Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

DEISE’S GLORY DAY

Austin Gleeson celebrates Waterford’s win at Croke Park. Photo: Noel Browne.
reak out the bunting, dust off the novelty teddy and re-thread that straw hat that’s been in the attic since Féile: because the mighty men of Waterford have made it through to hurling’s greatest day! A stunning second half salvo, spearheaded by Jamie Barron and Austin Gleeson, propelled a ruthless Deise side into only their second [...]

Davy praises Wexford and buries a few pundits

Davy Fitzgerald running the eye over his Wexford players during Sunday’s pre-match warm-up at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh. 				| Photos: Noel Browne
n a career that’s had its fare share of compelling exchanges with the media over the years, be it as manager of Waterford, Clare or Wexford, Davy Fitzgerald has rarely been more quotable than he was in Cork last Sunday. Praising his Wexford charges, before heaping offering a firm thumbs up to both Derek McGrath and [...]

Moran leads Deise back to Croke Park

Waterford's Maurice Shanahan tussles with Wexford's Jack O'Connor.
By Brian Flannery This weekend saw the dawning of a new era on Leeside with the re-opening of the newly developed Páirc Ui Chaoimh. On Saturday last it was reigning champions Tipperary, pushing past the challenge of Clare while on Sunday, Waterford were too good for neighbours Wexford to qualify for the senior All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Finals for [...]

DEISE GET JOB DONE

Waterford's Conor Gleeson going head to head with Wexford's Conor McDonald at Páirc Uí Chaoimh during last Sunday’s All-Ireland Quarter-Final. See Sport 2-9 for more from Leeside. 								| Photo: Noel Browne
The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place, and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard [...]

DEVASATED DEISE PAY THE PENALTY

A thousand words, eh? The contrasting emotions at full-time at Walsh Park on Thursday last.
tephen Dalton struck a controversial match-winning penalty in the fifth minute of additional time to keep the Cork hurling wave rolling, thus ending Waterford’s reign as Munster and All-Ireland Under-21 champions at Walsh Park. Before a 4,127 gate on Thursday last, John Meyler’s side edged out the Deisemen in a pulsating encounter, a tremendous contest which [...]

Return to ‘De Park’

Maurice Shanahan has done more than enough to earn a starting berth this Sunday.  								| Photo: Noel Browne
By Brian Flannery This weekend sees the long awaited reopening of Páirc Uí Chaoimh for the All-Ireland Hurling Quarter-Finals. Tipperary and Clare are first up this Saturday, with the South East derby reserved for top billing on Sunday. There is no doubt that the old relic of a stadium was well past its sell by date but [...]

GLEE ON THE LEE?

Waterford’s Michael Walsh and Wexford’s Paudie Foley tussle for possession during last year’s All-Ireland SHC Quarter-Final in Thurles. See Sport 2-5 for more. 	 | Photo: Noel Browne
an Shanahan nailed it: parking the win over Kilkenny and rationalising it within the context of the stage it came at in the Hurling Championship was the right thing to do for Waterford’s players and management. But the rest of us have probably enjoyed the feeling that little bit longer. And why the hell not? It’s [...]

CHAMPS UP FOR THE FIGHT

Relishing the challenge: Deise Under-21 boss Sean Power.
he county’s final inter-county side take to the summer fray this Thursday night, and what a title they proudly hold. Waterford’s reigning Munster and All-Ireland Under-21 Hurling champions, will lay it all on the line against a resurgent Cork at Walsh Park this Thursday, and manager Sean Power simply cannot wait. “We’d love a big Waterford crowd [...]

McGrath pleased but there’s work to do yet

Derek McGrath shakes hands with Brian Cody following Saturday night’s final whistle.
erek McGrath extolled the virtues of positive body language in the moments after Kilkenny had somehow salvaged a draw with Waterford following the astounding conclusion to ‘regulation’ time at Semple Stadium on Saturday evening. Having seen his side go from eight points up with 12 minutes remaining, to bobbing on the ropes in injury-time, the Deise [...]

THE HISTORY BOYS

Waterford’s Colin Dunford takes on Kilkenny’s Paul Murphy during Saturday’s epic All-Ireland Qualifier at Semple Stadium.				| Photo: Sean Byrne
et’s wallow. Just for a little while. I think Waterford hurling fans have earned it. Fifty eight years waiting, hoping, praying, to see a team from the south bank of the Suir get the better of the game ruling aristocrats on its north bank. Fifty eight years. Fifty eight long years. And let there be no [...]