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McGrath pleased but there’s work to do yet

Derek McGrath shakes hands with Brian Cody following Saturday night’s final whistle.
erek McGrath extolled the virtues of positive body language in the moments after Kilkenny had somehow salvaged a draw with Waterford following the astounding conclusion to ‘regulation’ time at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. Having seen his side go from eight points up with 12 minutes remaining, to bobbing on the ropes in injury-time, the Deise [...]


Waterford’s Colin Dunford takes on Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy during Saturday’s epic All-Ireland Qualifier at Semple Stadium.				| Photo: Sean Byrne
et’s wallow. Just for a little while. I think Waterford hurling fans have earned it. Fifty eight years waiting, hoping, praying, to see a team from the south bank of the Suir get the better of the game ruling aristocrats on its north bank. Fifty eight years. Fifty eight long years. And let there be no [...]


Waterford’s Shane Bennett gets away from Offaly's Dermot Mooney during the sides' National Hurling League meeting at O'Connor Park, Tullamore, in March 2015, which the Deisemen won by 2-18 to 1-14 following a tricky opening.					| Photo: Noel Browne
By Brian Flannery The eagerly awaited qualifier draw is sending Waterford back to O’Connor Park in Tullamore to play Offaly this Saturday evening. Limerick were the misfortunate ones being sent to Nowlan Park to battle a wounded and possibly dangerous Kilkenny side while the all the other three games have a certainty about the result. Apart from a [...]


Kevin Moran leads Waterford out onto the Thurles sod ahead of the Munster Semi-Final defeat to Cork. 							| Photos: Noel Browne
o-one will ever put more pressure on Derek McGrath than Derek McGrath, even in the hyperrealism of an inter-county environment where managers have sights trained on them almost as rapidly as a misfiring Premier League ‘gaffer’. Even for a man as quoteworthy as McGrath is, he’ll not articulate that sense of self-generated pressure to a fourth [...]

Derek McGrath in no mood to seek excuses

Waterford manager Derek McGrath pondering what went wrong for his charges during last Sunday’s post-match interview at Semple Stadium.		| Photos: Noel Browne
unday’s post-match hours may well have ranked as Derek McGrath’s most introspective in the Waterford job since that rotten spring of 2014 when the Deise shelled nine goals to Kilkenny and Clare. Those reversals led the De La Salle clubman to reconfigure the team tactically, much to the ire of those who advocate free-flowing, man on [...]


A penny for them? A pensive Derek McGrath pictured during Waterford’s Munster Hurling Semi-Final defeat to Cork. See Sport 2-7 for further coverage. 	| Photo: Noel Browne
here’s a lot to be said for the therapy provided by the post-match puckaround. And watching one faithful Waterford fan tapping the sliothar over and back across the game’s most splendid playing surface, on Father’s Day, with his young fella, left me envious. As the sun continued to splash down upon Semple, I’d have done anything [...]

Hurling Championship Proposals are revealed

Munster Championship Hurling could be back in Walsh Park in 2018 for the first time since 1996 under proposals published by the GAA last week under a new three-year trial. The new proposals would see the Munster and Leinster Championships played off on a round robin basis with five counties competing in both competitions. Central Council is [...]

Q&A with Dan Shanahan

Tension between Waterford and Cork is likely to go up a few notches from last March's National League meeting at Walsh Park.				| Photos: Maurice Hennebry
ermot Keyes (DK): How well do you feel the training camp at Fota went, Dan? Dan Shanahan (DS): “Pretty good, Dermot. It’s important that we do camps like this in terms of bonding and getting the lads together. It’s something we did in previous years and I have to say it went really well for us.” [...]


Waterford will not be over-confident in facing Cork. But they more than possess the werewithal to advance to another Munster Final.				| Photo: Maurice Hennebry
By Brian Flannery he truncated nature of the inter-county season means it’s 11 weeks since Waterford exited the League up in Salthill when an experimental XV fell at the Quarter-Final stage to eventual winners Galway. Since then our senior hurlers have completed a couple of official challenge games against Limerick and Offaly and with further ‘behind closed [...]


Waterford will look to Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh for more of his customary leadership when they take on Cork in this Sunday’s Munster SHC semi-final at Semple Stadium. See Sport 2-5 for more.							| Photo: Maurice Hennebry
em>“As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, never great has ever been achieved without enthusiasm. Somewhere and somehow, exceptional people find a way to bring that enthusiasm to what they do, and they find it every day.” Dr Bob Rotella (How Champions Think) Between Cork’s All-Ireland victories in 1986 and 1990, only the momentous 1987 Munster Final [...]