Clarke out to prove he's biggest hitter

Graham Clarke defends his All-Ireland Poc Fada title this weekend in Louth and the Ballygalget and Down goalkeeper says that only the weather can stop him from beating his score of 51 which won last year’s title.

Treaty grateful for Saffron clash

LIMERICK’S short passing game, as introduced by Donal O’Grady, has served them well so far this season. Their opening Munster championship defeat to Waterford, perhaps now a blessing in disguise, was their first competitive loss this year, given that they didn’t enter the pre-season Waterford Crystal Tournament. They are now in the last six of […]

In Focus…Cathal Carville

Declan Bogue: Your involvement with Armagh teams goes right the way back to the underage development squads, tell us about that. Cathal Carvill: I was with the footballers at 14, and then a year later I had my first interaction with Paul Kelly and Tommy Stevenson with the u-15 hurlers. After the Ulster semi-final I […]

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.