Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category


A thousand words, eh? The contrasting emotions at full-time at Walsh Park on Thursday last.
tephen Dalton struck a controversial match-winning penalty in the fifth minute of additional time to keep the Cork hurling wave rolling, thus ending Waterford’s reign as Munster and All-Ireland Under-21 champions at Walsh Park. Before a 4,127 gate on Thursday last, John Meyler’s side edged out the Deisemen in a pulsating encounter, a tremendous contest which [...]

Return to ‘De Park’

Maurice Shanahan has done more than enough to earn a starting berth this Sunday.  								| Photo: Noel Browne
By Brian Flannery This weekend sees the long awaited reopening of Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the All-Ireland Hurling Quarter-Finals. Tipperary and Clare are first up this Saturday, with the South East derby reserved for top billing on Sunday. There is no doubt that the old relic of a stadium was well past its sell by date but [...]


Waterford’s Michael Walsh and Wexford’s Paudie Foley tussle for possession during last year’s All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final in Thurles. See Sport 2-5 for more. 	 | Photo: Noel Browne
an Shanahan nailed it: parking the win over Kilkenny and rationalising it within the context of the stage it came at in the Hurling Championship was the right thing to do for Waterford’s players and management. But the rest of us have probably enjoyed the feeling that little bit longer. And why the hell not? It’s [...]


Relishing the challenge: Deise Under-21 boss Sean Power.
he county’s final inter-county side take to the summer fray this Thursday night, and what a title they proudly hold. Waterford’s reigning Munster and All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling champions, will lay it all on the line against a resurgent Cork at Walsh Park this Thursday, and manager Sean Power simply cannot wait. “We’d love a big Waterford crowd [...]

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 [...]