Sports


Highs and Lows

There was quiet satisfaction for Derek McGrath’s hurlers, and head-scratching disappointment for Tom McGlinchey’s footballers following last Sunday’s National League double-header against Antrim at Walsh Park. The Deise’s 32-point demolition of Kevin Ryan’s charges has guaranteed a League quarter-final berth, but the much greater prize [...]


Hurling


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 [...]

Piltown Take Historic Title

Piltown completed a ‘Grand Slam’ of camogie titles when they claimed their maiden All-Ireland Intermediate crown at Croke Park last Sunday, seeing off holders Lismore by a single point after a tense contest. The South Kilkenny club, still relative newcomers at this grade, added the ultimate prize to their [...]

Pluck Of The Draw

National Hurling League Division 1B Limerick 2-16 Waterford 0-22 Brian Flannery at the Gaelic Grounds. An injury time point from substitute Paudie Prendergast earned Waterford a well merited draw and precious away League point against Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening last. Attractions elsewhere kept the attendance to a meagre 2,500 for this Valentine’s night special. [...]

Leading From The Front

Deise skipper Kevin Moran relishing his new challenge The call to the captaincy wasn’t one Kevin Moran was expecting. But when the question was put to him by Deise boss Derek McGrath to lead his county in League and Championship action this year, the De La Salle man didn’t need to be asked twice. “It [...]

No Place For Hide As League Begins

National Hurling League Division 1B (Limerick v Waterford, Gaelic Grounds, Saturday, 7pm) Waterford hurlers will begin their National Hurling League campaign in Division 1B away to Limerick this Saturday night at 7pm at the Gaelic Grounds. All subterfuge, mind games and the like will have to be put aside as no hiding places will exist [...]

Soccer


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 [...]

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Thoughts Turn To Wicklow

Deise manager Tom McGlinchey, while noting the level of wides Waterford struck in last Saturday’s McGrath Cup Final, was delighted to see his new charges get off to a trophy winning start. “We’re very pleased with the win, 3-12 was good scoring too and it’s great to start the year with a victory like this. [...]

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LYONS ANSWERS THE CALL

2014 Minor manager to head heavyweight Under-21 set. DEREK Lyons says he’s excited,energised and enthused at the task facing him as Waterford’s new Under-21 hurling manager, an appointment which has been widely welcomed throughout the county. The Dungarvan clubman, who steered the Deise’s minor side to the Munster Final and All-Ireland semifinal last summer, has been handed the task [...]

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Off colour Blues lose unbeaten record

The only unbeaten record in the Under 19 Elite League went down the tubes on Saturday when Waterford United lost against an impressive UCD team at the RSC. The young Blues team did not play their usual free flowing football and following the 90 minutes the home side could not have any [...]

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Super Goals Seal Ferrybank Triumph

Ferrybank claimed the Girls Under 16 Cup in blistering heat at the RSC on Wednesday night last with two cracking goals from Aoife Slattery and Hannah Pugh.

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Power and Rowe Sign for the Blues

Players coming and going continued at Waterford United last week as the club announced two new arrivals following the departure of four players from the first team squad.

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Ferrybank Edge Past Depleted Piltown

Ferrybank enjoyed a narrow victory in the Village Grounds against a battling Piltown team who had to play for a lot of the game with just ten players.


Football


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 [...]

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Waterford Thwarted by Gutsy Galway

Waterford’s quest for a record breaking three All-Ireland U-14B Titles in a row, was thwarted by Galway in the dying minutes of a very competitive match in MacDonagh Park, Nenagh on Sunday last.

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Six on the Spin

Waterford ladies win sixth Munster Intermediate Football title in a row.

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Changing Manager is Not the Answer

Waterford senior football captain Shane Briggs has called on the County Board to re-appoint Niall Carew as manager for the 2015 League and Championship campaigns.

General


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 [...]

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Dedigout delivers Boyne Hurdle

The main event of interest at Navan on Sunday was the Grade 2 Ladbrokes Ireland Boyne Hurdle and Tony Martin’s Dedigout, who started his career in point-to-points with Dungarvan-based handler John Queally, took up the running with owners Gigginstown House Stud’s retained jockey Bryan Cooper after the third last. Admittedly, Dedigout then had his task [...]

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Wildcats blitzed by Meteors

Having suffered a heavy defeat to Dublin Meteors in the capital just a week ago, Maxol WIT Wildcats were hopeful of upsetting the odds against the same opposition at home in the Mercy sports hall last Saturday night. From the tip off hopes got even higher as Helena Rohan hit three consecutive baskets and put Wildcats [...]

Kiely delight as Carlingford Lough wins Hennessy

Last Saturday, the legendary AP McCoy partnered his 200th winner of the campaign aboard the Paul Nicholls-trained Mr Mole at Newbury and moments later live on Channel 4, he announced he would be retiring at the end of this season. Now 40, McCoy is already virtually assured of an unprecedented 20th consecutive jumps title in Britain. [...]

University Indoor titles won in Athlone

Competing at the Irish Universities Indoor Championships in Athlone on Friday last Thomas Barr representing UL won the 400 metres in a time of 47.22 seconds retaining the title he won last year in record time. Other winners from the area were West Waterford’s Thomas Houlihan representing CIT and his sister Lisa who both won [...]