Sports


It’s A Suir Thing

The chat’s been lively on either side of the River Suir in recent weeks, and it’s no surprise that the hurling chat has proven so plentiful along the most tribal stretch of our famed river valley. In Carrick-on-Suir, the denizens of Carrick Mór believe they’re [...]


Hurling


Skipper Is Keen To “Tipp” Premier Over

Kevin Moran is a very happy captain, and with good reason. Leading Waterford out of Division 1B at the first time of asking is a significant box already scratched off the Deise’s ‘to do’ list for 2015. Sunday’s League semi-final clash with Tipperary represents a second [...]

Deise Minors Aim To Topple Tipp

Waterford’s hurlers will get their Munster Minor Hurling Championship campaign underway under the Semple Stadium floodlights when they take on Tipperary this Wednesday night. Having won the Irish Press Cup two years ago and come within a puck of reaching another final last year, expectations [...]

Deise’s Passion Play

For the second successive Sunday, a mobile, industrious and box clever Waterford physically over-whelmed and outfoxed opposition whom at the start of the year, stood above them in the inter-county pecking order. For the second successive Sunday, this developing Waterford side sent out a clear and telling message [...]

Hurlers Fly High

A delighted, albeit even tempered Derek McGrath is relishing the prospect of taking on Tipperary in the National Hurling League semi-final on April 19th following Sunday’s impressive dismissal of Galway at Walsh Park. “Getting to a semi-final is a massive stimulation for June 7th,” said McGrath, [...]

Deise’s Instant Return

Well how about that? A set of fixtures that looked decidedly difficult at the outset didn’t prove nearly as insurmountable as some of the winter soothsayers had predicted. Four wins and one draw means an instant return to Division 1A for the hurlers of Waterford, and no-one can [...]

Time to ring the bell on player treatment?

The recent revelations that have emerged from the Clare hurling camp has left me perplexed. The story which The Irish Times broke over a week ago now describes how two players left the Clare panel after they were “humiliated” by the treatment they received from the Clare management. It’s that word “humiliated” that has been rattling [...]

All Too Easy As Wexford Await

Sunday’s all too easy victory over Antrim was a reminder of the importance of Waterford earning an immediate return to Division 1A hurling. A 32-point victory is not something that too many Deise fans will be crowing about this week, even though a third successive League win [...]

Deise Maintain Push For Instant 1A Return

Waterford hurlers promotion bid remains firmly on course after a seven-point victory over a disappointing Offaly side at O’Connor Park Tullamore. For all bar the opening quarter, Waterford completely dominated this game and only wayward shooting prevented the visitors from putting the Faithful County to the sword. Both sides showed a [...]

Deise Edge Out Rebels In Mardyke

Waterford’s Intermediate Camogie team secured their second consecutive victory of the National League campaign with a 1-9 to 1-8 victory over Cork in the Mardyke on Sunday. Playing against a slight breeze in the first-half, Waterford made a quick start and good inter-play between Lorraine Bray and Valerie O’Brien set up Trish Jackman for the opening [...]

The Great Experiment

Waterford’s build-up to their Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship clash with Cork on June 17th appears to be progressing well, as the team’s series of challenge matches continues. Following wins over Passage, Roanmore, Abbeyside and De La Salle (the latter on Wednesday last) and narrow defeats to Ballygunner and Dungarvan (last [...]

WIT Dig Deep To Draw

Ever the comeback men, Waterford IT simply don’t know when they are beaten, and once more Colm Bonnar’s men produced a magnificent display to ensure a replayed Fitzgibbon Cup Final after an epic with UL in Limerick on Saturday night. This game brought [...]

Students Deliver A Masterclass

This year’s college competitions have not gone without controversy. Not for the first time there has been accusations of impropriety with teams being disqualified for playing illegal players and then reinstated on appeal and then naturally you have the appeal on the appeal. I would have thought that all these clever [...]

Soccer


Shels come from behind to catch Blues

Having lost to Finn Harps and Cabinteely in the previous two games Waterford United looked well on track to get back to winning ways when they led Shelbourne two nil at the interval at the RSC on Friday last. But two goals from set pieces during [...]

Tractor Boy nets winner for Boys in Green

It was not the turkey shoot the 1,600 crowd expected but nevertheless Noel King’s team got their qualifying campaign off to a winning start at the RSC on Thursday last. In front of the watching senior management team of Martin O’Neill and [...]

Derrick Williams a Wembley champion

Derrick Williams, the former Tramore AFC player walked up the famous Wembley steps on Sunday, March 22nd to collect his winners’ medal following Bristol City’s 2-0 victory over Walsall in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. Derrick is also expected to secure another medal in early May as his club are setting a blistering pace in [...]

Powerful Paddock Boys rule in Poleberry

Portlaw have moved to within three points of the leaders Dungarvan United following this victory in Ben Wadding Park on Sunday. They came away from the Poleberry venue with all three points courtesy of an excellent second half display. Shane Power scored a brace for the Paddock Boys and they will go [...]

Ten Man Blues Crash to Harps

A soft goal conceded just before the interval and a red card early in the second half cost Waterford United dearly at the RSC on Friday night last. Following a home draw with Athlone Town and an away win against Wexford Youths this was a battling display [...]

Blues Tickled Pink With Derby Victory

Following their opening day draw against Athlone Town at the RSC, Waterford United picked up three points in Ferrycarrig Park on Friday night last in a cracking south east derby. This was one of the best derby games for a number of years and it [...]

RSC to host Under-21 Ireland/Andorra qualifier

REPUBLIC of Ireland Head Coach Noel King has named his squad for the forthcoming UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying Round Group One fixture against Andorra at the RSC, Waterford, on Thursday, March 26th (7.45pm). Noel announced his panel at a press conference at the Viking Hotel on Tuesday last. This game will mark the first game [...]

Nolan is Hero and Villian in League Opener

Shane Nolan was the central figure in this opening game of the League season at the RSC on Friday night last. Nolan, who signed for the Blues after spending last season with Wexford Youths handed the visitors the lead just before the interval but atoned for his [...]

Blues Off Colour Against The Hoops

League leaders Waterford United lost a rare game on Saturday when they were beaten by Shamrock Rovers. This was easily their most disappointing display of the season and it has brought second placed Limerick back into the picture. The Shannonsiders remain seven point behind the Blues [...]

Bit-o-Red defeat battling Blues

Sligo Rovers, a team who are expected to feature big time in the Premier League this season, scored two late goals to put an impressive looking final score on their game with Waterford United at the RSC on Friday evening last. Slowly but surely the Blues team is taking shape and this latest outing will [...]


Football


Courty Signal the Intent

Ballinacourty signaled their SFC ambitions with a ruthless 15-point dismissal of Rathgormack at Fraher Field on Sunday last. Throughout the field, Ballinacourty were on top, and had it been but for the accuracy of Jason Curry’s free-taking, Rathgormack’s margin of defeat would have been much greater. Early [...]

Stradbally Stutter To Opening Victory

Stradbally staved off a second half comeback from Gaultier, adding 1-1 to their total in the closing minutes to ensure victory after an entertaining hour’s football in Kill last Sunday. Ger Power and Shane Aherne got the med in red off to a good start inside [...]

The Hunt For The Conway Cup Begins

The champions from The Nire Valley take on Clashmore on the SFC opener at Fraher Field this Friday night, and Benji Whelan’s men are keen to secure back-to-back senior titles. Having fallen just short in the Munster Club Final to [...]

Deise’s NFL campaign ends in another defeat

A dominant first half performance at Páirc Sean MacDiarmada last Saturday was enough to secure a third successive win for Leitrim, leaving Waterford with just one win in the entire campaign. To give an example of Leitrim’s first half dominance, the game was almost 32 minutes old before Waterford [...]

Rathgormack Full Of Eastern Promise

A second half scoring blitz saw an impressive Rathgormack claim another Tony Kirwan-sponsored Eastern Under-21 Football title against a young Gaultier side at St Mollerans on Friday evening last. Leading by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break after an opening half hour of quality football and excellent [...]

London Calling for Unlucky Deisemen

Waterford’s senior footballers make the trip across the Irish Sea this Sunday to take on the Exiles of London in the penultimate round of games in this year’s National Football League. The year has so far been a decidedly mixed one for the Deisemen. [...]

Last Minute Agony For Gutted Deisemen

Another two-point defeat, the third in this League campaign alone. Another one that got away. Another frustrating reversal for the footballers of Waterford. Another disappointing day in this most troublesome and tricky of divisions. That Waterford played with guts and commitment can be unquestioned by the small [...]

Blitzed By The Banner

Another one of those nights for Waterford Under-21 football. In a town synonymous with music, Ger Power’s well-prepared side sadly didn’t find the tune they needed as a powerful Clare side led them a merry dance during a disappointingly one-sided contest. The first half saw the [...]

Time For A Giant Leap

While the scheduling of Wednesday night’s match in Miltown Malbay is, from a Waterford perspective, as questionable as it is entirely legitimate from a Clare viewpoint, one senses a motivated group has just been given a little more cause. An entirely reasonable request to have [...]

Promotion Dream Crushed

Waterford’s promotion aspirations evaporated in Glennon Brothers Pearse Park after a harrowing two-point defeat to Longford on Sunday. Déise bannisteoir Tom McGlinchey was apoplectic with referee Shane Hehir post-match as the Galway man played just a single minute of injury-time at the end of the game despite a [...]

Capitulation In The Tempest

While the fat lady may not yet have sounded a note, it was difficult to avoid the feeling that she’s clearing her throat with respect to Waterford’s NFL promotion hopes following defeat to Carlow on Saturday last. In conditions more conducive to the delivery of a Shakespearean ‘mea [...]

Five Star Déise

Waterford Intermediate lady footballers recorded a facile win over Fermanagh in their division three clash on Sunday last in Fraher Field. Fermanagh travelled to Dungarvan as favourites on the back of their victory over the Deise girls in last year’s All Ireland quarter final but they were met by a resolute Waterford team [...]

General


Brilliant City Reach Garryowen Final

Clanwilliam went through their Division 2 season unbeaten this year and earned a well-deserved promotion. The Tipp town outfit are a strong side from 1-15 and with home advantage for this cup match would have been fully confident of reaching the final. Any thoughts of an easy win however were [...]

Many Clouds wins Grand National

What a race! That was the universal reaction to the Crabbie’s Aintree Grand National on Saturday. The vast majority of interest centered on AP McCoy who had announced that he would retire on the spot if he managed to guide his mount Shutthefrontdoor to victory. That wasn’t to be as the Oliver Sherwood-trained Many Clouds, bred by [...]

Busy Easter Period for Waterford Racing Club

A congested Easter fixtures schedule ensured that WRC riders were kept busy. The main event was Ras Mumhan in Kerry, an international event featuring professional and national squads which received national media coverage on the six-one news where the WRC jersey was prominent on stage 1 following Robin Kelly’s fine fourth place. It was mixed [...]

Black Belt Academy Waterford excel at Irish Open

The first weekend of March brought plenty excitement to the world of martial arts in Ireland. The largest competition of its kind in the world, The Irish Open, was held in Dublin with excess of 4000 competitors from over 30 countries around the world. Team Black Belt Academy from Waterford was well represented by 11 of [...]

Curraghmore one-two for Benny Crowley

All roads led to Curraghmore estate outside Portlaw on Sunday for the annual Waterford Foxhounds point-to-point fixture, which was staged on an impressive new right-handed course. A terrific crowd, arguably one of the very best seen anywhere this season, turned out and the vast majority of the local interest was focused on the seven-runner Talbot [...]

Phelan Fine In Morocco

What a difference the month of March has made in the life of Kevin Phelan. Just five weeks ago the Waterford Castle golfer crashed out of the Indian Open having missed the cut on four over par. Phelan however wasted no time in putting that disappointing performance behind him and just a week later recorded [...]

Sole Powers to Meydan victory

Fifty seven and a half seconds is exactly how long it took the Eddie Lynam trained Sole Power to pick up some of the £20 million prize money on offer at the lucrative Dubai World Cup meeting at Meydan on Saturday. While connections of Sole Power will undoubtedly be delighted with the £384,615.38 won by the [...]

Captain Marvel!

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 [...]

A Rugby Day Like No Other

Recovered yet? Pulse back to normal by now? Still think the heroics demonstrated in Rome, Edinburgh and London are more suited to the realm of fantasy? Join the club. There has never been a day in the history of this Championship, whether four, five or six teams contested it, to equal last Saturday. Indeed, there’s never [...]

Historical week for Waterford Racing Club

It’s been a busy week for Waterford Racing Club. The club had a huge turnout for the popular Bobby Power Memorial, hosted by our neighbours in Carrick on St Patrick’s Day. It was a productive day for the club with Robin Kelly and Daniel Merriman both making it into the prizes in sixth and eighth [...]

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

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 [...]

Wonder Woman

Eighteen hours, forty-three minutes and fifty seven seconds: that’s how long it took Portlaw native and Waterford AC’s Diane Behan to complete and win The Race 2015, which was held in North West Donegal last weekend. Diane, who is well known on the local athletics circuit, was the [...]

Shauna O’Brien Sets Irish Record

Kilmeaden swimmer Shauna O’Brien set a new Irish Senior record in the 50-metre butterfly at the Dave McCullagh/Swim Ulster International held at the Bangor Aurora in Down last weekend. The UCD based swimmer broke the previous record of 27.33 seconds held by Melanie Houghton since last April, registering a time of 27.10. Her winning time was under [...]

Shoulder To Shoulder

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 [...]

Kelly continues scoring run

Waterford Racing Club reached another landmark over the weekend when our current form man, Robin Kelly topped the Cycling Ireland league table to become the current number one ranked rider in the country. Robin took third place at the Mick Lally Memorial in Summerhill, Co. Meath on Saturday and followed that up with sixth place [...]

Russell ready for Cheltenham

Davy Russell is eagerly looking forward to next week’s Cheltenham festival, which isn’t at all surprising as he of course partnered Lord Windermere to victory in last year’s Cheltenham Gold cup. The Youghal ace continues to fire in the winners and he combined with Robbie Hennessy to land the featured Thurles Racecourse Rated Chase at [...]