Sunday, 23rd September 2018
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End of year snippets


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 for fifteen years winning among others three Munster titles to add to his All-Ireland medal of 1959. A well deserved Hall of Fame accolade.


It was a very low key event at St Saviours superbly appointed facility in Ballybeg a short time ago as the Waterford Eastern Board held their Annual Convention. Chairman Michael Wadding told delegates that end of year convention was to review the past and formulate for the future.

There was an increase in gates and this allowed the Board to make contributions to the Walsh Park County Ground. Michael wished all clubs and teams the best for 2018 with a particular emphasis on Derek McGrath and the Senior Hurlers who came so preciously close to winning the Liam Mc Carthy Cup this year.

He also felt disappointed at the response to some of the underage Development Squads but felt that this might well improve as we move forward. The chairman then thanked all who helped the Board throughout 2017 with a particular emphasis of referees. He hoped that through recruitment more "Reitoir" would come forward to help the current situation. He thanked the Officers for all their work and the sponsors who have been so loyal to the Board throughout the years.

County Chairman PaddyJoe Ryan who was present addressed the gathering.

He felt the recent decision by Croke Park to amend the structure of the Hurling Championship was not to the benefit of the game and that many of the "hurling counties" were against this decision.

The Chairman looked forward to the development of Walsh Park but that it was important to remember that it is what is viable rather than what is popular. He was disappointed at the gate returns for club games accepting that perhaps the success and the cost of following the county team to the  the All-Ireland may well have been a factor.

Paddy Joe did stress that it would be much more constructive if criticism of the Board was done through the proper channels rather than through the media.

In conclusion he wished all a Happy Christmas and said he looked forward to a very successful Annual County Convention which takes place in

Lawlors Hotel Dungarvan on Thursday next 14th December at 7pm.

The election of officers resulted in the following returned:

Chairman Michael Wadding (Roanmore) outgoing

Vice Chairman Michael O'Brien (Portlaw), The outgoing vice Chairman

Diarmuid O'Faolain did not seek re-election

Treasurer David Kirwan (Kilmacthomas)

Asst Treasurer John Murphy (Gaultier)

Runai Seamus Cleere (Mount Sion)

Asst Secretary John Sheehan (De La Salle) outgoing

PRO Emma Gallagher (Kill) outgoing


End of year fixtures for both the Eastern and Western Boards were thrown into turmoil at the week end due to the adverse weather condition including the Waterfdord Senior Football relegation playoff between Ballinameela and Portlaw. No news as yet of Sunday evening when these games will be refixed but rest assured player safety in present conditions is absolutely paramount.


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