What a day for Waterford and for Stradbally Gaa Club with our Club man Michael Walsh leading from the front in an emphatic 4-19 to 0-20 win over Cork. A lot of words could be used to sum up Michaels performance but in fairness our national Newspapers summed it very well.
Irish Examiner 14/08/17
“They also had Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, who’s enjoying a late-career revival worthy of Philip Roth or Bill Murray. The Stradbally man popped up with Waterford’s third-minute goal, collecting Shane Bennett’s crossfield ball for a calm finish.”
The old ones are the best.
“Michael Walsh and Kevin Moran always lead from the front for Waterford. Here they did so in glorious fashion, the first men over the top and heading straight for the enemy trenches. After four minutes Walsh, not usually confused with Seamus Callanan or Lionel Messi, had a goal after fine work on the left by Shane Bennett. Moran finished with 0-4 to his credit, 0-3 in the opening quarter. Tús maith and all of that.”
“If Moran was making midfield his own, Walsh, 14 years Mark Coleman’s senior, was ruling the right wing. At times, he found himself on his own, but was still able to hold up ball for advancing team-mates. It was his goal that sprung Waterford into a seventh-minute lead, when Shane Bennett crossed a ball that eluded Coleman and Walsh’s strike, while straight at Nash, couldn’t be stopped, given the short distance.”
Colm Keys in the Irish Independent 14/08/17
Michael 'Brick' Walsh 8/10
“Gave 14 years to Mark Coleman, but nothing else, with so many assists, frees and a goal. His 69th consecutive championship game - an institution.”
As we now prepare for our day with destiny on the first Sunday in September the club will be working tirelessly in preparing the village for this Special Occasion, we have no news on the ticket front and as soon as we do will communicate with our members through Social media and the notes. The club committee will meet this week to finalise our preparations for the All Ireland and we will work tirelessly to secure as many tickets as possible for our members. We would ask that people refrain from contacting us until we are in a position to answer your questions.
Ladies All Ireland Champions
U16 All Ireland Champions, Stradbally Gaa club would like to pay tribute to players and management of the Waterford U16 team who recently won the All Ireland by defeating Kildare on a score line of 1-09 to 0-10. Stradbally were represented in the Management team by Johnny Troy, Grainne Costelloe and Fionnuala Flynn as well as having six players in the squad Sheena McGukian, Roisín Dunphy, Sheena Dunphy, Tao Behan, Aoife Brazil and Megan Foran.
Secretary’s New Phone Number 087-1165549
. We played Kilrossanty in the Phelan Cup Final on Friday night in Fraher Field, where we regained the cup following a 1-11 to 0-08points victory. Our Captain Tommy Connors accepted the Cup from County Board Chairman Paddy Joe Ryan and thanked Kilrossanty for a good game and wished the best for the remainder of the Championship.
The build up to the All Ireland reached fever pitch in Stradbally GAA social center when we hosted Marty Morrissey and his crew as they presented Country Wide live from the club. The program covered Agricultural and Rural issues, there was plenty of craic on the morning and the sizable crowd was treated to a song from the All Ireland Bucket singing champion Liam Clancy. Special Guest John Mullane entertained all present with his big match predictions, representatives of our local market spoke about the produce which is on sale in the Market each Saturday. Our club secretary Edel Casey spoke very well about Waterford and the Greenway. There were other speakers who all gave a great account of local area and what it has to offer.
Amid all the excitement last Sunday, it was fantastic to have a young Stradbally player in action on All Ireland Football Final Day. Tommy Fennell was selected from his school to play in the Go-Games exhibition match. Tommy marked his appearance in great style, by scoring a point in Croke Park on All Ireland Football day. It was a brilliant experience for Tommy, who is pictured on the pitch with the Mayo players, meeting President Michael D. Higgins. Well done Tommy !