Tipperary v Cork semi final preview

Updated: February 10, 2012

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Tipperary v Cork: Templemore 13.00 Sunday 12th Feb.

A change in venue for the Tipperary v Cork Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final on Sunday as the match now takes place in Templemore at 13.00 instead of Clonmel.

Any Tipp v Cork clash is one that holds the interest of hurling followers throughout the land and this fixture is no different, especially since the shock announcement of Lar Corbett’s retirement earlier in the week.

Both teams have been named and are more or less as anticipated at this time of the season:

The Tipperary Senior Hurling team to play Cork in the Waterford Crystal Cup semi-final v Cork on Sunday February 12 at Templemore at 1pm is:

1. Brendan Cummins (Ballybacon-Grange)
2. Conor O’Brien (Éire Óg Annacarty)
3. Paul Curran (Mullinahone) Captain
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)
5. Shane Maher (Burgess)
6. Conor O’Mahony (Newport)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
8. Johnny Ryan (Drom and Inch)
9. Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch)
10. Gearóid Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha & Dorrha)
12. Adrian Ryan (Templederry Kenyons)
13. Timmy Hammersley (Clonoulty Rossmore)
14. Brian O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
15. John O’Brien (Toomevara)

No surprises there but some changes in the Cork side:

1. Martin Coleman
2. Brian Murphy
3. Eoin Dillon
4. Conor O’Sullivan
5. Christopher Joyce
6. Ross Cashman
7. John Gardiner
8. Darren Sweetnam
9. Pa Cronin
10. Brian Corry
11. Niall McCarthy
12. Cathal Naughton
13. Luke O’ Farrell
14. Eoin Murphy
15. Ryan Clifford

The team shows a number of changes in personnel from the defeat of Kerry, with Martin Coleman replacing Anthony Nash in goal, while Brian Murphy is chosen at corner back in place of Damien Cahalane.

John Gardiner comes in at wing back instead of Tom Kenny, while last week’s substitute Darren Sweetnam gets a first start at midfield, where he is joined by Pa Cronin who started last Saturday’s game at centre forward but went off injured.

Niall McCarthy returns to the familiar centre-forward berth for this game, with Cathal Naughton moving to the wing

Referee – Shane Hourigan (Limerick)

Extra time – (2 periods x 10 minutes only) to be played if sides finish level at the end of 70 minutes

A reminder that the winners play Waterford or Clare in the Final

Admission Prices –
General Admission – €10
Under 16s will admitted free
Winners play Waterford or Clare in Final

Some Waterford Crystal Cup Facts and Figures:
Tipperary hold the record for the longest winning streak in the Waterford Crystal Cup since the competition began under that guise in 2006 when they won 10 consecutive matches between 2007 and 2009.

None of the third level colleges has a winning record in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006.

Since the Waterford Crystal Cup began in 2006, 63 games have been played with just 1 draw – the Limerick v Clare Q-Final on Saturday February 4th.

82 players scored in the seven matches played to date in the 2012 Waterford Crystal Cup.

Waterford have won 12 of their last 14 matches in the Waterford Crystal Cup, including a current winning streak of 8 matches.

Clare are the only team who have won at least one game each year since the Waterford Crystal Cup competition began in 2006.

The record of the Third Level Colleges in the Waterford Crystal Cup since 2006 is Won 18, Lost 39, a 32% success rate.

Limerick won the first Waterford Crystal Cup title in 2006, winning four matches in the process. Since then, in four appearances in the competition they have failed to win a game.

Waterford Crystal Cup
Waterford Crystal began their sponsorship of the Munster pre-season hurling competition in 2006. Prior to this, the competition was played in different formats dating back to the early 1990’s and was most popularly known as the South Eastern Hurling League which also included county teams from Leinster.
Waterford Crystal Cup Senior Hurling Roll Of Honour
Waterford (2) – 2010, 2011
Tipperary (2) – 2007, 2008
Clare (1) – 2009
Limerick (1) – 2006

Waterford Crystal Cup – 2012 Leading Scorers

Pa Bourke (Tipperary) – 1-16, 1-14 frees
Shane Brick (Kerry) – 0-18, 0-14 frees, 0-1 65
Declan Hannon (Limerick) – 1-11, 0-8 frees
Aaron Cunningham (Clare) – 1-10, 0-8 frees
Martin O’Neill (Waterford) – 1-8, 0-7 frees
Joe Canning (LIT) – 1-8, 0-6 frees
Nicky O’Connell (Clare) – 0-9, 0-4 frees
Daire Keane (Clare) – 1-6
Eamonn Brosnan (IT Tralee) – 1-5, 0-4 frees
Colin Ryan (Clare) – 0-7, 0-3 frees
Conor McGrath (UL) – 0-7, 0-6 frees
Darragh O’Connell (Kerry) – 1-4, 0-2 frees

Forecast: Wins for Tipperary and Clare after two closely fought semi-finals well worth a visit to Templemore and Walsh Park, Waterford respectively.

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