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Pearse-ing Defeat: Ballygunner succumb to history makers in Thurles

Conor Sheahan’s disappointment could hardly be more evident moments after the full-time whistle at Semple Stadium following Ballygunner’s Munster Final defeat to Na Piarsaigh. See Sport 2-5 for more. 							| Photo: Noel Browne
Defeat is always a bitter pill to swallow. A Munster club title and by extension a shot at a Croke Park appearance at Saint Patrick’s Day is the ‘holy grail’ for every club player but remains just out of reach for this Ballygunner side. The scene post referee Rory McGann’s final whistle was one of enormous [...]

Gunning for Glory

Ballygunner’s Brian O’Sullivan taking on Na Piarsaigh’s Mike Foley in the 2015 Munster Club Final. The Gunners have had to plan without their injured talisman for Sunday’s rematch.  | Photo: Noel Browne
When reviewing the Munster Senior Club Hurling roll of honour, Ballygunner’s sole title, claimed in 2001, sticks out like a beacon. All of the Gunners’ 16 Waterford senior titles have been won during the Munster club era, with Cork’s Glen Rovers the inagural winners back in 1964. But from those 16 sorties, there remains just the [...]

Gunners’ True Grit

Ballygunner manager Fergal Hartley embraces his full-forward at the final whistle.
Deise champions mount stunning recovery to reach Munster Final Dermot Keyes reports A penchant for the dramatic is not the preferred quality teams set out to identify themselves by, but for the third time in four outings, the hurlers of Ballygunner demonstrated how much of the right stuff they possess. They’ll need every ounce at their disposal to [...]

“Hutchy” Relishing Glory with Gunners

Wayne Hutchinson celebrates Ballygunner's SHC win with brother JJ at Walsh Park.
allygunner’s players embraced on the Walsh Park sod following Sunday’s full-time whistle with the enthusiasm of a team that hadn’t lifted the News & Star Cup for decades. Their reaction to victory spoke volumes for their drive, their hunger and their application, as they negotiated their way past De La Salle by eight points for the [...]

Ballygunner land maiden four-in-a-row SHC glory

De la Salle 2017 Waterford Senior Hurling Championship Finalists
o Ballygunner made history in recording a record fourth successive Senior Hurling title success in defeating De La Salle at Walsh Park on Sunday last. The history makers will now put their Munster Club ambitions on the line this Sunday when they host Thurles Sarsfields in the opening round, also at Walsh Park. There is really is [...]

Home the Heroes

Derrick McGragh left bare after the defeat against Galway in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final
erek McGrath lauded praise on his Waterford players in the wake of Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final defeat to Galway at Croke Park, but has remained tight-lipped about his managerial future. Speaking prior to the group’s homecoming to Waterford on Monday evening (as we were going to press), McGrath said his own future was something he [...]

‘Up The Deise’ from The Golden Gate

A group of Waterford ex-pats gather underneath the mist-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge to show their support for the Deise!
y Justine Dwyer No one could accuse Christopher Lane of being a fair-weather supporter of the Waterford hurling team! As soon as Waterford reached the All-Ireland Final a few weeks ago, Christy, as he is known to his friends, from Glenville on the Dunmore Road , booked his flight home from San Francisco where he has lived [...]

DEISE’S GLORY DAY

Austin Gleeson celebrates Waterford’s win at Croke Park. Photo: Noel Browne.
reak out the bunting, dust off the novelty teddy and re-thread that straw hat that’s been in the attic since Féile: because the mighty men of Waterford have made it through to hurling’s greatest day! A stunning second half salvo, spearheaded by Jamie Barron and Austin Gleeson, propelled a ruthless Deise side into only their second [...]

Davy praises Wexford and buries a few pundits

Davy Fitzgerald running the eye over his Wexford players during Sunday’s pre-match warm-up at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh. 				| Photos: Noel Browne
n a career that’s had its fare share of compelling exchanges with the media over the years, be it as manager of Waterford, Clare or Wexford, Davy Fitzgerald has rarely been more quotable than he was in Cork last Sunday. Praising his Wexford charges, before heaping offering a firm thumbs up to both Derek McGrath and [...]

Moran leads Deise back to Croke Park

Waterford's Maurice Shanahan tussles with Wexford's Jack O'Connor.
By Brian Flannery This weekend saw the dawning of a new era on Leeside with the re-opening of the newly developed Páirc Ui Chaoimh. On Saturday last it was reigning champions Tipperary, pushing past the challenge of Clare while on Sunday, Waterford were too good for neighbours Wexford to qualify for the senior All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals for [...]