Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Silver Linings Playbook

McGrath: Early summer exit could benefit next Deise boss Waterford’s early Hurling Championship exit may serve to benefit the plans of the county’s next senior manager in 2019, with several players having made for foreign shores following the Deise’s elimination at the first hurdle. That’s the view of outgoing manager Derek McGrath, whose five-year term drew [...]

Curtain Closes on Season to Forget

Tommy Ryan was outstanding on Sunday last, tallying 1-3 from play.
Munster Senior Hurling Championship Waterford 1-20 Cork 1-23 Brian Flannery at Semple Stadium Waterford’s miserable senior hurling season drew to a close with a three-point defeat to Munster Final- bound Cork at Semple Stadium on Sunday last. Of course, Waterford’s fate in this year’s Championship was already sealed with earlier defeats to Limerick and Clare, with nothing but pride [...]

Pride Despite the Fall

: the banner in the Town End which marked Brick Walsh's record-breaking 74th Championship appearance. | Photos: Sean Byrne
Eighty minutes after Sunday’s final whistle, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh was still in his match fatigues, stood on the sideline, signing hurleys, shaking hands and posing for photographs. His record breaking 74th Championship appearance may have ended in defeat, but whatever disappointment the Stradbally clubman was feeling was completely and utterly concealed. The consummate professional in [...]

Early Exit Cannot Conceal Success of New Format

For all the talk of transition, Brian Cody has led Kilkenny to yet another Leinster decider.
Brian Flannery Reports First things first and despite Waterford’s early Hurling Championship exit it’s fair to say that the new format in both Munster and Leinster has been, in overall terms, a massive success. The quality of the games, the level of competition and the sheer drama of it all has had us all on the edge [...]

Blown Away

Disappointment is etched all over the face of Maurice Shanahan,  following last Sunday's Munster Senior Hurling Championship defeat to Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds. | Photos: Noel Browne
Waterford Bow Out of Championship Following Heavy Defeat to Limerick Criticism and praise are the equivalent of the short distance between a pat on the back and a kick in the posterior. Legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, whose philosophy has dropped into the narrative of this newspaper’s coverage of the Derek McGrath era, left behind a [...]

McGrath Insists “We Must Move On”

DJ Foran landed three points from play for the Deise on Sunday last.
Derek McGrath wore the look of a man who’d made every hook, block, shot and save in the 76 minutes of breathless hurling that had concluded only minutes earlier. A best Championship display against Tipperary in a decade failed to yield that elusive summer win over the Premier, as Waterford saw a 12-point lead evaporate in [...]

Ecstasy & Agony

Waterford's Tommy Ryan gives Tipperary's Joe O'Dwyer the slip during Sunday's pulsating Munster Senior Hurling Championship clash in Limerick. See inside for report, reaction and analysis.									| Photo: Maurice Hennebry
Controversial goal denies Waterford a massive win Full-time at Waterford’s adopted home ground beneath Gallows Hill. The atmosphere is as hot as the June air and an outbreak of anarchy reigns, admittedly for no more than a few seconds, as match stewards dash to circle referee Alan Kelly akin to angsty US Secret Service [...]

Debatable Call Helps Dunhill Over the Line

Ballyduff's Jack Lyons steers away from Dunhill's Eamonn Murphy
Eastern Intermediate Hurling Championship Dunhill 2-17 Ballyduff 0-22 A superlative display by Dunhill’s Shane Casey, in addition to a contentiously awarded 22nd minute Darryl Swift point, ultimately proved the difference between these neighbours at a sun-kissed Kill on Saturday evening last. On a thickly sodded pitch, Dunhill and Ballyduff produced a terrific hour’s hurling, a game whose competitiveness [...]

Own Storm to Victory

Erins Own's Seamus O Fionnacha on a solo run against De La Salle's Ryan Duke during their Eastern Intermediate Hurling Championship match in Walsh Park on Saturday last. 									| Photos: Sean Byrne
Eastern Intermediate Hurling Championship Group Two Erins Own 1-17 De La Salle 1-13 Brian Flannery Reports A storming finish from Erins Own secured a valuable victory for the Poleberry based-club over fellow city side De La Salle in the first round of the East Waterford Intermediate Hurling Championship played at Walsh Park on Saturday afternoon last. Erins Own, who looked [...]

Gunners in Cruise Control

JJ Hutchinson landed two points for Ballygunner in their IHC win over St Saviours at Walsh Park. 									| Photo: Noel Browne
Eastern Intermediate Hurling Championship Group Two Ballygunner 5-15 St Saviours 1-09 Brian Flannery Reports Ballygunner had little difficulty in their opening game of the East Waterford Intermediate Hurling Championship and was much too good for understrength St Saviours side. The Ballygunner second string side have an embarrassment of riches with multiple Senior, Under-21 and minor winning players from recent years in [...]