Sunday, 25th June 2017
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Clare just get over the line

In keeping with recent games Waterford Senior Hurling manager Derek McGrath and his management team put out a very inexperienced side to face Clare in the Munster League on Sunday last in Fraher Field. No doubt the De La Salle clubman is giving all those players on the panel and the extended panel an opportunity to copperfasten a place in the squad as we face the Allianz National League in a few weeks time. Nontheless this again was an opportunity for a young Waterford fifteen against a Clare squad who carried a number of their intercounty stars in tow.There was less than a thousand people in Dungarvan for this game on a cold but nice enough day for the middle of Winter. The banner led by 0-5 to 0-2 after the opening ten minutes thanks in part to a superb didplay from midfielder and Wolf Tones clubman Ben O'Gorman. Indeed throughout the game O'Gorman and his midfield partner Shane Golden from Sixmilebridge were showing really good form. Cathal Malone from Sixmilebridge clubmate of Golden was a creating space up front. That said Waterford got a grip of the pace and helped by superb goals from Balygunner clubman Peter Hogan in the 15th and 20th minutes, they hit the front 2-6 to 0-7. However it was Clare who fired the next volleys as both Cathal Malone and Ben O'Gorman billowed the Waterford net and with John Conlon and Aaron Cunningham making space for scores the visitors led 2-11 to 2-7 at the break. The second half saw both teams looking for that all decisive edge and had a clear six points lead 2-14 to 2-8 midway through the second half but three points without reply saw the game back in the "melting pot". Waterford sharpshooter Billy Nolan along with substitutes Billy O'Keeffe and Stephen Roche all got on the scoresheet with efforts but it was Clare who finished the stronger although two bookings for Brendan Bugler saw the All-Ireland winning player dismissed by referee Joe Larkin of Cork with ten minutes remaining. A late late goal from Ballygunner player Billy O'Keeffe was just that bit too little too late. The Waterford management and panel will be hoping to get their year on track next weekend as they travel to the Kingdom to face Kerry. No doubt Derek and the selectors will again look at as many players as possible before the big clash with Kilkenny. No time like the present. As for Clare, their management team of Donal Moloney and Gerry O Connor will be well pleased with their progress thus far. The Banner will face front runners Cork in their final game of the series.

REVIEW: WEST GDA DIVISION

As in all other divisions of the Coaching and Games Development it was another hectic year in the Western Division. Every day, week, month was packed with games, workshops, club visits and camps throughout the year. One of the highlights of the year was surely the under 8/9 indoor tournaments which were held in February and March. The mini blitzes took place in venues across the Western Division such as Ballinameela, Ballyduff Upper and Kilgobnet. For the players and the indeed the parents these are a terrific start to the year and this can be gauged from the crowds that turn up to the venues. Over 180 kids take part in the blitzes and the feedback from everyone is hugely encouraging. The games are played in great spirit even those featuring clubs from adjoining parishes.

Over the year there was a great interest in the Coaching Courses at Foundation level. While in the greater scheme of things they may not be high up on the agenda, there was huge interest in them with over forty club members taking part in the courses at Cappoquin and Kilgobnet. Over 20 people took part in the Aeard 1 course held at Colaiste Cathal Naofa in Dungarvan and surely the knowledge imparted and gained can only be positive in the clubs and beyond.

While this is only a snapshot of the events going on at Coaching and Games Development level one could realistically fill page after page with it. Surely a positive for both club and county.

THE PEOPLE

Here are a list of the people who together with the parents, volunteers, clubs and all others who have contributed to the huge work of the C and G in 2016

Coaching Officer MacDara MacDonnacha, Treasurer Liam Cheasty, Games Development Manager Eoin Breathnach, GDA Urban Area John Quinn, GDA Mid County David Robinson, Part Time Coach West GDA Division Barry Dunne. Congrats all.

GAA Coaching & Games Development Notes

Waterford C&GD Planner 2017

We are currently working on the planner for the coming year taking into account schools coaching, Go Games, Super Touch, Cúl Camps, Coach Education, Club support etc. The planner will be finalized in the coming weeks with the planners to be sent to all clubs by early February. GDA's will be in touch with clubs in the coming weeks.

Town & Country Meeting 25th Jan

All clubs playing Town & Country are asked to attend the meeting in Lawlor's Hotel this Wednesday at 7.30pm. Officers for coming year and gradings for the U11 & U12 Hurling & Gaelic Football will be finalised on the night.

Award 1 Courses

We are planning to run Award 1 Child & Award 1 Youth Courses in February/March. If you are interested in attending one of these courses please contact any member of Coaching & Games Committee to register.

Foundation Courses Brickey Rangers & Abbeyside

There will be 2 courses in the West Division in the coming weeks. The 1st course will start in Abbeyside starting Tuesday 24th January and running for 3 weeks. The 2nd course will start in Bushy Park on Monday 30th January and run for 3 Mondays. To register for either of these courses please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Child Protection Awareness Workshops

There will be a Child Protection Awareness Workshop in Bushy Park & also Cappoquin on Monday 20th February from 7pm-10pm. To register for this please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Cost is €10 per person

Hurling Super Games Centre

Our Super Games Centre run by county star Gavin O'Brien will begin again in February and run for 6 weeks. The 1st night is Thur Feb 2nd and it will run every Thur for 6 weeks from 6.30pm - 7.30pm. It is open to all 1st and 2nd year students to attend.

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