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 […]

Watson on losing the 'choker' tag

In this extract from an interview with Liam Watson which appears in the current issue of Gaelic Life  (October 6) the Loughgiel Hurler explains why his club finally ended their six-year losing streak in the Antrim Senior Hurling Championship RS: You played in six finals in a row before you won your Championship title. How […]

All-Ireland title beyond Ulster – John Martin

LOUGHGIEL may have lost six finals in a row in the noughties but their retribution continued at Casement Park on Sunday when they lifted the Volunteer Cup after a storming finish against Cushendall. In Down, Ballycran left it similarly late to see off the challenge of Portaferry. This week the Derry final takes place between […]

Carryduff youth policy bears fruit

IT HAS already been a history-making year for Carryduff and on Sunday the East Down club make their first foray into provincial competition when they face Antrim champions Creggan Kickham’s in the Ulster junior championship quarter-final at Páirc Esler. Eight years ago there wasn’t a stick in the club, but in 2011, Carryduff Cú Chulainns […]

John Martin – What planet are Central Council on?

WHEN you’re not directly involved with the GAA’s decision-making processes, it’s sometimes difficult to surmise how some decisions are actually arrived at. Cumann Lúthchleas Gael is, in theory at least, an ultra-democratic organisation. This is not always a good thing, especially for those who need something done quickly. The club to county to Congress root […]