Saturday 18 November 2017

Here are 10 things you need to know following Tipperary's All-Ireland triumph over Kilkenny

Tipperary captain Brendan Maher lifts the Liam MacCarthy cup after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary
Tipperary captain Brendan Maher lifts the Liam MacCarthy cup after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final match between Kilkenny and Tipperary

Tom Rooney

While it would be perfectly satisfying to merely bask in the seismic spectacle that was the All-Ireland hurling final, Tipperary’s victory over Kilkenny has conjured a plethora of thoroughly interesting stats and talking points.

The bravura display of Tipp’s forwards was a sight to behold at Croke Park this afternoon as John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer (1-5, 2f), John McGrath (1-3) and Seamus Callanan (0-13, 4f) tormented the Cats' defence and scored with what felt at times an alarming frequency.

However, in larger context, the scale of Tipp’s achievement is even more relevant than their 2-29 to 2-20 victory.

Here we look at some of prominent facts and figures:

  • Kilkenny have never conceded 35 points in an All Ireland decider.
  • Tipperary clinched the Liam McCarthy for the first time since 2010.
  • It was their 27th title, but they remain third on the list of all time winners. Kilkenny are top dogs with 36, while Cork have been crowned champions on 30 occasions.
  • Incredibly, Limerick are in fourth with just seven wins, the last of which came in 1973. It’s a startling indication of just how much the former three counties have monopolised the modern game.
  • Tipp’s victory in 2010 scuppered Kilkenny’s tilt for five titles in a row.
  • This afternoon, the Munster outfit derailed the Cats’ hopes for a hat-trick of consecutive Championships.
  • However, since 2010 Kilkenny have beaten Tipperary in two All-Ireland finals – the second after a replay in 2014 – as well as an All-Ireland semi-final and a qualifier.
  • In his inaugural campaign at the helm, Tipp boss Michael Ryan joins a gilded cadre of managers to have prevailed against Brian Cody in an All Ireland final; Jimmy Barry Murphy (1999) and Donal O'Grady (2004) and Liam Sheedy (2010).
  • Unsurprisingly, the former duo were in charge of Cork, while Sheedy was guiding Tipperary.
  • Given the age profile of Tipperary’s team and, indeed, their win in the minor decider against Limerick today, it would be forgivable to assume an era of dominance is ahead, but the Premier have not retained an All Ireland title since 1964-65.

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