First League final in ’Park in 47 years

Kilkenny and Tipperary have served up many memorable clashes over the years and on Sunday they will move on to the next instalment when they meet in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final in Nowlan Park (3.30).

Kilkenny and Tipperary have served up many memorable clashes over the years and on Sunday they will move on to the next instalment when they meet in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 final in Nowlan Park (3.30).

It will be the first time since 1966 that the League final will be played in Nowlan Park, a fact pointed out by a keen eyed reader, and the third time in all that the famous Kilkenny venue has hosted the big occasion.

Beat the Yanks

In 1966, Kilkenny beat New York in the second leg (the first leg was played in Croke Park) of the final; in 1959 Tipperary beat Waterford in Nowlan Park while in 1933 Kilkenny beat Limerick.

It means that both of Sunday’s finalists have experience of winning the League title in Nowlan Park.

Kilkenny, the reigning champions, are bidding for a 16th title while Tipperary, who are back in the final for the first time since 2009, are seeking to extend their lead at the top of the honours’ table, having already won the title on 19 occasions.

The Tipperary scorers

Tipperary scorers - Seamus Callanan 1-25; Eoin Kelly 3-17; Lar Corbett 3-7; John O’Dwyer 2-9; Shane Bourke 2-9; Noel McGrath 0-11; Jason Forde 0-7; Brendan Maher 1-3; Pa Bourke 0-5; Patrick Maher 1-1; Mikey Heffernan 1-0; Shane McGrath 0-3; James Woodlock 0-3; Brian O’Meara 0-2; Adrian Ryan, Conor O’Mahony, Michael Cahill 0-1 each.

Their last clash....

Tipperary 2-17, Kilkenny 1-19 (Allianz League, 10 March, 2013; Thurles)

A Richie Hogan goal put Kilkenny 1-4 to 0-4 ahead after 15 minutes but by half-time Tipperary were six points clear (2-11 to 1-8) after a productive burst yielded 2-7. It included goals by John O’Dwyer (27 mins) and Lar Corbett (32 mins).

Tipperary led by 2-14 to 1-12 after 50 minutes before Kilkenny scored four unanswered points to cut the deficit to a single point after 59 minutes. Both sides scored three points in the closing ten minutes, leaving Tipperary the winners by a point.

Tipperary - D Gleeson; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; P Maher, C O’Mahony, C O’Brien; A Ryan, B Maher; N McGrath, L Corbett, J O’Brien; J O’Dwyer, E Kelly, P Bourke. Subs - S Bourke for Ryan, S Callanan for O’Dwyer, T Hamill for O’Mahony, J Forde for O’Brien.

Kilkenny - D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, C Fogarty; T Walsh, B Hogan, P Hogan; L Ryan, R Power; M Kelly, C Fennelly, E Larkin; M Ruth, A Fogarty, R Hogan. Subs: K Joyce for B Hogan; T Breen for Ruth, G Aylward for Kelly

Top scorers - Kilkenny Richie Power....0-9 (0-8 frees, 0-1 65); Richie Hogan.....1-2; Tipperary Eoin Kelly......0-9 (0-7 frees, 0-1 65); Lar Corbett......1-1

Last five clashes

Tipperary 2-17, Kilkenny 1-19 (2013 NHL).

Kilkenny 4-24, Tipperary 1-15 (2012 All-Ireland semi-final).

Kilkenny 2-17, Tipperary 0-15 (2012 NHL).

Kilkenny 2-17, Tipperary 1-16 (2011 All-Ireland final).

Kilkenny 1-17, Tipperary 1-10 (2011 NHL).

Last Allianz League final clash

2009 - Kilkenny 2-26, Tipperary 4-17 (after extra-time).

One of the epic Allianz League finals, it produced no fewer than 49 scores over 90 minutes of intense and exciting action in Semple Stadium, Thurles.

It finished level (Tipperary 3-14 Kilkenny 2-17) at the end of normal time after Seamus Callanan pointed a free for Tipperary late on and extra-time proved equally close. Tipperary led by a point at half-time in extra-time but Kilkenny picked off the winning scores in the second period.

Richie Hogan scored 1-10 (0-7 frees) for Kilkenny while Seamus Callanan was Tipperary’s top scorer on 1-7 (0-6 frees, 0-1 ‘65’).

Last five Allianz League finals

KILKENNY 2012: Kilkenny 3-21, Cork 0-16; 2011: Dublin 0-22, Kilkenny 1-7; 2009: Kilkenny 2-26, Tipperary 4-17 (after extra-time); 2007: Waterford 0-20, Kilkenny 0-18; 2006: Kilkenny 3-11, Limerick 0-14.

Won 3; lost 2.

TIPPERARY 2009: Kilkenny 2-26, Tipperary 4-17 (after extra-time); 2008: Tipperary 3-18, Galway 3-16; 2003: Kilkenny 5-14, Tipperary 5-13; 2001: Tipperary 1-19, Clare 0-17; 2000: Galway 2-18, Tipperary 2-13.

Won 2, lost 3.

HL ROLL OF HONOUR (DIV 1)

It’s a clash of the top two with Kilkenny seeking to cut Tipperary’s lead to three and Eamon O’Shea’s men hoping to extend it to five. Kilkenny have made big inroads on Tipperary’s lead in the new Millennium, winning six titles to Tipperary’s two since 2000.

19 – Tipperary (1928-49-50-52-54-55-57-59-60-61-64-65-68-79-88-94-99-2001-2008)

15 – Kilkenny (1933-62-66-76-82-83-86-90-95-2002-2003-2005-2006-2009-2012)

14 – Cork (1926-30-40-41-48-53-69-70-72-74-80-81-93-98)

11 – Limerick (1934-35-36-37-38-47-71-84-85-92-97)

9 – Galway (1932-51-75-87-89-96-2000-2004-2010)

4 – Wexford (1956-58-67-73)

3 – Clare (1946-77-78)

2 – Dublin (1929-39-2011)

2 – Waterford (1963-2007)

1 – Offaly (1991).