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Super 11's Fenway Hurling Classic Semi Final


Cork 42

Clare 37

 

Patrick Horgan fired home a last minute penalty to dethrone reigning champions Clare and qualify for the final of the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic.


Cork led 21-12 at half-time in the opening semi-final after racing into a 10-0 lead after nine minutes thanks to five-pointers — scores from outside the 20-metre defensive zone — from Daniel Kearney and Patrick Horgan.

Both sides settled quickly into the format and Clare recovered with scores from Tony Kelly and Podge Collins to cut the gap to 10-6 at the end of the opening quarter.


Horgan got Cork’s third five-pointer of the opening half but Clare cut the gap to 21-12 with efforts from Peter Duggan and Shane O’Donnell. Anthony Nash produced a string of excellent saves but Clare came back into contention with efforts from Collins, O’Donnell and Kelly but Cork prevailed in the end when Horgan blasted home his late penalty.

 

Scorers:

Cork: P Horgan 20, D Kearney 10, B Cooper 6, T O’Mahony 6.

Clare: T Kelly 13, P Duggan 9, S O’Donnell 6, D Conroy 6, P Collins 3.

Cork: A Nash, S O’Donoghue, D Cahalane, C Spillane, C Joyce, E Cadogan, M Coleman, B Cooper, D Kearney, C Lehane, S Kingston, L Meade, T O’Mahony, P Horgan, J O’Connor, E Murphy, R O’Flynn, W Kearney, D Griffin, D Browne, J Coughlan, M Collins, C Twomey, S Murphy.

 

Clare: D Tuohy, C Malone, R Hayes, C Dillon, D Fitzgerald, D McInerney, J McCarthy, P O’Connor, J Shanahan, D Ryan, S O’Donnell, D Reidy, S Golden, C Galvin, M O’Malley, A Fahey, R Taylor, P Duggan, I Galvin, M O’Neill, P Collins, G Cooney, D Corry, A Shanagher, T Kelly, N Deasy, J Browne, S Morey, C McInerney, D Conroy, K Hogan.

 

Referee: J Murphy (Limerick).


 

Super 11's Fenway Hurling Classic Semi Final

 

 

Limerick 53

Wexford 45



Limerick came with a storming finish to book a place in the final of the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic after an exciting encounter. Three players were sent off and several more picked up two-minute sin-binnings as both sides battled to reach the final. Wexford finished the opening half strongly to lead by 32-25 in the second semi-final of the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic.


Five-pointers from Kevin Foley and Jack O’Connor helped Wexford lead by 13-6 midway through the opening half.

Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning was in superb form but Graeme Mulcahy finally hit a five-pointer and Pat Ryan did likewise to lead by 25-24 three minutes from the break.

But Jack O’Connor and Harry Kehoe found the net for Wexford before the break to lead by 32-25 when they turned around.

The feisty nature of the exchanges saw Wexford’s Aidan Nolan sent off and Limerick’s Declan Hannon and Wexford’s Kevin Foley sin-binned after a melee. Then Limerick’s David Reidy was sent off shortly afterwards, while later in the game Kyle Hayes also got his marching orders.


Scores from Lee Chin and Paul Morris pushed Wexford 42-33 ahead going into the final quarter.

But the All-Ireland champions came good with Cian Lynch finding the net before Aaron Gillane edged them in front in the dying seconds and Diarmuid Byrnes sealed the win to advance to the final against Cork.


Scorers: Limerick: P Ryan 15, C Lynch 8, G Mulcahy 8, A Gillane 8, D Byrnes 5, G Hegarty 3, K Hayes 3.

Wexford: L Chin 11, Jack O’Connor 10, P Morris 8, H Kehoe 6, K Foley 5, S Casey 5, T Morrissey 3.

 

Wexford: M Fanning, D Reck, L Ryan, S Donohue, P Foley, M O’Hanlon, D O’Keeffe, S Murphy, K Foley, A Nolan, L Chin, Jack O’Connor, D Dunne, P Morris, L Og McGovern, E Martin, E Moore, C Firman, J Breen, D Byrne, Joe O’Connor, S Casey, H Kehoe, I Byrne.

 

Limerick: N Quaid, S Hickey, R English, S Finn, D Byrnes, D Hannon, D Morrissey, C Lynch, S Flanagan, G Mulcahy, T Morrissey, P Ryan, B Nash, G Hegarty, K Hayes, B Hennessy, A La Touche Cosgrave, O O’Reilly, A Gillane, B Murphy, P O’Loughlin, L Lyons, W O’Meara, D Reidy, C Ryan.

 

Referee: C Lyons (Cork)


Super 11's Fenway Hurling Classic Final

 

 

Limerick 38

Cork 30

 

All-Ireland champions Limerick rounded off a glorious year by capturing the Aer Lingus Fenway Hurling Classic. Limerick never trailed in the final as they built on a blistering start to finish as they added the Players’ Champions Cup to their trophy cabinet. Limerick led by 24-13 at half-time, having raced into a 21-0 lead after just eight minutes as John Kiely’s men blitzed the Munster champions.


Barry Murphy blasted home two five-pointers from short corners and after Tom Morrissey chipped in with two other goals, they pulled further clear with an excellent effort from distance from Hurler of the year Cian Lynch.

Cork eventually got moving and Patrick Horgan fired home a five-pointer and then added another three-point effort.


But Kyle Hayes extended Limerick’s lead before Cork cut the gap before the break when Shane Kingston found the net from a short corner to leave them eleven adrift at the interval.


They would have been further behind had Anthony Nash not produced a string of stunning saves which had the crowd of 12,674 on their feet.

Tom Morrissey and Bill Cooper exchanged three-pointers after the restart and Patrick Horgan cut the gap to 27-19 but Limerick goalkeeper Nickie Quaid was also in top form.


Another effort from distance from Lynch extended Limerick’s lead, with an effort from Andrew La Touche Cosgrave making 35-19 going into the final quarter.

Conor Lehane and Cooper reduced the margin before Barry Murphy hit back for Limerick to seal the win.

 

Scorers: B Murphy 13, C Lynch 10, T Morrissey 9, K Hayes 3, A la Touche Cosgrave 3.

Cork: P Horgan 16, B Cooper 6, S Kingston 5, C Lehane 3

Limerick: N Quaid, S Hickey, R English, S Finn, D Byrnes, D Hannon, D Morrissey, C Lynch, S Flanagan, G Mulcahy, T Morrissey, P Ryan, B Nash, G Hegarty, K Hayes, B Hennessy, A La Touche Cosgrave, O O’Reilly, A Gillane, B Murphy, P O’Loughlin, L Lyons, W O’Meara, D Reidy, C Ryan.

 

Cork: A Nash, S O’Donoghue, D Cahalane, C Spillane, C Joyce, E Cadogan, M Coleman, B Cooper, D Kearney, C Lehane, S Kingston, L Meade, T O’Mahony, P Horgan, J O’Connor, E Murphy, R O’Flynn, W Kearney, D Griffin, D Browne, J Coughlan, M Collins, C Twomey, S Murphy.

 

Referee: Sean Cleere (Kilkenny)


 


By JOHN FALLON at Fenway Park


 

 



 

2018 Super 11's Fenway Hurling Classic

 

This year’s event will mark the third time in four years that Super 11s has been played in the iconic Fenway Park, home to the Boston Red Sox. Limerick, Clare, Wexford and Cork will compete in the 2018 installment of the The Fenway Hurling Classic. Clare, the reigning Super 11 Champions face their Munster compatriots Cork; Cork defeated them back during the summer in the Munster Final, both teams went onto reach the All-Ireland semi-finals this year, and will be looking to go one step further in 2019. Current All-Ireland champions Limerick face Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford in the other semi-final. 

The Fenway Hurling Classic 2018 is a joint initiative by the GAA and GPA to make it easier for the game to travel to pastures new and provide a forum for experimentation and development.  It was developed specifically by the GPA in conjunction with the GAA to allow hurling to be played in stadiums all over the world where the pitch size is smaller than a traditional hurling pitch. 

GPA CEO Paul Flynn commented saying "I am delighted that hurling is returning to Fenway Park. I experienced the games in 2017 as a spectator and found it a thoroughly enjoyable event. We feel proud to showcase the great game of hurling along with our outstanding players in one of the most iconic sports stadiums in the world,"

The two semi-finals will last 40 minutes with the winners proceeding to the final on the same day, Sunday November 18 - all three games to be broadcast live on TG4, GAAGO and NESN in the United States



Super 11’s Hurling
  • Hurling - the fastest and one of the oldest field games in the world - is a national jewel, not always easily transplanted. Born out of a desire to see the unique and skillful game of hurling spread as much as possible across the globe Super11’s was devised and developed by the GPA. 
  • The typical GAA pitch (80-90m wide x 130-145 long) is bigger than most sports fields and finding 30 players to stage a game where hurlers are not plentiful can be problematic. 
  • Super 11's hurling helps make it easier for the game to travel to pastures new. It also provides a fresh forum for experimentation and development.
  • A work group was set up in 2013. Trials were held and draft rules prepared. The new game got its first outing on 21 September 2013 at the first ever international hurling festival in Galway. Later that month a Super 11’s game provided the curtain raiser for the All-Ireland replay between Clare and Cork at Croke Park.
  • In October 2013 teams representing Munster and Leinster faced off to coincide with the biggest US College Football showdown of the season when Notre Dame took on arch rivals USC, on the Notre Dame campus at South Bend, Indiana. An enthralling contest featuring top hurlers such as Tommy Walsh, JJ Delaney, Liam Rushe, Lee Chin, Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett and Donal O'Grady was served up for 5,000 spectators at the University’s Lacrosse Stadium with Leinster emerging victorious.
  • On 30th August 2014 Super 11’s had another outing in Croke Park as the centrepiece half time entertainment during the College American Football Croke Park Classic when University of Central Florida hosted Penn State in their 2014 Season Opener.
    Super 11’s moved on again in November 2015 when Galway and Dublin produced a thrill a minute encounter at Boston’s iconic Fenway Park, fabled home of the Red Sox baseball team, before an enthralled 28,000 attendance.
  • Exciting, fast moving and free flowing, Super 11’s places the emphasis on skill.  It is a version of the ancient game designed to meet the needs of the modern international world as well as having huge potential as a coaching vehicle, especially for young players, and offering a very effective means of addressing depleted player numbers in emigration affected areas.

On Sunday 19th November Super 11’s returns to America’s favourite ball park for the second AIG Fenway Hurling Classic with the last four Irish national champion teams facing off in a winner takes all championship.  The first semi final is a repeat of the titanic 2015 encounter when newly crowned 2017 All-Ireland Champions, Galway, take on Dublin.  Next 2016 All-Ireland Champions Tipperary play 2016 National League Champions, Clare with the winners of each game to meet in the final.

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Among the key aspects of the game are:

  • Pitch size has been reduced and the teams comprise of 11 players. 
  • Goals only, no points
  • The “tap and go” free
  • Penalties with only the goalkeeper on the line
  • Teams not allowed to handpass the ball twice in a row
  • The ball cannot be kicked
  • Substitutions without stoppages in play
  • Score clock
  • Super 11’s is an evolving project where experimentation is the byword

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