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JBM: Deise were the better team

CORK manager Jimmy Barry Murphy had no complaints at fulltime as his team came up short against Waterford for the second time in five weeks. “I thought the lads gave it a great effort today. Some days you have to accept that you are beaten by a better team. We got two shots at Waterford and we couldn’t beat them.” So will the Deisemen be involved in [...]

Connors: “We’ve a lot to learn yet”

Deise corner-back Noel Connors, pictured with Irish Examiner journalist Eoin Cormican at Semple Stadium
EISE corner-back Noel Connors has played down talk of Waterford taking their place among the bonafide contenders for the MacCarthy Cup, despite Sunday’s impressive victory over Cork. “We still have a lot to learn,” the Passage man said, sounding a cautionary note in the wake of a second successive win over the Rebels. “We were sluggish for the first 20 minutes. If that was in an [...]

‘This one is for Pauric Mahony’

Leaving Cert student Shane Bennett marked his Championship debut with two points
AN of the match Maurice Shanahan and Shane Fives both dedicated Sunday’s win over Cork to injured talisman Pauric Mahony, as they set their sights on the Munster Hurling Final on July 12th. Speaking to RTE just moments after the full-time whistle, the Lismore attacker described the Ballygunner man as “irreplaceable in our team… and that’s who we did it for today”. Maurice, who struck 1-9 [...]

Maurice is the man as Deise advance

Maurice Shanahan celebrates after slamming in Waterford's first goal at Semple Stadium
rian Flannery reports JUST five weeks after claiming a third League title, Waterford confirmed their superiority over Cork in Thurles last Sunday thanks to a deserved fourpoint victory which secured a place in the Munster Hurling final. In the run up to last Sunday’s Munster semi-final played in front of an attendance of 21,047 most of the national pundits had plumped for a Cork victory, tradition [...]

Believe Us Now!

EVERYONE is paying attention now. Waterford, the National Hurling League champions, are now just 70 minutes away from a 10th Munster title after Sunday’s 3-19 to 1-21 win over Cork at Semple Stadium. And with an All-Ireland quarterfinal berth already secured, Derek McGrath’s men have both maintained their incredible winning streak while moving firmly into McCarthy Cup consideration. As players happily posed for photos on the Thurles [...]

Skipper Is Keen To “Tipp” Premier Over

Waterford have implemented the game plan established by the Deise's management team to promotion-winning effect.
Kevin Moran is a very happy captain, and with good reason. Leading Waterford out of Division 1B at the first time of asking is a significant box already scratched off the Deise’s ‘to do’ list for 2015. Sunday’s League semi-final clash with Tipperary represents a second [...]

It’s A Suir Thing

Captain Kevin Moran is seeking to lead Waterford into a National Hurling League Final this Sunday. See Sport 2 & 3 for more.				| Photo: Noel Browne
The chat’s been lively on either side of the River Suir in recent weeks, and it’s no surprise that the hurling chat has proven so plentiful along the most tribal stretch of our famed river valley. In Carrick-on-Suir, the denizens of Carrick Mór believe they’re [...]

Deise’s Passion Play

Pauric Mahony’s 10-point haul against Galway at Walsh Park on Sunday last leaves him on a tally of 1-69 after six NHL outings this spring.			| Photo: Sean Byrne
For the second successive Sunday, a mobile, industrious and box clever Waterford physically over-whelmed and outfoxed opposition whom at the start of the year, stood above them in the inter-county pecking order. For the second successive Sunday, this developing Waterford side sent out a clear and telling message [...]

Hurlers Fly High

Austin Gleeson brilliantly fends off the intentions of Galway’s Jonathan Glynn during Sunday’s NHL Quarter-Final win at Walsh Park. See Sport 2-4 for more. | Photo: Sean Byrne
A delighted, albeit even tempered Derek McGrath is relishing the prospect of taking on Tipperary in the National Hurling League semi-final on April 19th following Sunday’s impressive dismissal of Galway at Walsh Park. “Getting to a semi-final is a massive stimulation for June 7th,” said McGrath, [...]

Time to ring the bell on player treatment?

Waterford’s Philip Mahony takes the hit from Clare’s John Conlon during last year's Division 1A meeting in Ennis.                     		| Photos: Noel Browne
The recent revelations that have emerged from the Clare hurling camp has left me perplexed. The story which The Irish Times broke over a week ago now describes how two players left the Clare panel after they were “humiliated” by the treatment they received from the Clare management. It’s that word “humiliated” that has been rattling [...]