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Previous Meetings......Kinvara v Portumna

posted 25 Apr 2013, 05:11 by Unknown user
Kinvara first met Portumna in championship senior hurling in 1994 and since then they crossed paths on numerous occasions. This Sunday will be the 9th meeting between the two of them in those 20 seasons, which makes it our most played club in those years. With that comes rivalry, but the balance of power weighs heavy on the East Galway side, as they have won 7 of our previous 8 meetings, with Kinvara only winning 1, and that was way back in 1994 when we met for the first time ever. I suppose it just so happens that in those 20 years, Portumna have been a force not just in Galway but in Ireland, as they appeared in 8 County Finals, won 5 County Titles, appeared in 4 All-Ireland club finals, and won 3 of them. 

Our first meeting was in 1994....the year that Kinvara reached the county semi-final (lost to Athenry). We had 3 close meetings with Portumna in and around that time, with the winning margins in 1994, 1995 and 1996 being only 1 point, 2 points and 2 points respectively.
There was a gap of 5 years til 2001, but since then our meetings have been more one-sided as Portumna reigned high in Galway and Ireland. There was heavy beatings in 2001 (19 points), 2005 ( 11 points), 2007 (19 points), 2010 (15 points) and 2012 (14 points).

What will 2013 bring??? Both sides are in transition, but both coming from different places. Portumna are aiming to reach the top of Galway hurling again (last won it in 2009) while Kinvara have lost many players from last year and it will be hard to know how the new lads can manage.

One thing is that both sides, as always, will be up for this tie. The winner heads to the Championship group stages - the loser heads to Round 2.  

 Year Stage Winner
 1994Group  Kinvara 1-10 beat Portumna 1-9
 1995 Group Portumna 0-9 beat Kinvara 0-7
 1996 Group Portumna 0-13 beat Kinvara 1-8
 2001 Group Portumna 5-13 beat Kinvara 1-6
 2005 Group Portumna 3-14 beat Kinvara 1-9
 2007 Final Portumna 6-12 beat Kinvara 0-11
 2010 Group Portumna 2-22 beat Kinvara 1-10
 2012 Group Portumna 2-22 beat Kinvara 1-11