Friday, 28th July 2017
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Superb ladies win

Pride of place this week goes to the Waterford Ladies Football team who stormed to the Munster Final courtesy of a 3-11 to 1-11 win over a much vaunted and successful Cork outfit. This was a real test for the Deise as Cork have been to the forefront of the Ladies Football game for over a decade and are the reigning Munster and All-Ireland champions. The game got off to a whirlwind start for the home side as Aileen Wall pointed and it was followed by a Roisin Tobin goal all within the opening three minutes. Indeed the goal from the Abbeyside star was a stunner and gave Cork custodian Martina O'Brien little chance. Following a win over Kerry just a couple of weeks ago in the round robin series this was a hugely confident start from the Deise ladies. Despite Cork's many attacks the Waterford defence stood firm and a second goal followed from Grainne Kenneally midway through the half 2-2 to 0-3. Before the break Cork did get a massive boost with a goal from Aine O'Sullivan just before the break to leave six points betwen the sides 2-6 to 1-3.

The start of the second half saw Waterford back on the offensive as Michelle Ryan landed a brace of points. The rebels deep in trouble (2-10 to 1-4) landed five unanswered points with Orla Finn, Eimear Scally and O'Sullivan all on the scoresheet. The rebels had brought the lead back to four points when again the Deise landed a knockout blow from corner forward Aileen Wall. This score opened up a seven point lead which Cork failed to erode and Waterford deservedly held out for a 3-11 to 1-11 win. On the day there is no doubt but everyone played a role in this win but the foundation was the ability to breach the Cork rearguard and to the forefront of these attacks were invariably both Ballymacarbry corner forwards Aileen Wall and Michelle Ryan.

Well done to all the players the management team under Pat Sullivan your Munster Final awaits. Under the round robin series both Cork and Kerry will contrest a semi-final with the winner facing Waterford. A lot of football and work still to come but for now the team can bask in the win.

KELLOGG'S CUL CAMPS

The National Kellogg's sponsored Cul Camps are quickly approaching and already there seems to be a real enthusiasm about their impending beginning. Parents have enrolled and the kids are waiting for the camps to start in their local club or area. A huge amount of preparitry work has been put in by the Coaching and Games Development in conjunction with the clubs of the county and it certainly appears to have paid off as number have again in 2017 as they have been recently year on year.

The first in the series of Cul Camps will begin in week beginning 3rd July and will continue for that week until July 7th. The opening Cul Camps will take place in Roanmore with co-ordinator Eoin Sheridan, Ballygunner will have Noel Power as co-ordinator, Max Flanagan will be the co-ordinator in Passage East, Tom O'Brien is with Clonea and Tomas Walsh is co-ordinator in Stradbally. Carmel O'Connor is co-ordinator with Abbeyside/Balinacourty and Olivia Ui Fhaolain is co-ordinator out in An Rinn with An Ghaeltacht.

The second week will take place from July 10th to 14th in the following venues. Gaultier will have Eddie Fitzgerald as co-ordinator, Joey Carton will be co-ordinator in De La Salle Gracedieu, Na Gaeil will have their camp in Dunhill with Niall Moore as co-cordinator, Angela Whelan will be co-ordinator in Bushy Park for Brickey Rangers, Martina Joyce will be co-ordinator for Ballyduff Upper.

We will continue to highlight the camps over the next couple of weeks. The Kellogg's Cul Camps will continue until week ending August 25th. Hopefully all parents have by now registered their kids for what are a superb week of fun and as you knew there were perks for an early registration.

POC FADA

The county Poc Fada competition will take place in Mahon Falls on June 12th. For the first time the competition venue will host the

Senior/Under 16 and Camogie. Now is the opportunity to pit your skill against the rest of the county. Registration is open to all.

SUPER 10's

Congratulations to Roanmore, Mount Sion and Ballygunner who won their groups in the Munster under 15 Super 10's Regional Super Touch competition. The three clubs will now go forward to the Munster Final of the competition which takes place in Mallow on June 10th. We wish them the very best of success.

DEISE DRAW

A reminder to all the clubs of the county that the second in the series of Deise Super Draw will take place in Erins Own Poleberry on Wednesday 10th May. If you still have not secured your ticket a phone call to your local Waterford GAA club will put you in with a chance of winning one of the many magnificent cash prizes including a top prize of €12,500.

Now wouldn't that make for a really happy Summer. Remember it only takes a phone call and seventy percent is retained by your GAA club.

There are just five draws remaining in 2017 and it would certainly be a shame to lose out on the chance so pick up that phone.

MUNSTER HURLING

Clare qualified for their first Munster Senior Hurling Final since 2008 courtesy of a 3-17 to 1-16 win over Limerick in Semple Stadium in Thurles on Sunday last. Both teams had been impressive in recent challenge outings with Limerick counting a win over Waterford on the way. That said the oddsmakers fancied Clare to come through. While the Allianz League campaign didn't hit the heights for either team the respective managers would have been quietly confident. Limerick had reached the final in 2014 before losing to Cork on a 2-23 to 0-24 scoreline while the Banner had also lost out to the Rebels in their appearance in the Provincial Final in 2008 although they were also beaten 2-21 to 0-19 on that occasion. With a championship final appearance on the line (Limerick have won 19 to Clare's 6), this was always going to be a tight affair between the neighbours.

The men from the Treatystone began well but a brace of goals from Shane O'Donnell gave Clare an advantage of eight points midway through the half before Limerick hit 1-5 without reply. The Limerick goal coming from David Dempsey. Clare then took control for the remaining minutes and fired over five points to see them ahead at the break 2-10 to 1-8.

However some wasteful shooting by the Limerick forwards didn't help their cause in that opening half with the side count up to double figures. In the second half Limerick just could not crack the lead and a goal from Conor McGrath again saw the Banner well on top although young Kyle Hayes had a late goal for Limerick it was too little too late. It was the Banner who advanced to the final on a 3-17 to 2-16 scoreline.

So the battle lines are drawn. Waterford and Cork face off next Sunday week in Semple Stadium Thurles with the Banner waiting in the wings. Both Waterfod bainisteoir Derek McGrath and his Cork counterpart Kieran Kingston will have kept tabs on events last Sunday although much will happen before then.

No doubt in the intervening period the Clare management team will also have plenty of food for thought from that Limerick game.

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