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Captain Marvel!

To the winner the spoils: Niamh Briggs (inset) pictured with the Six Nations Championship trophy. 								| Main Photo: Noel Browne
We’re beginning to run out of superlatives when it comes to Niamh Briggs. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Well then, it’s time for a quick recap. We’re talking about the 2013 World Player of the Year, who then followed that up by being nominated for the award [...]

Under 18’s Advance To ‘Pan’ Semi-Finals

Scrum time between Waterpark and Kinsale on Sunday last.
Waterpark advanced to the semi-final of the competition following this win over Kinsale last Saturday in Ballinakill. The home side took an early lead with a penalty from out half Molloy when the Kinsale forwards were caught offside. Waterpark failed to deal with the restart and following [...]

Shoulder To Shoulder

It was another great rugby weekend for Waterford duo Niamh Briggs and Jack O’Donoghue.							| Photos:  Ken Sutton and Sportsfile
While one established Waterford rugby superstar was captaining her country to Six Nations victory over World Champions England, another outstanding prospect continues to impress in the red of Munster. Abbeyside’s Niamh Briggs kicked Ireland’s winning penalty four minutes from time in Ashbourne last Friday as the [...]

Ireland prevail after dour struggle

Simon Zebo leads a counter attack for Ireland against France at the Aviva Stadium last Saturday
his was expected to be the most entertaining Six Nations Match with two running teams, but turned out to be a dour struggle. The big French team found it hard to get going but after scoring a try in the last quarter through sub Taofifenua, lock weighing a massive 135 kilo and playing with Toulon, narrowed [...]

Fiona O’Brien: Waterford’s latest rugby international

Prop Fiona O’Brien (bottom right) in action for Leinster.
Ireland opened up their Women’s Six Nations campaign with an excellent 30-5 victory away to Italy in Florence. They led 7-0 at halftime thanks to a try and a conversion by NiamhBriggs, the Abbeyside born player who was captaining the team for the first time. During the course of the second half an Old Belvedere [...]

Superb Seahawks’ Superbowl

Quarterback Russell Wilson won his first Super Bowl as the Seattle Seahawks overpowered the Denver Broncos in the on Sunday last.
It can take three and a half hours to play, is punctuated with stops for ‘flags on the play’ time-outs and challenges but the Super Bowl remains one of the most spectacular sporting events in the World and there’s nothing like watching it live, despite the 11.30pm kick-off time. Super Bowl 48 from the Met Life [...]

Return of the King

Paul O’Connell didn’t so much as come back for Munster against Connacht on Saturday night. He thundered back. He steamrolled back. He roared back, like the Lion he’ll surely be again should he maintain his fitness between now and the end of the season.

Grand Slam SuperStar

For the first time in living memory, the same Waterford sportsperson headlines our front Sporting page for the second successive week – and deservedly so thanks to Niamh Briggs’ kicking Ireland to a historic Grand Slam success following Sunday’s 6-3 victory over Italy in a muddy Milan.

Stunning Zebo’s star still rising

If there’s a better individual moment in this year’s Six Nations Championship than Simon Zebo’s heel-flick at the Millennium Stadium last Saturday (February 2nd), then we’re in for one hell of a spring of rugby.

First league win for Carrick

Carrick first XV got their first win in the league last Sunday be beating one of the league leaders Newport 19-16 at home in Tybroughney.