Footballers edged out
In a blustery Leamybrien on Sunday last the Waterford Senior Footballers were on the wrong end of a 0-9 to 0-7 scoreline against Limerick in the McGrath Cup. There was very litle to choose between the sides throughout a disappointing opening half and the teams went to the break level at 0-3 apiece. Waterford forwards Podge Hurney and freetaker Paul Whyte keeping the scoreboard moving along for the home side. The opening minute of the second half saw Waterford take the lead with a point from Joey Veale but Limerick wing forward Danny Neville, now playing in a more central role tied the game and then edged them ahead. Indeed the Ballysteen clubman bagged five points throughout the game. The visitors continued to create the chances and with Neville in scoring form they crept two ahead. Limerick were finding it difficult to put away this game with Waterford valiantly fighting for everything. A point each from Whyte and Hurney brought the hosts right back into the game as the game moved into the final quarter but Limerick got their win thanks to late scores from Killian Ryan and the afforementioned Neville.
Over these last few weeks this column has done some snapshots of the work of Coaching and Games Development. This week we will again look at some of the work of the Urban/Mid County and Western Divisions and hopefully give a another brief insight into the various activities staged during the past twelve months.
To complement some of huge amount of work of the coaching operatives, this year saw the introduction of the under 9 and under 10 hurling leagues which comprised teams from the Urban and Mid County Divisions. These games were played from April to August on every Saturday with the two groups alternating each week. The emphasis of these leagues was participation and provising as many games as possible for all the young pleayers as no winners were declared and no trophies on offer making this a fun activity for the kids who participated. However there were as the C and GD said a number of teething problems. Some clubs were unable to fulfil fixtures but in the main the leagues were a great success and the feedback from the clubs was very positive. Hopefully all the "first year" teething problems will be ironed out and as can be gauged from the positive response the leagues will certainly continue in 2017.
A meeting is being arranged with the clubs to organise the leagues for the coming year and any observations or suggestions would certainly be welcomed by the Coaching and Games development.
Another new venture for 2016 was the inaugural under 7 hurling games which were played every four weeks. These games, seven a side, proved hugely popular with not just the kids but parents and guardians alike. Played on a blitz format the first three blitz were held at club grounds with the fourth blitz taking place in Carriganore where all clubs took part. I would expect that these games will take place again this year.
POST PRIMARY LEAGUES
Over a six week period during April and May a 1st/2nd Year Football League for mid county clubs was held with 28 players taking part. The league was run by TY students who had completed their Foundation Coursein Jan/Feb. On the final day of the league a blitz format competition was played with 4 teams managed by TY students taking part. Each team played four games and the top two qualified for the final with the winners receiving Munster Jerseys. The competition proved an unqualified success and was refereed by Ty students who had completed their refereeing course.
A teenage Easter Camp was held in the well appointed Kill GAA Grounds at which 26 players from 6 different Mid County Clubs were involved. Over the three days of activity the players in attendance were taken through many of the benefits of training and training techniques. Day One saw the instructor take the players through the Gaelic 15 warm up and its benefits which was followed by a coaching session on first touch/ technique and shooting.
On the second day of the camp the players worked on the benefits and techniques of strength and conditioning and this was followed by a football coaching session on defence/tackling, scoring and positional play.
On the final day of the camp all the players took part in a football and hurling blitz where they hopefuly were able to put to use their knowledge from the previous two days.
The whole camp proved a major success and hopefully these will continue in the foreseeable future.
A reminder to all clubs that a meeting regarding Deise Draw 2017 will take place in Danny Kirwans Kilmacthomas on Thursday evening 19th January at 8pm. It is vitally important that every club/co-ordinator is in attendance as this meeting will set out the programme for the draw for the coming twelve months.
Waterford C&GD Planner 2017
We are currently working on the planner for the coming year taking into account schools coaching, Go Games, Super Touch, Cúl Camps, Coach Education, Club support etc. The planner will be finalized in the coming weeks with the planners to be sent to all clubs by early February. GDA's will be in touch with clubs in the coming weeks.
Award 1 Courses
We are planning to run Award 1 Child & Award 1 Youth Courses in February/March. If you are interested in attending one of these courses please contact any member of Coaching & Games Committee to register.
Foundation Courses Brickey Rangers &
Child Protection Awareness Workshops
Cost is €10 per person
Hurling Super Games Centre
Our Super Games Centre run by county star Gavin O'Brien will begin again in February and run for 6 weeks. The 1st night is Thur Feb 2nd and it will run every Thur for 6 weeks from 6.30pm - 7.30pm. It is open to all 1st and 2nd year students to attend.