Monday, 20th August 2018
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Hurling back as football takes break

Next weekend will see the resumption of the JJ Kavanagh Senior Hurling Championship as the four quarter final places are "up for grabs". Neighbours Ballyduff Upper and Tallow are first in action as they face off On Saturday evening at 6.30pm in Lismore. The former suffered a huge (7-29 to 0-10) defeat to reigning kingpins and hot favourites Ballygunner in their last group outing while Tallow beat Fourmilewater (1-14 to 1-13) and it would appear that the Bridesiders might just have the edge although there will be little between the teams.

There are the games down for decision on Sunday with Mount Sion facing Ring in Fraher Field at 2pm. The team from the Gaeltacht have really struggled in the championship thus far and were convincingly beaten by Abbeyside in their final group outing (5-17 to 1-9). Mount Sion on the other hand did finish the group stage on a positive note with a convincing eight point win over Lismore. A win for the Monastery would seem on the cards.

The meeting of Roanmore and Fourmilewater as the second game on this double header afternoon should turn out to be a real cracker. Roanmore suffered a one point defeat to both Mount Sion and Passage but got it all right against Lismore with a 3-15 to 0-16 win. Fourmilewater defeated Dungarvan but came up short against De La Salle and Tallow. No doubt both camps will be confident of victory and a win will be a huge confidence lift while for the loser it's another year. Could be a draw but the scales slightly tips to the city side.

The final game of "hurling weekend" will see Dungarvan and Lismore in opposition. Before a ball was struck both clubs would certainly have had ambition of making a huge impact on the latter stages of the competition but now one of the fancied teams will be out before the quarter final. The Old Boro have promised more than they delivered in recent years, however, a draw with De La Salle in their last group outing must surely give them confidence of progressing. On the other hand Lismore have been making great strides since their return to senior ranks a couple of years ago. They definitely have the ability to progress and the form of their five point win over table toppers Passage, if repeated, would put them in pole position. Don't rule out a draw although Dungarvan are given a slight edge.

FOOTBALL UPDATE

Both Rathgormack and Gaultier confirmed their place in the next stage of the JJ Kavanagh sponsored Senior Football Championship. The club from the Comeragh had a satisfactory 1-16 to 0-8 win over Ardmore. A goal leading up to halftime from Ronan Crotty saw them ahead 1-3 to 0-3. In the second half terrific points from Jason Curry saw the winners edge clear and secure the win. Gaulier saw a return to form with a 2-13 to 2-7 win over Portlaw. The men from the Barony had a disappointing group stage although they did secure a win over table toppers An Rinn on the way. A penalty goal from JJ Hutchinson before halftime and a second goal from David Cullinane paved the way for the men from the Barony.

The quarter final draw will see Ring play Clashmore/Kinsalebeg, Ballinacourty face Gaultier, Stradbally play Kilrossanty and Nire will face Rathgormack. These games are scheduled to take place early September. The relegation playoffs will see Dungarvan face Brickies and Ardmore face Portlaw.

MINORS WIN AS SENIORS BOW OUT

These are heady days for Waterford Camogie and last week saw the Waterford Minor team crowned Munster Champions as they defeated Cork 2-11 to 1-11 to claim their first "A"title. Goals from Abi Flynn and Kaiesha Tobin gave the Deise girls a 2-6 to 0-7 halftime lead and despite a Cork goal from Ellen Murphy in the second half the Deise girls held out for the win.

On Saturday the senior team faced Tipperary in the All-Ireland quarter final but despite a huge effort they went down 1-14 to 1-7. Mind you that scoreline probably does not do justice to Donal O'Rourke and his squad. Waterford began very tentatively and despite a goal from Beth Carton were behind 0-11 to 1-4 at the break. With some outstanding work from Niamh Rockett, Lorraine Bray, Bath Carton, Aine Lyng and Ciara Jackman the Deise continued to stay within striking distance but a goal on 59 minutes from Cait Devane finally delivered the victory for Tipperary. Beaten but very proud of their 2018 displays there is no doubt but the horizon looks good for 2019

Waterford Inter-Firm GAA Championships

The closing date for entering the Waterford Inter-Firm GAA Championships is Friday 31st August. Every year there is very competitive and entertaining matches in Senior Hurling/Football and Junior Hurling/Football. We encourage amalgamations where it's not possible to enter a team on your own. Anyone interested in taking part in the 2018 Championships which will begin in September can contact Oliver Fitzpatrick, Secretary Inter-Firm Central Council on 086-8455373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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