Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Men of Steel

Waterford: 2016 Munster Senior Hurling Championship Finalists.
“I believe one of the big lessons of sports for dedicated individuals and teams is that it shows us how hard work, and I mean hard work, does pay dividends. The dividend is not necessarily in outscoring an opponent. The guaranteed dividend is the complete peace of mind gained in knowing you did everything within [...]

Primed for battle

Maurice Shanahan’s fitness has improved ahead of Sunday’s Munster SHC semi-final.
he dust has long since settled on Waterford’s National Hurling League defeat to Clare. It’s come and it’s gone. History, even if it remains, as Derek McGrath put it, “a huge disappointment” for his youthful Deise panel, fresh from a productive five-day training camp in Fota. “To me, it almost sets up next Sunday’s game as a [...]

Win first. Dream later.

Waterford and Clare produced a classic League Final replay at Semple Stadium. More of the same on Sunday next would set the Hurling Championship alight.
his is it. This is what months of sweat-extricating toil amounts to and counts for. This is when, for all the respect we’ll always hold in our hearts for the National League, wearing the county jersey matters most. Waterford facing Clare in the Munster Hurling Championship semi-final in the sport’s most treasured southern cathedral. “A semi-final [...]

Davy Fitz: proud and wary following victory

Davy Fitzgerald is greeted by Deise selector Fintan O’Connor in the wake of Clare’s League title success. As an inter-county manager, Fitzgerald has now won All-Ireland, League and Munster Championships, the latter with Port Láirge in 2010.
ational Hurling League Final Replay Dermot Keyes reports “It’s hard to describe,” said a joyed but slightly sombre Davy Fitzgerald after his Clare side had eked out a hard earned National Hurling League title in as dramatic a manner as one could have scripted. “We were in trouble for a lot of that game. We were down [...]

HISTORY SNATCHED FROM DEISE’S GRASP

Waterford’s Tom Devine gets past Clare’s Darach Honan.
National Hurling League Final Replay Clare 1-23 Waterford 2-19 Brian Flannery at Semple Stadium Waterford had victory snatched from them in the closing moments of Sunday’s replayed National Hurling League final as they lost agonisingly by a single point at Semple Stadium. Leading by three points with just four minutes of normal time to play Derek McGrath’s side [...]

The Captain’s Two Cents

Kevin Moran and Derek McGrath pictured with the National Hurling League trophy following last year's victory over Cork. 				| Photos: Noel Browne
Dermot Keyes reports It’s a great time to be Waterford captain, I put it to Kevin Moran ahead of Sunday’s League Final against Clare. After all, the games are coming thick and fast, there’s a trophy on the sideboard from 12 months ago and the next run out represents an opportunity to keep that pot here on [...]

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 [...]