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Tipp poised to defy history

Published 27/05/2011 | 05:00

Trying to win this year's Munster and All-Ireland titles is going to be a huge challenge for both Tipperary and Cork. But the law of averages, combined with history, suggests just how hard that journey will be.

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The odds of winning Munster are already against both of them. And even if they do, so are the odds of them winning the All-Ireland.

Only six times in the last 39 years have the eventual Munster champions had to beat three fellow top-nine counties en route to that provincial title. And none of those six sides went on to win the All-Ireland.

1975

Cork beat Waterford, Clare and Limerick before falling to Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final.

1982

Cork defeated Tipperary, Clare and Waterford before Kilkenny defeated them in the All-Ireland final.

1994

Limerick beat Cork, Waterford, Clare and Antrim before losing to Offaly.

1996

Limerick beat Cork, Clare, Tipp (after a replay) and Antrim, but lost the All-Ireland final to Wexford.

2004

Waterford beat Clare, Tipp and Cork before losing the All-Ireland semi-final to Kilkenny.

2009

Tipp beat Cork, Clare, Waterford and Limerick before narrowly losing the All-Ireland final to Kilkenny.

However, Tipp looked best poised to finally break the trend this year.

Irish Independent

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