|Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship|
|Current season or competition:|
2019 Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship
|No. of teams||7|
|Title holders||Ballyhale Shamrocks (10th title)|
|Most titles||Ballyhale Shamrocks (10 titles)|
|Sponsors||Allied Irish Banks|
|Motto||The toughest of them all|
|Official website||Official website|
The Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship (known for sponsorship reasons as the AIB Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship) is an annual hurling competition organised by the Leinster Council of the Gaelic Athletic Association and contested by the champion senior clubs in the province of Leinster in Ireland. It is the most prestigious club competition in Leinster hurling.
Introduced in 1971, it was initially a straight knockout tournament open to all 12 county senior champions from the 1970 championship season. The competition is currently limited to the seven champion club teams from the strongest hurling counties in Leinster.
In its current format, the Leinster Club Championship begins in November following the completion of the individual county championships. The seven participating teams compete in a single-elimination tournament which culminates with the final match on the first Sunday in December. The winner of the Leinster Club Championship, as well as being presented with the O'Neill Cup, qualifies for the subsequent All-Ireland Club Championship.
The competition has been won by 18 teams, 10 of which have won it more than once. Kilkenny clubs have accumulated the highest number of victories with 21 wins. Ballyhale Shamrocks is the most successful team in the tournament's history, having won it 10 times. Ballyhale Shamrocks are the reigning champions, having beaten St. Mullin's by 1-21 to 0-15 in the 2019 final.
The Leinster Championship is a single elimination tournament. Each team is afforded only one defeat before being eliminated from the championship. Pairings for matches are drawn at random and there is no seeding.
Each match is played as a single leg. If a match is drawn there is a period of extra time, however, if both sides are still level at the end of extra time a replay takes place and so on until a winner is found.
Quarter-finals: Six teams contest this round. The three winning teams advance directly to the semi-final stage. The three losing teams are eliminated from the championship.
Semi-finals: Four teams contest this round. The two winning teams advance directly to the final. The two losing teams are eliminated from the championship.
Final: The final is contested by the two semi-final winners.
|Carlow||Carlow Senior Hurling Championship||Champions|
|Dublin||Dublin Senior Hurling Championship||Champions|
|Kilkenny||Kilkenny Senior Hurling Championship||Champions|
|Laois||Laois Senior Hurling Championship||Champions|
|Offaly||Offaly Senior Hurling Championship||Champions|
|Westmeath||Westmeath Senior Hurling Championship||Champions|
|Wexford||Wexford Senior Hurling Championship||Champions|
Managers in the Leinster Championship are involved in the day-to-day running of the team, including the training, team selection, and sourcing of players. Their influence varies from club-to-club and is related to the individual club committees. The manager is assisted by a team of two or three selectors and a backroom team consisting of various coaches.
|Pad Joe Whelehan||Birr||5||1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007|
|Adrian Finan||James Stephens||2||2004, 2005|
|Maurice Aylward||Ballyhale Shamrocks||2||2006, 2008|
|Mattie Kenny||Cuala||2||2016, 2017|
|Henry Shefflin||Ballyhale Shamrocks||2||2018, 2019|
|Michael Nolan||O'Loughlin Gaels||1||2003|
|Mick Fennelly||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1||2009|
|Michael Nolan||O'Loughlin Gaels||1||2010|
|Tom Mullally||Mount Leinster Rangers||1||2013|
|Andy Moloney||Ballyhale Shamrocks||1||2014|
|Frank Flannery||Oulart-the Ballagh||1||2015|
Qualification for subsequent competitions
The Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship winners qualify for the subsequent All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship. The winners contest the All-Ireland semi-finals with the other three provincial representatives.
Titles listed by club
|Team||Wins||Years won||County||Runners Up||Years runners up|
|1||Ballyhale Shamrocks||10||1978, 1980, 1983, 1989, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018, 2019||Kilkenny||2||1988, 1991|
|2||Birr||7||1991, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007||Offaly||3||2003, 2006, 2008|
|3||Rathnure||6||1971, 1973, 1977, 1986, 1987, 1998||Wexford||2||1970, 1972|
|4||St. Rynagh's||4||1970, 1972, 1982, 1993||Offaly||4||1973, 1974, 1975, 1992|
|James Stephens||4||1975, 1981, 2004, 2005||Kilkenny||1||1976|
|5||Buffer's Alley||3||1985, 1988, 1992||Wexford||1||1982|
|Camross||2||1976, 1996||Laois||3||1979, 1986, 1990|
|Cuala||2||2016, 2017||Dublin||2||1989, 2015|
|O'Loughlin Gaels||2||2003, 2010||Kilkenny||1||2016|
|7||Oulart the Ballagh||1||2015||Wexford||6||1994, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Mount Leinster Rangers||1||2013||Carlow||0|
|8||University College Dublin||0||Dublin||3||2000, 2004, 2005|
|Castletown||0||Laois||3||1997, 1999, 2001|
|Kinnitty||0||Offaly||3||1983, 1984, 1985|
|Ballyboden St. Enda's||0||Dublin||2||2007, 2018|
Titles listed by county
|County||Winners||Runners-Up||Winning Clubs||Runner-Up Clubs|
|Kilkenny||21||8||Ballyhale Shamrocks (10), James Stephens (4), Glenmore (2), O'Loughlin Gaels (2), The Fenians, St. Martin's, Graigue-Ballycallan||Ballyhale Shamrocks (2), James Stephens (1), O'Loughlin Gaels, The Fenians, Young Irelands, Dicksboro, Bennettsbridge|
|Offaly||13||14||Birr (7), St. Rynagh's (4), Kilcormac/Killoughey, Coolderry||St. Rynagh's (4), Birr (3), Kinnitty (3), Kilcormac/Killoughey (2), Coolderry, Tullamore|
|Wexford||10||10||Rathnure (6), Buffer's Alley (3), Oluart-the Ballagh||Oluart-the Ballagh (6), Rathnure (2), Buffer's Alley, Faythe Harriers|
|Dublin||3||6||Cuala (2), Crumlin||University College Dublin (3), Ballyboden St. Enda's (2) , O'Toole's|
|Laois||2||5||Camross (2)||Castletown (3), Portlaoise (2)|
|Carlow||1||1||Mount Leinster Rangers||St. Mullin's|
Finals listed by year
Records and statistics
- Most wins: 10:
- Ballyhale Shamrocks (1978, 1980, 1983, 1989, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018, 2019)
- Most consecutive wins: 2:
- Most appearances in a final: 12:
- Ballyhale Shamrocks (1978, 1980, 1983, 1988, 1989, 1991, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2018, 2019)
- Most appearances in a final without ever winning: 3
- Most appearances in a final without losing (streak): 6
- Most defeats: 6
- Oulart-the Ballagh (1994, 1995, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
The most successful team of each decade, judged by number of Leinster Championship titles, is as follows:
- 1970s: 3 for Rathnure (1971-73-77)
- 1980s: 3 for Ballyhale Shamrocks (1980-3-89)
- 1990s: 4 for Birr (1991-94-97-99)
- 2000s: 3 each for Birr (2001-02-07) and Ballyhale Shamrocks (2006-08-09)
- 2010s: 3 for Ballyhale Shamrocks (2014-18-19)
Only 5 teams of the 14 who have won the championship have ever successfully defended the title. These are:
- Ballyhale Shamrocks on 2 attempts out of 9 (2009, 2019)
- Birr in 1 attempts out of 7 (2002)
- Rathnure in 1 attempt out of 6 (1987)
- James Stephens in 1 attempt out of 4 (2005)
- Cuala on 1 attempt out of 1 (2017)
Top five longest gaps between successive championship titles:
- 23 years: James Stephens (1981–2004)
- 20 years: Camross (1976–1996)
- 17 years: Ballyhale Shamrocks (1989–2006)
- 11 years: Rathnure (1987–1998)
- 11 years: St. Rynagh's (1982–1993)
- The South Leinster Senior Club Championship
- List of Leinster Senior Club Hurling Championship winners
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