Munster Senior Hurling League

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Munster Senior Hurling League
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Current event clock.svg 2020 Munster Senior Hurling League
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Irish Sraith Shinsir Iomána na Mumhan
CodeHurling
Founded2016;5 years ago (2016)
Region Munster (GAA)
TrophyMunster Senior League Trophy
No. of teams6
Title holders Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick (2nd title)
Most titles Colours of Clare.svg Clare and Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick (2 titles)
SponsorsCo-Op Superstores
Official website Official website

The Munster Senior Hurling League is an annual hurling competition organised by the Munster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association since 2016 for the top inter-county teams in the province of Munster in Ireland.

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The series of games are played during January. The Munster Senior Hurling League is effectively a pre-season tournament. It allows teams to blood new players and to experiment prior to the opening of the National Hurling League.

2019 was the first year that all six eligible teams will participate in the Munster Senior Hurling League. Participation or non-participation can be decided on an annual basis. [1]

Clare are the current champions.

Format

There are currently six teams in the Munster League, split into two groups of three. During the course of the four-week season each team plays the others in their group once (a single round-robin system) for a total of two games. Teams receive two points for a win and one point for a draw. No points are awarded for a loss. Teams are ranked by total points and then scoring difference. The top team in each group after the group stage contest the final.

Stadia

LocationStadiumCapacity
Limerick Gaelic Grounds 50,000
Killarney Fitzgerald Stadium 43,180
Waterford Walsh Park 17,000
Dungarvan Fraher Field 15,000
Tralee Austin Stack Park 12,000
Mallow Mallow GAA Complex 8,000
Sixmilebridge O'Garney Park 7,000
Kilmallock FitzGerald Park 4,000
Nenagh MacDonagh Park

As of the 2020 season, Munster League hurling has been played in ten stadiums since the formation of the league in 2016.

While the traditional county grounds are sometimes used for league matches, smaller club grounds have usually been used for games which may not have had such a high profile.

Munster League matches are usually played on a rolling home and away basis.

The stadiums for the 2017 league showed a large disparity in capacity: Gaelic Grounds, the home ground of Limerick has a capacity of 50,500 with O'Garney Park, one of the grounds used by Clare, having a capacity of 7,000. The combined total capacity of the Munster League in the 2017 season was 111,000.

Stadium attendances are a significant source of regular income for the Munster Council and the individual county boards.

Roll of honour

Wins by county

TeamWinsYears won
Colours of Clare.svg Clare 2 2016, 2019
Colours of Limerick.svg Limerick 2 2018, 2020
Colours of Cork.svg Cork 1 2017

List of finals

YearWinnersScoreRunners-upScoreVenueWinning Captain(s)Winning Team
2016 Clare 0-18 Limerick 0-17 Gaelic Grounds Cian Dillon
Tony Kelly
A Fahy; J Browne, P O’Connor, P Flanagan; C Dillon, D McInerney, C Cleary; G O’Connell, D Reidy; P Duggan, C Ryan, D Fitzgerald; J Conlon, D Honan, B Duggan.
Subs: T Kelly, B Bolger, S Golden, C O’Connell.
[2]
2017 Cork 1-21 Limerick 1-20 Gaelic Grounds Stephen McDonnell A Nash, S McDonnell, C Spillane, D Cahalane, M Ellis, C Joyce, M Coleman, L McLoughlin, D Kearney, C Lehane, L Meade, S Kingston, A Cadogan, P Horgan, D Fitzgibbon.
Subs: D Griffin, K Burke, D Brosnan, S Harnedy, C O’Sullivan.
2018 Limerick 0-16 Clare 0-10 Gaelic Grounds Paul Browne
Declan Hannon
N Quaid; T Condon, S Hickey, R English; D Byrnes, D Morrissey, W O’Meara; P Browne, C Lynch; T Morrissey, D O’Donovan, B O’Connell; A Gillane, S Flanagan, G Hegarty.
Subs: B Murphy, D Reidy, A La Touche Cosgrave
[3]
2019 Clare 4-19 Tipperary 1-18 Gaelic Grounds Tony Kelly D Tuohy; J McCarthy, D McInerney, R Hayes; A McCarthy, C Cleary, C Malone; S Golden, R Taylor; D Ryan, T Kelly N Deasy; C Guilfoyle, C McInerney, M O’Neill.
Subs: P Collins, D Conroy, M O’Malley, G Cooney, J Browne.
[4]
2020 Limerick 1-32 Cork 0-20 Gaelic Grounds Cian Lynch Barry Hennessey; Tom Condon, Richie English, Aaron Costello; Diarmuid Byrnes, Dan Morrissey, Barry Nash; Robbie Hanley, Cian Lynch (capt); Darragh O’Donovan, Tom Morrissey, David Dempsey; Graeme Mulcahy, David Reidy, Aaron Gillane
Subs: Sean Finn, Gearoid Hegarty, Mark Quinlan, Brian O’Grady, Jerome Boylan
[5]

Top scorers

All time

As of the 2019 league
Pos.NameTeamGoalsPointsTotal
1 Shane Nolan Kerry 05555
2 David Reidy Limerick 42840
3 Stephen Bennett Waterford 33039
4 Patrick Horgan Cork 22834
Aaron Gillane Limerick 22834
5 Declan Dalton Cork 03333
6 Barry Nash Limerick 51530
7 David Reidy Clare 22329
Niall Deasy Clare 12629
8 Declan Hannon Limerick 12326
Pádraig Boyle Kerry 12326

Overall

yearNameTeamGoalsPointsTotal
2016 Declan Hannon Limerick 12124
2017 Patrick Horgan Cork 22733
2018 Aaron Gillane Limerick 12124
2019 Stephen Bennett Waterford 22531

Single game

yearNameTeamGoalsPointsTotal
2016 Declan Hannon Limerick 1912
2017 Pauric Mahony Waterford 01414
2018 Pádraig Boyle Kerry 11013
2019 Stephen Bennett Waterford 21218

Finals

yearNameTeamGoalsPointsTotal
2016 Declan Hannon Limerick 077
2017 Peter Casey Limerick 099
Patrick Horgan Cork 099
2018 Aaron Gillane Limerick 088
2019 Tony Kelly Clare 239
Séamus Callanan Tipperary 099

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