Murphy may have masterplan – John Martin

As the nights draw in and activity on the country’s hurling pitches grinds to a halt, scribblers like myself find it more and more difficult to fill the column inches with anything ‘newsy’. This is the rest of the story. Over the past couple of years the strikes in Limerick and Cork have provided great […]

Creggan out to make history

The last remaining Ulster club title will be decided on Sunday when Creggan Kickhams take on Burt in the junior final at Clones, 12.30pm. Antrim champions Creggan are aiming to become only the second side from the south-west of the county to claim a provincial title. The only other south-west winner was Ahoghill back in […]

John Martin – Explain the Tain league

WHEN the plans for the Táin League were first mooted a few months back, I gave it a cautious welcome with a let’s wait and see caveat attached. The publicly-stated theory behind the Táin League that club activity needs to be nurtured and supported in the counties involved is difficult to argue with. For the […]

Loughgiel will learn from All-Ireland mistakes

LOUGHGIEL Shamrocks midfielder Barney McAuley believes that the Ulster club champions will not be as “naïve” as they were earlier this year when they do battle in the All-Ireland club semi-final next February. The Antrim kingpins beat Ballycran last Sunday in the Ulster decider and now have a four-month wait until they meet the Munster […]

Maguire 'surprised' by Shinty call up

WHEN the panel for the upcoming Shinty/hurling test series was announced there was one surprising inclusion on the panel, Damian Maguire. To call it surprising is not a slight on the Carrickmore hurler either, as he himself admitted to shock at being called up. “There was no one more surprised than me,” he said this […]

John Martin – Antrim have made long-term decision

WHAT’S that saying about waiting ages for a bus and two come along at once? It was a bit like that for the Antrim county board this month when they had to choose between two first class nominations for the senior hurling manager’s job in the county. Jerry Wallis (or is it Jerry Wallace, or […]

Cahill annoyed by treatment

OUTGOING Antrim manager Dinny Cahill has expressed his annoyance at losing out in the job of Antrim hurling manager, and says he has left the county feeling, “Used and abused,” after a total of five-and-a-half years over two terms as senior manager. Cahill was displaced by Wallis as Antrim boss at Monday night’s Antrim county […]

Hurling All-stars

This is John Martin’s hurling column, printed on October 6 AT FIRST glance the 2011 All Star nominee list doesn’t particularly raise any eyebrows. It is after all, a fairly subjective piece of work and within the 45 players named, pretty much everyone’s top 15 combination is included. As ever, there are a few players […]

Crossey says he wouldn't go up against Dinny

JOHN Crossey has revealed the reasons why he pulled out of the race for the job of Antrim senior hurling manager, earlier this week. Speaking to Gaelic Life, the former Down and Armagh coach said, “I only let my name go forward because I heard Dinny [Cahill] mightn’t be going for the job. It was […]

Canning's fortunate nomination – John Martin

It has long been recognised that far from being a reflection of the best hurlers of the year, the All Stars are in essence the best players from the counties that make the All-Ireland quarter-finals onwards, with a few others thrown in. However this year there isn’t one player from any county that didn’t make […]