Thursday 20 June 2019

Ray's point still topical

IT was one of the great talking points of the 1982 Munster final in which Cork trounced Waterford . . . and it is still a topic of conversation in the rival counties, writes Seán Ryan. We're referring to Ray Cummins' handpassed point.

Strange to relate, the man himself, Ray Cummins, has no recollection of handpassing the ball over the bar. "My memory is not great, but as far as I can recall I hit it over the bar."

Cummins had only goalkeeper John 'Puddy' Power to beat, so his action was regarded as an insult by some Decies supporters. "I got a bit of stick from Waterford people afterwards," says Cummins, "which proves you can't please all the people all the time."

His action was considered a compassionate gesture at the time, and Cummins lends credence to that theory with the story behind his controversial score. "The truth is, a few weeks before that, my club had been down at John Power's club, Dunhill, and I had a good session with him that night and had a few drinks with him. And, as there was nothing to be gained from putting the ball in the net, I put it over the bar."

So a session in Dunhill was the key factor in Waterford not conceding a sixth goal to rampant Cork. As it was, they lost 5-31 to 3-6.

CORK, DECIES BOTTOM

WHEN it comes to Championship experience, Cork and Waterford are bottom of the ten-year league table of the major hurling contenders. Kilkenny and Clare are at the top, having played 36 championship games each to the start of this season since 1993. Clare's three games this season have put them on top temporarily.

The table also reflects All-Ireland success. Kilkenny contested five finals in the last 10 years, winning three; Offaly contested four, winning two; Clare contested three, winning two, while Tipperary contested two, winning one. Cork won the only All-Ireland they contested, while Galway were in two finals, and lost both of them.

TEN-YEAR RECORDS

P W D L

KILKENNY 362619

CLARE 36*21410

TIPPERARY 3419312

OFFALY 32*19111

WEXFORD 3016311

LIMERICK 2512112

GALWAY 2413110

CORK 2010010

WATERFORD 186111

*Including one unfinished game

FREAK SEQUENCE

THREE successive Cork championship matches in the past two years ended on the same scoreline - 1-16 to 1-15. In 2001, Limerick knocked Cork out of the Munster Championship; in 2002, Waterford beat Cork, and in the first round qualifier Cork turned the tables on Limerick.

WHAT ODDS A DRAW?

OF all the major hurling counties, Cork are the only one not to have drawn a championship match in the past ten years. Clare are the draw specialists, with four to their credit, followed by Tipperary and Wexford with three each. Waterford have been involved in one.

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