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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

What"s another year?

As we close the door to 2017 the Waterford County Board held the Annual Convention in Lawlor's Hotel last week to a packed house. The Board through the club levy has successfully negated the huge outstanding debt that had accrued over the years and returned a healthy profit of over €30000. This allied to the fact that the cost of preparing intercounty teams came in a "tad" shy of nine hundred thousand euro makes it all the more staggering. County chairman PaddyJoe Ryan said later in his address that the levy, which clubs had supported when requested by the Board, had now been put on hold but we must not "take our eye off the ball". Well done to the clubs for their magnificent effort.

I think it is also fair to point out that this kind of cost

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Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Booter's Bumper Christmas Soccer Quiz

As we approach the Christmas and holiday period we have compiled 80 soccer questions which we feel will get football lovers chatting and debating during the festive period. We will publish the answers in our first edition of January, 2018. The questions are compiled in eight rounds of ten questions. We would like to wish all football people a happy and peaceful Christmas and also extend our best wishes to Waterford FC who will play in the Premier League for the first time in ten years when the season kicks-off in February.

Round One

1. What is the official name of Stoke City's home ground €

2. Which country finished in third place at both the 1974 and 1982 World Cup finals €

3. In which year did FC Porto play Sporting Braga in the Europa League final at the

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

National Cross Country fixture in Carriganore

After the very successful Waterford AC Half Marathon in the city on Saturday week last another major fixture is in the area next Sunday. Waterford AC in Association with Athletics Ireland stage the Irish Life Health National X Country Championships at the WIT Arena Carriganore with up to 2,000 athletes from all over the 32 counties competing. The full programme of events are as follows; National Novice Men's and Women's Championships and boys and girls under 11,13,15,17 and 19. The first event starts at 11.30 am sharp the girls under 11 and the final race the men's Novice is timed for a 3.10 pm.start. Many athletes from Waterford clubs will compete for individual and team honours at Inter Club and Inter County level. Waterford County teams have been entered in the boys u 11, u15,u17,u19,

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

End of year snippets

MUNSTER AWARDS

Sincere congratulations to Sinead Ryan the Ballymacarbry and Waterford Ladies Football player who was awarded the Munster Lady Footballer of the year at a Gala Event in Fota Island Resort last weekend. Thoroughly deserved for all the years of service and hard work to the game both at club and county level. Also receiving an award was the legendary Waterford fullback Austin Flynn. The Abbeyside man was called into the Waterford side at a very young age in 1952 and went on to hold the edge of the square against such esteemed players as Christy Ring and Nicky Rackard being on the winning 1959 All-Ireland team. A testament to the great man was that during this period all kids who played in the Number 3 position wanted to be an Austin Flynn. He served his county

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Wednesday, 13th December 2017

Blues Complete Niall Corbet Move

Waterford FC secured the capture of PFAI First Division Goalkeeper of the Year Niall Corbet from UCD. The 23-year-old shot-stopper is the second player from County Laois to join the club for the new season, following in the footsteps of fellow PFAI First Division Team of the Year member, Garry Comerford. With interest high in Corbet, the Blues fought off stiff competition for the midlander's signature, following his eye catching performances between the sticks for ‘The Students’ during 2017. Niall started 27 of a possible 28 league games last season and kept three clean sheets in his final four league outings to finish 2017 strongly. He will compete with Tramore man Matthew Connor in 2018 for the starting berth heading into the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign.Speaking on signing for the Blues, Niall commented:"I am

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Waterford AC Half Marathon another huge success.

Over 2,200 competed in the New Ireland Assurance Waterford AC Half Marathon on Saturday last in excellent conditions It was a very competitive race up front and for the last four miles three runners were disputing it, last years winner Sergei Ciobanu Clonliffe Hrs, last years third placer Paddy Hamilton Slieve Guillion Runners Co Armagh and Tom Hayes from Kilkenny City Hrs. Eventually Hamilton proved the stronger to win in 66 minutes 26 seconds, Ciobanu was second in 66.34 and Hayes third in 66.43 .Olympian Maria Mc Cambridge Dundrum Sth Dublin was a very impressive winner of the ladies section in 77.45, Fiona Kehoe Kilmore Co Wexford was second in 81.16 and Jacqui Carthy from the same club was third in 81.40. The following were the age category winners. Ladies; F 35 Lisa Mc

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

Stradbally edge thriller

Since the turn of the century both Stradbally and Nire have for the most part been to the forefront of the JJ Kavanagh sponsored Waterford Senior Football Championship. Fair to say that in that time both clubs have provided some superb entertainment not least when facing one another for the destination of the Conway Cup. On Sunday last both these clubs once again came face to face and, once again, the destination of the Conway Cup was the reward. Both teams came through their respective semi-finals with litle to spare. Reigning champions Nire beat An Rinn with a late late goal for a 3-8 to 2-10 victory while Stradbally on the road for title number nineteen, had a two point (0-13 to 0-11) win over neighbours Kilrossanty. In both instances the desire to win allied to that particular

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Wednesday, 6th December 2017

2018 SSE Airtricity League format confirmed

The fixtures for the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season will be released on December 19.

With 36 league games in the Premier Division season, next season will start on Friday, February 16th whilst the First Division season with 27 league games will kick-off a week later on Friday, February 23rd.

The President’s Cup will be contested by Dundalk and Cork City and will take place on Sunday, February 11th at Oriel Park.

In the First Division, the 2nd/3rd/4th placed clubs will go into the promotion/relegation play-offs at the end of the season. The team which finishes fourth will play the team which finishes third and the winner of that tie will face the team which finishes second. The winner of that tie will then play the team which finishes ninth in the Premier Division in the final promotion/relegation

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

National X Country medals won

Almost two thousand athletes from all over the 32 counties competed at the Irish Life Health All Ireland Cross Country Championships at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown on Sunday last including many from clubs in Waterford. Huge fields were the order of the day and in the juvenile championships the first twelve home in each race got medals.Best Waterford performer of the day was Aidan Burke Waterford AC who was 4th overall in the under 14 race,also from Waterford AC Órla O'Connor was 7 th u 18 and Matteo Mary 11 th u 16. In the girls under 18 and junior inter club races Waterford AC were second and Ferrybank AC were third,while in the Boys u 12 West Waterford were third club. In the Inter County team section Waterford girls were second under 18.

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Thursday, 30th November 2017

Ardmore going for gold

Sunday next could prove a Red Letter Day for Ardmore GAA club as the Waterford Junior Hurling champions appear in the Provincial decider in Mallow against their Tipperary counterparts Ballybacon/ Grange. The men from the Big Strand have proven themselves imperious throughout the Provincial campaign with huge wins over St Patrick's of Limerick (4-20 to 0-11) and Bodyke of Clare (5-22 to 1-8) in the lead up to this final.

That said they must now continue their exhilarating form as they face a very strong outfit from the Premier county who themselves have overcome Kerry champions Kenmare rather comprehensively 5-24 to 1-4. Their semi-final saw them beat a St Catherine's (Cork) outfit who were expected to make a huge bid for outright honours but again it was Ballybacon/ Grange who were on the right side of the scoreboard

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    Cultural AttitudesThe recent survey by Price Waterhouse Cooper into cultural attitude that exist in the police force made for some interesting reading. One of the main findings in the report was that respondents felt that it was best to keep your head down and if you did think that something was wrong that it was better for yourself if you kept quiet about it.Another finding was that a significant amount of Gardai felt that it was who you knew and not what you knew that determined how far you advan …

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