Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Kilmac Dig Deep to Claim East Double

Kilmacthomas celebrate their Eastern Junior 'B' Hurling title success over De La Salle at the WIT Arena on Saturday last.		| Photos: Jim O'Sullivan
John J Murphy East Junior ‘B’ Hurling Final Kilmacthomas 2-13 De La Salle 2-10 Less than a week after a massive defeat in the Munster Intermediate Football Championship, Kilmacthomas showed what stuff they were made of to see off holders De La Salle in last Saturday’s Eastern Junior ‘B’ Hurling Final at the WIT Arena. With the majority [...]

Goal Hero “Sokky” hits the Final Spot

Ballygunner’s Stephen O’Keeffe rifles home his 27th minute penalty, by which time the tide of this Final had firmly turned in the Déisemen’s favour. 			| Photos: Noel Browne
It’s a hen’s tooth phenomenon: to send a hurling goalkeeper the wrong way with a penalty, yet that’s precisely what Ballygunner’s Stephen O’Keeffe did on Sunday, turning the tide of this Munster Final in so doing.“I had my mind made up during the week if one came in terms of where I was going to [...]

Top Gunns

The joint captains of Ballygunner, Shane O’Sullivan and Stephen O’Keeffe raise the AIB Munster Club Championship trophy after it was presented to them by Munster Council Chairman, Diarmuid O’Sullivan, following their victory over Na Piarsaigh in Semple Stadium on Sunday last. 	| Photo: Noel Browne
Ballygunner end 17-year wait to conquer Munster A golden hue washed over the North Tipperary skyline as the Ballygunner players made for the showers on a glorious Sunday afternoon, with the Munster Championship trophy at long last regained. Meanwhile, under a blue November sky. the Black & Red clad support was in no great [...]

A Final Record That Needs Improvement

Ballygunner have lost eight of their nine previous Munster Senior Club Hurling Final appearances.  									| Photo: Noel Browne
On Sunday next at Semple Stadium, a Waterford club will contest the Munster Senior Club Hurling Final for the 22 time since the competition was first played back in 1964.Despite contesting nearly half of the finals played in the competition since it was first played, Waterford’s overall record doesn’t make for pretty reading, with only [...]

Gunners Can Make the Leap

Ballygunner, captained by Shane O’Sullivan and managed by Fergal Hartley, will seek to make historical amends when they face holders Na Piarsaigh in Sunday’s Munster Club decider.	| Photos: Noel Browne
Déise challengers bid to end Na Piarsaigh’s Munster Club Championship dominance “I’m not saying that an individual shouldn’t spend any time reflecting on failure. It’s obviously important to learn from mistakes. But there’s a difference between learning from failure and wallowing in it.” - Dr Bob Rotella (How Champions Think) Shane O’Sullivan was 14 years of [...]

Hartley’s Pride as Gunners Prevail

Ballygunner manager Fergal Hartley sinks to the ground as Wayne Hutchinson comes rushes to congratulate him at the final whistle of an extraordinary contest.
Ballygunner manager Fergal Hartley went ‘West Wing’ following his post-match interview on TG4, opting for a ‘walk and talk’ with the print media, en route to the Walsh Park tunnel while digesting an extraordinary afternoon’s hurling. “A win like that has nothing to do with systems, it has nothing to do with tactics,” he began, [...]

Ballywonders

A mixture of joy and relief was palpable in the wake of Ballygunner's dramatic Munster Club Senior Hurling Semi-Final win over Ballyea at Walsh Park. See Sport 2-4 for further coverage.  	| Photo: Noel Browne
Gunners edge past Ballyea in a Munster Club classic Bewildered joy was palpable in the damp Walsh Park air on Sunday evening. A 51-score classic, featuring a host of outstanding displays from both teams, in addition to two ‘phases’ of extra-time (to avail of the GAA’s official lingo) had yielded Ballygunner their most memorable passage yet [...]

Mourneabbey too strong for Ballymac

The Ballymacarbry team that played Mourneabbey in the Munster Senior Ladies Club Final
Munster Senior Ladies Football Club Final Mourneabbey 1-16 Ballymacarbry 2-09 Cork side Mourneabbey produced a strong finish to clinch a fifth Munster Senior ‘A’ Ladies Football Final at Cahir on Saturday afternoon last over a Ballymacarbry side who produced a very solid performance.This game was held up for 45 minutes at the start of the game when corner back [...]

Gunners Survive Stern Test To Set Up Clash With Ballyhea

Ballygunner’s Conor Power scores his late match winning goal against Midleton at Walsh Park and then wheels away in celebration. 					| Photos: Noel Browne
Munster Club Senior Hurling Championship Quarter-Final Ballygunner 1-18 Midleton 2-13 Brian Flannery Reports Waterford champions Ballygunner survived a stern examination from beaten Cork finalists Midleton to prevail by two points in this Munster Club Championship Quarter-Final at Walsh Park. Ballygunner were the hottest of favourites coming into Sunday’s game against a Midleton side that had lost the Cork County Final by [...]

An Rinn Swoop to Claim “C” Title

Dunhill's Gearoid Murphy tussles with An Rinn's Ciarán Tóibín. Photo by Sean Byrne
County Junior C Hurling Final ‘18 An Rinn 0-13 Dunhill 0-11 Tony Ryan Reports An Rinn maintained their recent improvement in form to claim the County Junior ‘C’ hurling final against pre match favourites Dunhill at the Fraher Field last Sunday morning. Dunhill’s Darragh Veale opened the scoring after just 18 seconds which was replied to by An Rinn’s [...]