Munster's big day in a special year

06 July 2009
MUNSTER'S BIG DAY IN A SPECIAL YEAR
The GAA Munster hurling final has always been regarded as one of the great highlights of the championship and this year's decider certainly promises to live up to that billing as Tipperary and Waterford go head to head in Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday (4.0pm).

Tipperary, the defending champions, are bidding to win the two-in-a-row for the first time since 1988 while Waterford, the 2007 Munster champions, are attempting to win the title for the fourth time this decade. Although the All-Ireland title has eluded the present Waterford team so far, this is by far the county's most successful decade in Munster.

While Tipperary v Waterford is the hurling showpiece on Sunday, there's two qualifier ties on Saturday when Clare host Galway in Ennis and Wexford host Limerick in Wexford Park.

TIPPERARY v WATERFORD
This will be their 40th meeting in the championship and their 7th in the Munster final. Tipperary lead 29-10 from their previous 39 clashes while it's 4-2 in Munster final clashes.

Paths to the final
Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19
Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22
Tipperary scorers: N McGrath 0-10 (0-1 sideline, 0-1 lineball), S Callanan 2-3, E Kelly 0-8 (0-4 frees), L Corbett 1-4, J O'Brien 1-3, P Kerwick 0-3, B Dunne 0-2, S
McGrath 0-2 ( 0-1 line ball), J Woodlock 0-1, D Fanning 0-1.
Waterford 0-11 Limerick 1-8 (draw)
Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17 (Replay)
Waterford scorers: E Kelly 0-18 (0-15 frees, 0-1 '65'), J Mullane 0-10, S Prendergast 0-5, S O'Sullivan 0-1, S Molumphy 0-1, J Kennedy 0-1.

Last Five Championship Clashes
2008: Waterford 1-20 Tipperary 1-18 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2006: Tipperary 3-14 Waterford 1-12 (Munster semi-final)
2004: Waterford 4-10 Tipperary 3-12 (Munster semi-final)
2002: Waterford 2-23 Tipperary 3-12 (Munster final)
Waterford 4, Tipperary 1

Previous Munster final clashes
2002 - Waterford 2-23 Tipperary 3-12
1989 - Tipperary 0-26 Waterford 2-8
1963 - Waterford 0-11 Tipperary 0-8
1962 - Tipperary 5-14 Waterford 2-3
1958 - Tipperary 4-12 Waterford 1-5
1925 - Tipperary 6-6 Waterford 1-2
Tipperary 4 Waterford 2

Previous Munster title wins
Tipperary: 38 (1895-96-98-99-1900-06-08-09-13-16-17-22-24-25-30-37-41-45-49-50-
51-58-60-61-62-64-65-67-68-67-71-87-88-89-91-93-2001-2008)
Waterford: 8 (1938-48-57-59-63-2002-2004-2007)

GAA All-IRELAND QUALIFIERS
Clare v Galway, Ennis, Saturday, 7.0pm
The counties have clashed eleven times in the championship with Clare holding a commanding 8-2 lead with one draw. Galway's only wins came in the 2003 All-Ireland qualifiers and in the 1961 Munster championship.

Last Five Championship Clashes
Clare 2-10 Galway 0-14 (2007 qualifiers)
Galway 1-15 Clare 2-11 (2003 qualifiers)
Clare 1-15 Galway 0-17 (2002 All-Ireland quarter-final)
Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Replay
Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final) Draw

2009 Championship
Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22
Galway 5-29 Laois 0-17
Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 3-13

Wexford v Limerick, Wexford Park, Saturday, 7.0pm
Last Five Championship Clashes
2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15 (2001 All-Ireland quarter-final)
1996: Wexford 1-13 Limerick 0-14 (All-Ireland final)
1955: Wexford 2-12 Limerick 2-3 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1918: Limerick 9-5 Wexford 1-3 (All-Ireland final)
1910: Wexford 7-0 Limerick 6-2 (All-Ireland final)

2009 Championship
Wexford 2-17 Offaly 0-16
Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13
Waterford 0-11 Limerick 1-8 (draw)
Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17 (replay)

GAA SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONHIP 2009
Leinster
May 30: First round: Wexford 2-17 Offaly 0-16, Wexford Park.
May 31: First Round: Galway 5-29 Laois 0-17, Portlaoise.
June 7: First Round: Dublin 2-16 Antrim 0-12, Croke Park.
June 20: Semi-final: Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 3-13, Tullamore.
June 21: Dublin 0-18 Wexford 1-13, Nowlan Park.
July 5: Final: Dublin 2-18 Kilkenny 0-18, Croke Park.

Munster
May 31: First round: Tipperary 1-19 Cork 0-19, Thurles.
June 14: Semi-final: Limerick 1-8 Waterford 0-11, Semple Stadium.
June 20: Semi-final replay: Waterford 0-25 Limerick 0-17, Semple Stadium.
June 21: Semi-final: Tipperary 3-18 Clare 1-22, Limerick.
Next Sunday: Final: Tipperary v Waterford, Thurles.

Ulster
May 9: First round: Fermanagh 0-13 Cavan 1-9, Enniskillen; Armagh 1-22 Monaghan
1-8, Armagh; Donegal 1-21 Tyrone 0-6, Letterkenny.
May 17: Second Round: Armagh 3-24 Donegal 2-12.
May 23: London 1-23 Fermanagh 0-7, Ruislip.
May 31: Quarter-finals: Derry 4-10 London 3-12; Down 5-21 Armagh 0-13. (Both in Casement Park).
June 14: Semi-final: Down 2-17 Derry 1-15, Casement Park.
June 28: Final: Antrim 3-20 Down 4-15, Casement Park.

All-Ireland Qualifiers
July 4: Phase One: Cork 3-19 Offaly 1-12, Tullamore; Laois 0-18 Antrim 1-12, Portlaoise.
Next Saturday: Clare v Galway, Ennis; Wexford v Limerick, Wexford Park.
July 18: Phase Three: Cork and Laois v Winners of Clare/Galway and Wexford/Limerick.

All-Ireland Quarter-finals
July 25/26: Beaten Leinster finalists v Winner from Phase Three; Beaten Munster
finalists v Winners from Phase Three.

All-Ireland semi-finals
August 9: Leinster champions v Quarter final winners, Croke Park.
August 16: Munster champions v Quarter-final winners, Croke Park.
September 6: All-Ireland final, Croke Park.