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SHC Preview...Kinvara v Sarsfields previous meetings

posted 8 May 2013, 15:05 by Unknown user
Kinvara first met Sarsfields in championship senior hurling in 1981 and since then they crossed paths on numerous occasions. This Sunday will be the 11th meeting between the two of them in the County Cup, and although our last meeting was in incredible 8 years ago, there is a healthy rivalry that still exists.

Of those 10 previous meetings, Sarsfields have won 8, with Kinvara only winning 2 of them.
Our paths crossed over 3 different eras -
1981 - 1985.......3 meetings in 5 seasons
1991 - 1995.......4 meetings in 5 seasons
1999 - 2005.......3 meetings in 7 seasons

Sarsfields came into this era after winning the 1980 County title, while Kinvara were after losing the '79 final and '80 semi. We had still a very strong team and these few years saw this great Kinvara side still aim for county glory. There was little to separate us in our meeting in 1981 (Sarsfields won by 1 point), and 1984 (Sarsfields won by 2 points). In 1985, Kinvara were in the real group of death alongside Sarsfields, Kiltormer and Castlegar and Carnmore. The first 3 named sides were probably the top 3 favourites to lift the title. Kinvara lost heavily to Castlegar in the opening match but bounced back to shock Sarsfields and Kiltormer in the other games (we also beat Carnmore before losing to eventual winners Turloughmore in the quarters). The Connacht Tribune headline to our 1985 win over Sarsfields was "KINVARA BOUNCE BACK TO TAME GIANTKILLERS AND STAY IN THE HUNT"!

This was the great Sarsfields era as they reached 4 County Finals in those 5 years, won 3 of them ('92, '93 and '95) and won All-Ireland Club titles in the March of '93 and also '94. We lost to them in '91, '92 and '93, but got our act in order for '95. In '94 we reached and lost a county semi-final (our first in 15 seasons), and in '95 we met Sarsfields in the group. On a sunny day in Athenry we got the better of them, although they did go on to win the county final the same year.

The great Sarsfields side was beginning to lose its grip on Galway Hurling and last won the county title in 1997, and also lost finals in 2000 and 2002. For Kinvara  is was an era of survival with a few relegation scares in this era. We did finally manage to qualify from the group stages in 2005, where we lost to Sarsfields by a single point in Kenny Park in the preliminary quarter-finals.

So there you go. Thats the stage set and thats the history. Sunday could perhaps bring the beginning of a fourth era, one that hopefully Kinvara can be the Kings of!

SHC Round 2, in Kenny Park, Athenry Sunday 12th May at 12:30pm
The winner heads to the Championship group stages - the loser heads to Relegation Group.  

 Year Stage Winner
 1981 Group  Sarsfields 1-7 beat Kinvara 0-9
 1984 Group Sarsfields 3-9 beat Kinvara 2-10
 1985 Group Kinvara 3-8 beat Sarsfields 2-9
 1991 Quarters Sarsfields 2-14 beat Kinvara 1-3
 1992 Group Sarsfields 3-18 beat Kinvara 1-2
 1993 Group Sarsfields 0-14 beat Kinvara 0-9
 1995 Group Kinvara 2-10 beat Sarsfields 0-9
 1999 Group Sarsfields 3-14 beat  Kinvara 1-6
 2001 Group Sarsfields 1-20 beat Kinvara 2-16
 2005 Prelim 1/4s Sarsfields 0-11 beat Kinvara 0-10