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[ # ] Waterford beat Tipperary in All Ireland Semi Final
August 17th, 2008

Waterford are through to their first All Ireland final since 1963 after they . A powerful start and finish were they keys as they jumped out to a 6 points to nothing lead and then outscored Tipp 5 points to 1 in the closing minutes.

Tipperary Waterford Teams

Tipp were probably rusty after their long lay off since the Munster final win and it took them a while to get up to speed. As Waterford have discovered what’s the point in winning a provincial final if it puts you at a disadvantage for the next game - time for an open draw system. Tipp were outstanding all year and just get pipped in one game and it’s over, Waterford have been very poor all year, got an easy draw in the qualifiers and now win one big game and suddenly they do what they failed to do for the last 45 years.

Davy Fitzgerald must be a happy man tonight, god knows what Justin McCarthy makes of it all. All the fuss about him being unfairly got rid of but now the players have responded by reaching the All-Ireland final.

Liam Sheedy can be happy with his first year. They’ve won plenty, have a young team, plenty of talented minors coming through and he looks like a great manager - so it all points to some great years ahead for Tipperary, not that that’s much consolation to them tonight.

The Deise march on to a mouth watering clash with Kilkenny. Should be a great first Sunday in September.

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Read the Comments

[ # 6337 ] Comment from Christy [August 17, 2008, 9:07 pm]

RTE Sunday Game Man of the Match is Eoin Kelly of Waterford.

A sure fire all-star at this stage.

[ # 6351 ] Comment from Dan [August 18, 2008, 9:09 am]

Eoin was great again and deserves the allstar but I think Kevin Moran, Murpy and Kearney really tightened up the backline yesterday and they were the unsung heroes that wo us the game

[ # 6353 ] Comment from Larry [August 18, 2008, 10:23 am]

Yep those guys were brilliant yesterday, really stepped up a level from what I thought they were capable of.
Bodes well for the final!

[ # 6360 ] Comment from Jim Maguire [August 18, 2008, 2:40 pm]

Welcome to the final, been a long time getting here, I’m a Kilkenny man but Waterford hurling always looked good - I’m sorry I cant root for you in September but its great see you here.
Well done.

[ # 6364 ] Comment from stevo [August 18, 2008, 3:18 pm]

thought biggest improvement was our midfield though, nagle ahd great energy and brick was coming back to his normal level of class. work to do to match them but think kilkenny would have preferred to be playing Tipp

[ # 6377 ] Comment from k [August 18, 2008, 11:19 pm]

unbelievable eventually reaching a final, didnt think id see the day, great performance,the cats will be a huge step up, they are class. hope the lads can give it everything and go 1 step further and take home the trophy against the odds. dont want to see a final like the limerick one last year, too much pride at stake in the local derby. cmon the deise

[ # 6394 ] Comment from anne [August 19, 2008, 4:46 pm]


[ # 6409 ] Comment from Larry [August 20, 2008, 7:56 am]

I don’t know about a watch - As Christy said in the first comment Waterford’s Eoin Kelly got man of the match and was presented with some piece of crystal. It’s just an RTE television thing really, not too big a deal, although the one for the all ireland final tends to make a fuss alright.

[ # 6468 ] Comment from Mark [August 22, 2008, 10:34 am]

Re: Stevo’s comments on how Kilkenny would have preferred Tipp ?

I’m not sure what this is based on ? If its based on last year’s league final when Waterford won well you could equally look to this year’s league semi when Tipp won.
I honestly don’t believe Kilkenny had a preference one way or another. Waterford and Tipperary are both huge local rivals and either team would provide a huge challenge in the final.
I was delighted to see this Waterford team reaching the final this year and it should be a cracking encounter.
Tipp have youth on their side and should come again in 09.

[ # 6551 ] Comment from stevo [August 26, 2008, 10:34 am]

Mark, reason i believe kilkenny would have preferred tipp instead of waterford is hunger. these players have been waiting their whole careers as have the supporters. tipp unless im wrong had a final 9 years ago, along time but not in same league. alot of players know this might be thier only shot and will not want to blow it. they will not be outmusled or outplayed for that reason, they wont allow themselves to be.As well some of our players live on emotion, Mullane being prime exammple and the day intensity of a first final will suit him down to ground. both teams are local rivals, both are good huurling teams but waterford will be more up for it and I believe can live physically with killkenny better than tipp could have. peopel may have belived the clebrations when we won semi were over the top but i disagree as i say just as much emotion in the stands and on the terrace, this game means so much to waterford people, win or lose, as long as the boys give agood account we’ll all be proud. Dan, molumpy and pender are all due good games as well as none have played so well this year. I’m cautiously optimistic and looking forawrd to the day. (oh by the way you wouldnt have a spare ticket would you, lol)

[ # 6787 ] Comment from fran raftery [September 3, 2008, 9:41 am]

Greetings from manchester well done Waterford will be rooting for you on sunday

[ # 6820 ] Comment from [September 4, 2008, 7:11 am]

go won d deise d boys will do us proud

[ # 20814 ] Comment from Nuria [October 30, 2009, 7:41 am]

how much money do hurlers get paid?
Please anser me!!!

[ # 20816 ] Comment from Larry [October 30, 2009, 10:15 am]

None - It’s an amateur game.

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