Camogie – Minor A All-Ireland Championship – Cork vs. Clare

Cork will play Clare in the Minor A All-Ireland Camogie Championship on Wednesday at 7:30pm in Ballincollig.

WED 1 JULY

MINOR A ALL IRELAND CHAMPIONSHIP

Cork v Clare, Ballincollig, 7.30pm Ref: Éamonn Browne, Tipperary

Gala Senior and Intermediate Camogie Championship – Tipperary vs. Kilkenny

KILKENNY got the tonic start to the Gala All Ireland senior camogie championship that manager Ann Downey was looking for. Despite numerous recent underage successes for the Cats, the former All Ireland medal winner said when you win a few U16 and minor titles people expect you to be able to do the same at senior level, but it takes a while.

And now that they have kick-started their season with a merited 1-14 to 1-11 victory over Tipperary at Semple Stadium on Saturday, she says it will do their confidence the world of good.

“Kilkenny haven’t competed at senior for a long time. They’ll believe they can compete now. Beating Tipperary will bring us on a lot. The fear is gone. We just needed to make the breakthrough. And to keep our heads above water would be brilliant. This is a monkey off our backs. The girls will be able to believe in their own ability. Today they stepped up to the plate.

“They battled so hard especially after the hammering Tipperary gave us in the league. They deserve their hour. You have Aisling Dunphy in the half forward line – she is just out of under 16. They do everything I ask of them, even trained right through the June bank holiday weekend.”

Michelle Quilty powered Kilkenny ahead with a 34th minute goal after leading at the interval 0-7 to 0-4. Jacquie Frisby was outstanding in defence, as was captain Anne Dalton and Colette Dormer in the middle of the field. Aoife Neary returned nine points while Tipperary struggled to stay in touch. Claire Grogan notched 1-7 for the Premier Girls – the goal from a penalty a few minutes from the end.

Kilkenny 1-14, M Quilty 1-3, A Neary 0-9 (0-6f, 0-1’45),A Dalton 0- (0-1f, 0-1’45)
Tipperary 1-11, C Grogan 1-7 (0-5f, 1-0pen), J Ryan 0-2 (0-1f),G Kinnane, J Horan 0-1 each.


Gala All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship

Tipperary 2-19, A Mc Loughney 1-7 (0-3f, 0-1’45),N Walsh 1-0,L Davis 0-4, C Johnston 0-3, N Flannagan 0-2, S Ryan 0-2 (0-1f), D Ryan 0-1.

Kilkenny 0-5, N Byrne 0-3 (0-1’45,0-1f),A Curran, C Brennan 0-1 each.


Fixture Details

Saturday June 27th
Gala Senior Camogie Championship
Tipperary vs. Kilkenny @ 4:15pm
Referee: Éamonn Mac Suibhne (Dublin)
Venue: Semple Stadium Thurles

Gala Intermediate Camogie Championship
Tipperary vs. Kilkenny@ 2:30pm
Ref: Mike O’Kelly, Cork
Venue: Semple Stadium Thurles

Match Preview

This is a big game for both teams because with two to qualify for the All Ireland semi-final from this group, it looks like the battle will come down to Cork, Kilkenny and Tipperary.

Tipperary are going with Una O’Dwyer up front, which shows the confidence manager Fr Peter Brennan has in his backline. Kilkenny are knocking on the door for the past couple of years and boss Ann Downey will hope that Elaine Aylward, Anne Dalton and Catherine Doherty’s experience will see them through.

Team News

Kilkenny: C Ryan; L Fennelly, C Doherty, J Frisby; L Lyng, A Butler, E Aylward; C Dormer, A Dalton (Capt); T Muldowney, K Power, A Dunphy; M Quilty, E Keane, A Neary.

Tipperary: P Ryan; M Ryan, M Luttrell, S Kelly; M Shortt, T O’Halloran, P Bulfin; J Horan, J McGrath; C Grogan, U O’Dwyer, G Kinnane (Capt); J O’Halloran, E Hayden, E McDonnell.

Gala Senior and Intermediate Camogie Championship – Galway vs. Clare

Last season’s finalists Galway served notice they will be stiff opposition for any team, with their emphatic 3-17 to 1-4 triumph over neighbours Clare at Kenny Park, Athenry. The Banner girls – promoted to senior this year – stayed with the Maroon and White in the opening half trailing at the break 1-5 to 1-3, but when Veronica Curtin turned on the style with 2-4 along with Aislinn Connolly’s 1-8, there was no stopping the westerners. Carina Roseingrave recorded the Clare goal.

Galway 3-17, A Connolly 1-8 (0-6f,0-1’45) V Curtin 2-4,T Maher 0-3, B Hanney 0-2
Clare 1-4,C Rosengrave 1-0, S O’Loughlin 0-4 (0-2f).


Gala All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship
Galway 7-13 M Conroy 2-4 (0-2f), C Bowes 2-2,T Rutledge 2-1,N Mc Grath 1-2, C Conroy 0-2, C Kelly, L Pardy 0-1 each.
Clare 1-3, A O’Brien 1-2 (1-2f), A Griffey (Griffey) 0-1.


Fixture Details

Saturday June 27th
Gala Senior Camogie Championship
Galway vs. Clare @ 3:30pm
Referee: Úna Kearney (Armagh)
Venue: Kenny Park, Athenry

Gala Intermediate Camogie Championship
Galway vs. Clare @ 1:45pm
Referee: Mike Sheehan, Cork
Venue: Kenny Park, Athenry

Match Preview

Galway play host to Clare who are promoted to the top tier this season. Liam Donoghue’s charges will be looking to go one step further than 2008 and he has an extensive panel to choose from. Players such as Regina Glynn, Niamh Kilkenny, Therese Maher and Veronica Curtin will put it up to the Banner.

Bertie Sherlock has his team in fine form, but they will need to hit the ground running Fiona Lafferty, Deirdre Murphy and Shonagh Enright and co. will give it everything.

Team News

Clare: D Lynch; S Sherlock, S Lafferty, D Corcoran; C Morey, F Lafferty, K Lynch; D Murphy (Capt), A Ryan; R Kaiser, S Enright, S O’Loughlin; C Roseingrave, R McMahon, C Commane.

Galway: S Earner; R Glynn, T Manton, S Keane; N Kilkenny, S Cahalan (Capt), L Ryan; A M Hayes, S Tannion; O Kilkenny, T Maher, B Hanney; V Curtin, B Kerins, A Connolly.

Guinness Hurling Supporters Night in Thurles

Guinness® continue their Hurling Supporters Nights with a Tipperary date

Inside Hurling coming to Hayes Hotel, Thurles, Thursday 2nd July
Guinness will continue their summer of celebration with a Tipperary Hurling Supporters Event on Thursday 2nd July at 7.30pm in Hayes Hotel, Thurles.

Tipperary Hurling Fans will be able to debate the issues and talk about the GAA Hurling championship in the company of former Tipperary greats Declan Carr, Bobby Ryan and Pat Fox as well as Manager Liam Sheedy and two members of the squad.

MC for the evening is Today FM’s Paul Collins.

The night will run similar to a “championship” preview format, where the panel will analyse previous GAA Hurling championship games and discuss upcoming fixtures.

Supporters will also be able to engage in a Q&A session with the players, and there will be plenty of prizes on offer on the night from match tickets to signed jerseys and special hurling t-shirts.

Tickets for the supporter’s night are free, but strictly limited to 250 supporters, so to book your place, email guinnesshurling@ihurling.com

All supporters and their guests must be over 18, and I.D will be required on the night.

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Munster JFC Final – Cork vs. Clare

Experienced Rebels cruise to Munster title

Cork 1-21 Clare 0-13

By Brendan Larkin for the Irish Examiner newspaper

Friday, June 26, 2009

CORK football continued on the rise at Pairc Ui Chaoimh last where the junior team picked up their third Munster title in five years with a convincing victory over Clare in the provincial final.

Fielding a vastly experienced side that included a number of players with provincial and All-Ireland medals in the grade and four member of this year’s All-Ireland U-21 winning team, the home side had matters very much all their own way and against a Clare side that battled gamely, but couldn’t match the skill and pace of their opponents. Cork got the perfect start with a goal after just 15 seconds when Ciaran Sheehan, one of the four U-21 players, blasted home following up his initial effort which was blocked out to him by a defender.

It set the tone for this one-sided contest. The aerial dominance of Chris O’Donovan and Andrew O’Sullivan at midfield meant a plentiful supply of ball to the forwards and the scores began to flow in earnest. Cathrach Keane led their Cork attack in fine style and had a brace of points, and the ease with which the home forwards were able to open up the Clare attack meant they were under constant pressure all through the opening half. Colm O’Driscoll, another of the U-21 stars, was denied a goal by an excellent save by Clare ‘keeper Conor O’Loughlin but it was a temporary respite as the impressive Ciaran Sheehan, Cathrach Keane John Paul Murphy knocked over points at will to give the home side a 1-8 to 0-2 lead after 20 minutes.

In a rare attack Dessie Molohan, easily Clare’s best forward, had a point, their first for 15 minutes play, but Cork finished the half strongly to go in at the break 1-11 to 0-5 in front, Molohan scoring three of those Clare points. Clare made the changes for the second half bringing on three subs and switching full back Brian Cummins out on Cathrach Keane but the moves had little effect. Sub Eoin Griffin did manage to get a point back for Clare but the speedy Cork forwards added three in a row, two by Daniel O’Donovan and after 40 minutes, the home side still had their nine-point half-time lead intact.

The Bannermen did raise hopes making a game of it with three points in a row, but Cork always had the facility to nip any threatened revival in the bud and tacked on four points in a row, two by Vincent Hurley, and it was very much a case of how much they were going to win by. Clare needed a couple of goals if they were have any chance and while they did enjoy a lot of possession, they persisted in trying to walk the ball in and against a Cork defence, excellent marshalled by the vastly experienced Michael Prout, Enda Wiseman and yet another of the U-21 squad Aidan Walsh, they never threatened Kevin Murphy in goal. Despite Clare’s best efforts the game petered out to its inevitable conclusion with Cork firmly in control to claim their third title in five years at this level. It was no fault of Dessie Molohan, Mark McCarthy, Paul O’Connor and Brian Cummins up to the time he retired injured, that Clare failed to win a title that has eluded them since 1925.

Scorers – Cork: C. Sheehan 1-4; JP Murphy 0-4 (0-1 free); D. O’Donovan (0-2 free), V. Hurley, C. Keane, C. O’Driscoll 0-3 each; A. Walsh 0-1.

Clare: M. McCarthy (0-1 free), D. Molohan (0-2 frees) 0-5 each; E. Griffin, M. Kennedy, P. O’Connor 0-1 each.

CORK: K. Murphy; P. Gayer, E. Wiseman, M. Prout; R. O’Sullivan, A. Walsh, M. Fehily; A. O’Sullivan, C. O’Donovan; D. O’Donovan, C. Keane, C. O’Driscoll; V. Hurley, C. Sheehan, JP Murphy.

Sub: G. Healy for R. O’Sullivan (10); J. McLoughlin for Gayer (45); C. O’Connell for Fehilly (53); R. O’Mahony for Keane (55); N. O’Riordan for A. O’Sullivan (60).

CLARE: C. O’Loughlin; S. Canavan, B. Cummins, P. Aherne; B. Carrig, D. Blake, E. Doyle; N. Kennedy, P. O’Connor; S. Moloney, I. McInerney, B., Curtin; E. Griffin, J. Daly, D. Molohan.

Subs: E. Griffin for Doyle (half time); E. Lyons for Daly (half time); T. Madigan for Blake (half time); F. Lillis for Cummins (48); C. Dunning for Moloney (58).

Referee, K. O’Brien (Tipperary).

Fixture Details

THURSDAY JUNE 25th
Munster GAA Junior Football Championship Final
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork
Corcaigh v An Clár at 7.30p.m.
Reiteoir – Keith O’Brien (Tiobraid Arann)

Team News

Cork (JF v Clare) – Kevin Murphy (Boherbue); Pat Gayer (Castlemagnier), Enda Wiseman (Castletownbere), Michael Prout (Shamrocks); Richard O Sullivan (Kinsale), Aidan Walsh (Kanturk), Michael Fehily (Diarmuid O Mathunas);. Andrew O Sullivan (Castletownbere),. Chris O Donovan (Valley Rovers);. Daniel O Donovan (Kilmacabeek),. Cathrach Keane (Newcestown),. Colm O Driscoll (Tadgh Mac Carthaigh); Vincent Hurley (Courcey Rovers), Ciaran Sheehan (Eire Og), John Paul Murphy (St. Vincent’s)
Subs: Pat White (Newcestown), John MacLoughlin (Kanturk), Gerry Healy (Ballydesmond), Noel O Riordan (Glenville), Colm O Connell (Killavullen), Paudie Cahill (Glenville), Michael Murphy (Ballinora), Kevin OBrien (Ballincurra), Michael Sheehan (Glanworth)

Clare (JF v Cork) – C O’Loughlin; S Canavan, B Cummins, P Aherne; B Carrig,. D Blake, B Curtin; N Kennedy, P O Connor (capt); E Griffin, I McInerney, M McCarthy; E Lyons, J Daly, D Molohan.

Roll of Honour

Cork have won 27 Munster Junior Football titles in their history, second only to Kerry who have 38. Cork’s last title was captured in 2007.
Clare’s solitary title to date was won in 1925.

Munster Junior Football Championship – Roll of Honour

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Munster GAA ESB MHC S-Final – Tipperary v Cork

Tipperary and Cork drew after extra time on a scoreline of 5-17 to 5-17 in the Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals on Wednesday at Pairc Ui Chaoimh.


Replay Details

WEDNESDAY JULY 1st. 2009

Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final Replay
Corcaigh v Tiobraid Arann at 7.30p.m.
@ Semple Stadium, Thurles

Reiteoir – TBC


Drake point earns Cork a replay

From the Irish Times Newspaper

MUNSTER MHC SEMI-FINALS: Cork 5-17 5-17 Tipperary

A LAST-GASP David Drake point secured a draw for Cork after extra-time in last night’s pulsating clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

A Jamie Coughlan goal in the 24th minute helped Cork to a 1-7 to 1-6 interval lead.

But they needed a goal from substitute Brian Hartnett to send the match into extra-time, with the score 3-12 to 2-15.

TIPPERARY: Paul Ryan; A Ryan, L Butler, Pa Ryan; W Ryan, D Maher, A Hogan; A Cleere, B Stapleton (1-1, 1 sideline); S Curran (0-2), T Butler, R Gleeson; E Murray (0-4, 2f), J O’Dwyer (2-6, 2f), D Collins (1-2). Subs: D Butler (1-1) for Cleere (h-t), J Meagher for Maher (34 mins), P Heffernan (0-1) for T Butler (39 mins), J Forde for O’Dwyer (inj) (55 mins), O’Dwyer for Pa Ryan (59 mins), D Maher for O’Dwyer (61 mins), M O’Brien for Forde (68 mins), E O’Connell for A Ryan (79 mins).

CORK: T Hogan; R Ryan, D Rodgers, A Cagney; P Wiley, P O’Rourke, J Hutchings; R O’Sullivan (0-1), D Drake (0-7, 3f, 1 65); E Farrell, D Brosnan (1-1), C Lehane; J Coughlan (1-2, 1f), P Haughney (0-1), E O’Sullivan (1-1). Subs: J Dineen (0-1) for Lehane (h-t), B Hartnett (2-1) for Haughney (50 mins), C Joyce for O’Rourke (59 mins), D Lester for Hutchings (60 mins), P O’Brien for Rodgers (65 mins), K Hallissey (0-1) for Farrell (65 mins), O O’Connell (0-1) for O’Sullivan (70 mins).

Referee: M O’Connor (Limerick)


Cork 5-17 Tipperary 5-17

Round-up by Coilin Duffy

The final pairing for the Munster Minor Hurling Championship is unknown after two cracking semi-finals tonight which saw Cork and Tipperary finish level after-extra-time, while Waterford progressed to the final. After both Cork and Tipperary had produced a cracking under 21 quarter-final at Semple Stadium a few weeks ago, the corresponding minor teams didn’t disappoint at Pairc Ui Rinn. Following 80 minutes of pulsating hurling, a replay will be required to separate these sides who finished 5-17 apiece after-extra time.

Amazingly Tipperary led by eight points at approaching half-time in extra-time, but Cork blazed a trail to edge two points in front before a last gasp goal for Tipperary put them back in front. Cork would have the last laugh with an injury time point from a 65′ and the sides must meet again – at a venue likely to be Semple Stadium next week.

This game produced end to end hurling, with Cork leading by the minimum on a 1-07 to 1-06 half-time score-line, with Jamie Coughlan netting the Rebels goal and John O’Dwyer finishing Tipp’s three-pointer. Cork began the second half brightly with Eoin O’Sullivan raising a green flag two minutes after the resart.

However Tipperary weren’t far from their southern counterparts, with Brian Stapleton adding their second goal, after his move to corner forward reaped dividends. It looked like the visitors had edged their way to a Munster final with a four-point lead late on, but Cork responded with 1-01 without reply.In the second minute of injury time substitute Brian Harnett completed a Rebel hat-trick to force extra-time at 3-12 to 2-15.

Tipperary looked unstoppable in the first period with David Butler and David Collins netting goals as they held a 4-17 to 3-13 half-time lead, having played against the  wind. Cork however had other ideas on the restart, and left Tipperary shellshocked as an eight-point deficit quickly was wiped out to ensure the Rebels led by two. However, Tipperary struck for a late goal before Cork’s final point from a 65′ to ensure a replay date.

Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th. 2009
Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
@ Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork
Corcaigh v Tiobraid Arann at 7.30p.m.
Reiteoir – Michael O’Connor (Luimneach)

Team News

The Tipperary Minor Hurling team to play Cork in the Munster semi-final in Páirc Ui Chaoimh on Wednesday night at 7:30pm shows one change from the team which defeated Limerick in the quarter-final. David Collins comes into the team at left corner forward in place of Michael O’Brien. There is also a positional switch as Thomas Butler and John O’Dwyer swap places, with Butler named at centre forward and O’Dwyer at full forward.

1. Paul Ryan (Upperchurch-Drombane)

2. Andrew Ryan (Toomevara)

3. Liam Butler (Moyne-Templetuohy) Captain

4. Pa Ryan (Clonakenny)

5. Willie Ryan (Clonakenny)

6. Denis Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

7. Alan Hogan (Shannon Rovers)

8. Adrian Cleere (Ballingarry)

9. Brian Stapleton (Templederry Kenyons)

10. Sean Curran (Mullinahone)

11. Thomas Butler (Clonoulty Rossmore)

12. Ruairi Gleeson (Kildangan)

13. Eanna Murray (Templederry Kenyons)

14. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)

15. David Collins (Drom & Inch)

CORK – (MHC vs. Tipperary) – Thomas Hogan (Carrigtwohill); Roger Ryan (Bishoptown), Darragh Rodgers (Brian Dillons), Andrew Cagney (Charleville); Patrick Wiley (St. Finbarr’s), Patrick O’Rourke (Na Piarsaigh), Jack Hutchins (Fermoy); Rory O’Sullivan (Argideen Rangers), David Drake (Carrigaline); Eoin O’Farrell (Blackrock), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Jamie Coughlan (Newtownshandrum), Paul Haughney (Midleton), Eoin O’Sullivan (Sars – Capt.)
Subs: Gary Minihane (Courcey Rovers), Patrick OBrien (Killeagh Itas), Jerry Hayes (Mallow), Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Diarmuid Lester (Bishopstown), Odhran OConnell (Mallow), Brian Hartnett (Russell Rovers), John Dineen (Eire Og), Kevin Hallissey (Eire Og)

Munster GAA ESB MHC S-Final – Clare vs. Waterford

Déise delight as Galgey lowers Banner

Clare 0-12 Waterford 3-9

By Diarmuid O’Flynn of the Irish Examiner newspaper

Thursday, June 25, 2009

JUST over six weeks ago, Clare beat Waterford in the first round of the Munster MHC, a single point the difference down in Dungarvan. Last night in balmy Ennis, having reached the semi-final by the back-door route, the Decies well and truly reversed that result, and now go through to meet Cork or Tipperary in the Munster final on July 12.

Clare dominated first-half proceedings, and led at the break by four points, 0-9 to 1-2. Could have been more, should have been more, as the Waterford goal should have never have been conceded. From a long Waterford puck-out, Clare centre-back Patrick O’Connor did what he was supposed to do, broke the ball down in front, but no-one in saffron-and-blue was alert. Waterford wing-forward Brian O’Halloran was in like a flash, and from fully 50m tore through the heart of the Clare defence before blasting home from close range.

Clare keeper Ronan Taaffe had no chance, but the watching former Clare great Brian Lohan, coach to this minor team, must surely have had a vision of what should have been. Other than that goal, Waterford were sorely lacking in any kind of threat up front in this opening half, and that blunder apart, their inside forwards were given no change by the a tight-marking Clare trio of full-back Killian Ryan flanked by Sixmilebridge brothers Noel and Trevor O’Connor.

Clare’s Patrick O’Connor was the dominant figure in the half-back line, ably abetted by team captain Colin McGuane and Seán O’Connor. In midfield it was the towering figure of Shane Golden doing most damage for Clare, though Waterford captain Martin O’Neill was also prominent. It was in the forward sextet, however, that Clare were most potent, and none more so than full-forward and free-taker Conor McGrath. Five points the Cratloe youngster scored in the first half, three of those from play, all under pressure, while alongside him David O’Halloran was also on form, two fine points to his name.

Given this dominance then, all was looking good for Clare as they headed for the dressing-rooms. How quickly things can change, however, in sport, and in hurling especially. The spark for this one had actually come just before the break, when Ian Galgey was introduced in injury-time for Kenny Moore – more about Ian later.

The first couple of minutes of the second half gave no indication of the change in fortunes that was about to occur. A wide each to open proceedings, and then, from nowhere, another Waterford goal, and again, it was of the gifted variety, gates open all the way to the keeper. The move started on the left wing of attack, where O’Driscoll won scrappy possession. He parted to the towering Ronan Cahill, who was to have a much greater influence on proceedings in the second half, and again, the parting of the saffron-and-blue sea. It ended with Ronan passing to Paudie Prendergast and again Ronan Taaffe had no chance in the Clare goals – 2-2 to 0-9.

Enter the flying Ian Galgey; 1-2 the Mount Sion speedster scored in a lethal 10-minute spell, midfielder Martin O’Neill adding a couple more, and this game was turned on its head. From four points up at the break, Clare were now five in arrears, 3-6 to 0-10, and with the Waterford defence now very much on top, half-backs Phillip Mahoney and Darragh Fives especially, Luke Egan with some lovely flicks, there was only going to be one winner. Clare never gave up, battled to the final whistle, but Waterford were given that second chance, and grabbed with both hands.

Scorers for Waterford: I Galgey 1-2; M O’Neill 0-5 (0-4 frees); B O’Halloran 1-0; P Prendergast 1-0; F Murray, J Dillon, 0-1 each.

Clare: C McGrath 0-8 (0-4 frees); D O’Halloran 0-2; D Keane, S Golden, 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; L Egan, T Costello, M Wyse; J Dee, P Mahoney, D Fives; K Moore, M O’Neill (c); F Murray, R Cahill, B O’Halloran; P Prendergast, J Dillon, P Mahoney
Subs: I Galgey (Moore 30+1).

CLARE: R Taaffe; N Purcell, K Ryan, T Purcell; S O’Connor, P O’Connor, C McGuane (c); C McInerney, S Golden; D Keane, E Hanrahan, A Considine; C O’Donnell, C McGrath, D O’Halloran
Subs: G Guilgoyle (Hanrahan 40); E Boyce (T Purcell inj 40); D Liddy (Considine 52); A Mulready (O’Donnell 54).

Referee: D Copps (Cork)


Waterford defeated Clare by 3-9 to 0-12 in the Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Wednesday at Cusack Park Ennis.

Round-up by Coilin Duffy

At Cusack Park, Ennis a brace of second half goals ensured a Waterford victory by 3-09 to 0-12, after Clare were held to just three points in the closing 30 minutes. Waterford may have bagged an early first half goal, but Clare held command after 20 minutes by 0-07 to 1-01. There was little to talk about on the score-sheet before the interval with Clare outscoring the Decies by two points to one in the closing minutes of the half.

However the hosts were firmly on the backfoot on the restart as Waterford bagged two quick-fire goals and showed no mercy to finish with a hard-earned six-point win.

Fixture Details

WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th. 2009
Munster GAA ESB Minor Hurling Championship Semi-Finals
@ Cusack Park, Ennis
An Clár v Port Láirge at 7.30p.m.
Reiteoir – David Copps (Corcaigh)

Team News

Waterford (MH v Clare) – The Waterford minor hurling team to play Clare in the Munster semi-final on Wedneday evening in Ennis (throw in 7.30pm) is:

1. S OKeeffe – Ballygunner

2. L Egan – Dungarvan

3. T Costello – Dunhill

4. M Wyse – Passage

5. J Dee – Portlaw

6. P Mahoney – Ballygunner

7. D Fives – Tourin

8. K Moore – Dungarvan

9. M ONeill – Mt. Sion

10.P Prendergast – Lismore

11.B OHalloran – Clashmore

12. P Mahoney – Ballygunner

13. J Dillon – De La salle

14. R Cahill – Clonea

15. F Murray – Cappoquin

Clare (MH v Waterford) – TBC

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Vhi GAA Cúl Camps Host Ambassador Launch

50 Ambassadors to Coach Vhi GAA Cúl Camps this Summer

Tuesday, 23rd June 09: Young GAA fans had the opportunity to meet with some of their heroes today in Croke Park at the Ambassador launch of the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps. Fifty GAA senior county players will be visiting 927 camps this summer, including Anthony Daly current Dublin Hurling Manager and former captain of Clare senior inter-county hurling team, and Colm O’Rourke former inter-county Gaelic footballer for Meath.

The ambassadors will visit the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps throughout the country during the summer, giving tips to children on how to improve their game and will also train the lucky children selected to take part in the Vhi GAA Cúl Day Out in September. The Vhi GAA Cúl Camps are the only summer camp to offer children the chance to win one of 240 places to train and play with GAA greats in Croke Park on September 28, 2009.

Declan Moran, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Vhi Healthcare commented; ” This year we are delighted to offer participants an opportunity to realise their dreams with the Vhi GAA Cúl Day Out which will see 240 lucky children train with their heroes, get a tour of Croke Park and play games in the world-famous stadium. Vhi Healthcare is committed to the nationwide promotion of healthy living at community level, ensuring that our children live healthy and active lives.“

Jimmy O’Dwyer, Vhi GAA Cúl Camps National Co-ordinator explains: “The camps provide participants – between the ages of 7 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. Activities are game-based – a strong emphasis is placed on skill acquisition – and are organised in an age appropriate manner with a view to optimising learning, enhancing friendships, improving physical & psychological well being and promoting school and club links”

Now in its fourth year, the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps is a nationally co-ordinated programme that encourages primary school children between the ages of 7 and 13, not only to learn and develop sporting skills irrespective of ability but also to develop a keen sense of fair-play and personal achievement by participating in Gaelic Games, in a fun, non-competitive environment.

For more information on the camps, or to book a place on-line, log onto www.vhiculcamps.gaa.ie

Vhi GAA Cúl Camps By Numbers:

– 4th Year of Vhi GAA Cúl Camps

– 83,000 children attended last year’s camps

– 927 camps in 4 different countries (Ireland, USA, England & Scotland)

– 8 camps in USA

– 4,500 coaches

– 10,000 matches will be played

– 10,000 bookings on-line this year to date, through new on-line booking facility

– 4 sports played: hurling/camogie, football/ladies football, handball, rounders.

– 7 – 13 years of age

Names of Ambassadors By County:

Among those attending, are:

– Anthony Daly, Dublin Hurling Manager

– Damien Healy, Westmeath Footballer

– Conor Mortimer – Mayo Footballer

– Ross McConnell, Dublin Footballer

– Richie Hogan, Kilkenny Hurler

– Ronan Flanagan, Cavan Football Captain

– Brian Carroll, Offaly Hurler

– David O’Callaghan, Dublin Hurler

– Angela Walsh, Cork Ladies Footballer

– Paul Brady, Cavan Handballer & World Champion

Vhi GAA Cúl Camps Host Ambassador Launch

50 Ambassadors to Coach Vhi GAA Cúl Camps this Summer

Tuesday, 23rd June 09: Young GAA fans had the opportunity to meet with some of their heroes today in Croke Park at the Ambassador launch of the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps. Fifty GAA senior county players will be visiting 927 camps this summer, including Anthony Daly current Dublin Hurling Manager and former captain of Clare senior inter-county hurling team, and Colm O’Rourke former inter-county Gaelic footballer for Meath.

The ambassadors will visit the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps throughout the country during the summer, giving tips to children on how to improve their game and will also train the lucky children selected to take part in the Vhi GAA Cúl Day Out in September. The Vhi GAA Cúl Camps are the only summer camp to offer children the chance to win one of 240 places to train and play with GAA greats in Croke Park on September 28, 2009.

Declan Moran, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Vhi Healthcare commented; ” This year we are delighted to offer participants an opportunity to realise their dreams with the Vhi GAA Cúl Day Out which will see 240 lucky children train with their heroes, get a tour of Croke Park and play games in the world-famous stadium. Vhi Healthcare is committed to the nationwide promotion of healthy living at community level, ensuring that our children live healthy and active lives.“

Jimmy O’Dwyer, Vhi GAA Cúl Camps National Co-ordinator explains: “The camps provide participants – between the ages of 7 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. Activities are game-based – a strong emphasis is placed on skill acquisition – and are organised in an age appropriate manner with a view to optimising learning, enhancing friendships, improving physical & psychological well being and promoting school and club links”

Now in its fourth year, the Vhi GAA Cúl Camps is a nationally co-ordinated programme that encourages primary school children between the ages of 7 and 13, not only to learn and develop sporting skills irrespective of ability but also to develop a keen sense of fair-play and personal achievement by participating in Gaelic Games, in a fun, non-competitive environment.

For more information on the camps, or to book a place on-line, log onto www.vhiculcamps.gaa.ie

Vhi GAA Cúl Camps By Numbers:

– 4th Year of Vhi GAA Cúl Camps

– 83,000 children attended last year’s camps

– 927 camps in 4 different countries (Ireland, USA, England & Scotland)

– 8 camps in USA

– 4,500 coaches

– 10,000 matches will be played

– 10,000 bookings on-line this year to date, through new on-line booking facility

– 4 sports played: hurling/camogie, football/ladies football, handball, rounders.

– 7 – 13 years of age

Names of Ambassadors By County:

Among those attending, are:

– Anthony Daly, Dublin Hurling Manager

– Damien Healy, Westmeath Footballer

– Conor Mortimer – Mayo Footballer

– Ross McConnell, Dublin Footballer

– Richie Hogan, Kilkenny Hurler

– Ronan Flanagan, Cavan Football Captain

– Brian Carroll, Offaly Hurler

– David O’Callaghan, Dublin Hurler

– Angela Walsh, Cork Ladies Footballer

– Paul Brady, Cavan Handballer & World Champion

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