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 […]

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 […]


Derry looking to regain momentum

By Michael McMullan DERRY have secured promotion for next year and spot in the league final but they are looking to regain their momentum when Roscommon visit Lavey on Sunday. Manager Johnny McGarvey said wasteful doesn’t come close to summing up last weekend’s 0-18 draw in Wicklow. On top of their 26 wides, three shots […]

League final spot in Derry’s own hands

By Michael McMullan DERRY will be aiming to secure their league final spot this weekend with eyes beginning to focus on next month’s start of the Christy Ring Cup. With six points from wins over Tyrone, Donegal and London, Derry are guaranteed promotion and manager Johnny McGarvey is content with their progress. More complete performances […]

McGarvey expecting a tough test from London

By Shaun Casey DERRY are expecting a difficult day at the office this weekend when they host London at Owenbeg in round three of the league. The Oakleafers have made a flying start to the season, collecting four points from their first two games. Johnny McGarvey’s side saw off Ulster rivals Tyrone and Donegal in […]

Defender Cassidy looks for continued Derry momentum

By Michael McMullan MOMENTUM is the key theme for Derry hurlers as they face into Saturday’s trip to Letterkenny. Johnny McGarvey’s side, relegated from Division 2A last season, were winners over Tyrone on Sunday and defender Sean Cassidy echoes his manager’s preseason mantra. “Like any game this year, the big Johnny wants us to do […]

McGarvey content with Oakleafers’ winning start

DERRY hurling manager Johnny McGarvey was “delighted” at getting their season off to a winning start even though they needed a second burst to win the game. The Oaks led 0-14 to 0-1 at a stage in the first half before Tyrone pegged the margin back to five points before Corey O’Reilly’s goal shot them […]