Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category


Conor Power is somehow denied a goal due to a combination of heroic Ballyhale defence and the treacly Town End parallelogram during Saturday's All-Ireland Club Hurling Semi Final. See Sport 2-6 for further coverage.				| Photo: Noel Browne
Ballygunner downed by Shamrocks in Semple Brian Flannery Reports Throughout history, many great campaigns ended in defeat after literally getting stuck in the mud. Napoleon Bonaparte and indeed Hitler witnessed disaster as their respective armies suffered in the harshness of a Russian winter with their armoury buried in muddy tracks.And so too Ballygunner’s campaign to [...]

Connolly relishing Semple showdown

The Ballygunner brains trust is attempting to plot a path to Croke Park on St Patrick's Day.
Ballygunner selector Padraig Connolly admits that playing the All-Ireland Club Semi-Final a fortnight after his team’s sensational Munster Final display would have been preferable. “I’d have to agree with that,” he said when that scenario was presented to him. “But you can be sire that the Ballyhale backroom staff would have liked to have played us [...]

O’Sullivan: this is what it’s all about

Shane O'Sullivan is relishing the prospect of facing Ballyhale Shamrocks on Saturday evening.
Ballygunner stalwart Shane O’Sullivan is relishing the prospect of challenging club giants Ballyhale with a place in the All-Ireland Club Hurling Final up for grabs in Semple Stadium this Saturday. Speaking to The Munster Express, the former inter-county star described a potential run-out at Croke Park on Saint Patrick’s Day as the stuff of boyhood dreams. [...]


All-Ireland Club Senior Hurling Semi-Final (Ballygunner v Ballyhale Shamrocks, Semple Stadium, Saturday, 5pm) Brian Flannery Reports Waterford and Munster champions Ballygunner resume their quest for a maiden All-Ireland club title this Saturday at Semple Stadium where they face Leinster title holders Ballyhale Shamrocks. It’s over two months since Ballygunner shot down the challenge of Na Piarsaigh in the [...]

Déise’s Demolition Job

Waterford’s DJ Foran scores his side’s first goal and peels away after opening his account for the 2019 National Hurling League campaign. 	| Photos: Noel Browne
National Hurling League Division 1B Waterford 2-28 Offaly 0-7 Brian Flannery at Semple Stadium New Waterford manager Paraic Fanning couldn’t have asked for an easier opening to his tenure as his side demolished a woeful Offaly side by 27 points in round one of the National Hurling League.Played at the neutral venue of Semple Stadium Thurles after [...]


Waterford’s Jack Prendergast gets past Offaly’s Aidan Treacy during their Division 1B NHL meeting at Semple Stadium on Sunday last.
Two points and scores galore for Déise hurlers A ‘home’ win against Offaly was always likely in what was Paraic Fanning’s first competitive outing as Waterford senior hurling manager. However, nobody, not even a dispirited Faithful County fan, could have envisaged so easy a victory for Waterford in last Sunday’s Division 1B opener in Thurles, with [...]

Moran keen to get stuck in

Deise captain Kevin Moran beats Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly to the ball during the 2017 epic All-Ireland Hurling Qualifier which Waterford won by 4-23 to 2-22 at Semple Stadium. | Photo: Sean Byrne
Deise stalwart Kevin Moran is hoping the bounce of the ball will go Waterford’s way following a year to forget in both League and Championship. Speaking to The Munster Express at the TQS sponsorship renewal at the WIT Arena on Friday last, the De La Salle clubman’s appetite for a return to action was palpable. “The [...]

Time to get back to winning ways

Waterford will expect to get their National Hurling League campaign off to a winning start when they take on Offaly at Semple Stadium this Sunday. The sides last met in a 2017 All-Ireland Qualifier in which the Deisemen emerged as comfortable winners. 			| Photos: Noel Browne
National Hurling League Division 1B Waterford v Offaly (Semple Stadium, Sunday, 2pm) Brian Flannery Reports This Sunday sees Waterford open their National Hurling League campaign against Offaly at Semple Stadium. Our hurlers are being forced to play this ‘home’ game at a neutral venue having been found guilty of transgressing rules in 2018 where Waterford undertook a training [...]

Ursuline claim maiden Munster Senior crown

St.Angela’s Abby Flynn surrounded by Doon players but still in possession
Munster Senior Colleges ‘A’ Camogie Final St Angela’s Ursuline 1-11 Scoil Na Tríonóide Naofa Doon 0-05 St Angela’s Ursuline added to last year’s All-Ireland success with a comprehensive win over Scoil Na Tríonóide Naofa, Doon in the Munster Senior Colleges ‘A’ Camogie Final in Cappamore, Limerick on Saturday. Ursuline lined up for the start of the game with two [...]

Fanning’s Men Off to a Flyer

Waterford’s Mikey Kearney flicks the ball away from Cork’s David Griffin.
Brian Flannery Reports PARAIC Fanning’s Waterford managerial reign got off to a winning start with a six point win over Cork in the opening round of the Munster senior hurling league.Played at Mallow on Wednesday night last in front of an attendance of 2,022 this was the perfect beginning to a new era for the Déise [...]