Monday 9 September 2013

Waterford's Great Day

All-Ireland MHC Final:

Waterford 1-21; Galway 0-16

Waterford's long wait for an All-Ireland minor hurling title came to an end in Croke Park yesterday when they had eight points to spare over Galway. Waterford's display, for minors, must have been one the best ever seen in Croke Park. Besides their great team work, they had some outstanding individuals. Galway are a good team but they lacked the all round ability of Waterford.

The great work that has been done in Waterford, for a number of years, in developing the game from juvenile stage up is starting to pay dividends. In recent years they have been very successful in post-primary school competitions, and that success is now transferred to their county teams. There is a high standard of club hurling at all grades in Waterford, with promotion and relegation operating. They have at least six club teams at senior level capable of holding their own with any club in the country. The future looks bright for their senior hurlers.

I was very pleased that Tom Devine had such a good game for Waterford yesterday. His mother Mary was my nurse when I spent a day as a patient in South Tipperary General Hospital, Clonmel last year.

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