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Galway minor hurlers started the day off well last Sunday for the county in Semple Stadium, with a well merited 1-14 to 0-13 victory over Limerick in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
St Brigid’s of Loughrea has become the first school to win both senior and junior vocational hurling titles in the same season.
Kilkenny junior hurling champions John Lockes qualified for the Leinster Junior hurling final by virtue of a hard earned one point win over Adamstown in Tadghmon on Sunday last.
A well balanced and skilful display helped O’Loughlin Gaels land their third Kilkenny senior hurling county title on Sunday last.
Raharney 2-14 Clonkill 1-16
How refreshing it was to finally see a good honest championship match. The games to date in this year’s campaign have been either one sided affairs or ones of poor quality. So with the World Cup just about to get underway the GAA got a great boost when Waterford and Clare did battle in Thurles last Monday.
The Tom Walsh Cup made the familiar journey back to Ballyhale on Sunday evening after the Shamrocks had withstood a massive second half effort from James Stephens to land their third successive Kilkenny county title. The club may only have been formed in 1972 but Sunday’s victory lifts them to joint second with Bennettsbridge and Mooncoin in the roll of honours list. They will have to add eight more to catch up on the mighty Tullaroan club, mind you, they have had a head start on the Shamrocks’ club considering that they won their first title back in 1887.
Brian Cody has regularly pointed out that the only time to be ahead on the score board is at full-time. And the men from Leitir Mor must have been listening to him. They timed their final surge last Sunday to perfection to defeat St James on a score-line of 0-9 to 0-7 to be crowned the Claregalway Hotel intermediate champions for 2009.
The Shamrocks players created club history last Sunday by landing the Tom Walsh Cup for the fourth year in a row. This year’s victory was without a doubt the hardest earned of the four.