All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1 – Waterford 2-22 Laois 1-15

Waterford defeated Laois by 2-22 to 1-15 in Round 1 of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers on Saturday June 28th at Walsh Park Waterford.

Walsh brace helps Waterford ease past Laois

GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Round 1: Waterford 2-22 Laois 1-15

Report from the web site

Waterford have beaten Laois comfortably by ten points in this evening’s All-Ireland SHC Round 1 Qualifier at Walsh Park. 5,025 spectators watched Derek McGrath’s hosts bounce back from their Munster SHC semi-final defeat to Cork with a big win. Pauric Mahony scored eleven points, including ten frees, and Shane Walsh bagged a brace of first half goals for the winners.

Willie Hyland struck five points for Laois in an excellent individual display but it wasn’t enough as Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett’s Leinster side bowed out of the championship. And yet it was Laois who got off to a brilliant start with just 57 seconds on the watch when Neil Foyle netted from close range following a goalkeeping error.

Walsh’s first goal in the tenth minute levelled the match at 1-2 apiece as wind-assisted Waterford dragged themselves back into contention. Walsh struck again in the 22nd minute and Waterford tagged on another five points to lead by 2-10 to 1-5 at the break. The teams were level at 1-5 each before Waterford roared into life with a scoring blitz.

A brace of points after half-time from Hyland hinted at a Laois revival but Waterford hit back to establish their biggest lead of the game. McGrath’s men were eleven points ahead, 2-17 to 1-9, before five points without reply from Laois cut the deficit back to six. Waterford, with Kevin Moran in excellent form throughout, needed a score and that man Mahony stopped the rot with two converted frees. Waterford cruised from there until the finish and in truth, the winning margin could have been more as ten of their 15 wides were registered before half-time. And Jake Dillon, scorer of three points from play, saw his goalbound shot brilliantly diverted over the crossbar by Eoin Reilly in the second half.
Scorers for Waterford: P Mahony 0-11 (10f), S Walsh 2-1, J Dillon 0-3, G O’Brien 0-2, D Fives, A Gleeson, C Dunford, S Prendergast & K Moran 0-1 each.
Scorers for Laois: W Hyland 0-5, N Foyle 1-0, M Whelan (2 65s), S Maher (2f), R King (2f) & J Purcell 0-2 each, J Campion & C Dwyer 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: S O’Keeffe; S Fives, L Lawlor, P Prendergast; D Fives, M Walsh, T de Burca; K Moran, S O’Sullivan; J Dillon, P Mahony, A Gleeson; R Donnelly, S Walsh, C Dunford
Subs: S Prendergast for Donnelly (31), G O’Brien for Gleeson (51), M O’Neill for S Walsh (64), J Nagle for O’Sullivan (67), R Foley for D Fives (68).

LAOIS: E Reilly; J.A. Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, T Delaney; D Palmer, P Purcell; J Campion, W Hyland, S Maher; N Foyle, C Dwyer, T Fitzgerald
Subs: J Walsh for J Campion, D Maher for Stapleton (both half-time), C Collier for Palmer (41), J Purcell for P Purcell (51), R King for Maher (54).

Referee: A Kelly (Galway)
Report: Jackie Cahill

Team News

1. Stephen O Keeffe (Ballygunner)
2. Shane Fives (Carrigtwohill)
3. Liam Lawlor (Fourmilewater)
4. Noel Connors (Passage)
5. Darragh Fives (Tourin)
6. Michael Walsh (Stradbally, capt)
7. Tadgh Burke (Clashmore / Kinsalebeg)
8. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
9. Shane O’Sullivan (Ballygunner)
10. Jake Dillon (De La Salle)
11. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)
12. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)
13. Ryan Donnelly (Dungarvan)
14. Shane Walsh (Fourmilewater)
15. Colin Dunford (Colligan)

Laois: E Reilly; J Delaney, B Campion, B Stapleton; J Fitzpatrick, M Whelan, T Delaney; D Palmer, J Walsh; J Campion, W Hyland, S Maher; N Foyle, C Dwyer, T Fitzgerald.

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers Round 1B – Carlow 0-17 Waterford 1-13

Carlow defeated Waterford by 0-17 to 1-13 in Round 1B of the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Qualifiers on Saturday June 28th at Dr. Cullen Park Carlow.

Carlow dig deep to beat Waterford

GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Round IB: Carlow 0-17 Waterford 1-13

Report from the web site

Daniel St Ledger gave an exhibition of place-kicking as Carlow restored some pride to register their first qualifier win since 2005. Anthony Rainbow would surely have called for a battling performance from his men after the 28-point hammering by Meath that had Waterford the bookies’ favourites coming to Dr. Cullen Park. He got it in spades as they dominated the possession stakes by virtue of an excellent middle third effort, while the ability of his men to force turnovers was also significant.

They looked in trouble early in the second half when they trailed by five points but some stupendous dead ball kicking by centre-back Daniel St Ledger edged them ahead. The centre-back finished with four points, with one from a 45 and three frees. The last free from 60m in the 70th minute gave his side a vital two-point cushion that was needed, as Waterford’s top scorer, Paul Whyte brought his tally seven with a free before substitute referee, Pádraig O’Sullivan (in at half time for heel injury victim Cormac Reilly) called a halt to proceedings.

Waterford started strongly but Carlow settled into the game and dominated much of the opening half, only to spurn 13 scoring chances. Liam Ó Lonáin was the chief threat for the visitors, and was denied himself in the opening minute by an Andy O’Brien save before flashing a shot over the bar soon after.

It was the An Rinn man that goaled right at the interval to give his side a flattering 1-6 to 0-6 lead. He was also fouled for the two frees slotted by Whyte to put Waterford five clear early in the second half but Carlow retained their composure and scored six consecutive points to got two points clear.

Waterford did get it back level with just over three minutes left thanks to two pointed frees by Whyte but Carlow showed their resolve as points by Jack Kennedy, and that last mammoth effort by St Ledger pushed them clear once more.
CARLOW: A O’Brien, R Mahon, C Lawlor, BJ Molloy, K Nolan 0-1, D St Ledger 0-4(3fs, 1 45), B Kavanagh 0-2, E Ruth 0-1, H Gahan, M Meaney 0-1, C Moran, D Bambrick, D Foley 0-1, S Kinsella 0-3(2fs), C Coughlan 0-3(1f)
Subs: W Minchin for Gahan inj (28), G Power for Mahon (43), J Kennedy (0-1) for Moran BC (66), J Lowry for Kavanagh (69), M Ware for Foley BC (70+1).

WATERFORD: S Enright, D Crowley, T O’Gorman, Maurice O’Gorman, W Hutchinson, S Briggs 0-2, O Keevers, S Aherne, T Prendergast 0-1, D Grey, L Ó Lonáin 1-2, T Ó hUallacháin, B Wall, P Whyte 0-8(5FS), JJ Hutchinson
Subs: M Curry for Grey (43), D Allen for Wall inj (46), C O’Keeffe for W Hutchinson (53), Michael O’Gorman for Ó hUallacháin (65), N Walsh for Briggs inj (66).

REFEREE: C Reilly (Meath) / P O’Sulivan (Kerry)

Team News

The Waterford Senior Football team to play Carlow in Dr. Cullen Park at 2pm tomorrow Saturday has just been announced.

1. Stephen Enright – Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley – St. Saviours
3. Thomas O’Gorman – Nire
4. Maurice O’Gorman – Nire
5. Wayne Hutchinson – Gaultier
6. Shane Briggs – Ballinacourty
7. Oran Keevers – De La Salle
8. Shane Aherne – Stradbally
9. Tommy Prendergast – Kilrossanty
10. David Grey – Stradbally
11. Liam Ó Lonáin – An Rinn
12. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin – An Rinn
13. Brian Wall – Nire
14. Paul Whyte – Kilrossanty
15. – JJ. Hutchinson – Gaultier

Wheelchair Hurling Inter-Provincial League Round 3

The M. Donnelly GAA Wheelchair Hurling Inter-Provincial League Round 3 will take place on Saturday June 28th from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the Sports Arena, University of Limerick.

Favourites Munster, lead the way in the League with 17 points. Hot on their heels are Connacht with 14 points, while Leinster remains in touch on 11 points. Ulster, who have a young side are on 6 points. The last time Wheelchair Hurling was in Limerick – September 2010, Munster won the Senior competition and Leinster won the Junior.

Film – It’s not for the faint hearted

Some quick facts about Wheelchair Hurling
Q1 – What is Wheelchair Hurling?
Answer – Ground hurling, played by Wheelchair users.

Q2 – How old is the sport?
Answer – Wheelchair hurling was ‘invented’ in 1998 in a Dublin Special Needs school, by school Principal, Tim Maher.

Q3 – How many players are involved?
Answer – Teams are 6 a side, made up of: 2 Forwards, 1 Midfielder, 2 Backs and 1 Goal keeper.

Q4 – Does the game have zones?
Answer – Yes, there are three zones.
1. Attackers and Defenders must stay in their appropriate zones.
2. Midfielders can travel in both the attacking and defensive zones.
3. The Goal keepers are the only players allowed in the goal keeping zones.

Contact Details

For more information about Wheelchair hurling, contact Tony Watene (01) 8363222 or