Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Deise Denied

Deise skipper Kevin Moran went so close with this solo effort on goal in the second half of a stunning All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final at Croke Park
Waterford 0-24 Kilkenny 1-21 With a mere two minutes remaining to play Waterford led this All-Ireland semi-final by three points and were on the verge of a historic first Championship victory over the reigning champions since 1959. Kilkenny, despite being outplayed for the majority of the game, roused themselves sufficiently to hit an equalising goal in the 69th [...]

Deise get the job done

No bells and whistles. No fireworks, unlike what we’ll be treated to on The Quay this Sunday night. But did that really matter? Bottom line: a win’s a win and that’s all that counts from a Waterford perspective, who now face the mightiest obstacle of all if they’re to advance to an All-Ireland Final. Kilkenny, the sturdiest [...]

An Obstacle Cleared

Shane Bennett takes the direct route into the bench after his substitution during Sunday's All-Ireland Quarter-Final win over Wexford.
Waterford climb back into saddle to advance to semi-final Waterford will travel to Croke Park as firm underdogs when they take on Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Hurling semi-final at Croke Park on August 7th. Fact. Put an air to it and sing it. Let’s face it, it’s been that way ever since the full-time whistle shrilled in [...]

The Blue and Gold blitz as Deise are humbled

A dejected Colin Dunford on his haunches following Sunday's full-time whistle in Limerick
strong>Waterford 0-13 Tipperary 5-19 Reigning champions Tipperary inflicted a 21-point hammering on Waterford in last Sunday’s Munster Senior Hurling Final. A dark dank and rainy Gaelic Grounds hosted a repeat of last year’s paring in front of an official attendance of just 26,508. Tipperary delivered a performance that signalled their credentials as genuine All-Ireland contenders on the way [...]

Men of Steel

Waterford: 2016 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Finalists.
“I believe one of the big lessons of sports for dedicated individuals and teams is that it shows us how hard work, and I mean hard work, does pay dividends. The dividend is not necessarily in outscoring an opponent. The guaranteed dividend is the complete peace of mind gained in knowing you did everything within [...]

Primed for battle

Maurice Shanahan’s fitness has improved ahead of Sunday’s Munster SHC semi-final.
he dust has long since settled on Waterford’s National Hurling League defeat to Clare. It’s come and it’s gone. History, even if it remains, as Derek McGrath put it, “a huge disappointment” for his youthful Deise panel, fresh from a productive five-day training camp in Fota. “To me, it almost sets up next Sunday’s game as a [...]

Win first. Dream later.

Waterford and Clare produced a classic League Final replay at Semple Stadium. More of the same on Sunday next would set the Hurling Championship alight.
his is it. This is what months of sweat-extricating toil amounts to and counts for. This is when, for all the respect we’ll always hold in our hearts for the National League, wearing the county jersey matters most. Waterford facing Clare in the Munster Hurling Championship semi-final in the sport’s most treasured southern cathedral. “A semi-final [...]

Davy Fitz: proud and wary following victory

Davy Fitzgerald is greeted by Deise selector Fintan O’Connor in the wake of Clare’s League title success. As an inter-county manager, Fitzgerald has now won All-Ireland, League and Munster Championships, the latter with Port Láirge in 2010.
ational Hurling League Final Replay Dermot Keyes reports “It’s hard to describe,” said a joyed but slightly sombre Davy Fitzgerald after his Clare side had eked out a hard earned National Hurling League title in as dramatic a manner as one could have scripted. “We were in trouble for a lot of that game. We were down [...]

HISTORY SNATCHED FROM DEISE’S GRASP

Waterford’s Tom Devine gets past Clare’s Darach Honan.
National Hurling League Final Replay Clare 1-23 Waterford 2-19 Brian Flannery at Semple Stadium Waterford had victory snatched from them in the closing moments of Sunday’s replayed National Hurling League final as they lost agonisingly by a single point at Semple Stadium. Leading by three points with just four minutes of normal time to play Derek McGrath’s side [...]

The Captain’s Two Cents

Kevin Moran and Derek McGrath pictured with the National Hurling League trophy following last year's victory over Cork. 				| Photos: Noel Browne
Dermot Keyes reports It’s a great time to be Waterford captain, I put it to Kevin Moran ahead of Sunday’s League Final against Clare. After all, the games are coming thick and fast, there’s a trophy on the sideboard from 12 months ago and the next run out represents an opportunity to keep that pot here on [...]