2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

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2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Championship details
Dates12 May – 19 August 2018
Teams12
All-Ireland champions
Winning team Limerick (8th win)
Captain Declan Hannon
Manager John Kiely
All-Ireland Finalists
Losing team Galway
Captain David Burke
Manager Micheál Donoghue
Provincial champions
Munster Cork
Leinster Galway
Ulster Not Played
Connacht Not Played
Championship statistics
No. matches played27
Top Scorer Colours of Clare.svg Peter Duggan (3-76)
Player of the Year Colours of Limerick.svg Cian Lynch
All-Star Team See here
2017
2019

The 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship was the 131st staging of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship since its establishment by the Gaelic Athletic Association in 1887. It is the first tier of senior inter-county championship hurling. [1]

Contents

The championship began on 12 May 2018 and ended on 19 August 2018. The draw for the championship round-robin fixtures was held off camera on 19 October 2017 and announced on the championship draw broadcast on RTÉ2. [2] [3]

The Championship was won by Limerick, who were crowned champions after overcoming Galway in the final by a score line of 3–16 to 2-18. [4] Limerick's victory was their eighth All-Ireland title and first since 1973. [4] [5]

The 2018 Championship has been described by many as one of the best ever. [6] [7] [8] [9]

The 2018 championship saw the biggest change in format since the introduction of the qualifiers in 2002. [10]

New format

A new provincial hurling championship featuring five-team round-robin groups in both Leinster and Munster and the new Joe McDonagh Cup was introduced in 2018 for an initial three-year period. The proposal was carried by a narrow margin with 62% voting in favour (a majority of at least 60% was required) at the GAA's Special Congress on 30 September 2017. The top two teams in each provincial group would contest the provincial final, with the provincial winners advancing to the All-Ireland semi-finals and the losing provincial finalists advancing to the two quarter-finals. [11]

An amendment to the motion from Laois, Offaly and Meath was carried by 87%. The third-placed teams in Leinster and Munster would compete in All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals against the two Joe McDonagh Cup finalists, with the Joe McDonagh Cup teams having home advantage.

If a non-Munster team were to win the Joe McDonagh Cup, the bottom team in the Leinster championship would be relegated to the following year's Joe McDonagh Cup and would be replaced in the following year's Leinster championship by the Joe McDonagh Cup winners. If a Munster team were to win the Joe McDonagh Cup, they would play off against the team who finished bottom in the Munster championship for the right to play in the following year's Munster championship, thereby ensuring that only Munster teams compete in the Munster championship. [12]

The restructure of hurling involved the reduction of the Leinster championship from nine teams to five while the Munster championship continued with the previous five Munster teams (Kerry previously competed in the qualifier group of the Leinster championship). A six-team Joe McDonagh Cup was created, consisting of all four teams from the 2017 Leinster qualifier group plus Antrim and Carlow, the 2017 Christy Ring Cup finalists.

Teams

A total of twelve teams competed in the championship – five in the Leinster championship, five in the Munster championship, and the top two teams from the Joe McDonagh Cup who entered at the preliminary quarter-final stage.

Teams and venues

Each team has a nominal home stadium for the round-robin series of the provincial championships. However, Waterford will not play their "home" games at Walsh Park, instead playing in neutral venues for these fixtures, namely Limerick's Gaelic Grounds and Semple Stadium in Thurles.

In the knockout stage, teams from the provincial round-robin series will not have home advantage, if avoidable. The only teams to play knockout games at home are the two Joe McDonagh Cup finalists, who had home advantage in the preliminary quarter-finals. The Munster final was held at a neutral venue which was decided based on the qualifying teams, while the locations of the two quarter-finals were decided based on similar considerations. The Leinster final, and the semi-finals and final of the All-Ireland series are held in the 82,300-capacity Croke Park in Dublin, headquarters of the GAA.

TeamLocationStadiumCapacity
From the Leinster Championship
Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin Donnycarney Parnell Park 13,499
Colours of Galway.svg Galway Galway Pearse Stadium 26,197
Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny Kilkenny Nowlan Park 27,800
Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly Tullamore O'Connor Park 20,000
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford Wexford Wexford Park 25,000
From the Munster Championship
Colours of Clare.svg Clare Ennis Cusack Park 19,000
Colours of Cork.svg Cork Cork Páirc Uí Chaoimh 45,000
Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick Limerick Gaelic Grounds 49,886
Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary Thurles Semple Stadium 53,000
Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford N/AN/An/a
From the Joe McDonagh Cup
Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow Carlow Dr. Cullen Park 21,000
Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath Mullingar Cusack Park 11,000

Personnel and colours

TeamColoursMain
Sponsor
Captain(s)Manager(s)Most recent success
All-IrelandProvincialLeague
Clare Colours of Clare.svg Pat O'Donnell Patrick O'Connor Donal Moloney
Gerry O'Connor
2013 1998 2016
Cork Colours of Cork.svg Chill Insurance Séamus Harnedy John Meyler 2005 2017 1998
Dublin Colours of Dublin.svg AIG Liam Rushe Pat Gilroy 1938 2013 2011
Galway Colours of Galway.svg Supermac's David Burke Micheál Donoghue 2017 2017 2017
Kilkenny Colours of Kilkenny.svg Glanbia Cillian Buckley Brian Cody 2015 2016 2018
Limerick Colours of Limerick.svg Sporting Limerick Declan Hannon John Kiely 2018 2019 1997
Offaly Colours of Offaly.svg Carroll Cuisine David King Kevin Martin 1998 1995 1990–91
Tipperary Colours of Tipperary.svg Intersport/Elverys Pádraic Maher Michael Ryan 2016 2016 2008
Waterford Colours of Waterford.svg TQS Integration Derek McGrath 1959 2010 2015
Wexford Colours of Wexford.svg Gain Lee Chin
Matthew O'Hanlon
Davy Fitzgerald 1996 2004 1972–73


Summary

Championships

Level on PyramidCompetitionChampionsRunners Up
Tier 1 2018 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick Colours of Galway.svg Galway
Tier 1 (Leinster) 2018 Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Colours of Galway.svg Galway Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
Tier 1 (Munster) 2018 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Colours of Cork.svg Cork Colours of Clare.svg Clare
Tier 2 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath
Tier 3 2018 Christy Ring Cup Colours of Kildare.svg Kildare Colours of London.svg London
Tier 4 2018 Nicky Rackard Cup Colours of Donegal.svg Donegal Colours of Warwickshire.svg Warwickshire
Tier 5 2018 Lory Meagher Cup Colours of Sligo.svg Sligo Colours of New York.svg Lancashire

Provincial Championships

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

PosTeamPldWDLSFSADiffPts
1 Colours of Galway.svg Galway 44007-89 (110)6-62 (80)+308
2 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny 43015-76 (91)6-69 (87)+46
3 Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 42026-81 (99)5-68 (83)+164
4 Colours of Dublin.svg Dublin 41039-73 (100)1-85 (88)+122
5 Colours of Offaly.svg Offaly 40045-50 (65)14-85 (127)–620
Green background The top two teams contested the Leinster Final, with the winners advancing to the All-Ireland semi-finals and the losers advancing to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Yellow background The third-placed team advanced to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals.
Red background As the 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup was won by Carlow (a Leinster county), the bottom team in the Leinster group, Offaly , were relegated to the 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup.
1 July 2018
16:00
Leinster Final
Galway Colours of Galway.svg 0-18 (18)(18) 0-18 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
(HT: 0-7 – 0-8)

Pts: J Canning 6, N Burke 4, C Whelan 3, C Mannion 3, C Cooney 1, J Cooney 1

Pts: TJ Reid 10, B Ryan 2, E Murphy 1 (f), E Morrissey 1, J Maher 1, G Aylward 1, J Donnelly 1, W Walsh 1
Croke Park , Dublin
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Attendance: 40,703
8 July 2018
15:00
Leinster Final Replay
Galway Colours of Galway.svg 1-28 (31)(24) 3-15 Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny
(HT: 1-16 – 1-7)
Gls: J Glynn 1
Pts: J Canning 10 (6f), C Mannion 6, C Whelan 4, N Burke 2, A Harte 2, J Cooney 1, J Glynn 1, C Cooney 1, J Flynn 1
Gls: G Aylward 1, R Hogan 1, C Fennelly 1
Pts: TJ Reid 9 (6f, 1 '65'), J Holden 1, C Fogarty 1, J Maher 1, J Donnelly 1, R Hogan 1, C Fennelly 1
Semple Stadium , Thurles
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)
Attendance: 25,102

Munster Senior Hurling Championship

PosTeamPldWDLSFSADiffPts
1 Colours of Cork.svg Cork 42205-94 (109)4-89 (101)+86
2 Colours of Clare.svg Clare 43014-97 (109)5-77 (92)+176
3 Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 42113-92 (101)4-81 (93)+85
4 Colours of Tipperary.svg Tipperary 40227-77 (98)5-91 (106)–82
5 Colours of Waterford.svg Waterford 40136-76 (94)7-98 (119)–251
Green background The top two teams contested the Munster Final, with the winners advancing to the All-Ireland semi-finals and the losers advancing to the All-Ireland quarter-finals.
Yellow background The third-placed team advanced to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals.
As the 2018 Joe McDonagh Cup was won by Carlow (a Leinster county), there was no relegation/promotion play-off between the bottom team in the Munster group and the Joe McDonagh Cup winners for the right to compete in next year's Munster championship.
Cork are ranked ahead of Clare as they won the head-to-head game between the teams.
1 July 2018
14:00
Munster Final
Cork Colours of Cork.svg 2-24 (30)(28) 3-19 Colours of Clare.svg Clare
(HT: 1-10 – 2-11)
Gls: S Harnedy 1, L Meade 1
Pts: P Horgan 11 (6f, 1 '65'), S Harnedy 4, M Coleman 2 (1 sl), D Fitzgibbon 2, D Kearney 2, C Lehane 1, L Meade 1, B Cooper 1
Gls: P Duggan 1, D Reidy 1, I Galvin 1
Pts: P Duggan 7 (6f), J Conlon 5, D Reidy 2, P Collins 2, C McGrath 1, T Kelly 1, C Galvin 1
Semple Stadium , Thurles
Referee: J McGrath (Westmeath)
Attendance: 45,364

Joe McDonagh Cup

The inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup, the second tier of senior inter-county championship hurling, was contested by Antrim, Carlow, Kerry, Laois, Meath and Westmeath. Each team played all the other teams once in a round-robin format, with the top two teams progressing to the Joe McDonagh Cup final and also advancing to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals, where they played the teams that finished third in the Leinster and Munster championships. Westmeath confirmed their place in the Joe McDonagh Cup final on 2 June 2018 after winning their first four matches, with Carlow confirming their place on 9 June after beating Westmeath.

PosTeamPldWDLSFSADiffPts
1 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow (Q)5401122102208
2 Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath (Q)5401130115158
3 Colours of Kerry.svg Kerry 53021059786
4 Colours of Laois.svg Laois 5203118123-54
5 Colours of Antrim.svg Antrim 5203130116144
6 Colours of Meath.svg Meath 500594146-520
Final

The top two teams at the end of the round-robin, Westmeath and Carlow, faced each other in the final on 1 July 2018. The game, which took place in Croke Park, saw Carlow emerge victorious by a margin of five points to claim the inaugural Joe McDonagh Cup title.

1 July 2018
13:45
Joe McDonagh Cup Final
Westmeath Colours of Westmeath.svg 1-24 (27)(32) 2-26 Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow
(HT: 0-13 – 1-12)
Gls: N O'Brien 1
Pts: A Devine 8 (8f), E Price 6, A Clarke 3, R Greville 2, D McNicholas 2 (1f), N O'Brien 1, D Clinton 1, N Mitchell 1
Gls: J Doyle 1, C Nolan 1
Pts: D Murphy 10 (9f, 1 '65'), C Nolan 4, P Coady 4, JM Nolan 3, E Byrne 2, J Doyle 1, K McDonald 1, D Byrne 1
Croke Park , Dublin
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

As a Leinster county, Carlow were automatically promoted to the Leinster championship for 2019, taking the place of Offaly.

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship

Bracket

Preliminary Quarter-FinalsQuarter-FinalsSemi-FinalsAll-Ireland Final
   
       
       
      Colours of Clare.svg Clare
(R)
1-30
2-13
 
      Colours of Galway.svg Galway
(R)
1-30
1-17
 
     Colours of Clare.svg Clare 0-27 
Colours of Westmeath.svg Westmeath 0-16   Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 1-17 
Colours of Wexford.svg Wexford 2-21    Colours of Galway.svg Galway 2-18
      Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 3-16
       
       
      Colours of Cork.svg Cork 2-31 
      Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 3-32 
     Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 0-27   
Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 5-22   Colours of Kilkenny.svg Kilkenny 1-22   
Colours of Carlow.svg Carlow 0-13 

All-Ireland preliminary quarter-finals

The preliminary quarter-finals saw the third-placed teams from the two provincial round-robins play the two teams who competed in the Joe McDonagh Cup Final, with the two finalists having home advantage. Joe McDonagh champions Carlow faced third-placed Munster team Limerick in Dr Cullen Park, while runners-up Westmeath met Wexford, the third-place finished from Leinster, in Mullingar's Cusack Park.

All-Ireland quarter-finals

The two quarter-finals saw the losing provincial finalists play the winners of the two preliminary quarter-finals. As both third-place finishers from the provincial series won in the previous round, they were kept apart from the teams they had already met in the round-robin phase to prevent a repeat fixture. Munster runners-up Clare met Wexford, with beaten Leinster finalists Kilkenny facing Limerick the following day. Both games were held at neutral venues. [13]

All-Ireland semi-finals

The semi-finals took place in Croke Park across the last weekend of July, with the Leinster (Galway) and Munster champions (Cork) playing the winners of the two quarter-finals — Clare and Limerick respectively.

28 July 2018
17:00
Semi-final
Galway Colours of Galway.svg 1-30 (33)(33) 1-30
(a.e.t.)
Colours of Clare.svg Clare
(HT: 1-10 – 0-9)
(FT: 1-23 – 0-26)
Gls: C Cooney 1
Pts: J Canning 12 (6f, 2 sl), C Mannion 4, David Burke 3, C Whelan 3, J Flynn 3 (1f), J Coen 2, C Cooney 1, J Glynn 1, N Burke 1
Gls: A Shanagher 1
Pts: P Duggan 14 (11f), J Conlon 4, S O'Donnell 3, T Kelly 3 (1 sl), I Galvin 2, D Fitzgerald 1, D Reidy 1, J McCarthy 1, C Galvin 1
Croke Park , Dublin
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)
Attendance: 54,191
29 July 2018
15:30
Semi-final
Cork Colours of Cork.svg 2-31 (37)(41) 3-32
(a.e.t.)
Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick
(HT: 0-14 – 1-12)
(FT: 1-27 – 1-27)
Gls: P Horgan 1 (1f), C Lehane 1
Pts: P Horgan 0-11 (9f), D Fitzgibbon 4, C Lehane 3, D Kearney 3, S Kingston 3, S Harnedy 2, M Coleman 2 (1s/l), C Joyce 1, L Meade 1, J O'Connor 1
Gls: S Dowling 1 (1p), C Lynch 1, P Ryan 1
Pts: A Gillane 13 (7f), S Dowling 4 (1f), G Mulcahy 4, G Hegarty 3, C Lynch 1, D O'Donovan 1, D Byrnes 1(1f), S Flanagan 1, T Morrissey 1, K Hayes 1, B Nash 1, D Reidy 1
Croke Park , Dublin
Referee: Paud O'Dwyer (Carlow)
Attendance: 71,073
5 August 2018
14:00
Semi-final Replay
Clare Colours of Clare.svg 2-13 (19)(20) 1-17 Colours of Galway.svg Galway
(HT: 0-6 – 1-9)
Gls: P Duggan 1, S O'Donnell 1
Pts: P Duggan 6 (6f), I Galvin 2, T Kelly, P Collins 1, J Conlon 1, A Shanagher 1, S O'Donnell 1
Gls: J Glynn 1
Pts: J Canning 8 (4f, 1 sl), C Whelan 3, N Burke 2, D Burke 2, C Mannion 1, C Cooney 1
Semple Stadium , Thurles
Referee: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary)
Attendance: 44,246

All-Ireland final

19 August 2018
15:30
All-Ireland Final
Galway Colours of Galway.svg 2-18 (24)(25) 3-16 Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick
(HT: 0-9 – 1-10)
Gls: C Whelan 1, J Canning 1 (1f)
Pts: J Canning 10 (5f, 2 '65'), D Burke 3, J Cooney 3, P Mannion 1, N Burke 1
Gls: G Mulcahy 1, T Morrissey 1, S Dowling 1
Pts: K Hayes 4, A Gillane 3 (1f), G Mulcahy 2, D Hannon 2, T Morrisey 1, D O'Donovan 1, C Lynch 1, D Byrnes 1
Croke Park , Dublin
Referee: James Owens (Wexford)
Attendance: 82,000

Championship statistics

Top scorers overall

RankPlayerClubTallyTotalMatchesAverage
1 Peter Duggan Clare 3-7685810.60
2 Joe Canning Galway 2-7884810.50
3 T. J. Reid Kilkenny 2-636979.85
4 Patrick Horgan Cork 2-5361610.17
5 Jason Forde Tipperary 3-3948412.00
6 Rory O'Connor Wexford 0-464659.20
7 Aaron Gillane Limerick 1-374075.71
8 Paul Ryan Dublin 3-213047.50
9 Shane Dowling Limerick 2-243056.00
10 Pauric Mahony Waterford 1-262939.66

Top scorers in a single game

RankPlayerCountyTallyTotalOpposition
1 Jason Forde Tipperary 1-1417 Waterford
2 Joe Canning Galway 1-1215 Kilkenny
Peter Duggan Clare 0-1515 Tipperary
Shane Dowling Limerick 0-1515 Waterford
5 Peter Duggan Clare 0-1414 Galway
6 Patrick Horgan Cork 1-1114 Limerick
7 Joe Canning Galway 1-1013 Limerick
Peter Duggan Clare 1-1013 Waterford
Peter Duggan Clare 0-1313 Limerick
Aaron Gillane Limerick 0-1313 Cork
11 Jason Forde Tipperary 1-912 Limerick
T. J. Reid Kilkenny 1-912 Galway
Shane Dooley Offaly 1-912 Galway
Rory O'Connor Wexford 0-1212 Dublin
T. J. Reid Kilkenny 0-1212 Dublin
Rory O'Connor Wexford 0-1212 Galway
Joe Canning Galway 0-1212 Wexford
Joe Canning Galway 0-1212 Clare

Scoring Events

Miscellaneous

Live Hurling on TV

RTÉ, the national broadcaster in Ireland, provided the majority of the live television coverage of the hurling championship in the second year of a five-year deal running from 2017 until 2021. Sky Sports also broadcast a number of matches and had exclusive rights to some games.

Live Hurling On TV Schedule
DateFixture &
Match Details
RTÉ
Sky Sports
Provincial Championships
13 MayDublin v Kilkenny
Leinster Round 1
RTÉ
20 MayLimerick v Tipperary
Munster Round 1
RTÉ
20 MayCork v Clare
Munster Round 1
RTÉ
27 MayTipperary v Cork
Munster Round 2
RTÉ
27 MayGalway v Kilkenny
Leinster Round 3
RTÉ
2 JuneWexford v Galway
Leinster Round 4
Sky Sports
2 JuneCork v Limerick
Munster Round 3
Sky Sports
3 JuneWaterford v Tipperary
Munster Round 3
RTÉ
9 JuneKilkenny v Wexford
Leinster Round 5
Sky Sports
[note 1]
10 JuneTipperary v Clare
Munster Round 4
RTÉ
17 JuneClare v Limerick
Munster Round 5
RTÉ
1 JulyCork v Clare
Munster Final
RTÉ
1 JulyGalway v Kilkenny
Leinster Final
RTÉ
All-Ireland Hurling Championship
14 JulyClare v Wexford
All-Ireland Quarter-Final
RTÉ
15 JulyKilkenny v Limerick
All-Ireland Quarter-Final
RTÉ
28 JulyGalway v Clare
All-Ireland Semi-Final
RTÉ
Sky Sports
29 JulyCork v Limerick
All-Ireland Semi-Final
RTÉ
Sky Sports
19 AugustGalway v Limerick
All-Ireland Final
RTÉ
Sky Sports

Awards

Sunday Game Team of the Year

The Sunday Game team of the year was picked on 19 August, which was the night of the final. [24] The panel consisting of Brendan Cummins, Jackie Tyrrell, Anthony Daly, Eddie Brennan, Dónal O'Grady, Ken McGrath and Cyril Farrell unanimously selected Galway's Pádraic Mannion as the Sunday game player of the year. [25] [26]

All Star Team of the Year

On 2 November, the 2018 PwC All-Stars winners were announced and presented at Dublin's Convention Centre. Cian Lynch was named as the All Stars Hurler of the Year with Kyle Hayes named the All Stars Young Hurler of the Year. [27] [28]

Pos.PlayerTeamAppearances
GK Colours of Kilkenny.svg Eoin Murphy Kilkenny 2
RCB Colours of Limerick.svg Seán Finn Limerick 1
FB Colours of Galway.svg Daithí Burke Galway 4
LCB Colours of Limerick.svg Richie English Limerick 1
RWB Colours of Galway.svg Pádraic Mannion Galway 2
CB Colours of Limerick.svg Declan Hannon Limerick 1
LWB Colours of Limerick.svg Dan Morrissey Limerick 1
MD Colours of Limerick.svg Cian Lynch HOTY Limerick 1
MD Colours of Cork.svg Darragh Fitzgibbon Cork 1
RWF Colours of Clare.svg Peter Duggan Clare 1
CF Colours of Galway.svg Joe Canning Galway 5
LWF Colours of Cork.svg Séamus Harnedy Cork 2
RCF Colours of Cork.svg Patrick Horgan Cork 3
FF Colours of Clare.svg John Conlon Clare 1
LCF Colours of Limerick.svg Graeme Mulcahy Limerick 1

Footnotes

  1. Sky Sports missed the first 22 minutes of the match because they showed extra time of Meath v Tyrone in the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship instead. [23]

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