McGourty focused on improvement

ANTRIM defender Kieran McGourty is adamant that Sunday’s Ulster final is a worthwhile endeavour for he and his team mates, despite the fact that most in the province expect the Saffrons to win easily. McGourty explained that the Saffrons, whose next game in the SHC Qualifiers is against either Galway, Limerick or Clare, will use […]

Wexford pain drove Antrim hurlers on

Antrim’s hurlers were driven by the hurt of their second half collapse against Wexford when taking to Casement Park last Saturday.
The Saffrons took on Westmeath in Belfast in the preliminary round of the qualifiers two weeks after a second half collapse against the Model men in the Leinster championship quarter-final.

Donegal to build on Lory Meagher win

Donegal captain Andrew Wallace said that the county must use the feel-good factor from winning the Lory Meagher title to improve hurling in the county.
County hurling chairman Donal McLochlainn echoed those statements this week, after Donegal beat Tyrone by 2-12 to 0-17 thanks to a late goal from Ciaran Mathewson at Croke Park.
“There is a real feel-good factor at the moment. Andrew Wallace spoke about it after the game and said we need to build on it,” McLochlainn said.

United Red Hands head for Headquarters

Croke Park appearances for Tyrone hurlers are like buses… You wait a lifetime for one, then two come along in quick succession.
The Red Hands head back to Headquarters this Saturday for their high-noon showdown against Donegal, the scene of their 2009 success over the same opponents, and captain Sean Pol Begley would happily settle for a similar outcome.
As one of the side’s most seasoned campaigners, wing-back Begley is looking forward to leading his side off to Croker.

Monday round up

Derry cruised into the Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final yesterday with a performance that manager John Brennan described as ‘brutal’. The Oak Leafers dominated affairs during the first half of their clash with Fermanagh at Celtic Park, but while they were 1-18 to 1-10 winners at the final whistle, the margin of victory should have […]

Unhappiness over GAA 'gagging' of officials

Prominent GAA figures across Ulster voiced their discontent at yesterday’s visit to Croke Park by the British Queen. What’s more, they have been even stronger in their criticism of the Association hierarchy for their handling of the matter.
Those spoken to by Gaelic Life this week feel that they have been ‘gagged’ by stern directives from Croke Park warning units of the Association that they were not to comment on the visit.
The result has been little public dissension on the Croke Park visit by the British monarch. Meanwhile leading GAA figures in Ulster at both county and club level are seething that their voice cannot be heard.

“I cannot believe the way the GAA have gone about this. It’s nothing short of a disgrace. We have a voice, we have an opinion, and it should be heard,” one top official in the province told us yesterday as he watched the Croke Park visit unfold.

One last tilt for Breathnach

THE Donegal hurling captain says this year is his last chance to win the Lory Meagher Cup.
35-year-old Colm Breathnach says time has caught up with him and it is time to make way for the younger players in the county.
Yet despite his age, the hurt of the past five years has encouraged Breathnach and his team mates to keep fighting.

Saffrons short for Laois

Antrim boss Dinny Cahill has resigned himself to being without a number of marquee names for next weekend’s Leinster Championship clash against Laois at O’Moore Park.
The Saffrons had an extensive injury list throughout the league but of that roll-call only Paul Shiels and Karl McKeegan are expected to be available for the Leinster SHC opener on May 14.
That means Cahill will face Laois without Liam Watson, Johnny Campbell, Thomas McCann and Cormac Donnelly through injury, while Sean Delargy will not be available until after the first round due to work commitments.

Cavan hurlers should learn from Tyrone

EARLIER this week, Cavan announced that they were withdrawing from all senior hurling competitions for the season ahead. The justification was that they were instead going to focus their attentions on underage development, putting in place a five-year plan to revolutionise hurling in the county. It was a bold move by the Breffni board, but […]