Archive for the ‘GAA Hurling’ Category

Clonea Find the Power!

Clonea players celebrate as captain Robbie Flynn holds the Intermediate Hurling Championship trophy high following the presentation by County Board Chairman Paddy Joe Ryan at Fraher Field on Sunday last. 								| Photos: Sean Byrne
County Intermediate Hurling Championship Final 2018 Clonea 2-13 Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 1-12 Thomas Keane at Fraher Field Clonea atoned for their disappointment of a year ago at the same stage as they came from behind to defeat Clashmore/Kinsalebeg in a well contested Intermediate Hurling Final at Fraher Field on Sunday last. Over the course of the hour in front [...]

Fergal Hartley Salutes “Best Ever” Gunners

Managers Fergal Hartley and Peter Queally exchange pleasantries following the full-time whistle at Fraher Field.						| Photos: Sean Byrne
Fergal Hartley let his guard down a little following Sunday’s full-time whistle. The Ballygunner manager, who naturally keeps his cards close to his chest in his pre-match dealings with the fourth estate, didn’t hold back when heaping praise on a team which deservedly lifted the News & Star Cup for the fifth successive season. “They’re incredible [...]

Gunners in the Groove

Ballygunner’s players savouring Senior Hurling Championship glory at Fraher Field following victory over Abbeyside on Sunday last. See inside for further coverage. 		| Photo: Sean Byrne
Ballygunner take fifth successive Senior title as thoughts turn to Munster glory Brian Flannery at Fraher Field So the ‘Drive for Five’ is consigned to history with title number 17 secured for Ballygunner thanks to an emphatic Senior Hurling Final win over Abbeyside at Fraher Field. However, the race for a second Munster club title [...]

Gunning for Glory

Fergal Hartley and his backroom team chewing the half-time fat during Ballygunner’s recent SHC Semi-Final win over Passage at Walsh Park. 				| Photos: Noel Browne
Fergal Hartley is focused and enthused by another title shot Complacency isn’t a word one will find in the Fergal Hartley index. Following five wins, 12 goals and 107 points en route to Sunday’s Senior Final, including two earth shattering dismissals of Ballyduff Lower and neighbours Passage, Ballygunner are undeniably as strong a favourite to [...]

The History Boys

Abbeyside seek to lift the News & Star Cup for the first time in their history.   | Photos: Noel Browne and Sean Byrne
Gunners in Drive For Five while the Villagers dream of first title Brian Flannery Reports This Sunday’s County Final at Fraher Field sees Ballygunner chasing a fifth Senior Hurling title in a row while opponents Abbeyside have a more modest if not equally important aspiration in seeking a first ever title.The odds are stacked high against the [...]

The Job of A Lifetime!

Tadhg De Búrca leaves the fray during Waterford's Munster Championship defeat to Clare at Cusack Park. "The lads had an awful lot of bad luck," Paraic Fanning reflected.
Paraic Fanning relishing the Deise management challenge There’s a glint in Paraic Fanning’s eye as he pulls up a chair at the WIT Arena. In his second day as Waterford Senior Hurling manager, he’s already dealt with a slew of interview requests which he readily accepts ‘comes with the territory’. Given the hurling-obsessed family he was [...]

All Gunners Blazing!

Abbeyside's John Elstead is tackled by De La Salle's Adam Farrell during last Saturday's Semi-Final at Fraher Field: Photos: Noel Browne and Sean Byrne
The foot never came off the pedal on Sunday. Ballygunner hurled with the sort of manic intensity against Passage that one would associate with a team attempting to bridge a gap to their last Senior Championship success. Instead, they’re just an hour away from a fifth successive County title in the wake of a 25-point [...]

Erin’s Own Advance with Ease

Dunhill's Michael Murphy gets away from Aaron Kennedy of Erins Own
Erins Own 1-16 Dunhill 1-06 Brian Flannery Reports Erins Own will meet Clonea in the divisional intermediate hurling final for a second year running after the city side proved too good for a disappointing Dunhill outfit.While the victory for Erins Own may not have been a huge surprise; the 10 point winning margin is certain to have raised eyebrows.Dunhill [...]

Clonea Power into Final

Ballyduff Lower's Jack Lyons is tackled by Clonea's Martin Scurry during their Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs Eastern Intermediate Hurling Semi-Final played in Walsh Park
Clonea breeze past 14 man Ballyduff Clonea 5-13 Ballyduff Lower 0-09 Brian Flannery Reports Reigning champions Clonea had an easier than anticipated route back to the East Waterford Intermediate hurling final with a 19 point demolition of Ballyduff Lower in the semi-final. Ballyduff Lower who caused a surprise when ousting unbeaten Ballygunner in the previous round was no match for Clonea [...]

Provisional 2019 National League Fixtures Released

Waterford and Galway will meet for the first time since the 2017 All-Ireland Senior Final when they clash in the National Hurling League at a Deise venue on the weekend of March 2nd and 3rd. 						| Photo:  Noel Browne
The proposed National League Fixtures issued to all County Boards early last week show that Waterford’s senior hurling team will have three home and two away fixtures next spring in Division 1B. Meanwhile the County Senior Footballers will have three home and four away fixtures in Division Four, including a trip across the Irish Sea to [...]