Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Deise Find Their Flow in Victory

Waterford’s Stephen Bennett is about to be hooked as he shoots at goal but the subsequent loose ball was pounced on by Patrick Curran who whipped the ball to the Clare net for his side’s only goal at Walsh Park on Sunday last.						| Photos: Noel Browne
Now that was more like it. On a surface which had held up remarkably well despite the recent snow drifts, Waterford ended their losing streak at Walsh Park, ensuring they didn’t leave the venue in its current guise on a low note. And while Sunday’s three-point win over a Clare side who’d already qualified for the [...]

Walsh Park revamp must be questioned

Thomas Keane Reports Over 80 years passed before the third and final secret of Fatima was revealed in the year 2000 and for some it must have felt like the same time span passed before we learned recently, courtesy of the Munster Council’s official website, that another great secret had been revealed. Since the draws for [...]

Deise Up & Running

Colin Dunford is tackled by Cork's Bill Cooper
Brian Flannery Reports National Hurling League Division 1A (Waterford v Clare, Walsh Park, Sunday, 2pm) There’s no doubt that victory against Cork is a major shot in the arm for Waterford and ought to boost confidence following three successive defeats to Wexford, Tipperary and Kilkenny in Division 1A. Certainly Waterford was more business-like and showed far greater [...]

Deise Prevail on sands of Lee-Wo Jima

Waterford's Mikey Kearney is tackled by Cork's Tim O'Mahony during Waterford's National Hurling League Division 1A win at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. See Sport 2-4 for more from last Sunday's match.							| Photo: Maurice Hennebry
Waterford finally registered a win in this year’s National Hurling League in Cork on a day when the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch proved as big a talking point as the action on the plugged turf. The Deise’s 1-20 to 1-15 win over Cork, which could well have proven more comfortable had they possessed a steadier [...]

Deise’s Relegation Woes Deepened As Cats Find their Claws

Waterford captain Kevin Moran finds his path impeded by a black and amber wall at Walsh Park on Sunday last. 								| Photos: Joe Cashin
Brian Flannery Reports With both sides rooted to the bottom of Division 1A of the League prior to Sunday’s throw-in, this was a derby of even greater consequence than usual. A dominant opening half display from Brian Cody’s Kilkenny laid firm foundations for this victory and a crucial second half goal from TJ Reid helped dissuade their [...]

A Game for the Ages

All-Star Jamie Barron wheels away following his goal in the first period of extra-time in Thurles.
Dermot Keyes revisits the events of July 8th last, when Waterford ended a 58-year Championship hoodoo, outgunning Kilkenny by 4-23 to 2-22 in a rip-roaring All-Ireland Qualifier at Semple Stadium… Derek McGrath has often referred to the gladiatorial battle that Championship Hurling provides, and how right he was when it came to this heavyweight hurling contest [...]

Prime Time to Skin the Cats!

Deise captain Kevin Moran beats Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly to the ball during last year's epic All-Ireland Hurling Qualifier which Waterford won by 4-23 to 2-22 at Semple Stadium.  									| Photo: Sean Byrne
Brian Flannery Reports This Sunday afternoon sees Waterford renewing rivalry with neighbours Kilkenny in round three of the National Hurling League. Waterford have beaten the Cats in their last two League encounters, in addition to last July’s historic Championship win, the Deise’s first win over the Black and Amber since 1959. Both sides come into this game [...]

A League of Their Own

Waterford’s Colin Dunford takes man, ball and hurley forward against Tipperary’s Paudie Feehan at Semple Stadium on Saturday last. See Sport 2-4 for more. 		| Photo: Noel Browne
Player Rotation to the fore in opening rounds of NHL Brian Flannery at Semple Stadium Derek McGrath did warn us that this was going to be different. The change in Championship structure has seen Waterford taking a completely different approach to this season’s National League. There are only three trophies on offer in top class hurling, All-Ireland, Munster [...]

Deise in Slow Rise from the Blocks

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan tussles with Wexford’s Liam Ryan.
Brian Flannery Reports Two second half goals from the outstanding David Dunne were crucial in helping Wexford secure the two points on their return to Division 1A of the National Hurling League. Waterford, who only recently returned from their team holiday, featured nine of the side that started the All-Ireland Final last September but proved second best [...]

One More Spin for Deise Boss

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh gets out in front of Wexford’s Liam Ryan during last July’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
And so begins Derek McGrath’s fifth year as Waterford senior hurling manager, a fact the man himself probably hadn’t reckoned on this time last year, let alone when he initially succeeded Michael Ryan in the Deise hot seat. “Yeah, you’re right – you’re dead right,” the De La Salle clubman conceded when speaking to this newspaper [...]