999).

The best known hurler to play with both counties was Tom Ryan (Killenaule), a goal scoring hero of Tipp’s All Ireland Final win over Wexford in 1962. Tom had previously played at midfield in the 1960 Final defeat by Wexford, while he came on as a substitute in Tipp’s one point win over Dublin the following year. Tom was a fine player –midfield and half forward- but his job took him to other counties and he was unable to command a regular place on Tipp’s all conquering team of the mid 1960s. He declared for Clare and came face to face with his native county in the 1967 Munster final, which Tipp won by 4-12 to 2-6. Tom lined out at midfield on that occasion. He also played the following year, at centre forward, opposed by Mick Roche, in the semi final and scored two goals- one from a free- when Clare came within five points, 5-11 to 5-6 ,shortly after Tipp had returned from winning the NHL over two legs in New York. Tom subsequently moved to Galway, with whom he played, in the early 1970s.

The last Tipperary man to line out for Clare in Championship Hurling was Ken Ralph (Moycarkey –Borris), who came on as a sub in the 2000 Munster semi final, against his native Tipperary, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Ken was an underage star and an All Ireland Vocational Schools winner, when Tipperary beat Kilkenny at Croke Park in 1988, but he subsequently moved to Clare where he enjoyed a successful hurling career with Clarecastle. The 1997 season was particularly memorable for him as ‘’The Magpies’’ won the County and Provincial titles. Their great run ended when Birr beat them in the All Ireland club semi final replay, the following Spring. For the record, Ken replaced Ollie Baker in the second half and scored Clare’s last point, before Tommy Dunne closed the scoring with another white flag, to give Tipp an eight point victory.

On July 7th  1974 the counties met  at Limerick in the Munster semi final before an attendance of 16,000.The World Cup soccer final was also played that day and there were more goals in that, than in the unexciting hurling game, which Clare won by a modest 1-8 to 1-7. Aside from the objections of 1889 and 1938, it was only Clare’s second ever championship win over Tipp and their first since 1955,  when they also won by a point 1-6 to 0-8. Tipperary, captained by the late Roger Ryan, tried repeatedly to level the game, but their forward line lacked scoring power .The day saw Mick Roche, at centre back, playing his last Senior championship game for Tipperary. There was no breakthrough subsequently for Clare, as Limerick beat them comfortably, in the Munster final.

Tipperary’s biggest win over Clare was achieved in the 1923 Munster semi final when they won by twenty eight points, 11-2 to 1-4, in a game played at Clonmel on September 23rd. Clare’s best day against Tipp was the 1999 Munster semi final replay ,on June 12th, at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, when they had ten points to spare 1-21 to 1-11.

When Tipp and Clare last met in the Munster semi final at Páirc na nGael ,in 2005 ,the attendance was 23,537. Last year, the counties met in the Munster Final also in Limerick and the support rose to 48,076.

Len Gaynor has served as Manager of both counties with his time in Clare 1990-1994 considered to have been important in setting the agenda for success the year following his departure. During his time in charge, Clare beat Tipperary, Cork, Limerick, Kerry and drew with Waterford in championship hurling. It shouldn’t have been a shock then, when Clare, under the management of Ger Loughnane, Mike Mc Namara and Tony Considine, defeated Cork and Limerick to win the Munster title in 1995. Len was appointed Manager of Tipperary in the Autumn of 1996 and the following season, Tipp and Clare met in the Munster and All Ireland Finals, with the Banner winning both games narrowly.


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