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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Cork roll on as Waterford challenge ends

In the cauldron that was Semple Stadium Thurles on Sunday last it was Cork who produced the goods against Waterford as they came through on a 0-23 to 1-15 scoreline in the Munster Senior Hurling semi-final. The Rebels, who opened their championship campaign with a defeat of reigning All-Ireland kingpins Tipperary, showed that they have very quickly become battle hardened with a comprehensive display that has catapulted them to "possible" ultimate winners. In the sweltering conditions it was Cork who finished the stronger and restricting Waterford to just three points in the final fifteen minutes was never going to be enough for the Deise.

Over thirty three thousand fans packed into the "home of hurling" for this encounter between neighbours Waterford and Cork. It was part of a double header with the under 25 Reserves

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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

Red hot Blues steam ahead

Waterford moved five points clear at the top of the table when they defeated Cabinteely at a sun drenched RSC on Friday last. This was a repeat of the outcome when the two teams met at the same venue back in March. Two goals inside the opening seven minutes rocked the visitors and they never fully recovered fully from that start and although they did try to muster some sort of comeback in the second half the final outcome was never in any real doubt. Next up is an away game against a UCD team who surprisingly lost at home to Shelbourne on Friday and they have now fallen seven points behind the Blues. The Waterford team are really knitting together right now and promotion remains very much on the radar.

The game was only four minutes

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Wednesday, 21st June 2017

WLRFM Waterford Viking Marathon on Saturday

A record entry of over 3000 has been received for the WLRFM Viking Marathon on Saturday next starting at 9 am at the City Hall over a new course that will take the competitors at first around a short piece of the city then over Rice Bridge and continuing on out over Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge, Waterford Greenway, Mt Congreve. Depending on which of the distances you compete in places that are on the route are the old Cork Road from Tramore Cross in by the motor mile, main Industrial Estate, Lismore Park, Paddy Browne's Rd others will see the Gracedieu East area past Roanmore GAA pitch, Logloss, ESB Complex, City City again and all finishes at WIT arena Full course is up on Marathon website.

Three on International duty

On Saturday and Sunday next Ireland compete

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Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Cork in Thurles

On Sunday next in Semple Stadium Thurles the second of the Munster Senior Hurling Semi-Finals will see old adversaries Waterford and Cork lock horns. There is no doubt but the County Tipperary venue has a habit of bringing out the best in both teams and there is no reason to suggest why Sunday next can not once again provide a terrific encounter. This is the opening game in the championship for the Deise who have already seen Cork put reigning champions Tipperary "to the sword" 2-27 to 1-26. The Rebels will be buoyed following this win over their great Munster rivals and also the fact that they defeated Waterford in the Allianz National League 1-21 to 1-13 in Walsh Park back in March although one must say that Waterford did not bring their "A" game on that occasion.

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Wednesday, 14th June 2017

Late Marky Lucas

It is with utter devastation and shock that I discovered that Marky Lucas died on Friday, June 9th. I hesitate to use his surname because Marky was so well-known that this was irrelevant.

As you all know, Marky was a great character and a most obliging referee, helping everyone who asked him.

He had a great knowledge of the local grapevine, so was a source of much information....which he always dispensed with a laugh.

A few years ago we hosted the South Dublin league and one of their officials was a senior referees assessor in Dublin.

He declared that Marky was one of the finest schoolboy referees he had ever seen and that he would love to have him in Dublin.

Marky knew, and was known by, almost everyone in football in Waterford

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

Thomas Barr begins his season in Geneva

Having withdrawn from the Manchester Games due to a slight foot problem Thomas Barr makes his first appearance of the season on Thursday next in Geneva Switzerland in the 400 metres hurdles. The season ahead is a very important one for him with two major championships the World's in London in August and the World University Games in Taipei in the same month.

Munster Senior and Master's on Sunday

Waterford will be well represented at the Munster Senior and Master's Track and Field Championships in Cork IT Track on Sunday next with the fixture getting under way at 10 am, and full timetable is available on Munster Athletics Website.

All Ireland Schools details

In Tullamore on Saturday last at the All Ireland Secondary Schools Track and Field finals a number of athletes from Waterford schools collected medals. In

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

A star is born as Blues rattle in six

A young player who stepped up from the Under 19 team three weeks ago scored a hat-trick on Friday night last at the Athlone Stadium as Waterford FC defeated a hapless home team who are now managed by Waterford's last boss, Roddy Collins. John Martin who made his debut against Longford Town in the middle of May has burst on to the scene with incredible ease and he scored a hat-trick in this one sided contest and the Waterford fans who made the journey to the midlands went home purring with excitement after watching this bright new youngster. Apart from his goals, his vision and passing were superb and there is no doubt that he is going to be a major figure during the remainder of the campaign. The Blues remain two

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Tuesday, 6th June 2017

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

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Two winners at AAI Games

On Sunday last in Santry Stadium a small number of athletes from Waterford competed in the AAI Games and they did well. Two won their events and these were the current National champion in the hammer Cara Kennedy Ferrybank , she was first in that event with a throw of 57.51 metres, the other winner was Rachel Power West Waterford in the shot putt with 8.44 metres. Niamh Whelan Ferrybank was second in the 200 metres in 24.39 and third in the 100 metres with 11.90 and Deirdre O'Connor Tramore was second in the 400 metres hurdles in 65.77.

National Combined Events

In miserable conditions in Santry on Saturday two master's athletes from Waterford AC did very well at the National Combined Events Championships.In the over 50 section Tom O'Brien won the title with 2493 points from his

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Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Blues go two points clear at the top of table

Waterford went into this game one point clear at the top of the table from UCD and two points clear of Cobh Ramblers. Following this game allied to UCD's win over Athlone Town the Blues are now two clear at the summit of the league table. Games between Waterford and Cobh are usually tight and tense affairs and this latest meeting of the teams fell into that category also. The home goalkeeper Paul Hunt was in brilliant form and he was the difference between a victory and a draw. Having said that the hosts could have taken all of the spoils also so this was a point gained for Alan Reynolds and his charges. On Friday next they travel to play an Athlone Town side who are now managed by Roddy

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    Celtic BounceThat our economy has steadily been getting better in the last number of years is something that won't be lost on most people. In fact things were so bad for so long at one period that there was no other way but up. Things are getting better but the questions have to be how much better and for whom? That there has been a bounce in our economy was witnessed by the better than average trading figures for the Christmas and New Year period. People did have more money to spend and they went ahe …

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