Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Rebooted Davy is raising the Banner

Davy Fitzgerald was gutsy enough to bring another strong personality into the Clare dressing room. It appears to be working.
Brian Flannery reports At the end of the Championship last year there was much disquiet in Clare after a second successive miserable season. The All-Ireland title of 2013 seemed a long time hence for most Clare supporters – murmurs of discontent were audible everywhere. The ignominy of exiting to Wexford in 2014 was followed by qualifier failure against [...]

DEISE MUST SEIZE THE DAY

Brian Flannery reports It has been a great week. The Waterford minor hurlers’ victory over Tipperary at Wash Park was splendid and gives everyone a boost ahead of Sunday’s Allianz National Hurling League Final in mind. The minors were almost unrecognisable from the team that lost to Cork. There were but a couple of changes in personnel [...]

LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

Kevin Moran hold aloft the National Hurling League trophy following Waterford's win over Cork last May. See inside for exclusive interviews with Derek McGrath, Kevin Moran, Shane Fives, Patrick Curran and Fintan O’Connor ahead of Sunday's Final clash with Clare. 								| Photo: Noel Browne
Waterford hungry to land back to back NHL titles Dermot Keyes reports unday. Semple Stadium. Round one of two (at the very least) with the Banner. This National Hurling League Final between Waterford and Clare in the game’s spiritual home looks set to deliver an appetising starter ahead of the main course the Championship will soon dish [...]

FOLLOWING THE MAN IN BLACK

A good Limerick side were made to look very ordinary during a dominant second half display from Waterford at Semple Stadium.
Brian Flannery at Semple Stadium was stationed high up in the commentary box on radio duty with WLRfm for the first game at Semple Stadium last Sunday, with the ClareFM guys were lined up to take over our spot immediately after the first game. I ambled down to the very front row in the old [...]

In praise of The Brick

Pleased: Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald.
Dermot Keyes reports “Michael Walsh is Waterford’s best ever team player.” Some 14 years into his senior inter-county career, Michael Walsh is still producing five-star performances in white and blue. n Sunday last, over the course of 65 minutes, the man from Durrow produced arguably his greatest ever display for Waterford. His was a display full of sumptuous wristy hurling: [...]

RUTHLESS DEISE GO BACK TO BACK

The Deise panel pictured prior to Sunday’s NHL Semi-Final win over Limerick in Thurles. And how pleasing was it to see Stephen Bennett (standing, second from left) togged out?
National Hurling League Semi-Final Waterford 3-23 Limerick 1-18 Dermot Keyes at Semple Stadium Waterford made it back to back National Hurling League finals for the first time in their history after ruthlessly disassembling Limerick’s challenge in Thurles on Sunday last. A first half heavy on unforced errors and decidedly light on intensity saw the Shannonsiders take to the [...]

A DATE WITH HISTORY

Patrick Curran wheels away after netting Waterford's second goal in their National Hurling League semi-final win over Limerick at Semple Stadium. See Sport 2-5 for further coverage.       								| Photo: Noel Browne
Waterford within 70 minutes of retaining their League title Dermot Keyes at Semple Stadium Quiet satisfaction has been the order of the spring for Waterford’s hurlers. There’s been a welcome absence of fuss and fanfare about the way Derek McGrath’s team have gone about their business throughout this National Hurling League campaign. It’s a mark of the manager [...]

Déise chasing history as they face Treatymen

Maurice Shanahan was at his All-Star winning best at Wexford Park on Sunday week last.										| Photo: Noel Browne
National Hurling League Semi-Final (Waterford v Limerick, Semple Stadium, Sunday, 2pm) Brian Flannery reports Waterford will once again have their League title on the line when they travel to Thurles this Sunday to take on Limerick in the semi-final curtain raiser. The bookies have the reigning champions pinned as 8/13 favourites to progress to a second league decider in [...]

THE WINNING HABIT

Brian Flannery at Wexford Park Winning is a good habit. Winning close games needs experience and mental strength. Winning when playing below par is the stuff of champions. Coming away from Innovate Wexford Park with victory and a place in the Allianz National Hurling league semi-finals is very much a case of mission accomplished. However this performance [...]

Deise Prevail in War of Attrition

The Waterford panel huddled prior to Sunday’s NHL quarter-final win over Wexford.
National Hurling League Quarter Final Wexford 1-13 Waterford 0-17 Dermot Keyes at Wexford Park Free-taking, in essence, settled this edgy, compelling National Hurling League quarter-final, from which Waterford emerged victorious – but only just. he unerring accuracy of Maurice Shanahan was not, to the Deise’s relief, responded to in kind by a lionhearted Wexford who will be lamenting [...]