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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Lisacaha Wizz flew home

Friday nights card showcased the final of the Track Supporters Club A5 sweepstake. Ballinclare Rolf was despatched as the 5/4 favourite to capture the €1,400 to the winner A5 decider but was one of four runners to encounter first bend traffic problems with Catching Ace and a slow starting Lisacaha Wizz the only finalists to secure a clear run. While ‘Catching’ led to near the home turn it was the Paul Kiely trained Lisacaha Wizz (Westmead Hawk-Shine And Rise) 4/1 who after a tardy break from trap six produced the superior dash of finishing pace shooting clear up the home stretch to outstay Catching Ace by four and a half lengths with an unlucky in running Summerfield Dubh just bend in third. Time 29.14.

On Saturday the feature event was the local qualifier for the 2013 ETS Irish

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Major International Fixtures coming up

At the European under 23 Championships in Tampere in Finland from this Thursday July 11 th to Sunday 14 th Thomas Barr runs in the 400 metres hurdles and Shane Quinn is entered in the 5000 and 10000 metres both Ferrybank AC. Barr goes in the heats of the hurdles on Thursday around lunch time the semi final is on Friday afternoon and the final on Saturday again in the afternoon. If Quinn decides to run in both the 10000 metres and 5000 metres his 10000 metres is on Thursday evening and the 5000 metres on Saturday evening. For the European Youth Olympics in Holland from July 14 to 19 th Niamh Mc Nichol is on the Irish relay team. This week the World University Games

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Great rivals to meet in Thurles

The victory of Clare over Laois on Saturday afternoon ensured that as expected Waterford would play against the winner of Kilkenny and Tipperary in Phase Three of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Qualifiers. Few if any expected that both the Cats and the Premier would be coming through the "backdoor" qualifying system as before a ball was struck they were the counties at the head of the market for ultimate All-Ireland success. In the event both lost in their Provincial competition with champions Kilkenny going out to a very impressive Dublin while Tipperary were poleaxed by Limerick without either reaching their own Provincial final. The victory of the Dubs even more emphasised the improvement in the team from the Capital as they completely overwhelmed Galway in claiming the Bob O'Keeffe Cup on Sunday last. Limerick will

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Wednesday, 10th July 2013

Bad night in Longford for beleagured Blues

longford town 2 - 1 wateRford united

Saturday night last in Longfrod was as bad as it gets for the players and supporters of Waterford United. Off the pitch there was rumour and counter rumour regarding the availability of the three new signings which were announced by the club during the days leading up to the game at the City Calling Stadium. As things transpired Paddy Barrett, Conor Meade and Marco Chindea had to watch the game from the main stand due to a a number of different factors. International clearance for Barrett from the FAI and the SFAI had not been clarified and that ruled out the player who joined the Blues on loan from Dundee United. The situation with Conor Meade and Marco Chindea was apparently due to the financial situation which has

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Waterford Hurlers Win Well . . . In The End

The Waterford Senior Hurlers travelled to Mullingar on Saturday last in their second outing of the All-Ireland qualifiers and came away with a facile 3-22 to 0-14 win. However for more than half this game Westmeath made the Deise work hard for their victory without ever really ever threatening to pull off one huge shock. Level 0-10 to 1-7 at the break it was the visitors who went through the gears after the break to outscore Westmeath 2-15 to 0-4 in the second half. The goal from Ballygunner clubman Brian O'Sullivan came late in the half and gave Waterford a huge boost as they faced the second half with the wind at their backs.

If Westmeath had made the running in the opening thirty odd minutes then, Waterford turned over a new

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Aidan O'Brien comes to the fore at The Curragh

Aidan O'Brien was the man to follow on the final day of the Irish Derby meeting at the Curragh on Sunday, completing a treble that included two Group 3 contests. Joseph O'Brien was the first to strike for his father, riding Bye Bye Birdie to an all-the-way three lengths success in the Grangecon Stud Stakes, and Seamie Heffernan completed his Group 3 brace by riding Ernest Hemingway to an impressive five lengths victory in the At The Races Curragh Cup. However, the most memorable winner for Aidan was perhaps his least high profile of the day, as Beach Of Falesa's success in the Boylesports.com Ladies Derby Handicap was his daughter Sarah's very first win in the saddle. The main event on the card was the Group 1 Oxigen Environmental Pretty Polly Stakes

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Favourites win WLR FM Viking Marathon titles

On Saturday last the second annual WLRFM Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay event had a total entry of 2000 and it was a fantastic event with crowds out all along the route and at the finish at the RSC to cheer on the runners, all sections began outside City Hall at 9 am. Many of those competing were raising funds for local and National Charities while the beneficiaries from the event were Waterford Alzheimer Society and Waterford Hospice.

From an early stage in the race four Half Marathon runners led the field Ravis Zakis West Waterford, Michael Morgan St Finbarr's, Brian Murphy Carrick on Suir, and Edmond Burke Waterford AC, home from the USA on holidays, while hot favourite Gary O'Hanlon led the Marathon runners

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

Across the Back by Booter

Blues continue winning streak against Finn Harps

Waterford United 3 - 0 Finn Harps

Waterford United made it four wins on the bounce when they accounted for Finn Harps on Friday at the RSC. They almost took the lead after only 2 minutes when Peter White made contact with a Paul Quilty free from the left but his header was brillianty saved by Cieran Gallagher. Finn Harps went close on 17 minutes when Craig Hyland could only parry a hard shot from Sean McCarron. The ball broke loose to Kevin McHugh but this time Hyland held the ball. Craig Hyland then produced a stunning save from Johnny Bonner who let fly from 30 yards. The Blues goalkeeper tipped the ball over his crossbar.

The Blues took the lead in spectacular fashion on

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Wednesday, 3rd July 2013

When you consider the fact that BBA is not even a year old you can get an idea of just how proud the instructors were when nine of their young members qualified to represent their country as part of Team Ireland at the European Kickboxing championships to be held in Kryica, Poland this September.The students ranging in ages from 9 to 15 years will be competing in weapons, open hand, and point fighting. They earned their place on the team by competing and winning through at the Kickboxing Ireland National Championships held in City West hotel in Dublin earlier this year. in the words of head instructor at BBA, Pat Evans, "the kids have trained very hard to get this far. It is quite

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Tuesday, 25th June 2013

Faithful depart Championship

The superb facility that is O'Connor Park in Tullamore played host to the All-Ireland qualifier between Offaly and Waterford on Saturday evening last. Barring a draw both teams were aware that defeat would cut short their ambitions for 2013 while a win would see them in against Westmeath with a quarter final place on offer. This was very much a winner take all game. Over eight thousand patrons turned up to the Offaly venue and although there was a very strong breeze, the pitch conditions seemed excellent. A black dog also made a brief appearance on the pitch before the game but was quickly ushered away. Perhaps he never paid his admission fee. The visitors were first on the attack and Seamus Prendergast was just wide with an effort in the opening minute. Jake Dillon did open the

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