Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Curtain Closes on Season to Forget

Tommy Ryan was outstanding on Sunday last, tallying 1-3 from play.
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Waterford 1-20 Cork 1-23 Brian Flannery at Semple Stadium Waterford’s miserable senior hurling season drew to a close with a three-point defeat to Munster Final- bound Cork at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. Of course, Waterford’s fate in this year’s Championship was already sealed with earlier defeats to Limerick and Clare, with nothing but pride [...]

Pride Despite the Fall

: the banner in the Town End which marked Brick Walsh's record-breaking 74th Championship appearance. | Photos: Sean Byrne
Eighty minutes after Sunday’s final whistle, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh was still in his match fatigues, stood on the sideline, signing hurleys, shaking hands and posing for photographs. His record breaking 74th Championship appearance may have ended in defeat, but whatever disappointment the Stradbally clubman was feeling was completely and utterly concealed. The consummate professional in [...]

Early Exit Cannot Conceal Success of New Format

For all the talk of transition, Brian Cody has led Kilkenny to yet another Leinster decider.
Brian Flannery Reports First things first and despite Waterford’s early Hurling Championship exit it’s fair to say that the new format in both Munster and Leinster has been, in overall terms, a massive success. The quality of the games, the level of competition and the sheer drama of it all has had us all on the edge [...]

Blown Away

Disappointment is etched all over the face of Maurice Shanahan,  following last Sunday's Munster Senior Hurling Championship defeat to Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. | Photos: Noel Browne
Waterford Bow Out of Championship Following Heavy Defeat to Limerick Criticism and praise are the equivalent of the short distance between a pat on the back and a kick in the posterior. Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, whose philosophy has dropped into the narrative of this newspaper’s coverage of the Derek McGrath era, left behind a [...]

McGrath Insists “We Must Move On”

DJ Foran landed three points from play for the Deise on Sunday last.
Derek McGrath wore the look of a man who’d made every hook, block, shot and save in the 76 minutes of breathless hurling that had concluded only minutes earlier. A best Championship display against Tipperary in a decade failed to yield that elusive summer win over the Premier, as Waterford saw a 12-point lead evaporate in [...]

Ecstasy & Agony

Waterford's Tommy Ryan gives Tipperary's Joe O'Dwyer the slip during Sunday's pulsating Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash in Limerick. See inside for report, reaction and analysis.									| Photo: Maurice Hennebry
Controversial goal denies Waterford a massive win Full-time at Waterford’s adopted home ground beneath Gallows Hill. The atmosphere is as hot as the June air and an outbreak of anarchy reigns, admittedly for no more than a few seconds, as match stewards dash to circle referee Alan Kelly akin to angsty US Secret Service [...]

Pride for McGrath in Defeat

A pensive Derek McGrath pictured during last Sunday's Munster SHC fixture at Cusack Park.								| Photo: Noel Browne
By the time Paud O’Dwyer sounded his full-time whistle, just five of the Waterford team that played in last September’s All-Ireland Final were left in active service at Cusack Park. Had Derek McGrath engineered a win in such circumstances, it might well have represented the greatest result of his term as Deise manager. “It’s one of [...]

No Home Comfort for Deise

Waterford captain Kevin Moran walks past manager Derek McGrath after being sent off in the second half of Sunday's Munster Championship defeat to Clare at Cusack Park. 									| Photo: Noel Browne
Brian Flannery Reports My, oh my, that was a difficult opening start to the Munster Championship for Waterford. Losing Austin Gleeson and Pauric Mahony to injury before we even started and then to see Tadhg de Burca, Noel Connors, Darragh Fives and Barry Coughlan all fall in battle you couldn’t but have sympathy to all involved. But [...]

Deise Set for Longest Road

Robin in action during the final round of the Irish Amateur Open Championship
Munster Senior Hurling Championship (Clare v Waterford, Cusack Park, Sunday, 3.30pm) My eyebrows adjusted into Roger Moore-like territory when Derek McGrath made the following claim roughly halfway through our interview at the Granville Hotel on Friday morning last. “At the end of the day, you’re judged by what you do on the field with the players, [...]

Debatable Call Helps Dunhill Over the Line

Ballyduff's Jack Lyons steers away from Dunhill's Eamonn Murphy
Eastern Intermediate Hurling Championship Dunhill 2-17 Ballyduff 0-22 A superlative display by Dunhill’s Shane Casey, in addition to a contentiously awarded 22nd minute Darryl Swift point, ultimately proved the difference between these neighbours at a sun-kissed Kill on Saturday evening last. On a thickly sodded pitch, Dunhill and Ballyduff produced a terrific hour’s hurling, a game whose competitiveness [...]