Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

A Game for the Ages

All-Star Jamie Barron wheels away following his goal in the first period of extra-time in Thurles.
Dermot Keyes revisits the events of July 8th last, when Waterford ended a 58-year Championship hoodoo, outgunning Kilkenny by 4-23 to 2-22 in a rip-roaring All-Ireland Qualifier at Semple Stadium… Derek McGrath has often referred to the gladiatorial battle that Championship Hurling provides, and how right he was when it came to this heavyweight hurling contest [...]

Prime Time to Skin the Cats!

Deise captain Kevin Moran beats Kilkenny’s Michael Fennelly to the ball during last year's epic All-Ireland Hurling Qualifier which Waterford won by 4-23 to 2-22 at Semple Stadium.  									| Photo: Sean Byrne
Brian Flannery Reports This Sunday afternoon sees Waterford renewing rivalry with neighbours Kilkenny in round three of the National Hurling League. Waterford have beaten the Cats in their last two League encounters, in addition to last July’s historic Championship win, the Deise’s first win over the Black and Amber since 1959. Both sides come into this game [...]

A League of Their Own

Waterford’s Colin Dunford takes man, ball and hurley forward against Tipperary’s Paudie Feehan at Semple Stadium on Saturday last. See Sport 2-4 for more. 		| Photo: Noel Browne
Player Rotation to the fore in opening rounds of NHL Brian Flannery at Semple Stadium Derek McGrath did warn us that this was going to be different. The change in Championship structure has seen Waterford taking a completely different approach to this season’s National League. There are only three trophies on offer in top class hurling, All-Ireland, Munster [...]

Deise in Slow Rise from the Blocks

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan tussles with Wexford’s Liam Ryan.
Brian Flannery Reports Two second half goals from the outstanding David Dunne were crucial in helping Wexford secure the two points on their return to Division 1A of the National Hurling League. Waterford, who only recently returned from their team holiday, featured nine of the side that started the All-Ireland Final last September but proved second best [...]

One More Spin for Deise Boss

Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh gets out in front of Wexford’s Liam Ryan during last July’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
And so begins Derek McGrath’s fifth year as Waterford senior hurling manager, a fact the man himself probably hadn’t reckoned on this time last year, let alone when he initially succeeded Michael Ryan in the Deise hot seat. “Yeah, you’re right – you’re dead right,” the De La Salle clubman conceded when speaking to this newspaper [...]

Seeking Home Comfort

Derek McGrath and Davy Fitzgerald exchange pleasantries following the Deise’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final win over Wexford in Cork last July. See Sport 2 and 3 for more ahead of the teams’ NHL clash at Walsh Park on Sunday next.						| Photo: Noel Browne
Brian Flannery reports My oh my, doesn’t time just fly? This Sunday sees the return of the National Hurling League as Waterford host neighbours Wexford in Walsh Park at 2pm in Round One of Division 1A. But where Waterford currently sits in the hurling world is difficult to assess. Last September’s trip to Croke Park places Derek [...]

Three in a Row for Impressive DLS

John Mullane presents the J. J. Kavanagh & Sons Man of the Match Award to De La Salle's Eddie Meaney. Included are Paddy Joe Ryan, Chairman and Taylor Murray, PRO Waterford Co. GAA Board.
Brian Flannery Reports 2017 County Under-21 ‘A’ Hurling Final De La Salle 1-12 Abbeyside 1-8 De La Salle won their third U-21 ‘A’ county hurling title in a row when they had four points to spare over western champions Abbeyside at a damp and cold Dunhill on Sunday last. From the moment man-of-the-match Eddie Meaney hit the back of the [...]

Deise Power Out of the Blocks

New Deise camogie boss Donal O'Rourke.
National Camogie League Division One Group Two Waterford 1-12 Meath 0-6 Waterford enjoyed a comfortable start to their National League campaign at an overcast WIT Arena on Sunday, seeing off Meath by nine points. With successive away matches on the immediate agenda (Clare next Sunday and Kilkenny on February 4th), a winning start on home soil was [...]

Inflationary Matters: The cost of our teams

The spend on the Waterford Football team has increased by 36 perc cent over the last five years.
Brian Flannery Reports As we enter another New Year it is becoming increasingly obvious to me how dependant I’ve become on technology. Google this and google that, iPad and IPhone, twitter, online shopping, online banking, app this and app that. If something isn’t on google it obviously just doesn’t exist. It’s a bit like football, apparently [...]

A Quayside Bow for our Hurling Heroes

The atmosphere on The Quay that night prompted many to query what the arrival home will be like when the Deise finally end their wait for the Liam MacCarthy Cup!
Monday, September 4th 2017. Waterford’s Quay is heaving with humanity and emotion and one wonders what runs through the mind of those charged to speak at a homecoming for defeated All-Ireland Finalists. If what’s said inside the walls of the dressing room can prove trying and tear inducing, one can only imagine what it must be [...]