Munster Super 10’s Fe15

The Munster Super 10’s is a competition run by Munster Coaching & Games for clubs throughout the Province. It is played at 10 a side with a panel of 12 players and is open to all clubs with a choice to play football or hurling. The games are fast, action packed and competitive. The novelty of playing 10 a side has proven a big hit with the players as it is a refreshing change to the 15 a side game.

To get a flavour of the action, please see the video below to give you a glimpse of what its all about

When is it happening?
The competition with a blitz day on the 27th May involving 4 teams at a central location. Clubs have to be open to travel but the venues and groups will be devised to limit travel where possible while giving clubs the opportunity to play against unfamiliar opposition.

What Format is used?
Each club plays 3 games on the day and the group winners will advance to the finals in Mallow on the 10th June. Games are played at 10 a side and the games are played 21 to 21 using u12 size portable goal posts.The games are approximately 12 minutes per half but after playing 3 games this is more than adequate. Clubs are asked to guarantee all players a minimum of 30 minutes playing time.

All group winners will receive a specially commissioned training top while the outright winning teams in both codes will receive gear bags for all 12 squad members and a set of goal posts for their club.

How to Enter?
Clubs should contact their local GDA if they have any questions on this event.

If happy to enter, then just complete the form below.! However, before you enter, please check that all your players will be available on the day and that you are prepared to travel. In previous years, clubs pulled out at the last minute which is very unfair on the host clubs and other teams in the group. Therefore it is important to have your homework done before completing the form – CLICK HERE TO ENTER

No entries can be accepted after this point

Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin – Kerry 0-20 Westmeath 2-12

Kerry defeated Westmeath by 0-20 to 2-12 in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin on Sunday April 30th at TEG Cusack Park, Mullingar.

Leinster SHC: Kerry edge out Westmeath


Report by Kevin Egan for

The final day of the Leinster round robin series in a fortnight looks set to be a tense afternoon of action with all four counties still very much in contention for a place in the quarter finals of the Leinster SHC in advance of crucial fixtures in Mullingar and Tralee.

A narrow win for Kerry at TEG Cusack Park today will give Fintan O’Connor’s charges some momentum as they prepare to host Laois, however the small margin of defeat means that Westmeath’s scoring difference may yet be the trump card that gives them the edge in the race for knockout hurling.

After this afternoon’s defeat, Westmeath manager Michael Ryan spoke of the importance of the basics of hurling, including discipline. That was certainly a key factor in their defeat as the midlanders were reduced to fourteen men within a quarter of an hour of the start, following Niall O’Brien’s dismissal for a second bookable offence.

Already Ryan had set his team up with just two men in the inside forward line and with Darragh Egerton operating as a third midfielder, and once they lost one of their most dangerous forwards, they looked really toothless up front.

In contrast, Kerry were very sharp in the opening stages, rattling off seven points in the opening ten minutes. The Ballyduff due of Mikey and Pádraig Boyle caused the Westmeath full back line plenty of problems, while Jack Goulding and Paudie O’Connor hoovered up breaks at midfield and showed real intelligence in their deliveries into the attack, angling good diagonal balls away from the Westmeath defenders and setting up a series of chances.

An 0-12 to 0-5 interval lead was a fair reflection of Kerry’s dominance in the opening half but once Westmeath turned around with the wind at their backs, they were much improved. They remained highly dependent on placed balls, scoring just 1-3 from play all afternoon, but once Niall Mitchell rattled the net with an excellent low finish across the body of Kerry goalkeeper Martin Stackpoole, the stage was set for a late surge from the home side, who won all three games at the same stage of this competition last year.

Instead Kerry settled again with points from Goulding and Mikey Boyle, though the nervousness in their play was evident from the way in which they dropped back and invited Westmeath onto the attack.

Another fine catch from Mitchell resulted in a goal chance for Killian Doyle after 67 minutes and while the young Raharney hurler failed to find the target, he was being held back while striking and so was handed another chance from a penalty. His strike was inch perfect, low into the bottom corner of the Kerry net, and set up the chance for a late smash and grab win for Westmeath.

It wasn’t to happen however, even after Goulding was also sent off for a second yellow card infringement, as Kerry conceded just one more point and held on to record their first ever Leinster championship victory away from home.

Scorers for Kerry: S Nolan 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1 ’65), M Boyle 0-4, P Boyle 0-3, J Conway 0-2, J O’Connor, P O’Connor, M O’Leary & J Goulding 0-1 each.

Scorers for Westmeath: A Devine 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 ’65), K Doyle 1-2 (1-0 pen, 0-1f, 0-1 ’65), N Mitchell 1-0, R Greville 0-2.

WESTMEATH: P Maloney; C Shaw, T Doyle, T Gallagher; G Greville, P Greville, A Clarke; C Boyle, J Boyle; A Devine, K Doyle, R Greville; N O’Brien, N Mitchell, D Egerton
Subs: J Galvin for J Boyle (HT), D McNicholas for Egerton (HT), A Cox for G Greville (43)

KERRY: M Stackpoole; J Buckley, R Horgan, S Weir; J O’Connor, D Dineen, T Murnane; J Goulding, P O’Connor; J Conway, M O’Leary, B O’Leary; P Boyle, M Boyle, S Nolan
Subs: J Griffin for M O’Leary (64), M O’Connor for P Boyle (67), K Carmody for B O’Leary (70+3)

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow)

Team News

The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Westmeath in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship – Round Robin – 2nd Round game in Cusack Pk Mullingar on Sunday next shows 6 changes in personnel from the side that did duty against Meath in the opening game of the series on Sunday last.

Martin Stackpoole replaces team captain Aiden McCabe in goal; James O’Connor comes into the defence in place of Bryan Murphy; Jack Goulding comes into midfield instead of Tommy Casey to partner Paudie O’Connor, and up front, the two O’Leary brothers Brendan and Michael come into the half forward line replacing the injured Patrick Kelly and Keith Carmody while in the full forward line, Padraig Boyle, a late withdrawl last weekend, starts in place of the man who substituted for him against Meath, Philip Lucid.

The team captained by Tom Murnane of Kilmoyley is as follows:

1 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw

2 James O’Connor Abbeydorney

3 Rory Horgan St Brendans

4 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

5 John Buckley Lixnaw

6 Darren Dineen St Brendans

7 Tom Murnane (C) Kilmoyley

8 Jack Goulding Ballyduff

9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley

10 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

11 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney

12 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills

13 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

14 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

15 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

Fir Ionaid:

16 Aiden McCabe Kilmoyley

17 Bryan Murphy Causeway

18 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

19 James Godley Kilmoyley

20 Keith Carmody Causeway

21 John Griffin Lixnaw

22 Maurice O’Connor Kilmoyley

23 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills

24 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue

25 Tommy Casey Causeway

26 Stephen Murphy Causeway


Bainisteoir: Fintan O’Connor
Coach: Brendan Cummins
Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)
Róghnóir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)

Extended Panel for Sunday’s Game

Daniel O’Carroll Ballyduff

Liam Mullins Lixnaw

Fionán Horgan Ardfert

Jason Wallace Lixnaw

Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw

Darragh Ryan Crotta O’Neills

Adrian O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills

Ronan O’Donovan Abbeydorney

Stevie O’Sullivan Abbeydorney

Unavailable – Rehabbing from Injury

Daniel Collins Kilmoyley

Colum Harty Causeway

Patrick Kelly Clarecastle

Teacher Summer GAA Courses in Mary Immaculate College

Munster GAA is sponsoring two Teacher Summer Courses in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick from July 3rd to July 7th. The courses are aimed at Primary School Teachers who want to develop their capacities to teach Gaelic Games and Physical Education in the Primary School.

Course 1

Gaelic games in the primary school: a cross-curricular approach (blended)

Presenter: Richard Bowles, Joe Redington and tutors

Venue: MIC

Date: 3,4,5 July onsite with two online units (6, 7 July)

Max No: 25

Fee: €25

Click here to apply – closing date is Friday June 30th but places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the course reaches capacity.

Curaclam na Bunscoile specifies that, ‘Gaelic games should be given particular consideration as part of the games programme.’ This course will develop teachers’ basic skills through activities, enabling teachers to apply same in primary school situation. All age groups will be included. There will be a focus on pedagogical issues relating to the games strand and on developing teachers’ understanding and appreciation of games and PE in general. Linkage with other areas of the curriculum will be explored, as will possibilities for integration with other curricular areas.

This course will enable teachers to:

  • adopt a sequential approach to skill development in Gaelic Games
  • promote an awareness of the importance of fundamental movement skills in all physical activity
  • develop their skills in adapting games to ensure the appropriate participation of all children through the use of modified games.
  • contribute to the inclusion of all children in PE activities (with regard to ability, gender, ethnicity, etc.)
  • take account of difference within classes and developing progressive programmes throughout the school
  • The course will pay address particular issues such as gender equity, curriculum integration and linkage within PE, and the role of Gaelic games within a healthy school environment. The course also addresses the needs of schools where coaches who are not primary teachers are employed during the school day to provide specific training in skill development. When allocating places, preference will be given to teachers who have not completed the course in previous years.

    The course is funded by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Comhairle na Mumhan.

    Course 2
    Gaelic Games in the primary school: advanced course

    Presenter: Joe Redington, Richard Bowles and guest tutors

    Venue: MIC

    Date: 3-7 July 2017

    Max No: 25

    Fee: €25

    Click here to apply – closing date is Friday June 30th but places will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis until the course reaches capacity.

    This is an advanced course in the teaching of Gaelic games as part of the Physical Education curriculum in primary schools. On successful completion of this course, participants will receive certification as a Level 1 Child Coach in hurling and Gaelic football as approved by Coaching Ireland. To enroll on the course, participants must have already completed a Foundation level coaching course.

    The aims of the course are:

  • To promote the physical, social, emotional development of the child
  • To develop teacher competencies in inclusion, management of external personnel, and general planning
  • To examine opportunities for linkage within PE and integration with other subject areas
  • To foster positive attitudes towards PE and school sport
  • To develop strategies to ensure that school sport policy is in line with the aims of the PE curriculum
  • To assist teachers in implementing a programme that is developmentally appropriate for individual children
  • To examine the role of Gaelic games within the PE curriculum
  • Participants will take part in a series of master workshops where they will develop their own coaching skills through peer-teaching scenarios. A range of teaching methodologies will be explored: direct teaching / guided discovery etc. Internationally recognized concepts like Games Sense, Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) and Sport Education will also be addressed.

    The course is funded by Cumann Lúthchleas Gael, Comhairle na Mumhan

    Munster GAA – Where does the money go?

    In 2016, the Munster Council had an income of €6,645,000, of which €2,800,000 came from Croke Park, with the remaining €3,845,000 self-generated through gate receipts, match programme sales etc.

    The list below sets out expenditure of €5,586,000 on various grants and allocations to counties as well as the normal expenses associated with holding games, printing match programmes and so on. This expenditure accounts for 84% of all income. After all distributions were made, a surplus of €127,000, or 2% of income was recorded.

  • €2,009,000: Games Development: This assists with the promotion and development of the games in the province, including assisting with the employment of 42 full time coaching staff in the province, including 8 coaching staff in Munster’s 3rd level institutions. It also includes payments to the counties in the Hurley and Helmet Subsidy, County Cúl Camp allocations, County Academy grants, Coach Education grants and so on.
  • €990,000: Club Development Grants: This scheme supports the development of facilities in clubs and schools across the province. Last year, 110 clubs benefited from this scheme.
  • €571,000: Matchday Costs: These are the costs associated with holding game, including the cost of policing, stewarding, ticket sales, medical cover, catering etc.
  • €447,000: Rent of stadia: 15% of the gross gate for each games is paid directly to the stadium hosting the game, which assist them with the running costs associated with a county ground, such as insurance, pitch maintenance etc.
  • €316,000: Team Expenses: This is the amount paid to teams competing in games organised by the Munster Council and competing in the Senior All Ireland finals. These payments help to meet the cost of transport, food etc.
  • €219,000: Grants to Kindred Bodies: These are grants paid to those organisations promoting Gaelic Games in primary schools, post primary schools and third level colleges and also assists with the organisation of events such as the Primary Game.
  • €184,000: Central Council Ticket Sales: This is the amount paid to Central Council for ticket sales handled by the Munster Council.
  • €182,000: Player Injury Fund: 6% of the gross gate for each game is paid directly to the GAA Player Injury Fund, which assists in with the treatment cost associated with injuries.
  • €153,000: County Facilities: This is the amount paid to County Boards in capital grants to support the development of county facilities, such as Centres of Excellence and so on.
  • €113,000: Match Day Student/OAP Concessions: This is the amount Students and OAP’s receive back on the cost of their match day ticket, usually €5 or €10 per ticket.
  • €102,000: Match Programme Allocations: Once costs of production are taken out, the remaining amount from Match day income is divided amongst the competing counties.
  • €98,000: Scholarships: Amounts paid to students in 3rd level scholarships and to Post Primary Students attending Gaeltacht Colleges.
  • €95,000: Match Programme Production: This is the cost of producing Match day programmes, including printing, distribution etc.
  • €80,000: Other Grants: Amounts paid to counties through various other grant categories. For example, Clare and Waterford receive €30,000 as a payment in lieu of hosting of major championship games.
  • €28,000: Medals and Trophies: Amount spent on medals for winning teams.

  • Munster Under 15 Inter-Divisional Hurling Competition

    Munster Under 15 Hurling Cup Final Result
    North Cork 4-11 North Tipperary 1-11

    Munster Under 15 Hurling Shield Final Result
    Mid Tipperary 2-17 Mid/West Cork 2-4

    Click to view photos from the Finals

    Munster Under 15 Hurling S-Final Results
    North Tipperary 3-13 Mid/West Cork 0-18 (AET)
    North Cork 2-7 Mid Tipperary 1-7

    Group Stages

    Mick Neville Park

    Round 1
    W/E Limerick 1-05 W Waterford 0-12
    Kerry 1-08 North Cork 2-15

    Round 2
    North Cork 2-08 W Waterford 1-04
    W/E Limerick 1-08 Kerry 2-13

    Round 3
    W/E Limerick 1-06 North Cork 3-09
    W Waterford 8-10 Kerry 0-05

    Group 2

    Mid Tipp 0-9 East Cork 0-8
    Mid Clare 2-11 East Cork 2-9
    Mid Tipp 2-9 Mid Clare 1-5

    Winner – Mid Tipp
    Runner-up – Mid Clare

    Group 3

    West Cork 0-12 East Waterford 1-5
    West Cork 1-9 South Tipp 0-7
    South Tipp 0-8 East Waterford 0-7

    Winner – West Cork
    Runner-up – South Tipp

    Round 1: North Tipp 1-10 Cork City 2-5. East Clare 2-8 South East Limerick 1-10.
    Round 2: North Tipp 4-11 East Clare 0-2, South East Limerick 3-9 Cork City 3-7
    Round 3: North Tipp 6-7 South East Limerick 3-8, East Clare 5-6 Cork City 5-4.

    North Tipp top the group with 3 wins.

    Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Play-Off 2 – Clare 0-10 Tipperary 0-5

    Clare defeated Tipperary by 0-10 to 0-5 in the Electric Ireland Munster Minor Football Championship Play-Off 2 on Wednesday April 26th at Cusack Park Ennis.

    Clare book semi-final spot after easy win against Tipperary

    Report by Gerry Quinn for the Irish Examiner newspaper

    Clare 0-10 Tipperary 0-5 Munster MFC

    Clare won their Electric Ireland Munster MFC clash against Tipperary at Cusack Park, Ennis last evening to qualify for the semi-final after a poor enough encounter.

    They were never led and in the main they relied on the boot of both centre-forward Paudie Kelly and full-forward Gavin Cooney for scores. Tipp would have been the happier at the break, considering that the young Banner boys enjoyed an inordinate amount of possession over the opening half hour. In this instance, leading by just three points was a poor return for Clare, notwithstanding the fact there had no score from play in that period.

    Paudie Kelly opened the scoring for the hosts inside a minute with a right footed free. It was followed by a similar type of point by Gavin Cooney off his left as Clare put their stamp on the game early. Tipperary keeper Jack Dolan made a fine diving save on 13 minutes to deny Gearóid Cahill before Cooney had Clare’s third score, close to the end of the first quarter. Conall Kennedy got Tipp’s first score, a point from play on 18 minutes, and then a Ryan Lamb ’45 made it a two point game. A Kelly free for Clare in injury time made it 0-5 to 0-2 at the whistle. Clare should have been further in front at this stage but seven first-half wides didn’t help their cause.

    After the break the Premier county put in a sterner performance but, like Clare in the first-half, they squandered an amount of scoring chances. Clare increased their lead, thanks to a right footed free from 40 metres by sharp shooter Kelly before Tipp struck the target twice on the bounce through Riain Quigley from a free and a Conall Kennedy effort from play. This left the score reading 0-7 to 0-4 after 38 minutes.

    Moments later Clare struck for their first point from open play of the evening – Gavin Cooney left-footed over Jack Dolan’s crossbar, to settle a few Clare nerves. Aidan McGrath from the left wing had a good Tipp point with nine remaining but Clare replied with three unanswered scores before the end, to secure victory.

    Scorers for Clare: G Cooney (0-5) 3 f’s, P Kelly (0-5) all frees.

    Tipperary: C Kennedy (0-2), R Lambe ’45, R Quigley f, A McGrath (0-1) each.

    CLARE: M Lillis; J Miniter, J O’Sullivan, J Sheedy; D Ryan, F Donnellan, C McNelis; C McMahon, D Griffin; S Rouine, P Kelly, D Coughlan (Capt.); R O’Doherty, G Cooney, G Cahill.
    Subs: K Whyte for McMahon (h/t), C O’Donoghue for O Doherty (45), R Considine for Cahill (52), A McNamara for Griffin (56), B Clancy for Coughlan (59).

    TIPPERARY: J Dolan; J Harney, J Flannery, D Mulcahy; D Bolger, P Devlin, J Ryan; S Grogan, S Ryan; R Quigley, R Lambe, C Boland’ A McGrath, C Kennedy, M Stokes.
    Subs: D O’Leary for Flannery (38), C O’Sullivan for Boland (49), M McFadden for Bolger (54), D Tynan for Stokes (56), J Flannery for Quigley (57).

    Referee: E Walsh (Kerry)

    Team News

    The panel has been announced and lines out as follows; 1. Jack Dolan (Fethard), 2. Jack Harney (Joint Captain) (Moyle Rovers), 3. Jake Flannery (Joint Captain) (Galtee Rovers), 4. Diarmuid Mulcahy (Moyle Rovers), 5. Darragh Bolger (Moyle Rovers), 6. Paul Devlin (Éire Óg Annacarty-Donohill), 7. John Ryan (Boherlahan-Dualla), 8. Stephen Grogan (Cahir), 9. Shane Ryan (Galtee Rovers), 10. Ríain Quigley (Moyle Rovers), 11. Ryan Lambe (Clonmel Commercials), 12. Calvin Boland (Clonmel Commercials), 13. Adam Mc Grath (Galtee Rovers), 14. Conall Kennedy (Clonmel Commercials), 15. Mark Stokes (Kilsheelan-Kilcash)
    Subs: 16. Eoin Power (Clerihan), 17. Eanna Mc Bride (JK Brackens), 18. Darragh O’Leary (Ardfinnan), 19. Conor Ryan (Loughmore-Castleiney), 20. Liam Cleary (Borrisokane), 21. Cavan Mc Kenna (Cahir), 22. Manus Mc Fadden (Grangemockler-Ballyneale), 23. Darragh Tynan (Inane Rovers), 24. Cian O’Sullivan (Clonmel Óg).

    The extended panel players are; Jamie Grant (Newcastle), Aaron O’Neill (Newport), Aidan Keane (Carrick Swan) and Ian Holloway (Carrick Swan).

    The management team consists of – manager Matt O’Doherty (Arravale Rovers), coach-selector David Power (Kilsheelan-Kilcash), coach-selector Mick O’Sullivan (Drom & Inch) and selectors Johnny Nevin (JK Bracken’s) and Donal Hayes (Upperchurch-Drombane) while Jason Coffey (Ardfinnan) is Strength and Conditioning Coach.

    Munster Under 17 Hurling Final – Cork 3-13 Waterford 1-12

    Cork defeated Waterford by 3-13 to 1-12 in the Munster Under 17 Hurling Final on Tuesday April 25th at Fraher Field Dungarvan in front of an attendance of 1,027.

    Team News

    The Cork team to play Waterford in the Munster U17 Hurling Championship Final tomorrow Tuesday 25th April @ 7pm in Fraher Field, Dungarvan has been announced as follows.

    Cork U17 Hurling Team.

    1. Luke Donovan – Na Piarsaigh
    2. Eoin Roche – Bride Rovers
    3. Ciaran Nyhan – Ballinascarthy
    4. Ronan Sheehan – Mallow
    5. Jack Hallahan – Cloyne
    6. Conor O’Callaghan – Dromtarriffe – Captain
    7. Aaron Walsh Barry – Carrigtwohill
    8. Daire Connery – Na Piarsaigh
    9. Sean Twomey – Courcey Rovers
    10. Brian Roche – Bride Rovers
    11. Colin O’Brien – Granard Gaels
    12. Tommy O’Connell – Midleton
    13. Owen McCarthy – Inniscarra
    14. Joe Stack – Castlemartyr
    15. Declan Hanlon – Blarney


    16. Eoin Davis – St. Catherines
    17. Jamie Copps – Ballyhea
    18. Sean McCarthy – Fermoy
    19. Ronan McCarthy – St Oliver Plunketts
    20. Liam Ryan – Inniscarra
    21. Kevin Finn – Midleton
    22. Kian Farmer – Midleton
    23. Killian Murphy – Sarsfields
    24. Denis McBarron – Carrigaline

    Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Final – Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 0-10

    Kilkenny defeated Cork by 2-7 to 0-10 in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 Final on Sunday April 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

    Kilkenny retain top cat status with third national title in 18 months

    Report By Daragh Ó Conchúir at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick

    Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 0-10

    KILKENNY retained their Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League Division 1 title with an all-round team performance that augurs well for the Championship.

    Just as in the All-Ireland Final last September, Cork were unable to work Kilkenny out. Ann Downey and her lieutenants Conor Phelan and Paddy Mullally must get huge credit for the tactics that stifled the previously high-scoring Cork attack, while creating the space that delivered two priceless goals of their own.

    The players in black and amber carried out the plan to a tee, especially in the first half, when they won the vast majority of the individual battles around the pitch. And there were battles aplenty, with the physicality of the exchanges notable from start to finish.
    Cork did improve in the second half, the introduction of Orla Cotter a welcome boost after the brilliant St Catherine’s stickwoman had missed most of the spring through injury. They began to match Kilkenny’s intensity too but they failed to trouble Emma Kavanagh.

    The nearest they got to getting a goal that would certainly have put a different slant on proceedings came in the 48th minute, when Amy Connor fielded Katrina Mackey’s Crossfield delivery, cut inside a Kilkenny defender and unleashed a shot from inside the 13m line.
    Out of nowhere however, Catherine Foley arrived to produce a sensational block and the sliotar was cleared.

    Even in the first half, when they were a clear second best, they spurned some good chances and dropped too many balls short but they could have few complaints. Kilkenny often played with just one player inside their opposition 45. That had the dual consequence of cutting out the space in their own end of the field, while backing their ability to have an impact with strike runners from deep.
    The set-up got them a goal by the third minute, when Denise Gaule advanced on a delivery by Miriam Walsh and hand-passed over the advancing Aoife Murray.

    Gemma O’Connor responded with a point for Cork but Kilkenny had three of the next four points including a brace from Katie Power.
    Power and Walsh were flying and such were the Rebels’ defensive difficulties that Paudie Murray substituted three-time All Star Pamela Mackey after just 20 minutes.

    O’Connor’s score was Cork’s only one from play in that opening period, as Katrina Mackey converted three frees but Aisling Dunphy, Julie Ann Malone and Gaule all managed points from play and Kilkenny were full value for their 1-6 to 0-4 lead at half time.

    The Leesiders were better after the restart and looked much sounder defensively. Meanwhile, Cotter was having a real impact, scoring three points including two from play. But the key moment arrived in the 41st minute. It was slightly strange as Owen Elliott awarded a free to Kilkenny but Cork believed the decision had gone their way. Gemma O’Connor trotted out to stand over the sliotar but once the official confirmed his call, the alert Gaule ran to the mark and almost on the run, took a quick free to Danielle Morrissey that caught the opposition napping.

    O’Connor did get back to actually gather possession but was dispossessed and Walsh powered past the challenges of Rena Buckley and Aoife Murray before hand-passing to the net. That ensured Kilkenny had vital breathing space and late points from Libby Coppinger and Hannah Looney, the latter a fizzing shot that just cleared the crossbar, came too late.

    SCORERS FOR KILKENNY: D Gaule 1-2 (0-1f); M Walsh 1-0; K Power 0-2; A Dunphy, J A Malone, D Morrissey (f) 0-1 each

    SCORERS FOR CORK: K Mackey 0-4(3fs); O Cotter 0-3(1f); G O’Connor, L Coppinger, H Looney 0-1 each

    KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, M Teehan, C Foley, G Walsh, A Nolan, A Dalton, C Phelan, A Dunphy, M Farrell, D Gaule, K Power, J Reddy, J A Malone, M Walsh, D Morrissey
    Subs: E Keane for Dunphy (59), J Clifford for Morrissey (59)

    CORK: A Murray, L Treacy, P Mackey, R Buckley, E O’Sullivan, A Thompson, C Sigerson, G O’Connor, J Barry, A O’Connor, O Cronin, J White, K Mackey, N McCarthy, L Collins
    Subs: L Coppinger for P Mackey (21), O Cotter for Collins (33), H Looney for White (50), L O’Sullivan for Barry (55)

    REFEREE: O Elliott (Antrim)

    Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final – Galway 3-21 Tipperary 0-14

    Galway defeated Tipperary by 3-21 to 0-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1 Final on Sunday April 23rd at the Gaelic Grounds Limerick.

    Allianz Hurling League Final: Flynn stars in Galway triumph

    GALWAY 3-21 TIPPERARY 0-14

    Report By John Harrington for

    Galway blew Tipperary to smithereens with an explosive shock and awe performance in today’s Allianz Hurling League Final at the Gaelic Grounds.

    A match that was expected to be an evenly balanced affair was anything but as Galway both out-hurled and out-fought a strangely listless looking Tipperary team. The Galway backs held the much vaunted Tipperary attack to just five points from play, and their forwards tore apart the normally self-assured Premier County defence.

    The winning margin of 16 points in no way flattered the Tribesmen, who could have piled further misery on the reigning All-Ireland champions had their finishing been more clinical. Both teams were guilty of hitting some poor wides in the first half particularly, and with the sliotar constantly going out of play the game struggled to burst into any sort of life early on.

    But as the progressed a pattern started to emerge, and it was one of Galway dominance. Their half-backs won almost every ball that came down their throats, and on the few occasions that it was hit beyond them Daithi Burke was there to hoover it up. Tipperary’s star-studded attack was struggling to make any sort of impression, and they failed to score a point from play until the 15th minute through Noel McGrath.

    That tied the game up at three-points apiece, but thereafter Galway moved up through the gears and pulled away from Tipperary. David Burke was hurling a lot of ball, and Joe Canning and Conor Whelan were both looking sharp whenever they won possession. They both hit three points from play in that first half, and Tipperary would have been in serious trouble had Jason Flynn shown similar accuracy rather than hit three poor wides. He wasn’t the only Galway player who showed a lack of composure in front of the posts, and by half-time they had racked up 11 wides.

    They’d also scored 11 points, though, which was enough to give them a six point lead over an increasingly disjointed looking Tipperary by the half-time break.

    Things went from bad to worse for Tipperary after little over a minute of the second half when Jason Flynn finally zeroed his sights and fired home a superb goal for Galway. The Tipp management responded by making a number of positional switches to try to spark their team into life, but it amounted to little more than rearranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic.

    Galway’s dominance grew and grew, they were hungrier for the ball than Tipperary, and their physical dominance in all areas of the pitch was stark. Points from Whelan and Canning (2) kept the Galway score ticking over, and then Flynn struck his second-goal of the day to end the game as a contest once and for all.

    Just like for his first goal he burst past Michael Cahill and left the Tipperary corner-back for dead and then also rounded James Barry before finishing clinically. The rest of the game was a Galway procession with Tipperary unable to muster any sort of fight-back, and the men in maroon added further gloss to the score-board when Cathal Mannion raced through to score their third goal late on.

    In all aspects, this was a highly impressive performance from Galway that anoints them not just as League champions, but deadly serious contenders for the All-Ireland title. They have such a potent mixture of physicality and skill that on days like today when they pull it all together they’re a close to irresistible proposition.

    As for Tipperary, the temptation might be to write off this defeat as just one of those bad days at the office, but Michael Ryan is unlikely to take that approach. Some of his players will have a lot to prove in training between now and May 21 if they want a chance at redemption by starting the Munster Quarter-Final against Cork.

    Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-9 (3fs, 2 ’65), Jason Flynn 2-1, Conor Whelan 0-5, Cathal Mannion 1-1, Aidan Harte 0-2, Johnny Coen 0-1, David Burke 0-1, Thomas Monaghan 0-1

    Scorers for Tipperary: John McGrath 0-6 (5fs), Michael Breen 0-2, Noel McGrath 0-2, Ronan Maher 0-2 (2fs), Brendan Maher 0-1, John O’Dwyer 0-1 (f).

    GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Adrian Tuohy, Daithi Burke, Paul Killeen; Pádraic Mannion, Gearóid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jason Flynn, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke
    Subs: Jonathan Glynn for Joe Canning (61), John Hanbury for Daithi Burke (65), Cyril Donnellan for Niall Burke (67), Thomas Monaghan for Jason Flynn (68), Sean Loftus for Paul Killeen (70).

    TIPPERARY: Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, James Barry, Michael Cahill; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Pádraic Maher; Brendan Maher, Jason Forde; Dan McCormack, Michael Breen, Steven O’Brien; Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer, John McGrath
    Subs: Niall O’Meara for Steven O’Brien (32), Patrick Maher for John O’Dwyer (45), Paul Flynn for Jason Forde (59), Tomás Hamill for Michael Cahill (60), Daire Quinn for Noel McGrath (66).

    REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork)

    Team News

    The Tipperary team to play Galway in the Allianz Hurling League Final on Sunday next, April 23rd, at 3.30pm in the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick has been announced by manager Michael Ryan.

    With Seamus Callanan ruled out through injury, John O’Dwyer comes into the Tipperary attack, while Michael Breen also returns to the starting lineup.

    The Tipperary team therefore lines out as follows;

    1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
    2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross-Ballycahill
    3. James Barry – Upperchurch-Drombane
    4. Michael Cahill – Thurles Sarsfields
    5. Seamus Kennedy – St. Marys
    6. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
    7. Padraic Maher (Capt.) – Thurles Sarsfields
    8. Brendan Maher – Borris-Ileigh
    9. Jason Forde – Silvermines
    10. Dan McCormack – Borris-Ileigh
    11. Michael Breen – Ballina
    12. Steven O’Brien – Ballina
    13. Noel McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney
    14. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
    15. John McGrath – Loughmore-Castleiney

    Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin – Meath 3-20 Kerry 2-17

    Meath defeated Kerry by 3-20 to 2-17 in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin on Sunday April 23rd at Páirc Tailteann Navan.

    Leinster SHC: Meath claim dramatic win

    Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round Robin

    MEATH 3-20 KERRY 2-17

    Report By Paul Keane for

    Cathal McCabe’s last gasp goal capped a thrilling win for Meath who returned to the Leinster SHC with a bang following a 13-year gap.

    The Christy Ring Cup title holders hadn’t featured in their provincial championship since 2004 and looked set for a big win with a nine-point lead after 57 minutes. But Kerry, who operated in Division 1B of the Allianz league, two tiers higher than Meath who won Division 2B, came roaring back to within three of the Royal County in Navan.

    Mikey Boyle reduced the deficit to that margin with an injury time Kerry goal and went close with two more goal chances as the Kingdom threw everything at it. Meath held out though, thanks largely to the excellence of goalkeeper Shane McGann, and sealed a slightly flattering six-point win with McCabe’s goal at the death. Sean Quigley finished with 1-3 for Meath while substitute Kevin Keena, brother of influential sweeper Joey, also hit the net. Meath host Laois next Sunday in Navan again and a win will leave them in pole position to qualify for a Leinster quarter-final place.

    As for Kerry, they simply must win on their travels against Westmeath next weekend. Meath’s previous game in the Leinster championship was a double scores defeat to Laois way back in May of 2004. They were back in the competition for all of 14 seconds when they received a hammer blow in the form of a Kerry goal.

    Kingdom top scorer Shane Nolan grabbed it after a neat turn and burst of pace down the left that exposed full-back Damien Healy. It transpired that Healy was carrying a hamstring injury into the game and he limped off after just 13 minutes. Nolan added a point for Kerry to put them 1-1 to 0-2 up, but they were unable to build on that great start.

    Adam Gannon scored Meath’s third point before they pilfered a fortunate Quigley goal direct from a line-ball to move 1-3 to 1-2 ahead. The sides were level twice after that before Meath pulled away to take a 1-10 to 1-7 lead into the interval. Quigley finished the half with 1-2 and there were braces of points from Adam Gannon and veteran Steven Clynch.

    Meath showed no sign of any inferiority complex despite spending spring in the lower tier and should have had a second goal but James Kelly hit the side-netting. Ennis’ charges pulled clear in the third quarter with three more points from Clynch before Keena’s 49th minute goal.

    He latched onto a long ball and found space to shoot a low shot to the Kerry net, moving Meath 2-15 to 1-10 clear. They were nine up with just 13 minutes remaining, but a four-in-a-row of Kerry points began their fight-back. They had the margin down to just three points at 2-20 to 2-17 when Boyle poked a 71st minute goal. But Meath held out against the onslaught and pilfered a third goal from McCabe at the death to the delight of their fans.

    Scorers for Meath: Steven Clynch 0-7 (6fs), Sean Quigley 1-3 (1-0 s/l), Kevin Keena 1-0, Cathal McCabe 1-0, Adam Gannon 0-3, Mark O’Sullivan 0-​2, Anthony Forde 0-1, Keith Keogan 0-1, Daragh Kelly 0-1, Gavin McGowan 0-1, Neil Heffernan 0-1.

    Scorers for Kerry: Shane Nolan 1-9 (6fs), Mikey Boyle 1-1, Michael O’Leary 0-2, Jordan Conway 0-1, Philip Lucid 0-1, Bryan Murphy 0-1, Maurice O’Connor 0-1, Jack Goulding 0-1.

    MEATH: Shane McGann; Cormac Reilly, Damian Healy, Shane Whitty; Keith Keogan, Daragh Kelly, Shane Brennan; Anthony Forde, Joe Keena; Sean Quigley, Steven Clynch, James Kelly; Gavin McGowan, Mark O’Sullivan, Adam Gannon
    Subs: Sean Geraghty for Healy (13), Kevin Keena for Kelly (45), Neil Heffernan for Quigley (55), Cathal McCabe for McGowan (63), Padraig Kelly for Gannon (69).

    KERRY: Aiden McCabe; Tom Murnane, Rory Horgan, Sean Weir; John Buckley, Bryan Murphy, Darren Dineen; Tommy Casey, Paudie O’Connor; Mikey Boyle, Patrick Kelly, Keith Carmody; Philip Lucid, Shane Nolan, Jordan Conway
    Subs: Michael O’Leary for Kelly (35+1), Jack Goulding for Casey (h/t), Maurice O’Connor for Carmody (47), Brendan O’Leary for Lucid (55), Colm Harty for Conway (67).

    REFEREE: S Cleere (Kilkenny).

    Team News

    The Kerry Senior Hurling Team to play Meath in the Leinster GAA Senior Hurling Championship – Round Robin 1st Round game in Páirc Tailteann Navan on Sunday next shows 5 changes in personnel from the side that did duty against Laois in the Allianz League Div 1B Relegation playoff;

    Team captain Aiden McCabe replaces Martin Stackpoole in goal; James O’Connor replaces Rory Horgan In the full back line; John Buckley reverts to half back in place of the injured Daniel Collins with Tommy Casey taking over Buckley’s place in midfield and up front Mikey Boyle and Keith Carmody come in for Michael O’Leary and Jack Goulding.

    The team captained by Aidan McCabe of Kilmoyley is as follows:

    1 Aiden McCabe Kilmoyley

    2 Rory Horgan St Brendans

    3 Tom Murnane Kilmoyley

    4 Sean Weir Crotta O’Neills

    5 John Buckley Lixnaw

    6 Bryan Murphy Causeway

    7 Darren Dineen St Brendans

    8 Tommy Casey Causeway

    9 Paudie O’Connor Kilmoyley

    10 Mikey Boyle Ballyduff

    11 Patrick Kelly Clarecastle

    12 Keith Carmody Causeway

    13 Jordan Conway Crotta O’Neills

    14 Shane Nolan Crotta O’Neills

    15 Padraig Boyle Ballyduff

    Fir Ionaid:

    16 Martin Stackpoole Lixnaw

    17 James O’Connor Abbeydorney

    18 Paud Costelloe Ballyduff

    19 Jack Goulding Ballyduff

    20 Brendan O’Leary Abbeydorney

    21 Michael O’Leary Abbeydorney

    22 Philp Lucid Ballyheigue

    23 Maurice O’Connor Kilmoyley

    24 Tomás O’Connor Crotta O’Neills

    25 John Griffin Lixnaw

    26 James Godley Kilmoyley


    Bainisteoir: Fintan O’Connor

    Coach: Brendan Cummins

    Treanálaí: Damien Ryall (Abbeydorney)

    Róghnóir: Ian Brick (Kilmoyley)

    Extended Panel for Saturday’s Game

    Colum Harty Causeway

    Daniel O’Carroll Ballyduff

    Liam Mullins Lixnaw

    Stephen Murphy Causeway

    Fionán Horgan Ardfert

    Jason Wallace Lixnaw

    Darragh Shanahan Lixnaw

    Darragh Ryan Crotta O’Neills

    Adrian O’Mahony Crotta O’Neills

    Ronan O’Donovan Abbeydorney

    Stevie O’Sullivan Abbeydorney

    Unavailable – Rehabbing from Injury

    Daniel Collins Kilmoyley