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 […]


Tony Scullion hails Derry’s latest stars

By Michael McMullan FORMER Derry star Tony Scullion has highlighted his delight with the county’s four All-Stars and Ethan Doherty being named as Young Player of the Year on Friday night. The four-time All-Star defender said it was a just reward but a “dissenting” voice or two from within the county wouldn’t have helped their […]

Brendan Rogers – Best of both worlds

Brendan Rogers is fully tuned into Sleacht Néill’s upcoming Ulster Senior Championship hurling final and he explains how being a dual-star has plenty of plus points, writes Shaun Casey IN a few days’ time, Brendan Rogers could well be named as the 2023 Footballer of the Year for his performances in the red and white […]

Rogers “excited” by Harte appointment

By Shaun Casey DERRY star Brendan Rogers admits he was “surprised” but “excited” by the introduction of three-time All-Ireland manager Mickey Harte as the new Oak Leaf boss. Harte guided his native county Tyrone to the Sam Maguire in 2003, 2005 and 2008 and spent the last two seasons in Louth where he gained back-to-back […]

Ulster players make up over a third of All-Star nominations

By Michael McMullan ULSTER champions Derry have seven players nominated for football All-Stars including player of the year nominee Brendan Rogers. In all, 13 counties are represented in the list of 45 nominees with Dublin leading the pack with 10 of their All-Ireland winning team nominated. It was a summer that saw Derry push reigning […]

Shining lights of 2023

Teams of the Year are always up for debate with those that are close to selection. Michael McMullan makes his stab at it. 1 – Shane Ryan (Kerry) BEATEN by a deflected goal in the final, but had another solid season between the posts. Advertisement Make the game-winning save against Derry in the semi-final and […]

KEVIN CASSIDY: The stars of ‘23

NOW that the dust has settled and before we head into the club championship season, I took time out to reflect and here is my football team of the year. 1 Stephen Cluxton (Dublin) The single most important reason Dublin managed to win the All-Ireland. His calmness and kick-outs are a joy to watch. Nothing […]

Rogers named as Player of the Month

DERRY midfielder Brendan Rogers has been named as the GAA/GPA Player of the Month in association with PwC. The Sleacht Néill man was a colossus in Derry’s run to the cusp of an All-Ireland final with 1-14 to his name across their 20-game season. He edges out nine-time All-Ireland winner Stephen  Cluxton and Brian Fenton […]

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: A look at Ulster’s footballing year

After a year of inter-county football action, Shaun Casey runs his eye over the Ulster teams… Antrim The Good – A run to the Tailteann Cup semi-finals and an outing in Croke Park signals a decent first season in the hotseat for former Meath boss Andy McEntee. It was his native county that ended the […]