Alan Walsh takes a look at the facts and figures of the All Ireland Club Hurling Final between Coolderry and Loughgiel Shamrocks
LIAM Watson racked up 0-16 during Loughgiel’s impressive, 0-27 to 1-13, AIB All-Ireland Club SHC semi-final extra-time victory over Munster champions Na Piarsaigh on February 11 at Parnell Park and on St Patrick’s Day the ace attacker pilfered another tally of sixteen points, 3-7.
Unsurprisingly Watson was named as man of the match after he put Coolderry to the sword at GAA headquarters. And in Loughgiel’s four matches after winning the Antrim title, Watson accumulated 4-30 or an average of 10.5 points per match. No wonder Loughgiel manager PJ O’Mullan likened Watson to Henry Shefflin and said his lethal forward prepared and trained as diligently as any hurler in the country.
TWELVE players got on the score-sheet during Coolderry’s twelve-match campaign that saw them claim a 29th Offaly SHC title and a first Leinster club crown. They amassed 20-192 and conceded 10-160, giving them a plus score difference of 62 points or 10-32. The Coolderry score chart for their 2011/’12 campaign reads:
Damien Murray 3-70 (0-48 frees, 0-3 ‘65’s); Brian Carroll 0-42 (0-13 frees, 0-3 ‘65’s); Eoin Ryan 7-23; Cathal Parlon 5-26; Barry Teehan 1-12; Martin Corcoran 2-4; Kevin Connolly 1-3; Kevin Teehan 0-5; Kevin Brady 0-5; Trevor Corcoran 1-0; David King 0-1; Danny Masterson 0-1
JUBILANT Loughgiel Shamrocks bainisteoir PJ O’Mullan wasn’t too impressed with the ‘Pundits’ Predictions’ published in the official programme for Saturday’s AIB All-Ireland Club SHC Final.
Pat Nolan (Irish Daily Mirror), Damian Lawlor (Sunday Independent), Sean Moran (The Irish Times), Fintan O’Toole (Irish Examiner), Cian Murphy and Christy O’Connor all tipped Coolderry to capture the Tommy Moore Cup.
And when O’Mullan was presented to the media in the Cusack Stand conference centre, his first comment was – “I hope none of ye were writing in today’s programme.”
Humble pie for the hacks!
And the siege mentality certainly served Loughgiel Shamrocks well.
‘I can and I will’
INTERVIEWED prior to the final, Coolderry manager Ken Hogan spoke of the late Pat Carroll and said the March 16, twenty-sixth anniversary of his untimely death was ‘in the back of everyone’s mind’.
“With Pat Carroll, Coolderry came first and last. I’m sure he is smiling down proudly on us from the point of view that Coolderry are in an All-Ireland club final and I’m sure he is very proud of the fact that his son Brian will be lining out,” quipped Ken.
Pat Carroll’s motto was ‘I can and I will’ and while a poignant and historic win eluded Coolderry on St Patrick’s Day the spirit of Carroll lives on and he was fittingly honoured last year when the Pat Carroll Memorial Library at Coolderry Central School was officially opened.
Coincidentally, news of Pat’s death was announced to spectators attending the 1986 All-Ireland club finals at Croke Park that were played on March 16 (the Railway Cup finals were on St Patrick’s Day) and won by Kilruane MacDonagh’s (hurling) and Burren (football). He was born on February 11, 1956 and it was on February 11 this year that Coolderry overcame Gort in the All-Ireland semi-final.
THE adage ‘goals win matches’ is used frequently and Coolderry must be cursing their luck after leaking four goals inside twenty-four first half minutes during last Saturday’s All-Ireland Final.
Particularly so since en-route to their GAA headquarters appearance – eleven matches that spanned 660 plus minutes – they conceded only six goals, with the most they conceded in any one game being two against Seir Kieran in the Offaly SHC quarter-final.
And at the other end of the pitch, Coolderry’s failure to net a goal was just their second occasion in twelve games to do so. Last August, during their Offaly SHC Rd 4 group loss to Birr in Shinrone, they also failed to raise a green flag, 0-10 to 1-16.
Offaly v Antrim club clashes
WHEN Coolderry overcame Oulart-the-Ballagh in the Leinster Final it meant that for the twelfth occasion an Offaly club would feature in the All-Ireland club hurling series and including replays there have now been ten Offaly versus Antrim club ties (six victories to Offaly, two to Antrim and two draws).
1973 All-Ireland semi-final at Waterfoot: St Rynagh’s 5-9 O’Donovan Rossa 2-8
1983 All-Ireland Final at Croke Park: St Rynagh’s 2-5 Loughgiel Shamrocks 1-8 (draw)
1983 All-Ireland Final replay at Casement Park, Belfast: Loughgiel Shamrocks 2-12 St Rynagh’s 1-12
1992 All-Ireland semi-final at Cushendall: Birr 2-9 Cushendall 1-6
1995 All-Ireland Final at Croke Park: Birr 0-9 Dunloy 0-9 (draw)
1995 All-Ireland Final replay at Croke Park: Birr 3-13 Dunloy 2-3
2002 All-Ireland semi-final at Clones: Birr 2-12 Dunloy 1-11
2003 All-Ireland Final at Croke Park: Birr 1-19 Dunloy 0-11
2008 All-Ireland semi-final at Clones: Birr 0-17 Dunloy 0-9
2012 All-Ireland Final at Croke Park: Coolderry 0-17 Loughgiel Shamrocks 4-13
Group of ten
LOUGHGIEL Shamrocks became the tenth club to capture the Tommy Moore Cup more than once when they overcame Coolderry last Saturday.
Thirteen of the twenty-three clubs that have savoured AIB All-Ireland SHC glory since the inception of the competition in the 1971 have done so just once.
By claiming their second title, Loughgiel have equalled the achievement of Glen Rovers & St Finbarr’s of Cork and Galway’s Sarsfields.
Ballyhale Shamrocks lead the roll of honour winning one title more than Birr.
Galway lead the way on the honours table with six clubs - Portumna (3), Athenry (3), Sarsfields (2), Castlegar (1), Kiltormer (1), Clarinbridge (1) having brought the Tommy Moore Cup west on eleven occasions, one more than Kilkenny for whom Ballyhale Shamrocks (5), James Stephens (3), St Martin’s (1), Glenmore (1) have brought it Noreside ten times.
The roll of honour reads;
5: Ballyhale Shamrocks (Kilkenny) (1981-84-90-2007-2010)
4: Birr (Offaly) (1995-1998-2002-2003)
3: Athenry (Galway) (1997-2000-2001), Blackrock (Cork) (1972-74-79), James Stephens (Kilkenny) (1976-82-2005), Portumna (Galway) (2006-2008-2009)
2: Loughgiel Shamrocks (Antrim) (1983-2012), Glen Rovers (Cork) (1973-77), Sarsfields (Galway) (1993-94), St Finbarr’s (Cork) 1975-78)
1: Borrisoleigh (Tipperary) (1987), Buffer’s Alley (Wexford) (1989), Castlegar (Galway) (1980), Clarinbridge (Galway) (2011), Glenmore (Kilkenny) (1991), Kilruane McDonagh’s (Tipperary) (1986), Kiltormer (Galway) 1992, Midleton (Cork) (1988), Newtownshandrum (Cork) (2004), Roscrea (Tipperary) (1971), Sixmilebridge (Clare) (1996), St Joseph’s (Clare) (1999), St Martin’s (Kilkenny) (1985)
County Breakdown: Galway 11, Kilkenny 10, Cork 9, Offaly 4, Tipperary 3, Clare 2, Antrim 2, Wexford 1.
‘Mól an óige agus tiocfaidh sí’
THE importance of encouraging the youth and giving them the opportunity to flourish was further highlighted at Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day during the GAA Go Games Exhibition where Loughgiel and Coolderry went head-to-head in hurling and camogie games. While Crossmaglen and Garrycastle took part in gaelic football and ladies football games.
The Coolderry teams on duty were;
Hurling: Paul Ryan, Brian Fletcher, Ciaran Teehan, James Tooher, Darragh Larkin, Dylan Watkins, Jack Malone, Shane Mann, Cian O’Connor, Zavier Garrod, Noel Monahan. Mentors: James Kenehan and Patrick McCarthy.
Camogie: Emily Maher, Katie Larkin, Ciara Hogan, Ailish Maher, Jennifer Clarke, Emma Larkin, Therese Larkin, Moya Bracken, Eimear Spain, Clodagh Carroll, Melissa Maloney. Mentors: Una Teehan, Geraldine O’Brien.
Compiled by Alan Walsh