2005 National Hurling League

The 2005 National Hurling League, known for sponsorship reasons as the Allianz National Hurling League, was the 74th edition of the National Hurling League (NHL), an annual hurling competition for the GAA county teams. Kilkenny won the league, beating Clare in the final.[1][2][3]

2005 National Hurling League
League details
Dates20 February – 7 May 2005
Teams32
League champions
WinnersKilkenny (12th win)
CaptainPeter Barry
ManagerBrian Cody
League runners-up
Runners-upClare
CaptainSeánie McMahon
ManagerAnthony Daly
Other division winners
Division 2Offaly
Division 3Mayo
Division 3 ShieldLongford
2004
2006

An experimental rule was trialled in the 2005 NHL, with two points being awarded for a point scored directly from a sideline cut.[4][5]

Structure

Division 1

There are 12 teams in Division 1, divided into 1A and 1B. Each team plays all the others in its group once, earning 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

  • The top three in 1A and 1B advance to Division 1 Section 1.
  • The bottom three in 1A and 1B go into the Division 1 Section 2.

Each team in Section 1 plays the other three teams that it did not play in the first five games. The top two teams go into the NHL final – only points earned in these last three games count. Each team in Section 2 plays the other three teams that it did not play in the first five games. The bottom team is relegated – only points earned in these last three games count.

Division 2

There are 10 teams in Division 2, divided into 2A and 2B. Each team plays all the others in its group once, earning 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

  • The top three in 2A and 2B advance to the Division 2 Section 1.
  • The bottom two in 2A and 2B go into the Division 2 Section 2.

Each team in Section 1 plays the other three teams that it did not play in the first four games. The top two teams go into the Division 2 final – only points earned in these last three games count. Final winners are promoted. Each team in Section 2 plays the other two teams that it did not play in the first four games. The bottom team is relegated – only points earned in these last two games count.

Division 3

There are 10 teams in Division 3, divided into 3A and 3B. Each team plays all the others in its group once, earning 2 points for a win and 1 for a draw.

  • The top three in 3A and 3B advance to the Division 3 Section 1.
  • The bottom two in 3A and 3B go into the Division 3 Section 2.

Each team in Section 1 plays the other three teams that it did not play in the first four games. The top two teams go into the Division 3 final – only points earned in these last three games count. Final winners are promoted. Each team in Section 2 plays the other two teams that it did not play in the first four games. The top two play the Division 3 Shield Final.

Overview

Division 1

Brian Cody won his third league title in four seasons with Kilkenny, as 'the Cats' recorded just a single defeat in the entire league. Clare, who were league runners-up, also suffered just one defeat in the group stages, however, they fell to Kilkenny in the final.

Down at the other end of the table, Dublin and Down went through the group stages without a single victory. A relegation group of six teams meant that 'the Dubs' ended up at the bottom and faced relegation for the following season.

Division 2

Offaly won the Division 2 title after recording just one defeat throughout the group stages, thus returning to the top flight having been relegated the previous year. Runners-up Carlow also faced only one defeat throughout the group stages until the last day of the league when they were defeated in the final by Offaly. Going down were Sligo who only had a draw with Wicklow to show for their entire campaign.

Division 3

Mayo and Donegal qualified for the league final in this division with Mayo winning promotion. Cavan, having failed to win a single game in the group stage, finished bottom of Division 3B and could thus be regarded as the worst team of all the divisions.

Division 1

National Hurling League Division 1
Season2005
ChampionsKilkenny
12th National League title
Captain: Pater Barry
Manager: Brian Cody
RelegatedDublin
Matches played49
Top goalscorer Ger Farragher (2-54)
Biggest home winWexford 9-24 - 2-4 Down
(26 March 2005)
Biggest away winTipperary 6-21 - 0-10 Antrim
(20 March 2005)
Highest scoringWexford 9-24 - 2-4 Down
(26 March 2005)
2004
2006
All statistics correct as of 2 January 2017.

Galway came into the season as defending champions of the 2004 season. Down entered Division 1 as the promoted team.

On 2 May 2005, Kilkenny won the title following a 3-20 to 0-15 win over Clare in the final.[6] It was their first league title since 2003 and their 12th National League title overall.

Dublin, who lost all of their group stage matches, were relegated from Division 1 after losing all of their matches in the relegation group. Offaly won Division 2 and secured promotion to the top tier.

Galway's Ger Farragher was the Division 1 top scorer with 2-54.

Division 1A table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Kilkenny 54018 Advanced to Group 1
2 Galway 54018
3 Clare 54018
4 Waterford 52034 Advanced to Group 2
5 Laois 51042
6 Dublin 50050

Group stage

Division 1B table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Cork 54018 Advanced to Group 1
2 Wexford 54018
3 Tipperary 53026
4 Limerick 52034 Advanced to Group 2
5 Antrim 51042
6 Down 50050

Group stage

Group 1 table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Kilkenny 33006 Division 1 champions
2 Clare 33006 Division 1 runners-up
3 Galway 32014
4 Tipperary 31022
5 Wexford 30030
6 Cork 30030

Group 1 results

Group 2 table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Waterford 33006
2 Limerick 32014
3 Laois 31113
4 Antrim 31113
5 Down 31022
6 Dublin 30030 Relegated to Division 2

Group 2 results

Knock-out stage

Final

Scoring statistics

Top scorers overall
Rank Player Team Tally Total Matches Average
1 Ger Farragher Galway 2-54 60 7 8.57
2 Niall Gilligan Clare 4-47 59 8 7.37
3 James Young Laois 1-46 49 7 7.00
4 Eoin Kelly Tipperary 2-38 44 6 7.33
5 Eoin Kelly Waterford 2-37 43 8 5.37
6 David Curtin Dublin 0-42 42 7 6.00
7 Tony Carmody Clare 4-27 39 9 4.33
8 Alan O'Connor Limerick 3-29 38 8 4.75
9 Paul Flynn Waterford 3-28 37 6 6.16
Martin Coulter Down 2-31 37 7 5.28
Top scorers in a single game
Rank Player Team Tally Total Opposition
1 Ger Farragher Galway 0-15 15 Kilkenny
2 Eoin Kelly Tipperary 2-08 14 Antrim
Paul Flynn Waterford 1-11 14 Limerick
4 Joe Deane Cork 1-10 13 Galway
5 Tony Carmody Clare 2-06 12 Wexford
Paul Flynn Waterford 2-06 12 Clare
Ger Farragher Galway 1-09 12 Laois
Niall Gilligan Clare 0-12 12 Kilkenny
Ger Farragher Galway 0-12 12 Wexford
10 Marcus Walsh Dublin 3-02 11 Down
James Young Laois 0-11 11 Galway
Paul Carley Wexford 0-11 11 Tipperary
Neil Ronan Cork 0-11 11 Down

Miscellaneous

  • Wexford record their first victory over Tipperary at Semple Stadium since 1984.

Division 2

Division 2A table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Offaly 44008 Advanced to Group 1
2 Westmeath 43016
3 Derry 42024
4 Roscommon 41032 Advanced to Group 2
5 Kildare 40040

Division 2B table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Carlow 550010 Advanced to Group 1
2 Kerry 53026
3 Meath 53026
4 London 52034
5 Wicklow 51133 Advanced to Group 2
6 Sligo 50141

Group 1 table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Offaly 32014 Division 2 champions
2 Carlow 22004 Division 2 runners-up
3 Derry 21012
4 Westmeath 21012
5 Meath 21012
6 Kerry 30030

Group 2 table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Kildare 22004
2 Wicklow 21012
3 Roscommon 21012
4 Sligo 20020 Relegated to Division 3

Knock-out stage

Final

2 May 2005 FinalCarlow4-7 – 6-21OffalySemple Stadium, Thurles

Division 3

Division 3A table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Mayo 43016 Advanced to Group 1
2 Armagh 43016
3 Donegal 42115
4 Longford 41123 Advanced to Group 2
5 Leitrim 40040

Division 3B table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Louth 43107 Advanced to Group 1
2 Monaghan 42206
3 Tyrone 42024
4 Fermanagh 41123 Advanced to Group 2
5 Cavan 40040

Group 1 table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Donegal 33006 Division 3 champions
2 Armagh 33006 Division 3 runners-up
3 Mayo 22004
4 Tyrone 20020
5 Louth 30030
6 Monaghan 30030

Group 2 table

Pos Team Pld W D L Pts Notes
1 Longford 21103 Division 3 Shield champion
2 Fermanagh 21103 Division 3 Shield runner-up
3 Leitrim 21012
4 Cavan 20020

Knock-out stage

Shield Final

Final

1 May 2005 FinalDonegal1-14 – 2-10MayoMarkievicz Park, Sligo

References

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