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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Kate Veale and Niamh Whelan National Senior Champions

Two weeks ago two Waterford athletes won titles at the Irish University Indoor Championships Niamh Whelan and Kate Veale and they repeated the feat at the Irish Life Health National Senior Indoor Championships in Abbotstown last week end.The very first winner of the Championships on Saturday last was Kate Veale West Waterford AC and she did it in style while retaining her 3000 metres walk title. She was pressed for quite a long way in the race but in the last four or five laps showed all her great fighting qualities to pull away and win comfortably in a very good time of 13 minutes 38.6 seconds,Niamh O'Connor Celbridge with a personal best was second in13.43.01 and another young Waterford athlete Órla O'Connor Waterford AC improving with every race was third in 14.00.09

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Waterford remain pointless

The Waterford Senior Hurlers remain pointless and rooted to the bottom of the Allianz National League table following defeat to Kilkenny on Sunday afternoon at Walsh Park. This was a game that both teams felt was worth more than the two points on offer as the winner could build some momentum towards a playoff position while the loser might well be left behind in the chase for quarter final places. Over five thousand eight hundred patrons came to the Keane's Road venue in anticipation of a humdinger between two great rivals from the Southeast. Their last meeting, in the All-Ireland series of 2017, had seen Waterford claim the plaudits. Manager Derek McGrath had compiled a very strong opening fifteen in the hope of gaining a first win in this present league campaign. Indeed the recent form of the

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Wednesday, 21st February 2018

Ten years of heartbreak banished by super Blues

Despite a torrential downpour in the late afternoon which made the playing conditions extremely difficult Waterford FC played some magnificent football at the RSC on Friday last and in doing so they got their Premier League campaign off to a flying start in front of a massive crowd . This was the first match the Blues played in the top tier league for ten years and when Dean O'Halloran popped up with what proved to be the winning goal ten years of heartbreak came to an end and both young and not so young supporters went home extremely happy. The home side dominated the entire contest and it was only poor defending from a set piece that proved to be the low point of a memorable night. Every single Waterford player was on

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Irish University titles for Niamh and Kate

In Athlone on Friday last at the Irish University Indoor Championships two Waterford athletes regularly in the winner's enclosure representing different Universities won National University titles titles. Niamh Whelan competing for UL won the 200 metres in a good time of 24.20 seconds and also finished third in the 60 metres in 7.52. The second winner was Kate Veale representing DCU and she was a class apart in winning the 1500 metres walk easily in 6 minutes 28.9 seconds and Cian O'Brien WIT was third in the high jump with a personal best of 1.85metres.

East Munster Schools X Country

On Thusday last at WIT Sports Campus Grounds the East Munster Secondary schools X Country Championships were staged and athletes from Waterford schools had very good results individually including two wins and in team competitions. A

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Huge ask

Travelling to O'Moore Park in Portlaoise on Saturday last to face the home side was always going to be a tough encounter for Tom McGlinchy and his Waterford Senior Football team. Laois fancied by many to be chasing promotion, come the end of the series, had two wins under the belt which saw the Leinster county joint top of the division. On the other hand Waterford had garnered a single point from their two outings although one must also add that they performed quite admirably in both outings.

Conditions in the Midlands were wintry indeed although thankfully, the rain abated before the game. There was however a stiffish breeze which would favour the visitors in the opening half.

The Deise began very brightly indeed and full forward JJ Hutchinson pointed them ahead but the sides were level pretty quickly as Kieran

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Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Waterford FC ready for return

to Premier League

Waterford FC 2 Shelbourne 2

Waterford FC and Shelbourne played out a four-goal pre-season friendly at the RSC on Friday night last as both sides continued preparation for their respective league campaigns this month. The Blues will play Derry City at the same venue this Friday and this will be the first time the local club will play a game in the top tier since 2007 when they were held to a scoreless draw by Galway United. This was their 5th warm up game before the big return and it would be fair to say it was not their best.

That said however there were some excellent displays by players such as Bastien Hery, Gavan Holohan and goalkeeper Matthew Connor. Manager Alan Reynolds admitted after the game that the team looked a little flat in the

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Kate's big result in USA

Kate Veale West Waterford's top class race walker finished an excellent 2nd last Saturday at the famed 111th Millrose Games which was held at the Armory, New York City. Some of Ireland's greatest ever athletes competed at this fixture including Eamon Coghlan, Marcus O'Sullivan and Frank O'Mara. Kate's race held over the mile distance was also the American Indoor championships for 2018.Held in front of a packed house the winner was multiple America record holder over almost all race walking distances Maria Michta Coffey, of Polish decent, Maria has competed at 2 Olympic games and was the defending champion going into the race, Three athletes got away from the gun two Americans Taylor Edwert, Coffey and Kate, these three stayed tightly together for the first 5 laps of the 8 before the champion made the decisive

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Second defeat for hurlers

With both Waterford and Tipperary suffering defeat in the opening round of the Allianz National Hurling league, it was important for both counties that they conjure up a win in Semple Stadium Thurles on Saturday evening. Both managers Derek McGrath and his Tipperary counterpart Michael Ryan had made changes in their starting fifteen with the Waterford bainisteoir bringing in eleven fresh faces following that first round defeat to Wexford. Likewise the Tipperary manager made seven changes following their defeat to Clare. Both management committees saw this as an ideal opportunity to give the extended panel a chance of cementing a place in future starting lineups. Waterford and Tipperary can be a huge attraction and over six thousand patrons trundled up to the famed Premier venue for this encounter.

The opening few minutes saw a point apiece from Patrick

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Wednesday, 7th February 2018

Waterford FC record victory No 3

Cobh Ramblers 0 - Waterford FC 1

Having lost to Cabinteely the previous Friday Waterford FC got back to winning ways in St Coleman's Park on Wednesday night last. The game was played on a heavy pitch due to the fact that torrential rain fell for many hours before the game. During the course of the 90 minutes sleet and snow showers were the order of the day and conditions were extremely poor for players and spectators alike. The Blues manager Alan Reynolds started the game with a strong eleven and although they only scored one goal this was a game they dominated throughout. This was their 4th pre-season game in total. Following victories over Tramore and Wexford and then the loss to Cabinteely the new look squad will now play Shelbourne at the RSC on Friday

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Wednesday, 31st January 2018

Three All Ireland titles won in Athlone by Waterford athletes.

Continuing the very regular winning sequence by Waterford athletes in all age groups at All Ireland Championships three Waterford athletes won titles last Sunday at Athlone IT Track at the Irish Life Health Junior and under 23 Indoor Championships. In the junior grade two of our most prolific winners were in top form in their events. Órla O'Connor Waterford AC easily won the 3000 metres walk in a time of 14 minutes 12.30 seconds and was over 18 seconds in front of the second athlete home,she had been second in this event in 2016 and 2017. The second winner was the recently crowned Credit Union Young Athlete of the Year Shane Monagle Tramore AC and again he had a clear cut win in the 60 metres hurdles in 8.05 seconds, the

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