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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Inis Meain impresses at Limerick

The Listed Martin Molony Stakes was the main event at Limerick on Sunday and it produced an impressive winner in the shape of the Denis Hogan-trained Inis Meain. The progressive six-year-old took charge over two furlongs out and ground out an authoritative 4 1⁄4 lengths victory under Danny Mullins. The pick of the remainder of the action was the opening Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden and it saw the Aidan O'Brien-trained Expedition make a hard-fought winning debut by a neck under Seamie Heffernan.

Drama At Sligo

Despite having only three runners, the opening the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Hurdle was considered by many to be the most intriguing race on Sunday's card at Sligo and it provided a remarkably dramatic spectacle. The drama started almost immediately, as the second favourite Torn Asunder ran off the first bend and

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Kelly's Irish record in Italy

A new Irish record of 5,442 points in Heptathlon was set by Kelly Proper of Ferrybank AC. last week. Kelly broke her club mate Mairead Murphy's record of 4399 set in May 2012 while competing in the Multistars in Florence, Italy on the 2nd and 3rd of May. Proper began the gruelling two day competition with a sixth place finish in the 100m hurdles recording a time of 14.80. This earned her a score of 868 points, a very solid start to the competition. The high jump came next and Kelly cleared a height of 1.66m to earn herself 806 points. In the shot putt she threw a distance of 10.40 m which converted to 556 points. The 200m was the final event on day one

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Minor hurlers unfurl the banner

A deserved 4-18 to 1-10 win over Clare in famed Fraher Field Dungarvan on Wednesday last saw the Waterford Minor hurlers claim a Munster semi-final spot against Cork at the end of June. The Deise went into this game on the back of a defeat to reigning champions Tipperary but with the knowledge that even allowing for the fact they never quite hit top gear, they still had the chances to beat the Premier county. Clare on the other hand produced a workmanlike effort to run Cork to a couple of points in their opening game. Indeed the Banner led Cork for much of the sixty minutes and could feel they too had an opportunity to claim the spoils. Because this was a rearranged fixture it was free admission for all and there was a sizable

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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Blues lose two points

Waterford United 1 - 1 Longford Town

Had Waterford United won on Friday night last they would have closed the gap on Longford to just five points. The fact that Mervue United were held to a draw by Salthill Devon it would also have meant that the Blues would now be in second place, level with Mervue on 14 points but a late goal scored by Longford meant that Paul O'Brien's team had to settle for a point and as a result they remain eight points behind the midlanders. It was a cruel goal to concede, but in fairness the visitors did deserve a point. David O'Sullivan was the player who scored the Longford goal, his 10th of the season . He pounced to knock home a free kick taken by the former Manchester United player Keith Gillespie.


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Tuesday, 7th May 2013

Everyone at the club was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Willie Moran last week. Alongside his job as school principal in Tramore, Willie found the time to make a truly immense contribution to football at all levels, locally and nationally. His list of roles include: founder member of Tramore AFC, Secretary of the Waterford Schoolboys League, Secretary and Chairman of the SFAI, and Secretary here at Waterford United. He was a pioneer of underage football and youth development in the region, and a brilliant administrator. Our deepest sympathies, from all at the club, go to the Moran family - including brother Ray who served the Blues so well as assistant manager in recent years, and to Willie's many friends and colleagues, at this sad time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sé.

Blues Head Into The West Once Again


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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Sparring Is Over

This coming weekend will see the opening fixtures in the JJ Kavanagh Senior Hurling championship and it certainly throws up some mouthwatering ties. For the last number of months the clubs of the county have been preparing hard and with county leagues, tournaments allied to their own training regime they are fit and ready for the trials ahead. The championship is divided into two groups of six teams. each team will play the other five in the group and this will eventually determine whether a club progresses to the knockout stages or falls into the dreaded relegation net. Group One will begin on Saturday 4th with reigning champions De La Salle facing Ballyduff Upper in Fraher Field at 7.30pm. The reigning kingpins are a very strong and talented outfit with many of their panel already gracing the intercounty

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Super win for Blues in Ballybofey

finn harps 0 - 1 Waterford united Across the Back by Booter

A fine headed goal from Paudie Quinn gave Waterford United a deserved victory against Finn Harps at Ballybofey on Friday night last as Paul O'Brien's side extended their unbeaten run to four games in a game that the Blues showed a fantastic workrate throughout. Next up for the Blues is a home game against Longford Town this Friday. The midlanders are eight points in front of Waterford and this is a must win game for the local side if they wish to remain in touch with Tony Cousins men. Slowly but surely, Waterford are getting to grips with the challenge and hopefully they can continue to add to their good form this Friday.

Finn Harps had

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Weld doubles-up at Gowran Park

Dermot Weld took centre stage at Gowran Park on Sunday, completing a double that included the featured Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes with Caponata. The promising four-year-old had to work hard for her victory, with We'll Go Walking pushing her very hard, but Pat Smullen's mount emerged on top by 1/2-length. That completed a double for Weld and Smullen, as they had already combined with Lucky Kitten to win the Handicap by a comfortable 3 1/4 lengths.

Mullins again imperious at Punchestown

The final day of the Punchestown Festival on Saturday went much the same way as the previous two days had, with utter domination from Champion Trainer Willie Mullins. This time he completed a treble that included both Grade 1 contests on the card, with Glens Melody securing a cosy

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Ruby Walsh was the man to follow at Cork on Monday, with the leading jockey completing a double on the card. Ruby got off the mark in the opening July 12th BBQ Evening Beginners Chase, riding the Willie Mullins-trained Turban to a comfortable 4? lengths victory. The Walsh brace was secured in equally comfortable style in the Fathers Day June 16th Novice Handicap Hurdle, with him riding the Tony Martin-trained Living Next Door to a smooth six lengths success.

Racing News

Punchestown Festival A Roaring Success

The 2013 Punchestown Festival concluded on a massive high on Saturday with a bumper crowd bringing the overall event attendance to 101,745. The final day was AES Family day at the Co. Kildare track and this year it attracted 24,254 people of all ages from every corner of the country. This is the first time since 2008

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Wednesday, 1st May 2013

Irish-trained horses dominated the finish of the Group 3 bet365 Classic Trial at Sandown on Friday, with the Patrick Prendergast-trained Sugar Boy leading home a 1-2-3 for the Irish raiders. Given an excellent front-running ride by Chris Hayes, the son of Authorized battled very gamely indeed to score by a head from the Aidan O'Brien-trained Eye Of The Storm, with the David Wachman-trained Galileo Rock a further €-length back in third.

Upcoming Fixtures

Ballinrobe – Tuesday 30th April (First Race 5:25)

Tipperary – Wednesday 1st May (First Race 4:30)

Tipperary – Thursday 2nd May (First Race 4:30)

Kilbeggan – Friday 3rd May (First Race 6:20)

Dundalk – Friday 3rd May (First Race 6:20)

Limerick – Saturday 4th May (First Race 2:10)

Sligo – Sunday 5th May (First Race 2:30)

Limerick – Sunday 5th May (First Race 2:10)

Down Royal – Monday 6th May (First Race TBC)

Curragh – Monday 6th May

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