New league format will help Oaks grow

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Johnny McGarvey is proud of the display of his side this season despite losing Sunday’s Christy Ring Cup final to Kildare. Speaking two days after their Croke Park defeat, the Lavey man was “gutted” for the players. After digesting the game, he felt the penalty before half time wasn’t the […]

Derry team named ahead of Christy Ring clash

By Michael McMullan DERRY have named their side ahead of Sunday’s Christy Ring Cup final showdown with Kildare in Croke Park (2.15pm) Mark Craig and Niall Farren return from the side that saw off Sligo in their final game of the group stages. Swatragh duo James Friel and Sean Francis Quinn miss out, with the […]

Oak Leaf hurler’s title hopes set for acid test

By Michael McMullan DERRY manager Johnny McGarvey said his side will face the “acid test” on Saturday with a trip to fellow Christy Ring Cup contenders Kildare. A glance at the table suggests that two from Derry, London and Kildare – all on four points – will advance to the final. After this weekend, Derry […]

Crossan aims to spring a surprise

By Alan Rodgers POINTS on the board will now be top priority for the Tyrone hurlers as they continue their Christy Ring Cup campaign with a crucial tie on Saturday at Owenbeg against a Derry team which is among the favourites to eventually win the competition. Defeat to London last weekend means that it’s becoming […]

Derry hurling boss wary of potential banana skin

By Niall Gartland DERRY hurlers begin their Christy Ring Cup campaign this weekend as they commence their quest to go one better than last year in the competition. The Oakleafers lost last year’s final by a mere two points against Meath, but manager Johnny McGarvey knows it would be foolhardy to look beyond the group […]


McGarry bemoans demanding schedule for Red Hands

By Alan Rodgers A SECOND Christy Ring Cup campaign for the Tyrone hurlers brings with it the opportunity for them to build on an early-season campaign which has been marked by them making impressive strides when it matters most in the higher ranks. Progress in the National League – which concluded with a final defeat to Derry two […]