At the time of going to press neither Waterford nor Clare had named their sides for Sunday’s encounter, less surprising in the case of Clare after having had to face a replay on Tuesday of this week following last weekend’s drawn encounter against neighbours Limerick.
On Tuesday at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick Clare booked their passage into Sunday’s Waterford Crystal SH Tournament semi-final thus facilitating an early reunion for manager Davy Fitzgerald, against the Waterford side he managed in recent seasons.
On Tuesday the teams were level 2-12 to 1-15 as entered ‘injury time’, before midfielder Bryan Donnellan booked the Clare men’s passage with the winning point. No one could say that the Clare victory that night was undeserved with full-back Cian Dillon and corner-forward Tony Carmody the real heroes of the night.
Waterford will be without Eoin Kelly, dropped from their panel by Manager, Michael Ryan whilst John Mullane earlier this week announced he was having a six weeks or so break from the game for family and personal reasons.
Clare : (possible): D Fahy; M Earley, C Dillon, S Morey; C O’Doherty, J McInerney, S O’Halloran; C Galvin, B Donnellan; J Clancy, J Conlon, D Russell; T Carmody, R Horan, P Hickey.
Waterford: (possible): I. O’Regan; P. Prendergast. C. Ryan. A. Kearney; J. Nagle. K. Moran. S. O’Sullivan; S. Molumphy. D. Twomey; M. Shanahan. M. Walsh. S. Prendergast; M. O’Neill. S. Walsh. B. O’Halloran.
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.