Thursday, 26th April 2018
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Defeat for Footballers

The opening outing of the year for the Waterford senior Footballers saw the team travel to Meelick for first round game against Clare. The Banner had a slight advantage in the opening half with a goal from Cathal O'Connor giving the home side a 1-7 to 0-6 lead at the break. The Deise management were certainly using this competition with a view to games later in the season as they fielded ten newcomers in their lineup.

Waterford did make chances in the opening period but wayward shooting saw a number of wasted opportunities. At the other end with Eimhin Courtney (4 points in the opening half) and Lissacasey clubman Conor Finnucane being particularly dangerous. Waterford also had their share of scoring chances converted with Rathgormack's Jason Curry looking particularly accurate when notching a total of seven points overall.

In the second half the home side began to dominate much of the possession and a second goal from Gearoid O Broin giving them some breathing space. Despite being on the "back foot" this Waterford outfit continued to create some chances and their cause was rewarded when Conor Murray had a goal in injury time. The final score was probably a reflection on where both teams are at present but Tom McGlinchy and his management team will be hoping that as the weeks pass there will have some momentum brought forward for the opening rounds of the Allianz National league.

The Deise will play Cork next weekend when I would expect the Deise to again show some new faces. There is no better chance of bringing through players than in these competitions. The Waterford lineout last weekend was David Whitty (Gaultier), Conor McCarthy (Ballinacourty), Gary

Cullinan (Gaultier), Aidan Trihy (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), Kieran Murphy (St Saviours), Shane Prendergast 9Kilrossanty), Shane Ryan (Nire), Caoimhin McGuire (Gaultier), Dylan Guiry (Nire), Eoin O'Brien (Stradbally), Joey Veale (Kilrossanty), Jason Curry (Rathgormack), Gavin Crotty (Dungarvan), Paul Walsh (Kilrossanty), Conor Murray (Rathgormack).

Scorers. Jason Curry 0-7, Conor Murray 1-0, Gavin Crotty 0-1, Michael Kiely 0-1.

REMINDER

The Waterford GAA Club Season Tickets are now available to purchase. Certainly a "must" for those going to games and very good value are available at E130 for an adult and E80 for OAP. Tickets can be purchased at the office in Walsh Park, Elvery's Waterford City and Dungarvan and David Walsh's Dungarvan.

COACHING AND GAMES

Among the many interesting facts in the Convention Booklet on Coaching and Games Development was a piece on the hugely successful Cul Camps. It tells us that after the phenomenal success of the Camps in 2016 it was going to take a huge effort from all concerned to surpass those figures in 2017. The report tells us that thanks to the hard work of the dedicated Coaching and Games manager and the GDA's these figures were not only surpassed but to an extraordinary level. The figure in 2016 was 3836 attendees but, in 2017 that figure had jumped to 4468. The Culcamps

led to an injection of some E135000 into the local economy between wages, equipment etc. a not inconsiderable sum. A special thanks went to Camp Ambassadors Tadhg de Burca, Patrick Curran and Austin Gleeson. There was also an increase in the attendance at the County Grounds camps with a rise from 100 to 171. An Easter and Hallowe'en Camp was also held at both Carriganore and Gold Coast which were both also very well attended.

All in all a very satisfactory endeavour from all concerned.

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