Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Fanning keen to push boundaries

A focused Paraic Fanning during Saturday’s National Hurling League Quarter-Final at Walsh Park.  									| Photos: Noel Browne
Déise manager thrilled by Waterford’s 14-point win Paraic Fanning ought to be delighted with how his initial months in the Waterford job have fared. Indeed, it’s been as encouraging an opening trio of months as any Déise senior boss has enjoyed over the past 20 years. As noted last week, the body language of players and [...]

LEAGUES APART

A happy Stephen Bennett, who produced a man of the match display in last Saturday’s National Hurling League Quarter-Final win over Clare at Walsh Park. Photo by Noel Browne
Waterford put Clare to the sword to reach NHL semis Two successive run-outs at Walsh Park and two wins in the bag: repeat that feat come May and June and Waterford’s senior hurlers may well in gravy. “Only the League”, someone who in all likelihood was at neither the Galway and Clare matches might argue (with [...]

FANNING’S PRIDE IN DEISE RESOLVE

An animated Waterford manager Paraic Fanning as last Sunday's game entered its final seconds.									| Photos: Noel Browne
Paraic Fanning was justly pleased by Waterford’s fine, albeit wind-assisted recovery which saw them overcome Galway deep in second half stoppage time on Sunday last. “I don’t think anyone watching could realise how hard it was to play in those conditions in the first half and when you look at how hard Galway found the [...]

DEISE DIG DEEP

Waterford substitute Austin Gleeson climbs high over Galway’s Aidan Harte to block a high ball during last Sunday’s Division 1B clash at Walsh Park. See Sport 2 to 4 for more.  | Photo: Noel Browne
Injury-time goal seals dramatic home victory The biting wind had the fourth estate on its collective toetips outside the team dressing rooms on Sunday last following a match which literally blew one way and the other. As players showered and mentors traded post-match sentiments, Waterford’s walking wounded assembled against the relative shelter of the team’s [...]

Relief as Walsh Park secures Munster Hurling fixtures

Walsh Park will host both of Waterford's designated Munster Hurling Championship fixtures this summer.							| Photos: Noel Browne
There was widespread relief throughout Déise circles last week when the CCC of the Munster Council confirmed that both of Waterford’s home matches in this summer’s Provincial Championship (Clare on May 12th and Limerick on June 2nd), will be staged at Walsh Park. On Thursday morning last, Munster Council officers and Waterford County Board members [...]

Weather from a different League

We'll have to wait a little longer to see the hurlers of Waterford and Galway exchange pleasantries.
Brian Flannery Reports Waterford’s eagerly awaited home National Hurling League game against Galway fell foul to the dreadful weather last Sunday. So too did the Wexford versus Kilkenny and the Cork game against Tipperary at Pairc Uí Rinn with re-fixtures expected to be confirmed by the CCCC for this weekend.The incessant rain and a waterlogged pitch [...]

Waterford Pay A Late Penalty

Stephen Bennett, who landed a further 2-7, saw a stoppage time penalty saved by Dublin goalkeeper Alan Nolan at Parnell Park on Sunday last.		| Photos: Noel Browne
National Hurling League Division 1B Dublin 1-26 Waterford 4-15 Brian Flannery at Parnell Park In the fifth minute of injury time at Parnell Park, with Waterford trailing by two points, Stephen Bennett stood over a penalty with the opportunity to win the game. Unfortunately for the Ballysaggart man, Dublin goalkeeper Alan Nolan saved his low drive and with that [...]

Grounds for optimism as Déise win once more

Waterford's Jack Prendergast about to catch the sliothar despite the intentions of  Carlow's Martin Doyle. Photo by Sean Byrne
Paraic Fanning delighted with Walsh Park approval So it’s three wins out of three in Division 1B and planning approval for Walsh Park is in the bag: as weeks go, it’s not been a bad one at all for Waterford’s senior hurlers, as well as the County Board. As the negative headlines around the rebuilt Páirc [...]

Waterford in the 1B Box Seat

Waterford's Mikey Kearney coming under pressure from Carlow's Jack Kavanagh.
National Hurling League Division 1B Waterford 3-15 Carlow 0-10 Brian Flannery Reports Waterford had little difficulty in dispatching the challenge of neighbours Carlow in round three of the Allianz National Hurling League. The fourteen point margin by games end was a fair reflection on proceedings with Carlow having two players dismissed in the second period.Pauric Fanning’s side now sit alone at the [...]

Shefflin dreams of further Croker joy

No-one has been there and done that as a player like Henry Shefflin. And now, just a year into his first senior managerial stint, he’s just an hour away from steering Ballyhale Shamrocks to another All-Ireland title. “We knew it was going to be very tight,” said the Kilkenny legend in the wake of his [...]